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Feb 28, 2012, 10:33 PM
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Caballero (Mechanix Illustrated)

Hi All
This is my first post and first scratch built model.

I haven't done anything like this since before I was married so I'm a little rusty, I also have two kids under 3 so time is limited.

From what I can make out the plans and a building guide for the Caballero were published in Mechanix Illustrated mag.

She appears to be a smaller (19 foot) copy of the Chris-Craft Commander Express and powered with 1 or 2 outboard motors.

I got the plans from Svenson's

I then scaled the plans in CAD (I'm a draftee).

So here we go, any tips or sugestions will be much appreciated.
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Feb 28, 2012, 10:48 PM
Mmm, tugs...
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Welcome to the groups!
Now, what do you plan to use for drives?
Feb 28, 2012, 11:52 PM
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Good start. Can't be easy with a young family but at least the wife will always know where you are and you can pass on some good skills to the kids. These days model making is all about box opening and decal application - finished! They will see you doing the real thing and will try it themselves when older.

What size is the model you're building? I may be able to recommend some motors from Jaycar that I've had good results from. I've even made shafts and stuffing boxes from the brass stock found at many model shops. Has worked for the last 25 years and won't break the family budget.

Look forward to seeing more progress when you can steal some time.

Feb 29, 2012, 12:40 AM
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The 1:1 boat is 19ft so at 1:10 it will be 19 inches. Iím a metric boy however and that means 520mm to me. If you look closely in the second photo you can see the box for the Aquacraft EP1 Iíll be using though I plan to make it look a bit more period correct later.
I have always wanted to do an outboard model (I grew up in a small fishing village called Tin Can Bay). When I saw that these were going out of production I got one from tower hobbies and shelved it until I had the right boat to fit it on.

Not sure what esc to use, any help there would be good. The EP1 has the standard 550 brushed motor and prop.

For radios iíll be using an older 2 channel futuba set that is in a nitro car that the kids are scared of.

By the way If anyone is interested I am drawing the scale plans & patterns for the ribs and keel in CAD so hit me up if you want them.
Feb 29, 2012, 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by the_11th_guest
The 1:1 boat is 19ft so at 1:10 it will be 19 inches. Iím a metric boy however and that means 520mm to me.
Great looking boat and great start. Not to be a negative nancy, but at 1/10 scale, I come up with 22.8 inches or 579 mm
Feb 29, 2012, 12:59 AM
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What oh no... wait...
Ah, yes your right, my bad, serves me right for trying to be smart, 579mm not 520mm, I didn't check my plan when I whote that post. Feet and inches confuse the heck out of me.
Feb 29, 2012, 01:01 AM
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LOL, at least you got it right on the plans and cuts. I typically use the measure once, cut twice method before i get it correct.
Feb 29, 2012, 02:30 AM
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Cool, another boater from Brisvegas

Look forward to see this evolve.

Feb 29, 2012, 04:26 PM
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Hi Nick I was unaware of you guys on the southside until I came to this site I'll have to come out and have a look. Do you know of any stores in Brisbane that have good scale fittings Hobby One at stafford has a few things but mostly tiny Man of War stuff and nothing very modern. Also I'll be after mahogany planking and veneers.

I got another 2 ribs planed and fitted last night.
Feb 29, 2012, 09:28 PM
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Mar 01, 2012, 01:51 AM
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John Darke has a good supply of fittings, has a small home based shop, I will PM his contact details.,

Your more than welcome to come down to the club

Mar 01, 2012, 04:33 PM
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Had a good go at it last night. The last 3 ribs are cleaned up and glued in and I pulled the radios out of the nitro car. After cleaning them up I couldn't resist putting them in for a look. The battery is out of my Tamiya Hilux that I plan to use as a tow car but I think it is the kind of thing I'll use.
Mar 01, 2012, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by the_11th_guest
By the way If anyone is interested I am drawing the scale plans & patterns for the ribs and keel in CAD so hit me up if you want them.
Hi Ben, Yes, I'd love to get a copy/file of your ribs & keel or whatever else you'll make for this boat. I don't have any model Outboards so I'd be building this as an Inboard, but that would mean changing the transom only, I think. My CAD software is proprietary and meant for jewellers, but it can import a great many file types.

Thanks, Barry
Mar 04, 2012, 02:01 AM
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nice job
Mar 05, 2012, 04:37 PM
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This weekend was cleaning weekend as designated by she who must be obeyed so not much got done on the Caballero.
I did pull it of the building board and I got the port side chine log fitted though.

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