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1/12-Scale Formula Hydro Unlimited Hydroplane.
Owner's Manual
Specifications
Length............................................................................................ 27.5 in (698.5mm)
Beam..................................................................................................14 in (355.6mm)
Engine................................................................. DYN .18 Marine with Tiger Drive
Radio System........................................... Pro Boat™ 27MHz AM Radio System
Officially Licensed replica
of the 2006 ABRA High
Points Champion.
Table of Contents
Limited Warranty & Limits of Liability..................................................................................................................... 3
Additional Required Items.......................................................................................................................................... 5
Suggested Field Equipment and Supplies................................................................................................................. 5
Contents......................................................................................................................................................................... 5
Section 1: Installing the Receiver and Transmitter Batteries.............................................................................. 6
Section 2: Turn Fin......................................................................................................................................................... 8
Section 3: Filling the Fuel Tank................................................................................................................................... 9
Section 4: Range Checking the Pro Boat Radio System...................................................................................... 9
Section 5: Starting the Dynamite .18 Engine........................................................................................................ 10
Section 6: Maintenance.............................................................................................................................................. 12
Section 7: Troubleshooting Guide........................................................................................................................... 14
Appendix....................................................................................................................................................................... 14
Section 8: Formula Hydro Replacement Parts..................................................................................................... 15
Introduction
General Guidelines
Congratulations on the purchase of your Pro Boat™
1/12 Formula Hydro Unlimited Hydroplane. You are
just minutes from one of the most thrilling experiences
that the radio control hobby has to offer.
It is important that you read and follow this instruction
manual, along with the Pro Boat radio system manual and
the Dynamite .18 engine manual, before you run this exciting
boat. Failure to read and understand the manual could result
is personal injury, property damage or permanent damage to
your boat! It is also important to run your boat responsibly.
With proper care and maintenance, you will be able to
proudly enjoy your Formula Hydro for many years to come.
The Pro Boat Formula Hydro is a professionally built,
ready-to-run 1/12-scale fiberglass model of one of
the most competitive race boats on the Unlimited
Hydroplane tour. Powered by the potent Dynamite®
.18 marine engine, you will be able to race across
the water at speeds in excess of 30 mph!
This boat has been designed to race in a clockwise
oval path, just like its full scale counterpart. At high
speeds do not attempt turns to the left, as the boat
may become unstable. If you have to turn left, do
so in a large diameter turn and at slow speeds.
Read this owner’s manual thoroughly. You also need to
read the included Dynamite .18 engine manual, along
with the Pro Boat pistol-grip radio system manual.
It is very important that you operate this boat responsibly.
With proper care and maintenance, you will be able to
enjoy your Formula Hydro for many years to come.
When operating the boat, stay clear of people, full-scale
boats, stationary objects and wildlife. It is preferable
to operate the Formula Hydro in low wake, low wind
conditions and in areas free of people, wildlife and objects.
Carefully unpack Formula Hydro and examine the boat
and its contents. The contents contain the Formula
Hydro RTR with radio installed, a boat stand, hand-held
starter, and the Pro Boat pistol-grip radio transmitter
If you are missing any of these items or notice any
damage, immediately contact the place of purchase.
Before you operate your model, make sure that your
radio frequency is clear. If someone is operating on
the same frequency, both models could go out of
control, possibly causing damage to the models or to
others. Check all of the hardware, manifold, pipe and
propeller for security before and after each run.
If at any time while operating your model you sense any
abnormal function, end your operation immediately. Do not
operate your boat again until you are certain the problem
has been corrected. Always stay clear of the propeller.
Limited Warranty & Limits of Liability
Warranty Period
If you as the Purchaser or user are not prepared to
accept the liability associated with the use of this Product,
you are advised to return this Product immediately in
new and unused condition to the place of purchase.
Exclusive Warranty- Horizon Hobby, Inc., (Horizon)
warranties that the Products purchased (the "Product")
will be free from defects in materials and workmanship
at the date of purchase by the Purchaser.
Law: These Terms are governed by Illinois law
(without regard to conflict of law principals).
