Friday, April 24, 2009

Toys for Tots - Plush Toys Are Great!

By Jackson Harris James Bakowski Harrison Snider Tennyson Stephens

Growing up as a kid in this age of abundance, there is a great chance you've played with teddy bears and plush toys. Choose from Teddy Bears, Elmo, Beanie Babies and many other hit animal themed furry animals that are enjoyable for people of all ages.

As a kid I had a favorite teddy bear that I could not part with. I would carry it everywhere with me and wouldn't let go for anything (even when I was sleeping). It amazes me that now the Farnell, Steiff and other collector items bears are still sought after so strongly.

Get Big Bird to come into your own home, get a plush toy doll that will make Sesame Street truly come alive for your child. Who hasn't wanted to love a Oscar the Grouch or Cookie Monster doll in their own arms?

Ty is an extremely popular plush toy manufacturer and their introduction of Beanie Babies on the market many years ago has created a craze that can't be stopped. Check out eBay sometime and you will see that people are buying Beanie Babies up by the truck load!

The first time I saw Cars with my 5 year-old, I knew I'd be on eBay the next day getting the latest plush toy cars so he could enjoy them at home. There is something priceless about getting a keepsake like a toy from a movie you just raved about and want to share with your friends.

Buy a Care Bear and you just made a friend for life. These adorable plush toys are fun for all ages, take your cute and cuddly rainbow colored toy to your friends - show off your new purchase!

Online gaming is starting to mesh with offline merchandising and the marriage of those 2 concepts was never better than with Webkinz. When you buy the offline products you get codes for the online world - and that's where the kids truly have fun, they can trade clothes, charms and other items online with their friends.

TV shows have created their own merchandise and the Backyardigans have joined that crazy lately. These animals are revered by kids everywhere and they are just soo cute!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Magic Wheels Combine Skateboard with Scooter

What do you get when you combine a unicycle with a skateboard and a scooter? You get a new innovative form of transportation for the young and the young at heart. It’s called The Magic Wheel and was invented by a “bored” Swiss designer whose name is never mentioned. What does The Magic Wheel look like? As you can see in the picture to the side, it has one big wheel in the front and one tiny wheel in the back. It works like this: there are footplates on each side of the main wheel. The rider plants one foot on the Wheel's platform while pushing with the opposite leg, like a skateboard, but with a giant wheel spinning in between your legs. The rider controls direction by leaning. “The average user takes a couple of hours practice before they can comfortably ride the Magic Wheel with both feet on the board,” according to The Magic Wheel website. Interested and wondering what it cost? £119 (about $160us) plus shipping and handling. Not too bad in price compared to similar toys. Currently The Magic Wheel can only be bought on the Internet in the UK, but the company has plans to expand in the future.

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Girlfriends Across the Nation Grab Fly Swatters To Fight Off RC Dragonfly

Generally the idea of a giant flying bug freaks me out. This comes from spending most of my life in Florida, home of the Palmetto Bug—an extremely large flying cockroach that smells like turpentine when you crush it… if you can catch it. And they fly at your face.Gah!!!!But I have to admit that I find this cool:

This is the WowWee Robotic Dragonfly, and while it’s not a robot in any sense of the word, it is quite a neat remote controlled flying machine.Anyone who has read the Dune books by Frank Herbert has a fondness for the ornithopter, a flying machine with wings that flutter like a bird—or a dragonfly. That is essentially what this toy is: an example of nature interpreted by man into the form of a machine. And it works.

Made of Styrofoam, wire, and plastic, the dragonfly maneuvers via a duel wing design. The body is flexible, in hopes of avoiding damage incurred by crashes. Due to its light weight, it is recommended for indoor use. But if the weather conditions allow, this little guy can soar outside with no issues. A two channel digital remote allows the user to control its movements and speed.
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UV Spy Pen – Perfect for the Super-Sleuth in Your Family

Did you ever try to pass super-secret coded messages to your best friend in school, just to get caught by the teacher? It's too bad these handy-dandy tools weren't around back in the day.
What makes this pen perfect for the super-sleuth in your family, is the special ink inside. The special ink is invisible to the naked eye. It's made out of high-brightness compounds that show up when exposed to an ultraviolet light source. And don't worry - you don't need to run out and buy a brand new blacklight. There is an actual blacklight embedded into the pen itself. How cool is that? Just flip the pen over and shine the light on the secret message. Watch as the words magically appear before your eyes.
Now you can pass all sorts of secret messages and notes to friends and family without having to come up with your own super secret code. Just write it down with your new UV Spy Pen.
The pen is 5 inches long and uses four LR41 watch batteries, which are included. The product retails for under $10 and is recommended for children 5 and above.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Want Your Kid To Bathe In Goo? If So, Gelli Baff Is For You

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Okay... Let me go on record as saying that this is the most bizarre-and possibly most disgusting-idea I've seen for a "toy" in a while.

