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Mar 16, 2013, 10:45 PM
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Bristol Bay Modification Help

Hi I am a long time lurker first time poster. I recently bought an Aquacraft Bristol Bay boat and while I love the hull I think the deck needs work. I want to remove the glued down parts, like the winch and the entry way on the fore-deck. It is well glued down and was hoping for advice on removing them without pulling up the whole deck. Thanks in advance.
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Mar 16, 2013, 10:53 PM
Mmm, tugs...
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Give up all hope the deck is a disaster anyway. Putting on some nice planking is easy:
Mar 17, 2013, 12:47 AM
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I have done it, BUT, it is not for a beginner. I then had to sand smooth the wood, and redraw the planking lines with a matching art pencil. I was also going to weather the boat when finished! CaptCB
Mar 17, 2013, 12:39 PM
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I added balsa planking over my deck,never finished it though
I cut the planks in 6" strips
Ill look for pics

Cheap balsa planks laid ontop the original deck

Mar 17, 2013, 03:26 PM
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The balsa planking looks great. What did you use to clear the ornaments off the deck?
Mar 17, 2013, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ImperaTodd
The balsa planking looks great. What did you use to clear the ornaments off the deck?
Not sure what you mean
I removed everything off of the deck to plank it

As far as glued down parts I just pulled them carefully by hand until the glue gave loose

Grip it and rip it

Maybe an xacto knife would make it clean cuts
Mar 18, 2013, 12:01 AM
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That helps a ton thanks!
Mar 18, 2013, 12:21 AM
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When I ripped my stuff off it did damage some if the plywood underneath but if your going to plank it,it won't matter much

I love Pats approach more but I was happy with $15 of balsa planks

I choose to stagger my boards too
Mar 18, 2013, 12:22 AM
Big Boats Rule!
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A conversion in our club.

Mar 18, 2013, 10:45 AM
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Here's more pics and info on what I done
Mar 18, 2013, 07:37 PM
Grumpa Tom
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Yep, like that balsa planked deck a lot.

I pulled the stuff off my deck, and it did not damage it. It did however, lighten the area when I scrubbed it to remove the dried glue.
Mar 19, 2013, 12:06 AM
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Great work, they look great!
May 12, 2013, 12:01 AM
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So I finally started working on my bristol bay and found that is is based on the Gaupner fischkutter and they are based on a WW2 German boat. I was wondering if anyone had or knew where to get plans for a kfk kriegsfischkutter?
May 12, 2013, 08:06 PM

Bristol Bay Pixs

I just finished remaking my Bristol Bay this week. Sea Trials today went fine. I would send you some pixs but cant figure out how to get images attached to these replys. What I did was;
-strip the entire deck
-through out the radio, servo, and speed control
-removed shaft/tube and installed 3/16th shaft
-moved pilot hs aft 3 inches
-replanked the entire deck
-dull finished hull
-made a crane out of fwd mast
-installed 2.4 radio, Viper esc, Hicks engine sound module, and BB MG servo
-installed lower rpm 550 motor
-installed 1 1/2 inch brass Rivabo prop
-bought a ton of doll hs size deck items-boxes-pallets-bananas-sacks of grain-barrels of oil-water cooler-deck hand
Last edited by rctugger; May 12, 2013 at 08:15 PM. Reason: added pixs
May 13, 2013, 01:57 AM
Taking care of the pond.
Very nice.

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