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SOLING 1M KIT INFORMATION AND KIT INSTRUCTIONS
"Just a note to advise you of a problem encountered with a recently received Soling Kit.
The deck was from a new mold (changed by son Hank in 2012) and the Hatch opening is larger than all previous molds.
Our kit builder noticed this variation early and has ordered the (Larger) size to fit. When he ordered he was told by a new young lady at Victor Service Desk,
"...I thought we got all those new molds...". So beware when you start work on a new kit. I've been told a new "Quality Control" system has been recently put in place @ Victor.
Personally, I would request a replacement original deck if you haven't yet attached the bad size to hull and eliminate any future hatch issues.
Also understand that #9 lead shot is hard to come by, so if you have any or are aware of any store's inventory, pass that info on so others can stock up."
The Soling One Meter Model Yacht is a semi-scale model of the full size 27 foot Soling International Class three-man racing sailboat. The S-1M is the largest class within the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA). While not a "speedster", it has excellent sailing characteristics, if properly built it stands up well to the 15 MPH+ wind we often sail in on our lake, and is relatively inexpensive. It is considered an entry-level boat. Even so, it has everything you need in a boat to sail it competitively against other Solings. I strongly feel that on our lake it is superior to the other boats in its size/price range such as Seawind, Fairwind, Northwind, and CR-914.
I'd like to reiterate - perhaps most important of all is that, when properly built, this boat sails extremely well in the rather strong wind we regularly experience on our lake during the Winter "Season" in Delray Beach.
I have found that if you give people too much information, their eyes glaze over and they nod off. On this page we will provide you with links to basic information about the boat our Club sails. If you are interested, these links will save you the trouble of tracking down that information. However, YOU still will have to do your own reading. We're here to answer your questions.
AMYA requires this boat be built from the kit manufactured by Victor Model Products of DeRidder, LA
You can view the Victor site by clicking on this link: Victor Model Products.
You can see and download a PDF of the Kit's Assembly Instructions here:
Soling 1M Kit Instructions Complete.pdf (Adobe Portable Document Format - 1,646k)
In 1993 the Soling 1-Meter Model Yacht became a recognized AMYA class. The cumulative experience if the boat's Captains has resulted in certain allowable modifications to the kit which increase the Soling's durability and overcome a few design flaws. This has resulted in the Class Association writing a set of CLASS RULES which specify the allowable modifications to the kit as received from Victor. If you click on the CLASS RULES link above, you will be taken to our TECHNICAL ARTICLES page. GO to the bottom of that page to Attachments. Click on "View All", then find the Attachment, "Soling 1-M Class Rules". Click on that attachment and you will have the Class Rules in front of you.
The AMYA web site can be accessed here: American Model Yachting Association
Visit and bookmark the SOLING ONE METER CLASS ASSOCIATION WEB SITE
This boat has excellent sailing characteristics, is of a manageable size and its relatively low price has made it the most-sailed model yacht class in AMYA. As of early 2013, The Soling 1-Meter is the largest class in the AMYA with just over 3100 boats registered. The numbers don't lie. Victor must be doing something right.
On March 16, we are holding the 2013 All-Florida Cup Association Soling 1-Meter Regatta here at Kings Point. Victor has generously donated a Soling 1-Meter kit to the Association. It will be raffled off at the Regatta. We would like to Thank Victor for this generous donation. The funds received for the raffle are given to the Association's Treasury.
If you have an interest in Radio Controlled Model Sailing, there is a wealth of information on the AMYA site. If you are interested in the Soling 1M, your keyword searches on the AMYA site would be One Design, and Soling 1-Meter.
This model is a One Design. This means that the boats must be built from the Victor-supplied kit and very little variation is allowed from the kit instructions. Over the years, as the Class grew, certain changes from the basic kit were approved by the Class members however, these boats are essentially all the same. Same sail area, same hull, keel, and rudder shape, minimum ready-to-sail weight of ten pounds, etc.
If you build your Soling (assemble the Victor Kit) exactly as specified in the plans, you will have an RC sailboat that will sail very nicely. However, Victor is manufacturing their kits to sell at the lowest possible price. There are many allowable upgrades to the kit. Perhaps the most important of which is to reinforce the boat in certain critical areas and, in others, use heavier hardware than what is provided in the kit. You learn about these "upgrades" by doing a lot of reading, research, AND by speaking with the people/Clubs who are racing this boat.
Another great source of information, photos, building tips, etc. is the Soling 1-Meter Forum which is hosted by Yahoo. You should join this Forum.
Check it out here: Soling 1-Meter Forum.
NOTE: In order to receive the daily digest of questions and answers posted to the Forum; in order to post your own questions; AND, I believe, in order to access the photos posted on the site, you have to join. Membership is free. The access to photos, information, answers, etc. is priceless. If you do join, on the first page of PHOTOS, check out Bob Seiden's New Soling. There are about sixteen photos of the boat pictured above to the left as it was being built. You should also check out Al Stall's Soling build photos (74) here. Al Stall's Soling Build.
Al is a skilled, thoughtful, meticulous, creative builder. You can learn a lot from the photos he has posted.
You have to be a member of the Yahoo Soling 1-Meter Forum in order to access these photo files
Finally, before you buy any RC model yacht, check with your local Clubs. You should build a boat that is being sailed locally so you can compete. There are no PHRF handicaps for model yachts. We race in clearly defined classes. In terms of racing, most of these classes don't mix. Boats race within their designated class.
CONTACT VICTOR MODELS:
WEB SITE: http://www.victor-model.com/
Mail: 379 County Line Rd. DeRidder, LA 70634
Here are the prices as of December, 2012:
BASICS: To view all options and accessories, go to the Victor web site.
Both the regular and "short" kits kit include the "improved" keel with the new plastic cup on the inside bottom to reinforce the bottom and prevent the keel from splitting.
In addition you will need a Radio Transmitter and receiver; a sail servo; a rudder servo; adhesives; and other miscellaneous items which could add from $125 to as much as $350 to the price of the kit.
NEW as posted by Victor to the Yahoo S-1M Forum on 10/20/12:
1. prebuilt lower boat for $279.95 NOT PAINTED
2. premade keel $45.95
3. premade rudder for $29.95
4. sail setup ready to put on the boat for $99.95
TOTAL for this build: $455.80 and 34.95 shipping
NEW! Victor now offers a one-piece mast (Sitka Spruce) is for $42.95. Shipping is extra and it probably depends on the distance from Ridder, LA to your location. Because of the length of the package, shipping could cost an additional $15 - $18.
NOTE: Al Stall's masts MIGHT be a better choice. See them here: AL STALL'S MASTS
ALSO NEW is an internal reinforcement cup to place into the bottom of the keel before pouring the lead.
I WOULD SUGGEST, if you are new to this, that you do what I did when I first started:
If possible, buy a used boat. You should be able to get a used boat in good condition READY TO SAIL for $250 - $400.
Learn to sail your boat. Learn the rules. Learn what makes a competitive boat. If you enjoy the sailing/racing and when you feel you are ready, build a boat. That way you need not rush and can take your time since you will have a boat you can sail while you are building your new model yacht.
For CONSTRUCTION advice, see the NEXT PAGE
PHOTOS OF SOME OF OUR BOATS
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