Model: 99971: boats & watercraft
Status: Project
Date: 28-Sep-2007
Comments: 32
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This has been a long term project thats almost complete, 90% is made from scratch, The hull was a prototype given to me 4 years ago, engine is a wren mw54 gas turbine. Its 1/6 scale and a replica of Donald Campbells Bluebird, for more info on the real thing go to www.bluebirdproject.com theres a video of a static engine test of the model there as well in the diary section.




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chef_bikes

28-Sep-2007

Very cool!

L-U-K-E

28-Sep-2007

That is absolutely mental...

8316dart

28-Sep-2007

Class act. But have you sorted its aerodynamics?

richytanimal

28-Sep-2007

Wow, that is really awesome.

The Hobbymaster

28-Sep-2007

very nice project!!
At 1/6th scale you would only need to hit 49.5mph to make a scale run if my maths are right.
how much thrust is that wren pushing out?
I can't wait to see some more videos
best wishes
Ian

stickerbod

28-Sep-2007

Cheers guys, the engine puts out 12.5lbs of thrust at 160,000rpm, Haven't had chance to get this one up to speed yet, but built one with a freind that is doing 35 - 40 mph approx

ukzz4iroc

28-Sep-2007

WOW!!

Jedi Master

28-Sep-2007

Nice boat, she may have been made by Speedline models. They have made a number of these and some others for Gina Campbell herself. Check my link: [Click here]

RC4x4

29-Sep-2007

WOW! I like that. I bet that baby flies. Very Nice.

flux density

29-Sep-2007

This is too cool !

Wyoming

29-Sep-2007

Thats awesome!

stickerbod

29-Sep-2007

Jedi Master, you are correct, the hull was given to me by Adrian of Speedline we live in the same town and used to be friends. Have uploaded a couple of pictures of how I got it, This is its 4th engine now it's had 1 Glow and 2 Zenoahs all prop driven in the past. Thanks again for the kind comments when I finally get it at speed on the water I'll post some video

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29-Sep-2007

Very nice, but the original Bluebird wasn't jet powered, was it? Not that it matters, the boat looks awesome!

stickerbod

29-Sep-2007

The original 1:1 Bluebird was powered by a Beryl Turbo Jet until its Final ill-fated record attempt on which it was powered by a Bristol Sidley Orpheus Turbo Jet both were pure thrust power as is the model

ukzz4iroc

28-Jan-2008

That is one of the nicest objects on TC. Get that video up!! Love the fact you start it occassionally in the garden LOL

stickerbod

28-Jan-2008

I tell you mate you should hear it! One of the scariest toys I've ever played with, still haven't got used to it, still waiting to give it a proper run at the moment, its too cold for the gas...and me!

Old Skool

15-Mar-2008

Wow that is way too cool!!!

Road Burner

20-Apr-2008

This thing blows me away, it looks amazing!

Road Burner

20-Apr-2008

This thing blows me away, it looks amazing! My friends grandpa, Joe Schaefer, was killed on Aug. 28, 1939 on the Detroit river while piloting the Delphine IX. Your model looks a lot like his did, thanks for a great boat.

Goldnest

20-Apr-2008

You are definitely mad beyond words!

scollins

14-May-2008

AWESOME! how did I miss this beast?? Love it.

oldsterolli

26-May-2008

AMAZING boat, Andy !!!

emspjay

24-Jul-2008

Have you beat the full scale top speed yet? There was some guys in the last R/C airplane club I belonged to that had the turbine planes. They were amazing! This is the first turbine R/C boat I have seen! You are the master!!!

stickerbod

24-Jul-2008

Hi Thanks for the comment! No still not run it, seem to have become disrtracted building Tamiyas at the moment it will happen some time soon though

Olly_Lunchbox

4-Nov-2008

Oh thats totally beautiful. I'd love to see, and hear, this thing running!

Troy Heli King

1-Aug-2009

All I can say is Superb Andy.

tamkyo

1-Oct-2009

WOW...thats all I can say is WOW.

JWeston

24-Oct-2009

FANTASTIC! Your pal Carl just picked up a car from me and told me about this. Superb.

stickerbod

24-Oct-2009

Cheers, I told him the hobby was addictive and he'd end up buying more cars!

JWeston

24-Oct-2009

It is far too addictive! Your showroom is jaw dropping. Nice one.

slimmy

9-Jan-2010

Holy toledo! that's got a turbine engine! Wow! It looks really vintage too. Awesome hydro!!! I love boats. They are just so much fun. great work and a great machine!

smitchos

18-Aug-2013

Andy, that is awesomwe! I'm into speed record stuff, and always looking at rc boats, but thinking better of it due to somewhere to use. But turbine is incredible, would love to see it!


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