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« on: February 24, 2013, 12:39:34 AM »
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Following the legendary Keil Kraft Eezebilt plans for a Mermaid Ocean going boat. Plans exploded to 200%. Trying to build it completely out of Foam Board.

Length 28 inches. Plans have been photocopied, enlarged and cut out today.


Edit: In hindsight, I have decided to lay the keel out of plywood for extra strength.

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This should be the semi final result: Grin

All pictures courtesy www.http://eezebilt.hobby-site.com

Free plans and all. Enjoy yourself!

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Templates pasted on to 3mm and 4mm Foam Board and 3 mm Plywood. The process of cutting them out starts shortly.

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No idea Sir. Those photos were taken from the site mentioned in the post. I don't have one.
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I Agree  Grin

That is the only place from where you get such a large size 24"x 36".
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Green paper cutting mat is available at mango stores Thane, Mumbai.
24x36 size is at Rs. 650/- only
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Excuse me, this happens to be a boat build log. Please take your cutting mats and play elsewhere. Violent

 Giggle >Cheesy Grin

Jokes apart, Sandeep, can you please post a picture of this product and what is it normally used for and by whom? Thumbs Up
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Thank you for the correct Nomenclature Sandeep "Green Paper cutting Mat"

A3 Size for Rs 899/-  

http://www.ebay.in/itm/NT-Cutting-Mat-A3-for-Art-and-Craft-MADE-IN-JAPAN-/230922084724?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item35c4076174&_uhb=1#ht_500wt_1156

A4 Size for Rs 375/-

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And the one from Global eaby for Hobbico builders cutting mat 24"x 36" for Rs 2632/-

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VC I thought you will need it for your boat building.   Giggle
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Use your imagination VC! What could you do with a green rubber?

Couldn't care less even if it was Velvet Green! Salute
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Trying to steer this boat back on track. Hopefully the hijackers won't return. Cool

All components cut out of 2mm, 3mm and 4mm foam. The Hull skinning is yet to be cut out of plywood. Will do that tomorrow.

The sheer number of parts involved is daunting.

Scratch building is so much easier, the complexity of the build does not present itself from day 1.

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All parts have been cut out - 46 in all. Assembly will commence tomorrow.

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Status as on date.

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Genius? Hardly Sir. This is just a plan built model. More or less accurate, though I don't really like the angle of the propeller shaft. It is too steep and will result in loss of prop efficiency. I need a shallower angle with a higher pitch prop. Bang Head
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Work on the cabin started. Deck notches on the Centre Bulkhead were not accurate and I had to rip the deck apart to align the superstructure.  Bang Head

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Due to the less than lukewarm response to this thread (and my other build logs), I've decided to stop documenting the build process here - just not worth my time.

The next entry on this thread shall be that of the boat maiden video. Whenever that is.
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700+ views of these two boat thread and 3000 odd for Schnellboot is not lukewarm response, people are seeing it (may be with awe) they are not contributing (me inclusive) coz we don't have much to contribute, atleast me, i am not a boat guy, i sail, kayak, boat all on the action front, what goes into it? no bloody clue, and i am sure it is the similar case with others too, you need to keep on posting your progress for simple reason that any wannabe (like me) can take clues and build from there. i agree modelboatmayhem.com is more engaging, it is model boat forum for god sakes !. My point is, post or no post is upto you, if you do? wannabe boaters will benefit, boat modelling (Nos of which is so few in India) will improve. Remember, a lot of wannabes look upto you.

So !! continue posting  Grin
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Sanjay Sir, VC

Mine "the infamous green cutting Mat"  Grin 24" x 36" Hobicco from Global Ebay ID i2cglobal came through today definitely worth the buy.

Nice build progress there VC  Thumbs Up

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These are made from conveyor belt material - I've got miles of the
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Great! One of my major clients deals in Conveyor Belt spares, and I should be able to strike gold soon.

The Mermaid is coming along well, as you can see. Plan to skin her over the weekend.

I love the second snap, taken by my daughter, it shows me working on the RAF Crash Tender in the background.


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May be an out board motor for one of your boats VC  Grin

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Basic Superstructure is complete. Stuffing tube has been installed. I hope to complete the skinning tomorrow.

