RC BOATING SCALE BOATS Builds Scale Boats Electric Cougar Cat

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    • #9919
      Uncle G

      My next long term project,

       

      Well the time has come to upgrade my old camera boat.

      She has served me well, started of with a petrol brush cutter engine, then converted to a brushless electric motor, and finally two brushless motors running on 6s

      It’s always been an ugly boat but a very stable and reliable boat, ideal for a camera platform. She’s also very fast and manoeuvrable, great for getting out of the way of green yachts.

      So here is the new model,

      It’s a “Cougar Cat” The hull is made by Skipper Craft, the same place as Predators “Archer 650″came from.

      It’s 1410mm long with a 450mm beam

      Very nicely moulded, solid construction. (DF’s won’t worry this)

         

      The original plan was to fit two geared outboards, but decided against this and are going for inboard motors with conventional solid shafts.

      This is for reliability and less maintenance. (Will have to find another project for the outboards)

      So here we go!

    • #9920
      Moose

      What’s that sticking out the front a ramming pole

      • #9921
        Uncle G

        I suppose it could be used as that?

    • #9922
      Hoppy

      Oh no, another duck slayer…

    • #9923
      Predator

      Very nice Uncle G.

      Good move not using OB motors. They would look great & perform well but oh the forever maintenance. That was why I removed them from “Double Trouble” and went to twin inboard motors.

      Don’t forget to install lights as I’m sure we will eventually manage to organise another twilight mass sailing @ the canal.

      • #9924
        Uncle G

        The Cartela is still waiting for that twilight sail. but yes the cat will also have lights

    • #9928
      SeasideMitch

      That’s a great project and it should keep you out of trouble for a while.

    • #9939
      Uncle G

      Next bits,

      As this a large boat so I will use standard 3/16″ Props, as these a easy to get and come in lots of different sizes and pitches.

      The only trouble is they are normally used on fast racing power boats and they tend to use flex shafts.

      This makes it very hard to find a solid 3/16″ prop shaft, so the only option is to make them.

      I used 5/16″ Stainless tube with a 3/16″ stainless shaft running in some brass bushes that I turned up on the lathe.

      Made the support struts out of scrap brass & tube.

      The couplings also needed bushes in them for the shafts.

      Now all I need to do is fit them in the hull.

    • #9940
      Moose

      What a clever little boy you are

      I always new you could do it

      if you need some expertise don’t be frighten to ask I will put you on to someone who knows everything              

      • #9942
        Uncle G

        Thanks Moose, but I should be OK.

    • #9943
      Moose

      I thought so

    • #9962
      Uncle G

      Rudders,

      Again there is nothing commercially available, so for the tubes I used the same size stainless tubes as the prop shafts.

      Brass bushes were turned up on the lathe and held together with Loctite.

      The rudders are made out stainless sheet and some more of the 3/16″ shaft silver soldered together.

      After a lot of shaping, cleaning and polishing they look like this.

    • #9963
      Moose

      great job uncle G look like bought ones. whos a clever little boy

    • #9964
      Predator

      Coming along nicely Uncle G

    • #9970
      SeasideMitch

      They look like they were made for the job. Very neat work.

    • #9971
      Uncle G

      Thanks all for the encouraging words.

      Next job is to install all these parts.

    • #9981
      Uncle G

      Shaft Install.

      Next problem is to align and install the prop shafts into the hull, they are 235mm apart and are separated by the tunnel.

      To keep them perfectly aligned I made some 3D printed jigs to hold them in place while glassing them in.

      This one lines up the motor with the prop shaft.

      To space them correctly and to be able to adjust the height, they are joined together with this part,

      Next is this jig that holds the shafts on the outside of the hull,

      Like this,

      The inside jig in position

      The tubes were roughened up with the Dremel and to seal the outside of the hull to stop any resin seeping through I used something that would never leak – Joysway’s Hatch Tape!

      It was then just a simple task to glass the prop tubes to the hull,

       

    • #9994
      Moose

      A great job Gerald

    • #9995
      SeasideMitch

      Spectacular accuracy. It should run as straight as an arrow except for a bit of prop walk 😉

      • #9996
        Uncle G

        Shouldn’t be any prop walk, counter rotating props!

    • #10005
      SeasideMitch

      Too easy then.👏

    • #10008
      Uncle G

      Rudder tubes installed, again using another 3D printed jig to hold them in place.

      There will be a support added near the top of the tubes as well.

    • #10010
      Predator

      Coming along nicely Gerald.

    • #10059
      Uncle G

      Next Episode – Installing the motors,

      3d printed out the motor mounts in PETG and used some 3 mm brass threaded inserts for screwing the motors down.

      The mounts were then fixed in place using the 3d printed motor jigs, with epoxy resin thickened with microballons.

      The prop shafts were cut to the right lengths. Flats were filed onto both the motor and prop shafts, and everything installed.

      The prop shafts lined up perfectly with the motors

      The view from the outside,

    • #10060
      Predator

      Almost ready for a water test eh ?

      • #10061
        Uncle G

        Almost,

        Just got to mount the rudder servo’s

    • #10070
      Uncle G

      Installing the rudder servo’s

      A couple more brackets were drawn up and 3D printed for mounting the rudder servo’s.

      Glued into place, servo’s bolted down and hooked up the linkages,

      Just got to throw in some electronic bits and pieces and she is ready for a sea trial.

       

    • #10071
      Moose

      Well done uncle G

      I am very proud of my best friend

    • #10085
      Uncle G

      Two 120 Amp ESC’s fitted.

      Plumbing installed for the cooling system.

      Covers printed to fit over the end of the shafts. (Stops water and grease flying around the boat)

      All shafts greased and universals covered in heatshrink and lubricated.

      Rx, flight controller and GPS installed and programmed with INAV.

      Just need some water to try it.

    • #10140
      Uncle G

      The replacement flight controller turned up yesterday,

      So after a lot of soldering and programming, it was installed in the boat and tested.

      Hand rails and temporary windows were then installed.

      Here she is sitting on her PVC pipe stand.

      Next jobs are to fit the rubber strip around the gunwales and work out how to hold down the roof.

    • #10141
      Moose

      Looking good uncle G nice to see it finished in a nice colour

      • #10142
        Uncle G

        I was thinking a nice fluro slimy green colour.

    • #10144
      Moose

      Very appropriate as it is the green boat killer extra camouflage would be ideal

    • #10278
      Uncle G

      A bit more done.

      The rubber strip installed around the gunwales.

      Again using another 3D printed jig to cut the 90 deg. corners.

               

      In the old boat I used to have radio issues if I went down to restaurant past the jetty, so I have fitted one of the new ExpressLRS radio systems to try out.

      The receivers are tiny, use the same protocol as TBS Crossfire but the software is opensource, as in Open TX, there are a few different manufactures making the hardware.

      They say up to 40Km is possible in ideal conditions. (in the air)

      The Tx and Rx’s have Wi-Fi on them so you can flash / update them without removing them from the model.

      • #10280
        Predator

        Gunwale strip sets it off nicely. I’ll need to put some on Double Trouble soon.

        Be interesting to see how the new radio protocol works, certainly nice & small.

        I remember in the early days (for me) when 10k range from a Taranis was considered a ridiculous range, now you are talking 40k. Will it never end ?

    • #10279
      Moose

      lookin good Gerald next a splash of paint

    • #10284
      SeasideMitch

      Looking great, and the radio sounds amazing if it comes to pass.

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