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I'm about to try and build an RC racing schooner, the Malabar One, designed in 1922 by John Alden. It was the first of a series of ten schooners he designed all named Malabar. I've never bult a boat from scratch, so it will be interesting how it comes out. A friend gave me an empty fiberglass hull, a lead keel and a stack of old drawings, and that's it. The hull is 48" stem to stern. The keel weights 18 lbs. Here's what I have as reference materials to go by: This is from a different, but similar boat also designed by John Alden: I was also given an old print of another build using the same hull: So I have lot's of questions about woods and techniques. The original boat used White Oak for framing, and hard pine for deck planks. (Why pine? - seems soft and not water friendly) I've been told that aircraft spruce works great for model framing members. I also have easy access to lots of white oak, and the tools to machine it. I originally planed to do the deck in teak, and the deck houses and details in mahogany. The deck MUST be water-proof - this will be a working, sailing model, so I guess I have to seal and varnish the deck or ?? Don't know what to make the masts and spars out of. (spruce?)