I recently acquired an air screw driven hydroplane fitted with an A.M 15 diesel engine
. The boat appeared to have either been from the Mercury Kit which was produced from the early 1960s till late 1970s or may have been built
from the plans
What was unusual is that it had been fitted with R.C for rudder
only operation and when I put a receiver
in to try it, the system
worked well. I also ran the engine
and it appears to have been as new and after examination of the boat this appeared to have not been used either.
In the 1960s I had built
a couple of airscrew boats and they were free running powered by engine
s taken from my control line model aircraft
after they had been pranged.
Intentions are to eventually get the hydroplane on the water with brushless electric
power due to the "No I.C" rules on my local boating
lakes, something I never had to worry about as a 15 year old .