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MANUKAU MODEL POWER BOAT CLUB Inc

 

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Venue: Wattle Farm Rd Pond Manurewa

2nd & 4th Sunday of each month

 

Secretary:        Glen Sayers                 Editor   Chris Breen

                        9 Reyland Close                       86 Chivalry Rd

                        Manurewa                               Glenfield

                        Ph 267 2607                              Ph 4445 482                              December 2001

 

HOT NEWS

MMPBC TO HOST REGATTA IN FEBRUARY

SEAFAIR TROPHY

9TH & 10TH FEBRUARY 2002, AUCKLAND, MMPBC

We will be running the first round of the 1/8th Scale/Sport 40 Hydro Hi-Points Series that is sanctioned by the New Zealand Model Powerboat Association. This Hi-Point Series will be conducted over 5 or 6 Regattas throughout the year, with individual Titles for each Regatta. The Regattas will include ample races for our boats with the cats being able to run in both the sprint races (Matrix) and endurance (Offshore) which will be on a slightly modified oval course. The Offshore races will be both 15 and 30 mins each day. (If time allows)

There will be a high entry level for all classes, and we will need to show the rest of the country what we can do. (You may need an alternative frequency) Scrutineering will be compulsory so make sure your radios and boats are up to scratch. It is not far away so now is the time to get your boats sorted out and remember this coming race-day is the last for the year and the ponds will be drained sometime before our Regatta. We will expect all our members to be available to race and also lend a helping hand in preparing for this event.

CLUB XMAS DINNER

A combined Club Meeting and Xmas Dinner will be held at the Weymouth Cosmopolitan Sports Club, Skye’s Rd, Weymouth on Friday 7th Dec 2001

Club meeting starts upstairs at 6pm Sharp. (Drinks downstairs for non-members)

Buffet Dinner is booked in at 7.30….bring your Spouse if you like.

SEE YOU THERE!!!

 

DICK OF THE DAY
There was no DOTD on Race Day but last practise day DOTD could go to Merv. For reasons best known to himself his fully repaired Sport 40 hydro “Radical Rat II” carries a pencil at all times while racing.(Editor’s note: Is this for taking down notes ?)

TECH NOTES

READING THE PLUG

Below is a list of glow-plug readings to help you find the perfect mixture. Use a new plug and run 3 or 4 hard laps. Then inspect the plug. Use a hand lens if, like your editor, you are geriatric.

Shiny Element (like New).
You picked up a new plug by mistake! Or… your engine is set to a rich setting and head clearance and fuel are very user friendly. You can lean down the engine and test it again.

Dull element
A dull element is one that has lost its shine, but it is not frosted. If the element is still in its original shape, not mangled or twisted, your engine is lean enough to work hard without being damaged. This is a good setting for prolonged racing.

Frosted element
The frosted element has an " orange-peel " peel surface. The " orange-peel " is an indication that you are, in fact, running lean. Lean is Mean, but don't expect your engine to hang in there during prolonged racing. If the element is not mangled, you are simply running lean, and your head clearance is still OK.

(Shiny or dull) mangled element
The mangled element is an indication that head clearance is too tight. Add a head shim to raise the head clearance until the plug comes back not mangled.

(Frosted or missing) mangled element
When the element is frosted or completely destroyed, it can be an indication of a lean run , too tight a head clearance, or both. You mist set the engine rich and run it again to determine the cause of the damage. When the needle setting is rich you can determine whether the head clearance is too tight.

Shiny but mangled element
If the engine is rich and the element is mangled, the head clearance is too tight. Add head shims until the plug comes back undamaged. Then, and only then, can you start to lean the mixture.

Black element
A black element is not a good one. It can be an indication that a rotor is being eaten up or that aluminium filings are in the engine. A black residue at the tuned–pipe exhaust is an indication that something aluminium is coming apart in the engine.

Small shiny flakes
Small shiny flakes on the glow-plug base can be an indication that new bearings are in order.

