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    DUMAS 1930 Chris-Craft Mahogany Runabout, KIT No. 1230
    by samc πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ ( Master Seaman)

    2 months ago
    DUMAS 1930 Chris-Craft
    Mahogany Runabout,
    KIT No. 1230
    started May 2001 birthday.
    finished sept 2018 Yes a long time..even after i retired it took 5 years to get her out and start working on her... i was busy
    took a break for 16 years.
    Motor is a Dumas 6 volt, $25. I wanted something that
    would look like the real boat, which i saw on Lake George, upstate NY, it didn't go to fast, the original boats had a 6 cylinder eng. so they didn't real go to fast and being 24 feet long and a 6cly eng, she was not got to fast. not like the later models.
    so she rides nice, moves the battery around some, looks like the right speed to me. and no leaks... use enough z-poxy that it much weigh in at 10 lb or so
    MY biggest problem with it, was the finishing of the sides. not making the side look nice by sanding but finishing them off.
    I used what dumas had suggested , Z poly resin that everyone used... will it didn't work for me.. i tried all kinds of thing of things to get a nice finish.. sanding and recoating and recoating .Call the manufacture, they said to call the Rep, for the area. he sent me some new ZAP Z-poxy
    still no lucky. got to a point i was going to send him the boat.. all most did...
    then I can across some spray outside urethane paint water proof
    worked like a charm... now i cover everything with it...
    My grandson 9 like running it with me when he comes down. he is better then me i think at controlling her
    got an offer to sell her for $600 but i'm not sure if i want too..
    not yet...
    got a Dumas Chris-Craft 1950 commander express all most finish.
    and again, i'm not good with the paint, just can not get a smooth surface. but that another story
    BE SAFE OUT THERE.. us'all

    πŸ’¬ Re: DUMAS 1930 Chris-Craft Mahogany Runabout, KIT No. 1230
    1 month ago by roycv ( Able Seaman)
    Hi the model looks good in the photos.

    I have a Dumas kit I am working on and am amazed how poor quality the wood is, and the fittings are.

    It took me ages to track down Dumas from here in the UK but I got most of the fittings changed out. Some were just featureless blobs.

    The wood was very poor quality even for 20 years back. I started again a year back as I had made many underwater parts to go with the model. The glass fibre hull is good although I see that the new release of the kit has a plastic hull.
    However the boat is in sight of the finishing line now and when some areas have been sorted out it will be OK.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: DUMAS 1930 Chris-Craft Mahogany Runabout, KIT No. 1230
    1 month ago by redpmg ( Commander)
    That a very nice build you have there - amazing you had the patience to get the finish right . Perseverance obviously paid off . Please don't sell it - its something you will probably regret later. Glad i'm not the only one who sometimes takes years to finish boats.

    In the early 2000's had a Dumas kit of the CC 16' utility - when reading the instructions was amazed to see they suggested staining the mahogany planking with mahogany stain before varnishing ! Passed the kit on to a friend in the club who had just lost his boats in a fire. He built it in record time and made a great job of it....... Remember he had to split the 6 cell battery pack into two to be able to place it in the correct position . Went well - recall he used a something like a 545 motor ? Also the wood quality was good then and the parts cut cleanly
    Odd scale as the model was about 24" long (1/8)
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    πŸ’¬ Re: DUMAS 1930 Chris-Craft Mahogany Runabout, KIT No. 1230
    30 days ago by redpmg ( Commander)
    Meant to say the 16' CC Utility was the boat that appeared in the film On Golden Pond which had both Jane and Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn in it . Was far more interested in the boat - nearly cried when it got wrecked.......
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    πŸ’¬ Re: DUMAS 1930 Chris-Craft Mahogany Runabout, KIT No. 1230
    26 days ago by roycv ( Able Seaman)
    Hi I can echo redpmg, the brushed battery drill motors have armature windings to give a high torque at low speed and will drain a battery very quickly. They are much the same as those for model cars, you are looking for fast acceleration.
    Our model boats need motors operating at the other end of their spectrum usually with lots more turns of wire on the armatures. It is horses for courses!
    If you buy from the model suppliers you will not go far wrong.

    best regards
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