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Old Apr 24, 2011, 11:45 AM
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Newbie build...Dumas Racing Runabout

I have been remiss on starting a build log for this boat. I started around the first of the year and so far, for a first build of this type for me, it's going fairly smoothly. Not really too much to see here, as others have done this boat with much more skill than I have, but thought I'd share anyway.

Happy Easter everyone....

Kevin
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Old Apr 24, 2011, 12:06 PM
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Kevin,

You are doing excellent work on the boat, the fit and finish is perfect. Looking forward to seeing it on the water.

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Old Apr 24, 2011, 01:24 PM
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Very Nice !

Very nice work Kevin !

Were you happy with the condition of the wood in the kit, or has is cracked / splintered ?
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Old Apr 24, 2011, 01:34 PM
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Planking is superb- unlike mine you got them to come out symmetrical on the deck. Might want to test the seal in the bottom center of the hull where the sentra planks join -before you paint over- mine leaked there.
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Old Apr 24, 2011, 02:14 PM
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Very nice. Clean lines too.
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Old Apr 24, 2011, 02:24 PM
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Thanks for the compliments. As far as the wood is concerned, some of the ply for the framing was a little rough/splintered but certainly functional. The diecut mahogany seems very good, and the planking material seems good as well. Of course I have no experience to compare it to. In my mind, for the money, Dumas puts out a very nice kit.

Funny you mention the planking Habanero. Even with what I thought was careful measuring on the deck, I noticed that my spacing was slightly off as I neared the sideboards on the foredeck. I ended up trimming the width of the last few planks on one side by just a fraction so that they'd look symmetrical along the sideboards. I think it's slight enough that no one but me will notice.

The other oops was alongside the engine cover, when my plank laid down a bit crooked. The CA went off before I could repositon, so I had to do the other side to match. My initial plan was not to use the "chrome" trim around the engine hatch, but I think I will have to now to hide my mistake!!!

Also, I filleted and sealed all the wood and seams with epoxy from inside before the deck went on, so hopefully I won't have any leak worries.

Ed....it will be fun to get together at the lake and compare "toys". I can only hope that mine will look half as nice as yours!!!

Kevin
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Old Apr 25, 2011, 09:13 AM
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Very nice!
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Old Apr 25, 2011, 11:10 AM
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nice work.
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 01:06 AM
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What they said.
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 06:10 AM
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Anyone know why Dumass did the sintra on some boats, and double planked the others? Is it easier to use? Cheaper? Just curious...

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Old Apr 27, 2011, 12:42 AM
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I think they use the Sintra on their newer kit designs, especially the ones that have somewhat simpler hull shapes. I don't think the plastic panels could make the more complex shapes of the "barrelback" style boats for example. I realize purists might not like the Sintra, but from what I gather it does help to keep the weight down and it's fairly easy for a dummy like me to work with.

Got the deck, transom and hatch glassed last night and today on my day off. Was hoping for a more noticeable two tone on the deck, but the resin seemed to darken the unstained deck planking more than I expected. Oh well, live and learn.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 02:03 AM
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they look very nice , one day i may even build myself a 1/12th scale version ! not too soon though as ive already got 2 fairey huntsman a fairey spear & christinna 25 on my slip ! !
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Old Jun 01, 2011, 11:40 PM
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Progress?

Kevin,

How about a progress report. Is there anything left after all that sanding?

Rich
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 12:36 AM
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Well....since you asked

Decided to overcoat the West System epoxy with marine spar varnish. Tried to spray the entire boat at once and ended up with a mess of orange peel and runs. So back to the drawing board and gonna spray each "panel" one at a time.

Did the port topsides today after work. Came out better....not perfect, but it may have to be good enough.
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Old Jun 02, 2011, 09:25 AM
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Looks beautiful. Remember the "guy on horseback"
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