Missing plug
The scenario shows that you forgot to tighten the glow plug before you launched the boat. (Editor’s Note: Yeah OK)

Dull and pulled out
When the element is dull and pulled out toward the piston, your needle setting and tuned pipe are on the money. The pulled element is an indication that pipe scavenging is working great.

SOLDERING & BRAZING MELT TEMPERATURES

Those guys keen on build-it-yourself may find the following of interest:

5/93/1 Tin/Lead/Silver (high melt point) at 300o C

Dick Smith "Lead free" 99.3% tin/0.76 % Cu specifications say 270o C

40/60 Tin/Lead (not the common alloy), melts at 234o C

Weldwell "430" Solder 221o C

Dick Smith "SolderPaste" syringe (?Tin/?Silver) 221o C

'Savbit' alloy (copper in), melts at 215o C

Weldwell 60/40 Tin/Lead (common solder) 180 to 190o C

62/32/2 Tin/Lead/Silver (low melt point) at 179o C

Very low melt solders are mixtures of Tin, Antimony and Bismuth and melt at temperatures between 170o C and 70o C

High Temperature solder

Weldwell "Silvaloy 35" 607o to 702o C, use "Silvaloy" flux

And for aluminium

Weldwell Ali-Flo 582o C, use "Aliflux" flux

Notes from race day 11 November

Race results from last race day:

Enduro

Class II (large off-shore)

                                                            Points

Adrian                          8, 6, 7               = 21      4th

Graham                        10, 8, 9             = 27      2nd

Phil                               9,10,10             = 29      1st

Brett                             6,4,6                 =14

Chris                             7, 5, 8               =20       3rd

Adrienne                       6                      =6

Tony B                         9                      =9

Tony K                          5,7                    =12

Sprints

Class I (small boats 4 lap)

We had 3 boats: Graham's new little one still being de-bugged

Race 1, a perfect start and Graham just pipped at the finish into third by one length.

Race II, Warrick ran over Graham & broke a rod

Jason                                                    19 pts

Graham                                                 8 points

Warrick                                                 10 points

Class II (bigger boats 6 lap)

Phil                                                       20 pts

Tony B                                                  19

Tony W                                                 18

Chris                                                     10

Brett                                                     9

Tony K                                                  8

Malcolm                                                7 (and another cracked crankcase, #3 !)

Thanks to Phil for the trailer & driver's stand. These worked very well and no doubt contributed to the safe driving and enjoyable racing.

A classic flip by Adrian right in front of spectators not 5 m from shore, 10/10 points. We also tested Adrian’s petrol cat on GPS and recorded a speed of 93 km/hour.

Perfect weather conditions and a good turn-out of boats, couple of new members including “ALLY” a new boat in aluminium designed and built by youngster Bruce Burns

To raise funds Wayne donated a lamp as a prize for a pay-to-enter race. Idea well received. Won by Graham (I think). More pay-to-enter races to be held in future.

Good behaviour all day with pit men, and considerate driving. Only thing that detracted from the day was the phantom sausages.

The following practise day (25/11/01) was also notable for good conditions, some impromptu races, and a new class of off-shore power boat (armed and dangerous see photo)

Welcome to new members:

Tony Webster (Martini Racing)

Bruce Burns (Ally)

The Kockott family, recently in New Zealand from South Africa (Tornado, Coke, Evoluzione)

Adrienne was 1st S.A. A multi class and also 2nd NZ nats this year in A Enduro

Tony 1st NZ nats this year C Enduro

Neil Stanley (currently building an 1/8th Scale Circus-Circus Dumas kit)

Programme

The programme for each Race Day (2nd Sunday of the Month) meeting will run something like the following:

Note: No boats on the water until after Drivers-Brief and boat has been scrutineered, & DAY FEE $3 paid.

