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Old Sep 16, 2012, 12:39 PM
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Kyle's Dumas CC Commander Build

Hey all,

Started a build log on this boat a while ago but when I tried to post to it today it said that the thread was too old to post on anymore. Guess that means I need to get on here more often.

Anyway, here's a picture of where she's at right now. Getting close to the fiberglassing stage. The build has gone quite well so far, the mahogany deck on the bow was especially fun.

Also posting some running pics of my first model, the Sterling mahogany runabout I built a few years back. I did a build thread on it but of course that's too old to post on anymore also. She runs much better now with a 2.4 ghz radio. With the old AM radio the rudder would shake quite a bit at full throttle and I could never get her to plane nicely. Now she planes beautifully just like the real boats.

Thanks all! Hope you enjoy the pictures! I'll be back soon with some more pics.
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Old Sep 16, 2012, 01:33 PM
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You just need to put a check in the box next to "I am aware that this thread is rather old, but I still want to make a reply."
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Old Sep 16, 2012, 02:23 PM
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You just need to put a check in the box next to "I am aware that this thread is rather old, but I still want to make a reply."
What he said !

Lets have a look...
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Old Sep 16, 2012, 03:14 PM
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oops, didn't see that. only shows up when you do an advanced post. I just tried the regular post and it wouldn't work.

Thanks! Either way, I need to stop being lazy and get on here more.
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Old Sep 30, 2012, 11:32 AM
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Update: Finished the mahogany deck. Probably one of the toughest parts of the construction. Lots of beveling on the pieces that transition the upper deck of the bow to the lower deck of the rest of the boat.

Time to start on fiberglassing the hull and building the cabin.
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Old Oct 01, 2012, 09:00 AM
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Thats Very clean construction Kyle, your planking and treatment of the hull interior looks excellent, deck looks great.
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Old Oct 27, 2013, 12:40 PM
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What happened with this build? Ever get finished? It would be a shame, if not, after such a great start!
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Old Oct 27, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Old Oct 30, 2013, 09:43 PM
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PJ,

Thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately I haven't been able to make much additional progress recently. My job had me traveling a lot b/t Houston and Los Angeles, plus its tough to build in a one-bedroom apartment. I'm also in the process of relocating from Houston to Virginia so I had to pack everything up.

I've really enjoyed this build so far, just need to "find the time" to finish it. Thanks again for the kind words. I'll post here once I get rolling again.
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Old Oct 31, 2013, 12:25 AM
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Well, I can relate to that. You cite a number of similar reasons why mine is still in the rafters. Glad I waited, too, as I have found a wealth of additional info on the 1954 Commander, as well as info on improving this kit, since I bought it.

Pete G.
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Old Mar 16, 2014, 04:45 PM
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Hey all,

I am trying to get this build going again. I ran into an interesting problem which I thought would be good to share with the forum. I fiberglassed the transom, and for some reason, the fiberglass did not turn completely transparent. The weave is visible. It looks like I will have to paint over the mahogany.

I used 30 min epoxy with 2 oz hobbico fiberglass cloth. The cloth I used on my runabout was lighter (0.5 oz), and I had no problems. Maybe the weight is the issue.

Does anyone know why this happened or any way to fix it? Hopefully someone else can learn from this.
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Old Mar 16, 2014, 05:45 PM
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Wet the area with a damp cloth, or your fingertip and see if the weave becomes less apparent- my guess is that it might just need another coat of epoxy to fill the weave.

Great to see you back at it, Kyle.
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Old Mar 16, 2014, 06:30 PM
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Um, 30 minute epoxy? As in the glue? Not as in the typical resin used for glassing?

Your punishment: Scrape/peel/sand it off and do it over!
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 01:50 PM
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Pat,

I haven't seen "glue" being distinguished from "resin" in these epoxy products. I've only seen them differentiated by the curing time. What identifies the difference?

Here's what I used. It's labeled 30 minute epoxy resin and hardener.
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Old Mar 17, 2014, 02:07 PM
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There is finishing resin, then there is epoxy ...
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