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How to get started in R/C Boating ?
Kit? Ready to sail? Scratch build?
The starting point has to be an assessment of what kind of modeling experience; tools and skills are possessed by the enthusiast. If one is just starting into the hobby, it is good to get some help. If one is an experienced modeler, it is still advised to seek out others involved in model ship building and sailing to get ideas and enjoy the camaraderie. The best place to find the help you need is in a Model Boating Club. The members are happy to share and help you get started to succeed. Your local hobby shop is a great place to find a club and schedules for their activities. Most cities will have several hobby shops, and typically, they each may emphasize different aspects of R/C. One shop may specialize in R/C cars, the next R/C aircraft and finally, R/C ships and boats. There are many places to buy what you need, mail order, on line and locally. I try to support my local hobby stores as much as possible and recommend that to all. There are times when you need something, and fast, and the shop is there for you. The Hobby shop staff can help you pick out the right kit for your skill level. They can recommend the glues, paints and radio accessories you will need to get your beauty in the water. Lets look at some different ways to enjoy the building phase of this great hobby.

Ready to sail models are a complete, fully assembled ship or boat model, with a radio system, in a box and ready to just charge the batteries and go have fun. It is perfect for those who don’t have the time or space to build a project. These assembled craft come in various designs, tugs, fishing boats, sail boats, race boats and war ships. Their cost is moderate, considering you get everything you need. $200. range
Ready to sail
Kits come in all kinds and sizes
Some kits are nothing more than a box of wood, parts and plans and every aspect of the model must be made. Some kit’s parts need to be cut and shaped, others will be die cut and some of the work is done for you. Some kits, the hull and other major components are preformed, such as vacuum form plastic. Some kits are very well thought out and the instructions are clear, others are not. Anything goes, so know what is in the box before you buy no matter how cool the picture on the lid looks.
See the "links" page for some more ideas
See the feature article page, "Model ship building is an Art form"
Scratch Building
The challenge to scratch build must be excepted if the model you must build is not available in kit form. Scratch building is a model built from plans. The plans are acquired from a plans service or drawn by the modeler form photos of the original ship. Every aspect of the model must be created. Every part, detail, component and feature is designed and fabricated. There are no instructions and all documentation must be researched and studied. It is an art form that can be as complicated or uncomplicated, expensive or inexpensive as you want it to be. The builder plays the role of an artist, historian, and an inventor. For both adults and kids, It teaches patience, planning, proper order, (of assembly), problem solving, were to find information, history, skills with glues, resins, electricity, radio, engineering and painting and much more.
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See , "Why do ships float "?
Now here's a cool idea and cheep. Cardboard and paint !
Convert a Plastic Model!
Club member, John Irwin built this great “Oil Rig Supply Vessel” from materials out of the recycling container. He used some modeling plywood he had and some other wood for motor mounts, ribs and supports but allot of the boat is cardboard. There is nothing wrong with cereal box weight cardboard and paper tubes right out of the trash. Why not? It is all fiber, as is wood. He sealed the boat with DOPE, (available at any hobby shop) or you could use Epoxy to seal and strengthen the parts. With the motors, batteries and radio gear, John has this beauty in the water for less than $100
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Any model ship could be converted to R/C. This Revell kit of the Corvette is 1:72 scale and makes very nice ship to play with. It is available for about $ 85. and has all the parts and great details. Wow. Club member Brad S did a great job with this beauty and the whole project; motors batteries and radio system can be put together for about $200. Not bad!
I have seen many plastic models converted. My son used to take most of his 1:350 scale or smaller model ship fleet, put a little motor inside, a battery, make a prop and shaft, set the rudder and let her go! What fun and a good learning experience. Not to mention family time on the water!
You know, a lot of stuff around the house has little motors that may be headed for the trash. Start eyeing any of your battery operated junk. That dust buster, that old drill, that wont charge anymore, grass clippers, 12V auto vacuum , kids toys, even the new electric toothbrushes or razors have cute little motors inside. Go get-em.
Contact your Web Master Neal
Is this how it starts?
Is this boy tomorrow’s engineer?
Then, there are Garage sales and E-Bay!
But Buyer Beware!
Are there good bargains out there? Of course, but know what you’re buying. Get advise from an old sea dog as to what it will take to get “Her” in the water.
We have one club member, who has had very good luck buying, “needs repair” model ships on E-Bay, ($20-$30 range) but there is the possibility of a bad deal. I know of a person who thought he was buying a nice big R/C Tugboat for $1000 (on an internet auction site, (to be unnamed)). When he opened the box there was only a picture of the tug inside. So beware!
Have a Model built for you by a custom service!
Our club member, Bob Muller offers a custom building service.
Contact Bob:
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See , "Theoretical Considerations, Theory of Marine Architecture.