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Center Console Toy question

Old 12-04-2019, 11:38 AM
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Default Center Console Toy question

My five year old wants a toy center console with 4 motors for Christmas. In fact, that is all he wants for Christmas and i've never seen or heard of one. Any ideas?
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:44 AM
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Maybe talk to an RC boat enthusiast.
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Old 12-04-2019, 04:18 PM
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I think you might have found yourself in the scratch building zone.

Ive been playing around with the idea of building an r/c centre console/ walk around, the necessary parts (I.e. outboards) are available but I haven’t seen an off the shelf model or even kit. The outboards aren’t cheap RV electric outboards but I suppose you’ll save a bit on shafts, rudders, stuffing boxes etc by using them.

If you’ve got any glassing skills then making your own hull isn’t hard, just a bit time consuming - make a wooden plug, then a fibreglass female mould, then you can lay up a hull in a few hours or less, and pop it out when it’s cured.

If you do a reasonable job, there’s probably a small market for the hulls if you wanted to make a couple of bucks, but I doubt you’ll be able to cover the cost of building your own
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I'd go into the model boat building business. Most of the toys I had when growing up were fabricated by my father in his wood shop. This was WW II era and my best present was a model of a B 29 with a "bomb site" which dropped marbles. I played with that for years. Also a "Ski racer" which was passed on to why children and grand children--

When I was young, I made model boats--some toothpicks for ribs and frames, covered with paper the painted with "Dope". Others I made of balsa wood planks, mostly were hard chine, or multiple chine. If your son wants running electric outboards that may be a challenge--but could be done...just to look like--fairly easy.

No matter what, if you make it, he will appreciate it all the more--and cherish it thru the years!
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Old 12-05-2019, 07:10 PM
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I wanted to put a moat around the Xmas tree and ditch the train tracks last year. Couldn’t find anything off the shelf
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Old 12-05-2019, 08:12 PM
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For display-only scale models:

This guy might be willing to make a custom version with 4 outboards. Probably pricey.

Or maybe you could ask these guys who made theirs:

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Old 12-05-2019, 08:53 PM
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Would he settle for twins... and a pick-up?
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Old 12-06-2019, 04:57 AM
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those model makers are pricey
I did get a CC with three motors from friend from Vineyard Vines

I would suggest the one from Cabela's. but two and see if can make yourself
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:24 AM
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I got the one from Cabela’s for my kid about a year ago. Highly recommend. I think he’s got more hours on it in the bath and in the pool than us on the real boat.
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Old 12-06-2019, 06:34 AM
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just get him a whole bunch of single engine ones

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Old 12-11-2019, 08:28 AM
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Thanks for all of the replies, suggestions and PM's. My boat has twins, so he wants 4 on his.... I'm going to attempt to turn the Cabelas twin into a quad. If I cant, I'll glass up something one night and put 4 Cabelas outboards on it. Thanks again for the ideas and Merry Christmas!

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