Introduction: Build an Rc Boat Out of a Dead Rc Plane

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this is a cool instructable of mine that will show you how to turn an old crappy and wrecked from many flights rc plane into a new cool rc boat which can go on ice water and hard wood floors dont get me wrong it requires time but hey it can go in water as a boat or fly on top of ice youd think its worth it! by the way sorry about the first openeing slide its a little messed up but oh well. the first pic is the finnished product dont bother with the others.

Step 1: Get Your Materials

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what your going to need is a dead rc plane i have an estes sky ranger but any will do it shoud be dual engine but you can do a single one. youl also need some loctite apoxy gelglue. and youl need a sheet of styrafoam.

Step 2: Create the Base

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your going to basically cut this shape out of your 2cm or 1cm thick styrafoam sheet. make sure your cut around 3/4 inch holes on the left and right side like show in the pic.after youve done this also carve the edges so there an equal angle on each side your choice on how big you want that angle.

Step 3: Getting Your Engines and Main Parts

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this is the inside of your plane make sure you dont break anything while getting the inards and make sure you get the engines. this first pic is how it should look once you get the engines off then get everything else in side the fusalage. the second pic is what you should end up with. the last pic is the two bottom pieces on the plane rip those off theyl be the rudders that dont move because its dual engine .

Step 4: Geting the Engines Ready and Applying the Rudders

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this is a long step so bear with me. first well preapare the engines. To waterproof tthe inside of the engines i taped over the part wee air is taken in. this reduces speed but it will easily short circut otherwise. Dont get me wrong it goes very very fast even with the reduce and it will go to fast for the frail(but strong) base to handle if it crashes if you dont reduce it anyways. see the tape across the engines? do that for both. next were going to apply the rudders. rememebr those botom pieces get them and put them into the holes they should not fit you should have to force them this keeps them in place. now once youve done that get your apoxy gelglue. and apply the mixture and stir it together. apply it onto the rudders so theyl stay firmly in place. look at the pic for help. apply the glue from the top not the bottom. Now your done with this step!

Step 5: Getting Your Electronics in Place

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first your going to take that silver battery and mark a place were its going to go on the ship i put mine upfront. now cut that hole out so the battery will fit in the hole. see how the batery is in the hole? sorry about the third pic but basicaly tape it down. i dont have a pic for this but tape that black piece with the on/off switch right behind it. you can kind of see in the third pic.

Step 6: Adiding the Engines.

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this is a short step. basically your adding glue onto the bottoms of the engines and glueing them down. also make sure you tape down your wires. cover them with several layers of tape and maybe put some aquaphor or vapor rub on them to make it water proof. in the pic i ahev only glued one engine. glue boyth and glue them right next to but not ontop of the rudder holes.

Step 7: YOUR DONE!

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your basically done it should look somewhat like this. except fpr ythe red tail piece thats an extra for looks which you can add it also somewhat protects it a little more look onto the next slide for addons.



here is just some extra things for looks and more safety froom water. the first pic is the nose add on. you can make this to keep water from getting in from it he nose I definatly recomend it. the next add on is a weight balancer. its two metal fishing weights or metal bbs. add them in the front to balance out the weight.the first pic is actually the totally add ons aswell finnished product! THATS ALL LAUNCH IT IN YOUR LOCAL POND ITS INSANE! ILL TRY TO ADD A VIDEO ITS AMAZINGLY FAST ALSO DOINT EXPECT IT TO LAST LONG IVE HAD 2 ONE WAS IN A BATTLE WITH MY FRIENDS I ADDED SOME WEAPONRY AND MINE SUNK :( THE SECOND ONE WON THE BATTLE WITH A KITCHEN KNIFE! HAVE FUN I RECOMNEND ADDIND WEAPONRY AND BATTLING! IAM NOT LIABLE FOR IDIOTS!


DEEJAY642 (author)2015-09-12

nice one how fast does it go? TIP: learn to focus your camera

charles gray (author)2013-04-23

I'm also building a boat but not with an old airplane just out of plywood cause i got a little creek on my stepdads property, i got all my electronics and motor from my old tamayia fox buggy, im just gonna do somethin really simple, i plan on coating the wood with a thick polyurethane coat and makin my rudder and prop out a piece of aluminum i got, and i got all the tools i need, i don't care about performance i just want something that works alright.

Electroinnovation (author)2009-02-05

HAHAHA it works. Mine goes about 5 mph. Ill post a video soon. WOOHOO.

omg, i had that plane, but when i went under my bed to get it it had gone...:(

is that an air hogs one tho?

Yep it's airhogs. At that must have been the most underpowered plane I've ever used lol.

Sorry to correct you, but the plane the instructable is about is from Estes, a company that makes a lot of plastic model kits. I have the same model. Color and all.

mine i had to fly directly with the wind or it would not have enough lift

Yeah same. I got it going really good once for about 20 seconds but it went so fast I couldn't turn in time and it ended up on my neighbors roof -,-

mine went into a tree, hiting 127 brances on the way down. i counted..
one wing dissapeared, the othe was hanging by 1 wire, and the battery was in 2 peices......

wow...that sucks

1 question how are you propelling the boat? with the propeller angled towards the water or is the propeller out of the water pushing air?

it pushes both...but the stupid safety thing kept tripping because of the resistance so i scrapped it.


