Rc Paddle Steamers

RC Paddle Steamers are either Side-Wheelers or Stern-Wheelers!

RC paddle steamers are a beautiful genre within RC Boats, one that will truly blow you away with their fantastic design and intricate detail. Built along the lines of paddle boats that were abundant in the 19th & 20th centuries, RC paddle steamers are based on the improvements that those models underwent, later on in their lives. Today, while you may find it hard to come across some paddle streamers in real life, you can surely make your dream come true with your very own RC paddle streamer.

Now if you want an RC paddle steamer, then you might just have to buy a model kit. The deal is that RC paddle steamers are not really the most popular models around because they are not too big on power or performance. The boats move thanks to their two paddles, on either side, or due to the large paddle at the back of the boat.

These are the two basic styles you need to choose from - side-wheelers or stern-wheelers!

The side wheelers usually have two smaller paddle-wheels on either side. The stern wheeler can have one, two or even three paddle-wheels at a time however, they are bigger than those on a side-wheeler. The size of the paddles makes a difference to the speed. While smaller paddles get through water faster and turn quicker, larger paddles displace more water and therefore, have more power.

Finding the right size-power combination is one of the interesting challenges that comes from building RC paddle steamers.

If you are looking to get into this genre, it is best to buy a model kit. While you do get RTR - Ready to Run Models and almost RTR models, you will find poor attention to detail and moulded plastic varieties in the market. Most of these RC paddle steamer models are run on an electric motor as power is required to turn the paddles, and not a propeller. This means that after a certain point, the speed of turning the paddles is not as important as the work those paddles do.

RC paddle steamers are best built from model kits, especially for those with experience in building these radio controlled watercraft. You can have loads of fun adding in the details and then, watching your wonderful creation stroll about at a relaxing pace, along the waters near your house. There are more than enough free and paid-for, RC Plans available for RC paddle steamers, in case you are interested in that aspect.

Whether you choose to hit the waters with your RC paddle steamers or just place them in Display Cases, within your home, and admire them for their beauty, you will find tonnes of joy and solace in this wonderful hobby of RC paddle steamers.

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