Limited Warranty
Safety Precautions
(a) This warranty is limited to the original Purchaser
("Purchaser") and is not transferable. REPAIR OR
REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY
IS THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF THE PURCHASER. This
warranty covers only those Products purchased from an
authorized Horizon dealer. Third party transactions are not
covered by this warranty. Proof of purchase is required for
warranty claims. Further, Horizon reserves the right to change
or modify this warranty without notice and disclaims all other
warranties, express .
or implied.
This is a sophisticated hobby Product and not a toy. It
must be operated with caution and common sense and
requires some basic mechanical ability. Failure to operate
this Product in a safe and responsible manner could result
in injury or damage to the Product or other property.
This Product is not intended for use by children without
direct adult supervision. The Product manual contains
instructions for safety, operation and maintenance. It
is essential to read and follow all the instructions and
warnings in the manual, prior to assembly, setup or use, in
order to operate correctly and avoid damage or injury.
(b) Limitations- HORIZON MAKES NO WARRANTY
OR REPRESENTATION, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED,
ABOUT NON-INFRINGEMENT, MERCHANTABILITY
OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE
PRODUCT. THE PURCHASER ACKNOWLEDGES
THAT THEY ALONE HAVE DETERMINED THAT THE
PRODUCT WILL SUITABLY MEET THE REQUIREMENTS
OF THE PURCHASER’S INTENDED USE.
Questions, Assistance, and Repairs
Your local hobby store and/or place of purchase cannot
provide warranty support or repair. Once assembly, setup
or use of the Product has been started, you must contact
Horizon directly. This will enable Horizon to better answer
your questions and service you in the event that you may
need any assistance. For questions or assistance, please direct
your email to productsupport@horizonhobby.com, or call
877.504.0233 toll free to speak to a service technician.
(c) Purchaser Remedy- Horizon's sole obligation hereunder
shall be that Horizon will, at its option, (i) repair or (ii)
replace, any Product determined by Horizon to be defective.
In the event of a defect, these are the Purchaser's exclusive
remedies. Horizon reserves the right to inspect any and all
equipment involved in a warranty claim. Repair or replacement
decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon. This warranty
does not cover cosmetic damage or damage due to acts
of God, accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial
use, or modification of or to any part of the Product. This
warranty does not cover damage due to improper installation,
operation, maintenance, or attempted repair by anyone
other than Horizon. Return of any goods by Purchaser
must be approved in writing by Horizon before shipment.
Inspection or Repairs
If this Product needs to be inspected or repaired, please
call for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA). Pack
the Product securely using a shipping carton. Please note
that original boxes may be included, but are not designed to
withstand the rigors of shipping without additional protection.
Ship via a carrier that provides tracking and insurance for
lost or damaged parcels, as Horizon is not responsible
for merchandise until it arrives and is accepted at
our facility. A Service Repair Request is available at www.
horizonhobby.com on the “Support” tab. If you do not have
internet access, please include a letter with your complete
name, street address, email address and phone number where
you can be reached during business days, your RMA number,
a list of the included items, method of payment for any nonwarranty expenses and a brief summary of the problem.
Your original sales receipt must also be included for warranty
consideration. Be sure your name, address, and RMA number
are clearly written on the outside of the shipping carton.
Damage Limits
HORIZON SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL,
INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOSS OF
PROFITS OR PRODUCTION OR COMMERCIAL LOSS
IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE PRODUCT,
WHETHER SUCH CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT,
WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE, OR STRICT LIABILITY.
Further, in no event shall the liability of Horizon exceed the
individual price of the Product on which liability is asserted.
As Horizon has no control over use, setup, final assembly,
modification or misuse, no liability shall be assumed nor
accepted for any resulting damage or injury. By the act of
use, setup or assembly, the user accepts all resulting liability.
Limited Warranty & Limits of Liability (cont)
Warranty Inspection and Repairs
Safety, Precautions, and Warnings
To receive warranty service, you must include your
original sales receipt verifying the proof-of-purchase date.
