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Old 07-25-2008, 08:56 PM
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hey guys this is my first post in the boat forums and im gonna build a boat from scratch its not gonna be the best but do any of u know where to find free basic building plans to do it or anything like that thanks guys
Old 07-25-2008, 11:41 PM
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Old 07-26-2008, 06:48 AM
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ziiaad,
It's sort of simple.
First you decide on a design, or make one, find plans.
Then you look at the plans to see how the whole thing sort of 'fits' together.
Then you start looking for the materials you will need to do the building, shape those materials to the proper shapes, and join them all together.

Wish it stayed 'simple', but it doesn't.
The hard parts are in the details, as in deciding on what you want to build, finding/making workable plans for the construction, finding all the @#$ stuff to do the building with, and then making all that stuff fit together properly. And then there's the, "I'll bet I could change this thingy and do it better/easier!", ideas you get part way though. Sometimes they work, sometimes not. If you enjoy that sort of thing, scratch building is fun. If you don't enjoy that sort of thing, letting someone else do the 'hard' parts and then just putting the kit together is fun too.
Am I saying not to do scratch building? Good grief NO! (How else will I/we find someone to ask how to do stuff? )
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:40 AM
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thanks for all the help the attachments were a little complicated and i was stuck in a duh moment but im just building a boat out of plywood cause i got a little creek on my stepdads property, i got all my electronics and motor from my old tamayia fox buggy, im just gonna do somethin really simple, i plan on coating the wood with a thick polyurethane coat and makin my rudder and prop out a piece of aluminum i got, and i got all the tools i need, i dont care about performance i just want something that works alright
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A few random thoughts, not too important.

Most of the electronics from 'other' types of models will work in boats. Some are more useful than others, such as having a 'brake' isn't too useful for boats. Having a 'reverse' is nice.

There are two ways of going faster, a higher reving motor/gear train, or a slower motor and a coarser prop. There really is a 'too fast' motor thingy, just makes the prop cavitate (spinning the tires, sort of).

Making things (electronics) water proof would be nice! But then, just keeping them dry works very well too. What's the difference? Positioning, containment, and mo$tly $$$.

What style/type boat? Beats me, what would you consider most desirable? It doesn't 'look' right? Okay, so change it. Hey, it's YOUR boat, right?

Think of this 'first' boat as a sort of experiment to find out what works or doesn't work (that includes the $$$ thingy!). The main thing is that it doesn't sink. After than, anything 'goes', sort of.

Don't have the "proper" part? Okay, so make something else work. Huge number of things fall into that category, some of them even turn out 'better', sort of.

Most important is to remember to turn on the transmitter first, the receiver second. Even more important is to remember to turn on the @#$ receiver before putting the boat into the water. ("Who, me? I ain't never! and I won't forget THAT again!")

The 'mistakes' are half the 'fun' of doing almost anything. If you can learn to enjoy those 'fun' things, you got it made!
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