Battler’s Connection has everything you need to build a ship,
hulls, guns, motors, pumps, props. Some of the stuff we use you can make
yourself, like the decks, rudders, for less money. We can make some guns at our
up coming PPB gun building party in Jan or Feb for the cost of the materials
$25-$30, last time I bought them. You can get hulls from:
The Canadian guys http://www.nabsrccombat.ca/
The Australian guys http://www.ausbg.org/BSY/#Order
From members who might be selling them http://www.mwci.org/forsale.shtml
BC has everything and sends stuff out the fastest.
Artwerks is just starting and
The Canadian guys seam to be slow to ship things. One of them just got back from
I've never got a hull from
There is also Steve Millholand, who had Swampworks. He just took orders for hulls a few weeks ago so you might have missed the chance to buy from him. He is semi retired and only takes order once a year.
Now that you know where to get it what should you get?
If you have never done any RC you should start with a cruiser (Class 2 or 3), even if you have lots of money and time. They typically get two guns and a pump. They are fast so you can run from trouble. Stern gun tactics are easy to learn. They are not overly complicated to build.
If you have done some RC stuff maybe start with a battlecruiser (Class 4 or 5). Most have three guns and a pump. They get to have sidemounted guns. These are harder to learn how to use but you don't sink other ships with stern guns only. They are a little more complicated to build. You will get shot up the first year or two until you learn how to hit people with your guns. A VDT is a great class 4 ship. Good gun set up, low in the water so there's not a lot of area to shoot at. Turns well. But it is slow (26 sec). A Lion has an advanced gun set up (Two bow sidemounts), does not turn that well, but is fast (24 sec). A Scharnhorst has trip stern guns and one bow sidemount, a lot easier set up to learn. It is fast, does not turn that well. It's more like a cruiser then anything else.
In rare cases, if you have done enough RC stuff and are very mechanical and electrically talented you could start with a class 5 or 6 battleship. The QE (I have one) is a great ship, lots of fire power, turns great, but is slow (26sec). The
No one should ever build an
Ask yourself this:
Can you cut things in a straight line?
Are you a good wood worker?
Do you know how to solder plumbing pipes together?
Can you solder electrical wiring together?
Do you know what NO NC C listed on a switch means?
What is pretinning?
Can you drive a RC car, plain or boat around an opsticle course without running into stuff?
The more you can answer Yes to the higher unit ship you can get.
How much do you want to spend? More battle units cost more. A class 3 will be around $800. Class 6 will be $1000 to $1200. That includes everything from the hull to guns, motors, batteries, radio & glues. If you already have a radio take $250 off of that. You'll also need tools, soldering iron, torch, drill, dremel. You'll wish you had a drill press, disk & belt sander...
Some people totally forget the above reasons to get a
ship. They want to pick one that looks nice or has some emotional value to it.
I picked the USS Minneapolis for my first ship because of where I live and its
history. Mike C. picked the
Stop a battle or building meeting if you can and we can show you some ships and help you pick one. We are always looking for more targets!!!