This article was taken from the building of the BaD Ship Models
kit, USS Bunker Hill. You may need to alter the
rudder setup for your application.
Rudders and rudder blocks are not hard to
install. After marking the location of the rudders per the plans, I installed the
two rudder blocks* inside the hull. I used epoxy for this. I then drilled the
hole for the rudder tubes, then epoxied them in. I used Dumas rudder arms and metal
Roger's Notes: The
picture above shows the completed rudder linkage. The four blocks support the aft
shaft struts. These pass through the hull and are epoxied in place. The the
wood blocks were epoxied over them for support and to provide a water tight seal.
Roger's Notes: This
picture shows the rudder push rod hook up. The push rod is epoxied to the frames and
runs to cut out for the superstructure, allowing a easy servo hook up.
After the rudder linkages are hooked up and
checked, attach the quarter deck into place.
Roger's Notes: After
the quarter deck is attached, you will NOT have access to the rudder linkages.
Ensure you have everything hooked up securely!
* Rudder blocks are blocks of
wood used to support the rudder tube.