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The Beasts like the Yeti, Chupacabra, Big Foot (and some others) are found at higher altitudes. The Beauties are found at significantly lower levels.  ROFL
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Hull skinning completed. Now for all the filling and sanding to start.

Interesting comparative study from your left to right - RAF FIRE Rescue / PT 109/ Mermaid/Schnellboot

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Skinning completed with epoxy and initial gap filling done.

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« Reply #34 on: March 25, 2013, 01:19:08 AM »
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Hull and Superstructure ready for paint.

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Not much achieved as I have been busy with the RAF Crash Tender. Just some pictures to show the comparative sizes.

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How do you bend the ply so evenly? Is it the result of all the pumping iron?
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The ply has to steamed and bent into shape. You have to work up some steam when you are pumping iron to get into shape. Roughly the same.
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Initial coat of paint. Not happy with it and may decide to repaint her completely. Windows out of card and framed with soldering flux. Window frames will be painted Chrome or White depending on the final cabin colour. If I retain the blue, I will frame them in white. What do you say?

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Have you started using your compressor/air brush? Should give a good finish.

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Midnight ramblings.....

While building a boat, at the very beginning we have to decide whether we are building something that is purely 'functional' (for IIT type competitions) devoid of all details and aesthetics or are we going in for a scale build with additional details. If we don't do this, the transition from a 'functional' build to a 'detailed scale build' can be a daunting, frustrating task.

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How's that for an authentic wooden deck staining? I'm delighted with the effect that I have been able to achieve.............

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My trusted assistant decided to help her ol' man with the second coat of porthole frame paintings.

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Beautiful! Really authentic deck wood planks! Salute Salute

Your daughter sure brings that touch of perfection! Porthole frames  Shocked No wonder your boats have such intricate detailing!  Clap
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Finally ready for her maiden. Finishing touches remain.

She carries the name 'JAYSHIL". It is a portmanteau derived from my Mother - JAYanti and my Father - SHILaditya.

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Some more.

Model features working lights as prescribed by the International Maritime Authorities:

http://www.bosunsmate.org/seamanship/lights.php

In keeping with Rules 22 and 23:

http://www.bosunsmate.org/seamanship/rulesoftheroad.php#rule23

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With all navigation lights on.

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Wow really awesome sir Clap
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Thank you. Test runs were FAST. Too fast for a Cabin Cruiser.
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wowwww... nice build VC sir  Clap Clap Salute Salute
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thumbs up for the nice build sir... Smiley did you get a chance to capture video of her maiden sir?

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Thanks! She has not maidened as yet. She was only tested in my tank.
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Thank you Sirs. Still working on it. Have a little surprise planned for tomorrow.

Pratheesh @ coolpratheesh - heartfelt thanks!


suspense.......................... >Cheesy Go figure.......... Wink

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I think I know what the surprise may be Cheesy Is the sound authentic... ?
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Sounds GOOD, but I need to cut large apertures in the Superstructure / Cabin to let the sound out. How do I disguise those apertures? What do I make them look like? The speaker is below this section:

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Paint the interior of the cabin matte black and replace some of the windows with black plastic mesh.
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Make a wide, long horizontal slot at the rear of the front cabin (where the ladder is).

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VC sir,
very nice build. Love the blue color.

I see your sound module Wink. Looks great and i am sure sounds greater. Drilling holes is an option for the sound, and covering it with felt fabric, although slots looks cooler Wink
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Very nice build, the detailing and finishing of this boat with navigation lights. ..awesome. Clap Clap Clap
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Thanks Boss! I am daunted at the thought of destroying the finish.
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Very nice build, the detailing and finishing of this boat with navigation lights. ..awesome. Clap Clap Clap
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Awesome build VC!!!
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wow! how did you get that wood like finish on the deck?

