Air boat / Swamp boat

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Air boat / Swamp boat by SlightlyAbnormal Jul 21, 2017
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My parent's front yard will flood with up to 4 inches of water in heavy rain. I've told my dad for years that it would be a lot of fun to run an RC boat when this happens. I decided to make one for him for father's day. I decided on an airboat to avoid the prop getting fowled in debris or weeds and to allow if possible for it to slide across the grass from his front door to the temporary lake.

To complete you will need:
Micro servo
5" propeller (I used a 5045x3)
Motor (I used a 2204-2300 multi-rotor motor)
ESC (I used a 20amp multi-rotor esc made bidirectional with blheli)
RX of your choice
RC car body pins
3mm screws
Battery (I used 3s 1300mah)
Glue for plastic components

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At least the bottom 3 pieces of the hull need to be printed at 100% infill to make them water tight. The other components can be done however you'd like, I want with 50% for most.


All of the parts with holes are intended to be screwed together with 3mm screws. The hull is intended to be glued together.

Painting the hull will help seal potential leaks and make it more smooth.

Low temp hot glue can be used to seal the wiring holes in the radio box.

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someone should post a video of one. id like to see if it would be worth printing a couple to use up my quad copter motors and bag of props

Thanks - challenge to print in ABS without warping. Great design and works well. Thinking of adding outriggers to lift it out of the water and reduce drag. Perhaps make them removable so you can switch to winter skis :)

whats shell thickness fella

I use Simplify3D. I looked and I don't see a setting for shell thickness. I used 3 shells.