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Old 04-20-2005, 11:40 PM
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Hello all. Are there any good sites out there on building your own fiberglass hulls?
Old 04-22-2005, 10:36 PM
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I don't know of any for just hulls but www.fiberglast.com has a lot of info and videos available for molding just about anything.
Old 04-23-2005, 04:16 PM
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Thanks Ron.

Doesn't anyone do their own hulls and 'tinker'? Does everyone run only commercially store-bought boats? If so then it's a sad, sad thing!
Old 04-23-2005, 11:52 PM
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I have been doing airplanes for many years but I just got into boat and I am working on a plug so I can layup my own hulls
Old 04-24-2005, 07:27 AM
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Not everyone runs off-the-shelf boats. I have one mono that only 2 were made of, 2 outrigger hydros that only 5 are out there and an ultra-rare engine, 1 of only 2 made.
It does take a lot of time, money and experience to lay up any boat from sctratch and most people don't have the skills to do it. I think that a lot of us have a design in our heads but just don't know how to put it in use. It is no small feat to do this.
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Ron I agree. Last summer I partially built (still awaiting finishing) a mahogany Chris Craft style .19 nitro boats and it was 100X harder than I anticipated. First, mahogany is almost as hard to work with as steel (definitely not the balsa consistency I was expecting).

Anyways, now I also want to expand into fiberglass boats and want to try laying a glass hull. Hence my question about sites specifically dedicated to this so I can learn on someone else's mistakes instead of my own all the time. heh heh
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Ron, any pics of the engine? What kind of engine are you referring to? I'm growing my model engine collection (model boat, car and plane glow engines).
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Default RE: Building/Laying fiberglass hulls

oh wait i think mini mental made a scratch glass hull might ask him if you can get ahold of em
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I don't have any pix of the engine right now. It's a vintage Webra Speed .11, rear exhaust converted to a water-cooled head and O.S. carb. It's twin set the old IMPBA "A" hydro record years ago. I got it from Gary Preusse and came with almost enough parts to build another one including the stock parts.
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Ron, sounds interesting.

Who's mini mental?
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he one of the forum members
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Default RE: Building/Laying fiberglass hulls

I built my own design 7.5 Tunnel Hull, Foam Core, Plywood lamination skinned, very light Extra long Forks in the front, Actually works quite well, Will take choppier water and can outperform My brothers Prather LapCat II.
I have many other design with foam core plugs I have thought up and will be attempting a 48" Vee Hull / Fiberglass design after my 1/8 scale hydro is done, you can see it in the picture standing on end.
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Old 05-04-2005, 10:56 AM
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Yo all, i built my own hull.. but theres no point finishing it till next year as the local boat pond is under refurbishment, (open in july nxt year) the only other place i could take is the lake at the nature reserve but A: Stuff like that is banned up there and B:that would probarbly not go to well with the ppl fishing

It my second rc boat as i had a EP Viper that turned did a kursk and was never seen agen [] but i have expeirince in fiberglassing as i am also a fond waterskiier and have my own speed boat to practise on [sm=punching.gif][sm=spinnyeyes.gif]
Till nxt july, i will just stick to racing my buggys/trucks and water skiing.

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