Nightmare01 (author)2012-09-23

I know it's been a while since this instructable has been made, but I have the exact same model plane. I've been taking grounded RC Helicopters and turning them into Lego RC Boats. I've only done one so far, but I'm planning to make another.

_-MacGyver-_ (author)2011-01-09

About a year ago, I turned the same airplane into a lego submarine... unfortuantely it sunk and jsut skidded along the bottom of the pool... drat

BobTheEngi (author)2010-09-28

Do those motors work underwater???

yes to an extent. Brushed motors (what are in most of those cheap rc planes) will run underwater but they must be dried and taken out otherwise they will rust on the inside. It actually improves preformance to run them underwater.

Dukeeey (author)2010-08-20

Think it could work with a powerfull RC car? or 2 powerfull rc cars?

Darwinfish (author)Dukeeey2010-08-29

I've built two boats so far from dead R/C cars. Type "Failboat" into Youtube, I've got a few vids up. Nothing to write home about as far as power/handling, but fun. Using a plane is a great idea, I wish I'd kept the controller to the sky ranger I crashed a few years ago.

TSC (author)2010-03-12

This is sweet i wish i had my rc plane sitll!!!!!!!

allenmt (author)2010-02-13

hey try and make a fully functional rc sea plane 
that would rule!!!

Electroinnovation (author)2009-02-05

And I used a type of instillation foam.

Electroinnovation (author)2009-02-05

Here is the frame I used in case you or anyone else would like to build one.

Vladmakesstuff (author)2008-06-15

why do u make this a BOAT instead of making another plane :)

Here is the simple explanation. To build a new plane you would not only need an all new body, but you would also have to balance and test and it would be nearly impossible especially for a plane that small where 1 oz affects it so much.

Electroinnovation (author)2009-02-03

I have an old Air Hogs F-16 Falcon. Do you think it would work?

waffleman (author)2009-01-11

u should post a video of it on the water....

lasersage (author)2008-01-25

Any one considering this should check there local liscensing laws. It is illegal in England to use frequencies dedicated to RC aircraft on boats or cars. Real shame cos I'd love to use my 6 channel RC aircraft gear on a tank or something.

Coffee bean (author)lasersage2008-02-14


lasersage (author)Coffee bean2008-02-15

why? because flying objects are dangerous, if you fly at an approved field they make everyone check there crystals to ensure no one interferes with each other. You can just imagine, there you are flying a hefty 20cc glowplug monster about the sky when someone turns on there little car/boat/tank on the same frequency, plane spins outta control and hits dog/car/house/child. It WILL KILL. they have before and will again. It is inconsiderate, dangerous and illegal to use air bands for ground based vehicles. (don't blame me though, i didn't make the law, like i said it would be sweet to be able to use my 6 channel air gear on a tank or such like).

Coffee bean (author)lasersage2008-02-15

i understand that but are there rele that many people because here in virginia i havnt seen a man fly a rc plane that was bigger then his arm. i guess different laws r need in different places

bylerfamily (author)Coffee bean2009-01-02

Hey I live in VA to.Where in VA do you live?Just click on me to find where I live.

Coffee bean (author)bylerfamily2009-01-02


dinky (author)2008-07-04

i dint see very much on these pictures

TomFred (author)2008-04-15

air craft toy design requires scientific proof, not just imitate a real one, though they are tempting. not like RC carsRC cars, they are hardly broken like the one in picture.

adamsdead (author)2008-03-12

I just got one of those for 20 bucks, It flew for 20 seconds then fell and broke. Thats like paying a dollar a second, But now that I found his it shall relive! muah ah ah ah

steven123654 (author)2008-02-12

same here i got one from Radio Shack for 100 bucks never flew longer than 20 sec

Coffee bean (author)steven1236542008-02-14

how many channels did it have mean buttons and directions also the are rele hard to fly. i got this one and got it flying and then a gust of wind turned it into a tree1 not a good thing to put big money into unless u have experience.

steven123654 (author)Coffee bean2008-02-15

2 channel it had 2 propeller/motor all styrofoam

Coffee bean (author)steven1236542008-02-15

there tricky was it sliver? i think iv sen this one

steven123654 (author)Coffee bean2008-02-19

nah not silver yellow it was a spinmaster toy

penny14 (author)2008-01-26

I have one of those Sky Rangers Planes Too! Mine never really worked. Did Yours?

Coffee bean (author)penny142008-02-14

o got it working 4 a minute or to i like the strong crashable ones cuuuuuzzzzzz u can crash um!

NackAttack (author)2008-02-04

mine never flew either dont buy another

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-24

Cool I guess. But you should post a bit better pictures, but I can still kind of get the idea.

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