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240 and 400 grit sanding

When not shopping online for lathe-electronics/parts I have been busy sanding the Pikanto moulds. First the last bits of 180-grit today, then all over with 240 grit, and finally started with 400 grit which I will have to continue with next in the next session. The flat bits and large gently curved areas of the hull are easy and quick to work with but as always the devil is in the details. The deck mould has a lot of edges and features that are tricky to sand, and all moulds have a sharp 90-degree edge which is easily damaged when handling the moulds.

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The plan is to go 600-800-1200 grit next weekend and do a bit of polishing after that.

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Pikanto moulds

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Our three-piece hull/deck-moulds for the Pikanto IOM (designed by Graham Bantock) are now ready. The next step is to sand the surface smooth and polish the moulds. We hope to mould a prototype hull before the new year.

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More Polish Laerke pictures

10 Cockpit8 Keel box7 Cockpit false ribs6 Deck5 Veneer on deck4 Veneer on hull3 Mahogany veneer1 Balsa cutting13 First time on water 311 First time on water 114 My Laerke plans

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A Polish Laerke

Grzegorz from Poland sent me these pictures of his home-built Laerke IOM.

Irrehaare4 Irrehaare3 Irrehaare2 Irrehaare1 Irrehaare

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Noux IOM builders in Hungary and Australia

Forster Tamas in Hungary has a nice set of pictures of his wooden Noux:
http://www.rcsailing.hu/photos/wooden_noux_building_(builder_forster_tamas)/

Down Under, Bill Hutch is also busy building. He has first made a wooden plug, then a mould, and finally moulded a glassfiber hull.
http://radiosailingshop.com.au/index.php?main_page=page&id=6

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A Noux65 from Bangkok

Phanchita Supasirithanawat (www.rcsails.com) from Bangkok Thailand sent me these pictures of a down-scaled Noux design built to the RG65 rules. It's called a Noux65.

There is a video here http://www.rcsails.com/noux65.htm

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Mad Max comes to Finland

Riku and Lasse from the Turku-area IOM-fleet are proud new owners of Jeff Byerley designed Mad Max IOMs. These are the very first boats to come out of Mike Clifton's moulds in the UK. Note black main-boom, I hear it's about 10% faster than the standard aluminum-colored one!

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Ultra High Modulus

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Unidirectional (UD) Ultra High Modulus (UHM) 250 g/m2 carbon which will go into the skins of our IOM fins.

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Pikanto plug painted

The parts of the plug have been glued together, painted, and sanded. We should be ready to lay up the moulds in a few weeks.

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MDF plug pictures

The first half of our Pikanto plug is now milled. The other half will be done next weekend - and then we have a lot of painting and sanding to do before laminating moulds.