Re: Radio control pop-pop boats
- Hi Don and Buzz,
There is another way to slow the "screamer" down by using props with
a flatter pitch. Guys on the tugsandtows group started making their
own props after discovering that props made by using fixtures to
twist the blades of props cut from flat metal worked just as well as
custom made props designed to look like those on real tug boats.
Flat blades wouldn't provide any thrust, so it seems reasonable to
believe that a very slight degree of twist would provide a very
slight degree of propulsion and speed. Maybe that's why I have so
much trouble propelling myself out of bed these days.
--- In email@example.com, "buzzsboatyard"
> Thanks, Don... it really is a screamer. But no, it is not
> proportional. It's full on when you hit the throttle. I had to
> to stand beside it instead of behind it when I hit the throttleafter
> getting soaked a couple of times. <g> It is differential thrust.not
> If you're thinking of putting this in something small... it might
> fit as the radio is a bit large. I really think, for the money,transmits
> that the Specktrum DX-6 radio is the best for the price. It
> and receives on 2 channels... no glitches. The receivers are alsovery
> small. I'd better shut up, because I think there is an articlecoming
> out soon in Steam In The Garden magazine. Look for it... I useone
> now and it is incredible!others
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Donald Munsey Jr."
> <dmunseyjr@> wrote:
> > Buzz,
> > KOOL Boat!
> > Now you've got my interest and I can bet there will be a few
> interested in your cheaprc program. There is a faction of the On30track
> Model Railroad community, led by Woodie Clyde Greene of the Texas
> Outlaws On30 group, that is rebelling against layout wiring and
> cleaning. They are converting their locomotives to self-contained,the
> battery powered R/C units. I'm a remote follower and have several
> S/Sn42 and 1:24 R/C locos in the works (I use many of the same
> mechanisms the On30 crowd does). The current source of choice for
> R/C electronics for these conversions is the Kyosho Mini-Z 1:24 R/Cfolk
> autos with digital proportional speed control (As yet the steering
> channel is not often used - however - there are lot's of creative
> into R/C trains - so who knows). At about $100 a pop (cheaperstill
> occasionally on e-bay) the Mini-Z racers are a bit pricey, but
> very much affordable. Your $60 R/C speed boat peaques myinterest!
> Here are a couple of questions:boat
> > 1. Can you slow the boat down to operate something like a tug
> (I want a 1:24 river tug for my garden railway)? In other words,Is
> the speed controller proportional, or full forward only?for
> > 2. What is the size of the electronics and battery components
> this boat?directional
> > 3. Can they be physically separated?
> > 4 Can they be purchased separately?
> > 5. Can different boats be operated simultaneously?
> > 6. Is there a rudder in this boat (2nd channel), or is
> controll accomplished by differential thrust applied to the portand
> starboard engines?but I
> > That's all I can think of now.
> > Keep in touch.
> > Don Munsey, Jr.
> > dmunseyjr@
> > Sn42 and Hn42 logging fan
> > Virginian Rwy fan
> > Bonsai grasshopper
> > Living in the UpperRightCorner of Louisiana.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: buzzsboatyard
> > To: email@example.com
> > Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2006 5:20 PM
> > Subject: [pop-pop-steamboats] Re: Radio control pop-pop boats
> > Hi Chuck,
> > This is Buzz from Buzz's BoatYard. I posted a few minutes ago
> > don't see it anywhere now. You can certainly put r/c equipmentin a
> > pop pop boat. I do it from time to time. If the other message Iquestions.
> > replied to would show up, it would answer a lot of your
> > I carry pop pop boats with very large engines in them.. and I
> > installed r/c in the Titanic and in the Super Tug. I am alsoworking
> > now on a wood pop pop powered shrimp boat which will haveplenty of
> > room for r/c gear. As for the Stirling engine, yes.... I canfind you
> > a lot of varieties of small ones that run off the heat of acup of
> > coffee. The problem is, the small ones are very weak in power.They
> > develop enough power to turn the engine components, but Idon't think
> > the small ones would be able to power much more. Feel free toask me
> > any questions about poppop applications. You can view some ofthem
> > running in my pond if you go to the "movie theater" link on mythe
> > website. The website is at:
> > www.buzzboats.com
> > Thanks,
> > Buzz
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