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Feb 10, 2017, 12:01 PM
Mmm, tugs...
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Hmm, perfect for some 3d printing...
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Feb 10, 2017, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by capntroy
My first thought exactly! It looks damn near prototypical, so why not identify it as what it as, a Mk II PBR...? They need to fire their marketing guy...

I'll get one and then CaptDH will have to show me how to rig up some reversing buckets...
Could well be a legal problem in using the designation name. Many lawsuits over those things.
Feb 10, 2017, 01:13 PM
Keep a Steady Strain....
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Originally Posted by sound sailor
Could well be a legal problem in using the designation name. Many lawsuits over those things.
Maybe, but that's a military designation...shouldn't be any different than selling a model of a Perry class FFG, etc...
Feb 10, 2017, 01:40 PM
Mmm, tugs...
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Yep, the wrangling has been over:

a) Companys' name use... "Santa Fe RR", or "BOEING B-52"... and
b) Use of military service names/logos without permission ("US Marines"), where the usage might be construed as endorsement of a product.

"PBR II" oughtta be fine... unless they don't want to get crucified over some wrong detail of the hull shape or such...
Feb 10, 2017, 02:03 PM
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I never thought that I'd get excited about a ready-to-run scale boat. Boy was I wrong. I have to get one of these.
Feb 10, 2017, 03:21 PM
GET BACK IN THE SHOP!!!!!!
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Even reversing ESC's will give you a bit of backing ability. Tried it with my KMB jets and it actually worked well since my pump is pretty submerged.
I do agree, 1/10 or 1/12 would have been better. Mine was 1/18 and felt a bit toy like on the water.
Feb 10, 2017, 03:25 PM
Keep a Steady Strain....
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This one will seem like a giant compared to the 1/35 Tamiya Pibber that I rc'd...
Feb 10, 2017, 05:14 PM
Grumpa Tom
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1/12 would have been nice, but it probably also would have been double the price. They will probably sell a lot more at $250 than $500.
Feb 10, 2017, 05:29 PM
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Never get out of the boat...
Feb 11, 2017, 12:32 AM
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Feb 13, 2017, 12:07 PM
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Hi Guys, hopefully I can help answer some questions.

The boat is 1/18 scale. We chose to go with this size because it's a very good size for a display boat, on a desk or in a case. It is also a good size for most water conditions in medium to small ponds, or in large bodies of water close to shore. Keeping the price low was also a key focus on this project. We found that using 2 smaller scale size pumps with 390 size motors was more economical than 2 larger pumps with 540 or 550 size motors, in a larger hull. The boat does not have reverse for the same reason, adding extra parts to the pumps and an extra servo or mechanism to operate reverse would have ballooned the cost.

As to the name, we felt that naming it something completely individual would make better sense. PRB PBR seemed a bot confusing to us. We feel that those who know the boat know what it is and since we didn't put any decals on the hull, the end user can detail whatever lettering they want on the boat.

One very cool feature is that you can add a servo of your choice to the front turret and control it with a 3 channel radio. I use the dial on my DX5R surface radio to control the turret. Only the screw to mount the horn to the turret will be included. Customers will need to add the servo and horn, along with a radio which gives access to a 3rd channel or aux channel.
21-inch Alpha Patrol Boat Adding turret servo with 4 channel reciever (2 min 42 sec)


Anyways, here is a closed quarters test I did early on with the boat. I'm more of a fast electric guy but this project was very fun to be a part of and I enjoy whenever I get to run it.
21-inch Alpha Patrol Boat (PRB08027) (0 min 37 sec)
Feb 13, 2017, 12:21 PM
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I was looking at it last week, very cool. Wish it was bigger, but I'm going to get one anyway!
Feb 13, 2017, 12:29 PM
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Im getting one......turret servo is cool. Will have to install a small servo for the elevation of the guns for sure :-)
Feb 14, 2017, 01:16 AM
Keep a Steady Strain....
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Originally Posted by Rafael_Lopez
As to the name, we felt that naming it something completely individual would make better sense. PRB PBR seemed a bot confusing to us.
Hmmm, I guess that's one way to entice sales; release a RTR model of one of the most iconic military vessels of the modern era and intentionally misidentify it and shroud it's true identity...GENIUS!
Feb 14, 2017, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by capntroy
Hmmm, I guess that's one way to entice sales; release a RTR model of one of the most iconic military vessels of the modern era and intentionally misidentify it and shroud it's true identity...GENIUS!
We feel, and hope, that most people who recognize the boat will buy it for it's iconic history and not because of the name on the box.


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