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Old 09-10-2007, 08:03 AM
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Hi everyone Im new to the whole R/C scene. Been into boats my whole life and now im a senior in high school taking a research and development class and I'd like to design and build a R/C boat, But really have not much clue to what works and what doesnt. My thoughts are to use either a chainsaw or weedwipper engine, I would be designing and building my own hull and was leaning towards using fiberglass but after looking at the Zippkits Im not really sure whether i want to do balsa wood or fiberglass but I am towards a deep V style hull probably dimensions ranging from 36in to 48 in length and 12in 20in beam. All I really know is I want it to work well, look good, and run fast. Im sure I will have many other questions through out the process of this so anything else you guys think will be important for me to know would be deeply appreciated.


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Old 09-10-2007, 09:34 AM
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Joe Petro's Zippkit's boats have to be one of the best deals in RC boats so by the time that you try to design a boat then buy the wood, you've probably spent more time and money than if you would have gotten one of his kits.
BTW, you don't want balsa for a boat that large, you want lite plywood. You might want to do a little shopping while you can for some pool noodles to use as floatation. I got mine from Dollar General or you can get it from places like Meijer's or Wal-mart. It will be harder to find as the weather up here is starting to cool off this week.
Old 09-10-2007, 09:35 AM
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No weedeater out there will push a boat "fast." My 46" hull does 25mph with a 25cc engine. 46" would probably be the smallest hull size I would want for any weedeater or converted engine.

Use ply not balsa. Any engine would rip balsa in to pieces.

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What should I use to coat the ply after its all been assembled
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Thinned epoxy.
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Two part epoxy and use heat to thin it out as Ron mentioned. Do not dilute it with other solutions, heat works well.

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