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Old Aug 19, 2013, 05:22 PM
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No progress since May. I took a break. Will resume in a few months. (Maybe winter) The windows that came with this kit were plastic like and badly yellowed. I plan to find some thin real glass or plexi and fabricate my own.
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Old Aug 19, 2013, 06:32 PM
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No progress since May. I took a break. Will resume in a few months. (Maybe winter) The windows that came with this kit were plastic like and badly yellowed. I plan to find some thin real glass or plexi and fabricate my own.
An inexpensive source of thin plexi or clear plastic is a picture frame store. They sell standard sizes (5x7, 8x 10, etc.) of plastic sheet as replacements for glass. Y
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Old Sep 06, 2013, 01:36 PM
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After 30 yr wait, ready to restart - - nice to see your work

Great to see how well you have built this boat and our similar history. I've just received my dad's boat this year after it was missing in action for past 40 yrs. He built it in the late 50's and I rebuilt it when I was 8 yrs old in the late 60's. Dad is now 86 and I would love to rebuild this for his 87th. Not much left of the systems other than the prop and rudders. So any advice would be appreciated and I'll watch your lead
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Old Sep 07, 2013, 12:38 AM
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Wow, that sucks ...

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On a side note. My motivation behind this build is that my Dad built this same model when I was two years old. Back in 1961. He would take me down to a dam in Willoughby Ohio and cruise the boat. The boat went over the dam on one occasion and my Dad claimed it was someone on a CB Radio who interfered with the RC signal. Luckily It wasn't too badly damaged. In the early Ninties my Mom sold it in a Garage Sale.

... and I tremble to think of what my wife would do with my stuff
given the chance.

I wish you the best of luck withe your build adventure

Laramie.
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Old Sep 07, 2013, 09:01 AM
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Great to see how well you have built this boat and our similar history. I've just received my dad's boat this year after it was missing in action for past 40 yrs. He built it in the late 50's and I rebuilt it when I was 8 yrs old in the late 60's. Dad is now 86 and I would love to rebuild this for his 87th. Not much left of the systems other than the prop and rudders. So any advice would be appreciated and I'll watch your lead
Great story, a great model with a challenge !
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Old Sep 11, 2013, 08:25 PM
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I was thinking I would paint the cabin roof blue ( that was the color of my Dad's as well). Does anyone know the exact color name and paint brand?
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Old May 13, 2015, 10:53 AM
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Chris Craft 6 volt engines

Update, yes 2 yrs later, I finally found two 6 volt original engines used in the Chris Craft and now attempting to test and get a battery pack to operate them. Any advice on what might be the best battery to use. In 60s, I used a 6 volt lantern battery and remember it being fairly heavy.
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Great to see a post on this one !

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Old May 13, 2015, 12:04 PM
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Try a 7.2 volt NI-MH battery , 5000 mha.it will give you a little more power and longer run time over a 6
Volt lantern battery.
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thanks, going to order one 7.2 volt batteries and charger. The engines have a forward and reverse by turning the front surface plate that reverses the hot and neutral wires, although I remember building a servo connection that either ran one or both forward and reverse giving two speeds in each direction. Is there new technology that would make that easier? Is there a speed controller that I could install that reverse current proportionally to each engine?
Thanks again. Dad is coming in Aug so I want to have this up and running for 88th birthday since I failed to do so last time he was here.
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Set both motors front plate switches so that the motors are running forward, then with one electronic speed control, you can control both motors fully proportional, forward and reverse with a Y harness on the output of the speed control.

The only way to have proportional control on each motor separately would be with the use of two electronic speed controls, each on its own channel.
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I was thinking I would paint the cabin roof blue ( that was the color of my Dad's as well). Does anyone know the exact color name and paint brand?
That would most likely be a 1950's 'Aquamarine', more green than blue.
"In 1955, Chris Craft used "Aqua Marine" and on some models, a bright turquiose like green- both colors very "1950's" according to Aerominded.
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Watch out the balsa sides dent easly .,but mine runs great on one shaft..
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