09.00 - 9.30am Set-up course

09.30 - 10.00 Boat scrutineering

10.00 –10.15 Drivers Briefing (It is important that everyone is at the briefing! No Brief – No Race)

10.15 – 10.30 Open Water Class 1&2

10.30 –11.00 Class 1 & 2 Sprint Racing

11.00 – 11.15 Open Water Hydro

11.15 –11.45 Hydro Racing 1/8th and or Sport 45 / Tunnels (NO Cats)

11.45-12.15 Class 1 & 2 Racing Enduro

12.15-12.30 LUNCH

12.30-1.00 Hydro Racing 1/8th and or Sport 45 / Tunnels (NO Cats)

1.00-1.30 Class 1 & 2 Sprint Racing

2.00-3.00 Hydro Racing 1/8th and or Sport 45 / Tunnels (NO Cats) FINAL TAKE ALL

3.00-3.30 Class 1 & 2 Enduro Racing DOUBLE POINTS

4.00 Clean up……..

List of Competitors, frequencies and boats

New guys should try to select a free frequency (27.145 = a clash)

Malcolm                     40.850              Skulduggery      C Deep Vee

Glen                          40.830              Dealer               C Deep Vee

Graham                      27.145              Ohio Steel         P Deep Vee & Blue

Graham                                              Blue Cat            C Cat

Larry                          27.255              Wild Thing         P Deep Vee

Tony W                      27.145              Martini              P Deep Vee

Tony K                       40.915              TornadoC Deep Vee

Russell                      27.045              Knacker            P Craker Box

Jason             40.970              Coca Cola         C Cat

Phillip                        27.175              Yellow/Red        C Cat

Tony                          40.670              Splash Zone      C Cat

Chris                          29.925              L & P                C Cat

Brian                          27.255              Pussycat          P Cat

Adrian                        40.670              Lamborghini       P Cat

Brett                          27.045              Ballistics           P Cat

Peter                         27.095              Obsession         B Cat

Bruce                         29.745                                      B Deep Vee

Chris                                                  Antares             A Deep Vee

Warrick                      72.590              Coke                 A Deep Vee

Adrienne                    40.730              Evoluzione         A Deep Vee

Wayne                       29.985              Pennzoil            A Deep Vee

Graham                      27.145              Zip-A-Dee          A Deep Vee

Merv                          40.810              1/8th Budweiser

Glen                          40.830              1/8th York

Chris                          29.925              1/8th Llumar

Jason                         40.970              1/8th De Walt

Malcolm                     27.045              1/8th Miller High Life

Merv                          40.810              Radical Rat II

Jason                                                 Persidon ?

Chris                                                  Black Fire

Club Points Standings

(Editor’s Note: Previous errors corrected, no further correspondence will be entered into)

Driver

Boat

Total Enduro Points)

Total Sprint Points

 

Class I Off-Shore

   

Graham Doggett

Ohio Steel

197

25

Peter Wright

Obsession

121

28

Adrian Milanesi

Orange &white thingi

136

 

Adrian Milanesi

Lamborghini

105

18

Glen Sayers

Blue thingi

47

30

Wayne Lester

Bud Dry

33

18

Jason Lester

Coca Cola

94

9

Tony Webster

Martini Racing

 

178

Tony Belle

Blue & White sprint

156

44

Malcolm Miller

Skulduggery

291

35

Adrienne Kockott

Evoluzione

6

 

Tony Kockott

Tornado

12

8

Brian Nesbitt

Pussycat

205

17

Phil Leach

 

53

50

Russell Day

 

58

 

Jeremy & Brett) Harrison

 

30

43

Chris Breen

Lemon & Paeroa

59

47

 

Class II Off-Shore

   

Glen Sayers

Steves Model shop

26

 

Jason Lester

DeWalt

46

36

Malcolm Miller

Red Boat

49

 

Graham Doggett

   

8

Warrick Kockott

Coke

 

10

 

Hydros

   

Glen

York

 

10

Chris Breen

Black Fire

 

59

Chris Breen

Llumar

 

9

Jason Lester

DeWalt

 

28

Merv Sowden

Radical Rat

 

29

Merv Sowden

Miss Bud

 

10

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Well that is all for this newsletter people – Next Club Race Day is Dec 9th.

C Breen – Editor

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