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#1 longballlumber

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:30 AM

Hello all,

I thought that I would share with everyone my build of a VERY NICE Jaguar III .21 Hydro Kit. Many of you know that Bob Ferguson is selling these kits, and I have got to tell you that Bob does an excellent job! The craftsmanship is superior and I am told by Bob that the tub and sponsons are put together using Epoxy rather than super glue. That should make for a long lasting and strong hull.

As you can see, I have gotten the whole enchilada from Bob down to the motor mount, turn fin, strut, rudder assembly, and boat stand. I suggest contacting Bob for exact pricing on boat kits, hardware, stands and etc. I am sure that he would welcome inquires and appreciate your business.

I have to tell you, this will be my very first build of a brand new kit of this caliber! The other boats I have owned and raced have been used and already built. I guess you could still call me a rookie at building. However, I do have many years of observing in some sort. I am not too worried though, I have a pretty good mentor that has building and racing boats for some time now. I would guess heís been doing this for 36+ years. I would say that I am in pretty good hands. B) Alright enough of the babblingÖ

Here are the parts I received from Bob

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:37 AM

As recommended I starting by installing the motor mount and getting it drilled and tapped for my motor. I am going to be running a Nova Rossi/Top 5 port that I won at the 2009 IMPBA Nats in Seville OH. Thanks Glenn!!!

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:44 AM

OK... Now I know why every one dreds putting up multiple pictures... :blink:

I have created a gallery and put everything in there up to this morning.

http://www.intlwater...lbum&album=1103

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:53 AM

So, Basically I have gotten the motor mounted, I have mounted the strut, and started the process of gluing in the stuffing tube sleeve. I was really worried about gluing in the sleeve. I guess that I wanted to make sure that I was doing everything correct. I defiantly donít want to do this twice. For that matter, I don't want to do any of this build twice.

Using a 3/16 rod and brass tubing telescoped to the correct size keeps the sleeve in the correct position on the motor end. I used some 1/4 brass tubing to align the sleeve on the strut end. I still have a few more layers of glass clothe to lie in supporting the stuffing tube sleeve.

Later,
Mike

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 02:51 PM

So, Basically I have gotten the motor mounted, I have mounted the strut, and started the process of gluing in the stuffing tube sleeve. I was really worried about gluing in the sleeve. I guess that I wanted to make sure that I was doing everything correct. I defiantly donít want to do this twice. For that matter, I don't want to do any of this build twice.

Using a 3/16 rod and brass tubing telescoped to the correct size keeps the sleeve in the correct position on the motor end. I used some 1/4 brass tubing to align the sleeve on the strut end. I still have a few more layers of glass clothe to lie in supporting the stuffing tube sleeve.

Later,
Mike


Mike:

Keep wiping the excess glue off. You would be amazed at how much weight just extra glue can make by the time you are done with it.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 03:51 PM

Mike:

Keep wiping the excess glue off. You would be amazed at how much weight just extra glue can make by the time you are done with it.


Thanks for the tip Mary! I have been trying to keep the excess epoxy at a minimum, but I want to make sure I saturate the cloth enough to do its job. I did make sure to rough up (sand) the brass tube, and clean before gluing in so I should be in good shape

By the way; I really enjoyed the Saturday afternoons at the Indy pond launching and talking boats with you, Stu, Larry (The Squirrel), Tommy, and Joe when we were both still living there. I learned a lot from talking and listening to you guys too. Although, I think I get it honestly.

Once this cures and the stuffing tube sleeve is "set" I am going to sand/trim (the cloth) everything down and put 1 or 2 more layers inside the radio box to help secure it all. I am using 1.4oz fiber cloth. I also have a balsa block that I will use to support the rest of the stuffing tube sleeve up to the bulkhead. All recommendations from my personal mentor (Thanks Dad! B) ), I wouldnít be able to do it right the first time without your help! Last time I checked your .21 hydros have run pretty good in the past!

Later,
Mike

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 06:49 PM

As recommended I starting by installing the motor mount and getting it drilled and tapped for my motor. I am going to be running a Nova Rossi/Top 5 port that I won at the 2009 IMPBA Nats in Seville OH. Thanks Glenn!!!



You are welcome!!!! I'm glad to see it being used!

Glenn

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 07:25 PM

No problem Glenn,

I am sure that I speak for many that we appreciate you supporting the hobby as you do! I only regret taking so long to do something with it. I hadn't even pulled the plastic of the box until a few months ago. I am still keeping an eye on those Toro motors...

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Mike

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 07:15 PM

Look Good What color will you plan to paint?

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:50 AM

Looking good Mike! Keep up the postings, great information for All!!!!

Dad

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 07:53 AM

Look Good What color will you plan to paint?


Thanks Alan,

I am looking to keep the tub natural and the sponsons orange using the Klass Kote paints. I am still a ways away from needing to make that decision though. :D

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 08:05 AM

Looking good Mike! Keep up the postings, great information for All!!!!

Dad


Thanks Dad,

I just posted some more pictures. These were all taken last weekend. I did get the rudder mounted yesterday. Now I need to start working on the rudder servo mounting and linkage set up. I did screw up though; I didn't have the "backing" block tight enough against the transom. So when I drilled threw it splintered... F....udge! Oh well, I guess I will need to try something different next time. A GOOD set of drill bits that are sharp may be part of my problem. I'll need to take it in the chin and keep moving on.

Good, I hope this type of info is helpful to Al and anyone else that needs some help with getting started. I certainly donít have all of the tips and tricks like you expert builders have, but hopefully it will give others the motivation and the confidence to build their own boats too!

Later,
Mike

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 08:58 AM

Lookin' good! That's gotta be one of the most complete kits I've ever seen, wow, even a stand!

Hope you'll come and run it in London at our "NLMBC Open" June 18, 19. :)

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:48 AM

Hey Guys,

I finally got a chance to get some more done on my .21 Jag. Iíve gotten the rudder assembly mounted and my rudder linkage set up. I am planning on using the newer Woods style rubber boots/bellows for the linkage. I HATE DRILLING HOLES THRU THE BULKHEADS, WHAT A PIA!!!!! I am dreading setting up the throttle and third channel needle. Oh well, Iíll get thereÖ I added a few more pictures in my gallery...

http://www.intlwater...lbum&album=1103

Later,
Mike

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 09:40 PM

Lookin' good! That 90* dremel attachment is kinda 'spensive but works great...