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Possums Puddle – Final Championship

For those of you who are visiting our website to complete the online registration for ‘The Final Championship @ Possums Puddle. You can find all of the details on the event page by clicking here.

In the meantime here is an update on entries as of 11/07/2019 @ 9:00pm.

Hunter Valley Model Marine Club

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HVMMC

The Hunter Valley Model Marine Club is situated in Maitland NSW.  Model boat races in Australia know the venue as Possums Puddle.  The HVMMC is one of the only model boat clubs in Australia with dedicated access to the pond everyday of the year.

It boasts a great member base of people from Sydney to Newcastle and runs petrol, electric and nitro model boat classes.

We recently joined the club and here is a quick video from our first visit!

Model Boat Club of NSW

The Model Boat Club of NSW was originally established in 1965 and currently calls the Sydney International Regatta Centre home. It’s regarded as some of the best water in the world for model boating due to consistently smooth conditions.

Whilst the club thrives on nitro and electric classes, there are still many members running larger petrol boats. Here is a video of a recent club practice day. As you can see from the video, everyone had a great day out on the water. You can find out more about the club and it’s history by visiting their website. http://www.modelboatclubofnsw.com/

Torpedo Race Engines Video

Checkout the video of one of our basher boats packing some serious punch with a new Torpedo Race Engines 29.5cc Zenoah.

Gizmo (GZR) Billet Bottom End Kit

Gizmo Billet Crank Case

Gizmo Billet Crank Case

We managed to get our hands on the latest release of the Gizmo GZR Billet bottom end kit. This is the second generation of water cooled Billet crank cases from Gizmo, following its predecessor being taken from the market back in 2015.

Moving on from the bearing issues with the first generation, Gizmo have openly boasted that V2 is the most diversified Billet crankcase on the market today. Capable of housing any marine style coil and the versatility to support most cranks on the market including the Zenoah tapered cranks.

Click on more below to read our full review…..

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TORPEDO Performance Kits for Zenoah Engines

Torpedo Race Engines

Torpedo Race Engines

RC Boat Builder Exclusive :

TORPEDO specialise in manufacturing high performance components and accessories for Zenoah water-cooled engines. Their range of performance products are used by racers and enthusiasts alike.

The precision CNC by ESP modified genuine Zenoah cylinder boasts an enlarged and reshaped intake, exhaust and transfer ports for greater fuel and air flow. The performance porting is combined with a relieved piston and raised compression ratio to ensure your boat is reaching it’s highest potential.

The entire range of Torpedo performance products are exclusively available from RC Boat Bitz.

 

Swordfish Pro + 300amp ‘Lite’ Edition

12046738_1030090567022188_7923350177028982814_nIt wasn’t all that long ago that we reviewed the Swordfish Pro + 300amp electronic speed controller.

In short; we named it the best value high voltage speed controller on the market. Packing features like an operational range from 2-15s with data logging and programming capabilities.  Now just six months later we have been advised by our friends over at RC Boat Bitz that they have stock of the new ‘lite’ edition!

Packing all of the same specifications of it’s chunkier and heavier big sister, the new slim downed version is lighter and cheaper!

Photos of Winter Spectacular 2015

Over the past weekend we attended the Model Boat Club of NSW, Annual Winter Spectacular.

Congratulations to the MBCNSW for hosting a well organised and attended event. It was a pleasure to watch some of Australia’s best model power boat racers, fighting it out for the prestigious trophies.

Head over to our Facebook page to see a complete photo album of more than eighty photos of the action!

MBCNSW Winter Spectacular 2015

RCBB 1-Piece Stinger and Rudder (Strudder)

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RCBB Strudder

Our friends at RC Boat Bitz are at it again, continuing to develop the RCBB OEM line of hardware for fast electric boats. The latest addition is a 1 piece stinger and rudder assembly, appropriately nick named the ‘strudder’.

Designed for mono’s between 30-40″, there is no simpler way to install a rudder and stinger on your new hull. Ready for a 3/16 drive line, the strudder comes with full angle adjustments and a interior mounting bracket for durability.

Our favourite feature is the ability to adjust the stinger height travel via 2 bolts threaded into the outside mounting plate.

As a result, you can make your fine tune adjustments without having to loosen nuts inside the boat. As always to read more and to see the detailed specifications and features of this great new product, simply click on the ‘more…’ button below.

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Hobbywing Seaking 180A V3

Hobbywing Seaking 180A

For many years now, we have used the Hobbywing Seaking ESC’s in our small to medium sized hulls. These electronic speed controllers have survived the hours of abuse that we have thrown at them. Allowing us to upgrade our motors, batteries and props without blowing up the all important speed controller.

In the past you were able to buy a re-branded version of the Hobbywing Seaking ESC named a Turnigy T180, but unfortunately Hobby King decided to no longer stock the product. However we have some great news today, our good friends at RC Boat Bitz now have stock in Australia of the genuine Hobbywing Seaking 180amp ESC!

As always to read more and to see the detailed specifications and features of this ESC, simply click on the ‘more…’ button below.

