How to Make RC Boats

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RC boats are among the easier forms of RC (radio-controlled) vehicles to make, but still require considerable patience and assembly expertise. From yachts to submarines, virtually every kind of hydraulic craft imaginable is now available in RC hobby shops everywhere.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • RC boat kit (unassembled)
  • Flat, spacious work area
  • Industrial adhesive(s)
  • Cutting knife
  • Screwdriver with correct head(s)
  • Pliers

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    Build an RC Boat

  1. 1

    Start simple, especially if you're brand-new to the world of RC vehicle assembly. There are a great many working and electrical parts required to make RC boats operate. New users are strongly encouraged to cut their teeth on as simple a design as possible before moving on to more complex assemblies.

  2. 2

    Review the instruction manual that comes with your assembly kit in careful detail before you even attempt to begin to make your RC boat. If the manual contains steps that you don't understand, consult someone who can help you. Call the store where you bought the kit, contact the manufacturer, or seek help online. RC Universe (see Resources below) has a chat forum where RC enthusiasts can connect with each other.

  3. 3

    Organize your work space, collecting all your tools in an easily accessible place and arranging your parts in a logical manner. Lay down a terry cloth towel to absorb any leaks or spills and to help prevent any errant parts you might drop from rolling away.

  4. 4

    Follow the step-by-step instructions in the guide that came with your RC boat kit fully and completely. Work slowly. Stop for clarification if you get stuck or make a mistake. It's easier to take the time and do it right once than to make a hasty job of it and have to do everything all over again.

  5. 5

    Paint the body of the boat, if you desire, using an airbrush, and before assembly is complete. Make sure to keep the body well away from electrical and mechanical parts during the painting process. Most experts on RC boats do not endorse the use of model paint applied by brush for RC vehicles, as airbrushing is faster, easier and keeps a sleeker look for a longer period of time.

Tips and warnings

  • Always work in a space with adequate ventilation. Paint and glue fumes are toxic and can cause serious damage if inhaled in too great a concentration.

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