A collection of plans for the classic wooden boats plans- the models vary in size but I prefer to work on models that are about 1m in length or larger so the majority of plans here are for the larger models. Most of the model plan sets are free, others are for sale. The cost is kept low so that everyone can have a chance to build the models - some lesser quality plans are for sale on the web for 10 times the price. Again the low price does not affect the quality of the plans.
I have also included a section on RC Hardware with Wiring Diagrams for basic RC Boat and Ship layouts. By John Tomlinson
1982 Atlas Van Lines unlimited hydroplane. Last ran as Ken Muscatel’s U-14 in 1998.
Plans include build pictures, History of the Boat and parts and instructions in pdf and .dwg AutoCAD format and are in a zipped file which is 741kb
Plans are in Zipped PDF format 800kb in size
Riva Aquarama Free Plans Download - Click Here Classic wooden boat plans for download - free
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V-bottom Gold Cup racer from the 1920's Baby Bootlegger won the 1924–25 Gold Cup and Harmsworth trophy.
Plans include build pictures, parts and instructions in pdf format and are in a zipped file which is 1.1mb - Click on the pic to go the download page for the model boat plans
See the Baby Bootlegger Premium Upgrade Plans for CNC compatible AutoCAD Files and have you local shop machine the frames
Plans in PDF format, 950 kb in size in 12 pages
A classic model boat plan for a single Stepped Hydroplane Boat
Antares Plans are in tiled PDF Format which are 850 kb in 10 pages
A simple plan for a classic model wooden boat
Premium plans for the Bruce N Crandell 135 Cu Inch Hydroplane.
click to go to the Flyer Hydroplane Plans - Here
Click Here to go to the Frame Kit plans
2 Large Format sheets on 2A0 sized sheets in Adobe PDF Vector format
Instructions for printing Large Format Paper Sizes with Adobe PDF software -
Set paper size in the print options in the Adobe print menu - ensure paper size setting is correct. (the preview in the ADOBE software will show this)
The plans are large sheets 2A0 in sheet size - the large sheets that are best printed at a print shop such as Kinko's or similar high street printers.
Regardless of were the plans are printed, the following settings from the Adobe "Print" menu options are needed to print out full size:
Ensure paper size setting is correct - 2A0 in this case
Please ensure that the "Page Scaling" setting in the Adobe software Print Options is set to "None"
Do not use the "Fit to Page" option.
You can use the "Tile Large Pages" to print full scale on A3 or A4 paper joined together if you have the Adobe Pro software or the free Adobe Reader 10.
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Frame Kit Plans are Here
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RC Boat Motors - The electric motors used in RC boats can be Brushed or Brushless motors
Each type of motor used with the Radio Control gear requires a specific design of Speed Controller.
Brushless Speed Controller Brushed Speed Controller
The Speed Controllers above have a water cooled Heat Sink to prevent the RC Speed Controller overheating.
You will notice that the Brushless Speed Controllers and Brushless Motors have three wires to supply the power to the motor. The speed controller converts the DC battery power into a kind of 3 phase AC voltage to run the motor. The speed is controlled by varying the frequency of the of the AC.
The Brushed Speed Controller and Motor use the conventional Plus and Minus leads to run the motor and the electronic speed controlled basically switches the power on and off at a high speed to control the power to the motor.
Water Cooled Motor Heat Sink
The design of Brushless motors allows a Water Jacket type of heat sink to be used to remove the heat from the electric motor while under load.
The water is fed from forward facing inlet on the hull which forces the water into the jacket and out through a drain - this is the most efficient way to cool you RC Boat motor.
A Brushless Motor with a Water Jacket heat Sink fitted
Flexible Prop Shafts 3 Blade Props
Brushed Motor Wiring Brushless Motor
The Wiring Diagrams are for a typical layout on a Radio Controlled boat or Ship - The differences between the Brushed Motor Wiring Diagram and the Brushless Motor Wiring Diagram are easily seen by clicking on the diagrams above to enlarge the Picture
The Battery Connection, Power Switch, Radio Receiver and Rudder Servo connection are also shown on the RC Ship Wiring Diagrams - Click on the thumbnails to download the full sized wiring diagrams.