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Old Aug 08, 2007, 11:21 AM
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My brother has three kids. They have a pond. I was thinking that the perfect Christmas gift for them this year would be RC boats. Because there are three of them, I am going to have to buy three, because with them, they will fight.

I need some product advice. These are kids, ages 6 to 12. I don't want to spend more than $50 per boat...because they are kids. Electrics will do just fine. What products might fit my need?
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Old Aug 08, 2007, 03:20 PM
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There is plenty of RTS about - the only (!) problems are making sure that they are all working in different bands - (should say something like 27 or 40 or 49 or 75) = and how big is the pond?
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Old Aug 08, 2007, 03:29 PM
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The pond is about a half-acre in size.

As I was looking around, the whole conflicting frequency thing came to mind. Maybe there is a boat offered in 3 frequencies to insure no conflicts. The search continues.
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Old Aug 08, 2007, 03:41 PM
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The low price RTS boats all tend to take up the entire band, so as long as they claim different bands on the box, you should be OK and avoid mutual interference. THe low price is usually at the cost of the control system, but if no-body else is involved, no problem.
I just typed "RC boats" into my search engine and got a pageful of prospects. There is the usual optimistic advertising specifications to contend with, but you should find something to satisfy within your budget. Look for the magic letters "RTS" or "RTR".
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 08:29 AM
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I know it a little more money then you want to spend but I suggest that you look at the Thunder Tiger Voyager 1 meter yacht. The voyager cost about $150 from tower hobbies. My 3 son and I each have one. My boys are 5, 5 and 6; yes there a set of twin in there. The boys like the fact that the boat are as big as they are. The boat is Simple to assemble and easy to sail. There is a owner group looking to become an AMYA sanction class and they have a great support group and website. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_Marina
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXKTT0&P=0
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 11:35 AM
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Tower Hobbies also sells Reef Racers.
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...=LXMPG3**&P=ML

They are quick and agile, and can take a pounding.
They are available on six different channels/colors, which can be specified when ordering.

Zig Zag racers are similar...

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Old Aug 09, 2007, 12:01 PM
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Spend a few extra bucks if you can, and get the new Mini-V Racers from Horizon Hobby:

http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...ProdID=PRB3000
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 09:45 PM
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My brother has three kids. They have a pond. I was thinking that the perfect Christmas gift for them this year would be RC boats. Because there are three of them, I am going to have to buy three, because with them, they will fight.

I need some product advice. These are kids, ages 6 to 12. I don't want to spend more than $50 per boat...because they are kids. Electrics will do just fine. What products might fit my need?
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because with them, they will fight.
In the old days we were taught to share. Don't mean no disrespect but me thinks this is the root of the trouble with kids today.

Is it easier to buy them all one or spend time teaching them to share (one really nice boat)?

Forgive me for off topic...it had to be said.

Respectfully,
Bill
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 10:41 PM
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Reef Racer 2!!!!

I have a three year old son, and from personal experience, I highly recommend the reef racer 2. That boat is fantastic - takes a lot of abuse and keeps on going. The kids will be able to race each other and easily spot their boats as each will be painted a different color (thus different radio frequency).

They're fast and tempting for even the biggest of kids (err adults).

Also - Tower Hobbies has them on sale for $63 each. Tower always seems to have a promotion of $20 to $35 off your order - - - so that will get the price very close to your $50 budget.

You won't go wrong with the Reef Racer.

Good luck!
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Old Aug 12, 2007, 07:01 PM
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If you need info on frequencies I just updated the WSBA R/C information page with a downloadable frequency list. 27 mhz has six available channels and they are distinguished by frequency (megahertz) or by color. Some RTR toy boats are on 49 mhz which has five available frequencies. Go to http://wiscaleboat.org/rc_information_page.htm and click on surface frequency list in the quick link bar.
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Old Aug 13, 2007, 08:01 AM
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Is it easier to buy them all one or spend time teaching them to share (one really nice boat)?

Forgive me for off topic...it had to be said.
No, you make an excellent point. It is a sad reality. I suppose I could use this chance to try and teach them to share by getting only one nice one.

I have been looking around and there are some nice RTR boats for sale. I am definitely not lacking in available choices.
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Old Aug 13, 2007, 08:06 AM
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I have a three year old son, and from personal experience, I highly recommend the reef racer 2. That boat is fantastic - takes a lot of abuse and keeps on going. The kids will be able to race each other and easily spot their boats as each will be painted a different color (thus different radio frequency).

They're fast and tempting for even the biggest of kids (err adults).

Also - Tower Hobbies has them on sale for $63 each. Tower always seems to have a promotion of $20 to $35 off your order - - - so that will get the price very close to your $50 budget.

You won't go wrong with the Reef Racer.

Good luck!
This is definitely an intriguing option. Thanks for the tip.
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