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Thanks. The deck was made up of 1mm strips of foam board. The foam was gently, very gently scored with a pin - plank by plank - to create a grain. First painted the deck with light coat of Red Oxide primer and let it dry completely. Then it was washed with very dilute black paint. This paint was rubbed off with a cloth while it was still wet. Yet again it was stained with a lighter shade of brown. Another wash of black paint. Finally coated with a diluted coat of 'Wudfin' clear varnish.
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At the moment, I am trying to gather some Dutch Courage to cut the apertures for the speaker. Hope to complete it within the next hour.
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Speaker venting done and now assembling the baffle and outlet frames to look like louvre exhausts.

Praveen - thanks, however, please desist from indulging in such comparisons. Each modeller has his own forte and is an accomplished builder in his own right. I have learnt a lot from Roopesh and his builds. As a modeller, I respect him.
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Finally complete. I've decided to do the final aesthetic touch ups after her maiden voyage. Waiting for the rains to fill up my test tank so I can check and correct any list with ballast, if required, before I put her in deeper waters.

I want to thank a few people -
Sanjay Rai Sir - for always being there and pushing me when required.
Roopesh - for some of his ingenious creativity and tips.
Ravi@ Tango - for the great ESC - works like a dream!
Sandy@Sundaramvelar - for a solid battery holder and converting my dead 3S LiPo's into 2S packs.
Pravesh - for improving my soldering skills.
All forum members - for their encouragement and support.

Indrakshi - for her help in painting and moral support and utmost belief in her Dad.
My long suffering wife - for her patience.


All the unprofessional carpenters, painters, body mechanics, electrical technicians, et al - who did not keep to their commitments and thus made me do so much on my own. Thank you for helping me learn so much at this ripe old age. You've increased my self confidence.

In all seriousness, I must mention Pratheesh @ coolpratheesh http://www.rcindia.org/profile/?u=3775 for the great sound unit that he conjured out of thin air. It adds a totally new dimension to the craft. So grateful to you for constantly guiding me on the set up right till the very end. Boss, you should seriously start manufacturing and selling this on an Internationally.

End of speech -  Giggle  Bow - Alrighty then - where is my Oscar?! Giggle
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the speaker vent will also keep the electronics cool.
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Surprisingly, the motor and/or the ESC are not getting hot at all. Once they are under load (model is in water) things may change.
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The RC Boat Oscar goes to..........

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Thanks for putting me in the same category as so many distinguished folk; but, honestly my contribution was scarce.

Marvellous, marvellous build
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There is an old adage:

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VC sir, you have demonstrated this in no uncertain terms  Bow
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 Bow Bow Bow

Thank you for the kind words and constant encouragement. Perfect craftsmanship on a boat model is going to be on display here very soon. There is a friend of mine working on it at Gurgaon. Wait for it.


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roopesh sir its simply superb idea,and an idea can change a boat... Bow Bow Bow
VCg now i understand why you respect him as a modeller...
my royal salute...(not the one which i got when i odered phat  phat boat from VC,VC do u remember u packed it in a blenders pride box)
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No sorry, I don't remember. I use whatever carton my neighbourhood shoe shop / alcohol shop can supply me. They are sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of postal travel / travails. By the way, they are known the world over as 'Putt Putt Boats' - so much for onomatopoeic descriptions.

Boat weighs 2.1 Kgs. With the antenna inside the hull, I am getting an operating range of at least 200 feet + ( Took the Tx, got into my car and drove away - all controls worked fine - wifey on the cellphone providing feedback) more than enough for me.
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Praveen Jose - Just one random thought - why the sudden obsession/repeated references with/to Roopesh? Are you in the same league as Rathi and Mistral? Head Scratching Huh?

Have you followed the posts of Maharana, Rooster and Sanjayrai55? They are equally (if not better) adept at the art.
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Simply Awesome.. That's would I call the Perfect Perfection.. Hatts Off..
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.. Are you in the same league as Rathi and Mistral? Head Scratching Huh?

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Pathan: Ye Fridge Kitne Ka Hai?
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i guess that's how VC, you are able tell from the first post itself...no?
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This video is not intended for showing off the boat. I just wanted you all to experience the fantastic job done by Pratheesh on the sound generator:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peURh9gF7UM&feature=youtu.be
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i guess that's how VC, you are able tell from the first post itself...no?

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 ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL ROFL

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Anytime my friend. I hope you like your own creation in action.

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