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Dec 08, 2010, 04:12 PM
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Rare Pacer R/C Airboat Electric Conversion


This is my Pacer Airboat.. it is about 10 years old and was originally designed to be run with a gas motor (approx. .40-.46). I never built it in its gas configuration and it sat on a shelf for years. With the advent of powerful brushless motors and lightweight yet, powerful Liop batteries, the time to build it had arrived. The main design challange was to make sure I continue to use the model as designed. That said, I had to re-config the gas motor stand that had originally come with the boat. It was a very unique design (when I can get a pic of it, I will post it); but it allowed for the installment of a gas motor, in an upside down setting, but connected to a very elaborately designed stand. It required the motor to be connected to the propeller shaft by means of a pulley system. (Pics, 152, 155, 160 and 164 are the best shots of the motor stand.) Instead of using the base of the original stand, I simply reconstructed another one, made of wood and spray painted it silver. That held the electric motor. I then used "speaker wire channeling material to hide the motor wires that was diverted into the waterproof servo and battery housing. (See 159, 160, 165 and 166).
Anyway, like many of my other models, this one is perfect for GI Joe Scale. Presently it is running on a Mega 22/30/3E, turning a 12x8 prop, using a 3S, 4000 mah Zippy Lipo battery. It moves......
The last two pics detail the Airboat with my Scale Rigid Hull Inflatable Coast Guard boat... more info on that can be found here: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1346026
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Dec 08, 2010, 05:00 PM
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Wow!
Dec 08, 2010, 10:12 PM
If It Aint Broke,I'll Break It
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Great job man...GREAT JOB!!!!
Dec 08, 2010, 11:01 PM
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Thanks for the compliment guys!!! Always makes the work you put in all the more worth it.
Dec 08, 2010, 11:21 PM
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Even the case of Cokes...awesome detail man. Is that a GI Joe?
Dec 09, 2010, 03:08 AM
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Even the case of Cokes...awesome detail man. Is that a GI Joe?

yup, that is a G.I. Joe, even the other figure in the Coast Guard boat in the last 2 or 3 pics. I love that they are so realistic, but today, they are really hard to come by.. The Box of cokescame from a "dolll house" store that used to be by me but that had sold many scale items for a house that were also appropriate for other applications....

If you want to see crazy detail, click on my blog name and look at the other models I built that are on my blog... thanks again...
Dec 13, 2010, 12:47 AM
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ultra light


Hi Ken I also have a mini silver one ultra light but i do not have the instruction for it any more. Do you have the instruction if so can i get a copy, i will pay for it Thanks Dave [ it's been on the shelf for years and now i want to put back together but lost the manual]
Dec 13, 2010, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by airdave5
Hi Ken I also have a mini silver one ultra light but i do not have the instruction for it any more. Do you have the instruction if so can i get a copy, i will pay for it Thanks Dave [ it's been on the shelf for years and now i want to put back together but lost the manual]
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Dec 16, 2010, 02:12 PM
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Very nice! I think in this one he's saying "Wanna race??"

Dec 16, 2010, 04:05 PM
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Very nice! I think in this one he's saying "Wanna race??"

thanks a lot Wparsons..... these two are a lot of fun to run together... Looks pretty realistic and the Coast Guard boat has digital siren sounds.
Jun 05, 2014, 07:25 PM
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Pacer Air Boat


Hey KHolder116,
Your Pacer looks fantastic, I want to also convert mine to electric, if it wouldn't be too much trouble, mabe you could send me your ino...motor type, etc...etc
If you would like a photo of the original gas setup, it would be my pleasure.
Regars...Roy


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Originally Posted by Kholder116
This is my Pacer Airboat.. it is about 10 years old and was originally designed to be run with a gas motor (approx. .40-.46). I never built it in its gas configuration and it sat on a shelf for years. With the advent of powerful brushless motors and lightweight yet, powerful Liop batteries, the time to build it had arrived. The main design challange was to make sure I continue to use the model as designed. That said, I had to re-config the gas motor stand that had originally come with the boat. It was a very unique design (when I can get a pic of it, I will post it); but it allowed for the installment of a gas motor, in an upside down setting, but connected to a very elaborately designed stand. It required the motor to be connected to the propeller shaft by means of a pulley system. (Pics, 152, 155, 160 and 164 are the best shots of the motor stand.) Instead of using the base of the original stand, I simply reconstructed another one, made of wood and spray painted it silver. That held the electric motor. I then used "speaker wire channeling material to hide the motor wires that was diverted into the waterproof servo and battery housing. (See 159, 160, 165 and 166).
Anyway, like many of my other models, this one is perfect for GI Joe Scale. Presently it is running on a Mega 22/30/3E, turning a 12x8 prop, using a 3S, 4000 mah Zippy Lipo battery. It moves......
The last two pics detail the Airboat with my Scale Rigid Hull Inflatable Coast Guard boat... more info on that can be found here: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1346026
Jun 07, 2014, 06:14 PM
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will get this info for you over the weekend..

Ken

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