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    1954 35 ft. Chris Craft Sport Fisherman / Cruiser
    by Brightwork ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ ( Lieutenant)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Update May 22
    3 days ago by Brightwork ( Lieutenant)
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    I laid down a coating of resin in her bilge. Also put her stb and port sides on. I had to cut some small cuts in the foredeck where it starts to angle down to the step off to the aft deck at the cabin sides. That way I could bend the deck down without snapping it. Filled the cuts with famowood and sanded. I then used 1/8 X 2" balsa to build the nest section fwd toward the bow. Today I am putting in the balsa blocks to form her bow. Starting to take shape.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Update May 16 2022
    9 days ago by Brightwork ( Lieutenant)
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    Mack propulsion gear came in...so I was able to mark her alignment. I used the center of the engine boxes in the template underneath as my guide. Both measure just under 2.5" from the keel. I have a collection of props already, so tested with a three blade (1.5") and fit perfectly.

    I built the stuffing box frames and built the shaft tubes right in. I know some might wonder why. I believe I can glass her hull later with them in place without a problem. Just have to be very careful.

    I put on her bottom sheets and filled in with a bit of famowood. For the bow I am trying to get as close to the rise of the chine to the bow as possible. I will use some famowood to contour her fwd planing hull to fine tune it later. Next I will turn her over and add wood glue to her seams for extra strength. Then built up the stern bilge area with another layer (as Tim did) to for a stronger mount for her struts.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Update May 16 2022
    9 days ago by Brightwork ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Admiral..

    Famowood is amazing...stainable, sands like wood, does not shrink or crack. Best stuff out there. I will be using 600 Brushed motors. She is 1:1 scale so 35" LOA. Thanks for your interest...
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Update May 16 2022
    9 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice woodwork BW ๐Ÿ‘ SFSG๐Ÿ‘
    So glad she has her bottom sheeted ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™ˆ
    1.5" (~38/40mm) prop ...
    What motors are you considering?
    Brushed/Brushless, types?
    Remind me please how big is she: LoA, Beam?
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    PS I was wondering what the heck is 'famowood'.
    So I Googled it. Turns out it's all sorts (not liquorice! Warning for Bassetts fans๐Ÿ˜‹) of useful stuff.
    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=famowood
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    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=famowood
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    ๐Ÿ“ Chris Craft 35' Sport Fisherman - 1954
    20 days ago by Brightwork ( Lieutenant)
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    These are the photos and specs from her 1954 Chris Craft catalogue
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Chris Craft 35' Sport Fisherman - 1954
    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    That's a great looking boat, Ill follow this with interest as I will be doing a similar craft from that era
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    ๐Ÿ“ Update
    20 days ago by Brightwork ( Lieutenant)
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    Using 1/8 basswood on her stern. I will be using 1/8 Balsa on her hull. She looks pretty straight. Waiting for propulsion gear from MACK products in NJ. Let the glue dry and clean her up a bit tomorrow. I will remount the frame to my board then and sister some of the frames in prep for when I plank her.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Update
    6 days ago by pressonreguardless ( Midshipman)
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    Hi BW,
    Rich at Mack Products is my go-to for propulsion.
    Good pricing, very knowledgeable.
    Trev
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    25 days ago by Brightwork ( Lieutenant)
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    Did not like the way the bow at the chine made such a hard turn on the 3rd frame. Fixed that.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Massage
    22 days ago by Brightwork ( Lieutenant)
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    Peejay

    Yes that is Tim. He posted his build on RC Groups. I am as well.

    I have his email...

    Hess
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Massage
    23 days ago by Peejay ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    You mentioned that the photo in your early post was โ€˜Timโ€™sโ€™ build. Is that Tim Brown? He and I were in constant communication about Chris Crafts until my legs quit on me, and while I was in the hospital, my phone got cleaned out of email addresses.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Frames in
    25 days ago by Brightwork ( Lieutenant)
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    I made little block where each frame goes, then placed them all on a dry run. Even though they are cut to the Dumas plans, they needed a lot of attention. I also am in the process of reinforcing all her chines etc. This is where I left her off today.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Part 1
    28 days ago by Brightwork ( Lieutenant)
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    Just an idea of what I am doing to build the 35 Chris Craft. Plans laid out on flat board. Trace and cut out patterns on paper. trace them onto 1/8 Basswood with felt pen. Then cut those out on the Dremel scroll saw. Lots of measurements and rechecking and rechecking. Note the block under the rear deck frame. Measured from plans with calipers to match the slope exactly.
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    ๐Ÿ“ 1954 35 ft. Chris Craft Sport Fisherman / Cruiser
    1 month ago by Brightwork ( Lieutenant)
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    Well...here goes. I will be building this model. This Chris raft was only offered one year(1954). I have some scant parts from a 60 year old kit. I will be making many parts from Basswood and balsa. Thanks to a couple of generous friends I have the plans and templates. The built model is a stolen picture from Tim's beautiful build of the same model in 2013. Hope you don't mind Tim. You have set the bar high. I can only hope to do as well. This one will take time. I will post updates as I go.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1954 35 ft. Chris Craft Sport Fisherman / Cruiser
    1 month ago by Steveg171 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    This one looks fun Will, nice to see how it comes along.

    Steve.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1954 35 ft. Chris Craft Sport Fisherman / Cruiser
    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Midshipman)
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    Very nice indeed.
    Looking forward to any updates as and when.
    Have fun with your build.

    Will
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