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Old Jan 18, 2009, 07:40 PM
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Dumas 44' Lifeboat in the works

I purchased this kit a few weeks ago from my local hobby shop because it has always interested me. I like small boats in larger scales as opposed to large boats at smaller scales!

Last weekend I set up the frames and planked the hull. Planking was very straightforward with the softer balsa planks reserved for the sharper angles of the raked bow. After the planking was done, the planks were sanded and smoothed over with lightweight drywall patching compound and sanded again.

After I get the hull sanded, I'll put on a layer of fiberglass cloth (probably next weekend).

I don't intend to install a twin drive on this boat, instead I'm going with a single 12v motor with a shaft through the keel (it'll be reinforced).

Anyway, here are a few pictures after about 10 hours of work...
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 07:45 PM
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A few notes about this kit. The instructions are terrible and the drawings do not point out all of the parts. A lot of studying of the drawings and re-reading of the instructions are necessary to understand how the kit goes together and which pieces are intended to be removable for access to the interior.

This is typical for the older Dumas kits. I don't mind the sketchy drawings and vague instructions because I love challenging kits like this. We'll see how it turns out!
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 07:58 PM
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Looking great so far!

Welcome to RC Groups!
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 08:10 PM
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Vince, nice work so far, but that's a 44' lifeboat---.
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 10:03 PM
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Vince, nice work so far, but that's a 44' lifeboat---.
Quite correct(ed)!
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 10:14 PM
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Vince,

Didn't you build a small full size sailboat.
Even if that wasn't you, the model Lifeboat will turn out fine.
I've see your other model work.

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Old Jan 18, 2009, 10:23 PM
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Vince,

Didn't you build a small full size sailboat.
Even if that wasn't you, the model Lifeboat will turn out fine.
I've see your other model work.

Welcome to RCgroups, the non scifi board.
heh... you caught me Umi!

The skiff sails mighty fine, if a bit heavy in the tacks. But I love my little boat nonetheless!
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Old Jan 18, 2009, 11:39 PM
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Looks like your sailboat is "Powered by Pineapples"... Nice boat!

Maybe we'll see you running the 44 in S.F. or Newark sometime...
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Old Jan 19, 2009, 08:35 AM
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Looks like your sailboat is "Powered by Pineapples"... Nice boat!

Maybe we'll see you running the 44 in S.F. or Newark sometime...
Pineapples it is!
I take 'er down to Lake Elizabeth in Fremont in the summer months, and I take my RC boats up to San Leandro Marina. There's a little protected area behind the breakwater that is perfect for RC.
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Old Jan 19, 2009, 07:38 PM
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I have a suggestion on the build of the 44 Life Boat by Dumas. After you finish planking the hull and you cut her loose of the building board , but before you do any decking, check out my thread on the modifications I did to the model to make it more friendly for R/C use. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=920153
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Old Jan 19, 2009, 11:33 PM
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Thank you Frank !!!!!

A question though... I'm considering putting in a single 12v motor instead of a twin drive, mainly for simplicity but also for cost since the motors are $70 each.
What kind of motors did you use on your boat?
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Old Jan 20, 2009, 06:14 AM
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Vince- before you start thinking about either single or twin screw power, you should be thinking about your running hardware. The Dumas running hardware leaves a lot to be desired. M.A.C.K. Products makes a complete twin engine and running hardware package for the 44 Life Boat, which is far superior to anything else on the market. Just ask the people on the forum what they think. I know that you say that cost is a factor, but think of this, you are putting in a lot of time, labor, not to mention materials in to this model. If you build it right from the start, the model will be around for a very long time and perform flawlessly. The model I show in this thread is over 24 years old, and runs as good as the first day she had her shake down cruise.
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Old Jan 20, 2009, 08:54 PM
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One point of reference you might try using is 44 mlb.com Fantastic web site
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Old Jan 22, 2009, 01:53 AM
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Cool! Here is my 44' so far.
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Old Jan 22, 2009, 08:48 AM
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Nice job there! What running gear are you using?
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