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    So far my collection resembles "The Island of Misfit Toys". I've picked up several boats that are old builds and have been neglected. I'm giving them the TLC they need, hoping to bring them back to their former glory. Once I get enough practice/ experience I intend to take on a full build.
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    ๐Ÿ“ We were on Vacation, and passing through Tucson, AZ. Decided to see if Dumas had a showroom.
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Phil,
    I had my wife along, so with "adult supervision" and very limited extra storage space in our camper, my spending spree had severe limitations. Luckily for me, shipping within the US is cheap, LOL.
    Dave B

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    ๐Ÿ“ We were on Vacation, and passing through Tucson, AZ. Decided to see if Dumas had a showroom.
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Roy,
    I have 11 of their boats. Most are "rescues". My experience is that they have been very responsive when I inquired about replacement parts. Their pot metal fittings aren't especially great, but I haven't run across any that are "blobs".
    The gentleman in one of my pictures is Doug, he is the person I have worked with when needing pieces for restoration/repairs. He has always been helpful.
    Personally, I have found that a phone call is more effective than emails/texts when needing help from them.
    I hope this helps ....
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ“ We were on Vacation, and passing through Tucson, AZ. Decided to see if Dumas had a showroom.
    12 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I called Dumas Products when we were in the area, and they welcomed me to stop in and visit.
    I met with Doug (who I have spoken with on the phone numerous times).
    He let me wander their lobby, and another room with semi-completed models.
    I suspect they don't get a lot of "drop-in" visitors, but they were open and welcoming.
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gravy boat
    12 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    One of our club members also has a "Gravy Boat", as you can see, it is appropriately crewed by Mr. Potato Head crew members!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Guestbook
    22 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Funny you should ask.

    The weather where I live has been quite abnormally temperate this winter.

    In spite of that, my wife and I decided to take a winter road-trip south.
    We left the tundra in Minnesota on 1/31. We headed south for some winter warmth. Yesterday we were traveling west on I-40 in northern New Mexico with 38 to 50 mile an hour crosswinds. We looked at the weather forecast for our destination, and discovered that we would need to โ€œre-winterizeโ€ our motor home if we stayed the course โ€ฆ as the overnight low was going to be 20F. We altered our course and are now only 20 miles north of Mexico, where the overnight low was a balmy 35F.
    The scenery is beautiful, but the weather is NOT what we expected.

    ๐Ÿ“ Philly Cheese Steak
    29 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Philly Cheese Steak is one of my favorites!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Newbie Model Slipway 1/16th Tamar Build
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Very nicely laid out, mine don't always end up that "tidy".
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Krabbenkutter Tรถn 12
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Wolle,
    I didn't comment to be critical.
    It was more of a comment on what my first perception was.
    I'm used to seeing the boat name on the stern.
    When I saw "Krabbe", my first reaction was that you made a tongue in cheek reference to your wife as a "Crab".
    It made me smile.
    I thought it humorous, and imagined the reaction from my wife if I had made that inference.
    It wasn't intended as pointing out a mistake on your part, or a put down. I'm sorry if it came off that way.
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Krabbenkutter Tรถn 12
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    When I saw you named it after your wife I first looked at the stern for the name ... saw Krabbe, and thought "WOW, he's brave". Then I noticed the "other" boat name on both sides of the bow. Very nice boat, I'm sure Gela is proud to have it named after her.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Jump,
    I'd love to see the restoration process of that great boat!
    I think you have a project on your hands.
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ“ I'm Back - Thankfully
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Greg,
    Glad to see you back!
    I had a little go-around with "C" back in 2019. It sure knocks the wind out of your sails when you hear the C word.
    Luckily, I only live a little over 2 hours from the Mayo Clinic, and I chose to seek treatment there over the local healthcare folks. Less than a year's treatment, and I am cancer free.
    I'm glad you got the "all clear", and are back to modeling!
    Dave B

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Chris Craft Corvette
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I'd like to see the pictures. My email will be sent in a PM

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mount Washington
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Beautiful boat! Great job on the restoration.
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ“ Strange Weather!
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Roy,
    The lower level of both parking ramps is covered. The top level is open but plowed quite well, as they need to accomodate the shops in the area.

    ๐Ÿ“ Strange Weather!
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Roy,
    The buildings do affect the wind somewhat. However, there is "green space" around as well. So the pond gets some wind. It's not ideal, but the facility as a whole makes for nice boating.
    The space is a city park with two large two-level parking ramps adjacent, which serve a shopping area as well as the park. There is a pavilion on the ponds that is used as an event venue also, so adequate parking is a must.
    I am attaching a couple of pictures that might help visualize the grounds and facilities.
    The pictures of the boats out sailing were taken at the "South Pond" (bottom of second picture), which is the largest of the three and most suited to sailboats.
    The third picture is of the center pond by the pavilion. This is where the scale speed electrics mostly run.
    Our club has a close working relationship with the park management. Together we came up with the rules on the attached sign, and we are authorized to help enforce them.
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Night Lights...
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Brightwork,
    You inspired me to do something to display some of my boats. It's just a start, but I cleared off some less interesting stuff from a couple of bookshelves and went to my shed and literally "dusted off" some of my Harbor.
    Certainly not as beautiful as yours, but now I at least have a few of my boats to look at over the winter Dry Dock season.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Dave B
    PS Please ignore the mess around the bookshelves, it was a quick and dirty project, LOL

