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Old 05-15-2017, 01:05 PM
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So I found this photo in a thread on RCG and was very intrigued with the design and thought it would make a neat scale RC model. The original boat was built in 1924 in France by The Farman Company. Some sporadic information can be found if you look around on the net - Farman made many different "hydroglisseur" boats (hydro glider roughly translated) and had several speed records. This boat was designed as a "water taxi" for carrying passengers down the river. The first photo was colorized by Kmot. My engine choice as of now is an Enya 46-4C - hoping it's small enough in girth to fit inverted and still have the "cab" of the boat look as close to the original as possible. Someone had built a scale model of the boat, but it's assumed it's electric (R/C) or just a stationary scale model. I'd like to build a 1/8th or 1/10th scale model of the boat. It is believed the original water taxi was approximately 12' wide, 29' long, and had a 9-12' prop diameter. Specific details are hard to find and most of what's been written about it was translated from French.
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Have fun, and I'll be watching. Should be a very interesting build, especially as you mentioned with the limited information available. Good luck!
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Have fun, and I'll be watching. Should be a very interesting build, especially as you mentioned with the limited information available. Good luck!
I've been brainstorming how I'm going to go about this one. It's going to be a little tricky, but I'm up for the challenge I think. It's just gonna take awhile to get there. My twins are due in two months...
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If it's any consolation, after seeing your other builds, I dont think you will have a problem. I think your biggest problem will be painting it, cause I know how much you like the bare wood....
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If it's any consolation, after seeing your other builds, I dont think you will have a problem. I think your biggest problem will be painting it, cause I know how much you like the bare wood....
I'll paint it. To get the contours of the cabin, I'll have to use a few different materials to make it happen, so I think it would be ugly if I finished it naturally. I think period colors is prudent, though the outer part of the hull will probably be naturally finished cherry.
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Any updates?
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Any updates?
No sir. I've been in and out of the hospital with some heart trouble and my wife was in the hospital on bed rest due to a risky twin pregnancy. So we are kinda floating dead in the water for now on this project. . The twins are due July 20th, so I have no idea if I'll even be able to get it started before then. BUT!! Rest assured I will make an attempt at some point, it's probably just going to be awhile.
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Oh wow! Take care and I hope you both get well soon.
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Yeah, June hasn't been all that kind to us this year. It's been a bit of a bummer.
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