Hull pattern prier to skinning & hull with first coat of pattern resin.
Hull pattern polished ready to take mould & building pattern for deck house.
Hull moulding with drive shafts, motor mounts & component racks.
All mouldings complete & built up. At this point it was necessary to carry out extensive tank tests to determine the thrust required to achieve the design speed.
Shell ready for glazing, & shell with trim planes fitted.
The deck house undergoing buoyancy tests with 20 kilos of lead ballast. In an inversion situation it is required to support the weight of the entire boat without any significant leaks.
Completed shell with running gear, motors, batteries, servos & RC kit undergoing self- righting tests
Whilst it is rare for a lifeboat to get inverted, the knowledge that it can survive this phenomenon does instil a great confidence in the crews of the big boats, and owners of very expensive models. Knowing that if the unthinkable does happen the boat will be able to get home safely is very reassuring.
Completed shell driving off from self- righting test.
Handling a model boat of this size and weight can be a considerable problem; it will require at least a competent shore crew and ideally a second cox’n of equal competence to the first.
A dedicated trailer will be required, ( not a converted pram, wheel chair or shopping trolley ) Where there are no slip-way facilities one with an integrated ramp system will be of considerable help.