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WARNING:
* Never attempt to swim after a stalled RC boat.
* Never operate your RC boat while standing in the water.
* Never operate your RC boat in the presence of swimmers.
* Always use a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) when boarding and operating your retrieval craft, i.e. Jon boat or duck boat.
NOTE: Because of the sharp running hardware included with this RC boat, we do not recommend a rubber blow up raft.
® ВС boat running hardware is very sharp. Be very careful when working on and around the metal parts.
e While the motor is running pay close attention to the propeller. Do not come in contact with the propeller at any time the
engine is running or serious injury will result.
e AquaCraft products are to be used by ages 14 and over.
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ITEMS INCLUDED
® Mini Wildcat ® 7.2V 6-cell NIMH Battery
e Tactic TTX300 Transmitter @ 12V Quick Charger
WARRANTY
AquaCraft will warrant your Mini Wildcat for 90 days after the
purchase from defects in materials or workmanship of original
manufacture. AquaCraft, at their option, will repair or replace at no
charge, the incorrectly made part. This warranty does not cover
damage caused by crash, abuse, misuse, alteration or accident. To
return your boat for repairs you need to provide proof of purchase.
Your store receipt or product invoice will suffice. IN NO EVENT
SHALL THE PURCHASER BE ENTITLED TO ANY INCIDENTAL,
SPECIAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER
RESULTING FROM THE USE, MISUSE OR INABILITY TO USE THE
PRODUCT OR FROM DEFECTS IN THE PRODUCT. This warranty
gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights,
which vary from state to state. (Outside USA and Canada, contact
local importer for warranty information.)
Hobby Services
3002 N. Apollo Drive, Suite 1
Champaign, Illinois 61822
Attn: Service Department
Phone: (217) 398-0007 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time M-F
E-mail: hobbyservices@hobbico.com
STANDARD REPAIR SERVICE
After the 90-day warranty has run out you can still have your Mini
Wildcat repaired for a service fee by the experts at AquaCraft.
To speed up the repair process, please follow these four simple
steps:
Important Note: For standard repair service you must specify
whether you wish the charges to be billed COD or if you wish to
be notified of the charges so you can send a check.
1. Please return the ENTIRE system, boat and radio.
2. Make sure batteries are removed from the transmitter.
3. Send written instructions which include a list of all items
returned and a THOROUGH explanation of the problem or
problems needing service. Be sure to include your return
address and daytime phone number. If you have access to
e-mail, please provide us with your e-mail address to help
speed communication.
4. Send to the address listed.
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INTRODUCTION
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Thank you for purchasing the AquaCraft Mini Wildcat! We
want the time you spend with your new Mini Wildcat to be
fun and successful, so please fully read the manual. If for any
reason you think this model is not for you, return it to your
local dealer immediately. NOTE: Your hobby dealer cannot
accept a return on any model after assembly has been
started or after your boat has been subject to operation.
SPECIFICATIONS
Mini Wildcat Boat Specifications:
Hull Length: 14.75" [375mm]
Overall Length: 15.5" [394mm]
Width: 5" [127mm]
Weight (ready-to-run): 16.90z [47.84]
Boat Features:
Water resistant access hatch
Tough ABS construction
T-270 water-cooled motors (2)
Mini flex drive system
Mini long blade breakaway rudder
Transom mounted water pickup
1/8" [3.2mm] prop shafts
Two-blade 30mm FRP propellers (2)
Radio System:
Tactic 3-Channel Pistol Grip Transmitter
2 in 1 Receiver/ESC Unit
AquaCraft Micro Steering Servo
BOAT TERMINOLOGY
BOW: The front of the boat.
STERN: The back of the boat.
PORT: This is the left side of the boat when aboard and
facing the front (bow). An easy way to remember this is
that port and left both contain four letters.
STARBOARD: This is the right side of the boat when
aboard and facing the front (bow).
HULL: The body of the boat.
DECK: The top of the boat.
KEEL: The center of the bottom of the boat.
STRAKE: Lift rail(s) located on the bottom of the boat
RUDDER: The hinged vertical plate mounted at the stern
that controls steering.
STRUT: The propeller support bracket mounted on the
back of the boat.
MANUAL SPECIFICATION AND
DESCRIPTION CHANGES
All pictures, descriptions, and specifications found in this
instruction manual are subject to change without notice.
