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Old Oct 23, 2011, 02:44 PM
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Well its time for a new project, the last two have been tugs, was drawn to this commuter launch by a club member (Castaways, of the Villages Fl).
The original plan was about 35" lg, but we enlarged them to 43" x 10" beam,
The boat has some unusual hull lines, with a canoe stern, cant wait to do that, May do the cabin in cherry, I have to speak tp "Ed Lokken" about using iron on "Band-It veneer. Maybe next week will start cutting ply.
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Old Oct 23, 2011, 04:01 PM
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That's a handsome boat...
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Old Oct 25, 2011, 01:19 PM
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Nice boat. Interested in how you plank it.
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Old Oct 29, 2011, 07:15 PM
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Worked all day cutting out ribs(3/16) and the keel (1/4), (11:00am to 7:00pm) lots of sanding and cutting, time for cold one, have to wait for my planking order, so maybe middle of next week for more progress.
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 11:06 PM
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I too have the plans for that boat. I have studied the plans and article . I hope you keep posting your progress so I can see how it turns out.

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That's a handsome boat...
Sure is, found this here...
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Old Nov 03, 2011, 09:32 AM
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Did a little dry fitting this morn, very interesting shape to the hull of this boat, but I think the rear filler piece is not there yet, needs a little more material, still waiting for my planking to arrive, so its of to the lake to take the "Nancy M" for a spin.
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Old Nov 03, 2011, 07:18 PM
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This will be a beautiful boat!
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 02:22 PM
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Haven't had time to really do much work, but today, got all the ribs clamped up and ready for planking (may use 2" balsa), it took alot of adjusting, sanding, readjusting......don't know if the plan is a little off or the enlarging or just my tracing may have been off, but we are ready to go.
Found a launch out of Rhode Island, Watch hill, "Aphroite", it has a simular stern, ( see pics, no that is not me building the model ) I dont think Mr Massey the designer of the "Nouveau" describe the stern correctly as a "canoe stern", I believe a "torpedo stern " is more correct, (correct me if Im wrong)
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 06:31 PM
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Started planking...installed the "Garboards", I can see a lot of "wet" balsa, using 1/2 wide planking, maybe when I get to the "Sheer" may use somthing wider, will see, but have to go slow with this hull.
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 09:16 PM
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Randy, a great subject. Can't wait to see more progress.

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I can see a lot of "wet" balsa, using 1/2 wide planking...
Think "heat"... I use a clean soldering iron to bend balsa. You can work it almost like sheet metal. no waiting for the soak/dry cycle. heat and fit. done!
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Think "heat"... I use a clean soldering iron to bend balsa. You can work it almost like sheet metal. no waiting for the soak/dry cycle. heat and fit. done!
Can you explain this?
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Can you explain this?
Sure. what I do is clamp my soldering iron to my workbench so that the "wand" (for lack of a better term) hangs out over the edge of the bench. Turn on the power and wait for it to come up to temp. When it's ready, I take my strip of balsa and make a few passes over the wand (direct contact with the shank) until the wood is heated, bending and twisting as needed (much like working sheet metal with an english wheel) to fit the hull forms I have set up on the strong back. the wood, when heated will hold the shape that I want, with no stress once cooled. "Steaming" wood has a similar effect. the idea is to heat the cells of the wood which actually become somewhat "elastic" allowing it to bend and take a set when cooled. Yes, the surface of the wood can scortch using this method but that is easily taken care of with sand paper.

Of course, caution should be used with this method.

I think Micro Mark may sell purpose made tools for this.
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 11:02 PM
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Does this work with bass? Thanks for the explanation!
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 11:07 PM
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You're welcome! I believe it would work with bass. Again, the idea is to heat the cells in the wood to the point that they stretch. when cooled, they stay that way. give it a try. Like I said, though please use caution. it is easy to burn fingers and wood this way.
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Bending wood into shape with heat works like a charm!

I've used it on my hard chined M.A.S. to get the stringers into position on the formers without breaking them.
Much easier than sanding them into shape

For the (ply)sheets that make the outer skin, I used an electric paintstripper to heat the ply, softening both the wood cells and the glue, so I could make the compound curves without a lot of tension on the hull.

When heating sheet material, do wear gloves, it tends to be hot...

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Think "heat"... I use a clean soldering iron to bend balsa. You can work it almost like sheet metal. no waiting for the soak/dry cycle. heat and fit. done!
Have you ever tried this using a "Monokote iron"?

Just wondering if it would get hot enough.
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I do have a monokote iron, but have not tried that for bending wood. I usually set my soldering iron to 40W when doing this. one of the nice things about using the shank of a soldering iron is it seems to be a good radius to work with when bending strip. that benefit might be lost on the monokote iron.
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Old Nov 21, 2011, 01:44 AM
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Yeesh. And I've been brushing ammonia solution and clamping all this time!
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 07:35 PM
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Thanks for the "heat trick", but I think I'll just use the water route, just have to take my time. This hull has very few straight areas, maybe not such a great boat to build?
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 08:43 PM
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The water on balsa works fine for project. I was achieving bends with the balsa in the bow section just as you have Some sanding and small bit of filler is all that is required to get the bow looking as it should.
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Old Nov 22, 2011, 08:57 PM
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Randy, curves look better than straight lines. It will look great when done.

