Chris Wood have been developing his Blackbird .21 design rigger all summer long and I think he's just about ready to start preparing for the production this upcoming winter. The picture here above is taken of his Blackbird second generation .21 rigger at the 2010 Indy Masters race in Hobart (USA) and the picture itself is borrowed from ME Time Productions Inc. website (sorry, didn't ask if I could borrow it).
At this point there isn't a lot of info on the new boat but stay tuned for more info later this winter. It sure looks really good and it will be for sale!
According to Chris, he used a Novarossi engine with the stock carb modified by his father, a 46.5 mm dia 1450 prop with 3.6 cup and the Cooper/Irwin S-pipe @ 7-7/8" length (200 mm).
Wood R/C Boat Racing Products
If you have a premium subscription on the ME Time site you can log-in and see all three rounds of heats in hydro 3.5 cc including Chris racing his Blackbird II (and a lot of other racing - not only from the Hobart race).
Chris Wood from International Waters forum thread:
"Well i got to do some testing Sunday. The lake was full of stuff and at the end of this video i hit something and kicked the rudder up. I was trying for 80mph but the air was junk. Ended up getting 77 out of it. I was getting the needle set and that is when i hit something. Oh well, not to bad for the conditions. I was testing a new turn fin that didn't work so well as you hear me in the video. Other than that this is the exact boat that ran in Hobart and will be the boat I am selling in the future."