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How to install your rudder blocks & rudders
by Roger Harper

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 linkages. 

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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.

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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.
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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.

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