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Old Jul 02, 2012, 10:52 PM
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California Cracker Box

Hi all.
Last week I received my birthday present! My wonderful wife convinced the rest of my family to chip in and get me a LEGEND MODEL BOATS "California Cracker Box".

I know Rich posted the build of the prototype here
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1169705
and his skill is far above mine but everyone enjoys a build thread so I thought I'd post up pics of my progress.

The frame is so well designed and cut that it goes together in no time.
This is what I was able to achieve in just one evening after the kids had gone to bed.
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Old Jul 03, 2012, 03:21 AM
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Nice present!
You'll be in the water by next weekend at that rate.

Can I ask what glue you use and what sort of running gear you intend to use?
I 'll be watching this one as I'm more comfortable with sheet skinning than the double planking on my last build.
Good luck with the build and thanks for posting the progress so far.

Cheers,
David
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 04:14 PM
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Crackerbox

You will be surprised how well the build goes.Love mine ,it came out looking pretty good for my first real boat build.Keep us updated with pictures and progress.
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 04:44 PM
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Nice present!
You'll be in the water by next weekend at that rate.

Can I ask what glue you use and what sort of running gear you intend to use?
I 'll be watching this one as I'm more comfortable with sheet skinning than the double planking on my last build.
Good luck with the build and thanks for posting the progress so far.

Cheers,
David
I'll power it with this!!
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 05:00 PM
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Just kidding
If I can fit it I'll use the V8 as a dummy motor.
Mack provides a power pack for this boat-

7304 Brushless Motor System by M.A.C.K.

Race Legal Power System for use in NAMBA 1/6th Scale, "Limited" or " P-SPEC " race class.

Includes: (1) # 3630 Proboat 1500 brushless motor (water cooled)
(1) # 3309 Proboat 45 amp. Electronic Speed Control
(1) # 7126 M.A.C.K. Hardened Ball Joint Universal
(1) # 7003 M.A.C.K. 10 degree Motor Mount w/screws.


Price: $190.00

I'll use this but I have to wait to save up some cash.

The kit comes with rudder, drive shaft and prop, stuffing boxes, brass shaft strut and 2 steering fins.

I got a little more done last night,
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 11:21 PM
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I'll power it with this!!
I did it with my T-bolt, the 427 sit's on top of the motor and stay's in the boat. I havent had any problems yet
Gary
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 10:03 PM
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Believe it or not the engine I used in my cracker box does double duty since it was first built for my 1/6th scale model of the Jersey Speed Skiff. This was a Revel chevy street rod motor that I made to fit over the MACK Marine Motor #7020, and then used in the cracker box over the MACK/ PROBOAT brushless motor system.

Her are some pictures to see the same Chevy motor in both boats.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attac...mentid=3208467
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attac...mentid=2375961
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Old Jul 06, 2012, 11:03 PM
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I guess I shuld have dusted it off before I took the pictures. That looks real nice, I like the blue.
Gary
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Old Jul 08, 2012, 04:16 PM
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Believe it or not the engine I used in my cracker box does double duty since it was first built for my 1/6th scale model of the Jersey Speed Skiff. This was a Revel chevy street rod motor that I made to fit over the MACK Marine Motor #7020, and then used in the cracker box over the MACK/ PROBOAT brushless motor system.

Her are some pictures to see the same Chevy motor in both boats.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attac...mentid=3208467
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attac...mentid=2375961
I love the look of that chevy Rich. How did you make the water cooled manifolds?
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Old Jul 09, 2012, 05:28 PM
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The 11th guest- I carved the parts out of expanded vinyl trim from the cut offs at my local Home Depot. The stuff ,trims, cuts and sands very nicely and can be glued with any of the CA glues.
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 05:01 PM
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The 11th guest- I carved the parts out of expanded vinyl trim from the cut offs at my local Home Depot. The stuff ,trims, cuts and sands very nicely and can be glued with any of the CA glues.
Do you mean the floor covering stuff? Iíll have to have a look next time Iím there.

I had some time last night, some sanding and the last bottom panels on, itís starting to look like a boat!
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 05:19 PM
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Nice build..!
I would say that you should always avoid of putty wherever is possible.
Just make a piece of timber and glue it on place..
The engine from Revell is cool..
Mariusz
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 05:36 PM
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The 11th guest- The stuff I used was in the moldings isle and is used as exterior molding on a house.

I would use a sliver of balsa glued in. your are going to be mahogany planking over it any way.
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Old Jul 15, 2012, 05:17 PM
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Nice build..!
I would say that you should always avoid of putty wherever is possible.
Just make a piece of timber and glue it on place..
The engine from Revell is cool..
Mariusz
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The 11th guest- The stuff I used was in the moldings isle and is used as exterior molding on a house.

I would use a sliver of balsa glued in. your are going to be mahogany planking over it any way.
Thanks guys, I'm glad both of you are watching, Szmyk I love reading your build of "Swallow" she is just amazing and Frankg who better to ask for help than the bloke that designed the kit!! Maybe you two should put your heads together... I'd love to see a "Swallow" kit available to buy

The bottom and sides are all done and sanded, and I have assembled and stained the supplied stand, a few coats of varnish to go.
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Old Jul 16, 2012, 05:14 AM
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Read the thread, if i remember right Szmyk do ofer the drawings for the Swallov.
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