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Old 12-19-2021, 11:01 AM
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Talking Building my 1st Hydroplane (ZippKit)

I retired from the US Navy after 22 years of service and found my time off WAY TO BORING.

So I went back to Collage at 54 and received my degree in the field of Laboratory Sciences. One thing that has never changed is My passion for building and making things go fast. I raced anywhere from 1/4 mile drags to 1/2 mile super Oval asphalt. But what I have always wanted to do was build a true to scale vintage hydroplane so now I have the time and the means to do so. I grew up watching the boat races from the shores of the Columbia river Tri cities Richland Wa. As well as The Seafair racing on the Puget Sound with my Dad who raced in a V-8 limited Class (it was called the Spook). I say that to say I take this Hydroplane build to be my very pinnacle of my projects and want it to be a very FAST WORK OF ART.
But I also know it needs to start with a 1st build before I try one from scratch so I ordered the SLR Missile from Zippkits and 90% of the needed hardware. I will post the build as I learn what I am doing. wish me luck. as soon as I have a few more posts I will add the pics.
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List of Goods
  • Engine will be a Hanson built Pro-Mod G260 (direct drive 1/4" Shaft) or
  • May change based on the recommendations from the Forum
  • A custom prop from Dasboata ? I sent a email to this Guy and he seems to be very knowledgeable on the ABC-props and others
  • Electronics 7.4V SAVOX servo SW-2210SG handling the rudder. and controller: FlySky Noble FS-NB4. (Purchased)


Old 12-19-2021, 03:46 PM
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AMX, if you're still in the area, there are also a lot of local guys that would be happy to help. I'm in the Tri Cities, and there's a very large group of guys that run these boats here.
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Old 12-19-2021, 08:26 PM
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So I was thinking about all the different engine modifiers out there over the world wild wess . . .who have found a place on the Zenoah platform. As a new
guy It makes my head spin so I believe my best plan would to be to stick with the Stock Zenoah 260PUM for my 1st build.
If some of you have a better base line to start Please share your recommendations.
The second build I do (ML Boat works 1/6.6 scale) will be the hybrid with a Gizmo hemi headed plant maybe.... IDK
I believe I am going to plan a Vacation to Fl. when the race season opens.
Old 12-20-2021, 11:37 AM
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As a new builder, just worry about getting the Zipp done before you start thinking ahead to the next. These boats have a VERY big learning curve when it comes to building, set up and learning to drive them. In fact, some clubs (I know R/C Unlimiteds, in Washington State, is included since I'm a member) require a new driver to take a "driver's test" before being allowed to race. Since you haven't said if this is going to be just a fun runner or for racing, it's very difficult to give advice on your build since a race boat has to meet the requirements set in the organizational rules and a boat that's just for fun can have whatever you want for a set up.
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Old 12-20-2021, 01:25 PM
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You are Spot On H.J.
I am sure and totally agree about the rookie (Me) making sure he can drive and not get run over or run over others
I need to stay Focus on the BASIC I am building the 1st boat only for the Joy of the build and the fun of the learning curve.
Once I know how to hold a lane and tune the Boat the whole boat, who knows.
It would devastate me to get out on the water with a Boat I just spent 3 months building (Or a YEAR) and serious coin just to get trashed by some-one.
This year will be all about going to the races and learning.
IMHO getting to know all of you and the passion put into the build will be My muse.

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Trust me, it only gets worse. My latest three or four builds have been going on for well over a year and a half. It's not that I am dragging my feet as much as I'm redesigning the boats as I go. Two of the boats I found the plans were wrong when I went and looked at the full sized boat, that being the 1973 Pay'N Pak. There were so many inaccuracies that I actually started a new build where I'm correcting them as I go. Needless to say, it takes time and patience to get the boat right and, since I'm building a scale model, if it's not right, it's not scale
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I know know where you're at in building by you need a LOT of clamps, I used everything from spring steel ones from a stationery dept. to big ones when building wood boat kits. Tite-Bond III glue works well in places that don't need epoxy or CA. Joe's instructions are really good.
As far as props go, Chris Hoffmann a.k.a. [email protected] has never done me wrong.
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Don't think I've ever dealt with Chris but never heard any bad about him either. Another option would be Mark Sholund, owner of Props-4-U. I know a lot of people that have props that he's prepped, me included, without a problem.
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Mark Sholund didn't many props for gas boats, I have one of the few that he's made as he sent it to me to try. He's busy enough making props for nitro engines. We go back many years.
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I know he's been busy, between actual job and props, didn't know he'd limited himself to the smaller props.
That said, I do try to support those who have done right by me so........
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By trade he's an HVAC Technician but pumps out at least one prop a day. Chis has done me right as he's been pretty much spot on with what he's recommended to me whereas others got me somewhere in the neighborhood. I'd rather spend the bucks for one good prop than one or more that might work.

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