HOW TO: Range Check Your Boat

How To: Range Check Your Boat

Ensuring Perfect Radio Waves The airplane and helicopter folks partake in a very strange ritual before they fly a new model for the first time. They’ll get a friend to help them perform what’s known as a range check. What this does is make sure that when you’re flying you have the proper control of your plane. If they lose ... Read More »

HOW TO: Prep Your Boat for the Water

How To: Prep Your Boat for the Water

Getting Ready to Make Some Serious Waves We all know how much fun it can be to get out on the water with a new boat, but getting on the water correctly is more important than getting on the water quickly. When you first get a new boat there are several steps you’ll want to follow to ensure that you ... Read More »

OVERBOARD: Project: Scratch-Built S.S. Minnow

Project: Scratch-Built S.S. Minnow

Skipper and Gilligan Not Included! Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale…a tale of a fateful trip. If you’re continuing to sing along in your head then you are among the many who grew up watching seven castaways bumbling through three seasons and 98 episodes of the 60’s TV show, Gilligan’s Island. This was from an era when ... Read More »

HOW TO: Service an Engine Rope Starter

How To: Service an Engine Rope Starter

If you’ve owned a nitro or gas boat for any length of time, it’s highly possible that you’ve had to deal with a non-functioning rope starter on your boat’s engine. Whether the pull cord suddenly snapped or the starter’s internal return spring decided not to retract into the engine’s starter housing, the result is that your day at the lake ... Read More »

HOW TO: Trim Your Boat

How To: Trim Your Boat

If you’re like me, you love the fact that you have an almost limitless set of adjustments to fine tune your RC car or truck for optimum performance both on the track and while bashing in the yard. Many people do not realize that you have the same flexibility when setting up an RC boat. In fact, there are many ... Read More »

REVIEW: Atomik Whiplash 24

Review: Atomik Whiplash 24

Cool Wave Ridin’ Deep-Vee I have about a half-dozen different radio control boats in my fleet of watercraft. Each boat is different and has various pros and cons. When I received the Atomik Whiplash 24 for review I was quick to make judgments based on previous models that look similar. Luckily for me, Atomik did a serious amount of homework ... Read More »

HOW TO: Add Flotation to Your Boat

How To: Add Flotation to Your Boat

Simple Tips to Stay on Top! Nobody likes to think about the possibility of seeing their RC boat sitting inverted out on the water, but there will be a time when you’ll have to deal with a flipped-over marinecraft. In most cases, the hull will stay afloat due to the presence of some floatation material in the forward bow section ... Read More »

REVIEW: Thunder Tiger Naulantia 1M Yacht

Review: Thunder Tiger Naulantia 1M Yacht

Semi-Lit Sailboat For many years the Thunder Tiger design team has provided quality RC sailboat kits for anyone interested in building and running an air-powered marinecraft. With the recent increase in ready-to-run sailcraft, Thunder Tiger has now developed the Naulantia One-Meter yacht kit; which, while not an RTR boat, does have a lot of the “building” done for you by ... Read More »

HOW TO: Race Prep Your RTR

How To: Race Prep Your RTR

Go Fast, Don’t Be Last… So you picked up a nice RTR boat. You’ve pulled it out of the box and took it to your local pond and ran some batteries though it. Then your buddies got a look and thought it was pretty cool and decided to pick up some boats of their own. Now it’s less about having ... Read More »