TO SET-UP A MAUS MIRCO BULLET
Gregís article is the second in a
series of year 2000 Set-up and How To articles being presented by Rum Runner
Racing for Fast Electric R/C boating enthusiast. Greg is a Champion NAMBA
racer who is known across the USA as, ďThe Mono MasterĒ. Gregís mono
set-up skills are legendary. We hope this article encourages others to enjoy
setting-up your own boat and join the Fast Electric Boating fun. It is easy
once you know the secrets.
couple years ago I visited Sam Mausí shop one afternoon to inspect a new
plug for a little boat that now is know as the Micro Bullet. My first reaction
to Sam was to comment that the boat is too small and too narrow. The first
time I threw my new Micro Bullet in the water I new I had a winner. This
little boat screamed and turned on a dime. I was impressed and instantly sold
on this boat.
where do you get your Micro Bullet? There are several places that now sell the
Micro Bullet and the entire Maus fleet. On-line, I recommend you buy direct
from Maus Motorsports or from Fullerís Fast Electric, Hyperformance Products, or Bandit
Boats (links at the bottom of the article). Fuller offerís a service in which he will set the boat up for
you. Fuller also sells the motors and hardware that I use.
that you have your boat, look it over carefully. Before you do anything,
decided where your hardware, electronics, batteries and motor will be mounted.
ONE. The first concern is how to
determine the best Center of Gravity (CG) for your boat. This is critical. I
recommend that your CG in the Micro Bullet be kept towards the back. That is,
toward the transom. I accomplish this by installing my motor within 3 inches
of the transom. The other reason this is important is with a powerful motor
you may develop a Ďtorque roll-overí problem. With a proper CG, you can
use your trim tabs and eliminate this.
your motor mount. I make my own motor mounts out of 60/1000th aluminum. You
can purchase this aluminum from your local hobby shop. However you can buy
pre-made mounts from Fuller or your local hobby shop. I install my motor mount
with epoxy and glue it direct to the hull. Then I use 6 oz. cloth tape with
epoxy to give the contact point extra strength. Be careful to keep the
centerline of your motor mount in-line with your the centerline of the strut.
TWO. Your hardware installation also makes a huge difference. I recommend for
running hardware your choose either Fullerís, Hughey or Hyperformance. I
like to install my hardware so the strut is at least 2 inches behind the
transom. This distance helps with trim and you get better performance.
THREE. The turn fin should be mounted on the boat with a piece of angle
aluminum at least 60/1000(inch) thick. I generally cutout my own fin in a
teardrop shape. Make a paper pattern before you begin. Be sure your fin is
long enough to extend below the bottom of the boat about 1-1/4 to 1-3/8th of
an inch. The turn fin must be offset to the right side of the transom. You can
also angle your turn fin. This
may give you a better bite with high speed cornering.
for my rudder, I personally like the Fuller wedge rudder. I shorten my rudder
by at least 1/2 inch. The Hughey medium rudder is also a good choice. Next, on
your transom, measure 1-3/8th inches to the right of your boats centerline.
This is where you will mount the rudderís bracket. This will give your
rudder clean water and give you an edge for oval racing. Then use a post to
extend the actual rudder blade behind the boats transom so the rudderís
leading edge is even with the drive dog.
SPEED CONTROLLER. In the event you are setting your
boat up for N-1 or N-2 Mono I recommend the HUGHEY controller. This controller
is a switch type controller and is not bothered if it gets wet. A real plus.
See the below photo. I mount my Hughey Controller right in front of the Motor.
With my 6 cell boats, I use saddle pack batteries and mount them on each side
of the motor. To accomplish this set-up properly, you may have to grind the
lip away from the hatch area so you can slip the packs in.
|Greg's N-1 and N-2
Hughey or Ray Fuller will help you with your Controller order and set-up
details in the event you need help. The Hughey requires you to construct a
mount that will hold the controller and the servo, which operates it. I use
the HiTec 85BB servo with most of my Hughey controllers.
you set-up for 8 cells, I recommend you use an modern ESC (electronic speed
controller). There are many good ones on the market. Since I use an Aveox
Motor, I can only use the Aveox controller. This controller is very sensitive
water. Be sure your supplier water-proofís the Aveox controller for you.
This is an important step, which will save you a lot of headaches and money,
8 cells, I place my batteries in front of the motor, the controller on the
right side and the receiver pack on the other side.
