Re: R/C & Scale model building, tips, tricks, tools and whatever you've got...
Google south orange seaport society
Great club of which I had been a member for years before moving; They have electric, steam, and sail models, and many are quite incredible. John Gill made a model of the 60's amphibicar from scratch. Works on land, in water, and all the lights, including turn signals, work. And it's only about 14 inches long.
Tell them Danton sent you, and I have no doubt they'll be more than willing to provide advise.
As a side note, one of the things I once wrote Bolger about was the modeling of boats, expecially motor boats. His feeling, which he admitted others would argue with, was that you need at least 26" long models to properly compensate for the weight of the necessary batteries to get a fair idea of what the full sized boat will perform like.
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