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  1. Hello there First Post here and stepping on stage with great trepidation as I've already seen many scratch builds posted and by-and-large with a great more attention to detail than I'm prepared to devote! Having said that I'm still pretty pleased with this model and its recipient, a life long friend, is ecstatic ... so there!! OK, I've only been scratch building for about 15 years and have only ever built one kit ... a Billings Dragon, and mostly scratch build racing cars from the 50's. When I felt my skills were adequate I did a half-hull of our own sailboat then a series of half-hulls for friends then eventually my oldest pal said he'd prefer a FULL hull instead (greedy b*gger) of his "baby", a Trojan 36 Sport Fisherman. No plans were available so I developed my own from various suitable photos on the inter-web and supplemented them with MANY visits to the boat where I photographed every inch of it with a tape measure stretched out for scale. I usually build in a composite called Renshape which, if you haven't heard of it, is a product made for pattern-making. It is very expensive but wonderful to work with as it takes fine details with ease. However, my supply had diminished and I wanted to get started. I had a brainwave (brain-fart?) one day when my neighbour was having a set of stairs made for him that used a new synthetic wood that looked remarkably like Renshape ... a true composite and waterproof. A few off-cuts were "liberated" one night ... and so it began. I screwed/glued together enough pieces to give me the requisite hull ... then went at it with whatever grinding tools I had at hand ... it wasn't pretty. Much Bondo and fillers were applied and eventually it resembled his hull. A deck was added and ever more fillers applied. The superstructure was filled in with cardboard and the complex shaping of windows began using those little Arborite/Formica samples. One doesn't realize how complex a hull shape can be until you try to replicate it! Coaming around the stern cut from mahogany plank. White panelling from more Arborite samples Swim platform assembled from tiny strips of mahogany Steering wheel from scrap aluminum (no I didn't have a machine lathe at this time) Seats fabricated from Renshape and aluminum scraps I practised silver soldering when many of the stainless metalwork was made ... Hand made all the 90 and 120 degree fittings needed for the handrails Aft deck in finished state OK, I won't bore you with any more detail but fire away if there are any questions. The finished model ... Thanks for looking in. Frank
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