Looks innocuous enough, right? Cute little package with crazy little cartoon pitchman...But after seeing this commercial... I'm extremely weirded out.

Holy crap! They're bathing in neon sludge! Wouldn't it be cheaper to drench the nearest mud puddle with food coloring then roll your kid around in it? You could share it with the local porcine community (which would make for some very colorful pigs wandering around the area).
And what's up with the trippy, LSD-induced commercial?
Realistically, while I still think this stuff is gross, I can't help but be intrigued by its ingenuity. Gelli Baff is made up of a powder (or "goo former") that holds 400 times its own weight in water. You simply toss this stuff in the water and watch as it turns to blobby nastiness. Then throw the kiddies in and let them enjoy wallowing in sludge. Don't worry-the stuff is non-toxic, even if it looks otherwise.
When they've exhausted their energy by either playing or trying to crawl out of the tub in fear of being digested by The Blob, you pour in another packet of "goo dissolver" (which is essentially just salt). This turns the goo back into water, without a threat of any drainage issues.So... If you want to re-enact scenes from a classic Steve McQueen movie (yes, the original Blob starred Steve McQueen) and possibly put your kids into therapy, this is the ticket!By the way: the parent site of this product actually offers a calculator to figure out how much Gelli Baff it would take to turn your pool water into sludge...Now THAT could be interesting...
You can find Gelli Baff at Amazon and at Gelli Baff.

Frizzle Sizzle Kitchen Play Set

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If you have ever wondered how to talk to your small children about recycling or the purpose of Earth Day a Frizzle Sizzle or Splish Splash might be the answer. No, I'm not writing nonsense. Frizzle Sizzle and Splish Splash are the names of two very adorable eco-friendly kitchen play sets designed by Rafinesse and Tristesse. Rafinesse and Tristesse have been around since 2006. Inspired to recycle and create they have created a line of stove top and sink play sets, as well as furniture with as much recyclable material as possible. "With loving attention to detail we transform everyday waste objects into artistic, playful, and practical products that also benefit our environment." To top it off they give their toys fun names, Frizzle Sizzle for the stovetops and Splish Splash for the sinks. Now, imagine your little kids face when she sees this colorful kitchen play set made of olive tin cans, can tops and other recyclable materials for the first time. She would probably be amazed that regular household items can be turned into something playful fun and colorful like this. Well, being the curious child that she is she had probably already discovered that everyday household items could be played with as a toy, but now she can do it safely and with your approval. "Go play with your Frizzle Sizzle!" It's fun to say. Don't you think?Each play set is unique and handmade in Germany or Switzerland, but cookers and sinks can come with or without a back wall. In addition they can have bordure, clocks, hooks and cupboards added. Extras like musical boxes, potholders, oven gloves and tea towels are also offered. The Tin Tuffet is also a part of the Rafinesse and Tristesse line, but it's a stool not a toy. Still it is made from recycled olive tin cans. The seats have either cloth covers or canvas covers. The seats covered with canvas are waterproof and stain resistant. For more information on these eco-friendly toys visit the Rafinesse and Tristesse website.

Friday, April 10, 2009

5 Animes That Every Fan Enjoys

By Anna Tsuchiya

Cartoon series are also known as anime serials or movies. In Japan, they are a popular art medium that has garnered a huge fanbase not only within the country, but on a global scale too. While some critics deride them as just cartoons for children, even adults can enjoy them without feeling guilty about it.

Anime fans will defend the genre as something that has something to offer for adults as well, despite critics' insistence that those who watch them have yet to grow up beyond their adolescent years. Interestingly, there are hundreds of anime series that have plots that also look into family and individual relationships, social concerns and more, not something that most children would like to spend time on.

