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Old 02-02-2010, 02:32 PM
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I am new to R/C boats. I have done some research, but also thought that I would get involved in a forum like this to
see what might be the best model for me to get into. I would like to start with a kit and install the servo's and engine
myself, just for the fact of when I construct a boat and wreck it I will know how to maybe have an idea of fixxing the boat,
replacing servo's, and possibly fixxing the engine. For anyone that reads this, if you could possibly give me some advice,
on what kind of large r/c nitro v-hull style boat might be to buy? Ilive in MI near very large lakes all around me, so racing
space is not a problem. Any suggestion would be great.

Thanks,

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Old 02-02-2010, 03:46 PM
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Default RE: New to boats need suggestions

There are kits that are called "Zip Kits" I believe. One is of a deep v mono hull. I've seen some photos in the gas boat threads of some beautifully built boats from that kit. I am sure someone who knows more about them will be along shortly to give you the info on them. Dennis
Old 02-02-2010, 06:16 PM
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Here is Joe's site. His 40 page Instructions & pic's are easy to follow. You also get all the help you need here.Ck out the free JAE.12 &.21 plans real good detail.
http://www.zippkits.com/
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Where are you in Michigan? You can see where I'm at.
OK, first things first after that.
How large or small do you want to go? Gas or nitro?
What kind of price range would you like to stay around?
Do you already have some equipment that you can use for a boat?
Do I ask too many questions?

The reason for the first question is that there may be someone that I know living near you that can give you a hand. The 'net is great but there's nothing like having someone close by to look over your shoulder or be there when you make your maiden voyage with some experience under their belt.
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Hey Ron,

I live in the Sterling Heights area, just about 15 minutes outside Detroit, I have all kinds of water around just like you, so great hobby to be in,
I went with the zippkit 12g jae nitro boat to start off with, I like the way that the kits comes and how the manual makes it look not to
diffucult to get into the hobby with, Ihave bought the boat kit, the hitec servos, futaba radio, and most pf the nitro assesories for the boat.
I just have to get a rudder, some boom tube clamps, and one more part it escapes me at the moment. And if you know anyone in the Detroit
area, that I could maybe meet up with to help that would be great!!! LOL... Iam newer than a rookie so any help very, much appreciated.
I looked into clubs around here, but its mostly just sailboat and yacht style model RC clubs, if you know of any in the area that you might
possible be able to put me into contact with that would also be great. The only last thing's I have to decide on is the engine for the boat
I'm thinking a OS .18. Really like there engines and I guess the durability is outstanding. Other than that if anyone has any suggestion's on
what's a good color or for that matter how to covor the wood on the boat that would also be appreciated lol. Ialso need to make a stand
and some other, odd and end things to help get this first project going. Very excited to start this endeavor and see how it goes. Thank you
for all of your responses.
Old 02-08-2010, 11:49 PM
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I know Sterling Heights a little as I raced my nitro truck over there around 1996 at Mound Park. We stayed at a motel on Van Dyke that has a wild game restaurant that Nugent goes to a lot. He was up there on the Saturday night just across the street from a Chrysler plant.
Go to the IMPBA site as there are several clubs in the area. I belonged to the Ford Model Boat Club for a year. There is also the Oakland-Wolverine MBC that holds a race in Rochester Hills at the Thelma Spencer Park and a club in Saginaw that puts on a great race. There might be some more but I can't think of them right off-hand. Check out Disctrict 2 at www.impba.net .
Old 02-13-2010, 12:01 PM
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Hey Ron,

Well i got the kit from zipp manufacturing and was only missing a rudder servo mount but already let them know, I got
to some how now build a jig, I read up a little on this and was just wanted to ask some advise on whaT you might suggest,


Ty again,

K. Hammer
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I didn't use a jig, just clamped a tub side to the hollow core door that I use for a building board. Seeing how Joe included those trianglur pieces in the kit for squaring everything up I used those to glue the bulkheads in place then put the other tub side on and held that in place with some weights (12-volt gel-cell batteries). It sure wasn't fancy by any means but worked fine for me. Some have used some aluminum right-angle stock. I did use a level when I had to do a little repair work on one side.
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What kit did you end up with krhammer?
Old 02-13-2010, 01:08 PM
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Well I went with the Jae12g I think it will be a great kit, there I just have a few more accessories to get on order and get moving with that,
so that is about it, thanks again for everything, you answers have helped tremendously.

K. Hammer
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Well things are going pretty good on the build, i just ordered a .18 super tigre engine, and have the engine mounts all ready to go,
I am a little nervous about putting in the shaft tube, still also waiting on the 3/16 strut coming in the mail should be here soon, so that is
were I am in the setup and the skeem of things. Any advice on the installation of that shaft tube would be great, I see that two came
with the kit for a reason lol, so I am was hoping not to have to use the second.

Also, Ron when you mounted the blocks for the strut did you just go dead center with your measurements? Just an odd thought that is all.

Here are a few pics of were I am at right now.


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I centered mine as they didn't show anything different in the instructions but I know what you're getting at, offsetting the strut to the left.
I did offset the sponsons though about 3/8" and could have gone further.
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 Krhammer,, If you go to the boat forum and tap into the speed nitro
tab, ther is an excellent  blog on the building of the zippkit jae 12.
 I also am building this little speedster, and theposts in that article
 have been a lot of help.You are in for a grerat experience.
Happy buildingand boating.
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 Krhammer,, If you go to the boat forum and tap into the speed nitro
tab, ther is an excellent  blog on the building of the zippkit jae 12.
 I also am building this little speedster, and theposts in that article
 have been a lot of help.You are in for a grerat experience.
Happy buildingand boating.
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I am building the servos holseters now, but which one is the which one is for the throttle, and which one is for the rudder
Iam confused, probably easy to figure out to, I have servos HITE C225 and 85.
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The 85 would be for throttle/carb (you dont need so much torque). The 225 is more powerful and will be for your rudder.
When you have time, go to Tower Hobbies webiote, and look up each servo - you will find the "specs" (power in oz/in; and speed) for each servo, so you can make intelligent decisions in the future.
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What kind of receiver and power supply did you guys use for the servo's
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I've only got enough room to shoehorn a flat 4-cell pack in mine. I'm going to look around at a swap meet this coming weekend and at the Toledo show for some better packs than I have now. Some that I've found so far are from out of RC park flyer planes.
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Receiver: Futaba 113R
Power: 4cell pack @6 volts
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Anyone have a different sits of the inside and outside of their jae 12? I am curious so how others have set theirs up
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Maybe these will help a little.
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