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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:47 PM
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Merk, the new boat will be a molded plastic, to get good detail and consistant build quality, and of a paintable material. final cost is not even a guess yet, as there are to many factors unknown at this point.

The idea behind this boat IS to be a entry level PRICED boat, with extreme performace, rivaling the $2500 boats, so that hopefully it will bring more people to it, it will be a one class boat, I assume, to keep the class uniform, and NOT have the money wars to have a winning boat.

I am not at liberty to go on about any tech stuff, nor will I, its not my project, but, as things unfold, I surely will keep everyone informed.
I still say we need a good 1meter like this...
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:51 PM
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Hiya Kidz!

Got a FPV on my red Nirvana.

Not as cool as my heli viddys wrought with anticipation of a crash but lovely none the less!

Feel free to enjoy my other viddys as well!

All the best!

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PS 80F here in Florida today!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1WCjrSLrUk
Anybody able to ge this video to play more than a few seconds? I love that song too....

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Ok...click on the link in this post and it works...don't ya just love the on board videos? It's the closest thing to being there...kept looking for gators though...

Good job rikybob...
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 07:30 PM
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Anybody able to ge this video to play more than a few seconds? I love that song too....

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Ok...click on the link in this post and it works...don't ya just love the on board videos? It's the closest thing to being there...kept looking for gators though...

Good job rikybob...
Hiya again Capt. Crash!

Ya, Creams "Badge" is a great song and I'm amazed Youtube "Police" didn't snag it off the viddy for me!

As for 'gators, they tend to shy away from us humans!

The Nirvana sailboat now is the proud owner of a AR6100e and works flawlessly!

One more Tx stuck in the closet!

Additionally, the stock "Megatech" sail servo is weak at best and is giving way to the HRC32645S Hitec HS-645MG High Torque Metal Gear Servo S/JR/Z!

Here is another viddy of the "Swamp Dawg"!

Push ahead to the 6 minute mark for the airboat!

01052013 (12 min 30 sec)


All the best!

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Old Jan 15, 2013, 07:44 PM
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Capt. Crash

Thanks for the reply. A paintable plastic sounds ok to me (if priced right) one thing I don't like about white ABS is the way it can yellow from UV exposure. And we have plenty of UV's around my way.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 08:36 AM
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My MM and upgrades came in the mail today. Merry Christmas to me.

Will post photos once I start the build.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 11:04 AM
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Possible note of interest? Some ABS does better in sunlight than others. Depends on the formulation. Knowledgeable manufacturers paint their ABS boats or recommend painting them to prevent UV attack. The yellowing is pretty much a cosmetic thing and unless a boat is left out in direct sunlight for an extended period time, there will be very little structural damages. Over time the material can become brittle from over exposure to the sun.

The particular ABS my Tamiya 40EX was made of is very sensitive to natural light. It yellowed while sitting out inside the original owner's home exposed only to indirect sunlight, so I am going to paint it for cosmetic reasons as well to protect it from any future discoloration. Another boat I know of that does the same thing, is the Kyosho Beneteau - which was build around the same time period as the 40EX - boat were Japanese products. Kyosho suggested painting their Seawinds - most of those I have seen have been painted. I am sure there are more that weren't - not heard of a yellowing or discoloration issues on those boats.

Nirvana's are painted with a durable paint the holds up quite well in the weather. I have had a number of Nirvana's over the years, all three colors, some were painted well, another not so much. Guess the guy painted that one had a bad night My current blue Nirvana has a very good paint job - I plan on this one staying in my fleet for a long time.

The Yamaha RTW came with a really good paint job and is holding up quite well.
The hatch cover was not painted - it matched the white deck paint, but I can see some color change since it was new. I may half to paint it a year or two.

Fiberglass is, in my opinion is a better material for making boats - they are likely to be heavier, but the fiberglass boats are more durable, more UV stable, easier to repair if needed etc. It is a bit more labor intensive done right - if you guys could all get a peek at the Fairwind lll's finish and lay-up you'd see what kind of quality work can been pumped out of a Japanese toy factory.

My power boats are fiberglass, as is my Fairwind. The Seawind (painted) the Fortune 612(painted), Nirvana (painted), and my Yamaha's are all ABS. My V32 is Polystyrene (painted) and a wooden deck. Luv them all!

ABS is such a practical all around material it is the logical choice for most of the companies making RC boats it is their first choice. I really don't mind. If you are a class racer, the boats will all be the same so, really it is a non-issue.

Just sayin...............
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Yup..

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Old Jan 16, 2013, 05:51 PM
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Yip...I favor glass, wood, ABS in that order....for ease of repair.

Gee guess I'm going to have to do a onboard video with the "VULTURE" now.

Of course that means running down/boarding party time...
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yip...i favor glass, wood, abs in that order....for ease of repair.

gee guess i'm going to have to do a onboard video with the "vulture" now.

of course that means running down/boarding party time...

+1!
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 08:58 AM
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Nirvanas on ebay

Guy has a red and blue Nirvana for sale.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/R-C-Racing-Y...item3a7d6aa0d0
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 05:10 PM
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Guy has a red and blue Nirvana for sale.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/R-C-Racing-Y...item3a7d6aa0d0

Interesting!

I love Fleabay in that folks will actually pay more than street value for used stuff!

I wish I had something to sell!

If you want a new one drop by HERE! and buy it for about 2.50USD less than the current bid and FREE shipping!

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Old Jan 17, 2013, 05:37 PM
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Interesting!

I love Fleabay in that folks will actually pay more than street value for used stuff!

I wish I had something to sell!

If you want a new one drop by HERE! and buy it for about 2.50USD less than the current bid and FREE shipping!

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Good price but you have to buy 3 of them and they are in Indonesia, it would be good to have some feedback from someone that has delt with them.
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 06:25 PM
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Good price but you have to buy 3 of them and they are in Indonesia, it would be good to have some feedback from someone that has delt with them.

Yeppers,

EVERYTHING comes with a catch!

I have a helicopter vendor that is causing me to drool.

A 550 Class for less than 1/3 of the going rate!

Deal is, ya gotta buy TWO!

And, I've never dealth with the vendor.

Upside is, is I've been trading on the web now consistantly over a decade and haven't been "hosed" yet!

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Old Jan 17, 2013, 09:38 PM
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That is a website I will keep my eye on when it is time for me to move back to the states in few years.

I could load up, bring it back and sell it off.

HMMMMMMM!!!!!
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