The downside for fans is that there are too many anime series to choose from. In order to help those with less time to spare, here are five series that are a must-watch for any self-respecting anime and manga lover.

1. Naruto - This famous anime series has fans from every country that has access to Japanese cartoons. Not only is Naruto serialized on film, but it first grew from a wildly popular cartoon strip that continues till this day. The young ninja Naruto welcomes viewers to his endless adventures that are part fun and part madness.

2. Fist of the North Star - This is a classic anime adapted from a famous manga series. The plot tells of a devastated Earth in the future by nuclear war, and how the survivors have to overcome rampant unrest and barbaric tribes to become the best in the land.

3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann - Known as a mecha anime which uses futuristic mechanical robots as integral to the storylines, Gurren Lagann follows the life of Simon, a youngster who braves his natural fear of failure and an inferiority complex to lead a band of humans against the Beastmen, who are intent on dominating and destroying them. Aside from the non-stop action and skilfull animation, the series also touches on authentic human feelings and relationships.

4. Toradora - Ryuji and Taiga are two contrasting but equally lovable characters in this romantic anime series. One is a kind and thoughtful gentleman while the other is a hot-headed but sensitive lady. They both help each other in vying for the targets of their affections, but inevitably end up growing to like each other in a way. Toradora is a anime that has all the right elements of romance, comedy and classic Japanese cuteness rolled into one.

5. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - No top anime list can be complete without including this wildly imaginative anime series. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has a hardcore following that continues to grow till this day. The series rests on a fantasy premise but is wholly realistic, while exploring the deepest emotions and thoughts that exist in many of us.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

World's Largest Toy : Remote Control Hummer

I'm sure we all remember playing with R/C cars as we were growing up. Hey, it was a drivers license when we were 5. So it's only fitting that when we get older, we get better R/C cars, right? How does a full scale Hummer H3 sound?
Dr. James Brighton, an Engineer from Cranfield University, is the master-mind behind the R/C H3. The whole process took only a month to complete, but it's guaranteed to provide years of amusement.
The Hummer is capable of climbing a vertical step of up to 16 inches. It will also move through about 2 feet of water. Should the need arise, the oversized toy can move safely across a grade of 40%. Th MythBusters would be proud.

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History of the Rubik’s Cube

Surely Winston Churchill had a point when he referred to hobbies and some lunatics collectively in the same breath. English puzzle fan, Graham Parker, 45, would probably not agree however, as he is positively delighted that after 26 years of trying, he has finally solved the mystery of the Rubik's Cube. He bought the cube back in 1983, and since then the married father of one has spent countless sleepless nights and more than 27,400 hours in an attempt to conquer his own personal Mt. Everest.
In his own words, Parker, who is a builder by profession, said:“I cannot tell you what a relief it was to finally solve it. It has driven me mad over the years - it felt like it had taken over my life. I have missed important events to stay in and solve it and I would lay awake at night thinking about it. Friends have offered to solve it for me and I know that you can find solutions on the web, but I just had to do it myself. I have had wrist and back problems from spending hours on it, but it was all worth it. When I clicked that last bit into place and each face was a solid color, I wept.”
His wife, Jean, was thrilled that this obsession has finally ended. She told the press:“When I met Graham, he was already obsessed with the cube, spending hours on it every day. I have often thought about getting rid of it, but I knew he would not rest until he had solved it.”

