Those who know me, know I have a problem, I can't leave well enough alone. No car I have ever owned (and there are at least two dozen) has left my possession "stock". I rarely build an RC model, and leave it "stock" as designed. Sometime, but rarely. Sometimes my crazy ideas work, sometimes not. This won't be a boring exception.
So I am claiming this is a "practical" build.
I need, well this is my excuse, a rescue boat for my sailboats. I have yet to get one stuck I couldn't get back, eventually. But it might happen someday, right? Yeah, so my sailboats are all a lot bigger than this little tug, so I need to overpower it. And I don't want an exposed prop to tangle with any lines that might be in the water. And if things go sideways enough to need this little guy, a good chance there will be lines in the water... If a mast or shroud breaks, I may also have sails in the water. And many of those easily cost more than one of these little tugs.
So the obvious solution, is to put a jet prop unit in it.
And for good measure, I will likely go brushless too!
At a glance, it will fit. The measurements look promising. Where it will get interesting is in the back. The stern issn't thick enough, so I will be dropping the hull down into a sorta v configuration to get enough draft/depth for the unit. I grabbed an LK 2016 unit with brushed motor and the water-cooling coil. Without the brushed motor and buying the cooling coil, I was only saving $3. So I grabbed the whole deal, $3 is worth the option to go either direction. If room is too tight, I can possibly get away with one of the small brushed ESC I use for my 1/12 crawlers.
The jet-drive arrived Monday. The boat was supposed to have arrived on Tuesday, it didn't... It looks like it will be here this coming Monday though. Actually it arrived in town noon today, so maybe I get lucky and it goes out on the delivery route tomorrow!?!
Since out of the box the plan is to do "dumb things" to this little guy, I probably won't use the actual kit for this build (or maybe build both side by side). Instead, I am going to scan and import all of it into Design Space. Including the abs cabin. This gives me flexibility to also quickly adjust the size, if I decide I have to build it bigger. We will see what I have on hand to use for materials, but likely I will just use balsa. I will employ a sneaky trick I use for sailboat building to strengthen it, without using fiberglass! Building this with balsa will get a boat in the water FAST too! I think I can cut up to 3mm lite ply with my Cricut Maker though. So I will see. Obviously a lot of the scale parts will be missing this way
I may NEED to build both. A rescue tug to rescue the rescue tug...
The jet drive version probably won't be super scale detailed. But it will get lights! I have a cool emergency blue flasher on the way and a led light controller set for boats sitting the shelf.
I will leave you guys with that for now! I am going to cheat and snag some stock pictures off the eBay sellers, since they do that to everyone else anyways. And I am too tired to grab a real camera and go clear a spot on the workbench for a boring picture of a jet drive unit... (I grabbed a white one though.)