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Jan 19, 2008, 07:54 PM
Quads & Planes, cant beat them
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Truly another amazing build. It looks great!
Jan 19, 2008, 10:02 PM
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Neat, Bob!!! very nice build! Wooden Boat Magazine and their publications are very useful and inspiring for model builders
Jan 19, 2008, 10:18 PM
"day ain't over yet-"
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Bob, this is a really cool subject, and from the photos, looks to be a decent job.

Do you plan to display it at Toledo? I know you mentioned that you'd only be there on Friday, due to other committments, but---.
Jan 19, 2008, 10:57 PM
Grumpa Tom
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Very nice!!
Jan 20, 2008, 07:53 AM
Mmm, tugs...
patmat2350's Avatar
The thing that scares me on jobs like this is the fittings. Got a source, or gonna carve them out from chunks of metal?

Jan 20, 2008, 09:59 AM
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I don't know if I'll have it done by the Toledo show. I may enter it at next years event.

I plan on using some of MACK Products parts, as well as a Dumas CC fittings kit. I'll rework the Dumas parts by cleaning them up with files, sandpaper, etc, and nickel plate them with a kit from Caswell Plating. Some of the Dumas parts I plan on using are the bow light housing, shift/throttle lever, fuel cap and hatch handles. I already have the MACK bow light unit, exhaust, fuel cap, switches, etc.
Jan 20, 2008, 10:18 AM
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C.G. BOB- It is nice to see that other modelers of this generation are taking notice of one of the greatest naval architects of the twentieth century, for fast speed boats and launches . If you view any number of manufactures of speed boats in the 1920’s to the 1950’s, you will being seeing either plans drawn for the manufacturer by John Hacker, copied or greatly influenced by him. The 16’ runabout was a greatly contested racing class in the 1920’s with drawings provided by Hacker to companies such as CENTURY, GAR WOOD, and even to the general public thru free plans and instructions printed in magazines of the time like Motor Boating. It must be remembered that at one time or other John Hacker worked for Century Boats, and provided plans to Gar Wood Boats, which were being built at the time by Chris Smith of the future Chris-Craft company. The 16’ runabout you are building is almost a direct forerunner of the 16’ Gar Wood runabout “ MISS BEHAVE” built in 1934 and listed as 16’ Speedster with a top speed of 35 mph. and a price tag of $895.00. A total of 92 units were built in 1934.
Jan 20, 2008, 11:21 AM
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Here’s a source for some cast brass runabout deck fittings. Wetgoose
Jan 20, 2008, 12:11 PM
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C.G. BOB, Your runabout is looking good. I will be following this thread with interest as I am also scratch building a 1934 16ft Garwood runabout. I had the plans enlarged to 32 inches. Take a look at the wetgoose site that WoodyBob recomended they have some real quality brass parts. The bow light from Mack and Dumas is part plastic and a very rough casting. And thanks for pointing out the Caswell plating site, I think I will order a kit.

Jan 20, 2008, 09:51 PM
Old wreck in Milwaukee
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She looks great. The WSBA is at the Milwaukee Boat Show this week and I printed out this thread and showed it to Chuck Steffen. You made him drool.

He had one of those ugly Harbor Star commuter boats, and you know him. He fixed it.

Chuck said to say Hi.
Feb 01, 2008, 01:47 PM
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I've doing some rework on the stock Dumas parts; only have the fuel cap, bow light housing and thrott;e/shift lever cleaned up. The other Dumas parts I'll be using on this model are the chocks and hatch handles. I'll be using some MACK gage bezels, push/pull switches, bow light, and exhaust pipe. I'll scratchbuild the bow chock, cleats, steering wheel, and flagstaff.
Feb 02, 2008, 04:41 PM
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Here's the Hacker I have on my to build list....someday. She's a 1918 21' model. Only two known still around.

Last edited by Bud Faulkner; Feb 02, 2008 at 04:47 PM.
Feb 02, 2008, 05:17 PM
Mmm, tugs...
patmat2350's Avatar
Aw, go ahead and do a Hacker double cockpit like "Flying Target"! Don't forget the Packard V12 PT boat engine...

Pat M
Feb 02, 2008, 05:27 PM
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Nice. Or......how about bootlegger?

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