Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cool NAVIGA 2012 Worlds Video

Cool video from Anton Chernenko in Russia!
From their trip to Dessau @ the NAVIGA FSR 2012 worlds. :)

My pics from the worlds:
2012 NAVIGA FSR Worlds in Dessau Germany

Thursday, January 17, 2013

T2 Build-Series #10

Sponson tube fillets, turnfin L-mount and turnfin(s)!

KEP's T2 .21 Presentation
KEP's T2 .21 Freebie
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #1
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #2
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #3
KEP's T2 .21 "Inspirational" Article
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #4
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #5
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Mix some 30 minute epoxy with milled fiberglass (to make it thicker) and use that to form fillet around the aluminum tubes in the tub and sponsons.

Sand the sponson outsides smooth.

Lets do the initial set-up of the sponson tubes! My carbon tubes are cut at 470 mm. Push them in the tub-tubes and make sure they are protruding equally left and right. Use a hand held drill machine with a 2 mm drill bit and drill one hole from the top through the pre-drilled 2 mm hole(s) in the aluminum tube in the tub and through one "side" of the carbon tube (only the top side). Take one of the 2x12 mm carbon pins and push that through the hole you just drilled. Turn the boat up-side-down and drill the "other" hole from the bottom. That makes one complete hole in the carbon tube so to speak. Push the 2x12 mm pin all the way through. Now you have your first locking pin in place and it should be flush on booth sides of the aluminum tube (top and bottom).

Continue to do the rest of the pin holes in the tub part.

Note, the top picture is just for reference showing the tube being pulled out and the pin is shown semi-through the carbon tube. The bottom picture shows the 2 mm pin pushed through and locking the two tubes together. When you are doing the final set-up and assembly of your ready painted T2-21you will only need a small amount of electrical tape over this joint to secure the pin from falling out.

Now it's time to lock the sponsons in place. Push one of them over the tubes and with the earlier applied masking tape & centerline on top of the sponson align the sponson to be pointing straight ahead = the same measurement from the center of the sponson to the tub-side - front and rear. Use the same procedure as when drilling these holes on the tub-side so to speak. Keep checking that the sponson alignment is dead-on.

When all of the holes have been drilled, and all pins pushed in place (in total 8 pins), you can feel that the locking pins makes a rigid and secure way of locking the sponsons in place. It's a system that also is quite easy to fix when you have hit a buoy etc. The carbon tubes wont be crushed either as will happen if you would use a screw system. Me like. :)

2 mm thick aluminum L-bracket being made for the turn-fin mount. The aluminum quality we have used is "un-known" actually. It's bough over the counter cheaply at Bauhaus here in Sweden. It means you don't need to find a super quality L profile for this purpose - ours has'nt bent yet. The L-bracket drawing is included in the 2of2 pdf.

L-bracket done.

Turn your T2-21 upside down and put some masking tape on the right hand sponson as the picture shows. I made one line that is parallel to the centerline of the sponson as guide to begin with. The off-set is 3 mm to the inside.

The length-wise alignment of the turn-fin mount L-bracket is that the edge of it should be 55 mm from the vertical sponson step.

Use a steel ruler to set a 1 mm toe-in of the L-bracket. That means the front of the turn-fin mount should be 1 mm closer to the tub then the rear of the mount. Look at these two pictures. You can see that it's only the rear hole that is marked on the line. The most forward hole is toed-in slightly...

Of course you can choose and drill these holes perfectly straight in the sponson but then you will need to make the 3 holes oval later on as you will most likely need to add some toe to the turn-fin. You might still need to adjust this (make the 3 holes oval) even though you add the toe to begin with but it's the way I do it. :)

The three 4-40 threaded 15 mm long 1/4" diameter aluminum inserts. These have the hole all the way through and the end of the hole plugged with some epoxy.

Note, in this picture you can easily see that the front hole will pretty much be centered with the sponson tube! That means you need to pay attention when drilling that hole. I drill it so the drill bit touches the aluminum but not through of course.

Use the cut-away Divinycell piece again and align the sponson so that the step-bottom/roof is horizontal. Use a drill press and a brad-point 6 mm drill bit to drill the holes. Note the masking tape on the bit that shows how deep you should drill. When these 6 mm holes are done change the drill bit to a std 6.5 mm one if you are using 1/4" dia inserts. Make sure you don't drill the rear hole through the sponson tube!

Dry-fit the inserts. Make sure that there is some play (that the hole dia is slightly bigger then the outside dia of the inserts) and they fit good. Use some sand paper and roughen the surface of them just before you will glue these inserts.

Mix a batch of 30 minute epoxy glue and use a pin to cover the holes in the sponsons. One at a time. Use "too much epoxy" here. Cover the newly roughen up insert with epoxy and push it slowly in place. Make sure that it protrudes slightly. If your holes are too small the air and excess epoxy will have a hard time getting out. Do this carefully and be slow. Don't rush. If the epoxy starts to harden and you haven't finished all three inserts. Just take it cool and mix some more glue when the first ones have set. This is the reason you should only do one hole and one insert at a time. It's better (more safe) to actually do one insert for each batch of mixed 30 min epoxy. Just to be certain it will be good...

When the epoxy has set over-night you can start sanding the protruding inserts parts flush with the sponson. Take your time as the sanding will crate some heat in the aluminum insert and you don't want it to get too hot.

Cut-out the turn-fin part of the printed 2of2 pdf. In this picture you can actually see three different T2-21 turn-fins to be made. One is the std T2 fin that is included in the pdf's. But I will also test a couple different ones this upcoming season. One of those development fins is "one hole" shorter = 8 mm. The second new one is the same length on the top part but the leading edge is more sloped backwards then the std fin.

