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Jan 27, 2016, 02:03 AM
Just Plane Nutts
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Cool

A DIFFERENT type of airboat


These ain't yer daddy's airboats..."

For those of you who build and enjoy various watercraft driven by airplane propellers, this might be a treat, or maybe even inspiration for a future project. The newest boats hit speeds as high as 97 mph!

Vintage racing airboats of the 1920's, 30's and 50's
http://oldmachinepress.com/2016/01/2...pavia-venezia/

Many photos and details. This is just an example:

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Jan 27, 2016, 06:36 AM
can you land on that ?
Funny you should say that , I`ve started just such a project. It is a "what if" version of the Pavia-Venezia racers. I had an undamaged pair of foam floats from a Schneider Trophy racer that became the twin hulls. If the race had continued perhaps this might be a bit like the modern editions of the classic boats. One of the full size originals has been rebuilt and has been on the water again. Lots of videos on youtube, including the unlimited class hydroplane (USA style) running into a sandbank. The race was the aquatic version of the classic road races such as the Mille Miglia and Targa Floria, alas no longer. Great link Dogge, thanks lets hope it inspires a few more models.
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Jan 28, 2016, 01:37 AM
Just Plane Nutts
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Nice! Looking forward to seeing yours in the water someday.
Jan 28, 2016, 06:03 PM
Grumpa Tom
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Cool!
Jan 28, 2016, 06:33 PM
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In the late 40's, early 50's I remember building a kit from somewhere with solid balsa sponsons and a Cox .049 on stilts between them. Set the air rudder and let her go in a circle. (If the motor started in the right direction. 50-50.)
Jan 31, 2016, 09:47 AM
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same idea, RAF built for shallow (marshland) rescue
Jan 31, 2016, 02:29 PM
can you land on that ?
Now that is a real Bitza ! Looks like a de.Haviland rudder, floats perhaps from a Fairey " Swordfish" ? The military boffins also had a go at one in WW1, used in Mesopotamia.
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Jan 31, 2016, 05:54 PM
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I figure the entire engine nacelle was salvaged of a walrus, pusher prop and all
Feb 01, 2016, 12:37 AM
Just Plane Nutts
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Here's some more unique air boats for potential ideas and inspiration...
Feb 01, 2016, 02:10 PM
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http://www.historicalfirearms.info/p...oplane-is-part better pic quality and info, we all guessed spot on, the only thing they didn't have was a bomber turret!!!
Feb 01, 2016, 06:14 PM
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I am a ways into a build but not ready to post images.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2423398
Feb 01, 2016, 06:22 PM
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Some others I have been thinking about...
Feb 02, 2016, 06:35 AM
can you land on that ?
Great finds CaptDH. I`ve spotted a neat little model airboat hydrofoil sailing on an open-air swimming pool in Albania. Anybody recognise it ? Looks like it could be kit or maybe RTR toy.
08 novembre 2015 (1 min 23 sec)
Wonderful model boating pond !
Feb 02, 2016, 07:01 AM
can you land on that ?
Some more that I`ve spotted, don't know who they belong to or where I got them, some are on RCGroups already. I like the variety of shapes and styles, they certainly are a change from the swamp-boat types.
Feb 02, 2016, 07:11 AM
can you land on that ?
Not forgetting the WWII German contraption, a sort of manned torpedo....failure ! Plus the daddy of them all Alexander Graham Bell`s monster


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