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Old Oct 07, 2008, 05:39 PM
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Riva Rivarama at play

No I didn't build it

Thanks to Petej (dotcom) for the pics - turned out great.
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 07:16 PM
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Awesome boat, fabulous pictures!
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Old Oct 07, 2008, 07:25 PM
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Wow that's an amazing boat! Compliments to Petej!
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Old Oct 08, 2008, 01:13 AM
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Wow that's an amazing boat! Compliments to Petej!
Yes he is very good- usually snaps model planes & people at the local fields.

We did luck out a bit as it was a rare sunny morning at Spreckels- it is close to the bay and usually overcast at that time of day.
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Old Oct 08, 2008, 02:19 PM
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Do you have any more pictures that we could see? I really like that boat. Just another I have to add to the build list I guess. I have too many on my list already and I just joined this forum a couple months ago. I really have to quit looking at this forum or else I'll never be able to build all the boats I want.
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Old Oct 08, 2008, 03:19 PM
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Hi,

Fantastic pics, thanks for sharing! What is the size of Riva?
How it is powered?
Is this Ghien made of?

Thanks again & BR,

Hannu
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Old Oct 08, 2008, 09:06 PM
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Do you have any more pictures that we could see? I really like that boat. Just another I have to add to the build list I guess. I have too many on my list already and I just joined this forum a couple months ago. I really have to quit looking at this forum or else I'll never be able to build all the boats I want.
Sure I have plenty of pics- and you can't build it at least there are no kits to my knowlege.

I am building a Midwest tug kit now- but this one is way beyond my current skill level- it was converted for me by H20 Hobbies but made in Vietnam.

You can buy it RC ready.

I bought it RTR but ended up investing in a 2.4 Spektrum setup because I was concerned with interference. This allowed me to shorten the antenna preserving the scale appearance.

Considering the amount of time it took to construct & the overall quality (wood & brass accents) I think it is a bargain. The craftsmanship top notch- it truly is a work of art my girfriend is buying me a glass case for it- I think I'm marrying her!

Now I'm pining for the Ariston.
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Old Oct 08, 2008, 09:32 PM
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Hi,

Fantastic pics, thanks for sharing! What is the size of Riva?
How it is powered?
Is this Ghien made of?

Thanks again & BR,

Hannu
It is 35" and has a b36 water-cooled brushless motor.

Only thing I don't like is it has a relatively short run time. Not sure how to go about recitifying that without adding the extra weight of more batteries.

I'm am using 7.2's but have some 8.4 Volt batteries - but I don't know if they might harm the speed control or motor- I certainly don't want to fry anything
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Old Oct 09, 2008, 07:05 AM
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Where did you get it RTR? Also what tug are you working on now? I just finished the Carol Moran about a month (or so) ago. Now I'm building a Triple Cockpit, and I'm in a little bit over my head. But I plan to finish it and make it look nice anyway! Also maybe I should just PM you my email address and then you can send me more pictures.
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Old Oct 09, 2008, 12:40 PM
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Where did you get it RTR? Also what tug are you working on now? I just finished the Carol Moran about a month (or so) ago. Now I'm building a Triple Cockpit, and I'm in a little bit over my head. But I plan to finish it and make it look nice anyway! Also maybe I should just PM you my email address and then you can send me more pictures.
I got it from H2O Hobbies.

I am building a Jim Wilder. I screwed up on the planking and need to get more- at this point all I'm trying to do is get it seaworthy and maybe it will look good on the water at least. A good sanding may be my salvation.

Last two pics- best I could manage with my camera.
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Old Oct 09, 2008, 01:49 PM
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Nice. very nice looking vessel.
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Old Oct 09, 2008, 04:10 PM
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oops, sorry you already answered that. Anyway is the Jim Wilder your first boat. The Carol Moran was mine. Everybody complains about Dumas but I think that the boat and instructions were reasonable. How about you? And sorry if I'm sort of hijacking the thread, even if the thread is yours (would it be hijacking ).

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but this one is way beyond my current skill level- it was built for me by H20 Hobbies.
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Old Oct 10, 2008, 01:32 AM
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oops, sorry you already answered that. Anyway is the Jim Wilder your first boat. The Carol Moran was mine. Everybody complains about Dumas but I think that the boat and instructions were reasonable. How about you? And sorry if I'm sort of hijacking the thread, even if the thread is yours (would it be hijacking ).
It is my first build. I wanted RC but this particular kit is not for beginners I think. The directions are OK I have been able to interpret them but if I had known I would be cutting/ shaping the planks to fit the hull I might not have tackled this (I have never worked with wood at all- I'm cutting the planks with scissors).

However I like the challenge and (provided I can acquire some replacement planks) I am confident I will finish her OK.
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Old Oct 10, 2008, 07:00 PM
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It is my first build. I wanted RC but this particular kit is not for beginners I think. The directions are OK I have been able to interpret them but if I had known I would be cutting/ shaping the planks to fit the hull I might not have tackled this (I have never worked with wood at all- I'm cutting the planks with scissors).

However I like the challenge and (provided I can acquire some replacement planks) I am confident I will finish her OK.
As you probably figured the Chris Craft is only my second boat. The directions for it can get pretty confusing. For me I wanted to work with wood all along but I am happy that I started with styrene. Luckily my Dad had all the tools I needed (except a Dremel) so I was able to build a most of these boats without buying new tools. Did you get your Dremel yet? If not I highly recommend it, it's very helpful and versatile. I've already needed extra planks too, I screwed up the first planks , I blame the directions (and me not reading close enough ). Now I have one more question, where are the pictures of your Jim Wilder? I don't see them but they need to be here somewhere. Maybe I'm just not looking hard enough.
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Old Oct 10, 2008, 10:04 PM
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It is a very nice looking boat. Rides low in the water though. File # Rivarama 6.jpg looks scary almost as if it were about to become a submarine! "Yikes".
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