I just finished building an ML boatworks Wild Thing Kit and was very happily surprised at how much easier it is to build in wood when the parts are already cut out for you. Mike is building the original 32 inch boat and I asked him to lazor cut me a 36 inch version so I can test a longer boat for SAW trials. He will also be cutting 34 inch boats for the electric racers. I had designed the original Wild Thing for the 21 size nitro boater. Mine was collecting dust last year when I decided to convert it to electric. I did the conversion and set the two IMPBA oval records for the Q class first time out with the boat. I was so surprised at how well the boat cornered as an electric missle that I decided to run it in a SAW event last fall. The boat at 6s ran very close to the record but I learned my batteries didn't have enough power to carry the boat the whole 330 feet without sagging. The biggest problem was that I had to come up to speed slowly to keep the 32 inch boat from blasting off the water. Coming up to speed slowly used up my batteries very quickly. Hence....the 36 inch boat for which more weight would be forward so I could pull the trigger and not have the boat blow off the water at SAW events. That is why I asked for the 36 inch boat.
The 32 and 34 inch boats will be built the same way as this boat.
Now, with all that history behind us...........the boat kit arrived just before Christmas and I punched out all the pieces very easily from the sheets of plywood. The wood looked to be extremely high quality birch. I later found out from mike he does get the expensive wood because he believes it makes a difference. It does! This boat went together with no warps, hooks, or wood issues.
I down sized the photos by 50 percent and they went from perfectly clear to a little fuzzy. Sorry for that but I had trouble sending them as they were taken.
Edited by John Finch, 18 January 2014 - 12:02 PM.