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Old Dec 30, 2005, 09:47 PM
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Sterling BB Uss Missouri

It has taken me a while to get the bugs out of my old computer, but I have finally gotten this far. I read your posts with great interest and even awe sometimes. My brother, Jim, posted a while back that I had found an old Sterling Chris Craft kit at a yard sale. I still have that kit. In combing through the basement I found another old Sterling kit. This one is the USS Missouri. It states 55" 1/2 long and a beam of 6 3/4". It also has the B-17 F fitting kit. I suppose there would be a market on E-Bay for this thing, but I thought I might mention it here first. I also doubt that I would be able to complete this kit in a respectable fashion........or time.

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Old Dec 30, 2005, 10:19 PM
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There is DEFINITELY a market for it on the Bay, it's a collectors item, someone would pay big bucks for it. My suggestion to you would be if you really want to get into boats, put it away and keep it. Start off by building simple models and working your way up to more challenging models to develop your skills. Then there will come a day when you will say to yourself, I can do that, it's a piece of cake.

Right now you see it as a major project and it will get the best of you if you try building it now. You wouldn't be happy with the results and it would discourage you from building anymore.

If you still insist on getting ride of it, I can give a nice home for 20 bucks
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Old Dec 30, 2005, 11:33 PM
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That may be a solution. I did look inside the box to make sure that the fitting box was inside. It reminded me of the stick and tissue planes I built as a youngster. The people on this BB have certainly helped my brother. Are there some "first time" kits that would help a guy dip a toe in the water?
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Old Dec 31, 2005, 12:09 AM
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About the simplest/fastest boat to get into the water I would say is the Vac-u-tug. http://vac-u-boat.com The gentleman who owns the company came to our last regatta to show off his wares, great guy-could talk to him for hours, there is a picture page on his site. They are a simple build and go together fast so you don't get discouraged. The instructions are well written. You can add more detail as you see fit.

Regarding the Sterling BB, the kit is set up for a single screw drive. I have seen an article somewhere on converting it to a 3 screw just like the original. For the life of me I can't remember where I saw it but I know it is out there.
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Old Dec 31, 2005, 06:24 PM
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Your big brother - the wimp!

Hey John - you could wimp out like I did and get a RTR (Ready To Run) and be ready to go at the lagoon as soon as the ice melts...(wink)

Seriously, you could "detail" the Vac-U-Tow with your airbrush, add tug fittings, tires, etc., and end up with a neat little rescue boat.
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Old Dec 31, 2005, 07:13 PM
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Hi guys, just read the post on the STERLING battleship and hav eto agree that if you think that the model is beyond you at this time, put it away for a future build. This is a very sought after model and if you give it up now, you may kill yourself latter when you think of the fact that it was in your hot little hands. By the way GREENBOAT the real battleship had 4 screws, 4 engine rooms, 8 bolier rooms, 2 rudders. On the real ship the inboard props were 4 blade and the outboard props were 5 blade. The 2 starboard props turned clockwise, the 2 port props turned counter clockwise looking forward form the stern. By the way who ever offered $20.00 for the kit is NOT YOUR FREIND. Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR guys!!!
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Old Dec 31, 2005, 08:30 PM
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I stand corrected, frankg is right there are 4 screws on the BB. I don't know what I was thinking, it was late and it had been a busy work week.
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Old Jan 10, 2006, 01:46 PM
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Sterling USS BB63 Missouri

Here's mine, makes a nice model. Set up for single screw, gearing in for three screw, but runs fine on the single.

Extra lead detailing as well as Brass etch sheet work.

I've seen these kits, (when you can find one) go for anywhere from $160.00 to over $300.00 on Ebay. Scarce nowdays.

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Old Jan 10, 2006, 02:59 PM
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Well, maybe I will have to hang on to this kit for a while. I may have to learn how to build after all! Spectacular!
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Old Jan 10, 2006, 05:47 PM
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You can not go wrong with a VAC-U-TUG !!!! These kits are awesome and you can detail them all you wish, Go to the web site and look around. Go to the special boats section and see what can be done.

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Old Jan 19, 2006, 03:45 PM
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When it rains it pours: there are 2 kits available on ebay right now. One is asking 250 (249.999999) starting bid, the other is asking 150 starting bid. Interestingly enough, they are from opposite sides of the US from different sellers but end within a couple hours of each other. 6030288778, 6030310778
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 04:36 PM
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As an interim, you might make a copy of the plans. People often seem to find that kit but not always with the plans. You could provide a service there.

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Old Jan 19, 2006, 05:00 PM
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I Have the original plans and layout.

Other then my boat, I have seen few, finished Sterling Kits, BB63 Missouri. such as mine.

Anybody got one???? Be nice to see how other folks rendered this kit.

The kit is a classic, you can bring detail to my level or go max on detail. I'm always adding more when its raining outside...

Jim
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Old Jan 20, 2006, 11:42 AM
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nice jim.
like the two shows size.
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Old Jan 21, 2006, 06:22 PM
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Apprasial needed

Hi,I have a Sterling Missouri,just the box 2 sets of plans and alot of pieces and parts.The box is in very nice condition.What do you guys think its worth??I paid $5.00 for it at an antique store.Thanks
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