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Old Oct 14, 2012, 10:41 PM
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LOA is only 10 inches ( unfortunately ).

It will make a fun static model, I will do my best on it.

No buffing out the aft deck, it is simulated planking and is Wasted by the glue.

I have some pre scribed "planking" sheets from a collection of HO railroad train stuff that belonged to my Wife's dad, the wood dates back to the 50's, is still useable ( have been using other peices from that collection where I can on the workboat model ), the scribed "plank" widths are 1/32, it may work out, real wood planking aft.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 12:12 PM
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I have one but the box says OLIN, pre Lindberg but same kit. Plastic was white and blue. Also several builder kits of the Sterling plastic C/C cabin cruiser,13'' long.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 12:24 PM
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ooooh !
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 05:37 PM
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When I was a kid, I earned a weekly allowance of $0.25 cents in 1959. ($1.98 equivalent today!)

How much does an 8 year old kid get for allowance these days?

With that money, I could buy five candy bars.

Or, a plastic model kit. I mostly built airplanes, because the 1/72 scale models came in plastic bags, hung on a wire rack. Actually, they were $0.29 cents, but a couple of soda pop bottles found a long the way earned a deposit credit and I could buy the model.

For the way expensive models, like the kind that came in a box and cost a dollar or two, those were birthday or Christmas gifts.
One of those rich kids with an allowance,huh,Tom? We didn't get no stinkin' allowance. I remember during WWII getting a little Strombecker airplane kit with a block of wood to carve the fusilage out of. When i started my career job in the telephone company the starting pay was $55 a week.
I got that much since I was married and had done my military service.

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Old Oct 15, 2012, 09:53 PM
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Very lucky today to have come across something I didnt know Sterling made, a "CHRIS CRAFT 21' OUTBOARD EXPRESS CRUISER".

Cant wait to see what's inside ...
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 09:58 PM
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Very lucky today to have come across something I didnt know Sterling made, a "CHRIS CRAFT 21' OUTBOARD EXPRESS CRUISER".

Cant wait to see what's inside ...
Nice find !
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 09:59 PM
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Googled it, cant find a darn thing about it in a model or a real boat so far.

I am Way green to Sterling models yet, hoping someone has something on it

The Sterling data sheet shows B-13M.

( hint hint )..
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 10:37 PM
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Googled it, cant find a darn thing about it in a model or a real boat so far.

I am Way green to Sterling models yet, hoping someone has something on it

The Sterling data sheet shows B-13M.

( hint hint )..
The 1:1 was one of the plywood Chris Craft Kit boats sold during the 1950's

could be built as an inboard or outboard... Would love to have a set of the sterling tracings/drawings... ( hint hint )..

from 'duh book' of 1:1 C*C:
sold from 1952-55
3,225 kits were sold (some as RTR!)
10-50 hp outboard or 60-105hp inboard..

Great looking boat!
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:24 PM
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When it arrives the plans will be evaluated, if they are good, We are good !

At 21 inches I dont know if I have the skills to cram all the RC in, may have to scale up, I would want to go inboard as I know Nuttin about the little electric outboards ( except they cost more than the kit ! )
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:27 PM
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Vintage Berkeley Model balsa kit Chris craft 18" Express cruiser

Since I have your attention Aerominded, what know you about This kit ??? ( do you speak frenchy ? )

Vintage Berkeley Model balsa kit Chris craft 18" Express cruiser
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:40 PM
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Same basic story, except C*C called the 18'er the "Fiesta"

435 kits were sold, 6 were RTR- all in 1955 apparently.

The Kit boat division evolved into the plywood RTR "cavalier" line.
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Old Oct 15, 2012, 11:42 PM
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( do you speak frenchy ? )
LOL! I think "Hors Bord" is what you eat before dinner, to make you hungry.
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Old Oct 16, 2012, 02:17 AM
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You must have found a job, eh Tim?
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Old Oct 16, 2012, 10:54 AM
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YES !

Mobile taxidermy/notary public !!!

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Old Oct 16, 2012, 11:01 AM
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Came across some more Berkeley info:

Founded in 1933 by William Effinger, the company was quite progressive in producing quality kits - it was likely the Berkeley 'Buccaneer' was the first gas powered model in kit form. In the later 1930s, Effinger acquired the services of a very talented Henry Struck. Struck went on to design numerous award-winning kits under the Berkeley name. Berkeley weathered the post WWII recession and emerged as a major kit producer in the late 1940 and 1950s. These were great years for Berkeley and they produced some incredible and large kits. The company went bankrupt in about 1960 however. Fox engines (Duke Fox) bought the company and released the kits alongside his own FOX models and engines. This arrangement did not last, and in the early 1960s the Berkeley name disappeared from hobby shop shelves.

And a few kits that have been sold...
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