A fanatic is a lunatic with a hobby.~ Winston Churchill
Surely Winston Churchill had a point when he referred to hobbies and some lunatics collectively in the same breath. English puzzle fan, Graham Parker, 45, would probably not agree however, as he is positively delighted that after 26 years of trying, he has finally solved the mystery of the Rubik's Cube. He bought the cube back in 1983, and since then the married father of one has spent countless sleepless nights and more than 27,400 hours in an attempt to conquer his own personal Mt. Everest.
In his own words, Parker, who is a builder by profession, said:“I cannot tell you what a relief it was to finally solve it. It has driven me mad over the years - it felt like it had taken over my life. I have missed important events to stay in and solve it and I would lay awake at night thinking about it. Friends have offered to solve it for me and I know that you can find solutions on the web, but I just had to do it myself. I have had wrist and back problems from spending hours on it, but it was all worth it. When I clicked that last bit into place and each face was a solid color, I wept.”
His wife, Jean, was thrilled that this obsession has finally ended. She told the press:“When I met Graham, he was already obsessed with the cube, spending hours on it every day. I have often thought about getting rid of it, but I knew he would not rest until he had solved it.”
Perhaps the people at Guinness might be interested, for surely even for lovers of puzzles, Parker’s obsession with the Rubik’s Cube which was invented in 1974, must have broken some type of perseverance record. The inventor himself might be pleased to know that one of the fans of his creation devoted one quarter of a century (not to mention his life) to solving it. Where did the mysterious Rubik Cube come from anyway?The man who is given credit with having invented the cube, namely Erno Rubik, was not the first to come up with the idea. In March 1970, some two years before Rubik patented his cube, a Canadian man named Larry Nichols invented a 2×2×2 “Puzzle with Pieces Rotatable in Groups” and filed a Canadian patent application for it. Nichols assigned his patent to his employer, Moleculon Research Corporation, and they later sued Ideal Toys who bought it from Rubik. Nichols' cube was held together with magnets and he was granted a patent in April of 1972. But it would not become popular until a few years had passed and an improved version with apparently no knowledge of the first one, hit the scene.
The inventor credited with devising this annoying 3-D mechanical puzzle is a Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture named Erno Rubik (wikipedia link). He originally dubbed his brainchild, “The Magic Cube” and even though his original patent was valid in Hungary, he did not take out international patents. The first test batches of Rubik’s Cube were produced in late 1977 and released to Budapest toy shops. The puzzle made its international debut at the toy fairs of London, Paris, Nuremberg and New York. After its international debut, the progress of the Cube towards the toy shop shelves of the West was briefly halted so that it could be manufactured to Western safety and packaging specifications. The result was a lighter cube and in 1980, Rubik’s Cube was sold to Ideal Toys, who decided to give it a new name. They considered “The Gordion Knot” and “Inca Gold” but finally decided on “Rubik’s Cube”. That same year, Rubik’s Cube won the German Game of the Year special award for Best Puzzle. Today, it is considered the world’s best selling toy, and as of January 09, more than 350 million Rubik Cubes have been sold world-wide.

In 1982, Nichols’ employer, Moleculon Research Corporation sued the Ideal Toy Company, and in 1984 won the patent infringement suit even though Ideal Toys appealed the decision. In 1986, the appeals court affirmed the judgment that Rubik's 2×2×2 Pocket Cube infringed on Nichols's patent, but overturned the judgment on Rubik's 3×3×3 Cube. So it would seem, a square or two saved the day.

Puzzles like the Rubik's Cube can now be simulated by computer software, which provide functions such as recording of player metrics, storing scrambled Cube positions, conducting online competitions, analyzing of move sequences, and converting between different move notations. Many movies and TV shows have featured characters that solve Rubik’s Cubes quickly to establish their high intelligence/competence. The Simpsons also twice featured a Rubik's Cube as a source of distraction for Homer and the Simpson family.I wonder what Winston Churchill would say about all this. Well, actually, I don’t.
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Hello Kitty Mini Fan

Among the abundance of Hello Kitty branded products, a few stand on their own as demonstrations of creative design. The Hello Kitty Mini Fan is one such design triumph.It's good to know Sanrio, creator and owner of the mega-successful Hello Kitty brand, isn't simply laying back, slapping an HK sticker on any old product, and collecting their licensing fee. Not that they NEVER do that, but with the Hello Kitty Mini Fan they at least appear to have made a conscious effort to bring something original and appealing to the table.
The fan cage has been shaped into the form of Hello Kitty's face - which in itself much have required significant investment
in tooling for such a niche product.
Applying colored plastic eyes, nose and trademark red hair bow completes the classic HK look. It should be noted that there is NOTHING pink anywhere on the fan but the lack doesn't detract from the tried & tested Hello Kitty charm.More design creativity comes into play down below, where a pair of cat feet support the fan and include a mechanism that allows you to change the angle of the fan as desired.

According to the official Sanrio press release, the fan weighs 270 grams (about 9.5 ounces), measures 6.5" wide x 4.5" tall x 6" in depth, and is sticker priced at 2,625 yen or around $26 - use your Hello Kitty credit card.

