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VIRGIN ATLANTIC CHALLENGER I

The Trials Begin

The Trials begin

Now the time of reckoning had come; it`s first dip into the water.
It was a beautiful Saturday morning in May, the sun shining on a mirror surface of Eaton model boat pond. The objective was to see if Challenger floated correctly and that we had the weight equally spread around the hull, and it gave our local evening newspaper, The Eastern Evening News, the opportunity to take some photos.
On entering the water, our model boat sat exactly like the real Virgin Atlantic Challenger I. At last, after all these many months of hard labour, things were coming together.
The second trials came when we were on holiday at Millendreath in Cornwall and this time we were going to start the engines. After checking that all was secure and fuel tanks were full and the fuel was reaching through to the carbs, the first engine was fired up. The home made exhausts made by Martin were exceptionally quiet. The the engines were tuned in with the boat whilst in the water, otherwise we could have had a seized engine on our hands! The engines were turned in one at the time, removing the boat from the water before starting up the No. 2 engine. After what seemed like hours, both enginges were started and the boat was released on its own for the first time.
Soon we had a problem. The model could not get up on plane, and when turning, the rear compartments filled with water that came in over aft sides. On trying to get the model up on to plane, the Challenger would sit right down into the water, with her bow sticking into the air, and then try and try to get her to up, while screaming her little old backside off.

We tried all the props we had with us at that moment, which were Mocoms aluminium props, 2026, 2025, 2122, and so on, but after borrowing other people`s sets (and we got through twelve different sets,) we finally gave up in disgust!

Our consolation came on Sunday, 18th May, the day of the O.M.R.A. & W.O.M.P.B.R.A. Championships at Looe in Cornwall over about 5000 yards offshore. However, due to FOUL weather, the races were cancelled and the model boats were put on static show in the main car park. Our own Virgin Atlantic Challenger I soon became the STAR attraction with dozens of people queuing to take photos and videos.

On returning home, we came to the conclusion that the answer to the problem was that the propellor tubes would have to be lowered to get the props into deeper water. The thought of the difficulties involved in doing this made us very despondent and we nearly decided on a change to electric power. Discussing this over a pint or two in our local pub with the other regulars, called "The Beehive" 30 Leopold road, Norwich, Norfolk.

We came to realise that to change it now, after all the the previous efforts, would be a pity, so with encouragement from Peter, I took the Dremel drill and inserted Dremel No.561 Spiral cutting bit (Multipurpose) into the chuck and this cuts Wood , Plastic & Fiberglass. Then I carefully ripped both prop shafts out. I made up a jig so that we could get both propellor tubes at the correct depth and this turned out to be approximately 45mm deeper!