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Unread 02-26-2017, 09:33 AM   #1
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Default Near 1/18 Nam River Patrol Boat.

This looks awesome..

21-inch Alpha Patrol Boat (PRB08027): Pro Boat Models
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Unread 02-26-2017, 10:15 AM   #2
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*Remembers that 21st's probably would have cost $60 had it made it to retail.*
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$249.. are they outta their minds!

I guess you get LED's and it's RC controlled, so that's cool.. but damn.
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I got it. It is a really good model, and for my first post here (after being a member about 4 years), I'll copy over what I posted at Small Scale HQ.

Finally painted the 50's and the M60 black. Painted the Mk18 a dark OD green. I don't have any Vietnam figures, but I'm trying to put some modern Joes in that I think work for now.

Shipwreck in the coxswain's stand


Female sailor about to load and man the front 50's


A couple of fellas on the rear decks


I got a 6C 3000 mAh NiMH battery. The instructions say to put the battery between the motors, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense given that would throw the center of gravity, if the battery would even fit. Rafael Lopez is a developer at Proboat and he has a video on youtube that clears up the confusion. The receiver for my boat is a little far in from the side, so the red rectangle in this pic shows how I install my battery for the best balance.


A couple of days ago I took the PBR to a great pond at George Bush Park in far west Houston. The wind was a little much. Despite getting blown around like crazy, it handled very well. I took it up to top speed once, and only for a few seconds. It was ridiculously fast! Proboat says the top speed is 15 MPH. Calculate that for a 1:18 scale boat, and keep in mind the actual PBR's topped out at a little over 30. Anyone remember "Ludicrous Speed" from Spaceballs? I had no problems with water getting into the hull, though if you pull some hard turns at a good speed, I imagine it'll get some. All the while, my Shipwreck figure stayed in the coxswain's stand and never fell. All I did was sort of wedge him in standing with his back against the back panel and his arms pushing on the controls.



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That.. is really awesome. I'm not sure it's $249 awesome for me personally.. but I also don't really have anywhere to drive it around.

If I could find a couple of these it would be fun to do with the kids, if they were cheaper.

Great info!
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That is sweet!

NSA, get those $50 wakeboard specials from Target or Walmart for the kids. They are right around 1:18 and come in some snazzy colors.
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Yeah, that's an idea. No real close water to do it though around here without having to jump through country club hoops. Southern California doesn't really believe in "lakes" and "rivers". The ocean seems like a bad idea too!
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