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  1. Solö Ruff This is my build log of Solö Ruff, first an introduction of the boat itself. This boat was built by Storebro from a design by Einar Runius (1897-1967), a famous Swedish boat designer. It´s a truly elegant, cabin-boat combining elegance with ruggedness, roominess and comfort with the maximum in cockpit and deck utility. In all the Solö series, a total of 2800 models were built beetween 1951 and 1964: Solö Ruff I (1951-53) •Length: 6,85 meters •Breadth: 2,00 meters •Displ: 1,1 ton •Engine: Penta BB41 Solö Ruff II (1953-57) •Length: 7,00/7,15 meter •Breadth: 2,10 meter •Displ: 1,25 ton •Engine: Penta BB50 Solö Ruff III (1957-1959) •Length: 7,35 meter •Breadth: 2,44 meter •Displ: 1,30 ton •Engine: 1 or 2x Penta BB70 Solö Ruff IV (1959-64) •Length: 7,25 meter •Breadth: 2,20 meter •Displ: 1,25 ton Solö does not have any brass detailing but instead high polished steel. This is something I will try to highlight. She was built clinker style, either oak or mahogany. Mostly mahogany. This model is based on the 1960 boat which became the most popular one. ​Solö was intended for the international market and likewise it had a huge success. Still today many of the boats can be found at various Vintage Boat Shows. The most common engine was now Volvo Penta BB115. A very reliable and strong engine. Still Solo was capable of speeds up to 24 knots, but cruised best around 15 knots I hope you will enjoy this adventure with me. So let’s start with intro of the model kit. It’s a Nordic Class Boats by atlastmodels.se, manufactured by TurkModel. Historic reference is Lennart Ivarsson, Storebro Trading Credit should also go to Thomas Ahlander for the cover illustration. Upon opening the box I was greeted by a color paint schematic. This to help with painting the boat. The build process is not provided by any means in words as we normally have an instruction booklet of some kind. There is one sheet covering the parts and one sheet with a little recommendations, no instructions. The building process is very much like Billing Boats with sketches instead. But everything is easy to understand and straight forward. The hull is built in two halves to be glued together. Totally there is 8 sheets A3 format as for instructions. Solo can be built either as a static model or as a RC. She will be built as a static. All pieces except for the planking is laser cut to high quality. ​Edit: planking is laser cut as well due to profile and port/starboard separation. Some of the parts almost falls out by gravity. I am extremely happy and surprised by the keel piece. Even though the box itself is on the edge of being too small. The keel is straight as an arrow. So there is nothing to worry about in that matter. The kit is a plank on frame. I haven’t decided yet how to approach the engine as it would be great to have a 1:10 scale engine inside of her. How and where I would find such I don’t know. I will probably leave it out or make a coarse dummy. All the metal pieces are made out of Britannia metal. There is a flag that is accurate color wise. Included in the kit there is actually soft material for cushions. Now before starting anything: Here is some stats about the kit. Length: 72 cm, 2’ 4 11/32 “ Width: 22 cm, 8 21/32 “ Height: 20 cm, 7 7/8 “ Weight finished: ? Kg and ? Lbs The first thing is now to get a build foundation for the two halves. For that I am using shelf parts from the old office. It will work for now. I will also start working on varnish test as I like to get as close to the dark mahogany finish as possible for the hull. The deck will have a light finish. For the varnish I will start with Min-Wax products. Any questions and input is as usual very welcome.

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