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Zipper hydroplane by steamschooner - unknown scale - small

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Well I decided that I would revisit a model that has been sitting on my shelf for 20 years or more. I got the plans for this boat from Motor Boating Ideal series of books/ plans ca. 1938  It was long before I had a pc and internet.  One of the reasons I stopped work on it was because I just did not have enough info on the cockpit area.  It was also a lesson in using veneers.  So now I can research this class of hydroplane and get something going on finishing it up. If I am remembering correctly this was a Hacker design.   Following pictures show what I have left after 20 plus years.img060.thumb.jpg.b8c1a776dab87beb5476c78a27c7c806.jpg1692001705_hydroplane1.thumb.JPG.170fb9b30ed3c73e3b42c41e00e3b2fe.JPG899066599_hydroplane3.thumb.JPG.8545d42bc9f1c2de923b1a99d18275e6.JPG

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That will make a pretty interesting model.

 

No one hears much of step hulled hydroplanes any more. They were pretty much just non flying seaplane hulls, or floats without the aircraft. Not as fast or stable as three point hydroplanes but FAR more classic and probably better in rough water.  

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I believe the hull design was originally designed by John Hacker for "Little Miss Canada IV", a 225 class hydroplane, made by Greavette and raced by Harold Wilson. see link: https://sites.google.com/site/haroldandlornamoviecom/home/boats

 

 It looks like the hull design was also used for "Baby-Ruth" see link: https://fpwp.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Stock-Images-Vintage-Inboard-Hydroplanes/G0000wOgcursiv1M/I0000fPwhNXI.Z1k/C00000hFk2.XLNOQ/

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