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>> Home > Forum > Electrical Related > Aerokits fire boat 35"
Aerokits fire boat 35"
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Forum Posts: 19
3rd Jan 2018 15:16  
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Hi. I am building a 35" version of the aerokits RAF fire tender. I am at the point where I need to decide on the electric motor which is appropriate. I would like the vessel to be able to come upon to the plane without to much effort and have a bit in reserve for anxious moments or sheer fun. Do you recommed a brushed or brushless motor and if so what power rating. If brushless either in runner or out runner. Grateful for any advice. Regards

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Forum Posts: 556
3rd Jan 2018 21:22  
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Hi Kevin, I would recommend a brushless motor, and have great success with Airtec motors, real model shop with real people on the end of the phone. The one i would use is AXP 3542/1000.
They recommend a 60 ah ESC but i would up this to 90 or 100, just in case of a fouled prop etc.
Just type in Airtec Hobbies its all on there website


Etherow Model Boat Club
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Forum Posts: 171
4th Jan 2018 00:20  
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Hi Kevin,

I have had a lot of success with Tornado Thumper out runner motors paired with Fusion Hawk ESC. For a really exciting performance you could use a Tornado Thumper V3 4260/06 500KV - Brushless Outrunner paired with a Fusion Hawk BL 60A HV N6~18/Li 2~6 ESC, however it would probably be a little less exciting and more appropriate given the flatness of the hull when the Crash tender is on the plane to use a Tornado Thumper V3 3542/05 1250KV - Brushless Outrunner paired with the same speed controller.
Motors are available at
and the speed controllers at:
I appreciate they are not the cheapest of options but I have found their reliability to be second to none.



Forum Posts: 19
4th Jan 2018 20:33  
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Thanks for your advice Shaun. Regards,


Forum Posts: 19
4th Jan 2018 20:34  
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Mark. Many thanks for your advice. Regards, Kevin

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Forum Posts: 13
5th Jan 2018 11:17  
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I' doing somehthing very similar, rebuilding one from the 60s, when I get time to finish it. I picked up a Brushless outrunner, Robbe/Roxxy Outrunner 4240/10
- is this about right?
- Will it be OK with a 4S/5000mAh lipo?
- What prop would you suggest to start with?

Dave M
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Forum Posts: 1527
6th Jan 2018 10:53  
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Looking at the specs
ROXXY BL Outrunner 4240/10, 980rpm / Volt, 130g
For electric sailers up to 4500g
Scale and sport models up to approx. 2900g.
If you have the 34" Fire Boat then this is too big.
Mark suggested above a 3542/1000 and I agree.
The smaller model is very light with a small transom and I found it has tendency to lean under the tork effect of the prop. Turning had to be slow and gentle to avoid capsize. This is not such a problem on the 48" version.
Props should be no greater in diameter than the motor and should be chosen to keep well within the motor and ESC ratings. A wattmeter will help you check this and a good rule of thumb is to run at about half max current for best results.

Live long and prosper

(Chief Petty Officer)

Forum Posts: 13
11th Jan 2018 11:11  
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Thanks Dave, yes it's about 34". Complete novice at this, so any help is much appreciated. I didn't find the specs you found when I was looking. Guess I'm going to be finding something else to do with the motor.