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Kirt Blattenberger
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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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Thunder Tiger Victoria RC Sailboat

Thunder Tiger Victoria RC sailboat on a tack in Prospect Lake in Colorado Springs, CO

Modification to the Victoria RC Sailboat

Although the Victoria sailboat is basically a fine craft as supplied by Thunder Tiger, there are a number of fairly simple and inexpensive modifications that will make it a superior product. The following few pages provide all the detail and instructions necessary to transform your Victoria into a lean, mean, sailing machine.

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Supermodel Melanie Blattenberger with her Thunder Tiger Victoria RC sailboat in Loveland, Colorado - Airplanes and Rockets

For those of you who have asked, here is a list of what we purchased to modify our Victoria, both the modifications and accessories.

Supermodel Melanie Blattenberger with her Thunder Tiger Victoria RC sailboat at Prospect Lake, in Colorado Springs, CO - Airplanes and Rockets

After a few hours under sail, weakness became apparent in the sail attachment areas where the PVC reinforcement triangles separated from the sail material. Mainsail reinforcements were not affected as badly as the jib reinforcements, but a few did separate. Using the jib itself as the forestay guaranteed eventual failure at the head and foot.

Tangling of the sail control line (sheet) inside the radio compartment occurred occasionally when the sheet was let out and there was not enough wind to cause the sail to keep sufficient tension on the line.

Thunder Tiger Victoria RC sailboat close hauled at Ice Lake at the U.S. Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, CO - Airplanes and Rockets

Lack of positive sail control from a standard torque servo (40 in·oz) necessitated a change to a high torque (140 in·oz) servo. Unnecessarily high friction in the transom eyelet contributed significantly to the problem.

In the process of making other modifications, provisions were made to facilitate easy removal and installation of the mast and sails.

Each modification, along with instructions and pictures, is described in the hyperlinks at the top of this page.

Total time spent should be around two hours with the mod kit, and maybe three without it. Of course, you will need to spend additional time running down parts and tools without the kit.