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Old Sep 14, 2006, 09:16 PM
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Sterling Models Mahogany Runabout

Look what I got in the mail today. Sterling Models Mahogany Runabout. Anyone built one of these kits, or have any information would be helpful.
I plan this build for a winter project.

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Don M.
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Old Sep 15, 2006, 11:52 AM
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Hi Miller,

I built that one a couple of years ago. It's pretty simple, good if you're a beginner like me. I was kind of dissapointed that the only way I could figure out how to do caulk lines would be to paint them on. That looked to be beyond my skill, so I left them off. Have fun.

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Old Sep 16, 2006, 10:43 PM
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Bub-, In looking at the picture of the assembled model on the cover of Don's kit box, it appears to me that the mahogany boards comprising the deck are very narrow. Seems to my untrained eye that the deck boards should be slightly wider: there would be fewer of them and simulating the caulked appearance would thereby be somewhat easier to accomplish.
When I get to that stage on my really old Dumas C-C 20' Runabout, I'm going to see if I can make the mahogany deck boards slightly wider, thus requiring fewer of them and less caulking. Done carefully, should look okay. I'm not lazy, just unskilled.
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Old Feb 23, 2008, 09:55 PM
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Jeepers- I'm working on this model right now. The mahogany deck is all one piece, with grooves for the caulk lines. It seems as though the 1949 dumas runabout's deck lines are wider than the grooves on the Sterling model. I think this is because the Sterling model is from a different year of the Chris Craft, probably 1953 or 54 because if you look at a real CC from these years the lines are much thinner.
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Old Feb 24, 2008, 08:00 AM
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I know this sounds like a lot of work, but if it were me, I would cut strips of mahogony and simulate the caulk lines with Evergreen plastic strips. In essance I would not use the solid deck sheet included with the kit. It also looks as though the planked section is lighter in color which would be another good reason to totally strip plank the deck. Just my thoughts.

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Old Feb 24, 2008, 08:48 AM
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I know this sounds like a lot of work, but if it were me, I would cut strips of mahogony and simulate the caulk lines with Evergreen plastic strips. In essance I would not use the solid deck sheet included with the kit. It also looks as though the planked section is lighter in color which would be another good reason to totally strip plank the deck. Just my thoughts.
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Greg, I think that's the way the really big-time mahogany boat modelers do it.

Alternate with Evergreen and mahogany, block sand it flush, and finish.
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Old Feb 25, 2008, 11:00 AM
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Sterling Runabout

Here is picture of this model I built from the kit. It works great as an outboard
powered model. I used an outboard motor because my brother-in-law has a boat like this with a Johnson OB.
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Old Feb 25, 2008, 03:27 PM
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Nice boat Sargisko! I never thought of putting an outboard on this model but it looks suprisingly good. I guess it saves all of the messing around with the driveshaft.
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Old Feb 25, 2008, 05:28 PM
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Bub9797- Don’t feel bad about painting the caulk lines on the mahogany deck. The real HACKER CRAFT that are built to day have the caulk lines painted on and when you view the finished product you can’t tell the difference. I have built both the Sterling Classic mahogany dual cockpit, (which is really a Chris~Craft 19’ Racing runabout) and the Century 20’ Sea maid ,(pictures of both in previous threads) and they both had the caulk lines painted on.
JEEPEERS- I think that with a little research you will find that the caulk line of the Sterling Models boat kits is more true to scale than the Dumas model boat kit, which has much wider deck planks. No the planks did not vary during the years of production on the Chris~Crafts, they remained the same. If the deck planks that Dumas provides for the 19’ Racing runabout were basically cut in half you would be a lot closer to scale than the way Dumas does it with the wide deck planks. By the way if you just sanded the deck mahogany veneer down smooth and the stained and varnished the deck until you had a smooth sanded varnished surface with no holidays, you can use ¼” fine line striping laid out with 1/32” spacing between the tapes so you can paint the caulk lines, then varnish over them for the finish product. You must use the fine line tape, not the masking tape, so that the paint does not bleed under the tape and give a ragged edge.
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Old Feb 25, 2008, 07:44 PM
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Good call Frankg. I just assumed that Dumas is very particular about their boats being scale, so I figured that their 1949 model was accurate. Then I found a full scale 1953 racing runabout online, which had much thinner deck planks. So I figured Chris Craft must have changed its design. Could you point me to any pictures of your finished Sterling Runabout? I'm working on one now and I can't find too many pictures of finished ones other than Sargisko's and one that's for sale on eBay right now.
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Old Feb 26, 2008, 02:39 AM
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Frank, Good information there, thank you for it.
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