FYI: The included (in the original pdf's) std T2-21 turn-fin is based on the JAE 21 fin but modified as the T2 fin is mounted differently and it's shorter then the std JAE fin also. We for sure will test more fins in 2013! I'll keep you posted on how the testing goes. :) If you want to try any of these development fins you can download the A4 sized pdf with them HERE. The std T2 fin is included also in that pdf.

The printed out turn-fin and the turn-fin doubler is attached to a 1.5-1.6 mm thick 7075-T6 aluminum sheet about 100x100 mm in square. Use normal spray-glue. Use a steel ruler to mark the hole centers and punch a drill-guide dip in each center.

Drill all holes in a drill-press (in the fin and doubler) with a new 3.5 mm drill bit. De-burr the holes from booth sides slightly.

Use a bench bending device and do the lower bending first. You need to bend it slightly more then the actual 17 deg bend as the 7075 will spring back so to speak. Remove it and check the angle and bend it again until you are happy.

Turn it around and do the upper bend.

Done. Now ready to be sawed out.

Use a band saw to cut them out.

I use a disc sander to make the edges straight and flat but you can use a std file also.

Flip it around and use a pen to mark on the outside where the sharpening will be done. Again, this is done on the disc sander but you could use a file to do the majority of the work but it takes quite some time to do it manually. On the top picture you can see that the left fin is just done in the disc sander and the right one has been hand filed. Make sure that the filing is done horizontal so to speak.

Note, at this time don't make the sharpened leading edge too "sharp". Leave a flat spot of a few tenths of mm. If you make it too sharp it will be too fragile (at least at this stage).

You will need to make a small notch in the turn-fin doubler to match the turn-fin. That also is sharpened to match.

The complete turn-fin and doubler is then sanded smooth. The last part of the sharpening is done with sanding also.

Sanded also on the inside flat parts. De-burr the sharpened leading edges slightly with sand paper.

Done for now - the next build-series article will be in about two weeks. :)

Next: KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #11

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

T2 Build-Series #9

Sponson tubes. Important to get them level and straight.

KEP's T2 .21 Presentation
KEP's T2 .21 Freebie
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #1
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #2
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #3
KEP's T2 .21 "Inspirational" Article
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #4
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #5
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #6
KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #7
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We use 10x8 mm pultruded carbon tubes and these 12x10 mm aluminum tubes that slides perfectly on them... The aluminum tubes are epoxy glued in the tub and sponsons. Carefully drill a 2 mm hole in the center of each tube 10 mm from the edge. That hole is aligned vertically when glued in place.

I cut the length of my personal carbon tubes to 470 mm.

The small pins are made of 2 mm solid carbon rods. They are used as locking pins for the sponson tubes. It creates a very rigid mount! Note, in 2011 and 2012 we used nothing else then electrical tape to lock the tubes in place... These added pins make's it very solid!

I use my set-up board as a flat surface and use two 25 mm high wood blocks for the tub to rest on. Make sure that the holes in the tub is a tiny bit too big. Or at least the aluminum tube should not fit snugly... Attach the rear most aluminum tube in the tub and slide in the sponson tube. Check each side to be level with the set-up board = same height left and right.

The left and right side is very seldom perfect right from the start. You usually need to open up the holes a tiny bit to tweak them. For that reason you can use small glue wedges that is inserted to hold the tube at that angle. In this case its 0.4 mm thin plywood pieces that has been cut out and sanded to fit.

Make sure to dry-fit them like this so you know how to insert them when actually gluing the tubes.

Remove the tubes and sand the areas to be glued. Use 30 minute epoxy and glue one aluminum tube at a time. Dip the wedges in glue before inserting them. Make sure the 2 mm holes are aligned vertically and that the tube protrudes equally on each side of the tub. Double check everything at least twice before leaving it to set. Don't worry about the small plywood wedge sticking out like this while the epoxy sets. They will be cut away afterwards with a hobby knife.

When the 30 minute epoxy has set. Repeat the process on the second tub-tube.

The process is repeated for the sponsons at one side at a time. If you are uncertain you could do one tube at a time here also.

Put a strip of masking tape on the top of each sponson and mark out the centerline with a pen. Dry-fit everything so you know that you can align the sponsons to be centered completely and no toe-in or out. Most of the time the holes on the sponsons need to be opened up slightly so they point perfectly straight forward. They also need to be resting perfectly flat on top of the set-up board. Tape the ride-pads on the bottom of the sponsons for now. Use only one tub-spacer at the rear for the tub to rest on - in the front the boat should rest on the sponson ride pads.

You should do the appropriate sanding of the holes in booth sponsons at this time. You will glue one side at a time but the other side's sponson should be attached also for alignment purpose.

Sand all tubes to be glued and mix some 30 minute epoxy.

Spread 30-minute epoxy inside the sponson holes and also on the outside of the aluminum tubes. Carefully push them in the sponson and twist them around to spread the glue. Align it so the 2 mm hole is vertical. If epoxy has entered on the outside part of the aluminum tube you can remove it with some paper towels. The sponson width itself is not important at this point.

Align the sponson so the centerline of it is in perfect parallel to the tub. Use a ruler to check front and back. Double check that the boat is resting on the perfectly flat ride pads.

The aluminum tube should protrude slightly on the outside - that will be sanded smooth later on.

Repeat the process on the other side and you're done with the major sponson tube gluing!

Next: KEP's T2 .21 Build Series #10