Provided warranty conditions have been met, your Product will
be repaired or replaced free of charge. Repair or replacement
decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon Hobby.
As the user of this product, you are solely responsible for
operating it in a manner that does not endanger yourself and
others or result in damage to the product or the property .
of others.
Carefully follow the directions and warnings for
this and any optional support equipment (chargers,
rechargeable battery packs, etc.) that you use.
Non-Warranty Repairs
Should your repair not be covered by warranty
the repair will be completed and payment will be
required without notification or estimate of the
expense unless the expense exceeds 50% of the retail
purchase cost. By submitting the item for repair you are
agreeing to payment of the repair without notification. Repair
estimates are available upon request. You must include this
request with your repair. Non-warranty repair estimates
will be billed a minimum of ½ hour of labor. In addition
you will be billed for return freight. Please advise us of your
preferred method of payment. Horizon accepts money
orders and cashiers checks, as well as Visa, MasterCard,
American Express, and Discover cards. If you choose to pay
by credit card, please include your credit card number and
expiration date. Any repair left unpaid or unclaimed after
90 days will be considered abandoned and will be disposed
of accordingly. Please note: non-warranty repair is
only available on electronics and model engines.
This model is controlled by a radio signal that is
subject to interference from many sources outside
your control. This interference can cause momentary
loss of control so it is necessary to always keep a
safe distance in all directions around your model, as
this margin will help to avoid collisions or injury.
• Never operate your model with low transmitter batteries.
• Carefully follow the directions and warnings for
this and any optional support equipment (chargers,
rechargeable battery packs, etc.) that you use.
• Keep all chemicals, small parts and anything
electrical out of the reach of children.
• Moisture causes damage to electronics. Avoid
water exposure to all equipment not specifically
designed and protected for this purpose.
Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair
should be shipped to the following address:
Horizon Service Center.
4105 Fieldstone Road.
Champaign, Illinois 61822
All other Products requiring warranty inspection or
repair should be shipped to the following address:
Horizon Product Support.
4105 Fieldstone Road.
Champaign, Illinois 61822
Please call 877-504-0233 with any questions or
concerns regarding this product or warranty.
Additional Required Items
Although the Formula Hydro comes fully assembled and ready for action, you will need
a few additional items in order to run your boat. You will need the following:
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•
•
Blue Thunder™ 20% Fuel (quart) (DYN2320)
500cc Fuel Bottle (DYN2003) or
Fast Tap™ Quart Bottle Spout (DYN2009)
Glow Plug Wrench (DYN2510)
Ni-Cd Glow Driver (DYN1925)
• 12 “AA” alkaline batteries (8 for the transmitter
and 4 for the receiver)
• Clear 3M tape to seal radio box
• 7.2V Sub-C Battery Pack (DYN1005)
Suggested Field Equipment and Supplies
In addition to the items needed to run the Formula Hydro we recommend that you carry the following .
in your field box:
• “AA” alkaline batteries
• Adjustable wrench (small)
• 10mm wrench
• Extra propellers
• Threadlock
• 7.2V Battery (DYN1000) for electric starter
• Battery charger (DYN4051) for electric .
starter battery
• Engine Tuning Screwdriver (DYN2775)
• Replacement Glow Plugs.
(DYN2508 or DYN2500)
• Hex driver/Allen wrench (1.5mm and 2.5mm)
• Cable grease to lubricate drive shaft.
(PRB0100, PRB0101)
• Clean towels and rags
Contents
• Assembled Formula Hydro .
1/12-Scale RTR
• Pro Boat™ radio transmitter
• Prebuilt boat stand
Section 1: Installing the Receiver and Transmitter Batteries
Receiver Batteries
m 5. Remove the clear lid that
covers the radio box.
m 1. Remove the two knurled aluminum
nuts that secure the cockpit as shown.
Pull the cockpit off the boat.
m 2. Carefully note how the exhaust
system is assembled.
m 6. Remove the dry cell battery holder from the
radio box and unwrap the foam around the
dry cell battery holder. Install 4 “AA” alkaline
batteries into it as shown. Note the proper
polarity. Wrap the battery box in foam.
m 3. Use a 2.5mm Allen wrench to remove
the tuned pipe mount as shown above.
