Getting started in RC model boats

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.

Hints and tips - 8 golden rules of modelling - and what to do if you break one.

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.

If you are not yet involved in the hobby, but want to be, read on here.

Hints and tips - 8 golden rules of modelling - and what to do if you break one.

Electronics for your model

These tips have been proposed by some of our members.


1) Measure 3 times before cutting anything.
 
2) Make a paper template to check the actual fit - cut to the outside of the scribed line on the work and fit with final sanding of same.
 
3) Where possible, "spot glue" with just enough to hold your piece, check and then final glue.
 
4) Never let anyone make anything for you that you can make yourself. You’ll get a lot of satisfaction from doing it yourself; but don’t rule out getting help or buying something if you run out of patience.
 
5) Never try to make anything you can’t make. Don’t be over-ambitious, small steps are the key; build on success.
 
6) Drawings are often wrong - go to step 2.
 
7) Aim for the highest accuracy you can; it saves enormous time and effort and leaves a correct result with fewer bodges.
 
8) Admit early in the process when you f*****d (fouled) up; stop, as it will only get worse. All is not lost; when the word 'Oops' escapes from your lips refer to the “Oops process” below.


Building tips.

Building Tips

Scratchbuilding your first hull

​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?


If you'd like to get some guidance in scratch-building, join a series of club workshops that will lead you hands-on through the scratch-building process. Read here about the content of the workshops currently under way..

Working with styrene

Confederation Marine Modellers

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. 

Detailed articles on aspects of model building are shown on this page. For "Quick tips" refer to the topics shown in the drop-down lists.

Methods of wiring a bow thruster