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    Default Beta- Footy Design Plan Review

    Below Links need some repair from last update!!

    I am posting a link to the beta of a new review forum for hull plans and designs. I will hopefully be able to better intergrate this into my site.

    I encourage you to give it a try and let me know what changes need to be made or if you had issues.

    http://www.rcsailing.net/forum1/revi...wcat.php/cat/5

    Here is a direct link to upload your plans:
    http://www.rcsailing.net/forum1/revi...duct.php?cat=5
    Last edited by chad; 02-03-2010 at 05:43 PM. Reason: Updating

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    Just Footies, or will you collect other classes and boats like static or scale ships?
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    Chad, I am only a little bit confused.
    What is the purpose of this thread?
    Is it as a depository for FOOTY plans?
    Sorry mate I am just a little thick, your advise is requested.
    Cheers,
    Do it NOW before it`s too late.
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    Chad has a whole section for just plans ( the best idea I've ever seen!) It doesn't seem to be complete yet, so we'll need to wait for the go-ahaed before contributing anything.

    You may want follow the link and create a bookmark for the new section.
    Last edited by TomoHawk; 02-09-2007 at 09:12 PM.
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    Tomohawk: The link above is just for the Footys. Depending on the success I will most likely open it up for other plans and models.

    IanHB: Pretty much an area for Footy plans where they can be entered and rated along with reviewed.

    I will need to know what fields are important to collect that would be common for all the plans. (ie dimensions, sail area, developer and even builders)

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    Do you think we should set up guidlines on what information goes with a set of plans, like a materials list, building instructions, etc? I hope people will contribute their own tips for building a boat.
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    Great! Would you lease let us know when it's activated?

    Is there anything special we need to know to make things work out? files sizes, file types, etc.?

    thx
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    I have posted my free plan for Flatfoot.
    Do it NOW before it`s too late.
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    Default Re: Beta- Footy Design Plan Review

    I just posted a review for the Flat Foot as follows:
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    "Only recommend if it is simple to build and sailed for non-racing.

    This is not really a plan as it does not show all the detail for building a completed boat. Need a lot more details including mast, keel and rudder placement and internal layout. If this is to be a helpful forum, a minimum set of requirements to post a boat should be established including expected performance (A --F) for racing. An "A" rating for top performing design vs. "F" for lowest performing."
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    I am not coming down on Flat Foot as he is the first to submit a plan and requirements were not clearly stated. I applaud him for that. Thank you Flat Foot. Having one place to see various design suggestions vs. searching a lot of verbage is a good idea. I believe all of us do creative original things when we build a boat and I am thinking that I will submit one or two from my build.

    This could be a good section if we could get the authors to submit plans to a set of requirements as suggested above. Having just completed my first Footy, a gold colored Razor named "Gold Foot" (aka 007), I know the questions the beginner will have and all the wasted time it takes to figure out the details and end up with a boat that does not sail well.

    Maybe what is needed is a build section where data from all over the internet and various forums is consolidated into categories. For example, I would like see sections such as the following:

    Working with Balsa Wood
    Working with Adhesives (Epoxy, CA Glue, Fillers, Microballons, etc)
    Making Sails
    Boat Finishing for Light Weight, but Smooth and Glossy.
    Building the Rigging (Carbon Fiber, Lines, Fastners, etc)
    Electrical Considerations
    Building Custom Battery Packs

    For each area, require links to vendors to make parts easy to find and buy. Anyone want to help put some structure to this so it is useful.

    Let's make this a useful forum and continue fleet growth.

    Best Regards, FastFrank
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    Default Re: Beta- Footy Design Plan Review

    While it's certainly true, ffastffrank, that beginning builders want a lot more info than we often supply with our plans here, please recognize that producing detailed plans is an awful lot of work.

    I prefer building and sailing to drawing plans...I suspect Ian is the same way! While I have always tried to share info I thought could be helpful to other Footy builders, there's really no incentive for me to spend the many hours needed to develop detailed plans that I don't need and won't use myself. Even going so far as to convert my Freeship plans to .pdf format for publication (like Razor and Cobra) takes quite a bit of time.

    So I'm happy to provide people with the files I use for building, but I encourage builders to study pictures, read about design and building techniques, and get a bit creative when building one of my "plans." That's how I've learned, and that's all part of the fun of Footys.

    Your point is well-taken, though...so I think, from now on, I'll publish my stuff as "hull plans" so noone will be mislead.

    Bill H

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