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Old 10-05-2023, 07:07 AM
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I'm just getting into this fantastic hobby and looking at building my first model boat to put on a boating lake nearby.
I have bought balsa wood and some water resistant glue.

Are there any free PDF plans out there that I could follow for my first boat?

Thank you
Old 10-06-2023, 02:50 AM
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The easiest build would be an airboat, and there are tons of easy/cheap ways to do that. Do some googling for free RC airboat plans. Look in the RC Airboats section for build threads to get some inspiration.
Old 10-07-2023, 07:04 PM
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I would put that balsa on a shelf and get plywood for your hull. Balsa, if not totally sealed, will soak up water and fail. It also can't take the pounding a boat is subjected to as well as plywood. I would recommend contacting Aircraft Spruce and Specialty and order plywood and stick stock from them. Their website is
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My friends and I built some Dumas Little Swamp Buggies two years ago. Two of the three finished. I built mine more for Ice, Terrain, and water last. My buddy who finished his did it more for water, and it performed much better.

I kept the stringers on the hull, to wear against ice and terrain. He left them off(smooth bottom), and his boat performed better on water. He also had a higher KV motor overall, which really made the difference. RPMs are everything!

$40 boat kit, maybe another $40 to finish it well.

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