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Have You Seen an RC Aircraft Carrier?

By September 9, 2009

We're not talking toy boats here. In the forum, Douglas writes,

Just wondering if anyone has seen a Hobby-Grade aircraft carrier before? Either WW2 or Modern would be cool. I have never seen a kit and I dont have the skills or tools to fabricate. I was thinking of a Nimitiz Class or possibly Yorktown Class. I am thinking of a rather large scale too. Large enough to launch a small 3-Channel helicopter off of. Anyways thought I'd share my dream.

Sounds cool to me. Can anyone offer up some suggestions, links, personal experience?


September 10, 2009 at 11:15 am
(1) RC Boats says:

I have been in the rc boat business for some time and the only large ships I have ever seen were custom made. No one I know makes a hobby grade aircraft carrier in either RTR or kit form. I did some research with suppliers and no one seemed to know a source.

If you find a source let me know as I would be interested.

September 17, 2009 at 10:20 am
(2) ron bennetts says:

there used to be a chap in USA who made these in a large scale called Super Ships used to advertise in Scale Ship Modeler now defuct magazine
perhaps loyalhanna dockyard knows of his whereabouts
regards ron

September 29, 2009 at 9:44 am
(3) Shivakumar says:

Hi Mic,

I saw your sight regarding Aircraft carriers sound like a good idea, there was a team from hollywood who hired a group of aeromedelers for the movie Pearl Harbour.I met one of the pilots in Dubai who flew one of the warbirds in the film.

There did exist an aircraft carrier which was made for the movie i do not know its whereabouts now.

i am an aeromedeller i have nearly 30years experiance in balsa kits. It is quiet possible to build one.

All you have to do is get a plan blue print of a ship any size an enlarge it to your requirement and combine a team of builders to do it.

If not i can build it for you to scale.

Unfortunately i dont live in your country.

I can help you build. send me an email if you are interested.


October 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm
(4) Nicolas Cruz says:

I am looking for the same general thing. I would love to have a remote control helicopter carrier that works in the water. I have a 27″ Chinook Helicopter and so am looking for a good carrier for it.
Good luck and keep me posted!

November 9, 2009 at 6:28 pm
(5) Dave says:

After seeing one on YouTube, I built an A/C carrier on wheels to use in the gym where we fly indoors. Deck is 8 ft long, of 1 in. thick pink foam insulation (reinforced under about 1/2 the length & width with 1/4 in. plywood), painted with grey latex house paint, island is styrofoam carved roughly to look like the Yorktown’s, flight deck is mounted on the chassis of a Radio Shack R/C truck. Grey posterboard “hull” assembles and attaches to flight deck with Velcro and hides the truck. We drive it around the gym while people try to land on it with Vapors (ultralightweight indoor planes) and indoor helis. I can barely hit it lengthwise with my Vapor; one of my buddies has actually landed on it crosswise a couple times.

Given how hard this is, you really want to try this on land and get good before trying it in the water (unless you have a large supply of helis!).

Styrofoam is easy to work with. Depending on the level of detail you want, an actual boat could easily be done with a flight deck like mine and a hull built up from pink or blue foam insulation. I built a 4-ft.-long electric-powered tugboat boat from cast-off styrofoam shipping boxes and a few spare parts from R/C boats.

– – Dave

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