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    1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
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    ๐Ÿ“ Lighting
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Sorted the lighting today

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lighting
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Thanks for the explanation Brightwork.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lighting
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Warrant Officer)
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    I recently found the cheap Chinese fairy lights a quick and easy solution for internal and deck lighting. You can lay them out and cut off the excess wire and they work for hours with watch batteries. At ยฃ1 a string its worth it. Then its merely a matter of connecting a microservo to the switch and you have remote on/off functioning. Some sets even have multicolour. Quite fun to work with. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lighting
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Isaac ( Warrant Officer)
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    I added lights to two of my large boats. All LEDs.


    But

    In bright daylight they are not visible. Only at dusk are they visible to enjoy.


    Also, I have another large boat 4 ft long, and I use bicycle flashers red and white. That made a huge difference and fun. Especially when the red is flashing constantly. Not scale, but super fun



    Isaac
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    ๐Ÿ“ April 13 2024
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Well.... pretty much completed the 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger.
    I tested all her lighting individually as I went along. And wouldn't you know it, The 3V rice lights that came in the navigation lights I made from balsa wood are sucking up all the juice. The other lights (mast, bow and interior) are all 3V LEd's. I guess they don't mix. I will get it sorted out later. I will add hand rails to the cockpit roof when I find some.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 13 2024
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Really enjoyed seeing your photos. Keep up the good work ! ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 13 2024
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Allessandro,

    I made the mistake of leaving the glass tungstan filament lights in the navigation light inserts. The rest are LED so the tungstan lights suck up the power.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 13 2024
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Peejay,

    The blinds are actually printed graphic lines from Callie Graphics. I added the down straps (pin stripe white) and just used a ruler to make a black line to simulate separation between the blinds.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 13 2024
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Ronald,

    The anchor I placed there just to copy the actual photo of the boat I modelled her from. I will add tat photo now.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 13 2024
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    I couldn't translate well and I didn't understand the speech about the lights. Sorry, my bad. But the photos are very clear, they speak for themselves: She's gorgeous.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 13 2024
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Westwind ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Very nice, great job
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 13 2024
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ronald ( Admiral)
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    Question, would an anchor be left on the wooden deck or be stowed away in a locker ? Say, under the bow in a foot locker.

    Just asking, I know nothing about these beautiful Chris Craft boats.

    So much attention to detail on this model, even the tight grain of the mahogany.

    Looking forward to possibly meeting you when my wife and I are in Victoria May 18-21. We are riding the Victoria Clipper to Seattle in late afternoon of the 21st. A 2.5 hr trip at 34+knots!
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 13 2024
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Peejay ( Midshipman)
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    Outstanding, and I love the window blinds. Did you make them? They are a project themselves!
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 13 2024
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Commodore)
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    Looks great ๐Ÿ‘, a lovely build
    ๐Ÿ“ April 05 update
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Sorry all.... health and weather have been keeping from the shipyard. I am back!!! lol.

    So.... I have completed the cockpit roof and installed it. I have made the navigation lights. As you can see I have made the port Stbd lights from wood( I resined them and then will chrome them.) I made up the stantions for the side stern railings and made up the railings. I also made a cushion for the aft doghouse (the boat I am modeling her after has brown cushions, but I think they are to hot to lay on in the sun). I also redid the cabin windows and blinds. I have added lighting to the wheel house as well. Ohhh and I intalled the porthole windows.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 05 update
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Commodore)
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    Looking great, glad to hear that your health is going in the right direction ๐Ÿ‘Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 05 update
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    I agree with all the positive opinions and compliments directed towards this construction.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 05 update
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Flaxy..


    It just takes time. Thank you
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 05 update
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Len1 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    very nicely done. Keep up the good work now that you are back into it. Hope health stays good.
    Len
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 05 update
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Outstanding !
    Such wonderful craftsmanship. Real museum quality work.
    You really set the standard,but the bar is so high I doubt I will ever reach it ! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 05 update
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Welcome back you Old Salt! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ๐Ÿ“ Feb 8 update
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    I know I have been slow on this one. I need to paint my aft cabin roof (waiting on weather). Then I can get the lighting sorted and mount it. Then I can put on her side rails, etc. In the meantime I decided to make her tender and davits. I made he mast and stern flagpole as well.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Feb 8 update
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    This is fabulous! A great mod and beautifully done!
    ๐Ÿ“ Jan 6 2024 Update
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Little more progress on my 1949 40ft. Chris Craft Challenger. Have the fwd cabin windows in. Helm station built. Aft cabin roof made. Have the blinds and windows to do on main cabin. Coming soon.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Jan 6 2024 Update
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Wow! She is a sharp looker Brightwork! Fantastic workmanship! Keep those pix coming!
    ๐Ÿ“ Dec 5 2023 update
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Had some time to put together the wheelhouse windows. I also built the fwd seat and the dog house. Nothing is glued down yet. I need to varnish the wheel house windows (stained them today).