Tuned Pipe
Tuned Pipe Mount
Silicone Coupler
m 4. Carefully remove the tuned pipe by sliding the
silicone coupler apart from the exhaust header.
Section 1: Installing the Receiver and Transmitter Batteries
m 7. Re-install the battery holder back into
the radio box and properly seal the radio
box with clear tape (ABC53009). Failure
to properly seal the radio box could result
in damage to your radio equipment.
m 8. Re-attach the tuned pipe and
coupler to the exhaust manifold.
m 9. Re-install the tuned pipe mount.
Section 1: Installing the Receiver and Transmitter Batteries
Transmitter Batteries
m 1. Remove the transmitter from the box.
m 4. Replace the battery cover to
complete the battery installation.
m 5. Turn on the radio to ensure the
batteries have been installed correctly.
m 2. Remove the battery cover on the
bottom of the transmitter.
m 6. Turn the radio off.
m 3. Install the "AA" batteries into the
transmitter Be aware of the proper
polarity when inserting the batteries.
Section 2: Turn Fin
The Formula Hydro comes with the turn fin
installed on the right sponson. You will want to run
the Formula Hydro in an oval pattern and in an area
that will allow you to make right turns (clockwise).
Do not attempt to make tight left hand turns
(counterclockwise), or you could flip the
boat. If you need to make a left turn, do so
in a large diameter turn at slow speeds.
Section 3: Filling the Fuel Tank
We recommend that you use Blue Thunder™
20% fuel. For maximum performance, we
recommend Blue Thunder Race Formula. Blue
Thunder fuels are specifically formulated for
excellent power and engine protection.
Locate the fuel tank inside the cockpit area and
unscrew the lid. Use either the DYN2009 Fast
Tap™ quart bottle spout that has been attached
to the quart of fuel or the DYN2003 Fuel Bottle
to fill the fuel tank with your selection of Blue
Thunder fuel. After you have filled the fuel tank
and re-installed the lid, wipe away any excess
fuel that may have been spilled inside the hull or
elsewhere on the boat. Immediately seal the fuel
container by putting the lid back on after refueling
in order to protect the fuel from moisture.
Section 4: Range Checking the Pro Boat Radio System
Before the first run of the Formula Hydro,
range check the radio for proper operation
and to ensure proper control movement of
the rudder and throttle. Also ensure that the
antenna on the boat is extended properly and
that all batteries are in working condition.
m 3. If everything appears to be operating
correctly, raise the antenna and start the engine
(refer to Section 5 of this manual and to the
separate DYN .18 engine manual). Place the boat
in the water and run it (at about 1⁄3 throttle)
close to the shoreline. If the radio system is
operating properly, you can begin to run the
boat faster and further away from the shoreline.
m 1. With the radio system turned on
(transmitter and receiver) and the transmitter
antenna down (engine off), walk off 40
to 50 paces from the Formula Hydro.
Note: It
is a good idea to range
check prior to operating your boat
after any repair, installation of new
batteries, or at the beginning of
each boating season.
m 2. Have an assistant remain with the boat
to check for proper control movement of
the rudder from your transmitter input.
Section 5: Starting the Dynamite .18 Engine
Water-Cooled Engine
Because the Dynamite® .18 engine is watercooled and not aircooled, make sure that you do
not run the engine for an extended amount of
time outside of the water. Continuously monitor
the water outlet when the boat is running to
make sure that the water is reaching the engine
head. If the water does not reach the head to
cool it, the engine will overheat and fail. This
could cause permanent damage to the engine.
Hand-Held Starter
Pro Mix Carburetor
Richer
High-Speed.
Needle Valve
m 1. Fully charge a 7.2V sub-C battery pack
and install it in the starter as shown.
Low-Speed.
Needle Valve
Idle Adjustment.
Screw
Higher Idle
Leaner
The Dynamite .18 engine comes equipped with
the Dynamite Pro Mix Carburetor. Each Pro
Mix Carburetor is pre-adjusted at the factory.
