Vintage Hydroplane Boats
For 2010...this is a brand new class of hydros in the building/planning stages. These are scale boats, built in vintage shovel nose style. The boats were called Thunder Boats and ran from the 1940s well into the 1970s before being replaced by todays gas tubine hydros. Most ran WWII fighter plane, Allison and Rolls Royce Merlin, motors.
At 1/10th scale most boats will end up about 36" X 15" in size. At least four members are building up one of these exciting boats. They are a very popular class of race boat throughout the country we hope to get something started in our club.
The Dumas Miss Unlimited Kit...one of many options and a couple of these boats are in the build process.
Here is a photo of the 1st vintage hydro to be completed. Capt. Crash scratch built her from wood, epoxy resin and glass from a set of Roger Newton Plans. It took about 3 1/2 months to complete. She hit the water this past weekend, 4/3/2010 and ran 40.2 mph in her debut. She is lipo powered by a set of UL-1 electrics and hardware.
The 1968 "Checkerboard Comet" Miss Bardahl
Capt. D Day's Miss St. Regis
Capt. Murphy's "Miss Unlimited" (top), Capt. Scooter's "Miss Quality Chaos" (still under construction), Capt. Crash's "Miss Bardahl" (bottom)
Capt. D-Day adds the "Miss Madison" (front) to the club fleet.
Capt. Scooter's Miss Quality Chaos "She's hotter than a $2 pistol".
(There are now videos going up of the club and our boats. You can go to this link for a look at the "Checkerboard Comet" in action and view the other videos while you're there.)
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