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    ๐Ÿ“ Aerokits pt boat bulkhead plans wanted
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I did CAD drawings for an 1/24 Elco 80' hull many years ago using the line drawings provided by John Lambert and Al Ross from their book Allied Coastal Forces of World War II (awesome source for building MTB's) as a reference.

    John Drain's site at pt-boat.com is also is a great reference, and he might be able to provide you with a PDF of the hull section lines I got from Allied Coastal Forces, so you can project the bulkheads and the transom for the Aerokits Plan and Elevation drawings.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Update on my Sterling Corvette
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    These original drawings are awesome. There should be enough information here to get the information that I need to continue with the Sterling build I have. I used to teach tech design in a high school, so old school dividers and calipers are nothing new. Thank you for your help.

    ๐Ÿ“ Update on my Sterling Corvette
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This site is awesome for getting information and I appreciate the pdf files sent. I have the instructions book with the pictorial drawings provided by Sterling when the original owner bought the kit, but your pdf's give me a printable copy I can use. The Sterling instruction booklet reminds me of the instructions I have for my Dumas Mr Darby tug that would freak out a lot of inexperienced builders.

    I need the assembly drawing that must have been provided with the kit that shows the model's plan and elevation views so that I can fabricate the exterior deck and cabin details as well as the driveline and rudder details probably shown on the elevation.

    ๐Ÿ“ Update on my Sterling Corvette
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    A couple weeks ago I bought a Sterling Chris Craft Corvette at a local auction. It just looks like the original owner had the model and like many of us just put it away and never finished it. The original owner did all the hard, time consuming work (hull and cabin construction). Nice that the Sterling build booklet and all the fittings are included, even though they are pretty heavy. Many of the mahogany cabin parts are broken and need to be remade.

    It will need a lot of work to get it functional, but hopefully I can make some progress in the next few months. If anyone knows where I can get the Sterling drawing for this model, let me know.

    ๐Ÿ“ Bayliner 3250 Conquest Day Cruiser
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Now all I need is a cheap electronic speed control, a small LEDโ€™s for the mast, and a suitably sized action figure. Then I can get this thing in water deeper than my bathtub.

    It didnโ€™t turn out to shabby for a scratch build that was really just a diversion while I was working on other boat models (I have some build write-ups I should post on these as well). I will do an update on this build in the spring when I take it out for itโ€™s sea trials in a local pond.

    ๐Ÿ“ Bayliner 3250 Conquest Day Cruiser
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The Danforth anchor and the forward anchor winch were the last deck details added to this model. To save weight both were hade of styrene sheet and tube stock based on a bow photo I found of a 3250 online. I did detail drawings for a Danforth anchor for my scale PT boat that was made it from brass stock, so this one, scaled down and made from styrene was an easy modification from my drawing.

    I used a short length of jewelry chain I "borrowed" from my wife, for the eye end of the anchor going into the winch. I never had a long enough piece to show how the anchor actually feeds through the deck so I just did this for the aesthetic value on the models bowโ€ฆit doesnโ€™t look correct but it looks good.

    ๐Ÿ“ Bayliner 3250 Conquest Day Cruiser
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    After doing the windscreen, railing and the walnut ladder at the back I realized how inaccurate some of the features on this model really are. Oh well, despite being semi-scale, it was started as a project to help a few youth in my community.

    I wonder if any of their Bayliners are still around after all these years. I am sure that one or two over the years got chewed up by some of their family pets or destroyed by irate siblings.

    ๐Ÿ“ Bayliner 3250 Conquest Day Cruiser
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    More details were added to enhance the exterior look of the model such as the wind screen, hatches helm details and walnut rail trim.

    The 1/32โ€ railings look to thin for this build, but when I tried 3/64 diameter it looked oversized. The dark wood used on the open deck was extremely thin walnut stock that was left-over from table saw and planer scraps my students left behind from their shop projects. The use of CAD to create detail part drawings is a nice asset that always simplifies part fabrication when I am working on a scratch build.

    ๐Ÿ“ Bayliner 3250 Conquest Day Cruiser
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The Covid 19 years were the big push years on many of my model projects, and this one did not get left out. It was a nice easy model to work on since the hull is only 18โ€ long which made it convenient for just puttering with, while I planned online lessons for my โ€œwork at homeโ€ students.

    At that time I ordered parts for several other models and picked up a 500 size motor and motor mount from Model Boat Bits. Awesome vendor with decent prices who ships outside the UK and has a convenient link for international orders on his website.

    After priming the entire model with white primer, the area below the waterline was sprayed French Blue similar to the magazine cover. Itโ€™s not an exact match but Bayliner like car manufacturers I am sure had several colour options for their boats. The rest of the model was finished white with dark blue tim lines.

    The white primed deck and cabin roof were masked and primed gray which was a good match for the Bayliner deck surfaces. The gray primer was later sprayed with several coats of Rustoleum clear to protect the primed surfaces. The clear coated gray primer also retained a low sheen which is a nice look for this model.

    ๐Ÿ“ Bayliner 3250 Conquest Day Cruiser
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The model was resurrected from the trash while cleaning my mom and dadโ€™s basement. It was salvaged before the final yard sale we had when their house was sold. Like other projects I have started, I never had the heart to pitch this one out, and I am glad that I didnโ€™t. I remember in 1988 I worked as a camp counselor for a few weeks and water tested this model in the campโ€™s pool running on a Mabuchi 550 motor, and a 7.2V Nicad pack linked to a rheostat speed control taken from my Tamiya Frog RC Car. It was hard to keep my transmitter out of the hands of the kids in my cabin.