AquaCraft maintains no responsibility for inadvertent
errors in this manual.
* Never ever attempt to swim after a stalled RC boat.
Do not get in the water for any reason to retrieve your
boat. To aid you in retrieving a stalled RC boat, setup a
fishing reel with a tennis ball tied to the end of the line.
Or better yet, get yourself a small boat so you can row
out and pick up your boat. Remember to use a PFD
any time you enter your retrieval craft.
AquaCraft products are to be used by ages 14 and over.
Do not touch the propellers anytime the motors are
running. Pay equally close attention to items such as
loose clothing, shirtsleeves, ties, scarves, long hair
or anything that may become entangled in a spinning
prop. If your fingers, hands, etc. come in contact with a
spinning propeller, you may be severely injured.
The speed and mass of this boat can inflict property
damage and severe personal injury if a collision occurs.
Never run this boat in the presence of swimmers or
where the possibility of collision with people or property
exists.
Electric motors produce heat. Do not touch any part of
your motors until they have cooled.
This boat is controlled by radio signals, which are
susceptible to possible interference from other R/C
transmitters, paging systems, or other electrical noise.
In the event that weeds become entangled in a propeller,
disconnect the battery before attempting to remove
them.
If your Mini Wildcat should happen to stall, water currents
will slowly carry it to shore. When surveying areas to run,
keep variables in mind such as wind direction, size of the
lake, etc. It is not advisable to run R/C boats on any free-
flowing bodies of water such as creeks or rivers.
* Always remove the battery pack from the boat
before charging.
* Only use the specified battery when operating the
Mini Wildcat.
UPGRADES AVAILABLE
DuraTrax Onyx" 200 AC/DC Sport Peak Charger (DTXP4200)
Great Planes® Velcro® Hook & Loop 1"x6" (GPMQ4480)
Aquacraft 31mm FRP Propeller Blue (AQUB7731)
These are the components you will need to operate your
Mini Wildcat:
e 4 “AA” batteries
e Small personal retrieval system. This might be as simple
as a tennis ball tied to the end of a fishing reel. Better yet,
use a small boat and personal flotation device (P.F.D.) so
you can row out and properly retrieve your boat.
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PREPARATIONS
Extra supplies you might want to have with you during
the operation of your Mini Wildcat:
As with any hobby, it is a good idea to assemble a useful
collection of tools and accessories to bring along when
you head out to the pond. These are some items you will
want to keep handy.
e Extra “AA” Batteries
e Pliers
e Hobby Knife (RMXR6901)
e Metric Allen Key Set
(GPMR8020)
e GrimRacer™ Speed Grease
Drive Cable Lubricant (AQUB9500)
Other Useful Items to Have On Hand:
e Waders or rubber boots * Paper towels
* Spray-on cleaner * Sunglasses
* Sun block * Folding table
* Lawn chairs o First-Aid kit
* Canopy or shelter
* Cooler with plenty of ice and soda
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ASSEMBLY
INSTALLING THE TRANSMITTER BATTERIES
1. Slide the battery door off the
bottom of the transmitter.
2. Install 4 “AA” batteries into the transmitter in the configuration
molded into the battery floor.
3. Reinstall the battery door onto
the bottom of the transmitter.
4. Turn the transmitter “ON” using the switch on the transmitter’s left
side. The battery level indicator light (LED) should glow red. If the
light is flashing, the batteries are low and need to be replaced.
ACCESSING AND CHARGING THE BATTERY PACK
IMPORTANT PRECAUTIONS
* Do not charge the battery with the vehicle’s engine running. * Do not cover the air intake vents on the charger as
* Always place the battery and charger outside the this can cause the charger to over heat and become
vehicle when charging. damaged.
* Charge only the Mini Wildcat's 6-cell 7.2V 1100mAh e Do not leave the charger unattended while charging.
NiMH rechargeable battery. Do not attempt to charge Disconnect the battery immediately if the charger and/
other battery types, as damage may occur to the battery or battery become hot.
and charger. * Do not charge hot batteries.
* Do not allow water or foreign objects into the charger. * Keep out of the reach of children.
1. Rotate the cowl lock at the front.
2. Remove the cowl and deck covers.
3. Unplug the battery pack and
remove it from the boat.
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the charger is plugged in it will start to beep and the light will
begin to flash. Place the charger outside your automobile.
