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bjames
07-22-2013, 03:46 PM
I managed to score a New Bright RC X star (32" long) off ebay a little while ago. These 'toys' were available about 6 years ago and are now pretty hard to find. I thought it would make an interesting project to create a mini working versino of my full size Star :) It took months of watching for one to finally come available on Ebay. But I finally got one... now for the build.

Below is the original version as it arrived. As you can see, this is based on the pre-2007 X star. So I knew I will be doing a little scratch building to get the tower somewhat closer to the post 2007 ZTF3.

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First thing I did was to repaint the interior in spirit of my X star color scheme. I used carbon fiber 3M sticker for around in the instrument gauges and glove compartment. The decals were created using Testors Decal paper.

Once the interior was painted and decals applied, I applied 4 to 5 coats of clear coate to protect the finish.

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The Exterior was painted to suit followed by the wrap. For the wrap, i used the low res proof that was used to approve my full size wrap and sent to a local decal shop. The wrap was printed using the exact same 3M laminated UV protected material as the full size. I did have to mess around with the scale by creating mock ups to get the size right. Once the wrap was applied, iI coated the hull and top deck with 5 coats of clear coat.

The original swim deck was hacked off and replaced with a real teak deck (Used a kitchen platter from the dollar store). I shaped it, sanded and clear coated it. The swim deck alos provides a mounting platform for the large rudder required for this (now 34") monster.

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As you can see I addded the famous bow sheild :)

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The stand was made using an address board (from craft store) and cheap IKEA 4" legs that we had aying around.


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The tower was mostly scratch built except for the front and upper portion. I used styrene plastic used for model railroad building. The tower speakers are caps from scented felt markers I got from the dollar store. I was looking all over for anything that had the correct (or close to) proportions to the real ones. The marker caps worked out pretty good. The speaker grilles were cheap RC airplane foam wheel hubs - they fit perfectly into the caps. The tower was peiced together, epoxied brushed (like you would do when fiber glassing) curred, painted, wrapped with vinyl wrap, then clear coated many times.

Next... Whats inside.

Double D
07-22-2013, 03:51 PM
Nice work!! Too bad New Bright never made any DD 205's... :(

nickespi
07-22-2013, 03:54 PM
F-ing Awesome!!!

bjames
07-22-2013, 04:04 PM
I ended up totally nerding out on this one. My wife thinks Im crazy, but for some reason as everything was taking shape, she started to support the idea and help source some of the parts for me. :D lucky me.. First step was to completely gut out the old cheap electronics so that I can start with an empty hull.

At first I was toying around the idea of installing ballast tanks. I seen a video of another guy who converted the exact same boat to hobby grade with added weight (by using large heavy batteries). The results was a very scale looking large wake. So I thought, why not, lets add ballast tanks.

The boat runs off a 380 size brushless system using a 120amp water cooled ESC and dual 7.4V 6500mah 2C Lipo batteries. The motor, motor mount and ESC are all water cooled using separate pickups for each.

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Here you can see the KGB ballast tank. This is a 12oz tank. The Water Cooled ESC is the blue thing just aft the ballast tank.

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Here are the port and stbr ballast tanks. These are 12oz each. I was hoping to have the center tank larger, but the batteries on either side will provide plenty of weight. The red tubing is water inlet, the white tubing is water outlet/vent. Everything you see inside was scratch built.

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You can see the red tubing attached to bulkheads at the transom. These are where you fill the ballast. Just connect a manual winder pump (used to fuel gas RC planes) and fill them up till they overflow.

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Closer view of ballast inlets.

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Here are the port side vent bulkheads (outlets for Motor/mount/ESC cooling). The other side has 3 outlets for each ballast tank.

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The rudder has a cooling water pickup for the ESC. I know its not scale, but this is needed so that you dont cook the speed controller. These systems run very hot and need plenty of cooling.

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I am still waiting for the props to arrive. I ordered a few 3 bladed brass props (different pitches) to see wich one is best suited based on the weight and speed.

Oce I get this onthe water, I will make sure I post pics. :)

CruisinGA
07-22-2013, 04:11 PM
For a minute, I thought you were going to have RC on-board ballast pumps... that might have been a bit too much. :D

bjames
07-22-2013, 04:19 PM
For a minute, I thought you were going to have RC on-board ballast pumps... that might have been a bit too much. :D

In all seriousness, the thought crossed my mind. :D

bjames
07-22-2013, 04:23 PM
BTW... cause I know some may be wondering. All building took place while I was beached due sh!tty weather. No good days on the lake were missed due to this project :)

CC2MC
07-22-2013, 04:31 PM
Man, that is crazy. I realize that this is going to be made for making a large wake, but propped correctly, this thing could fly! May not handle that well, but it could go fast. Looks great!

