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Bancroft 1/72 Fletcher class destroyer

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  • Bancroft 1/72 Fletcher class destroyer

    Motion RC has begun selling a line of Bancroft boats. I recently grabbed this 1/72 Fletcher. It comes ready to run with a transmitter, Admiral 2800 mA 2S LiPo battery and charger. The overall detail and quality of the kit is quite good for something that is RTR and it performs well on the water. I have been applying some weathering and you do need to provide your own ballast but that is about all that is needed. There were a handful of parts that had become dislodged in shipping but nothing significant. They were easy to re-attach.

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    Originally posted by RCJetDude View Post
    Motion RC has begun selling a line of Bancroft boats. I recently grabbed this 1/72 Fletcher. It comes ready to run with a transmitter, Admiral 2800 mA 2S LiPo battery and charger. The overall detail and quality of the kit is quite good for something that is RTR and it performs well on the water. I have been applying some weathering and you do need to provide your own ballast but that is about all that is needed. There were a handful of parts that had become dislodged in shipping but nothing significant. They were easy to re-attach.

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    Beautiful! Excellent weathering as well.

    That submarine looks familiar! Putting it to good use I see.

    Are you aware of this outfit? Kevin and I are members and they won't look down their noses if you put a sub in the water. http://www.wmunderway.mysite.com/cgi/yabb2/YaBB.pl

    So enjoyed the many pictures and videos you recently posted of the SubFest event, Steve. Most thoughtful.


    David
    Resident Luddite

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    • #3
      I’ve been looking for one of these Bancroft or Aquacraft 1/72 Fletchers forever. Any ideas where to pick one up? Everyone seems to be sold out.

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      • #4
        Haven't seen Aquacraft for some time, as the parent company went under. I got the Fletcher from them through my local hobby shop. I frequently visit the Motion RC site to see what else they might have, but everything there is listed as "Out of Stock", or "Coming Soon". The Bancroft is essentially the re-branded Aquacraft model. Have you tried contacting Motion RC to see what's going on??

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        • #5
          Motion RC will eventually get them back in stock. The Fletcher was a very hot item when they initially got them in. I pounced on mine when they did.

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          • #6
            I talked to a motionRC rep 2 weeks ago. They said they suppose to get a large shipment of RC Bancroft boats in at the end of May.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sinksalot View Post
              I talked to a motionRC rep 2 weeks ago. They said they suppose to get a large shipment of RC Bancroft boats in at the end of May.
              Did they get any in?
              Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned.”

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              • #8
                What kind of paint or chalk did you use for the rust?
                Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned.”

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                • #9
                  Any updates on when MotionRC will get the Fletcher in ?

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                  • #10
                    When I get the Fletcher I want to add smoke, lights, and sound.

                    Any tips or suggestions on this ?

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                    • #11
                      I just emailed MotionRc to see when the BANCROFT USS FLETCHER 1/72 SCALE 1580MM (62") USA DESTROYER - RTR will be back in stock.

                      I'll post their reply as soon as I get it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Bill The RC Reviewer View Post
                        When I get the Fletcher I want to add smoke, lights, and sound.

                        Any tips or suggestions on this ?
                        The smoke system I installed is very difficult to see especially during the day. I may try to make my own after watching some videos on YouTube. I added a few lights to mine. Had to pop the upper most part of the bridge off and it is not easy to get the lower parts off of the deck so I didn't bother. Looks good around dusk. As for sound on a ship, not really for me.

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                        • #13
                          Motion did recently get some new Bancroft boats in but not any of the military vessels. I picked up one of the Mad Flow F1 boats.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Das Boot View Post
                            What kind of paint or chalk did you use for the rust?
                            I use oil paints and Vallejo old rust powder pigments.

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                            • #15
                              Motion RC just got a batch in. I ordered mine today.
                              https://www.motionrc.com/products/ba...31442090393713
                              Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned.”

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