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Aug 05, 2010, 09:44 PM
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Dumas Chris Craft Runabout


After getting my first build out of the way (Utillity) I'm now ready for #2!

This time i'm going to try a similar scale boat the Racing Runabout.
I'm going to try and keep the kit complete by duplicating or replacing all the bits and pieces.

I've salvaged some flimsy board to substitute the Sintra subplanking material and some 4mm plywood for the Frames.
I bought a Proxxon circular saw after reading about it in the forums and have to say it sure makes short work chopping out the parts
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Aug 05, 2010, 10:32 PM
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I was a bit worried that Frame 4 was a bit further back from the sub deck plank (something like 3mm from the edge?). I've been advised that I should ignore the sub deck area and just work to the frames
Aug 05, 2010, 10:34 PM
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It's just wood. Anything is possible. Looks good so far.

Good luck on #2
Aug 05, 2010, 11:30 PM
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I'm now ready for #2!
Aw gee, I guess it is too late to warn you... now you're addicted!
Aug 06, 2010, 01:01 AM
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It's just wood. Anything is possible.
I guess so?

Aug 06, 2010, 12:03 PM
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I'm currently building the Continental kit. Looking forward to watching this build at the same time.
Aug 06, 2010, 12:58 PM
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Glad to see you on another build.

Ed
Aug 07, 2010, 01:58 PM
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...I bought a Proxxon circular saw...
Cool...

One of these?
Aug 07, 2010, 05:59 PM
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Yes Sir, fantastic little machine it is too!
Aug 12, 2010, 11:02 AM
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I'm just finishing the 1940 Barrel Back and I have one tip that other builders of Dumas boats might want to try.

The plastic seats that came with the model were terrible looking - the shinny plastic surface was unacceptable to me.

I looked into making leather or vinyl seats but the samples I've seen just weren't right. The materials have grain that's too big, the stitching is too big etc..


I ended up using the plastic seats that came with the kit but I sprayed them with multiple coats of a spray paint/coating product called Plast-Dip. It's the same stuff that also comes in a can and is used for coating tool handles. It's available at virtually all hardware stores.

The seats turned out great - I sprayed them with multiple coats and the finish and padded feel is perfect. I also sprayed the cockpit coamings (neopryene tubing) to match.

The only drawback is that in the spray can it only comes in basic colors - I used the red which worked perfectly but if you wanted another color you'd be out of luck. They do have a mixing kit in the can version that allows you to mix any color - you could then spray that using your own spray equipment.
Aug 17, 2010, 04:17 PM
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Another thing that the designer has done with the seats in the past is cover them with tissue paper in the color you want or you can even paint over the tissue. Either way, it gives a nice texture to the seats.

April

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I'm just finishing the 1940 Barrel Back and I have one tip that other builders of Dumas boats might want to try.

The plastic seats that came with the model were terrible looking - the shinny plastic surface was unacceptable to me.

I looked into making leather or vinyl seats but the samples I've seen just weren't right. The materials have grain that's too big, the stitching is too big etc..


I ended up using the plastic seats that came with the kit but I sprayed them with multiple coats of a spray paint/coating product called Plast-Dip. It's the same stuff that also comes in a can and is used for coating tool handles. It's available at virtually all hardware stores.

The seats turned out great - I sprayed them with multiple coats and the finish and padded feel is perfect. I also sprayed the cockpit coamings (neopryene tubing) to match.

The only drawback is that in the spray can it only comes in basic colors - I used the red which worked perfectly but if you wanted another color you'd be out of luck. They do have a mixing kit in the can version that allows you to mix any color - you could then spray that using your own spray equipment.
Aug 17, 2010, 11:47 PM
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Randy can you post some photo's of those seats, i'd love to have a look at the finish!
Sep 02, 2010, 07:37 AM
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So, how's it going???
Latest blog entry: Ah, To be young again...
Sep 05, 2010, 08:01 PM
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Hey Craig, thanks for the gee up!

Have cut a few more sections out now, and am getting ready to install the drive line.
Have to shorten the stuffing tube as it's too long in it's current state.
There is not a lot of space in the engine bay so I've had to get a shorter coupling and may have to build some shelve to rack all the gear in!
I want to add an inline fuse, lube tube and small servo light switch - in with the RX, ESC and battery!

I dropped in a couple of figures and noticed they sit very flat on the floor compared to the deep seating in myUtility. I think it would be a cramped ride sitting the back of a Racing Runabout for too long.
RT
Can any one tell me what wire they use for their lights, is it dolls house wire or other ?


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