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  1. OK, I have finally started building the Crockett. This is a long model. One thing I noticed right away is the length of this model versus the width meaning it will be quite top heavy.
  2. OK, I know, I know, I said in the past that I don't like building the same model twice, but I never said never, so here we go with another 1930 Chris Craft mahogany runabouts. Now, if I have my arm twisted behind my back to build a second model, my arm wouldn't have to be twisted nearly as much to build another 1930, this is one of if not my favorite Chris Craft runabout. I had been offered this kit a few months ago and it had been nagging at me, I could hear it in my sleep, saying (build me, build m mikie, you know you want to, just go with the feeling), which I finally did. I swear I could see that box dancing in my rear view mirror all the way home.
  3. The Caribbean Dreamin BR549 is did. I have the fishing nets installed, so she is ready to go fishing.
  4. Unfortunately, I built that particular model over 20 years ago. But a couple of things I would suggest is to built your own stern windows and ditch the wood chips used to simulate copper plating and use copper foil tape instead. Also, If I remember correctly, I changed the depth of the cannon, even the dummies because I felt they protruded out to far from the sides of the hull. I did this on both the Mamoli and Model Shipways versions if memory serves.
  5. It's getting close to being completed, I have to button up a few things on her and she will be ready for a new home.
  6. I'm quite curious to see how much ballast will be required for her to float properly with all the extra weight from the deck house going upward. I did a float test on her for leaks before I installed the deck and put in about 8oz of lead weight midship and the stem of the boat at that time. Due to the roundness of the bottom of the hull, I'm sure it's going to take quite a bit more weight because with that shape, she will tend to roll a bit and be a bit pitchy.
  7. Thanks Bob, your right they look sharp on the boat. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and should have the Caribbean Dreamin done within a few days.
  8. I bought these tires to use as side bumpers for the Hellen. I loosely and I mean loosely based my build on this boat.
  9. I know the feeling Bob, I've done all of those things, even the Xacto knife, fortunately, I was wearing a pair of loafers at the time, so no damage. The worst injury I have had was a couple of years ago, while cutting out gun ports on the Montane's. The Xacto knife slipped and cut a 1 1/2" in the top of my hand down to the bone and then some. Now I use cutting gloves that Oyster shuckers use. I was able to spend a little time on the Hellen aka: Caribbean Dreamin last night/ I got the deck glued down, deck furnishings installed, mast made and installed. I'm on the fence about using the brass mast tops. I think they are a bit too out of place on a fishing boat, but I'm not building it for me. If they are used, the sure as heck ain't staying brass, I will paint them. Though it is a shame to paint turned brass.
  10. I had to take a few days off from the model. I made the mistake of drilling a nice hole in my finger. I always tell buyers or people who receive one of my builds that I a bit of blood sweat and tears in it and I don't mean this figuratively, but more like literally.
  11. I didn't realize you have documented all of your progress on YouTube, I'm checking them out now to see how you weathered parts such as the Deadeyes, which look like they were blackened. I have done very little weathering on any of the 60-70 models that I have built because I usually build to sell or donate and people usually gravitate more toward shiny things, which is why I'm considering trying my hand at weathering a model for my grandson.
  12. It is an interesting concept and I do like your approach to it as well as the video. I would like to ask how you did the weathering on the unpainted wood? I'm considering trying my hand at extreme weathering a wooden tall ship model for my grandson and making it like a ghost ship and possibly in a diorama scene. Nothing fancy like as large as the Trinidad, something a bit more of a smaller scale and fairly cheap in case I mess it up.

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