This setting should be approximately 31⁄2 turns
open for the high-speed and 21⁄2 turns open
for the low-speed needle. This should give you
a slightly “rich” mixture of fuel to the engine.
This setting is the safest way to break in your
engine. For further details regarding the Pro
Mix Carburetor, please consult Section 2
of the Dynamite .18 instruction manual.
m 2. Slide the starting wand (which is stored
inside the battery cover) into the end of the
starter, then replace the battery cover.
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Section 5: Starting the Dynamite .18 Engine
Operation
During break-in, the low-speed needle should be
slightly rich and the high speed needle should be
very rich. After a few tanks of fuel, begin to lean
the engine out. Adjust the high-speed needle 1⁄16
of a turn at a time. It generally takes about five
to six tanks of fuel before you want to lean out
the engine until it supplies good power. Do not
skip this process of break-in. Failure to follow this
procedure could damage your new engine. For
further details on breaking in your engine, please
see the separate Dynamite .18 instruction manual.
Note: It
is common for an ABC
engine to go through a glow plug or
two during break-in.
m 3. Turn on your radio system and attach a fully
charged glow igniter (DYN1925) to the glow
plug. Insert the starting wand into the Tiger
Drive and actuate the starting switch until
the engine begins to run. If the engine does
not start, place your index finger over the
carburetor and actuate the starter until you see
fuel enter the carburetor through the fuel line.
Needle Settings
When adjusting the settings, always adjust the
needles in small increments, about 1⁄16 of a full
turn at a time. Do not set the engine too lean,
as it shortens the reliability of the engine.
After you have attained the correct needle
settings, the engine will have a strong-sounding,
high-pitched whine at full speed, and a thin trail of
blue/white smoke will come from the exhaust.
Note: Stop
operation immediately
if the engine enters a hydro-locked
condition as serious engine damage
may occur if operation is continued.
Remove the glow plug, invert the
boat and operate starter to remove
raw fuel before resuming normal
operation.
Idle Adjustment
The last setting to set is the idle screw. To obtain
a higher idle, turn the idle screw clockwise; for
lower idle, turn the idle screw counterclockwise.
Replacement Parts
In the event that you need to replace an engine part,
there is a complete parts listing in the Dynamite .18
instruction manual. Exploded views will help you to
select the correct parts and make minor repairs.
You may have to “blip” the throttle on the
transmitter (applying throttle on/off) while
trying to start the engine. New engines are
harder to start because of the tight piston/sleeve
fit. Never start an engine at more than 1/2
throttle, as this will cause over-revving which
may cause premature wear and breakage.
Head Shims
Several head shims are added at the factory to
make the engine easier to start when new. After
break-in, you may remove all but one of these
shims to increase compression and power.
During the first tank of fuel, advance the idle
via the idle adjustment screw more than normal
to prevent stalling at idle due to the rich
fuel mixture for break-in. Pinch the fuel line
nearest the carburetor to stop the engine.
Maintenance
Lube the gears inside the drive with waterproof
grease every 30 hours of use. Check all
screws for tightness after each run.
Breaking In Your Engine
The first start-up of the engine is the most critical
moment of the engine’s life, dictating how the
engine will perform from that time forward.
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Section 6: Maintenance
Lubrication
It is important to lubricate the flex shaft of the
Formula Hydro with silicone cable grease after
every two hours of operation. Do not forget to
do this or flex shaft damage can occur. You can
purchase this silicone grease at your local hobby
store (PRB0100 or PRB0101). To lubricate the
drive shaft, follow these simple instructions.
Collet Nut
Collet
1.5mm Ferrule.
Setscrew
Nylon Propeller.
Washer
Propeller Nut
m 2. Loosen and remove the 1.5mm setscrew
that holds the propeller shaft. Remove the
propeller and shaft from the aluminum strut.
Drive Dog
Propeller
m 1. Carefully note how the drive shaft and prop
are presently installed. This is important so
that when you have finished lubricating the
drive shaft, you can correctly re-install it.
m 3. Insert a hex driver into the hole located on
the flywheel to lock the crankshaft in place. Then
use an 10mm wrench to loosen the collet nut.
