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>> Home > Forum > Hobby Chit Chat! > So, why not woodies?...
So, why not woodies?...
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(Fleet Admiral!)

Forum Posts: 797
5th Aug 2018 12:04  
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Hi all, a coffee break question for you all.
You will know me if you know me at all as a lover of the woodie, the mahogany hotrod, the classic speedboat.
And I wonder why they are so very rarely modelled. There are plenty of plans for them and a few kits which can be made straight or converted into others. They are well documented on the 'net. There are some wonderful books about them (most of which I have!).

Yet where are they all? Surely they are more fun to fling round a pond than some old tanker/coaster. I realise tugs can be made to erm...tug, if the rest of the equipment is available, but it rarely seems to be.

Does the glamour of a highly varnished wooden or painted finish with chrome fittings not appeal? Does the average smallness of the classic speedboat not make for easy transport?

Not a criticism, just a ponder, but some response would be appreciated.



Forum Posts: 20
5th Aug 2018 12:52  
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Good point. Maybe the beautiful wood finish is daunting to many people and putting builders off. It’s much easier being able to sand, fill and paint a hull etc to hide build quality than to construct it without the need for all of this. Just a thought.

(Fleet Admiral!)

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5th Aug 2018 13:15  
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A valid point, Brian, but many woodies were painted. Chris-Craft red and whites for instance. But veneers can be used for the "planks" over plywood shapes. That's how I made my Riva models.