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  1. Just got my new kit in the mail. This will be my first Dumas Boat Kit . I'm a little intimidated by this kit, I've watched lots of videos and viewed lots of build logs so it's time to get cracking!
  2. When I was a boy, we owned a Skippercraft runabout in which I enjoyed fishing and cruising in Puget Sound. I’ve been building ship models now for several years and finally decided to model this runabout for my father. My goal is to complete this for his 91st birthday in October, ambitious but doable. We’ll see how this goes. Our boat was a 17-foot model, so I chose to use 1/16 (3/4 inch) scale which will provide a nicely sized model. This is my first scratch build. The Skippercraft was a simple plywood runabout built in the late 1950’s by Larsen Marine on Vashon Island. I looked for plans but could not find any, nor could I find any photos of this boat. Ours had a 35 horsepower Johnson outboard motor, of which I was able to find photos. This spring, the Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma invited our club to demonstrate modeling. Surprise! There sat a Skippercraft runabout right in front of our tables. Needless to say, I spent a few hours pouring over the boat making measurements and taking photos. A museum associate explained that these boats were often built without plans. The builder would construct a prototype from which he would make forms for production once he was happy with the design. Skippercraft in Foss Waterway Seaport
  3. I built this two or three years ago from pictures, actual dimensions and what my imagination could come up with. Sold it to a guy in New York but it took him a week to open the wooden crate it was in it because I fastened the lid using Robertson screws, apparently they don't use Robertson screws in the States. The steering wheel was made on my lathe I used African Sepeli hardwood and ebony sandwiched together to get the two tone effect. All the brass was done by hand except the dash, those holes are actually furls used for plastic air lines. The deck planks are separated by thin strips of black rubber between the planks I shaved them off a small sheet of thin rubber and the deck is removable to be able to get at the motor battery. I'm sure it will get moved because I didn't have a clue where to put it but because I just found the pictures I thought I would share this with you.
  4. I started this little project a few years ago with the intent of using up leftover planking and other materials from tall ship builds. I like building R/C and made a 1:8.5 scale Land Rover Defender 90 a while back and this will go on a trailer behind it. I don't "play" with these things much as it is the build that I like. The Defender was scratch built based on a commercially available body and drive train components. I always loved the look of the Riva Aquarama and this is losely based on that boat. I drew the plans myself then bought a set of plans for the Aquarama to make sure the shape of the bow was right. The basic concept was to build plank on frame, with a difference. I was going to build up a three ply hull in situ by laying one layer of 0.6mm limewood (from memory) sheet along the bottom of the hull. Then cut the sheet into short lengths and glue to the first layer at right angles using spray contact adhesive. Then repeat the process in the original direction for the third layer. The sides were to follow the same technique using mahogany sheets.

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