5. Join the battery and charger
connectors. The connectors are
designed to only connect one
way to prevent the battery from
being hooked up backwards.
After you attach the battery to the charger, the beeping will stop and the light will stay illuminated to indicate the
charger is charging properly. It’s a good idea to check the battery pack every five minutes or so. If at any time the
battery becomes hot, remove it from the charger. When the charge is complete the charger will start to beep and the
light will flash. Note: It is normal for the battery to be warm after charging it. It’s also a good idea to allow the battery
to cool before placing it in the boat. After charging is completed, unplug the charger from the power outlet.
6. Turn on the transmitter. Reinstall the battery in the boat. You will
notice the plug can only be attached one way. Pay particular
attention to the polarity of the plug. Plug the battery into the Rx/
ESC combo unit. Tuck the battery plug under the deck of the boat.
Make sure the battery pack and wire are NOT touching the drive
components. Fully squeeze the throttle trigger and hold for 1
second. Again you will hear a faint “BEEP”. Release the throttle
trigger and wait one second. You should hear two faint “BEEP-
BEEP”s. Never during the arming procedure push the throttle
trigger forward. Your boat is now armed and ready to operate.
REVIEW:
Turn on transmitter. Plug in battery.
Fully Squeeze Trigger, hold one second,
“BEEP.”
Release Trigger, wait one second, “BEEP-
BEEP” (do not push forward).
Your boat is now ready to operate.
7. Replace the deck covers and the cowl on the
boat. Rotate the cowl lock to hold the cowl in
place. Your boat is now ready for operation.
ON THE WATER
It is important to follow this sequence
every time you operate your boat.
POWER UP BEFORE A RUN:
1. Turn on the transmitter. Make sure the light on the front
is glowing red.
2. Plug in the 7.2V battery pack.
3. Install the deck covers and cowl.
4. Check that the boat operates properly before placing it
in the water.
LAUNCHING AND DRIVING YOUR MINI WILDCAT:
1. Place the boat in water that is at least 8" deep. Make sure
the water is free of weeds, sticks or other floating debris.
2. Slowly advance the throttle to get the boat a safe
distance from shore. Adjust the steering trim knob on
your transmitter until the boat tracks straight when the
steering wheel is at neutral.
3. Enjoy driving your Mini Wildcat!
4. When your boat starts to slow down, it’s time to drive it back
to shore. Typical run times are 8 to 10 minutes depending
on the charge and condition of your battery pack.
POWER DOWN AFTER A RUN:
1. Remove the cowl and deck covers.
2. Unplug the 7.2V battery.
3. Turn off the transmitter.
4. Pulloutthedrain plugto remove any waterthatmighthave
entered the hull.
IMPORTANT:
If your boat takes on a large amount of water and stalls in
the middle of the lake, don’t worry. Your Mini Wildcat has
foam flotation so it will not sink. You will, however, have
to retrieve the boat and drain any water that might have
entered the hull. Let the boat fully dry before operating it
again.
TROUBLE SHOOTING:
The power light on the transmitter does not glow red:
Re-check the installation of the batteries. Make sure
you follow the diagram in the bottom of the battery tray
for proper battery orientation.
With the battery plugged in the boat, the boat does not
power up:
1. Be sure the battery is fully charged
2. Make sure the transmitter is turned on and working;
the transmitter needs to be turned on first and then the
battery plugged in on the boat.
3. Check for any broken or frayed wiring.
The motor is running but the boat is not moving:
1. Check that the set screws are tight to the drive shafts.
2. Check that the set screws are tight on the motor shafts.
3. Inspect the props. Be sure they are not loose
or damaged.
ORDERING REPLACEMENT PARTS
To order replacement parts for the AquaCraft Mini Wildcat use the order numbers in the replacement parts list that
follows. Replacement parts can be purchased from your local hobby shop or by mail order. If you need assistance
locating a dealer to purchase parts, visit www.hobbico.com and click on “Where to buy”. If you are missing parts,
contact Hobbico Product Support at:
Phone: 217.398.8970
Fax: 217.398.7721
E-mail: productsupport@hobbico.com
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MAINTENANCE
1. It is important to remove and
lubricate the drive wires after a
day of running. Make sure the
battery pack is unplugged. To
lubricate the wire you will need:
¢ 1.5mm Allen wrench
* GrimRacer Cable Grease
* Paper Towels
2. Using a 1.5mm Allen wrench,
loosen the set screws holding the
drive wires to the motor couplers. It is important to note that there
are two set screws holding each wire in position.
