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Old Aug 08, 2007, 06:00 PM
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Dumas 24' Chris Craft by a Master.

Okay boys and girls, I have a treat for you today.

Today I was priveledged to host a master modeler at my home. His name is Pat Kenly, and he is a friend of Bob Herrera. He brought over a couple of Dumas Chris Craft models. One finished and one a work in progress.

The finsihed model is the 24' Chris Craft and it was built around 14 years ago. It has been entered in several contests where it placed 1st in all of them.

The majority of the fittings were made by Pat, from brass. Then polished, then sent out for triple chrome plating. After 14 years the chrome still looks new. The screws you see in the fittings, are in fact nails. Pat slotted each one by hand, polished them and then had them chrome plated. He made the flag staff from mahogany. He made the cutwater and the thing on the bow (forget the name). He made the windwings. He made the gas cap. He made the steering wheel. Those are actual spokes you see. He made the center piece from mahogany. He used a drill press for everything that needed machining/turning. He made the exhaust pipes and the cooling water exits through them. The boat has working lighting. You can see the brass contacts for the flag staff light in the rear compartment. He made the step plates and they have real rubber pads, chemically etched.

This model has the creme' de la creme' of electric motors. A Kroker Sea Ram.

Photos do not do this model justice. The macro photography also makes things look gritty. Pics are so close up you can see the polishing residue, grain in the wood, etc. In real life though, the model is just stunning. A masterpiece. It took Pat over two years to complete.

The work in progress is a Dumas Barrel Back. Also started 14 years ago. Then Pat got sidetracked and put it away. He is now going to start working on it again. The finish, as it is, is incredibly smooth.

Enjoy the photos!
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Old Aug 08, 2007, 06:27 PM
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Those are amazing boats, Kmot!
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Old Aug 08, 2007, 08:51 PM
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Wish it were mine!
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Old Aug 08, 2007, 09:10 PM
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Fantastic workmanship, amazing attention to detail; real museum quality. I believe "the thing on the bow" is called a bullnose on submarines. Could be wrong.
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Old Aug 08, 2007, 11:36 PM
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That guy needs to get a hobby... er... what I mean to say is, what an absolutely gorgeous boat! Someday I'll have that much time to dedicate to a model boat... and hopefully the skill too. (sigh)
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 12:04 AM
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She's almost too pretty to put in the water. Almost...
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 12:50 AM
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 11:10 AM
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Thanks For Sharing!!!!!!!!!
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 11:29 AM
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Wow.Pat is a very talented modeller.And the static modellers say R/C models dont have detail?Ha! Im curious,Im assuming the Sea Wasp motor isnt available anymore?I like how it gives the varous rpm's at a certain voltage right on the motor.It even says if watercooling is needed or not.11,000rpm on 12v without watercooling,nice.Anyone know more about these motors?
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 11:56 AM
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Anyone know more about these motors?
Sadly, long out of production. Hard to find for sale, as most guys who have them want to hang onto them.
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 07:33 PM
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Thank you Tom. You are so kind. As I mentioned yesterday, I finished the Chrissy K over 16 years ago. Ran it for a couple of years and it hasnít been in water until I threw it in your pool. I started working on the Barrel Back again and have to start the learning curve all over. I wish I could remember how I did all that stuff. Thanks to the rest of you for your comments. Pat
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 10:35 PM
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Fantastic workmanship, amazing attention to detail; real museum quality. I believe "the thing on the bow" is called a bullnose on submarines. Could be wrong.
It's called a Fairlead.
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Old Aug 09, 2007, 10:55 PM
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WOW!

Museum? Me thinks Smithsonian. AWESOME. (omg!)

Tom: Thanks again for sharing that--as usual, outstanding photos!

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Old Aug 09, 2007, 11:15 PM
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Like I said above, amazing boats, Woodybob! Exceptional work! Would be great to see how you progress on the barrel back! I'm sure there is a lot we can learn from you!
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Old Aug 10, 2007, 10:17 AM
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She's almost too pretty to put in the water. Almost...
It floats.
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