Hay Ewe
29th November 2011, 11:12 AM
Hi all

So I am thinking of a new project / mental stimulation / past time and am thinking about Radio Control Model Boat - speed boat type, probably electric (less hassle / noise and cleaner I think)

the main thing that I am looking for is wood, the local hobby store stocks a little balsa but they are mainly in to R/C cars.

Are the any good suppliers that do mail order and have a website? I am thinking of other types than balsa, hard words for final planking and ply wood for frames
also, can any others recomend good hobby stores for parts etc

I had a 1 meter yacht years ago and was was fun but the rig size made it cumbersome.

Any others in to this out there?


Hay Ewe

29th November 2011, 12:18 PM
google Tower Hobbies,
i do like to support my local Hobby Shop but with the dollar how it is you will be saving big bucks, just keep your orders below $1000 so you dont get slugged import duty.

some of my RC stuff here, all aircraft, no boats, Same but different.

qfogarty's Channel - YouTube

29th November 2011, 12:28 PM
Col Taylor and Model Flight are Australian retailers with a good range.

29th November 2011, 02:37 PM
Are you sure you want to make a wooden boat?

If it's speed, why not fibreglass?

I used to race RC multiboats many years ago - something like this around an M-shaped course where boats have to be able to turn left and right.

club 500 model boat racing - YouTube

29th November 2011, 03:21 PM
These sites have some useful information.

Web Links (http://www.ampba.asn.au/links.htm)

ModelPowerBoat.com - Model Power Boats (http://www.modelpowerboat.com)

This site has some interesting gear.

HobbyKing R/C Hobby Store : (http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/index.rc)

It sounds as if you plan to construct the hull from scratch from wood as a form of mental stimulation. In that case. it might be worth using the same technique I use for kayak construction, ie a strip built hull with a fibreglass skin inside and out.

Hay Ewe
1st December 2011, 01:15 PM
Thanks for the feed back
I have found some plans for Baby Bootlegger which are just uder 36" long, plank construction. that looks like the thing I am after.

it was sourcing teh wood that I am after, after a little more research I could probably get it locally, its finding the place to get it from that is sufficent qualiity, thickness and reasonable cost

Hay Ewe

2nd December 2011, 09:30 PM
Hay Ewe

PM me - I can supply all the wood that you need for such a project - all machined to size etc


PS I have cut files for a Baby Bootlegger.

6th December 2011, 05:11 PM
Hay Ewe

PM me - I can supply all the wood that you need for such a project - all machined to size etc


PS I have cut files for a Baby Bootlegger.

How about for a model one of these ?


Nice work by the way Chris...

Hay Ewe
8th December 2011, 10:14 AM
Hay folks
thanks for the feed back.
Have a had a little delay for the next two months or so, but then I shall be in touch then and take it from there.

I too have seen a file that I can down load to get the shapes for the BabyBootlege laser cut but am thining that I might go old skool on it and cut them by hand


Hay Ewe