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Hellen by mtdoramike - Artesania Latina

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I'm going to get a Artesania Latina Hellen kit from a friend. The hull as been put together, but that is as far as they got on it. I'm thrilled to get this kit, it's been out of production for a while and it peaks my interest, so I said what the heck, I get it and finish it. I comes with a 540 geared drive motor, speed control and a few extras. I'm not fond of plastic hulls, so I will see how it goes.    

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I pulled the contents out of the box to get a look at it. The hull is some really thick plastic at least 1/16" thick. The hull is about 36" inches. couple of the ribs were broke, but no biggie. I also found the original receipt in the box from the original owner. The kit came from Model Expo in 1998. So this is one of those kicked around kits hopping to get built. I will give it a little love and fulfill it's destiny.   

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Yeah Bob, it will be fully R/C ready to go. It came with a geared 540 brushed motor. When I'm finished it will be what I call receiver ready. All the new owner will have to add is their radio, receiver and battery in order to go trawling. I'm going to make the mast removeable in order to make it easier to pack and ship it. If not mistaken, this kit was later re-released as the Elena by Latina, which I believe is also out of production as well. I'm not a fan of preformed and plastic hulls, but this is one of the nicest plastic hulls I have seen, so it might win me over.  Also, this hull is quite large at about 36" and about 9" wide, which will make for a very stable boat on the water and should have plenty of room for the electrics in the hull. 

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Hi all,  I’m new here and I also acquired a Hellen from my sister-in-law who got it at an estate sale.

 

Embarrassingly cheap.

 

I have a bit of advice. Question darn near everything in the instructions and verify everything. They can be rather vague and some things are contradicted by the drawings but what the hey, it’s a work boat, a floating truck really.

 

Mine is 95% complete. I just finished the mast, booms and the gaff.

 

I need to varnish and do the rigging next.

 

Oh, and I changed the name to JENNY I’m a big fan of Forest Gump.

 

The first image I found on the inter web. It’s Bubba Blue’s different ways to prepare shrimp, and the captain’s certificate.

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What a great looking boat. Really looking forward to seeing your build on this model.

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2 hours ago, Fresh water sailor said:

Hi all,  I’m new here and I also acquired a Hellen from my sister-in-law who got it at an estate sale.

 

Embarrassingly cheap.

 

I have a bit of advice. Question darn near everything in the instructions and verify everything. They can be rather vague and some things are contradicted by the drawings but what the hey, it’s a work boat, a floating truck really.

 

Mine is 95% complete. I just finished the mast, booms and the gaff.

 

I need to varnish and do the rigging next.

 

Oh, and I changed the name to JENNY I’m a big fan of Forest Gump.

 

The first image I found on the inter web. It’s Bubba Blue’s different ways to prepare shrimp, and the captain’s certificate.

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Beautiful job on her. Latina has great instructions usually, but sometimes the translation can get in the way causing confusion. I have built a number of Latina kits so I'm quite aware of these pitfalls. So I try and read several steps ahead on the instructions, double and triple check before final glue up. I usually build mainly by the plans and rarely build a model exactly as instructed. I will change things, especially if I find something that just doesn't make sense and do it my way.  Sailor, is your Jenny R/C or did you go static? If so, what electronics did you use?  

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I can't believe there was never much of an interest in this kit considering the plastic hull. A lot of R/C folks like the plastic hulls.

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4 hours ago, mtdoramike said:

Beautiful job on her. Latina has great instructions usually, but sometimes the translation can get in the way causing confusion. I have built a number of Latina kits so I'm quite aware of these pitfalls. So I try and read several steps ahead on the instructions, double and triple check before final glue up. I usually build mainly by the plans and rarely build a model exactly as instructed. I will change things, especially if I find something that just doesn't make sense and do it my way.  Sailor, is your Jenny R/C or did you go static? If so, what electronics did you use?  

Translation differences are really what I thought. This is my first boat kit.

 

I’m not sure what electronics I’ll use. It’s up to my sister-in-law. So far just a 35 year old 05 motor. I hooked it up and it works fine.

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Any 500 series brushed motor will work. The guy I got this kit from already had a 540 brushed motor for it, which is what I'll use.

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When I purchased this kit of the Hellen, 3 of the frames were broken, I had to fix those, which was no big deal. One of the previous owners had put the hull framing together, but unfortunately they didn't do a very good job, which is why I think the work stopped at that point. I found that the frames were not properly seated on the keel, which caused them to protrude considerably higher than the lip in the inside of the hull that the deck has to sit in. I also found that this caused a ripple effect by not putting enough pressure on the sides of the hull to expend the plastic hull enough to allow the deck to set on the hull step without really forcing it.

 

So I took me old Dremel tool, with a mini saw blade and began to cut the tops of the frames off even with the step in the hull for the deck some of which was 1/4" off. I then shimmed the frames, which puts additional pressure on the sides of the hull, which allows the deck to sit inside the hull a bit easier and allows the frames to stay in contact with the hull sides. What surprises me is how easy people give up on something that is so simple to fix if they just think about it and learn to adapt and overcome adversity.    

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Well, with the lockdown here and my susceptibility (long story) I have been working hard on my Hellen (now Jenny).

 

I only need to do some varnish. Everything on the deck is removable so that won’t be a problem. I just need some warmer weather.

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Hi Mike, I wonder if you could move your build log over to the Ship Models from Kits forum. More forum members would see it there and it's a very interesting build. 

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13 minutes ago, mtdoramike said:

I think that would be up to the mods to move it.

(waves wand) **POOF** Done!

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28 minutes ago, mtdoramike said:

I'm finishing up the wheel house. I love this color, it's called Carribean blue.

Great color...she's a beauty, Mike!

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Thanks Chris, You da man! 

 

Thank you Bob, but I'm really trying to control myself here, because it is a fishing boat after all. So I don't want to make her too purdy, which is hard to do after building the last three or so models being Mahogany runabouts that like all that beautifying. 

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I believe I have found this one a home, the person that I got this kit from is interested in the finished product when I'm done with it. Hopefully he will appreciate my efforts and like the colors, if not a few others have shown an interest.

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