FastGun USS Phoenix

Discussion in 'From Stem to Stern: Warships In Detail' started by Litch42f, Aug 29, 2018.

  1. Litch42f

    Litch42f Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2017
    Posts:
    136
    Location:
    Nevada
    Although there is a handful of pictures in my build thread the Phoenix is complete and has participated in 4 sorties.

    20180808_084115.jpg

    So, given the name of this particular sub-forum, lets start with the "stem",
    20180829_104024.jpg

    I wanted to try and centralize the weight as much as possible so there isn't much in the extreme bow area. There is a little water channeling there created by Free Form Air to keep any water from pooling in the extreme bow. It also doubles as an adhesive for the armor divider in the narrow bow. Working our way back you can see the pet screen armor that is attached to rib backers that I placed every other rib. Next is the 2.8oz CO2 bottle. The bottle sits in a 3D printed cradle with a Velcro strap and a decent up angle. A few wheel weights can be seen for ballast.

    Moving slightly further aft...

    20180829_104031.jpg

    The BC lightweight regulator can be seen with a dedicated supply line to each BC solenoid. Snugged up behind the regulator is the 6v 4.5 (or 5.0) ah SLA. During her initial sorties this power source seems to be working satisfactorily.

    Amidships:
    20180829_104044.jpg

    A BC Multi-C Board and Hobbywing 60Amp ESC sit in a 3D printed tray that is slightly elevated out of the bilge. The Rx hides under the subdeck where it should stay dry unless a sink. All the unprotected electronics got a coat or two of E6000. To starboard is the solenoid test switches for the dual sterns. I got lazy and didn't mount them but so far they have stayed out of the way. The bilge pump sits in a 3D printed housing. I got lazy once again and the pump outlet just runs up through the deck without a hardpoint. Due to the short plumbing, the outlet shouldn't sneak under the deck while pumping.

    Engineering:

    20180829_104112.jpg

    Two 380 motors with BC gear boxes get the Phoenix going. I also added some heat sinks to the motors to help keep them cool. Besides having a spacer sleeve come unattached from the motor shaft, the set up has been working well enough. A bb collector magnet sits in the bilge and the plugged dummy shafts are seen as well. Wiring for the rudder servo and solenoids runs down the starboard side.

    And to the stern:

    20180829_104139.jpg

    20180829_103813.jpg

    The two BC solenoids are zip tied to 380 can motor mounts and actually fit nice and snug. Quick disconnects can be seen for ease of deck removal. The rudder set up includes a $5 Hobbyking waterproof servo and BC gears.


    20180829_104228.jpg


    20180829_112539.jpg


    The BC constructed cannons are secured with a 3D printed mounting system that allows for slight elevation adjustments with the barrel hold down nut. Magazines and barrels are protected with clear plastic tubing.

    20180829_112609.jpg

    Ship recovery is enhanced by a fishing bobber located in the aft turret and attached to a spool of fly fishing line. This is not load bearing, only to help locate the submerged boat.

    Well that's about everything!
    20180808_084151.jpg
     
  2. NASAAN101

    NASAAN101 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2009
    Posts:
    2,315
    Location:
    Pittsburgh PA, USA
    god, she's great! can't wait to get my little lady up :D
    Nikki
     
  3. modelshipsahoy

    modelshipsahoy Vendor

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2018
    Posts:
    570
    Location:
    Michigan
    Thank you so much for the details and reasonings behind so much of this ships layout!

    Will be referring back to this once I get our Brooklyn ready to rig.
     
    Litch42f likes this.
  4. Nate G

    Nate G Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2009
    Posts:
    208
    Location:
    Bradford, PA
    Nicely done. With the BC board, that allows easy organization and would be a great first build. Wish you were closer so we could see it here in battle. Good fortune on the water.
    Nate G
     
    Litch42f likes this.
  5. Litch42f

    Litch42f Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2017
    Posts:
    136
    Location:
    Nevada
    If you haven't seen it already, here is the build thread for the Phoenix. I don't know much about fiberglass hull construction but perhaps it will help you see what goes into turning the Brooklyn hull into a combat vessel.

    https://rcwarshipcombat.com/threads/uss-phoenix-cl-46.445681/
     
  6. modelshipsahoy

    modelshipsahoy Vendor

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2018
    Posts:
    570
    Location:
    Michigan
    Cool! Thanks!