    ๐Ÿ“ Strange Weather!
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    OK, for those that don't know, I live in the frozen tundra called Minnesota. We have nice weather in the summer, and brutal weather in the winter. That is, normally .... This has been an extremely unusual winter (the weather experts call it El Nino). It did get cold enough for a short time to make some ice on the lakes and ponds, we even had a few ice fishing shelters on the lake for a few days. THEN, it warmed up. Christmas weekend, we got 4+ inches of rain. It has been in the high 30's F to low 50's F for over a week!
    Today, 6 members of our local boat club (Edina Model Yacht Club) took their ODOM sailboats out to the club pond and went sailing!!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ In the second and third pictures, you can see a cardboard sign with 12-29-23 written on it.
    It's 10:45PM, and it is still 32F right now. In my 72 years, I cannot remember a winter like this. For reference, at this time of year there would normally be 18-24" of ice on the lakes.
    PS Please don't start with the "Global Warming" lecture. Last winter we froze our tushes off, and the snow was up to those frozen tushes all winter!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Night Lights...
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    What a beautiful collection of boats.
    Someday, I hope to move my Harbor (or at least some of it) from my shed to a nice display like yours.
    Someday .... I seem to say that word a lot, sigh
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ“ Model Boat Festival of Lights
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I bet this event is well received in the community.
    The boats are beautiful all lit up in Christmas colors.
    Some even sported Christmas Trees on deck, cute!
    Our club has 2 lighthouse night events every year where we light up our boats. But because we live in the frozen tundra (Minnesota), we need to do ours in the summer months. So, we don't sport the Christmas lights colors. It is a fun event nonetheless.

    ๐Ÿ“ Update on my Sterling Corvette
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Brightwork,

    Thank you for the kind words. Your Corvette is a beautiful boat as well.

    To answer your question about the LEDs and fittings, when I got the boat nearly all the original fittings were missing. A fellow club member had purchased a complete original set of Sterling Corvette fittings off eBay and used those to make molds. He has made resin fittings for himself and two others of us from those molds. So, all my fittings are those resin copies.

    In the fittings where LEDs are to be incorporated, he lays the LED and wiring in the mold before he pours the resin in. The end result is that the wires are hidden, and the LED is actually a part of the fitting.

    I will attach a picture of the molds, I apologize as it is a low-quality copy lifted from a text message.

    Dave B

    PS What sound module did you use? I'd like to add realistic sound, as well!

    ๐Ÿ“ misplaced wives
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Roy,
    I've told my wife MANY times ....
    "If I say I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it. There is no need to remind me every 60 days!"
    Dave B

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    ๐Ÿ“ misplaced wives
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Stephen,
    Be cautious! It could be a trap ....... ๐Ÿคฃ
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ella May
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Amazing detail!

    ๐Ÿ“ Update on my Sterling Corvette
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thank you all for the kind remarks. There was a lot of help from a fellow club member. I think it turned out pretty well.
    Here are some more pictures of the finished project and a couple of "before" for reference.

    All doors and hatches now function, and lights were added.
    It is fully functional, and passed sea trials before finishing touches were added.

    Unfortunately, current pictures "on the pond" are going to have to wait. Yesterday, my son-in-law went out and checked our lake. There was 8" of ice at noon.

    Dave B

    PS I am adding one picture of her during "sea trials" a few weeks ago.

    ๐Ÿ“ Update on my Sterling Corvette
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    A year ago I posted a picture of a B15M Sterling Corvette I had acquired.
    At that time it needed a little TLC.
    With a lot of help from my friends, It has come a long way.
    It's time for an update ....
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ“ Unknown Model
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    It appears to be this one ....
    "Vosper Kit: C7564 1:32 Fast Patrol Boat Perkasa
    Size:958.4mmX243mm, full plastic, radar rotation, sound generator, Light equipment."
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ“ 1st Advent
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Our boating season seems to have come to a close.
    Not looking forward to the inevitable snow that will follow this cold weather.
    Dave B

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I beg to differ with the answer ....

    ๐Ÿ“ Going to need a bigger study
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I suffer from the same affliction.
    However, I am quite proud of myself. This past week I drove past a town 130 miles from home where a lady has had a pusher tug posted for sale on FB Marketplace since early summer.
    As hard as it was, I resisted stopping to "look at it" on both the trip out and the return trip.
    (The picture is for reference only, I DID NOT stop and buy it, LOL).
    I think attending the weekly meetings of Model Boat Buyers Anonymous is helping!

    "Hello my name is Dave, and I have a problem"

    PS Congrats on the great find!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Small collection
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ DWBrinkman ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    What a beautiful collection of boats!



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