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    Chris Craft Constellation
    by DWBrinkman πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This is an old build Lindberg Kit #814. It was a total basket case. I picked it up to part out, but have warmed up to the idea of seeing what I can make of it. I used my Dremel to cut out the old glue, and disassembled it in the hopes of putting it back together better than the original build. I will need to fabricate the missing roof section, and replace the missing/broken stanchions and railing.


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    19 days ago by DWBrinkman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Madwelshman: If you have it, I'd love it if you sent or posted it. ANY help I can get is appreciated! Thanks.
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    19 days ago by Madwelshman ( Warrant Officer)
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    I have seen 'a' plan for one of these, I may even have downloaded it previously when I saw it.
    I'm not saying it would definitely be the same as yours, but may well be of some help with the parts that you need to make/re-make?

    Will
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    19 days ago by zooma ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks DW - it will be a long job that I fit in-between other projects when I feel enthused enough to spend more time on it.
    I have been told many times that it was not worth bothering with, and if it wasn't for the lock-down I would not have given it a second thought - it really was a wreck!
    The original Stirling kit choice of plywood was really low-grade - I have never seen plywood crumble before - the cabin was not fuel soaked, it was well varnished, and does not look like it had ever got wet so that came as a bit of a shock.
    By comparison the balsa wood parts have been a lot more durable than the plywood parts - very strange!
    Bob.
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    20 days ago by DWBrinkman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Zooma: Wow! That sounds like QUITE the project! Just think how proud you will be when it is finished.
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    20 days ago by zooma ( Warrant Officer)
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    I have a similar Chris Craft basket case - mine is a Chris Craft Corvette that was originally built from the American Sterling kit about 50+ years ago.

    Mine was a totally broken, fuel sodden wreck with most of the original kit plywood cabin sides so frail that they disintegrated when touched.

    I had to quickly conserve what was left of the plywood cabin side shapes so that I had something to refer to!

    The gaps were guessed at and some cabin side patterns were made (cornflake packets) and new sides were cut from decent 4mm birch plywood.

    The fuel soaked hull (made from planked balsa wood!) had most of it rotted out, and so I had to chop quite a bit out and replace it with some hardwood strips (that I cut from some scrap hardwood) and fresh balsa block in the lower nose.

    Sadly (for me) I started work on it during the first lock-down, and now I have gone too far to put it back in the skip again - so it is likely to be needing my attention for some time to come.😠
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    20 days ago by DWBrinkman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Madwelshman: Thank You!
    I have already acquired the mahogany planks.
    fabricating the roof is my first priority. Once (If) I complete that task successfully, I will procede with the rest of the project.
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    20 days ago by Madwelshman ( Warrant Officer)
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    A very nice rescue that.
    It's definitely got potential to be a really nice model.

    Planked and varnished decks for sure on a model of a boat from that stable.

    Will
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