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MBCNSW 2015 Winter Spectacular

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NSW Model Boat Club

Our friends at the Model Boat Club of New South Wales (MBCNSW) are holding their annual Winter Spectacular at the Sydney International Regatta Centre this coming weekend. The event is shaping up to be one of the best of the year with more than fifty competitors entering over two hundred boats into the various classes.

Racers from Victoria, Queensland and South Australia will be fighting it out against the New South Wales locals for the highly prized perpetual trophies and titles.

From all accounts the event will be well run with a dedicated practice day on Thursday 6th August, timed practice sessions of Friday 7th and a full weekend of racing held over Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August 2015.

Visitors and spectators are welcome to come along and see the fastest and best model power boat racing in Australia! Aaron and Daniel from RCBoatBuilder will be there and wearing one of our t-shirts or jumpers, so if you see us please come and say hello.

CC Racing Monster V2 Exhaust

CC Racing Monster V2

CC Racing Monster V2

The Monster V2 exhaust is the latest tuned pipe from CC Racing.  Following on from the success of the Powermaster and Monster V1, this stainless steel tuned pipe is one of the most powerful ‘off the shelf’ exhaust systems available for modified Zenoah marine engines.

In kit form the system comes complete with a no leak water cooled exhaust flange, 1″ O.D. stainless steel header, alloy tuned pipe clamp and of course the Monster V2 stainless steel tuned pipe with adjustable length internal stinger.

It not only looks the part but also provides monster performance, just like its name suggests. In short this kit provides extreme bottom end torque while turning high RPM on modified engines.

We took the opportunity to put the Monster V2 exhaust through its paces on one of our Omen Race Engines modified Zenoah G300 power units.

As always to read more and to see photos and video, simply click on the ‘more…’ button below.

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Sydney Social RC Boat Club

Sydney Social Boaters

Sydney Social Boaters

We love to boat, more importantly we enjoy boating with other like minded enthusiasts. For that reason we created a social club for people in Sydney, Australia who are interesting in getting out and on the water.

The Sydney Social Boat Club have been meeting regularly for about twelve months now.  Most weekends we head out to the Hawkesbury river near Windsor and run our boats for a few hours in the morning.

No politics, no ego’s just a bunch of boaters willing to help each other out and enjoy both gas and electric boats.

If your interested in finding out more, be sure to head over to the Sydney Social Boat Club Facebook page and register to find out when we are all meeting next.

Revolectrix Lipo Batteries

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Revolectrix Lipo’s

As most of our regular visitors would know, we build big scale electric boats.  Often our hulls can weigh upto 10 KG’s fully loaded, powered by huge brushless setups that draw  50 Volts @ 260+ Amps in order to push the hulls beyond the 100 KMPH mark.

Whilst we run decent electronic setups,  the consistent failure point has always been our Lipo batteries.  As the ‘Doctor’ would say, we have had to ‘burn and learn’ many lessons trying to find powerful enough Lipo batteries for our rc boats.

Most recently we discovered a new blend of Lipo cells on the market manufactured by Revoblends, the brain child of John Grzan.  John has been involved with the development of Lithium since 1994 when he co-developed Lithium High Rete cells with Kokam in Korea. Moving from Melbourne, Australia to Singapore he set up a production facility for LiPO batteries and chargers in Batam Indonesia.

Click ‘more…’ below to read our full review!

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50″ Mono – Genuine Everingham

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50″ Everingham Mono

We picked up two new bare hulls this past weekend. They are 50″ mono’s built by Garry Everingham out of Singleton NSW, Australia.
For a very reasonable $400 AUD, these hulls represent good value for money.

The hulls appear to be built very well using Gary’s own design and manufacturing process. The end result is one beautiful scale boat!

Be sure to check  back over the following weeks for a complete build log on the two hulls and of course some videos!

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Swordfish 300a Pro + ESC

Swordfish 300a Pro+

Swordfish 300a Pro+

Over the past couple of years we have had the pleasure of trying more than a couple dozen different Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC) for electric RC boats. We have fried many, loved a few and not even bothered installing a few more.

For our latest builds we needed something top of the line with plenty of grunt to power our big heavy 45” Everingham hulls.   Searching for an economical yet reliable unit, the first name that came to mind was Swordfish!

To read our full review click on ‘Continue Reading’ below.

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Spektrum DX3C Radio

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Spektrum DX3C

They key to a perfect setup lies within your radio gear. A smooth and responsive radio will assist in gliding your boat through the water.

Here at RC Boat Builder we have played with a lot of different radio’s from the $25 HobbyKing specials all the way through to the $500 Spektrum DX4S.

Click on ‘Continue Reading’ below for our full review!

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RC Boat Builder is a digital repository for all things Model Power Boating. Both Aaron and Daniel who manage this blog have been passionate about all things RC for over two decades.

The purpose of this website is to provide RC Boat enthusiasts with pictures, videos and step by step guides to help you enjoy the hobby.

It doesn’t matter if your bashing your boat down at your local pond or oval racing with your local club. You will find a bunch of information here to support you.

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