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Old Jan 19, 2008, 07:49 PM
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Hacker 16' Runabout

My latest mahogany project is a 1:8th scale scratchbuild of a Nelson Zimmer/John Hacker (Hacker-craft) 16' Mahogany Gentleman's Runabout. Model is double plank on frame; plywood frames; oak keel. So far I've got about 90 hours invested in the project. The boat is featured in the Wooden Boat Magazine publication THIRTY WOODEN BOATS, A SECOND CATALOG OF BUILDING PLANS. I lofted the frames and keel from an enlarged photocopy of the 3-views in the book. Hacker Craft and boat name were purchased from Callie Graphics.
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Old Jan 19, 2008, 07:54 PM
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Bob,
Truly another amazing build. It looks great!
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Old Jan 19, 2008, 10:02 PM
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Neat, Bob!!! very nice build! Wooden Boat Magazine and their publications are very useful and inspiring for model builders
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Old Jan 19, 2008, 10:18 PM
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Bob, this is a really cool subject, and from the photos, looks to be a decent job.

Do you plan to display it at Toledo? I know you mentioned that you'd only be there on Friday, due to other committments, but---.
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Old Jan 19, 2008, 10:57 PM
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Very nice!!
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Old Jan 20, 2008, 07:53 AM
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Excellent!
The thing that scares me on jobs like this is the fittings. Got a source, or gonna carve them out from chunks of metal?

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Old Jan 20, 2008, 09:59 AM
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Karl,

I don't know if I'll have it done by the Toledo show. I may enter it at next years event.

Pat,
I plan on using some of MACK Products parts, as well as a Dumas CC fittings kit. I'll rework the Dumas parts by cleaning them up with files, sandpaper, etc, and nickel plate them with a kit from Caswell Plating. Some of the Dumas parts I plan on using are the bow light housing, shift/throttle lever, fuel cap and hatch handles. I already have the MACK bow light unit, exhaust, fuel cap, switches, etc.
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Old Jan 20, 2008, 10:18 AM
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C.G. BOB- It is nice to see that other modelers of this generation are taking notice of one of the greatest naval architects of the twentieth century, for fast speed boats and launches . If you view any number of manufactures of speed boats in the 1920’s to the 1950’s, you will being seeing either plans drawn for the manufacturer by John Hacker, copied or greatly influenced by him. The 16’ runabout was a greatly contested racing class in the 1920’s with drawings provided by Hacker to companies such as CENTURY, GAR WOOD, and even to the general public thru free plans and instructions printed in magazines of the time like Motor Boating. It must be remembered that at one time or other John Hacker worked for Century Boats, and provided plans to Gar Wood Boats, which were being built at the time by Chris Smith of the future Chris-Craft company. The 16’ runabout you are building is almost a direct forerunner of the 16’ Gar Wood runabout “ MISS BEHAVE” built in 1934 and listed as 16’ Speedster with a top speed of 35 mph. and a price tag of $895.00. A total of 92 units were built in 1934.
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Old Jan 20, 2008, 11:21 AM
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Here’s a source for some cast brass runabout deck fittings. Wetgoose
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Old Jan 20, 2008, 12:11 PM
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C.G. BOB, Your runabout is looking good. I will be following this thread with interest as I am also scratch building a 1934 16ft Garwood runabout. I had the plans enlarged to 32 inches. Take a look at the wetgoose site that WoodyBob recomended they have some real quality brass parts. The bow light from Mack and Dumas is part plastic and a very rough casting. And thanks for pointing out the Caswell plating site, I think I will order a kit.

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Old Jan 20, 2008, 09:51 PM
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Bob,

She looks great. The WSBA is at the Milwaukee Boat Show this week and I printed out this thread and showed it to Chuck Steffen. You made him drool.

He had one of those ugly Harbor Star commuter boats, and you know him. He fixed it.

Chuck said to say Hi.
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Old Feb 01, 2008, 01:47 PM
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I've doing some rework on the stock Dumas parts; only have the fuel cap, bow light housing and thrott;e/shift lever cleaned up. The other Dumas parts I'll be using on this model are the chocks and hatch handles. I'll be using some MACK gage bezels, push/pull switches, bow light, and exhaust pipe. I'll scratchbuild the bow chock, cleats, steering wheel, and flagstaff.
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Old Feb 02, 2008, 04:41 PM
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Here's the Hacker I have on my to build list....someday. She's a 1918 21' model. Only two known still around.

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Old Feb 02, 2008, 05:17 PM
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Aw, go ahead and do a Hacker double cockpit like "Flying Target"! Don't forget the Packard V12 PT boat engine...


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Old Feb 02, 2008, 05:27 PM
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Nice. Or......how about bootlegger?
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