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2019 RC Scale Boat Events

Dust off your boats and start prepping for these upcoming, awesome RC scale boating events!

We’ve created a series of themed events.  Bring your themed RC scale boats, and let’s have some fun!  For more information see our Facebook page or contact Jeff Sparksworthy jsparksworthy@gmail.com.

July 20, 2019 – “Tug-O-War”

  • Bring your tugs. We’ll measure their pulling power against a scale and have tugs pull each other across sight lines. We will also have a weighted barge pull.
  • 9:00am-noon

October 26, 2019 – “A Gray Day”

  • Bring your battleships, submarines (even though they’re black), flat tops, cruisers, mine sweepers, tin cans, landing craft, and cargo ships for a set of scale runs like a point to point speed burst races for destroyers, a convoy, and a “round the pond” task force cruise.  No sneak attacks allowed!
  • 9:00am-noon

December 7, 2019 – “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Model Boat Run / Fleet Gathering”

  • A run of 1:96 scale ships & boats at Santee Lakes.  Argonauts with 1/96 scale ships are invited to run with the Task Force 96 group.
  • 9:00am-4:00pm

December 14, 2019 – “2019 Model Boat Parade of Lights”

  • A magical evening run involving tiny boats and lots of little, beautiful lights.
  • 5:00-8:00pm

Argonauts / WWCC Booth at North County mini Maker Faire

Argonauts & Western Warship Combat Club will have a combined booth promoting model boating. Come volunteer at or visit the booth and show off RC model boating.

All attendees are interested in making things…let’s show ’em little boats!

Plus, you can’t beat the amazing location of the Antique Gas & Steam Museum.

More info: on North county mini Maker Faire: https://northcounty.makerfaire.com/

Argonauts Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/285939349020236/

San Diego Argonauts, WWCC & More at Maker Faire San Diego

Event Photos & Videos:

 

Get ready for the combined booth of the San Diego Argonauts, Western Warship Combat Club, San Diego Ship Modeler’s Guild, and NAMBA!

Members, get your RC models ready! Chat with Rob & Mark to learn more.

Makers, come check out these awesome RC boats, combat ships, and awesome hands-on activities!

For More Info on Maker Faire San Diego:
http://sandiego.makerfaire.com/

Clubs Represented at Our Booth:

Instructions for Volunteers:

We’ve been given a fantastic indoor space, right in front of the entrance to the Model Railroad Museum in Balboa Park. We will have access to the space for setting up, starting on Friday at 4:00 PM, and at 8:00 AM on Saturday, 9:00 AM on Sunday. We have parking, secure storage, power and restrooms, with a cafe just up the stairs above us. This will be a high-traffic area during the event, but with a perfectly-controllable, roped-in area along the busy thoroughfare. WE NEED BOATS AND SHIPS TO DISPLAY! You need not commit to the full weekend, or even a full day, but we need as many people and boats/submarines and ships as possible.

See photos below for an unloading map and a look at the space.

For Sale: “Euro Tug” by Peter Kruse

SOLD
Ben Reeve sold a sailboat to Pete Kruse who asked if we would post this add as he is trying
to sell his RC tug boat.  Here’s the info from Pete:
 
For Sale “Euro – Tug “
  • Built my me, Pete Kruse
  • It is ready to run
  • Dual batteries with easy charge system
  • Spektrum receiver included but no transmitter
  • Has voltage regulator
  • Sound system for diesel and horn
  • All lights for position, search and deck
  • Prop. shaft – lube.
  • 45″ – 50 lbs
  • 75 mm brass prop
  • Asking $800.
  • The boats located at my house in Irvine, CA.

 

For Sale: 3 RC Scale Tugboats

Mark Weber is thinning down his fleet of RC tugboats.  Feel free to e-mail him if you’re interested.  All boats are in San Diego.

Tug #1:  Seaport Tugboat with Lots of Upgrades  SOLD

  • Asking Price: $130.00
  • Runs great on 6-7.4v.  6v battery included.
  • Radio:  You supply a transmitter & receiver, and the rest is ready to run.
  • Length: 24″
  • Width: 6″
  • Upgrades:  I gutted and significantly upgrade the original toy boat.
    • Deck:  The deck has been stripped down, filled, and simplified.
    • Towing:  I added a custom towing bit that I 3D printed.  It’s bolted to the deck via big strong washers and can be used for towing.
    • Pushing:  I outfitted the front with an array of fun tires that I salvaged from various toys.
    • Fire monitor:  I created a custom fire monitor system that includes a brass nozzle, water pickup, filter and a receiver controlled switch.  It sprays about 5-6 feet.
    • Motor:  New low RPM motor, perfect for tugboats.  ESC included with Anderson Powerpole connectors.  I’ll knock $20 off the asking price if you don’t want this ESC.
    • Prop & Shaft:  I put in a new prop shaft, stuffing tube, and 3 blade prop.  I was able to fit this nicely to the existing kort nozzle for good power.
    • Servo:  Includes a modern steering servo.
  • I had a lot of fun overhauling and upgrading this boat.  I’m happy to pass it along.  It would be perfect for someone who wants a retrieval boat or a great tugboat to enjoy with the kids.

 

Tug #2:  Springer Push Tug  SOLD

  • Asking Price: $100.00
  • Runs great on 6-12v.  6v battery included.
  • Radio:  You supply a transmitter & receiver, and the rest is ready to run.
  • Length: 19″
  • Width: 7.5″
  • Upgrades:
    • Cabin:  I replaced the previously heavy cabin with this light weight one.  This makes it a ton more stable in the water.  You can paint this cabin to your taste or keep it as is.
    • Pushing:  This design is perfect for retrieving other boats by pushing them into short.
    • Motor:  New 12V motor has plenty of power. ESC included with Anderson Powerpole connectors.
    • Prop & Shaft:  Good power through the kort nozzle.
    • Servo:  Includes a modern steering servo.
    • Lights.  Navigation lights can be powered by attached 3V battery pack with a male JST connector.
  • Here’s a tough little boat that can be handy for pushing in another boat.

 

Tug #3:  Unbuilt Scale Shipyard “Carol Moran” – Harbor Tugboat Fiberglass Kit  SOLD

  • Asking Price: $130.00
  • For sale is a fiberglass tugboat kit called the “Carol Moran.” Scale is 1/48.
  • You can check details on the Scale Shipyard website such as original costs of this kit. Lee Upshaw makes some of the best hulls on the market.
    Most orders from Lee take time for him to create. This is a real gem that’s ready to ship.
  • http://scaleshipyard.com/Catalog%20P…ugs.html#Tug-1
  • INCLUDED:
    • Fiberglass hull, stack and superstructure
    • Fittings
  • NOT INCLUDED:
    • Plans, motor, esc, prop, and anything else not shown in photos.