I Personally Like 1/48 Scale Boats..... They Are The Perfect Compromise Of Size and Proportion For The "Scale Enthusiast" And Spectator.
When I Run My Alpha It Looks "Great On the Water". When the Sky Is Overcast The Boat Appears To Run In It's "Element".
A Sight You Have To See To Believe. My 1/48 Scale Akula (which is getting closer to launch) Will Be Amazing..... Simply By It's
Sheer Size. Some Have Seen My SeaWitch I and II And Marveled At The Models. At 100 Yards..... You Will Be Able To "SEE" Them. You Cannot Say About Smaller Scale Versions.
Now, I Must Admit. When Building Larger Boats.... You Must Build Strength Into The Boat Without Adding Weight. Remember,
All Weight Must Be Accounted For Either As Ballast Or Structural Integrity, Which Must Be "Floated"..... Or It Will Sink, Roll Over and Play Dead.
This You do Not Want.
Rules I Try To Incorporate, 1. Make Ballast Weight Minimal..... All Up Ballast Weight Must Be "Working Mass", ie ( Batteries * )
2. Make Floating Volume Maximum (including Ballast Tank, Floatation Foam Or Enclosure (P/H Closed Volume *(sized))
3. Use the Best Components You Can ( ie. Motors, Speed Controllers, Servos, Misc Electronics )
4. Build For Ease Of Service. It's No Fun Having To Cut Into a Space Or Area Of Your Boat To Make Minor Alterations Or Repairs
And Sooner Or Later Repairs Will Be Needed.
Just My Bit After 30 Years Of Building.......
Andre S. Burgess, P.E.