Introduction: Rc Duct Tape Swamp Boat V1

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This is my first istructible so please be kind i did this late at night and figuring it out as i go along.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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1-2  rolls of duct/duck tape
1 rc reciever
1 rc servo
1 rc speed controller and motor  (or make it autonomous with an aurduino)
1 computer fan about 120mm and fan grill to match
a bunch of popsicle sticks
rc transmitter
and other misc items and tools

Step 2: Make the Hull

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youll need to make a bottom skid plate i used duck brand tape for the bottom and scotch for the sides

First      youll need to make a fabric swatch for the botom (duck brand) about five strips wide and however long you want. it layer it five or more high and make the top and botom layers non sticky then. cut off the ovelap on the two sides

Second     make another swatch for sides (schotch brand).  make it five or mor thick. 3-4 strips wide and about 1-2 inches longer than your bottom

Third    cut the swatch in half and find the angle you need for the front and cut it out

Fourth     make another swatch five layers. and 3 strips wide for the angled piece.  and 2 strips for the back piece. make it the length of your small side of the hull

fith   once all this is done lay your sides and bottom flat and tape together the seams it may seem unstable but the next step will take care of that

Step 3: Lay the Popsicle Sticks

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youll need the popsicle sticks a glue gun and patience the popsicle sticks keep the boat from caving in and folding out

First start at the back of the boat and work forward lay them lenthwise and start gluing when you get to the end of them going lengthwise start layin sideways and cutting them to fit

second when floor done start the wall going from botom to top when at the top if the next stick hangs over the edge do not put on

third put a drop of glue in all the little squares for waterproofing and and put along the edges

Step 4: Fan Disassembly

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Disassemble the fan carefully see pictures for instruction

Step 5: Motor Install

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some motors will just mount to the fan gaurd and if so just mount it and form the guard the way you need too if it wont fit the guard with modifications try a differant motor ar fan guard
see pictures for help

if gear off of motor will fit just epoxy it to the blade see picture

Step 6: Fan Assembly Install

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youll need popsicle sticks, fan assembly, hul,l and glue gun

pictures will help with placement and install of struts

Step 7: Rudder

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youll need popsicle sticks, a little metel rod, and a piece of plastic.  this part is hard to explain so look at pictures for info

Step 8: Finishing Up

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youll need speed control, reciever, battery, hull, and zip ties

dont place the battery in a specific spot because we got to ballence the boat first

place speed control and reciever where desired and connect all wires. then zip tie the loose wires together to save room

Step 9: Balancing

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to balence the boat place in water and look to see how low the back is to the front in the water. to make the boat ballenced place battery in the front of boat until the water line is the same height across the boat

Step 10: Battery Hold Down Install

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place battery where it was when you balenced the boat.  than make some side rails the height of the battery with popsicle sticks and glue.  then glu into place snug against the batterys sides.  to make the front hold down cut sticks to the right lenght and glue into place. 

Step 11: Finished

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after completing all steps put boat in water and have fun


Schmidty16 (author)2012-10-31

nice u should put the propler in the water

If I did, it wouldnt be a Swamp Boat, but a boat.

forgotten crafts (author)2013-05-17

Where did you get engine and rc parts

I got the Motot, Speed Control, Battery, Servo, and Radio from an old RC truck I had lying around. The blade was just a 12v Computer fan (Have lots of them lying around). The Duct Tape, and Popsicle sticks I bought tho.

JACKBARRY (author)2012-10-18

ok thats pretty sick

I luv Duct Tape (author)2012-02-24


It's on the first step. The link and I embeded it. I'll make a new on once i get a new battery.

furrysalamander (author)2011-09-11

How much would this cost?

