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  • Birthday 03/26/1971

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    Charles City, Iowa
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    Model kit building including plastic and balsa planes and cars and now wooden ships, restore old classic cars (cars restored so far: 66 Ford Mustang coupe, 62 Chevy Corvair Monza coupe, 76 Pontiac Grand Prix, 76 Pontiac Firebird) hunting and fishing

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  1. I haven't been on the forum for quite some time and been busy with other things so haven't been building kits in awhile but I recently started working a Mini Mamoli kit of The Black Queen. So far it's coming along well and have the hull deck planking completed along with the keel. So far it seems to be a nice fairly easy little kit...Has anyone else built this same kit or similar Mini Mamoli kits? How has your experience been?
  2. Thank you Yves...I have quite a bit more finished on the model and I will be posting another update today sometime so keep a look out.
  3. I know this isn't much of an update but the time involved in cutting out and sanding all of the formers and pther hull pieces was insane, not to mention how many of the formers I'd broken and repaired in the process. This kit has THE worst diecut parts and THE crappiest wood selection of any kit on Earth, lemme tell ya that. I also had similar issues with the Mahogany in my build of the Dumas Li'l Swamp Buggy I had posted a partial build on the other day elsewhere here. Dumas is going to really lose my business if this keeps up. I have a Dumas balsa airplane kit coming in the mail soon too and hope their balsa is much better quality. The build from here on with this Hobie Cat should be a lot more fun though (crossing my fingers). More to come as I progress. Oh and since according to a label on the box, the wood is treated with formaldahyde, I should be well pickled from all of the splinters I'd endured so far.
  4. I just picked up this Dumas products "Hobie Cat" catamaran sailboat kit. My only qualms are the shoddy, splintery and badly warped Mahogany wood in the kit and lack of decent instructions. I wish they would have used decent ply or something of similar quality rather than the crappy splintery Mahogany they use for their boat kits. The instructions are also a joke, just a large folded over sheet of paper with rather unclear instructioons. On the plus side though, the very large plans sheet is easy enough to understand and great details. All in all though it looks like a nice kit. More to follow as I proceed with the build.
  5. I agree, hindsight is 20/20 though, I hadn't even considered breaking one so buying at least 6 so lots of extras lol
  6. I finally got a chance to run the airboat today on the snow in the vacant lot I own next door to my house and boy howdie...zipbang she really zooms along. But after 4 flips upside down however, I ended up breaking the only propeller I have so she's docked until I can order several more. This is going to be so much fun on the pond nearby this Spring....If we ever have Spring, stupid snow.
  7. Thanks, I did end up reversing the red and black wires on the electric speed control and it now runs correctly....too late in the day to go try it out outside but it moves well across the carpet....This is going to be super fun on the pond this coming Spring.
  8. This following is actually a copy of a post from today I had made to my Facebook page in follow up to a build progress report I had started on Facebook before I had joned this forum. I thought it'd go well here...Although this doesn't show the whole build process, I'm sure you all get the idea of what went into building this and even though it's actually an R/C kit build, I hope no one minds. Here's a long awaited final build update on my Dumas Li'l Swamp Buggy R/C electric motor conversion boat build. I had started this build this past fall but the original electric speed control I'd purchased was DOA right out of the package and I just recently finally ordered another one. Everything works perfectly now but I had purchased the wrong propeler. The one I need is a "pusher" type prop and the one I bought is a "pull" type. In other words, a pusher prop propels a boat/plane forward and a pull type prop pulls the boat/plane....so with this prop on the boat, it wants to pull the boat backwards. There are 3 wires on the speed control and without knowing exactly which does which, I really don't want to try installing wires in a reverse fasion to try to get the boat to run in a forward direction and risk frying the new speed controller so I will be buying some "pusher" props this week. Then it's off to my vacant lot I own next door for some fun in the snow, yeehawww.
  9. Thanks Popeye and David. A nice thing about the kit is that it has a series of templates that you check your work against the side of the hull in various spots as you carve, sand and shape the hull to the exact shape of the finished hull. I also keep a wetstone at hand and resharpen my blade often. David your idea of the wash to seal the hull is a great idea and will be sure to try it out.
  10. Really nothing too exciting to post but I got the patterns I'd made for the remainder of the parts from sheet B transfered to 1/8" balsa sheeting and cut out. Next, sanding the hull to shape and many here know how much I dread lots of sanding. But hey, we all gotta do it. Sorry for the awful quality of the first picture.
  11. Another quick update, I've got the hull completed (again) ;o) Next, start carving the hull to shape. This should be fairly easy since it's fairly soft balsa. More later...Thanks for looking and your interest in this build so far.

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