Lumenier RB2205C-12 2400KV SKITZO Ceramic Bearing Motor
Thread Tools
Old Feb 24, 2013, 12:31 PM
Basspond is offline
Find More Posts by Basspond
Registered User
Build Log

25" Downeast Tuna Boat


Hello all,

I've been using these forums as a great source of reference for my current scratch build of a Downeast style tuna boat. It isn't as pristine as most of the other builds on here, but for my first scratch build in many, many years I like the way it came out. I used a set of scale drawings for a 42 Wesmac and made some templates off of that.

It's constructed of balsa and basswood with four layers of west system epoxy over that. I should have fiberglassed it, but I could only find heavy glass cloth locally and didn't feel like ordering off the internet at the time. The finish could have been a lot better if I glassed it, but I'll do that next time.

Here are some build pictures.







Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Feb 24, 2013, 12:33 PM
Basspond is offline
Find More Posts by Basspond
Registered User
More pictures, with bonar box:



Ready to fish:







The roof and forward cabin roof are removable to access the electronics.

It's too fast for scale at full throttle, but at 3/4 throttle it runs very realistically. I have a 3000kv brushless engine in it turning a two blade 1 3/4" prop. Pleased with the performance without any tweaks and not a lot of experience setting up the running gear!
Old Feb 24, 2013, 12:45 PM
Kmot is offline
Find More Posts by Kmot
Grumpa Tom
Kmot's Avatar
Wow! That is awesome!

And a hearty welcome to the forums.
Old Feb 24, 2013, 01:00 PM
catchthis is offline
Find More Posts by catchthis
Registered User
catchthis's Avatar
Thats very cool! We built a 46' wesmac at work which is almost identical to a 42', only difference is the 46 had 4' added to the stern which helps get the bow down more. Nice work, I want to build a model of the boat we built one day! She does 35kts wot!
Kyle
Old Feb 24, 2013, 01:15 PM
Basspond is offline
Find More Posts by Basspond
Registered User
Quote:
Originally Posted by catchthis View Post
Thats very cool! We built a 46' wesmac at work which is almost identical to a 42', only difference is the 46 had 4' added to the stern which helps get the bow down more. Nice work, I want to build a model of the boat we built one day! She does 35kts wot!
Kyle
Thank you!

What power is in it to do 35 knots?! I think most cruise around 20.

I run a 23 Regulator in real life and figure I might as well build a model Wesmac since I can't afford the real thing.

I also shot a short video when I did the sea trial:

RC Wesmac Sea Trial (1 min 12 sec)
Last edited by Basspond; Feb 24, 2013 at 02:29 PM.
Old Feb 24, 2013, 02:36 PM
Aerominded is offline
Find More Posts by Aerominded
Registered User
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kmot View Post
Wow! That is awesome!

And a hearty welcome to the forums.
ditto!
Old Feb 24, 2013, 04:57 PM
catchthis is offline
Find More Posts by catchthis
Registered User
catchthis's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by Basspond View Post
Thank you!

What power is in it to do 35 knots?! I think most cruise around 20.

I run a 23 Regulator in real life and figure I might as well build a model Wesmac since I can't afford the real thing.

I also shot a short video when I did the sea trial:

http://youtu.be/S_zBQvu_26s
1500hp MAN
Old Feb 24, 2013, 05:02 PM
Aerominded is offline
Find More Posts by Aerominded
Registered User
Quote:
Originally Posted by catchthis View Post
1500hp MAN


Hate to know what the fuel bill is!
Old Feb 24, 2013, 05:24 PM
catchthis is offline
Find More Posts by catchthis
Registered User
catchthis's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aerominded View Post


Hate to know what the fuel bill is!
To tell you the truth, the bigger motor helps. At 24-25kts I think it runs around 17-1800rpms where most would be running around 17kts at that rpm.
The motor will definitely last a LONG time since the load on it is much less than normal. She does pretty good on fuel
Old Feb 25, 2013, 12:57 AM
MILLERTIME is online now
Find More Posts by MILLERTIME
Taking care of the pond.
MILLERTIME's Avatar
Nice video, and Welcome Mate.
Old May 05, 2013, 10:31 PM
marter1229 is offline
Find More Posts by marter1229
Registered User
marter1229's Avatar
Wicked good!
Old May 06, 2013, 07:22 AM
Jerome Morris is offline
Find More Posts by Jerome Morris
Registered User
Jerome Morris's Avatar
Very nice!
Catchthis, Nice boat eh? 46 Wesmac is one big boat.
Old May 06, 2013, 08:16 AM
louie R/C NUT is offline
Find More Posts by louie R/C NUT
no such thing as to many boats
louie R/C NUT's Avatar
Very nice
Old May 06, 2013, 08:41 AM
STONECRAB is offline
Find More Posts by STONECRAB
Crackin' Claws
STONECRAB's Avatar
Nice . . . very nice!


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discussion prop selection....54" downeast-ish style boat Pursuit Scale Boats 12 May 01, 2011 07:31 AM
Build Log 26" 1/18th scale scratch built Downeast(lobster) boat CMEboston Scale Boats 30 Nov 21, 2010 08:59 AM
Build Log scale down east tuna boat CMEboston Scale Boats 17 Oct 26, 2008 09:36 PM
Discussion 26" tuna boat sea trial video CMEboston Scale Boats 1 Oct 16, 2008 09:09 PM
sport fishing boats, with tuna tower new bbk Scale Boats 2 Nov 15, 2005 07:21 PM