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Old Jan 24, 2013, 01:01 PM
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Chris Craft Sport Fisherman / Sports Cruiser scratch build

This is a scratch build ( my first ) of a Chris - Craft 1954 35' Sport Fisherman.

"Kit number N-20
Manufactured in Tucson, Arizona. USA
Scale is: 1 inch = 1 foot
Built up model is 35 inches long, Beam 11 inches, Draft 2.25 inches."


This version will actually be a Sport Cruiser as it will not have the upper tower.

I was unable to find a kit or a finished model, so I guess Iíll have to build my own.

Got a copy of the plans from fellow group member C. Eaton, he has helped me alot over time.

One large sheet and one small sheet, both good quality copies of the original Dumas plans.

Alot of info on this plan but some things missing I will have to come up with on my own ( having a kit would have been REAL helpful to get copies of ALL the parts ).

No instructions available ( I have tried ).

I figure I saved $300.00 + not finding the kit.

Cut out all the paper frame images from the small copy of the plans, cut out all frames from 1/8 Midwest ply with the exception of the forward most frame ( A ) and some transom parts which are 3/16 solid basswood .

Cut the outer deck parts from solid 1/8 basswood ( not ply ).

In to the deep end, itís all the help I can get that Iíll be needin Ö
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 01:29 PM
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Looking good Tim.
I don't know about saving any money,my V40 is running about the same as a kit boat.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 01:33 PM
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Hi Tim,

Last year, I think it was, I was lucky enough to get a copy of the Dumas N-20 kit "Plans" from old Dumas stock on eBay. It consisted of 2 sheets; one failry large with a Deck Arrangement & Profile view with many of the kit pieces clearly shown, the other sheet was much smaller and consisted of a series of b&w photos of the model in various stages of assembly.

The large sheet looks much like the one you show in your pics, except mine has a lower portion showing the Profile view, do you have that part?

Did you get the other sheet with the model photos?

Last spring I started to build this boat at 1/12th scale and I was doing ok until I placed the frames on the keel. Everything looked good except the last two frames H and I, actually I think it is H that's the problem (being too narrow) but at the time I wasn't in the mood to figure it out and all the pieces are still sitting right where I left them. I mention this just to give you a head's up with that particular frame.

Cheers, Barry
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 01:36 PM
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Congradulations Tim for diving into the scratch built waters on this one. Just think of the imense empowerment and self gradification you will have on this one as it really is YOURs to own on. You will do just fine as we al watch with anticipation......
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 02:25 PM
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Hi Tim,The large sheet looks much like the one you show in your pics, except mine has a lower portion showing the Profile view, do you have that part?
Hi Barry, yes, I have the bigger sheet with all of those things, the one on the board is a successive copy that I cut out for the deck layup.

What I REALLY need is pictures of the real boat, amazing that CC ( and thier customers ) didn't get more shots of thier boats ( like the 63 footer ), or maybe they are just not available in this age.

I have a few of a finished model that show's on Green_boat's blog, but thats all.

ANY pics of this one, real or model, would be appreciated Very much.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 02:27 PM
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Looking good Tim.
I don't know about saving any money,my V40 is running about the same as a kit boat.
I will use the "saved" $300.00 for fly casting lessons ...
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 03:17 PM
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Hi Tim,
WOW, I never saw anything like that when I fly fished. Maybe I should have spent more time looking up river?

Back to the Sport Fisherman ... I have these pics of a couple of slightly different versions, none of the '54 35' one though. If I find any I'll post them here.

My understanding is that the Sport Cruiser is essentially the Fisherman without the flying bridge.

Cheers, Barry

PS: Do you have the Detailed Assembly Instruction sheets as well?
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 03:33 PM
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Hi Barry, as we can see that is a Very different boat though called Sport Fisherman ...
The 35 footer was only made for two years I think, the one you show here is late 50's just before a Big change at CC.

I do not have "assembly instructions" I do have a smaller single sheet that has the frame outlines and a few B/W images of the real boat.

Do you have "intructions", like a step by step guide of some sort ?

If so, maybe you could PM me....
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:51 PM
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I don't see any frame patterns are they on a different sheet?
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Looks like quite a challange. Harry
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:04 PM
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Yessir , the frame patterns are all on the second smaller sheet, they are superimposed over each other, many copies have to be made and then each cut out.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:20 PM
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Some of the Semi frames are like that
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Hi Barry, as we can see that is a Very different boat though called Sport Fisherman ...
The 35 footer was only made for two years I think, the one you show here is late 50's just before a Big change at CC.

I do not have "assembly instructions" I do have a smaller single sheet that has the frame outlines and a few B/W images of the real boat.

Do you have "intructions", like a step by step guide of some sort ?

If so, maybe you could PM me....
Hi Tim,
If you don't mind, and I'm not trying to highjack your thread, but there seems to be some interest in this model, so here's the other sheets that I have in PDF format. Enjoy, Barry
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 06:01 PM
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You Go Tim....This is gonna be great....I had to laugh at the "saving money" part. I have come to find out over the years that the cost of the kit is probably the cheap part. I am glad you are going to scratch build her. I know you are going to build a great model.
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