Home » Home and Family » Arts and Crafts

Building Your Own Model Boat

Aug 18, 2007
I've looked through numerous catalogs, consulted a friend that runs a hobby shop and so far have come up empty. I have not been able to find plastic or wood models of any ancient Egyptian vessels. At this point I can only recommend that you might consider scratch building one. There seems to be reference on several versions, with Chop's barge being the most covered subject.

The fist problem I can see is that power boat models tend to stop at the wrong moment just when they are out of reach so you will probably need the use of a dinghy and Evan a small outboard, along with all the appropriate safety gear. This is something not to be taken on lightly! I suggest you start by reading a few magazines and pick up some ideas of size and shape of hulls etc.

You will probably be better off building a boat with a weed eater petrol engine, one that has already been converted to model marine use. This will save a lot of work for you. You could try a visit to your local model store and check out the prices for some of the models that you are thinking of getting. There are other items to consider: - petrol tank 2-3 pints, fuel and water pipes, shaft and props couplings rudder, water scoop, and exhaust pipe and outlet. Last but not least the radio 2/3 channel on a suitable frequency to suite your state, check at your local model store.

Me cruiser used 5 different gear ratios in 1983 on the Alpha not including counter rotation models. I have no cross-references for that serial number to which gear case. If you have seacocks on the thru hull connections then sure you can do it in the water. Most technicians routinely replace the seawater pump impellers with the boat in the water. And yes, the closed cooling models use seawater to cool the heat exchanger and elbows. Also, the heat exchangers have end caps, which can be removed, and can be cleaned out.

Opening the fuel jet on an already beleaguered engine might cause more harm than good results, or bring about costly repairs or its early demise. Changing the prop's pitch & diameter will give you an advantage when starting up, but don't be disappointed with the top end performance. You need to experiment with a few props to see which one actually works best for your purpose. Most marinas have used/rebuilt props to offer for testing, before making a purchase.

A 5' diameter tube is quite huge. A larger, wider water tube may be a partial solution, but keep in mind, an expanded diameter means more friction area, which in turn causes resistance - versus disbursing weight load over a wider surface. And, there's no need to switch boat models, yours is just fine for all purposes described. Test some props first. It might surprise you, and the cost will be warranted. Reduce the diameter but increase the pitch within the engine manufacturer's parameters.

Replacement skegs are available that can be welded on. Most prop shops do this kind of work. Another option is a "Skeggard". This is a bolt on skegs that slides over the old broken unit. They come in a variety of models to fit most outboards and I/O's. There is a simple bolt on. I do recommend using some 3M 5200 Fast Cure sealant when you install it. It won't look like new skegs as it is polished Stainless Steel should do the trick. Available through most marine supply stores.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant at http://www.SellModelBoats.com/. Sell Model Boats is a community of various independent model boat sellers from around the world. Each model boat seller represents a unique style of products all their own. If you have a model boat to sell, click here to create a Boat Account.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 178
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources