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    Chris Craft Catalina 50" by Sterling
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    πŸ“ Bit more done today
    7 days ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    Windows stained and varathaned. Will put glass & venison blinds in much later in main cabin.
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    5 days ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    Bridge windows will look more like they grew there once she gets along.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bit more done today
    5 days ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    The decks are just mahogany planks then 6 coats of Satin varathane. The house is mahogany with Semi-gloss varathane. The interior and inside cabin walls etc which are balsa all were stained with Minwax wood finish "Sanora Red". This is the best to get as close to mahogany colour as you can. The wood filler is "Famawood" - the best out their.. it does not shrink or crack, can be stained etc.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bit more done today
    7 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looking good Brightwork.
    Nice work.
    What wood stain did you use ?

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bit more done today
    7 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Big windows, will it take a whole deer 🦌for each window.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Windows prepped
    12 days ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    I installed the forward cabin windows. Still need some touch up and varathane. Also built the helm station windscreen. Just sitting in place. Need to be varathaned etc.. I will put them on later after I have installed helm station and bunch of other items.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Windows prepped
    11 days ago by Cargoman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Really good looking boat another Sterling classic.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Windows prepped
    12 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    I like it. Good job.
    Rick
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    πŸ“ CC Catalina update
    14 days ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    Soo...after a few days of paint , sand, paint, microfill, sand, paint..etc...
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    πŸ’¬ Re: CC Catalina update
    14 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Progressing well Good job.
    Rick
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    πŸ’¬ Re: CC Catalina update
    14 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    She is looking good.
    Your hard work is starting to pay off.
    Keep it up.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ Chris Craft Catalina - April 28 2021 update
    18 days ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    I worked on the cabin top and mouldings that extend down the helm on each side. Now to fit the forward windows and then epoxy the roof before paint.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Catalina - April 28 2021 update
    18 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Good progress BW πŸ‘
    Wing mountings next? πŸ˜‰
    😎
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    πŸ“ Where does the time go...
    21 days ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    The Catalina was on the back burner for a while. Life and spring keep me busy around the house. But....here is an update. Just starting to put cabin top etc together. I have also been working on my Jules Verne, Chris Craft Corvette and Tugboat.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Where does the time go...
    21 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice work Brightwork, πŸ‘
    Strange though, my Catalina looks VERY different πŸ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    πŸ“ More progress
    9 months ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    As you can see I have opened up the fwd galley area, puttied the hull smooth, and painted it white. . I have added the wiring in prep for lighting. I have also started to build the galley. All dry fit not glued yet. Note the floor and bulkheads of the main salon are removable to gain access for the galley build etc. Once all is in place it will be glued. Stay tuned.... thanks for watching
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    πŸ’¬ Re: More progress
    9 months ago by Puddle-pirate ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Beautiful build. Can't wait to see more.πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Catalina Progress
    10 months ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    OK....so...as you know it is 1/3 thinking, 1/3 redoing, and 1/3 progress. I stained the three sides of the roof struts, fiberglassed the hull, epoxied the interior, cut out the fwd bulkheads for the galley, cut out the portholes and didn't like them so redid them. Made the interior cabin sides and tried a dry fit. I tried the fwd cabin windows, but they were not big enough?? so made a new set. not in pics.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Catalina Progress
    21 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice going BW πŸ‘
    "didn't like them so redid them",
    "but they were not big enough?? so made a new set"
    If at first .... ! Main thing, you persevered and got there in the end, well doneπŸ‘πŸ‘
    To paraphrase Martin555-
    If it don't look right ... it probably ain't!πŸ€”
    Carry on modelling Middy, you're doing great.
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    πŸ“ progress
    11 months ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    Soooo..today's progress. I marked and taped the deck beams to the underside of the foredeck. As this is the galley..I wanted to paint the ceiling an off white. The markings match the beams so that when I glue the deck down it gets good purchase. Then I opened up the forward hatch. Last pic shows another coat of semi gloss on cabin parts. Note upper right I cut out, laminated with mahogany strips and stained the fwd cabin windows. ttyl...
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    πŸ“ Chris Craft Catalina 50' by Sterling
    11 months ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    So now some new pics... I had some mahogany strips and skin laying around so I decided to cover the cabin sides, decks, and aft roof with them. Any other parts that are balsa I stain with Minwax Sedona Red stain. The decks will then be varathaned with clear coat satin and the house will be varathaned with semi gloss. Stern will also be semi gloss.

    I use Famowood filler for shaping out the hull, then will use Zap finishing rezin and one ounce fiberglass cloth to glass her. I have ordered all her lighting (LED) from Evan Designs.
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    πŸ“ Chris Craft Catalina 50" by Sterling
    11 months ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    I thought I started a blog and it wound up in media gallery?/ at any rate... I have broken out my Chris Craft Catalina to build. I will be making her static and doing up the interior as well as adding LED lighting. These are a few pics of the start of the build.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Catalina 50" by Sterling
    11 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice indeed.
    He's certainly done a fantastic job, and i am sure that with your skills yours will be as good.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Catalina 50" by Sterling
    11 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    Really Sharp !
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Catalina 50" by Sterling
    11 months ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    I have six RC boats... including a CC Corvette.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Catalina 50" by Sterling
    11 months ago by Brightwork ( Midshipman)
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    Yes... she is a classic. Hope to have her looking like this. This was built by a fellow just recently. amazing build...and my motivation to get mine done.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Catalina 50" by Sterling
    11 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That is one sturdy looking hull BW, Bullet proofπŸ‘
    ... and now I know who nicked all my mini-clamps which vanished after the last workshop 'sort out'. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜
    Be a shame not to see her in her element but 'Each to his own' I guess.
    KUTGW. Cheers, Doug 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Catalina 50" by Sterling
    11 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You are off to a great start.
    If you made her ready for radio control but did not fit any you then have a good start if you change your mind later.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Catalina 50" by Sterling
    11 months ago by GARTH ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Looks like a real fine model boat kit must be a antique
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