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Old 05-10-2008, 01:43 PM
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it has taken about a year and a half to complete this project. this is not the first bsb i have built all that was left from the first one was the engine which i have reused in this one. i had built the first one over twenty years ago. so i had an advantage building this one from what i could rember from building the last one. during construction i did replace some of the wood planking provided with aircraft grade plywood, this made for flat decks and eliminated joints. the engine is a k&b .61 with a perry pump and carb with a 11-7 prop. i have not purchaced the radio equipment yet, but have installed servos to complete the r/c linkages. the engine is mounted on a plate i made by crosslaminating three layers of plywood and drilled for the engine, the mounts supplied went into the scrap box i remberded the method in the instructions did not work well with that seperate cross piece so i integrated it into one. since i dont have a radio yet the boat has not run under power yet the photos are basically my first float test. i know that these boats go fast enough to "fly" flipped my first one over going too fast on choppy water, only minor damage dried it out and it lived on. included are some photos i am working on some close ups of some of the other mods and i will try to post soon.
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Old 05-10-2008, 01:56 PM
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really nice boat. great work
Old 05-10-2008, 05:51 PM
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You do some really nice work. Don't forget to post the vid....when you get one.
Old 05-10-2008, 06:20 PM
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I admire the color scheme! [8D][8D]

Nice job on your project!!
Old 05-10-2008, 08:34 PM
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excellent paint job. makes my primer covered BSB look like a big rock now.

GREAT job
Old 05-12-2008, 10:33 PM
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love the airboat where can i get a plan of it please
Old 05-13-2008, 04:25 PM
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i dont have plans, wish i did though
Old 05-16-2008, 08:49 PM
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Great looking boat!

I too love the paint job and the entire finish looks very smooth. Nicely done.
Old 05-17-2008, 01:51 AM
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do you know if there is a airboat assocaition in england
Old 05-17-2008, 09:29 AM
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The RCAA (Radio Controlled Airboat Association) has members across the world.

[link=http://www.rcairboats.net/phpBB/index.php]More info can be found here.[/link]

Email [email protected] if you need assistance.
Old 05-17-2008, 09:42 AM
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nice boat
Old 05-19-2008, 03:30 AM
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Nice Boat !! i love the paint job,
have to ask, how do you get that finich on a wooden surfic ?
do you use filler or ?

mine paint jobs allways shows the woolden structur
Old 05-19-2008, 10:20 AM
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That sure does look purty sittin' there in the water.

Kokker has a good question....how do you get it that smooth?
Old 05-19-2008, 08:48 PM
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the paint job took about three to four months to complete not including the two months contemplating how the design would look. i used sig supercoat products it says its fuel proof. starting with sanding sealer and lots of sanding this i applied by hand with a good brush and would sand between coats also as i mentioned before, i did replace a fair ammount of the decking with better plywood than supplied. i will admit that up close in some areas in particular the bottom of the tunnel yes, you can see grain. after i was satisfied with the sanding sealer coats and sanding i started to spray. i used a touch up type sprayer with a three to four ounce paint cup both gravity feed and siphon feed types one sprayed more volume than the other i also used a oilless compressor with water seperator located away form the outlet to let the air cool so the water would condense. started with a white base did about four to five coats and sanding between to help get rid of any remaining grain the paint helped to see the grain better and yes filler was used where needed, then continued with a few more coats of white. be careful keep your hands clean with the white or you will leave smudges. i would let the paint dry inside the house for three to five days before next coat and longer before masking. masked up the design and added some color, let dry and started to shoot clear coats. let dry reversed the mask and added some gold pearl powder (very expensive stuff 30 bucks for a very small jar but it goed a long way) you probably cant see it in the photos it all depends on how the light hits it most of the time it looks white. then sprayed on about eight to ten more coats of clear in several sessions with dry time in between coats and then i had to forgot about it for about two weeks. after the long wait i started sanding again with 600 than 1000 grit paper but to get the ultra shine i used standatd turtle wax rubbing compound and soft cotton rags and a lot of elbow grease yes, my arm was sore for days. it took about four or five evening sessions of intense rubbing then i moved on to the polishing compound, more pain but not nearly as bad and then added a few coats of wax. not your average spray bomb finnish. it took a lot of time and effort and in the end i did achive my goal of the glass smooth finish. a lot of the methods i used were new to me as i was trying them out for the first time on this boat. i am still working on more photos of some of the details. dont be afraid to replace poor quality wood from a kit. you bought the kit because someone else already did the engineering for you. i also did not think the instructions were that bad i have built other dumas kits and have been successful.
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:12 PM
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Nice boat! You've inspired my to bring my BSB out of storage after 20 years. The .40 I ran on mine is gummed up but will hopefully run after some clean up. I'm going to send the pump to Perry for a $30 rebuild. The hull has some wear and tear though so I'm going to sand it down and refinish. Thinking of putting a layer of fiber glass on it for practice before I attemp my Chris Craft project.

Do you think the fiber glass would make it too heavy?
Old 05-29-2008, 01:22 PM
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Your work on the boat is a A++. It needs to go up on a shelf.
Old 05-30-2008, 01:28 PM
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Dogbite- NICE PAINT ! Nice pictures too ! good to see another BSB hit the water ! Good luck with the final details hope she rips !
et392 - you better get more motor that that if your going to glass it - .60 ? mine is slow with a 40
Old 06-04-2008, 09:15 AM
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i just emailed that painting story to myself so i will always have directions to paint my own swamp buggy!

great job
Old 06-08-2008, 10:40 AM
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thank you everyone for all of the wonderful comments!
i have posted additional photos under " more photos of dogbitekens BSB" in the main airboat forum these include close ups of details.



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