Methods of wiring a bow thruster

​You’ve built your first model boat from a kit, and now you’re ready to scratch-build a scale model. You may find what you need as a ready-made hull. Alternatively you may decide for reasons of cost or simply for the satisfaction of doing so, to make it yourself. Where to begin?

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Working with styrene

Electronics for your model

Confederation Marine Modellers

Getting started in RC model boats

Styrene has become well-established as a modelling material. It is uanffected by water, has no grain, and can be painted. It is available in flat sheets and structural shapes of different thicknesses and sizes. The most versatile is the flat sheet from which almost any part can be made. 

Building tips.

Most bow thrusters consist of a tube into which is inserted an impeller, driven by a single motor, to force water from one end to the other. The tube is permanently glued into a hull with the ends open to the water. The control of the motor must allow rotation in either direction, to push the model to either side, and be selectable. There are two basic ways to do this, with a few variations. The two basic ways are: one, use a speed control or two, use switches.

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Building Tips

Scratchbuilding your first hull

If you want to understand more about the electronics that you need or want for your boat, this article on the website of the Model Boats magazine is a good place to start.