Location: santa cruz,ca Hey Blackice, Here is a pic of a wood built, gas powered hydro. Originally Posted by blackice I'm looking to build a remote control model boat for my nephew and don't really know where to start with regard to design ideas and construction.
Having said that, the details of buying your equipment has gone far beyond what radio control models used to be when I was a boy.
I am in the process of doing scale model testing, and just getting the radio control to make the motor spin requires a new paradigm shift in thinking.
For example, unlike say an electric slot car, that uses a variable resistance switch to control power - all the electric RC engines are controlled by watercooled, solid state Speed Controllers. For example, you are expected to hold the speed arm of the RC transmitter to 'dead stop' before you turn the transmitter on. You will also find that all the fine detail of how to utilise the 'smarts' of this newfangled gear is written in tiny, hard to read 'chinese jargonees' on toilet paper, along with lots of warnings that if you do the wrong thing, you may damage your $300 worth of gear.
Location: Lakeland Fl USA Rwatson you may be pleased to know that, arguably, the worlds best RC sheet winch is made in Oz. The EC12class is a 59 inch, 17 pound, 72 inch mast height model taken from the Tank test model that Charlie Morgan used when he designed his Americas Cup challenger.
I've had a brief look around the forum and hopefully I'm okay to ask for some advice on here.
I'm looking to build an electric powered, sports type of boat and have a reasonable amount of knowledge when it comes to model making and the electrics side of things having previously raced both electric and nitro buggy models competitvely. I'm looking to get some ideas and design the boat before building as I don't really want to make it up as I go along.
The main problem with beginners it's they go too fast (the dream syndrom) and spend a lot of money on a too complex boat with very expensive accessories etc.
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When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. These are some of my favorites of the electric powered RC scale models I have built over the years.
This is a Messerschmitt Bf109E built from a Skyshark RC balsa kit intended for glow engines and converted to electric power as the subject of a feature article in Fly RC Magazine. The DeHavilland DH 89A Dragon Rapide is the best known of several two-and-four-engined short range transport airplanes developed in England during the 1930’s. The Focke-Wulf FW 190 fighter appeared in combat a few years after the beginning of World War II, not long after RAF Hurricanes and Spitfires decided the outcome of the Battle of Britain against the Luftwaffe’s Messerschmitts. This is my ? scale, nine-foot wingspan 1941 Taylorcraft BC-12 D, built from my own plans over a period of several years beginning in 1995. These RC model boats are based on an easy-to-build 15-inch long hard chine hull mostly constructed from balsa. Being a planing hull the speed is high enough not to be boring, but not so fast it would easily get out of control.
Generally, the balsa sheet should be relatively light-weight and soft, but most importantly, straight grain and even density. Tools are often a matter of personal choice as there is often more ways than one to skin a cat. But make no mistake about it, RC pilots are quick to tell you that the airplanes they fly are just as real as full-scale airplanes!

