Model Builder:  Nelson Holmberg

Construction: Plywood

Year Built: 2018-19

Motor: ProBoats Dynamite 3630-1500

Radio: Spektrum

Electronic Speed Controller: HobbyWing 120

Propeller: Custom metal props

Paint Colors: White

Graphics: Hand cut vinyl by Nelson Holmberg


Notes about the Model: This is the third model ever built from scratch by Nelson Holmberg. It's a replica of the highly popular and VERY visible 2018 Oberto that ran at Tri-Cities and Seattle. It's been tested already a couple of times, and shows signs of promise. The boat's early claim to fame, however, may just be that it was towed into the Roger Newton Memorial RC Boat Show at the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum on a custom built tilt trailer by an RC 1972 Chevy Suburban. Upon first sight of this boat on the water in Tri-Cities, Nelson decide it was to be his. He literally registered the hull, filed an Intent to Build form and ordered the wood kit from ML Boatworks within about 30 minutes.


Notes about the Real Boat: The real boat was one of the fastest boats in the 2018 H1 Unlimited field. Driver Cal Phipps had the sparkling Oberto colors flying during the races at Tri-Cities and Seattle before an unfortunate flip in the final heat at Seattle destroyed the hull and caused extensive rebuild (including a new center section) during the 2018-19 offseason.


Notes about 2019: 2019 will be the first season on the water for this new hull.

2018 U-1918 Oberto

Owner: Nelson Holmberg (Vancouver, Washington)
Driver(s): Nelson Holmberg