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The Shipyard ( Dry Dock ): Builds & Questions => Working vessels R&D: => Topic started by: Martin [Admin] on December 19, 2007, 11:02:31 am

Title: Smit Nederland recommendations?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on December 19, 2007, 11:02:31 am
Via email to Mayhem....

Helo, My two sons have got me a Smit Nederland for xmas and the fact i have just come out of hospital
after a heart bypass operation, what i need to know is what running gear i will need? can you please help me.
Yours Sincerley,
Michael K

Hi Michael,
Welcome to the Mayhem!

I also have a Smit Nederland kit to build so I was going to ask you what motors to use!!!
Just joking... badly!

I would suggest you use "low revving" 540, 550, 600 sized motors on direct drive. Motors like:
Mobile Marine Models - T4A  -
Deans Marine  - KONDOR 11
MFA  - RE- 540/1 - (3 POLE) -
Action Sun 540, 550 or 545 -

I think prop shafts come in the kit so you should be OK unless they have plastic bearing in
which case I would recommend replacing them with all metal shafts.

You will need motor couplings too (universal joints), your local model shop might have them
or you can order them from online shops such as or

Speed controllers:
For motor control control you can either use 1 or 2 Electronic speed controllers, I would
recommend 2 as this gives you independent motor control and use can make the boat spin
on the spot and move sideway and clever looking stuff like that!
With 2 speed controllers and 2 channel radio, you will need a "rudder mixer" or Vee tail mixer
( as used in model planes ).
If using 3 channel radio, you can do all the clever stuff on the transmitter and you won't need a
mixer in the boat.
sell mixers or you can build your own!

I would recommend a 12volt setup. !2v gives you more flexibility with motor selection, lighting, smoke units,
sound and other auxiliary functions you may wish to fit.

The Smit Nederland is still a very popular kit and there is quite a bit about on the Model Boat Mayhem Forum:

Some Refereance photos:

As all of this is quite subjective and next week I would probably give you a completely different set of answers,
I'll post this on the forum for the real experts to add their comment and corrections!!!

...over to you lads!