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Old 29-09-2010, 07:07 PM   #1
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Default Stingray - 3' kit

I have the 3ft Stingray kit, it has a silver rate eddy damper, I want to use a clear version and
am looking for advice on how to cast from the silver version I have. Any suggestions?
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Old 29-09-2010, 07:27 PM   #2
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I have the 3ft Stingray kit
A: Pics please
B: Where did you get it?
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Old 29-09-2010, 07:30 PM   #3
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Stick it onto a base board hull end first, make a wall around it that is higher than it by about 2 cm. Get some RTV (Room temperature vulcanising) rubber, mix the catalist into it and then pour it over the ratemaster to the top of the wall, Wait about 18 hours (or however long it takes). When the rubber has set you can if you wish add a fibreglass jacket to hold the rubber in shape when casting. Go to your local hobbyshop and buy some clear casting resin, mix and pour in. Very simply put but that should get you going. I did one a few years back, turned out very nice with a lot of polishing. Good luck
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Old 29-09-2010, 09:38 PM   #4
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Thumbs up It's a clear case of type casting....

Hi G,

What Mamas said, but with the largest diameter of clear acrylic tube you can slot through the centre, saves weight and stabilises the exothermic reaction to avoid any danger of stress cracking later. I would also be very tempted to make this a multi part fibreglass mould not a silicone one. Clear casting resins don't like the styrene absorbing properties of silicone, it inhibits the catalysing process. This explains why the surface remains tacky and requires polishing to remove the film of liquid resin.

Wow I sound all scientist, where did I put me white coat?

Stingray is one of my favourite shows, I would love to see a picture or two of this model if possible.

Asking you for model photographs is becoming a habit.

Let me know if I can return the favour.

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Old 29-09-2010, 11:18 PM   #5
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You should put it in a pressure pot to squeeze out any air bubbles in the clear resin. Most paint stores sell them. I have a 3 gal one, just started to use it. You may find one on ebay; that's where I got mine.

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Old 30-09-2010, 12:03 PM   #6
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I would be interested in helping out with any costs... I also have a 3 foot Stingray with a solid colour cast ratemaster, a clear one would be much much more preferable - Also I have have a pretty good experience with resin casting, just didn't seem a justifiable cost for a one off in these financial climes. send me a pm if you're interested in sharing the expense?
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Old 30-09-2010, 12:15 PM   #7
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i would be interested in one ratemaster
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Old 30-09-2010, 12:46 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice, much appreciated! I am new to this building game so here is a picture of the kit taken a couple of weeks ago. I have cut the windows but need to get the correct thickness and sharpen up the openings. I have fitted the top hatch since and am looking at the side rear canopies/pod and will use the original Medding plan on ebay to get that eliptical shape. Lots of filling and prep to come....oh and I want it to be powered



I have also sorted out the cabin to hull fit with resin and plenty of tape and Im pleased with the result

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Old 30-09-2010, 01:25 PM   #9
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david merriman would be the guy to ask on fitting this up to work r/c he did the seview fittings
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Mamas Has some experience in this field too, and he's closer
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Old 30-09-2010, 06:27 PM   #12
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I picked this up off of ebay earlier this year, the guy who sold it said it was a limited run possibly of five and that my model is the sharper nosed version. The seller had another kit which was completed and I have spoken to several people who have this kit but still have no firm details. The seller also said it came off an original studio model but who knows? Having said that it does seem to look right...............

I like it anyway and thats what counts.
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Old 30-09-2010, 06:29 PM   #13
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Hi Graham,looking at the pics of yours and what we where talking about a while ago ,yours looks different to the one ive got.Gonna be cracking on with mine and more to my sky one when on holls next week,cant wait
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Does anybody have good photos of the rear of Stingray, I am looking for detail of the two rear tubes?

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Old 30-09-2010, 08:24 PM   #15
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That kit is Seaviews one, Side fins are moulded in and the topfins are also moulded in with the cabin. The other 3 footer is I think the one Mark42 had to radically change (See Dave Sissons website) I had one of those and R/C'ed it, two water jets with the jets exiting at the rear tubes.
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Thanks for the info, is there any detail on this kit on the web? Just like to know more about it.

Do you have any pics of your Stingray and did you use the jets to turn the craft ie one on one off? Did the eddy damper turn?

Lots of questions!

all the best Graham
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Default Stingray glides under the sea apparently....

Me see, me want, me skint....

Are you sure Mamas, Pete sent me pictures of his model and it doesn't look the same somehow. I'll call him later and check.

I will make a replacement rate master if I can get a kit. It has to be clear really, major feature an all that, check the episode Pink Ice for a brilliant close up of it trapped in the ice.

Here is a link to a Studio 2 working model built by Mamas:

http://studio2models.webs.com/apps/p...lbumid=3929361

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Old 01-10-2010, 09:28 AM   #18
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Just to be clear the Stingray on my site is based on the RA models one (18 inches long) I had to vacform the main hull, that was powered by a Graupner Minijet. I sold that one and have another in production.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:31 AM   #19
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Bernie im almost 100% its Petes one, if not then thats three versions done now
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Old 01-10-2010, 10:57 AM   #20
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Hi Mamas,

Keep that camera handy, I have a particular interest in the RA models conversion you are doing. How about starting a thread and posting your method? I love what you do and I know you have other fans here too.

I think the RA Stingray Model is the best shaped one I have seen so far.

I will contact Pete again and ask for better pictures, 3 foot is a great size but difficult to display.

Bernie.
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