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cuppa

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Springer from a used hull
« on: April 07, 2012, 01:40:42 »
Tug-Kenny very kindly provided me with a used springer hull so my grandson and I have been busy building a springer based on Ken's hull (please excuse the poor photos - me and cameras are a bad mix:

The hull was sanded down and re-painted and then a superstructure made from 2mm styrene sheet:


Here it is painted (The apparent blooming of the paint is not there in reality - it is down to my poor photography):


Here is a view from the stern:


This is the interior:


The tug is powered by a Mabuchi 555 from Marks model bits, and two 7.2v nimh packs in parallel and an MTronics 25amp esc.

It is ready for a test run after which we will do the detailing (mast, lights winches, fendering etc).

Enjoyed the build so much I now want to do another springer............ but first I want to make a barge it can tow/push.

cuppa

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Re: Springer from a used hull
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2012, 05:22:13 »
Just got back from giving it a test run in the local park. All is well - no water ingress and it ran for a little under an hour with only one battery pack hooked up. Motor and speed controller were both stone cold after the run. All up weight is a tad over 7lbs with two nimh packs installed. I recon the motor is drawing about 1.5-2 amps on the 3 bladed plastic prop. Not fast by any means but very manoeuvrable, very relaxing and a lot of fun. It is great to run a model boat without worrying about how much it cost or if it will flip over in a fast turn.

Had a job to get the transmitter off my grandson so i could have a go - he now thinks springers are great.

Will post some more and hopefully better pictures once we have detailed it.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2012, 05:26:47 by cuppa »

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Re: Springer from a used hull
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2012, 11:10:51 »
Nice work cuppa!

Springers are a blast huh?
"Suds"

cuppa

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Re: Springer from a used hull
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2012, 14:42:57 »
yep - they sure are a blast!

Have started thinking about a barge to match the springer..........

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Re: Springer from a used hull
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2012, 02:49:06 »

Hi Cuppa.

So pleased you got her wet.    ;)   They are fun, aren't they.

Just get on with sailing with no worries.
                                     cool

ken

cuppa

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Re: Springer from a used hull
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2012, 01:15:37 »
Thanks Ken.

At present I am busy making some detailing parts for the springer. I am working on a winch, swan-neck ventilator and tools for the toolbox.

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Re: Springer from a used hull
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2012, 09:21:41 »
Here is the work so far on the winch. The round drum ends were turned from 2mm styrene in a hand drill.


Here is the toolbox:

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Re: Springer from a used hull
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012, 10:13:23 »
Nice detail on the toolbox.
with best regards Cor
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