Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Complete Guide - Getting into RC Airboats for a complete Newbie

Every time I take 'Das Boot' out and put it in the water, I get people wondering how to get started in the exciting (and relatively cheap) way to get into the world of RC boats. This is a complete guide to acquiring all the components needed to build a cheap airboat.

The Parts of a Cheap Airboat


The first step to building a cheap airboat is picking a cheap motor. Once you have selected the motor, the rest of the boat will fall into place. This may seem like a long list, but most of the small parts come in multi-packs. Once you have a supply of the small parts, all you need are a few main parts and you can build numerous boats.


The motor and prop set up sets the size for the entire boat. To keep the boat small and manageable you want to select a fast spinning motor with a small prop. This generally also helps the boat be fast. A good start is the AX 2306N 2000kv brushless Micro Motor from HobbyKing. HobbyKing rates the motor up to 9A, but it handle more with ease. You always want extra motors. Grab a couple of these.


Next, lets just pick the cheapest ESC that we can find. the Hobbyking SS Series 25-30A ESC is a good choice if it is in stock. Otherwise, the Hobbyking SS Series 15-18A ESC will work. As with the motors, the more ESCs the merrier. These tend to get damaged by water, so grab at least 2 ESCs