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Old 08-25-2008, 11:39 AM
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Default FLITECRAFT TEMPEST repair help

Hi got a FLITECRAFT TEMPEST

from e bay cheep as chips lol

the hull is cracked thought no problem till i got it wow a small crack its a huge crack under the hull and the side too now well it was only £11.02 including postage so cant complain

my thinking is open up the top of the hull the houses the receiver and servos tape up the crack with electrical tape and use fiber glass resin where it is cracked

after i do that put in some expanding foam not allot just a wee biot as i have already blown up a plastic hull a few years back with putting way too much in

i have a few engines so be putting a 40 on it i think not much clearance so i have a 3 blade prop that would be perfect for it but once i have it running i get a two blade prop but think the biggest i will be able to go is a 8 by 6

any tips or help will be great the hull is very light so it should go rather quick as my other air boat is a bit heavy but got a sc 61 on it so its rather fast too

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glued up around the hull then thought better open up the top so cut a nice hole in the top at the back just make a cover for it glue it on inside the hull was very oily and dirty so filled a bucket up with very hot soapy water

leaked like a tea bag so will have to spend some time gluing the cracks then im going to put glass fiber resin inside the hull around where the cracks are that seal it up then going to put in some expanding foam not much but if there is more holes that find it make the hull more solid too just enough not too much as put some in a hull a few years ago way too much two weeks after i put it in the hull sort of went up like a balloon

that boat never sank tho lol going to put a a 21 on it as the 40 i have is a bit on the heavy side i will keep you all updated on the progress
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:55 AM
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Default RE: FLITECRAFT TEMPEST repair help

What is the Flitecraft made of? If it is made from vacuum formed plastic, chances are it is ABS plastic, in which case, Methyl Ethel Ketone will "weld" the plastic together
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:04 PM
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Default RE: FLITECRAFT TEMPEST repair help

Methyl Ethel Ketone

where would i be able to get that
it is a plastic hull very thin

thank you for your very fast reply i try google that cheers stewart

wow you can make bombs with it too i want some lo
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:39 AM
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You should be able to find it in any hardware store...it's a paint thinner. Just be careful when using it, it has very strong vapors. Use in a WELL ventilated area.
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:39 AM
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opened up the hull it is very thin so taped up the cracks poured in glass fiber resin make the hull more solid too just hope not put too much weight on it doing this today fill it with expanding foam too but just a wee bit

hopefully get the engine into it this weekend etc give it a test
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Old 08-30-2008, 03:08 PM
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Default RE: FLITECRAFT TEMPEST repair help

Vamp,

As a general rule, fiberglass resin will not stick to plastic very well. Thats why they give you the little plastic spreaders when you purchase bondo. (Bondo is the same basic chemical as fiberglass resin, some just use polyester as the base)

That brings back memories. I had one of those Flitecraft Tempest boats back in the 80's sometime. That thing was FAST. I think mine had a Supertigre 46 in it. Got stupid and tried a .90, way too much motor and was topheavy.

Hope it turns out ok for you.

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Old 08-31-2008, 08:35 AM
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well i have poured nearly two tins in it so far lol next expending foam but will need to leave it a few days after doing that let it expend away but not useing that much just enought to fill the front that will close the cracks as well lol

used it on a plastic boat i made a few years ago put a whole tin of the stuff in big mistake the hull nearly blew up but it never sank lol
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Old 08-31-2008, 04:49 PM
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well got the hull sealed up my tin of expanding foam didnt work so had a not so good idea got a hose thought drill a hole in the tin put the hose on put it in the hull
not one of my best ideas

it went every where over the walls ceiling but got some of it into the hull got a good bit of cleaning up to do when it go,s hard
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Old 09-03-2008, 08:02 AM
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sorry to hear that man. looks sticky
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:24 PM
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Wow, I have that same boat. Got it for Christmas about 15 years ago and never did anything with it. Its sitting in the back of my closet along with a thunder tiger .40 that hasnt seen a drop of nitro. Im kind of inspired to dig it out and get it running. Keep us updated on this one vamp!
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:32 PM
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get it out it looks a real good wee boat lol very light

fitted the engine and fitted new cables and servos just to mount the fuel tank think i give it a try with the water rudder then make up air rudders for it as my pond has too many weeds for water rudder

going to try it with a 25 engine just now got a few bids on 40 engines on e bay hopefully win one get it fitted with a 40 if its not fast it not fun

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Old 09-14-2008, 06:08 AM
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Well just putting fuel tank on it now and making an air rudder got an sc 40 engine from e bay so hopefully have that fitted very soon hopefully get it on Tuesday but going to try it today with the 35 give it a test on the grass my other air boat is too heavy for grass only go,s in the water lol

but it is a boat ! lol

will try get it running today post a film on later on if i do get the time
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:54 PM
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Well I got an sc40 for it hopefully it come in the post tomorrow

get it fitted made the rudder tonight air rudder but think it may be too short soon tell when i fit the new engine then fit the fuel tank then go chase the neighbors with it

hopefully it will work on grass save me getting wet down the duck pond
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:54 AM
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Well thats me got the engine fitted all ready to go but its raining here so need to wait till that go,s off as im in Scotland mite me next may lol hopefully get it tested tonight using a 3 blade prop a 10 by 7 i tried a 10 by8 two blade but very close to the hull so need to be a 9 by 8 get one next time im in the shop will post a film of the boat when i get it out
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:24 AM
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Wow the rain has stopped hopefully get a run today but got to do some work 1st lol if i do will post a film later on !
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:27 PM
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Nice workup there Vamp. I see you have a water cooled head, but I do not see a pickup tube...just curious.
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:36 PM
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Hi i did fit a 3.5 but got an sc 40 fitted that now gave it a test run on the grass need to stick it in water do that at the weekend
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:07 PM
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Good job Vamp,

I can't wait to see it run with a air rudder. I'm going to try a air rudder on one of mine.

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