Many small electric planes, such as HobbyZone's Super Cub, are considered stand-off scale airplanes. RC scale aircraft come in all different sizes ranging from peanut scale to giant scale RC airplanes and everything in between. Companies such as Micro Invent have been pushing the envelope by producing smaller and smaller working electronic components that are allowing hobbyists to be very creative with converting free-flight peanut scale airplanes to tiny flyable scale airplanes!
The International Miniature Aircraft Association(IMAA) sanctions Giant Scale flying events in the US.
And believe it or not, there are large scale radio control airplanes even larger than that! While Peanut-scale and Giant-scale airplanes are at the exteme ends of the spectrum, most RC scale aircraft fall somewhere in between. This model airplane magazine will give you tips and techniques to build your very own scale version of just about any type of airplane imaginable! I am hoping you can help me out in appraising some airplanes and advice where to sell them (on-line or locally). Gee Bee Model Airplanes Not rated yet In order to appreciate Gee Bee model airplanes you first have to acquaint yourself with the "Golden Age of Air racing". They have their own microprocessor that 'talks' to the intelligent 'brushless' watercooled motors, that will beep at you if things aren't right. This will 'program' the motor to drop to dead slow if the boat goes out of range of the transmitter.
All of them were built from traditional balsa kits or from my own plan drawings, and all of them are either still flying or hanging in retirement in my shop or somewhere else in our home. It is not unusual for me to have a new airplane on one workbench, an old model that I am restoring or updating on a second bench, and as often as not yet another across the room getting some repair work done.
The “K” is the direct ancestor of the better known Aeronca Champion and Chief airplanes that were popular in the years just after World War II. Many of the Dragon Rapides built for civilian use were put into RAF service during World War II and referred to as the DeHavilland Dominie.
The Spitfire Mk 5 was developed specifically to deal with the 190’s when they began to appear. Army’s Primary Training aircraft during World War II, and has always been a favorite subject for model builders. This photo shows my wife Teryl and me with the airplane at TOP GUN 1999, where it was the first electric powered model ever to be included in the competition.
These projects are perfect for beginners and those looking for a cheap, easy, simple and fast build.
These boats would make great introductions to both scratch building and RC boating.You may wonder why I keep referring to this project in plural. For propeller I've come to use one plundered from a toy (I'll get into more detail later in the build log).For propeller shaft, stuffing tube, rudder etc. There is no reason a more commercial RC battery pack couldn't be used.The propeller is "on loan" from a Tamiya Submarine Motor (#70153). Make your awesome model airplanes even more awesome by crafting them out of sturdy cardboard instead. Simply divide the wingspan of the model airplane by the wingspan of the full-scale airplane to get the ratio. This includes radio control, control line, and free flight planes ranging from tiny indoor birds to gigantic ships!

The fully colored pages throughout shows you crisp images of the mind-boggling detail that goes into spectacular scale airplanes! Most seriously involved model boaters just go ballistic when the T word is used by the uninitiated. Average cost for a decent one, ready to sail, is about $3000, The world championship was held in New Zealnd a couple of years back. On electric boat models just a submarine, but a lot of electric motor gliders and strange flying things.
My “K” was built from my own plans drawings to a scale of 1:4 (with a wingspan of nine feet) and was developed from the beginning to be a world class competition model. The “E” model (Emil, to the Luftwaffe pilots) was the definitive Battle of Britain version of the airplane. Building the airplane was a substantial project, and flying it requires the touch of a skilled and careful pilot, but the results are well worth all the effort I have invested. I created this model for a friend by stripping a plastic-covered ARF model and rebuilding it using traditional techniques.
I converted this one from an Easy Built Models traditional stick-and-tissue kit designed for rubber powered free flight.
I strongly recommend that you don't substitute the materials recommended here.Below is a list of material needed for this RC boat hull and approximate quantities. Check out this crafting video to learn how to build a RC airplane that's impressively large.
You could actually use any dimension you would like, but the wing span is typically the easiest to measure.
Built from a classic stick-and-tissue kit produced to today’s standards using laser cut parts as part of the Dumas product line, it was the subject of a product review written for Flying Models Magazine. If you are not comfortable using the tools listed further down on this page, at the very least, ask someone for help.
After a few boat projects you'll be a balsa expert.For the balsa strips I'd go for a harder quality than the sheets (if available). It's not hard to do if you've got some basic tools and the means and skill to solder with a basic solder iron. But the fun is not directly related with the size or price of the model, often it's even the contrary as I've seen in boats and planes. These strips will be used as structural stringers and for deck coaming, so there are no bends or anything to consider. I have never fully lost interest in big boats and currently I'm restoring a 1960 Chris Craft sportsman. These strips could be substituted for basswood or spruce if available in a pinch.I've had mixed luck with basswood strips.
I order most of my wood online and thin basswood strips often has the grain run out the side of the strip causing it to split when bending.

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