I mentioned to my daughter that I wanted to build a water plane (float plane) next and she keeps asking when. I am not ready for the water plane yet and it’s been windy for the last couple of months.
We discussed an air-boat instead she was just as excited about the boat idea. I’ve had a picture of how I wanted it to look in my head for a long time. It’s a really simple design and I think it will work well. My friend Glen thinks it looks top heavy and will tip over. What do you think?
Swapable power pack
My number one goal for this build is that it will accept the Flitetest power pod design. The power pack is a rectangle box (to hold the ESC receiver and battery) made from foam board and packing tape with a 1/16″ hobby plywood firewall where the motor mounts. I love the idea of being able to take the power pack from my plane and slide it into the air-boat. This allows you to build and have many different radio controlled models with out having to buy electronics for each one. Click here to see the Flitetest power pod build video and link to pdf plans.
Mock up of the hull with Adams foam-board
It would probably be a better idea to build this with Depron which is waterproof. This will save you the trouble of waterproofing the foam board. Pink foam insulation board which can be purchased at a home center like The Home Depot is also waterproof and would work better as well.
The only curved part to draw and cut is the front side of the boat hull. I drew the curve freehand and used a plastic level as straight edge for the rest of the parts.
I took some photos and made this video slideshow of the build process along with a quick power up drive test on our build table.
Part 2 of the build will be taking it apart removing all of the paper and adding the water proofing with Kraft Paper and water based Minwax. In the video above only the sides and bottom have been glued with hot-glue the rest is taped temporarily.