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Apr 24, 2011, 01:06 PM
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You are doing excellent work on the boat, the fit and finish is perfect. Looking forward to seeing it on the water.

Apr 24, 2011, 02:24 PM
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Very Nice !

Very nice work Kevin !

Were you happy with the condition of the wood in the kit, or has is cracked / splintered ?
Apr 24, 2011, 02:34 PM
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Planking is superb- unlike mine you got them to come out symmetrical on the deck. Might want to test the seal in the bottom center of the hull where the sentra planks join -before you paint over- mine leaked there.
Apr 24, 2011, 03:14 PM
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Very nice. Clean lines too.
Apr 24, 2011, 03:24 PM
Kevin Gault
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Thanks for the compliments. As far as the wood is concerned, some of the ply for the framing was a little rough/splintered but certainly functional. The diecut mahogany seems very good, and the planking material seems good as well. Of course I have no experience to compare it to. In my mind, for the money, Dumas puts out a very nice kit.

Funny you mention the planking Habanero. Even with what I thought was careful measuring on the deck, I noticed that my spacing was slightly off as I neared the sideboards on the foredeck. I ended up trimming the width of the last few planks on one side by just a fraction so that they'd look symmetrical along the sideboards. I think it's slight enough that no one but me will notice.

The other oops was alongside the engine cover, when my plank laid down a bit crooked. The CA went off before I could repositon, so I had to do the other side to match. My initial plan was not to use the "chrome" trim around the engine hatch, but I think I will have to now to hide my mistake!!!

Also, I filleted and sealed all the wood and seams with epoxy from inside before the deck went on, so hopefully I won't have any leak worries. will be fun to get together at the lake and compare "toys". I can only hope that mine will look half as nice as yours!!!

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Apr 25, 2011, 10:13 AM
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Very nice!
Apr 25, 2011, 12:10 PM
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nice work.
Apr 26, 2011, 02:06 AM
Taking care of the pond.
What they said.
Apr 26, 2011, 07:10 AM
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Anyone know why Dumass did the sintra on some boats, and double planked the others? Is it easier to use? Cheaper? Just curious...

Apr 27, 2011, 01:42 AM
Kevin Gault
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I think they use the Sintra on their newer kit designs, especially the ones that have somewhat simpler hull shapes. I don't think the plastic panels could make the more complex shapes of the "barrelback" style boats for example. I realize purists might not like the Sintra, but from what I gather it does help to keep the weight down and it's fairly easy for a dummy like me to work with.

Got the deck, transom and hatch glassed last night and today on my day off. Was hoping for a more noticeable two tone on the deck, but the resin seemed to darken the unstained deck planking more than I expected. Oh well, live and learn.
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Apr 27, 2011, 03:03 AM
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they look very nice , one day i may even build myself a 1/12th scale version ! not too soon though as ive already got 2 fairey huntsman a fairey spear & christinna 25 on my slip ! !
Jun 02, 2011, 12:40 AM
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How about a progress report. Is there anything left after all that sanding?

Jun 02, 2011, 01:36 AM
Kevin Gault
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Well....since you asked

Decided to overcoat the West System epoxy with marine spar varnish. Tried to spray the entire boat at once and ended up with a mess of orange peel and runs. So back to the drawing board and gonna spray each "panel" one at a time.

Did the port topsides today after work. Came out better....not perfect, but it may have to be good enough.
Jun 02, 2011, 10:25 AM
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Looks beautiful. Remember the "guy on horseback"

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