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Old Jun 20, 2014, 01:22 PM
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Dumas dauntless as 1930's chris craft commuter yacht

Well, as threatened, I'm doin' it. After viewing the very successful Dumas Dauntless build thread it dawned on me. This could be the kit that would give me a head start in scratch building (in this case kit bashing instead) a 1930's Chris Craft Commuter Yacht.

So far here is where I'm at:
I had the Dumas drawings blown up to actual size of the model so I can use them to customize various model components ON the drawings and them use the "new" drawings as templates for creating altered cabin design, etc.

Then, I altered the bulkheads (Dumas calls them frames) to match the 30's Chris Craft concave shaped side hull.

I altered the bow to a more vertical configuration which also follows the Chris Craft design.

I am now designing and rebuilding bulkheads 1,2,3 to further match the Chris Craft. I will then probably sub plank the forward 1/3 of the entire hull. It's probably the only way to get the compound curves correctly.

My future plan is to mahogany plank the hull from waterline up and to mahogany veneer the cabin structures.

My experience for this project eminates from the Pat Trittle design I earlier built from scratch using some of the same techniques.

Wish me luck!!! I'll try to attach some pix (which I don't have a lot of experience with) but I'll do my best.

I'll also try to keep you posted as progress presents itself--positive OR negative

Looks like I got the pix into this thread--but the captions I added to pix went where, I don' t know!!!!
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Old Jun 20, 2014, 01:38 PM
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Wow, this is going to be fun to follow.
Beautiful job on your prior scratch build.
Thanks for posting a build log.
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Old Jun 20, 2014, 09:37 PM
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Wow! Given what you are shooting for, using the Dauntless is not kit bashing, it's kit exploding!

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Old Jun 20, 2014, 10:20 PM
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This should be cool .

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Old Jun 20, 2014, 10:21 PM
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Great looking boat. I will be watching your build.


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Old Jun 21, 2014, 01:05 AM
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Very Cool!!

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Old Jul 18, 2014, 04:57 PM
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She ain't pretty.................yet

Hi all,

Just thought I'd do a short update on the conversion of a Dauntless to a Chris Craft 1938 Yacht. I've got close to 60 hours into it already and I don't feel I've made much headway. BUT I'm patient and will continue. The pix attached will highlight what I've done and how far I have yet to go.

I've been thinking about the cabin/superstructure while I work on underlayment of hull "skin" and planking. I'll soon be ready to start mahogany planking.

I'm a little concerned that the Dauntless beam might be a little too wide for the Chris Craft I'm aiming for. I think I can solve that by creating a fairly wide decking around the cabin superstructure, even though the REAL Chris Craft does not have this feature.............We'll see.
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Old Jul 18, 2014, 09:09 PM
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Far out!
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Old Jul 18, 2014, 09:49 PM
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Very impressive work!
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Old Aug 03, 2014, 09:23 AM
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I have just come across your build and am truly impressed! Beautiful work on the modifications to the Dauntless kit so far. will be looking forward to your future posts.

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Old Aug 03, 2014, 11:28 AM
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Ok!

Thanks for your post. I appreciate your encouragement. I will continue with this build site.............so "stay tuned".

I AM about ready to start the mahogany planking and some other items.

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Old Sep 04, 2014, 11:16 AM
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More progress but she still "ain't pretty"

I've been working on this daunting Dauntless to Chris Craft project. At times I get a little worried--but "carry on". Now that I've got the mahogany on I'm convinced I'll "get er done"--eventually. I'm a little concerned about how to handle the "cutwater" at the very front of the bow. I'm not yet sure as to how to handle this very critical and visible part of this build. I'm thinking I'll flatten the bow and curve and laminate in several strips of mahogany and sand it out to the knife edge of the prototype. THEN I've got to figure out how to make the bright, metal edge that protects the mahogany hull. ................. I'll get there. I've got about 95 hours in so far. The toughest job was getting those mahogany strips to bend like cooked pasta. I had to use sleeper planks here and there.
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