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Scale Model R/C Boats with Lego Scale Details & Crew
These are two of my large-scale motorized R/C boats fitted with Lego parts. They had their own factory features on their own, but I added more by scratch-building some out of Lego parts.
About this creation

In my collection of Lego boat mocs, I also have my large collection of large-scale R/C boats. A few of them are scale-based, like these two shown. They had factory details on their own, but I decided to add a few more by making them on my own by using Lego parts. On each vessel I added fitting features like dinghies/lifeboats, crew, radar, antennas, flags, etc. Shown here is the wheelhouse roof on my largest boat, my Aquacraft Rescue 17 Electric Fireboat. I used a flagpole/antenna and made a radar dish. All of the small details like these are held on using hobby-grade CA glue. Boat specifications: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXFBBF&P=0 here's a promotional video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=hRimLKC3grI

Here is one of the main features. I added my own minifigures to the top deck, and they hold on literally by holding onto the guard rail. In the middle of the top deck is a fuse box with a flag on top and a small marine light.

Here is my favorite feature. I scratch-built 2 dinghies with outboard motors and mounted them on the stern deck. (They are also the hatch door handles to get to the boat's water pump and rudder servo housing)

The water I run my boats in is sometimes rough and corrosive, so I had to make a heavy-duty and waterproof way to attach the dinghies to the stern deck. I used heavy-duty Velcro and attached the loop side to the keel on both of the dinghies and then added the loop side the the deck itself. It is very sturdy but the boats should not be removed. It is also a plus that lego bricks are made of ABS styrene plastic, which will not corrode or contract calcium deposits!

Entire view of the stern with the crew & dinghies. As you can see, I made my own "BEWARE OF PROPELLER" sign with a label maker. It gives a 3D effect and has a stamped-steel look. I also did this at the stern and made the vessel's home base name, "SAN FRANCISCO, CA." The crew look over at the stern and port and starboard sides to get a full view.

As of right now the Rescue 17 is in drydock, so we might as well do some inspection. Here we have an engineer inspecting the water intake, pump intake, propeller and rudder. The oil and stuff leaking out of the propeller shaft is only Corrosion-X and outboard motor grease. If you have seen some of my other models, I may mention that Corrosion-X (A potent lubricant and corrosion inhibitor) is inside the motors.

Here is my 2nd scale boat, my Aquacraft Atlantic II Harbor Tugboat. I only added a crew.

More inspection! Here I have a mechanic and engineer inspecting the propeller and rudder.



Comments

 I made it 
  November 3, 2017
Quoting Jeremy McCreary Wonderful idea, Angelo! I've seen people wear LEGO (name badges, jewelry, helmets, etc.), and I've seen many LEGO gizmos made for real-world use (e.g., http://www.moc-pages.com/group.php/26065). But I don't recall seeing LEGO used to embellish/improve other non-LEGO things. Now that you've shown the way, many exciting applications come to mind.
Thanks! I've seen people go as far as creating LegoŽ houses to live in. I got the idea from putting LegoŽ parts on a model to give more detail from my dad. He once made navigation lights from transparent 1x1 studs on an old wooden R/C boat and put doll house lights in it. I still have the boat today and I just re-did the detail onto one of our more modern boats. I'm glad to know that you are inspired!
 I like it 
  November 3, 2017
Wonderful idea, Angelo! I've seen people wear LEGO (name badges, jewelry, helmets, etc.), and I've seen many LEGO gizmos made for real-world use (e.g., http://www.moc-pages.com/group.php/26065). But I don't recall seeing LEGO used to embellish/improve other non-LEGO things. Now that you've shown the way, many exciting applications come to mind.
 I made it 
  September 21, 2017
Quoting Bacon Tomato Wait, we can mix Lego bricks with THIS, but we can't mix Lego bricks with Mega Blocks?
Lego bricks go great on anything. Mega Blocks are a poor excuse for a incognito spy! These expensive large-scale models aren't exactly Lego compatible, but with a little velcro and CA glue you're all good. Thanks for visiting!
  September 20, 2017
Wait, we can mix Lego bricks with THIS, but we can't mix Lego bricks with Mega Blocks?
 I made it 
  September 20, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes I'm a big fan of adding lego to anything, and they fit in super well on this model boat, so great job!
Lego is like bacon. It works well with anything! All of my other boats aren't scale based, so the Lego parts only belong on the larger boats like this one. Thanks!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2017
I'm a big fan of adding lego to anything, and they fit in super well on this model boat, so great job!
 I made it 
  September 12, 2017
If you want to learn more about the Rescue 17, Here is a link with specifications, video and price: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXFBBF&P=0
 
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