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Your Guide to Homemade Hovercraft

There are about a hundred different designs of a homemade hovercraft to choose from in the market today. Ranging from small hovercraft models to seriously built units that can stand long trips. Almost every hovercraft innovation can be simply acquired at a reasonable price. What's more interesting is that, even with its complex aero dynamic principle, you can still build your own vehicle at home.
With its different designs, its features and the principles by which these homemade hovercraft work, its not surprising to note why the hovercraft has become one of the best-loved hobbies today.-The hovercraft is considered as an air cushioned vehicle since it is lifted by a regulated pressure of air. Essentially, the air support underneath it acts as suspension similar to how wheels in an automobile are.

-The weight of the entire hovercraft is also supported by this pressurized air. This is logical. You cannot lift and balance the hovercraft if the air cushion cannot support the load of the platform and its additional loads.

-With the complicated and mysteriously looking homemade hovercrafts customized today, the concept is still the same for all types. And it's a simple principle in physics too.

-Hovercrafts are not boats but very low-flying aircraft vessels. They glide when there is a forward thrust. Its air dynamics closely follow those of an aircraft.

-Even for a simple homemade hovercraft, the minimum lift required must not be lower than six inches. This allowable air cushion height level is also dependent on the size of your hovercraft. For bigger vessels that are used to carry heavier loads, it is recommended that the cushion clearance be higher - not lower.

-The weight of a hovercraft must be the air cushion against its bottom surface. This means that your air cushion should be about the same weight of your hovercraft but in the form of air pressure. This equation concept creates the equilibrium required to stabilize the lift of your vehicle.

-All hovercrafts own a skirt. The skirt is attached around the platform of the hovercraft hull. It's made of flexible material. It got its name because its cross-section plan design will appear to look like a girl's skirt. The skirt traps a great volume of air pressure and limits its release. This allows the hovercraft to rise.

-The person maneuvering the hovercraft is also called a pilot. This is because the vessel is technically an aircraft that glides on a smooth surface. Therefore it is not a boat or an automobile.When you make your own hovercraft, you'll have more interesting facts to discover by yourself about the vehicle. Not mentioned here would be the joy in building the vessel by yourself. When it's done and ready to go, make sure to enjoy the ride as well. Steering and piloting the hovercraft is another unique and joyful experience.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Frightened Grasshopper Solar Bug Kit – Fun and Educational Jumping Robot

The Frightened Grasshopper Solar Bug Kit, from Elenco, is not only a just-for-fun gadget for kids and adults, it also is an educational robot. When this unusual insect sees the light of day, or any other type of light for that matter, his legs, antennas and eyes begin to jiggle, jump and gyrate in a frenzied sort of way.
But what makes this little grasshopper robot even more interesting, is that he does not require any batteries - he is totally solar operated. Children will learn how alternative energy can make all sorts of things run without the use of electricity or batteries. And with normal use, the solar cell in the grasshopper should last around two years.
This product is not recommended for young children since it has several small parts. A great little gift exchange item, gift for a teacher or for the person who has everything, The Frightened Grasshopper Solar Bug Kit retails for around $11. That's about 17$ (Singapore dollars).

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Tiny Blimp a Hint of Things To Come?

Despite the Hindenburg disaster and Roger Ebert's theory that any movie feature a blimp is going to suck (he's been right so far), I have a soft spot in my heart for blimps.I think part of this comes from the nostalgic feeling that blimps give me. They conjure images of a more innocent age. Maybe this is just because they're so puffy and look non-threatening... when they're not exploding, that is.For a while there was rumor going around that Russia was designing a program using zeppelins to deliver mail to remote areas of Siberia. From what I can gather, this was a fabrication that spread across the Internet-along with artwork portraying the designs for landing bays and such that would be used. This ended out being promotional material for a Russian ad agency.Then there was the Walrus program, a crazy idea involving the development of an aircraft carrier-sized blimp for use by American armed forces. This ended out being real-but the idea was scrapped due to budgetary cuts.And there's the giant all-seeing blimp that can track an entire city (or battlefield) at once. THAT is, as far as I can tell, still in development.How did I come by this information? Well, in looking for topic ideas, blimps popped into my noggin. And after all of that info-which is really neat but doesn't fall into my subject parameters-I settled on this:

This little zeppelin rates in at a whopping 52 inches in size. It is light-weight and safe to fly indoors via a three channel remote control unit:

It is powered by a 3-volt battery and the zeppelin envelope needs to be filled with helium or else it'll just flop around on the floor and scare your pets.
There are other brands of RC blimps-but none this small (at least that I've come across).

