Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A New Project
We needed a pretty big model to allow us to build in all the electronics and went with the R/C model "Independence" from Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) a boat building outfit located in Annapolis. I've built a few of the 1:1 CLC kits and really like their products. As you can see in the picture above the kit is mostly a bunch of wood and some plans. The finished boat is 48 inches long and the mast is five feet high. That's a pretty big model there should be enough room for the electronics.
The most complicated part will be figuring out the programming to trim the sail based on wind direction and the location of the current waypoint. It's always fun to watch the initial optimism of a new project.
My job is to help with the woodwork on the basic hull and mast. Hopefully, they'll leave me out of the electronics as that stuff mystifies and scares me! It's all voodoo, you know.
The second picture is a photo of a finished model, hopefully ours looks like that but with a few extra antenna and other gizmos' sticking out. We'll see....