Depends I had all this already the only thing i needed was some more duct tape but ill add a price list soon of what it might cost

I havent been able to get an exact price estimate. But i think (if u had nothing) it would cost around (for my setup) 500-600$ depending on quality of parts. the radio was at least 300-350$ then you need, the speed control(40$) motor(40$) fan(free or 5$) tape(10$) popsicle sticks(5$) battery(30-50$) glue gun(25$) servo(13$) reciever(25$) misc. items(50$). And thats saying u had absolutly nothing. like no drill or gluegun or anything.

chipper35 (author)2011-12-20

One heck of a fine effort! Some time ago, I spent about 4 years tinkering away at Dumas' "Lil Swamp Buggy"......and only got it about 45% finished!

Good show here!!

aakemp123 (author)2010-11-08

What if you did thrust vectoring with a servo? You could mount the motor on top of the servo, then connect it all to a receiver, and control throttle and direction from an rc transmitter? That would give you fully proportional throttle control as well as 3 direction control remotely.

what do you mean

What I mean is:

get a servo with a large disk arm and literally glue the computer fan to the arm. You would be controlling steering by turning the motor, not the air, this would make your steering more precise and efficient.

you do that and tell me how well it works

It works really well, also try using a brushless motor because that is what I did for one i made out of foam core and hot glue and it goes fast, but the only thing wrong is that you can do donuts really fast and that has caused mine to flip twice.

i would have but i wanted to make this with things around the house and the only thing i needed was more hot glue. plus a brushless motor and speedcontrol would be too pricy for me to put in a boat that could sink very easily

that's cool, but the only reason i did that was because i took the parts from a plane i crashed.

if it works well ill do an update to it and im designing a nozzle of some sort to move the air more efficiently

shmarrell (author)aakemp1232011-08-04

i did that

TSC (author)aakemp1232010-11-22

That is a smart idea!

actually im starting a new instructible its gonna be thrust vectoring arduino and i cant remember the term

but check it out when its done

heavyfire88 (author)2011-06-21

Lol thats not a fan.. -.- It is just another normal brushed motor. -.-

TSC (author)2010-10-25

Do a video!!! good job!!!

hightekrednek2396 (author)TSC2010-10-25

i will i havent been able to test it im goin to put a video soon

TSC (author)hightekrednek23962010-10-25

O ok Cool boat!!

hightekrednek2396 (author)TSC2010-10-25

thanks the video will take a little i dont have any where to test it

TSC (author)hightekrednek23962010-10-25

Oh well I will be waiting!!

hightekrednek2396 (author)TSC2011-01-30

i put a link to the video up

TSC (author)hightekrednek23962011-01-31


hightekrednek2396 (author)TSC2011-01-31

ill get a new video up soon with it running better

TSC (author)hightekrednek23962011-01-31

Ok cool!!

bloodyblahblah (author)2010-12-19

That is quite cool,however, will the duct tape hull work? sounds a bit risky to me

it worked fine when i tried it in a foot of water for about 30 minutes if you watch mythbusters they showed that duct tape is pretty much water proof if applied befor it gets wet

lonewolf22082 (author)2010-12-09

over the summer I built a rc duct tape boat and It would be easier to email you a picture than posting it on the website


lonewolf22082 (author)2010-12-08

hey whats your e-mail address

lonewolf22082 (author)2010-11-30

is that a rc plane remote

yes it is

rprough (author)2010-10-28

What would be really cool is a rudder of some sorts, in or out of the water, to steer with! Only need one more servo.

what do you mean there is a rudder to steer with

My bad. I see the rudder to steer with now. Pays to pay a little more attention. If I could figure out how to vote I would vote for this one. Cool project!

thats ok and thanks

Kevvixx (author)2010-10-26

I have been wanting to make one of these forever!
Thank you so much

Oh, Could you take a clearer picture of the servos and rods though, it's hard to see?
Also, what kind of speed controller do you have and what about the transmitter?

i just put up the new pics

hightekrednek2396 (author)2010-10-26


salomon1996 (author)2010-10-25

this is soo coool! :D


rimar2000 (author)2010-10-25

Good work!

Nice, that terrific propeller! How many HP?

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