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Aug 21, 2008, 07:04 PM
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Dodge Watercar from the early 20ties...

I love two things: Aircrafts and Boats, esspecially modern motoryachts and good old wooden boats from the 20ties...

In the mid 80ties of last century I was writing and drawing for a german magazine "SchiffsModell" published by the Neckar Verlag GmbH. At this time I have done a simple plan of a Dodge Watercar from 1921 in scale 1/10.
This model was built by very much people over here in Europe and sometimes people are asking for such a model today.
So a friend of mine and me took the old plans, did some cad-drawings, and at the moment I am testing one of the first plywoodparts...
The new model has a lenght of 1,40m. That's scale 1/6 and it is planned to build in a dummy-motor from Revell/USA (maybe a big block Chevy). Drivers should be from Revell/Kick_o_Mania, cause they are very good for seating in a modelboat. They only have the wrong suit at the moment.

If someone here can read the german language, he/she can see the building thread here:
For seeing any pics, you have to register first.
But I try to show our modelbuilding here.

At the moment I have put all frames on a desk and glued some stripes onto the wood.

(Sorry for my bad english, but I've forgotten some words and idioms in the last 40 years). :-)
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Aug 21, 2008, 09:40 PM
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FatBeech: This is fantastic! Keep posting here please.

Your writing in English is more than good enough!

55 inches! Wooo!!
Aug 22, 2008, 08:25 AM
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Ya Fatbeech your english is better than a lot of english speaking people so not to worry. This is a beautiful boat at a really neat scale so please keep posting your progress. Perhaps if your plans are complete you would consider selling sets of them in the near future.
How did you cut out your frames? They look so precise I would guess they were laser cut. Very nice work. Pete
Aug 22, 2008, 06:51 PM
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Thanks for your encourage and I go on with writing! If something is written wrong or with the wrong words, do not hesitate to give a help please.

The frames are from CAD-drawings and then milled at 2D. Later on, when this and the next prototypes are ready (I plan to do another model with a back like the "Flashback"-Gentlemenracer on the same keel) you can get ready milled plywood frames.
Today I had something to do in my normal life (earning money for my boss). So I did only one side planking with balsawood 2mm.
For this I work very fast with woodglue (whiteglue) and for fixing with ca-glue. First putting the whiteglue to the stripes, then pressing on areas of about 100mm diagonal balsawood to the stripes. At curves I also use some ca-bond with activator to fix the areas very quick.
Tomorrow I will continue with the other side...
Aug 22, 2008, 07:29 PM
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Your English is better than Kmot's, that's for certain.

Never put a "Chevy" engine in a "Dodge" boat... It would be an offense to Chevy and Dodge owners alike.

Although the 318 is a newer engine than the 20's, you can probably get a nice Dodge 318 kit in the right scale and call it an 'upgrade'.
Aug 22, 2008, 07:59 PM
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Looks great so far! Looking forward to seeing more.
Aug 23, 2008, 02:52 AM
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@Shaun Hendricks

Sorry for this mistake, but it is very difficult to get such big dummy-motors here in Germany. A friend of mine was working at Revell and so I got a kit. I also have a ready built Ford 427 SOHC in 1/6 scale.
Can you give me a link to your mentioned Dodge please?

Aug 23, 2008, 11:39 AM
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In truth, all sorts of engine makes have been transplanted into all sorts of car makes over here in the USA. I have seen Ford's in Chevy's, Chevy's in Ford's, and Dodge hemi's in everything!

Here is a company that makes beautiful 1/6 scale diecast engines, and some of them are the Chrysler hemi's:

Testors Corp. also makes these same engines available in kit form:
Aug 23, 2008, 01:21 PM
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Looks like an awesomly fun build, and subject!
Aug 23, 2008, 01:37 PM
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FatBeech, I always wanted to tour Neuschwanstein-Castle. While in Germany in the 80's I got to have a medieval dinner at Castle Cochem, and had a great time! Made a mental note to view every castle I could when in a country that offered one. Going to Scotland next month...hummm maybe Edinburgh castle?....
Aug 23, 2008, 06:23 PM
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Get some pictures of Edinburgh and say hi to the Queen for me. Pete
Aug 23, 2008, 06:39 PM
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I like this area!!!
Lot of good water with a fresh breeze of salt...

Plane castle is to brave, Birkhill Castle the same way for very much BP,
but Tower of Hallbar will be the right place to stay with ghost's...

Yes, it's a funbuild. But I try to get a real looking model in old style...

Here are some pics of my model motors...
Last edited by FatBeech; Aug 24, 2008 at 05:32 AM.
Aug 23, 2008, 07:39 PM
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Cochem.....if only I had a R/C boat while I was there.
Aug 24, 2008, 07:45 PM
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Some words to the "wrong motor in the boat"-problem:

I have seen in an old american boatmagazine, I think it was "Wooden Boats", that in the early 20ties and 30ties at each lake were some carpenters building pleasureboats instead of houses or furniture.
One of these were Mr. Horace Dodge, who made fine pleasure boats also.
Maybe he was familiar with the today famous Dodge car producers, but I don't think so.
I write and think "maybe"...
I think it was written in one of the magazines I saw in the 80ties.
Also KMOT, Tom has written here, that you can find strange motors in strange cars, cause it seems to be usual in your country. Try this in Germany and you never get that car onto the street! Or with many tricks only... :-)

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