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Old 11-07-2011, 12:15 PM   #21
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Boat will hopefully be done by Wednesday and in my hands on Saturday

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Old 11-07-2011, 02:01 PM   #22
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Scored some decals from Jeff today.

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Old 11-07-2011, 06:06 PM   #23
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Second layer of carbon fiber laid, stuffing tube installed, strut mocked up (no rudder)
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:12 AM   #24
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Servo mount, motor mount, and battery trays are in.

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Old 11-08-2011, 04:52 PM   #25
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Old 11-08-2011, 10:10 PM   #26
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Mmmmmmmm....looks great!
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:03 PM   #27
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She's all done and in USPS's hands now.

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Old 11-14-2011, 06:43 PM   #28
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Got the boat today! Let me tell you, Scott's work is truly amazing.
I got everything done tonight that I could. Just waiting on the mailman for the motor mount hardware, hopefully that comes in tomorrow. I also need an m2 screw/nut for the servo, I'll pick one up at the LHS tomorrow. I also threw some temporary decals on the hull so it has a little visual appeal (asides from the beautiful hull shape).
Once I get the hardware I need, I can mount the motor, cut the flex, and get the servo dialed in. Then she'll be ready for the maiden run!

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Old 11-14-2011, 08:07 PM   #29
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Looks nice! Can't wait to see some action shots
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:27 PM   #30
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Looks nice! Can't wait to see some action shots
Thanks Clay, me too!
Baby should be up and running tomorrow
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:31 PM   #31
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She's ready for the maiden!!!!!
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Old 11-20-2011, 05:01 PM   #32
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what happened to the heritage paint theme?
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:48 PM   #33
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Well I was able to get out twice this weekend.
Saturday: Was there for an hour and 45 minutes and only went through 1 set of batteries. I could only do 2 passes before the flex started screaming and moaning. Pulled in, greased, 2 passes, and repeat. Went home and did a little snooping around, turns out the motor/flex alignment was off. Used a drill bit in the stuffing tube to check it, ended up bending it a little to align it because the motor mount was maxed.
Sunday: Was a little nervous but was excited to see if I fixed the issue. Long story short...... Ran 4 sets of battery packs, 2 props, and spent an hour and 15 minutes grinning ear to ear!
Boat is freakin amazing. I was really impressed with the 42mm prop's performance. Everything was as cool as a cucumber so I stuck the 45mm in her. The bigger prop REALLY woke the boat up. Used 3 packs with the 45mm and the heat couldn't have been over 85-90*F on any of the components. No GPS reading but my dad and I both said 50mph, which is right where I want to be. I only have 3.75* of timing in it, so there might be a little speed left with the timing. The strut was level with the ride pads and I think I could even move the batteries back another 1/2".
Boat ran really strong. No wawa, launches itself clean out of the water on a hard launch, corners better than expected, etc etc....
I'm happy! Scott, thank you very much!
No pictures running due to problems on Saturday and having such a good time running on Sunday. But I did snap a few pics of it in the drink before we left....
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:26 PM   #34
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Glad to hear it's running good Gimp.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:00 PM   #35
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Cool to see it in the water Chris. Next time have your dad do some video.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:55 AM   #36
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Thanks guys! Yes, I will try to get some video next time we're out
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Old 11-25-2011, 08:41 PM   #37
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Mudded up
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Sanded and primed
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Color and 1/2 the decals are done. It's not exactly shiny because I wet sanded with 1200 before putting the decals on. Still waiting on a window and a few small FC logos from Ben. I have the hatch and turbine decals from Jeff that will go on as well. Once all the decals are on, it'll all be clear coated. Not sure if I will bring this back to school to finish or just wait untill Xmas break (Dec 16) to finish. I'm leaning towards just waiting because I'll be pretty busy the next 3 weeks.
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I know I know, just another Geico themed boat. To be honest, I really like the way it's coming along.
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Old 11-25-2011, 10:12 PM   #38
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I know I know, just another Geico themed boat. To be honest, I really like the way it's coming along.
Don't care what theme it's got, that boat is just PURE SEXY!!!

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Old 11-27-2011, 12:09 AM   #39
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I love the Miss Geico and it looks really clean in silver. I was really hoping to see the Gulf theme but it still looks great.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:09 PM   #40
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I love the Miss Geico and it looks really clean in silver. I was really hoping to see the Gulf theme but it still looks great.
Thanks guys!

Getting the Gulf colors in the type of paint I needed was the ussue. I only had $0.44 in the Gulf theme so it wasn't a big loss lol.
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