All posts by Mark Weber

Pete Law: A Master Model Boat Craftsman

Kerry Law donating dad’s boats

I want to offer a shout out to Kerry Law, who reached out to our fearless leader with a generous offer to donate some beautiful RC boats made by her extremely talented dad. All of the boats appear to be meticulously crafted and engineered, needing only some minor maintenance and radio gear to get them ready for the pond. This was a fabulous gift, and it will boost our recruitment efforts when they are brought to the pond and run. Shown are the two scale models I received today. To my right is a Coast Guard utility boat, and to my left is a German Wasserschutzpolizei boat. These boats patrol the waterways, lakes and harbors of Germany around the clock. –Rob Wood

Rob Wood: To my right is a Coast Guard utility boat, and to my left is a German Wasserschutzpolizei boat.

Kerry, a huge thanks to your family. Your dad was clearly a master craftsman. I spent much of the weekend with a smile on my face as I updated two with modern running gear, cleaned, greased, and tested them.

Berkeley Chris Craft Cobra (Built by Pete Law 1994) 1:8 Scale (1 1/2″ = 1′) Length: 31″ Beam: 10 3/8″

Sterling Chris Craft 63′ Motor Yacht (Built by Pete Law 1984) Sterling kit B-11M 1:19 Scale Length: 40″ Beam: 10 1/4″

A huge thanks from Mark Weber! (Check out Mark’s video if their first test run.)

Originally, club member Ken Wilson planned on picking up the Sterling 63′ Motor Yacht. However, that quickly turned into a trade for Mark Weber’s dusty Emma C Berry RC sailboat (Built by Ed Sayres). In other words, the donated boats indirectly got other models into the right hands to make sure they see the sun and Pond again.

Ken Wilson with Emma C Berry RC sailboat (Built by Ed Sayres)

Other overjoyed recipients!

Thanks Kerry! We have the upmost respect to your dad Pete Law, a master craftsman.

Aquatic Wonderland

Curious about the history of San Diego’s incredible Mission Bay Park? Here’s a glimpse into it’s original vision in a film called Aquatic Wonderland.

Starting video at San Diego Model Yacht Club

“1950s Film – AQUATIC WONDERLAND – Mission Bay Park, San Diego, CA. Promotional film for the newly improved Mission Bay Park. From an old Umatic video tape from Jack White’s estate, transferred from an original copy of the film sometime in the 1970s probably.” —peahix on YouTube

Produced by Joe Maestro Film Productions

Voice by Bob Regan

Script by John Clement

Full video

Thank You Bill Edwards

The San Diego Argonauts would like to thank Bill Edwards and his family for remembering the club after he passed.

Family donated quite a number of beautifully crafted hulls, supplies and tools. Bill’s talent for wood working is clear from these hulls. Each quickly found new homes with club members who will carry on Bill’s passion for RC model boating.

Thank you Argonauts member Bill Edwards, daughter Joauna, and grandson Anthony.

A service for Bill Edwards will be held at Miramar cemetery February 12 at 11:30AM.

PS…anyone who got one of Bill’s hulls on 1/25/2020 and is looking for the plans, we’ve found those those. Contact Webmaster@sandiegoargonauts.com for more info.

2019 RC Model Boat mini Parade of Lights

Check out the San Diego Argonauts’ lighted remote controlled model boats! We’ll launch the Christmas season with our tiny Model Boat Parade of Lights at the San Diego Model Boat Pond.

Public is welcome. Bring a chair. Enjoy the little lights!

Event Flyer

Model Boaters:  If you have a scale model boat, start working on your lights. Be sure to bring a warm sweater, a hot beverage, and a great camera. This is going to be another beautiful event!

  • Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
  • Time: 4:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Location: San Diego Model Yacht Pond
  • More info on Facebook

In case you’re new to the mini Parade of Lights, here’s a video from January 2015:

And David Manley’s video from 2016:

Ideas for easy RC model boat lights.