SELECTIONS. In 6 cell stock, its pretty much an open field. There are lots of
good motors on the market. Like any motor with high RPM and with at Least an 8
AMP draw (no load). Be sure you select on of the rebuildable stock motors that
are ROAR legal. At the 1999 NAMBA Nationals, some of the successful stock
motors used included were the Maxtec, Paradox and Xipp
there are several new stock motors out for the 2000 season.
6 cell Modified Motor, the field opens up even further. You can run a can
motor (05 Series) or use an exotic motor such as an Aveox, Plettenberg or
Lehner. Personally, I am an Aveox fan. The Aveox 1409/1.5 was the predominant
winner in the 6 cell modified class at the nationals, taking 1st
and 3rd places.
8 cells, I used the Aveox 1409/1.5y model with a Tidewater 45/55 prop. Itís
a fast combination with very little maintenance required. Other good power
choices include the Astro 306-5 turn, Plettenberg models 920-4 turn or
the 930-3 turn. The 920 series is lighter while the 930 series develops more
torque. The Lehner 2725-3 turn.
good batteries goes without saying. When ordering matched batteries, be sure
you order from a reputable matcher or outlet. There are a lot of junk
batteries out there being unloaded on unsuspecting hobbyist.
|Greg's O (8 Cell)
NAMBA racing classes does the Micro Bullet enter?
great thing about the Micro Bullet is its flexibility. One hull can race
successfully in 3 different NAMBA classes. At the 1999 NAMBA Nationals, the
Micro Bullet was very successful in N-1 Mono (Stock Motor on 6 cells), N-2
Mono (Modified Motor on 6 cells), and O-Mono (8 cells with any Modified
number of known racers use one boat and switch batteries and motors which
allows them to compete in two or more classes.
|Set-up and Hardware
details recommended by Greg:
Maus Micro Bullet. Price: $125.00
|Size: 22 inches long,
7 inches wide.
|Bare Hull Weight:
approximately 8 oz.
Material: Epoxy Glass
Fullerís Hardware Kit. Price: $90.00.
6-cell stock: from $29.00
6-cell modified. from $49.00
8 cell, Aveox 1209/1.5y. Approximately $170.00
Hughey Controller. $35.00
Aveox M160CM. Price: $225.00
Octura X435. Price: $10.00
Octura X428. Price: $10.00
ABC 45/55. Price: $12.00
Ballistic or Fullerís. Check for pricing and availability.
Hi Tec FM. From: $99.00
HiTec 85BB. Price: $30.00
on-line for your Maus - Micro Bullet.
Rum Runners Recommendations
Ordering the Boat. We recommend
ordering directly from Maus
Motorsports or from Fullers
Fast Electric, or Bandit Boats.
Running Hardware. Rum Runner recommends you contact Fullerís
Fast Electricís. Fuller sells the complete line of Fuller
and Hughey hardware. Another very reliable source is Superior
Hobbies, they also represent both lines.
Motor recommendationís. For 6 cell stock motors, the
fastest motorís in the USA are the ones set-up by Rob Michaels @
Superior Hobbies. Contact Rob at, firstname.lastname@example.org
. There are many choices for 6 cell modified motors. The Plettenberg
line is distributed Fullerís Fast Electricís and Superior Hobbies.
Both are great sources with reasonable prices. The Lehner line is
distributed by Fullerís. In the event you are seeking the Aveox
motor and controller, Rum Runner recommends; Rogell
R/C Marine or Fullerís
Radio and Servoís. Rum Runner purchases our FM HiTec
Radioís and Servoís from Superior
Hobbies. Contact them directly for pricing.
Batteries. For racing, you will want professionally matched
batteries. Rum Runner uses select batteries from Fullerís Fast
Electric, Superior Hobbies, or Fine Design Manufacturing.
Hughey Boats Products. Order On-Line from Fullerís
Fast Electricís or phone Hughey Boats directly @ 317-299-3303.
will be at the Spring Splash Race (NAMBA) in Seattle, Washington. The race will
be held on June 9, 10 and 11, 2000. Register today.
invites you to join a Fast Electric R/C boating organization. Why be left out.
Join in the fun. Greg is a member of NAMBA
(The North American Model Boat Association). The leading worldwide organization
for oval fast electric racing.
article was written exclusively for Rum Runner Racing by Greg Schweers. Use of
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