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Old 04-10-2004, 10:53 AM
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I am very interested in getting into Nitro boating. I have ran nitro cars and pretty technical. I'm looking for a fast boat but only want to spend $300-$400. I've narrowed my search to 2 boats. The Megatech Wicked Angel and the Aquacraft Nitro Hammer. The Angel posts a top speed of 35mph while I can't find anything on the Hammers top speed. Anyone who can give me reviews or suggest another boat in my price range I would appreciate it!!!
Old 04-10-2004, 03:29 PM
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All right, fresh meat! Sorry, welcome to R/C boating. This question comes up about once a month or more on a lot of boating web sites. The Nitro Hammer is definitely your best choice for a beginner. The Megatech is junk! They have had their share of problems with the plastic hull cracking in critical areas, a carb that is very hard to tune and other problems. The Nitro Hammer is not perfect either but nothing serious. Check the prop when you open the box, they have been known to be broken. Not too bright to package it with the prop attached. They rudder and mount are weak but Aquacraft is offering a replacement for free. They also have a video enclosed to help you out, a big plus there for a Newbie. There are a few things that can be done to the NH cheaply to improve performance but it's not a slug out of the box. I've seen several run and I was pleasantly surprised at the speed, I was impressed.
Let us know what you decide.
Go to the Tower Hobbies web site and look up the NH, they have a link to a video.
Old 04-10-2004, 07:17 PM
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Thanks for the info Ron

What about speed is, the Hammer as fast as the angel? Is the angel as fast as they say? Is there another, better boat? I don't mind doing the fine tuning if its worth the time spent for speed. I will be using the boat on Lake Ontario so space is not an issue. I just want something that runs FAST!!!
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You're only going to get so much speed for the price and most Manufacturers tell you that a boat goes so fast but what do they have to back it up? The R/C car and truck makers do the same thing but what I and others want to know is, how did you get those numbers? What fuel? Where at and other factors that got whatever to that speed? The clutch is another big problem with the Wicked Angel, even the article in RCBM brought that up. They found grease (!) in theirs. NO boat is going to be perfect, even if you built one from scratch. The RTF boats are getting better but still have a long way to go. the NH has a tuned pipe, extra points for that, but is it really effective? I don't know. To me it looks to be a little long to actually do any good but it does have one and it can be adjusted to more than likely get some more speed out of it.
I'd love to see a Wicked Angel do 35 MPH, I really doubt if it could actually do it on it's best day! I'll challenge Megatech to show me! 35 is a lot of speed for a boat that size for what it is. I have a .12 mono that is a serious racing boat and so far has been radared at only a crappy 32 but I do know that there is more in it with more prop and pipe work.
A lot of people don't know what 35 MPH looks like on the water and only "guesstimate" the speed.
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Ron,

THank you very much for the information
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My suggestion, FWIW, is to contact a boat racing club in your area. You'll get a lot of help and see what "fast boats" really means. IMO these RTR boats are not worth the effort. If you are truly wanting to get into fast Nitro powered boats, go to the North American Model Boat Association web site (www.NAMBA.com) and seek out a club in your area. I have raced with many clubs in the NJ area and I know they will be glad to welcome you and get you started with a good Nitro powered boat. There a lot of good used boats available. The clubs will be helpful there too. I suggest you start with a mono hull with a .21 engine.

The NAMBA organization is broken up into Districts. New Jersey is District 1. Tha NAMBA site will give you contact names. Again, contact them and I'm sure you will be very pleased with the results.

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