PLR
07-22-2013, 04:31 PM
This is awesome.

I see your a little obsessed. I think thats cool because I think I am too. About every 3rd thought or so that goes through my head has to do with a boat.

Tristar Racing
07-22-2013, 04:58 PM
Wow....just wow!

I have been thinking of doing this and using the Malibu rc boat as a starting point because of its traditional bow. Did you just print the decals on the testors stuff using a regular home printer?

PLR
07-22-2013, 05:01 PM
Tristar,
When are you going to bring the X1 out?

501s
07-22-2013, 06:27 PM
Wow. Just wow. Impressive.

Tristar Racing
07-22-2013, 06:35 PM
Tristar,
When are you going to bring the X1 out?

As soon as I have a tow vehicle. The one I was using, well lets just say it isn't suitable anymore. Between that, travel for work, and the weather at the beginning of the summer, I have only managed to get it out once. Disappointing first full season for sure.

rtw_travel
07-22-2013, 06:49 PM
That is awesome. You'd expect the careful detailing, but doing the wrap and adding the ballast tank makes this amazing & one-of-a-kind.

So the real reason you sold your '12 was because you got this earlier model and needed a real boat to match? :-)

skps190
07-22-2013, 07:31 PM
Awesome! Now all you need as a tow vehicle and matching trailer. Way beyond anything I would have imagined if you had said your intentions. Can't wait to see it on the water.

DemolitionMan
07-22-2013, 08:20 PM
Great work!!!

ncsone
07-22-2013, 08:21 PM
Very cool.

I see a wooden boat replica in the background on one of pics and it looks nice as well.

That yellow hard-handled Snap-On ratching screwdriver is a bit of collector's item as well. I don't think they make them any more.

tdjaster
07-22-2013, 10:12 PM
I've got the original R/C X-Star when they first began offering them in 2003 or so...apparently there might now be a bump in the market. Starting bid is $1,000. :D

scott023
07-23-2013, 09:03 AM
Wow. Just wow. Impressive.

X2. My thoughts exactly.

Astepatatime
07-23-2013, 09:18 AM
Beautiful. I have such admiration for people who have the skills, creativity, and patience to do works of art like this.

Traxx822
07-23-2013, 09:25 AM
Amazing toy. I am jealous

rgardjr1
07-23-2013, 09:55 AM
This pretty much shuts my plans down. I just picked up one of these off Ebay. I've already painted one of the smaller versions to match my boat, but never imagined redoing the entire tower. I was considering fabricating some Pro 480s for the tower, but you took yours to a whole other level. Absolutely beautiful! I have never played around with the Testor's decal paper, but I do have a vinyl cutter at my disposal. I'll add a picture when I get to the lake this weekend.

bjames
07-23-2013, 11:04 AM
Wow....just wow!

I have been thinking of doing this and using the Malibu rc boat as a starting point because of its traditional bow. Did you just print the decals on the testors stuff using a regular home printer?

Printed directly off a regular HP inkjet printer using the Testors Waterfall Decal paper. Once the decals are painted, you have to spray the sheet with clearcoat so that the water doesnt removed the ink.

bjames
07-23-2013, 11:05 AM
So the real reason you sold your '12 was because you got this earlier model and needed a real boat to match? :-)

That made me laugh :D

BrianT
07-23-2013, 01:58 PM
holy smokes!!! that is VERY cool!

CottagerGreg
07-23-2013, 08:38 PM
THAT IS AMAZING! I admire the amount of effort and time you've put into it!

Double D
07-23-2013, 10:41 PM
Hey, I have a New Bright Avalanche that can pull that thing when your ready!! :)

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agarabaghi
07-24-2013, 12:50 PM
Wow... that is awesome. I need to find one of these!

bjames
07-25-2013, 01:49 PM
Hey, I have a New Bright Avalanche that can pull that thing when your ready!! :)

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I have see a lot of guys use the New Bright bodies on high end RC trucks due to the high level of detail the bodies have.

Just need to find a mini boat trailer :)