3. Slip the wires out the back of the
boat. Wipe off any grease and
water that might be on the wires.
4. Apply a small amount of
GrimRacer Speed Grease to the wires and slide them back into
the boat. Be careful to align the wires to the holes in the end of the
motor couplers.
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6. Tighten the set screws to hold the wires in place. Do not over
tighten the set screws. It is also a good idea to tighten one screw
lightly and then the other. Go back and forth between the screws
to keep even tension on the drive wires.
To help you get involved in racing your Mini Wildcat, we put together a
simple set of rules and race course guidelines.
RULE #1: SAFETY!
1. Never, ever swim for a stalled boat. The Mini Wildcat has foam flotation and will drift to shore.
2. Never boat alone. Besides, it is more fun to have another person running with you!
3. If you must step in the water to retrieve your boat, make sure no other boats are operating on the pond.
4. Please be careful around slippery shore lines and sharp model boat parts.
5. It’s best to wear sneakers, wading or work boots when RC boating. Avoid water shoes and sandals.
HULL AND POWER SYSTEM GUIDELINES:
GENERAL:
e Only stock replacement parts are allowed and “at least” all parts that come with the boat need to be on and working.
e |f any part falls off the boat from the time it's launched, it draws an instant disqualification (DQ) from that heat. If
a part falls off during a race incident or crash, you will be allowed to finish the heat.
* The boat you qualify for the first heat is the boat that must be raced for all remaining heats.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MAKE YOUR BOAT FASTER:
1. Sharpening, scuffing and scraping your sponson ride pads is allowed.
2. Painting and detailing your boat is allowed and encouraged.
3. Sharpening, sanding, tweaking and tuning your propeller is allowed.
4. Shaping, shortening and sharpening the rudder blade is allowed.
5. Ifit is not mentioned here it is NOT legal for these rules.
RACING GUIDELINES:
GENERAL:
1. Call to water.
2. 15 second launch window (for safety reasons you might have to make this time longer).
3. 30 second mill time (or countdown to the “running” start).
4. 6 lap heats.
5. 5 rounds per event for a possible total of 2,000 pts (totaled from heat points). See scoring structure below.
SCORING STRUCTURE PER HEAT:
1st place 400pts
2" place 300pts
3 place 225pts
4" place 169 pts
5% place 125 pts
DNF (did not finish) 25 pts
DNS (did not start) 0 pts
To start the heat there will be a “call to water”. With the drivers ready and boats in hand, a 15 second launch window
is called out. In these 15 seconds the boats are set in the water and ready to go. After the launch window time, the
30 second mill time begins. You may go as many laps as you like before the end of the 30 second mill time, but you
must at least make one full lap around the course. Hint! Keep this in mind as to where you set your boat in the water.
Course cutting is not allowed. Your boat must remain “on plane” for the full 30 seconds. Stopping on the course
before the start will draw a DQ from the heat. The start of the race begins at the end of the 30 second mill time
(countdown). Crossing the start line before the end of the 30 seconds is called “jumping the start” and any boats that
did not cross early are now the front runners. Boats running must complete all 6 laps to qualify for position points.
Fishtailing is not permitted at the start.
DRIVING AND COURSE INFRACTIONS:
e Cutting or striking a buoy at any time on the race course is a 50 point penalty per buoy. Cutting more than 3
buoys on the course is a one lap penalty. Course cutting at the end of the heat is not permitted. After the race is
over you may ask permission from the race CD (contest director) to cut the course. If the CD finds it safe to pass
a dead boat, he might allow you to cut.
¢ Striking a dead boat on the race course draws an instant DQ from the heat.
¢ Passing can be done on the outside or inside but you must allow at least one rooster tail length to overtake
another boat. Intentionally taking out (crashing) a competitor's boat will draw a DQ for that heat.
We hope you have fun racing your Mini Wildcat!
Remember, the fastest boat does not always bring home the trophy.
Unlike full-size race boats, RC boats turn much better clockwise, due to the motor’s
rotation and torque. The following course has been designed with this in mind as
well as the speed and size of the Mini Wildcat for maximum racing excitement.
20"
RACE DIRECTION
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