Pretty cool-though I'm curious as to how easy it would be to navigate. Having recently lost a giant balloon (the string came detached, leaving a five-foot wide heart shaped UFO to fly across the state of Florida, possibly landing somewhere in Georgia), I'm a little scared of trying this thing out.At least it can't do this-though if it got caught in a ceiling fan, the results might be similar:

Regardless of the horrifying footage above, it's nice to see that the fascination with the blimp hasn't waned over the decades. And even if the Siberian mail courier zeppelin idea wasn't real, it sure would be cool.
You can find your tiny blimp at Amazon.

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Star Trek: These Are the Voyages of Kirk's Chair In Your Media Room

I've always wondered why there were never seat-belts for each chair on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise. I mean, it would save all of that flying around and smashing into things. You know every member of the crew has bruises, just due to not having a seat-belt on their chairs.On the flip side, however, I've never thought that the Captain's chair ever needed a seat-belt. Particularly Kirk's. C'mon. Kirk was made of steel, man. A seat-belt would be an insult to him.So when I saw this, I was happy that they had not retro-fitted it with a protective belt:

Yep. You too can sit in Kirk's chair. Well, really it's a reproduction of it, but how cool is that?!?!?
Limited to 1701 pieces worldwide (all of us Star Trek geeks get the in-joke... nice one!), this chair weighs in at 44 pounds and is a pitch-perfect copy of the prop from the television show.The amount of detail is remarkable. All of the chair's buttons are accounted for, including the "Jettison" button. The buttons light up and produce sound effects and phrases from the iconic show. And it swivels, of course.

Well, maybe less plastic-like, but still...
I must confess that it looks a little rigid. Maybe it comes with lumbar support?
At a hefty $2,800 this collector's item is only for the die-hard collector. I can just picture someone with a Captain's chair collection, starting with the toy chair for the 3 inch figures and working up to this thing. They would be arranged by size in a room full of Star Trek memorabilia, right next to the life-sized Borg sculpture.In my case, it's R2-D2s. Yep. All the way from 2 inches tall to the great big promotional R2 soda cooler.

Hey... we all have our vices...

You can find Kirk's throne at Amazon.

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Getting started in RC Boats

By C.J. Baker

If you are enamored with the excitement and the speed of racing but would rather not put yourself in danger, or just like gadgets and tinkering, then radio controlled boats may be a good hobby for you to pursue. With RC boats, you can speed over the water and get in on the fun of boat racing! If you're interested in radio controlled boats, keep reading; RC boats are a great hobby which has a lot to offer everyone.

Racing radio controlled boats can be very exciting, as can maintaining your boat and making modifications to it to improve its speed and maneuverability on the water. Alternately, you can choose a radio controlled boat right off of the shelf and get started racing right away.

If you're new to radio controlled boats, then you have several different options to consider. There are a few different types of energy supplies available to power your boat. The cheapest are battery powered boats; these have rechargeable battery packs which you can plug in to refuel. However, you should keep in mind that these boats tend to have less power than do other RC boats and it can take several hours to recharge " so you'll need extra battery packs for a day at the races.

A popular choice with intermediate and advanced RC boat racers is nitro power. These radio controlled boats can be powered with a fuel consisting of a nitro-methane mix, which gives them lots of power, especially if yours is a smaller boat. The downside is that this fuel is more expensive than other options, but of course unlike an electrical boat you don't have to wait for them to recharge " simply top up your tank and your back in the game!

Gasoline is also a fuel option for radio controlled boats. This isn't quite the same fuel as goes into your cars gas tank, but this is one of its ingredients. You'll probably need to experiment with different blends of gasoline and oil until you hit on the best formula to use in your radio controlled boat. These are usually the fastest RC boats, but are the loudest, largest and most expensive as well. However, using gas instead of nitro fuel will save you money in the long run.

For those just starting out however, it is important to see if you like the hobby before jumping off the deep end and buying a high-end racer. Start with a simple off the shelf electric model and see how you like it. If you are sure you want to get involved, perhaps go with something kit based so you can make your own modifications to the craft.

It may also be a good idea to join a RC boat racing clubs (there is at least one in almost every city). Talking to the other members can help you get a lot of useful tips " and some of the other members of the club might even let you take a turn at their controls to see how some of the higher end radio controlled boats work.

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