RCU Review: AquaCraft MiniMono


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    Contributed by: Matthew LeMay | Published: April 2012 | Views: 13879 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Aquacraft Motley Crew

    Review by: Matt LeMay

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    Matt LeMay



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    DEALER INFO
    MiniMono
    Distributed by:
    Great Planes
    Model Distributers

    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021
    Telephone: 217-398-3630
    Toll free: 800-637-7660


    Website: www.greatplanesdistributers.com




    specs


    MiniMono

    SPECIFICATIONS:
    Stock Number: AQUB1805
    Hull Length: 16 in (405 mm)
    Beam: 5.5 in (140 mm)
    Weight: 10 oz (285 g)
    Motor: Water-cooled 2800kV brushless motor
    ESC: 20A ESC with Deans® Ultra Plug® connector
    Radio: Tactic? TTX240 2.4GHz Spread Spectrum Radio System
    Requires: 11.1V 1000mAh LiPo battery w/Deans® Ultra Plug® connector & (4) "AA" batteries

    REQUIRED-ITEMS

    Fast

    Handles great

    Break-back rudder

    2.4GHz radio system

    Comes with Spare shaft,
    propeller, and tape

    None

     


    Appearance and Construction:

    The MiniMono is a 16" v-hull speed boat which includes features found on larger boats. The hull design is very low and aerodynamic. The v-hull is shallower than most and looks like it can't wait to blast off.

    The hull is made of white plastic with decals applied to the front and sides.

     

    Included accessories:

    Accessories include a spare prop, shaft, rubber band, and hull tape.

     

    The Hatch:

    The small plastic hatch is secured in the rear with two pins and in the front by a single latch. I recommend taping the entire hatch closed with the supplied tape then swing the front latch around for that extra security. The latch will secure over top the tape.

     

    Rudder & Prop:

    A breakaway rudder allows it to swing back and avoid damage upon impact with an object in the water. Four rubber bands hold it securely in place.

    The piano wire drive shaft exits the rear of the boat off center and to the right. This counter acts for the brushless motor's torque as if adding weight to the left side of the boat. This is a great feature and helps to keep the boat level during operation. A brass tube secures the shaft and a plastic propeller is held on by locknut.

    A water pickup is located at the rear of the boat beside the drain plug. Two metal turn fins help stabilize the MiniMono during sharp turns.

    Motor:

    A water-cooled 2800kV brushless motor powers the MiniMono and the cooling tube is zip tied to the motor mount plate.

    ESC:

    The 20A brushless ESC is also water cooled and is fitted with a Deans® Ultra Plug® connector. The ESC is completely sealed with sealant and shrink wrap. Hook and loop fasteners are used to secure the ESC to the hull and allows easy removal.

     

     

     

    Radio:

    The Tactic? TTX240 2.4GHz Spread Spectrum radio system does a fine job of controlling the MiniMono. The receiver is wrapped inside a rubber balloon to help keep water out and is equipped with Secure Link Technology?. This prevents the receiver from recognizing any transmitter signal except your own.
    The radio includes channel reversing and trims. A steering rate knob is used to control the amount of steering the MiniMono has. This is very useful for beginners and those who just like to crank on the wheel.

    A Hobbico servo powers the rudder and is secured with a brass strap.


     
    product highlight
     

    ElectriFly® XPD8 3S LiPo Battery Pack (1000mAh 25C)

    The GPMP0500 ElectriFly® XPD8 3S LiPo Battery Pack works great with the MiniMono and provides about 5 minutes
    of full throttle excitement. These LiPo batteries require a charger designed specifically for LiPo batteries.

    XPD-8 3S 11.1V 1000mAh 25C
    Stock#: GPMP0500
    Weight:
    3.1 oz. (87g)
    Dimensions: 2.8 x 1.4 x 0.7 inches (70 x 36 x 18 mm)

    Click here to view other available packs from ElectriFly

    KOS motor

    KOS motor


     


    performance

    Performance & Handling:

    I'm going to just come right out and say it. The Aquacraft MiniMono is AWESOME! It handles great and is fast!

    I set up the MiniMono with the battery a little forward. This seems to provide good balance for stability and turning. A bit more speed can be had by moving the battery back, but the boat may porpoise a bit.

    The weather was 34 degrees with a slight breeze. Over all it was a calm day.

     

    Stability:

    The MiniMono is very stable both in turns and straight line tracking. There is no unwanted rocking or wobble. My first impression of the boats stability was "wow."

    Turning:

    The MiniMono will actually turn itself into the water if you aren't careful. The turning radius is incredibly sharp. In fact, I never actually had to turn the wheel all the way. I was doing some circles getting tighter and tighter as I went. When suddenly, "thorp" the boat disappeared. It was under water! A second or two later the boat surfaced for me to take off again and keep going. I have to admit, I almost had a heart attack when the MiniMono decided to try its hand as a submarine, but everything checked out and only a few drops of water made its way into the hull.

    Acceleration and Speed:

    The MiniMono has a tendency to cavitate upon initial start up. It takes 3-4 seconds for the boat to plane out while holding full throttle. Once plane is achieved, the boat launches to top speed. The boat is way too small for me to install my GPS, so I don't have an accurate top speed. I can tell you it was fast. This stable hull will definitely handle more speed if you can throw it at it.

     

     

    video

    See the MiniMono in action!

     

     


    conclusion

    The Aquacraft MiniMono is an excellent boat. The boat is small enough for ponds but way too fast for swimming pools. The MiniMono handles superbly and goes plenty fast. With the included steering rate adjustments on the radio, I would recommend this boat to anyone 14 years old and up, with adult supervision of course.


    manu and credits

    Aquacraft Models

    Aquacraft Product Support:
    3002 N. Apollo Drive, Suite #1
    Champaign IL 61822

    Telephone: 1-217-398-8970
    FAX: 1-217-398-7721
    Email: boatsupport@hobbico.com
    Web Site: www.aquacraftmodels.com


    ElectriFly:

    Web Site: www.electrifly.com


    GreatPlanes:

    Great Planes
    Model Distributers

    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021

    Telephone: 217-398-3630
    Toll free: 800-637-7660

    Web Site: www.greatplanes.com


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