Jaws Orca - modified hull from RC Cabin Cruiser
by Yaz Nakayama
This is my first attempt at building a boat. I really liked the way RC cabin cruiser plan was designed in that it was simple and easy to put together. I never knew building a boat was such a reflective and therapeutic exercise. I really got into it.
In the middle of the building process, I became more ambitious and decided to modify the cabin so the boat would look like Orca, a fishing boat from the movie, JAWS - one of my favorite movies. I printed several movie stills off the internet and measured relative dimensions to so it would fit into this hull. It took me about 2 and a half months from start to finish.
One of the challenges I encountered was that there weren't many good parts sold in the hobby shops here in the states that can be used for my project. I ended up ordering a 30mm dia / 150mm shaft length brass propeller from Cornwall model boats in U.K. Also a 36mm generic nylon rudder from China via Amazon. Thank goodness for the internet. I am using Mabuchi 280 motor as recommended and re-purposed an old 2 channel radio (FM) from a never-finished sailboat kit I bought 16 years ago just before my first daughter was born (yes, what was I thinking...) Also I bought a motor speed controller for a brushed motor from Amazon. I wasn't sure if all these scrap parts will work together - but to my pleasant surprise - everything went great without a problem. I wish the motor had a bit more power, but I think it gives the speed that looks realistic on water.
The biggest challenge I had was with the paint. Due to lack of my experience, I didn't know that only a certain type of paint would work with the hull that's been doped. First I've tried the Behr left-over primer I had from my house paint project before - it did work for the cabin but not for the hull that was doped. So I scraped it off. Then I tried left-over acrylic paint my daughter uses for her art class without any primer. Again, it didn't sit well and I had to wash it off. I ended up ordering Tamiya car paint from Amazon which finally gave me the finish I was after. I knew I wanted to build something that I was going to be happy with so it took a lot of patience out of me. But finally got to a point where I am satisfied with my accomplishment. I admire photos others have posted and mine is nothing near them in terms of finish and detail. But as a first project, I am very proud of what I was able to produce from your fine plan. Thank you.