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Section 6: Maintenance
Stuffing Tube
Ferrule
m 4. Carefully pull the ferrule away from
the stuffing tube. You will need to pull at
an angle to clear the aluminum strut.
m 6. Carefully re-install the flex shaft and nylon
bushing, making certain that you correctly
tighten the collet nut. Next, re-install the drive
shaft and propeller and tighten the setscrew
on the flat of the drive shaft. Use screw
locking compound to secure the setscrew.
m 5. Liberally lubricate the entire length of the
flex shaft with silicone cable grease as shown.
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Section 7: Troubleshooting Guide
Problem Possible Solution
Engine will not start Check needles and make changes back to factory settings if necessary
Improper needle setting
Out of fuel
Improper fuel
Improper glow plug
Glow igniter not charged
Dead glow plug
Flooded engine
Engine starts, then dies
Pressure line blocked or unhooked
Reset needles to baseline setting
Improper needle settings
Engine starts and runs for several minutes, then dies Bad glow plug
Idle speed set too low
Improper needle settings
Overheated engine
Glow plug failed due to lean engine setting
Appendix
Fuel Line
Fuel Tank
Water Cooled Head
Glow Plug
Carburetor
Water Cooling Line
Turn Fin
Exhaust Manifold
Water Cooling Line
Rudder.
Boot
Propeller
2.5mm.
Manifold Bolts
Rudder
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Section 8: Formula Hydro Replacement Parts
In the event that you need to purchase replacement parts for your engine or the Formula
Hydro, please see your local hobby store. You can also purchase them from Horizon
Hobby by calling 1-800-338-4639 or shop online @ www.horizonhobby.com
Stock #................................................................................................. Description
PRB2203 ......................................................................................................................Exhaust Cover
PRB2207 ......................................................................................................................Fuel Tank
PRB2208 ......................................................................................................................Manifold
PRB2209 ......................................................................................................................Tuned Pipe
PRB2210 ......................................................................................................................Manifold Pressure Fitting
PRB2211 ......................................................................................................................Coupler Tubing
PRB2212 ......................................................................................................................Tuned Pipe Mount
PRB0150 ......................................................................................................................Propeller
PRB2215 ......................................................................................................................Flywheel
PRB2217 ......................................................................................................................Prop Washer
PRB2218 ......................................................................................................................Prop Nut
PRB2219 ......................................................................................................................Nylon Washer
PRB2220 ......................................................................................................................Rudder
PRB2221 ......................................................................................................................Rudder Bracket
PRB2222 ......................................................................................................................Turn Fin
PRB2223 ......................................................................................................................Push Rod Connector
PRB2224 ......................................................................................................................Silicone Tubing
PRB2225 ......................................................................................................................Battery Box/Switch
PRB2226 ......................................................................................................................Antenna Tube
PRB2228 ......................................................................................................................Rubber Boot
PRB2229 ......................................................................................................................Cockpit Securing Nuts
PRB2231 ......................................................................................................................Throttle Push Rod
PRB2232 ......................................................................................................................Boat Stand
PRB3201 ......................................................................................................................Hull
PRB3202 ......................................................................................................................Cockpit
PRB3203 ......................................................................................................................Wing
PRB3204 ......................................................................................................................Decal Sheet
PRB2504 ......................................................................................................................Stabilizer Struts
PRB2506 ......................................................................................................................Flexshaft /w Ferrule
PRB2507 ......................................................................................................................Drivedog /Prop Shaft
PRB2508 ......................................................................................................................Propeller Strut
PRB2509 ......................................................................................................................Cable Collet
PRB2511 ......................................................................................................................Switch Mount
PRB2512 ......................................................................................................................Motor Mount Hardware
PRB2513 ......................................................................................................................Flex Shaft Liner
SUL689 ........................................................................................................................Tiger Drive .12–.18
PRB8100 ......................................................................................................................Marine Starting System .12–.18
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