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  1. WOW, I didn't see this coming. Another one bites the dust. My resources are getting smaller and smaller. But I would like to say thank you for always being there for me as well as the rest of us die hard modelers the past 33 years.
  2. I have a Tamiya Tirpitz German Battleship kit 1:350 scale for sale for $40.00 plus shipping cost to the lower 48 states. The box has been opened, but the kit has not been started. the Hull length is 30". It can be built static or R/C with the included gear box and motor. The kit is from the early 90's.
  3. Someone should jump on that Constitution kit, it builds into a beautiful model and most all parts can be replaced if need be.
  4. I also have another Chris Craft 1930 mahogany runabout that was an orphaned kit that I was offered that I will be starting on shortly. I usually don't like building the same thing twice (I built this same boat last year) but I hated to see it get kicked from pillar to post so I accepted it. This will be the name of the 1930 Chris Craft when finished. It will be affixed to the stern of the boat.
  5. I will also beef up the edges of the frames to give the planking more of a platform to attach to and give more of a structural support. I usually do this for all plank on frame models I build because most frames are not thick enough. I have built both R/C planes and boats and although planes need to be built lite to make them more air worthy, boats are totally different in that aspect. I would rather build the boat stronger and heavier rather than having to add dead weight to balance it and keep it from being top heavy. The deck cabins and super structures can use the trimming of weight.
  6. I have to cut the balsa 1/8" X 1/2" planking out of some solid planks that I have laying around, so it will take a bit to do this using a guide and a razor knife.
  7. I have all the frames cut out, installed on the keel and starting to put on the sheer planks. The box in the front of th deck is the battery box.
  8. I have all the pieces cut out, keel and bulkheads or frames. It took me a while because I use a coping saw. I'm not good with a scroll saw and find I have more control going the old fashioned route with the coping saw. It takes more time and a bit more effort, but I get a better result.
  9. I was able to get the crane back together and donated the barge/crane to a local charitable non profit organization, who were thrilled to receive the donation. Unfortunately with the damage that the crane had received originally, it could not be made functional anymore. But to me, it really should not have been functional anyway as a static or r/c model.
  10. The plans show to make the keel and bulkheads out of 1/8" balsa. Well, that ain't going to work for me, I'm going to use 1/8" light plywood for both. I have learned from building R/C boats that building light only means you will have to use more dead weight as ballast. I would rather use stronger building materials than add useless dead weight. Also, anything protruding above deck level means more ballast weight to compensate.
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