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A comprehensive guide for modellers who wish to scratch build a radio controlled model yacht. The book comes with plans of hull, sails and rigging featuring the Racing Sparrow 750mm boat designed by New Zealander Bryn Heveldt. The book is presented in full colour throughout, using step-by-step photography and 3-dimensional illustrations. It explains all materials, tools and required skills and techniques. Only a simple toolset is required and the materials needed are minimal and cheap.

Chapters include: Strip planking the hull, fibreglass strengthening, mold and casting lead keel ballast. Electrics installation, spray painting and masking techniques. Sail making, mast, rigging and tuning of sails.

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Royal Declerks bad news

Dear Bryn, I felt I had to tell you, my beautiful 75, "Jack Sparrow" got away from me due to a radio malfunction and sailed off into the distance across Port Phillip bay to be not heard of again, probably on its way to China?? so have made three land yachts for the grandchildren, sail them at Sandy Point ( Gippsland)

My latest model is a foiling catamaran based on the AC45 (another brilliant NZ design)(very sad to see NZ beaten in the cup) and so "Black Mamba" has evolved.

Yet to do sea trials but if it works as intended will be amazing. Best wishes from Royal Declerck.

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Kevins stunning RG65

Hi all, Just finished an RG65 RacingSparrow. (I made an 80% size one a while ago, it's in the gallery). Standard hull with 1 layer of 50g glass and epoxy. Deck is 1.5mm balsa with veneer strips on top....

Forum article here

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Hamish's Twin boats

Hi Bryn, I recently finished building these 2 Racing Sparrow RS750s which i really enjoyed, it was a great project and kept me busy for a few months. They have been for a successful maiden voyage and sail great and now just need a few tweaks in the sail department to get them sailing even better.
Thanks, Hamish Coubray, Auckland

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Build a sparrow in less than 3 hours!

Check out this cool little cardboard sparrow built by John Whitehead from Perth, Western Australia. It actually sails!

Forum post here


Mel Kitson's 750

Hi, Bryn, I enjoyed the build immensely. There were areas where I had some uncertainties, some of which were assisted through the forum posts, and some of which I improvised. All in all I am truly delighted with the end result and now look forward to learning to sail and enjoying many happy hours "playing".

Kind regards, Mel Kitson, Watford UK.


John Sheehans fantastic paint finish in Navy blue.