"Banana Power" Runabout

by Bruno

This scratch-built boat was made following retro lines of
runabouts from the mid 60s to mid 70s. "Banana Power"
measures 21 inches and was built on an old and pretty weak
ABS hull made by the German firm Graupner, which I had to
reinforce with wood in the inside. The deck was made
with a 2mm wide plastic sheet, material I used for the first
time for my boats. I enjoyed using that material since
I was able to cut and sand it almost as easy as I do with
soft woods like balsa. In a 1/18 scale, I imagine a
real-life vessel could measure 31.33 (length) x 10.2 ft
(beam). For power, it runs with a 500-series brushed
motor paired with a 10.8V small Nimh battery, a 30A ESC, a
4mm shaft and a 3-bladed 30mm brass propeller. Perhaps
a small brushless motor and a lipo battery could work better
considering its size, but I preferred to keep costs low.

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