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Arjan

PT 515 Ron 35

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Thanks gentlemen ! The rc boating season has started which means progress on my current build is slow. During the past winter I overhauled my PT 596 model I had been running for over three years. I changed the brushed setup for a brushless one and installed bigger props and new rudders. I also had to repair some damage and replace parts that had gone missing. It's about 100 grams lighter now and I'm very pleased with its performance (both at low and high speed). For its next outing I hope to add a full crew and torps.

 

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My S-Boot also made its maiden voyage :

 

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Regards,

 

Arjan

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Thanks Kev ! Of the three 1/35 Italeri craft I have tested so far the PT boat is my favourite when it comes to rc practicality/feasibility. The Vosper is a bit too heavy for a twin motor setup. After all, these Italeri plastic boats are rather heavy (especially the deck and hull) and the smaller their size,  the bigger the relative weight issues. The S-Boot is so big that weight isn't an issue but its size makes it less manageable. I have to use hoisting straps to launch it and lift it out of the water (without these straps,  stanchions and other parts are likely to get damaged). Its long and narrow hull also means it has a big turning radius.  It requires independant control of the twin motors so the motors can assist in steering. I only have a cheap 2-channel transmitter/receiver so I installed a mixer in the boat (a rather primitive thing which is actually designed for running rc tanks). Even with this mixer steering leaves a lot to be desired.

 

Regards,

 

Arjan

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Looking good, Arjan. :yes:

 

Nice to see the boating season has started.  Our ponds & lakes still have a layer of ice on the surface.  I guess that's why I like virtual water ... it doesn't freeze.:D

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