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How to: More Monohull speed secrets

How to: More Monohull speed secrets Finch, John Adjusting struts and props for top performance How you trim your boat has a tremendous impact on its speed; in fact, the best way to increase its speed is to properly trim it for maximum performance. In “Speed Secrets for Monohulls” (April 2002), I explained how trim […]

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Troubleshooting tips

Troubleshooting tips Turner, Jay Much of the correspondence I receive deals with radio- and motor-related problems, but it’s often difficult for me to solve a problem at a distance. There are, however, a number of particularly common radio problems, so I deal with some of them here. By following my tips, you should, I hope, […]

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Kyosho Blue Streak 800

Kyosho Blue Streak 800 Vogel, Greg Kyosho * is no stranger to entry-level boating, and over the years, it has consistently improved its boats to make it even easier for newcomers to get involved in the sport. Kyosho’s mission is to make the most user-friendly boats on the market. The new, electric-powered Blue Streak 800 […]

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How to: Power-tune your carb

How to: Power-tune your carb Finch, John Solve your waterfront woes! The other day at the pond, some of us got to talking about how to properly set an engine’s needle valve. This is a real-life problem that modelers encounter all the time, so I decided to write an article that would help you understand […]

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Vintage RC yachts sail south

Vintage RC yachts sail south Eyrich, Rick FINAL MOORINGS Unlike those who sail RC yachts built of high-tech composites, the vintage model yachter strives to either convert a former pond yacht to RC duty or build an exact replica of a classic, early 20th-century sailing ship. This love of owning and operating vintage sailboats was […]

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Hop up the CEN wave shark

Hop up the CEN wave shark Eyrich, Rick HOW TO More bite for your buck! The nitro-powered CEN Wave Shark is a very popular model that performs well out of the box, but because I’m a shade-tree mechanic at heart, I wanted to see whether I could make this boat even better. The Shark is […]

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Final moorings: 1/3-scale America’s Cup classic

Final moorings: 1/3-scale America’s Cup classic Lagor, Jaime It’s amazing what can be achieved with a little bit of ingenuity, a touch of perseverance and a lot of imagination. Alan Endicott of Victoria, Australia, employed all three when he designed and built his 1/3-scale replica of one of the most famous America’s Cup racing yachts […]

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Super Brain 969 Pro

Super Brain 969 Pro Aberle, Bob Next-generation smart charger Hot on the heels of the popular MRC Super Brain 959 charger is the new 969 Pro version, which can do everything that the 959 can do plus a lot more! Like its predecessor, the 969 Pro can be powered by 12V DC (from a car […]

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ACADEMY PRODUCTS Supreme F-1 Hydro

ACADEMY PRODUCTS Supreme F-1 Hydro Uravitch, Rich The easy way to step up to F-1 fun Tunnelhulls are among my favorite types of rac-ing boat; they’re quick, agile and so sleek that you just know they’re going to be fast. That’s why when the folks at RC Boat Modeler asked me to review Academy Products’ […]

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1976 “Sprint Hull” 1/16-scale

1976 “Sprint Hull” 1/16-scale plane, Pickle-fork hydro CONSTRUCTION Pickle-fork hydro plane Over the last couple of years, I’ve had a lot of fun with 1/16-scale, round-nose, electric hydroplanes and moved on to a next-generation hydro: the 1976 Ron Jones Sprint Hull. This design can be configured to resemble more than 20 boats that raced between […]