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Thanks for the "heat trick"...
You're welcome! Your hull is looking great!
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Old Nov 24, 2011, 10:10 AM
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Comming along, starting to take shape, but still a slow project.
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Old Nov 30, 2011, 12:37 PM
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Well almost finished with the hull, ( lots of filler and sanding reqd ) 2 more planks on each side, its (hull) starting to take shape, somewhat pleased, maybe a balsa block in the stern, sand away anything that doesnt look like a "Canoe", could have may it a little easer to build, I dont know, but the hull has some sweet lines, almost ready to cut and install the deck.
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Old Nov 30, 2011, 04:14 PM
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She looks good. My planking required filler and sanding. I was very uncertain on planking but once into it and hull taking shaping I was pleased. Currently glassing the hull on mine. A new procedure for me as well. Will you fiberglass your hull?
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Lookin Good !

Lookin Good !
Cookin right along ....
Transom has been a challlenge ?
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Old Nov 30, 2011, 07:01 PM
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Randy, very good work. It will be a handsome boat.

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Old Nov 30, 2011, 09:12 PM
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...the hull has some sweet lines...
Indeed, shapely! nice job!
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Thanks to all for the kind words.
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The hull is finished, less filler & sanding, cabin sides cut out, deck has to be trimmed, but would like to build cabin first to check deck cut out before gluing the deck, problem; "Band-it" veneer is on back order, wont be here for 2 weeks, so......... Happy holidays to all.
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Old Dec 27, 2011, 05:34 PM
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Well, got the inside sealed, not much done, my " Band-it" veneer has arrived, so I can practice with it before apply it to the cabin sides, Still waiting for some hardware from Dumas to come, but will try to get the hull filled and sanded this week.
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Old Jan 02, 2012, 01:33 PM
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Well started the roof of both cabins, would like to get them fit, before starting the "veneer", but have to do the winshield frames also, two support pieces front and rear, so now we have alot of pieces to do......still plenty of sanding to the roofs, (1/2 thick) this is a slow project, sorry I cant work faster.
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Sanded the foward cabin roof, 2 hours, cant believe it, ( and some filler reqd) still have the aft cabin roof to do and the windshield frames before I can check fit the assy , and then I can veneer the cabin sides, and check for the deck cutout.
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Old Jan 05, 2012, 03:41 PM
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Still fitting, sanding, windshield frames have to tucked and laid back under the front of the rear cabin roof ( sanding required), all this has to checked and fitted before the venner is applied, and I have to make the frames and windows for windshield before I can install the windshield frame, no room to get under the roof after assy (could make the roof lift off)...........Im getting real tired of this boat.
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Old Jan 05, 2012, 03:51 PM
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Randy, excellent work. It's going to be a beautiful boat. If you need help with the veneer let me know, I can give you some hints.

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Wow! She's coming along VERY nicely!!

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I hope you are going to continue working on the boat.

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Don: I have not been working on the boat at all, just cant seem to get motivated, did the same thing on the Nancy M, took off months before I got back to it.
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When I'm not motivated to work on a model, I just leave it on the shelf, as the result of muddling through is something you won't like in the future...

My M.A.S. build has been going on (and off) for more than a decade now, I'm in no rush.

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I get in the same moods with boats I am building. Right now I am working on a submarine but have been procrasting. I saw your build and that me going back to it. Don't put it off too long or it will never get done. Think of what it will look like when it is finished and in the water.
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Hi Randy,

Your boat is looking excellent man!

Here is a boat for you to check out. It was named “Saga” and was owned by the brother in law of Aphrodite’s original owner. They used to race the two commuters from Long Island to Wall Street each day to see who would arrive first. The Saga had a canoe style stern and very similar lines to the boat you are building.

The yacht also had it's name on both sides of the stern because of the way it was shaped.

Here are those photos for reference.

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Very nice work Randy. That's a great looking hull shape and interesting too. I'd say you were doing very well with it. Will you paint the hull or fiberglass it? Pete
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Don: I have not been working on the boat at all, just cant seem to get motivated, did the same thing on the Nancy M, took off months before I got back to it.
I work on boats in 'waves' because they are so time consuming. What I do is take a period of time when I do tons of work for a while and then step away and do nothing for a while. Then I plan out the next wave of work and when i'm inspired or have the time, I get to it and knock out the next wave..

That's how it goes. These projects are long term goals and they should be treated as such. Just NEVER give up. A little here and a little there and slowly it will transform into a completed working boat.

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Nouveau

Well its not Nouveau, found it ( Dauntless) at the local hobby shop, needs a little TLC, and we are good to go, its running 2 dual Hughey gear drives, I needed this one......Nouveau sits gathering dust, maybe this will inspire me.
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Well its not Nouveau, found it ( Dauntless) at the local hobby shop, needs a little TLC, and we are good to go, its running 2 dual Hughey gear drives, I needed this one......Nouveau sits gathering dust, maybe this will inspire me.
Hi Randy,

I have a Dauntless builder's-owners forum if you want to chime in at any time..We are always happy to chat about the Dauntless a have a good following of folks interested in that boat..

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_46...age_114/tm.htm

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Hi Randy, Don here. I have not seen anything about your boat build lately so I thought I would see how you are doing. I guess right now is the time to use boats and put off the building of them. I recently purchased one of the new Lindberg Constellations but it is sitting gathering dust as I am outside with other projects and when I do go boating, I have a boat that is ready to go.

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very nice looking boat you got going there
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What ever happened to this build? was it ever finished?
I would like to get a set of the plans
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GEORGE- The plans were originally printed in the Marine Modeling magazine out of the UK. They still offer the plans thru their plans service and also have a catalog of the plans that they offer. The plans are for the SAGA but copyright might have come into play so they named it NOUEAU.
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Thanks Rich
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