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Old Mar 29, 2011, 11:15 AM
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I totally agree, kits have come a long way over the years but with a little bit of work, these older kits produce nice boats.
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Old Mar 29, 2011, 10:12 PM
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Old Apr 12, 2011, 09:21 AM
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Fitting the Rudder Servo and Linkage

The rudder control horns were made up from wheel collars and ,032 brass straps. The pushrod was bent from brass wire with a brass tube coupler for the final fine adustement, then soulderd in place. And finallt, the servo was mounted and the link soldered to the pushrod.

Because the scale boat was not designed for R/C, the rear deck had to be fudged forward to hide the control set up. I really hate to deviate from scale, but simple always works, so what ir boils down to is functionality first, and fidelity to scale second. In the end though, it'll come out fine.
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Old Apr 12, 2011, 09:26 AM
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Priming the Hull and Prepping for Paint

A heavy coat of filler primer was sprayed on the hull, then the imperfections were filled with spot glazing putty. The process was repeated until the flaws were all gone, then a final heavy coat of primer was sprayed. After letting it dry overnight, the next step will be to do a final wet sanding, then start adding the bumpers, plank the deck and then add the rub rails. But first, I think I'll build up the basic cabin assembly, just in case the opening needs to be adjusted. I'd hate to find out nothing fits, AFTER the planking was in place.

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Old Apr 12, 2011, 09:54 PM
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Looking good Pat!
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Old Apr 19, 2011, 11:24 AM
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Planing the Deck

The deck is planked with some .020 X 1/4" yellow hardwood strips left over from some of the old Latina kits built over the years. It started with the centerline plank, then the rest were added. Then once all the planks were in place, a bass wood bumper strip was added around the perimeter.
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Old Apr 19, 2011, 11:27 AM
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Adding the Rub Rails

Once the deck was done and the bumpers were in place, the rub rails were added in the scale location. These were shown on the plans, and were made up from 3/32 X 1/8 bass wood. It won't be long now till the hull gets a coat of paint.

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Old Apr 20, 2011, 12:46 AM
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Me too.
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Old May 03, 2011, 12:12 PM
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Painting the Hull

With all the prep work done the base coat of white was sprayed, followed by the black bottom and gold boot line and then the final clear coast.

The deck has 3 coats of spar varnish applied now, and will be followed by 2 or 3 more. So now, it's time to get rolling on the cabin assembly....

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Old May 03, 2011, 11:05 PM
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Keep up the good work Pat! She's coming along nicely!
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Old May 04, 2011, 09:43 AM
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The deck hardwood is beautiful. What type of wood is it?
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Old May 05, 2011, 11:45 AM
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The deck hardwood is beautiful. What type of wood is it?
RG, I really don'y know what kind of wood it is on the decks. I have a bundle of it left over from past kit builds (Helen, St. Elm, and a couple of static sailing ships from Latina). It's about .025" thick and 1/4" wide. It's a loose grain and very brittle, but for relatively flat surfaces it works well and finishes nicely with spar varnish.

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Old May 15, 2011, 11:38 PM
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There's a lot to like in this build by Pat. I particularly like the dead straight waterline and boot top that he has incorporated on this model. I think they enhance the basic hull lines of this type of cabin cruiser, as opposed to the waterlines that curve upward as they approach the bow.
This is going to be a great rendition of a classic model from yesteryear, as done by the master himself. All one could hope for is that he had seen fit to expand the model by about 50% larger, but that would have defeated his purpose.
As he requests, I'll "stay tuned."
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Old May 16, 2011, 10:42 AM
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very beautiful work
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