Hello there! I'm interested in what it takes to get into this hobby. I saw a thing a few years ago at an RC swap meet and thought this was a cool thing to do. That was when I was into racing RC cars though, and never really looked into it. It's been a few years, and I have gotten out of racing from a lack of time due to a schedule that doesn't work for the late nights/early mornings of the race track I would go to, and that my race buddies all kind of quit as well. I've still got a few off-road cars and a ton of parts laying around, but probably nothing that would work for this. I have a few questions though? With the rules (ircwcc) it says cannons must shoot the .177 metal BB's, I take it these battles happen more in a pool or some kind of custom built arena? I was thinking of building one and testing it out on the local lake (and perhaps battling my race buddies if they gets into as well) but I was thinking of using the bio-degradable airsoft pellets, but a system like that wouldn't fit into the rules. Any specific reasons why it's metal BB's being used and not something bio-degradable? (not being an environment nut here, just figured bio-degradable could just be left if they miss and sink to the bottom of a lake, less clean up). I did see how some of the cannons are built doing some research, so I do see how the cannons are built for it and how a metal BB would probably work better. it could also probably be due to how much energy would be transferred, as I could see a metal BB being able to take more force and also deliver it more to the ship hull, allowing it to pierce the ship it's hitting. I was just curious why this was the choice, and if perhaps something with an airsoft pellet could be used in place? Also, I was looking at the ship list there and really I couldn't find anything I wanted to build. Not that the list isn't big enough, but I don't know too much about ships, and I wouldn't really know how to model one, or how easy would one be to build. I also really do not have a preference of what I would want to build. I would want to stay as cheap as possible, as I would probably have to sell a RC car to start getting into this (the wife approval odds on a new hobby isn't great, especially since I built a new high end PC back in November, and have also bought a few other toys since then). What ship would be the easiest and least costly to build and set up for battle? and how much does one of these usually cost to build? I know I have motors I can use, and possibly some speed controls, but they would all be old brushed slow stuff. I'd have to test them out first. Also with controls, what transmitter would be a decent one for a decent price?