    I discarded the windows I made last post and built these right in place over paper layout. Worked much better

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Dec 5 2023 update
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ronald ( Admiral)
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    Very interesting design. We are coming out your way in May, hope to catch up with you while in the area.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Dec 5 2023 update
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scamp ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looks very smart
    Scamp๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Dec 5 2023 update
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Outstanding!!! Moving along beautifully. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Dec 5 2023 update
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I am intrigued by the 'dickie seat' in front. I have not seen one like this on a boat before. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Dec 5 2023 update
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Commodore)
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    Looking very smart ๐Ÿ˜Š
    ๐Ÿ“ Update Nov 4 2023
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Next section of work. I added the rub rails to the hull. Painted her bottom. I laid her deck down and cut out and installed the fwd seating arrangement. I did not like the sharp rake of the cabin top to the front windscreen, so I curved that down to look more realistic. I mocked up some window frames for the wheelhouse.

    ๐Ÿ“ Update October 16
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Well...yes I have been busy on the build as well as getting house and yard winter ready. I will not post all the work I have been doing, but enough to get you up to speed. Last post I had the hull built and prepped. So I decided to get some work done on the cabin.

    I decided that I would like the entire superstructure to lift off in one go, so that included rails etc. I made a base floor that would lay over the stern pulpit and have the fore cabin sit on the foredeck. The deck in between would then run level with the deck I will add later.

    I cut the base and the roof the same size in width etc.. and left channels on the outside edge of the roof and deck for the cabin sides to fit in. Then I built the roof by gluing my cut frames to a 1/16 piece of basswood that was cut to the roof pattern. I bordered the outer edges of the roof with a long block of balsa on each side. (Trimmed the roof frames to fit the balsa). Then I layed down my roof with balsa sheet and sanded the blocks down to meet the roof inside them. This gave me a nice contour to the roof edges when finished.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Update October 16
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ronald ( Admiral)
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    Update Nov3 itโ€™s looking fine. I like the idea of removing the entire unit.

    Getting ready for winter is required for those with a yard, house and responsibilities. My snowblower is tuned and ready, waiting in between the car n truck in the garage. Mulching leaves, spreading them on the gardens, yup lots to do.
    ๐Ÿ“ 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Hello all.... I have started a new project!! progress so far... she will be 32 " LOA and twin screw.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    A lovely looking craft, and you appear to be making a really good job of it. Well done. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Ed! Although I have a weakness for Sterling Die-crushed kits, I wouldโ€™ve passed on that price as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง EdW ( Midshipman)
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    Found a Sterling Chriscraft Buccaneer on EBay but $225 US plus shipping to the UK works out a bit expensive so will give it a miss๐Ÿ˜ญ
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    EDW...

    Right I have the Bucaneer. She is a smaller model. The one I have I did not build.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง EdW ( Midshipman)
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    My first model boat as a kid was a Chris Craft Buccaneer, donโ€™t remember the make. Had a Cox .049 Baby Bee and I ran it thethered.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช hermank ( Captain)
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    Brightwork ร  good day
    I love the modell you are building and when I see the pictures of your build I love your garden as well ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeterJ ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking good๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง DuncanP ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Excellent start - well done! I will follow with interest.๐Ÿ˜Š
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Commodore)
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    That's looking great, waiting for more progress photos with interest ๐Ÿ˜Š
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Pressonregaguardless...

    Close.. I had the old 1940's kit. Balsa was just drawn out as templates (and sloppy). I cut a lot of new frames and traced the rest. I am using my mind rather than the instructions. I want the entire cabin to lift off including the aft deck and railing. The plans I copied from the old one in the box. I brought to a copy shop and they passed through a big machine.. was risky as the paper was very crisp. Didn't eat it though. But they drew these plans back in the 40's and they are not true or symmetrical. I have to use my dividers a lot to make sure each side is balanced.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brightwork ( Captain)
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    Barry S

    I know...old battery hey? That is the one with the black cat on it I believe. Made me chuckle
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Anything Chris is classic! Keep those pix coming BW!!!
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ BarryS ( Warrant Officer)
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    That is a beautiful classic boat.
    If you go by the plans you might have a little trouble finding that
    6 Volt Ever Ready! LOL
    Barry
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ pressonreguardless ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi BW
    Is this a Scratch Build?
    Looks Great So Far!
    Trev
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Captain)
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    Very nice clean work on the hull... looking forward to this build... That's a beautiful boat! RR


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