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    1986 Bayliner 3250
    This is the very first scratch build I ever "started" way back when I was still in school. It began as a cover photo on a copy of Power Boating Ontario in July of 1986. I was looking for something that wasn't difficult (never thought that one through) as it was meant as a project for some youth that myself and a friend were working with through Youth for Christ in London Ontario. The plan was to keep it small so the original drawings would create a hull no larger than 20" that could be operated with a 2 channel radio and would be a cheap build
    Veron Marlin Cruiser Rebuild
    Picked up a vintage Veron Marlin Cruiser that was in bad shape many years ago when I was young, working and had little time to do anything with it. During the covid "work at home years" years I got off my butt, covered the front deck opening, planked the deck and rebuilt the cabin to give the front window more slope. Can't wait to get a big motor for this sucker and finish it off this summer!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1986 Bayliner 3250
    2 months ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    The covid repairs and updates really cleaned this build up. Took better care to fabricate details and paint the hull.

    This youth activity was probably the project that inspired me to go back to University in 1991 to shift my career aspirations from engineering to teaching
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1986 Bayliner 3250
    2 months ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    After about 30 years the model was looking pretty ratty and went through a ton of repairs after being stripped and repaired with lots of epoxy and microballons.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1986 Bayliner 3250
    2 months ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    The kids we were working with not having the best home lives never really finished their models and most were smashed or broken.

    My model was set aside for a long time...yes the Covid years and went through a strip and refinish on the entire model (the details and paint job looked like crap) .
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    ๐Ÿ“ 1986 Bayliner 3250
    2 months ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    This is the very first scratch build I ever "started" way back when I was still in school.

    It began as a cover photo on a copy of Power Boating Ontario in July of 1986. I was looking for something that wasn't difficult (never thought that one through) as it was meant as a project for some youth that myself and a friend were working with through Youth for Christ in London Ontario.

    The plan was to keep it small so the original drawings would create a hull no larger than 20" that could be operated with a 2 channel radio and would be a cheap build
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Veron Marlin Cruiser Rebuild
    2 months ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    During the rebuild I ripped out the original stuffing box and altered the slope that the original owner had so that it is shallow and will handle a big 800 series high performance brushed motor I have that fits nice and low in the hull.

    I bought the motor(s) about 15 years ago for my Perkasa but found they were too heavy for the 1/32 Precedent model and used a pair of Graupner Speed 600's instead. I don't consider weight a major issue with the Marlin Cruiser.

    Built a removeable motor cover to aid in cooling, since I will have to add a water cooling port at some time if I can get an 800 size water jacket. The entire inside floor of the hull is removable in sections (bit of an ordeal to make work) and will conceal 4 C-size battery packs.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Veron Marlin Cruiser Rebuild
    2 months ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    Picked up a vintage Veron Marlin Cruiser that was in bad shape many years ago when I was young, working and had little time to do anything with it.

    During the covid "work at home years" years I got off my butt, covered the front deck opening, planked the deck and rebuilt the cabin to give the front window more slope.

    Can't wait to get a big motor for this sucker and finish it off this summer!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: PT-109 first scratch build
    2 months ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    Nice work. Your ambition puts me to shame. I have a 1/24 scale scratch built Elco PT boat that I started 30 years ago and have yet to finish.

    After all this time I am afraid to paint it for fear that I will screw up my work. Time to overcome this stigma and get it done
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Uniflite 28 "Salty Dog" Sport Fisherman
    8 months ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    Nice looking model. The paint scheme and geometry resembles a scratch built model I started back in the 80's and only recently started to finish based on a 1986 Bayliner 3250 cabin cruiser. Covid has resurrected all those builds that were started and never finished.

    Mine is not a true scale model, but it is about 20" long from the bow sprite to the swim platform, balsa construction and was designed from the cover photo and an article in a July 1986 issue of Power Boating Ontario.

    After doing a "dryfit on parts", Christmas looks like a good time to finish this one off and maybe do build journals on the many models I have in my drydock (been a recruit for to long). Like yours it is powered with a 540 motor and uses a 32mm prop.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Virgin Atlantic Challenger
    12 months ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    This model is a work in progress I did by scaling and redrawing the magazine drawing photos in Autocad.

    It was done as a build sample a number of years ago when I had students in my design class building models from door skin in my scrap box. Most of the material I used was later bored out and lightened with balsa filler, but it is still way heavier than it should be. I will have to finish detailing and get it painted.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 36
    1 year ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    Steradent tubes are clever. My PT boat's build scale is 1/24 and I played with many ideas to get a realistic shape and diameter of 22" Mk XIII's. I did not want excess weight so I tried plastic tubes with cut ping pong ball heads, but nothing gave the look I wanted

    I eventually used some large aluminum cigar tubes that a friend gave me. The 7/8" diameter on these was the .04" undersized but they have their own bulb nose and they are so light. My model has roll off racks, so the smaller diameter works better with the rack size

    Also these tubes have lots of inside space in the event I try to motorize them like John Drain did on his site.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 28
    2 years ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    Nice build progress. I have a 1/24 scale Elco 80 footer (40" long) that I started many years ago from a modified fibreglass PT boat hull I bought from Dynamic Models, back in the late 80's . Every winter I tell myself "this is the winter that I will get this sucker painted", and after 10 years it has yet to happen. I have spent to many hours drawing and scratch building scale PT boat components with AutoCAD to just have them sit in a box waiting to be painted and mounted to the hull. You have inspired me to get my butt in gear and get this one finished.

    GC Ladd
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ S 100 Schnellboot RC build
    4 years ago by gcladd ( Leading Seaman)
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    ๐Ÿ‘Love the 32nd Parallel stuff from way back when. You have inspired me to pull my type XXIII U-boat out of "moth balls", stop being so obsessed with details and get the build finished.

    Might make a good build post on this site.


    Wish I had purchased their Schnellboot as well back then, but as a newly graduated student at the time I bought the Type XXIII money was limited

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