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Old Apr 29, 2012, 07:38 PM
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Stirling 63' Chris Craft MY by OBW

AS "YOUNGBILGEWATER" I built the Stirling 63 in 1961. I've been so busy,nothing has been built since.So,let me introduce myself.I am "OLDBILGEWATER"
Today,my trusted assistant is cutting much MAHOGONY,BALSA and "THINGS".
Tomorrow,I will introduce you to my assistant and the fruits of (his)labor.
Lotsa piles of wood & goodies .
But,now it's time for a drink. This supervising is tough.
OBW








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Old Apr 29, 2012, 08:35 PM
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Appleton? Whoa!
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 07:43 PM
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OLDBILGEWATER briefing hs assistant and checking parts inventory.
OBW's assistant requests that his identity not be revealed, as he "says" he is in the witness protection program.
Since 99% of the materials have been cut, construction will begin shortly.
All sterling plans have been put in a PDF file.
All traced parts have been put in a PDF file.
All traced parts on the PDF print out on two 36" x 48" sheets.
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Old May 02, 2012, 06:07 PM
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This thread added to WOODIES: Wooden Pleasure Craft Build Logs listing.

Path: RCGroups -> Boats -> Scale Boats ->"WOODIES..."


Ok, we be watchin'
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Old May 02, 2012, 07:30 PM
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Bad color/grain/plank embossing on decking.
Can't see how to resolve all three issues with pieces from kit.
Purchased a 1/8" thick GABOON MAHOGONY plywood from (http://www.boulterplywood.com/MarinePlywood_4.htm ) excellent and prompt service.
That takes care of 2 issues (color & grain )
Any suggestions on how to transfer original Sterling planking patern ???????
I do have a method I am testing,looks very promising but, I will await suggestions.
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Old May 04, 2012, 09:41 AM
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Yes, I have the same question .
What size sheet of mahogony did you have shiped through the mail as I sure don't need a 4'X8'?? I was thinking if they could cut some 2'X2' pieces maybe??
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Old May 04, 2012, 10:52 AM
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Gaboon mahogony source

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Yes, I have the same question .
What size sheet of mahogony did you have shiped through the mail as I sure don't need a 4'X8'?? I was thinking if they could cut some 2'X2' pieces maybe??
Jim
I purchased one 4'x4'x1/8" Okoume Marine BS 6566 Lloyds Approved ply. 28$
One cut............................................... .................................................. ...........1$
Packaging......................................... .................................................. ...........12$
UPS............................................... .................................................. ...............13.15
Total...........................................$. 54.15
It was shipped as two pieces 2 x 4, packaged and protected by a piece of half-inch good both sides plywood. It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the company I noted.(Click on the link that I provided in my previous #5 post) my order was processed and shipped the same day, it arrived the second or third day after that.
While I purchased four times as much as was needed for this kit, I have a use for the rest.
I am sure that if you check on their site, you will see you can get any size and number of cuts you desire. However, be aware that smaller quantities and more cuts will cost you more per square foot.
OBW
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Old May 04, 2012, 11:34 AM
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Great info ont plywood!

Thank you.
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Old May 05, 2012, 08:04 AM
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Sterling was never noted for the quality of the wood they provided. That was a shame as they had some very nice subjects. The 63 is a very popular one. I can't count the number of people over the years who talked to the club at events with stories of abandoned Sterling kits sitting in attics and garages because they were such a pain to make with the bad wood.
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Sterling was never noted for the quality of the wood they provided. That was a shame as they had some very nice subjects. The 63 is a very popular one. I can't count the number of people over the years who talked to the club at events with stories of abandoned Sterling kits sitting in attics and garages because they were such a pain to make with the bad wood.
Thanks for that info "OBW" I could see shipping a couple of 2'X4" pieces through the mail system.

You are right about the poor quality Mahogony wood that Sterling put in the kits as that is the very reason that I have a Corvett without a front deck. Back in the 60's I sent the very poor looking pieces back to the Sterling factory and requested a couple of new ones. Never heard anything back and the 3/4 done boat rests above my ceiling tiles awaiting??
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Old May 07, 2012, 10:10 AM
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Thanks for that info "OBW" I could see shipping a couple of 2'X4" pieces through the mail system.

You are right about the poor quality Mahogony wood that Sterling put in the kits as that is the very reason that I have a Corvett without a front deck. Back in the 60's I sent the very poor looking pieces back to the Sterling factory and requested a couple of new ones. Never heard anything back and the 3/4 done boat rests above my ceiling tiles awaiting??
So there's no mistake, I had my shipment sent by United Parcel Service(UPS) not the US postal service.
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Now we're starting to get serious.

What more could be said, beyond what the pictures show.
Let the criticism begin, that's what I'm here for.
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Old May 09, 2012, 12:45 AM
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Yay! Some construction photos.

I think you will need to sand the fuzz off that blue former though.
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Old May 09, 2012, 02:59 AM
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Yep! He's usin' AMBROID's alright!!! I'd recognize those orange lines anywhere - the man's a purest, lol!!

By the way, OBW, if you haven't seen it already, be sure to check out ClassicBoat's build thread of the 63
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Old May 09, 2012, 07:48 AM
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Yay! Some construction photos.

I think you will need to sand the fuzz off that blue former though.
I did sand it. Before it was done you could not see the blue.
The change in appearance was all part of the changes necessary to remain anonymous in the witness protection program.:
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