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Post  OVERLORD Mon Dec 25, 2023 5:55 am

À Christmas present from my daughter and her boyfriend

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Post  rsv1cox Mon Dec 25, 2023 11:39 am

I love those signs Lieven, they will look good hanging in your garage.  I have a few similiar in mine.  

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Testor's Fly-em series P-51D, outboard motorboat, and a true antique with an "Evinrude" electric motor.
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Dec 26, 2023 6:38 am

It floats. A C cell in the nose helps to maintain an even kiel.

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Post  roddie Tue Dec 26, 2023 9:14 am

That's a nice little boat Robert! You may remember; I posted about some scale-size dock and slips that I built for my boats a while back.

Simple to make; I used lattice wood-strips ripped in half for the stock, wire-brads and wood glue for assembly. I stained and water-sealed the pieces before adding styro-foam panels; hot-melt glued underneath for flotation.

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Screw-hooks engage screw-eyes for assembling individual slips to the main dock.

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This allows for ease of handling/transport/storage.

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The main dock anchors to the shore via a wood-block drilled to accept a pair of gutter-nails.. (same as I use to anchor my launching stooge for my U-Control airplanes)

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Even a single short-length might make a nice addition for a display.
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Dec 26, 2023 2:14 pm

Nice planking roddie, looks full scale authentic. Foam underneath is necessary and a nice touch. If I make a display, count on it being included.
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Post  rdw777 Tue Dec 26, 2023 4:03 pm

Nice looking little boat Bob, Looks like it could be a contemporary of “Surf Skimmer”….
Maybe some K & O hardware too….A plus that it came with the little outboard…. I think those electric outboards are are their own trail to follow if one desired too…. Looks great with your gas outboard on it though Very Happy
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Post  rsv1cox Tue Dec 26, 2023 5:11 pm

rdw777 wrote:Nice looking little boat Bob, Looks like it could be a contemporary of “Surf Skimmer”….
Maybe some K & O hardware too….A plus that it came with the little outboard…. I think those electric outboards are are their own trail to follow if one desired too…. Looks great with your gas outboard on it though Very Happy

The Silver Skipper came with an electric outboard marked Evinrude. The outboard shown above has one of my K&B Allyn motors.  It looks like it was meant for an electric outboard motor powered by two D cells.  Not quite as graceful as the Skimmer, but very close in size.  Just added a Wen/Atwood.  I will have to build a boat rest X three.  

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Post  944_Jim Fri Dec 29, 2023 1:05 pm

Nice boats. Cute labor fee shingle.

I told my wife I took care of her present to me. I'm undecided regarding an engine. I am sold on trying a three line throttle set-up with the typical old J Roberts handle and bellcrank assembly. I need to check my engine inventory, but likely candidates are all .25 engines; OS-LA (if it still has a carb), Thunder Tiger .25, or NorVel Big Mig .25.

I really need to check the mounting footprint of all three engines. This one may use aluminum plates and clamps on engine bearers rather than hard fixing the engine bearers for only one engine.

The kit is complete except for wheels, engine, tank. The canopy is so large I may don a skullcap and goggles for a selfie to make a mini-me pilot.

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Post  Ken Cook Sat Dec 30, 2023 6:45 pm

By the looks of what I see in that kit for wood, it appears like they should change the name to flying battering ram. All kidding aside, I believe all of the hole patterns of the .25's you mention are the same. The bearer to bearer width is probably the same as well. As for power, they're all pretty close as well depending on vintage of Thunder Tiger. Some of the early Thunder Tigers were pretty anemic. Later versions actually are better quality then the OS LA's due to having real chrome liners. The LA uses nickel and some can and will peel. The difference however is that you can still obtain most of the parts for the LA today even though it's discontinued.

I'm not certain as to why you feel the need to use a clamp system. It's a profile and the hole pattern can be quickly remedied in minutes unlike a full body which you can't access. I personally have never seen a clamp system that's worth a crap. They loosen, they cause engine vibration and I've witnessed the engine come off during flight. Unless your engineering the parts, the varieties I've seen commercially available were made of aluminum. First thing is that aluminum doesn't get along well when vibrations are introduced. It wears, it bends and it cracks. When the clamp system is tightened down, the aluminum bar that crosses the lugs bows off and away from the lug essentially pinning the engine at the corners of the lug. This not only puts a lot of stress on that portion of the lug, it quickly wears away from vibration leaving the engine loose making it vibrate.
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