    I had only started to paint the hull when I lived at home, and the job I did was brutal. I took the model home after being salvaged, stripped it down, filled in the bad spots with micro balloons, re-sanded and re-glassed the balsa hull. The original drive shaft was a Graupner 4mm drive that I salvaged from a Graupner gear drive I used for another build in the late 80โ€™s. I spent a lot of time cleaning up some of the cabin details to bring this model back.

    I built a work stand from scrap oak I salvaged from my school. The uprights were covered with 1/4โ€ thick cork that was salvaged from scrap cork sheet provided by a local lumber store. The cork is nice since it is soft, natural product that protects the paint finish on the model. I did little on this model until the pandemic helped me to get my butt in gear and get some work on several models.

    ๐Ÿ“ Bayliner 3250 Conquest Day Cruiser
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This 1985 Bayliner 3250 was a scratch build project that I started in 1985 when I was doing work with youth in London Ontario through Youth for Christ. The kids in our program each built a simple plank on frame hull from balsa. At the time I had a scratch built PT boat in the works, and used this model for a bit of a diversion whenever I ran into problems with the PT Boat.

    The working drawings (ink on mylar sheetโ€ฆthose days are long gone) were hand drawn from an article in the July 1986 edition of Power Boating Ontario, that I created from photos and the specs stated in the article. I canโ€™t believe I still have those drawings after all these years. It wasnโ€™t meant to be an exact scale model, but over the years it evolved into a pretty good representation of the Bayliner 3250 Conquest. The hand drawn hull was later redrawn with AutoCAD, which simplified the need to create drawing details for the model.

    This was a scratch build which over the years was never finished and got stored away with a lot of โ€œstuffโ€ at my mom and dadโ€™s house when I got married. It was almost tossed in the garbage when my motherโ€™s sold her home in 2019.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Tug Boat) Egret
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Like what you have done. Mine started as a Winter 2023 project from that same magazine article and plans in Model Boats (1988?), except I built it from wood instead of styrene.

    I documented this build thoroughly and wouldn't mind starting a build article on this site if I can get back on task, order the running hardware I need and stop finding other stuff that needs to get done.

    ๐Ÿ“ Egrete - Progress
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    When I saw this post I was inspired to resurrect the David Metcalf Build article in the May/June '88 issues of Model Boats along with the AutoCAD drawings I did 30 years ago.

    My plan was to do this build in balsa and thin sheet ply because at that time I had to much of it in stock. It's progressing well for about three weeks work. I have started a build article to post of this balsa/ply version when I get further along with cabins and the elevating wheel house assemblies.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Precedent 49" Perkasa
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Love the progress you are making on this build. I have the 1/32 scale Precedent Perkasa that I started many years ago. I found the kit has a bit to be desired if you are looking for true accuracy. I should look into the reference books shown in your photo.

    I bought the 1/72 scale Tamiya Perkasa as a reference around the same time and started to measure with mic and Vernier all the parts on the parts trees and redraw them in AutoCAD (yes I am crazy) as starting point to rescale and build from scratch. Drawing work is always progressive as I build each part. Eventually I will get a laser cutter and do what John Drain does with his stuff on pt-boat.com.

    Perkasa build has been on hold for about 3 months but I will go back to it soon since I hope to paint the hull in the spring. Shown is one of many parts I have built from my rescaled Tamiya drawings. This part was difficult and had many modifications made to suit the Precedent's hull geometry.

    ๐Ÿ“ Power source for a 42" Fairey Huntsman
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Nick.

    I took look a look online and have seen a few speed controls that will handle high current loads. It's just that issue of the manufacturer's recommendation for a specific motor size, usually 540 size that scares me off.

    ๐Ÿ“ Power source for a 42" Fairey Huntsman
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have an old Veron Marlin Cruiser that I have an 850 motor that has been sitting around waiting to be set-up. What did you guys use as an electronic speed control for this motor size? I am tempted to revert back to an old rheostat control that I yanked from a Tamiya RC Car I still have from the 90's.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Virgin Atlantic Challenger I
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    John:

    I recall that I had a similar problem to yours using the Graupner stock motors. Forgot this when I wrote the original post. I have a pair of Kyosho Lemans AP29's that I bought way back when to get it to ride on plane. These motor have a noload rpm of 16000.

    I would play with motors/prop diameters before attempting to rip out drivelines.

    I will have to put the Kyosho's back in the model and take it for a run on a weekday when there is no one else around that the speed or wake would bother on the pond.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: virgin boat
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi John:

    I used to teach Tech Design in a High School before I retired a couple years ago. I built the Challenger II with my class in an article posted in Radio Contontrol Boat Modeler back in the 80's. Full size plans were not provided so AutoCAD was used to measure and scale the "blue" plans printed in the article to a size that could be built in class with scrap materials available in my scrap box. Because of this the model is way too heavy but it sits nicely in water.

    It is on the schedule to be painted this year if I can get ahead on my builds before winter sets in and it is too cold to paint outside.

    ๐Ÿ“ Virgin Atlantic Challenger I
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Resurrected a model that I build years ago from a set of plans published in Model Boats magazine (still have the issue with plans). Hasn't been in the water, but a group of guys involved in a sailing club invited me out to participate if I do not go to fast or create a large wake.

    it's powered by two Graupner 380 motors and Graupner gear reducer units. The current prop size I believe is a 20mm three blade, but I have two blade racing props that really make this sucker move.

    It does have operating lights that I never completed, so I should get that cleaned up while waiting for the arrival of new battery packs (still has 7.2 V Nicads in it).

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Veron Marlin Cruiser Rebuild
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Cleaned up the and added spar urethane to the deck and the top of the cabin. Veron's colour recommendation is white on the cabin roof, but I do like the look of the natural mahogany against the white paint on the hull and cabin sides

    The model's exterior has been epoxied with West Systems, but I didn't like the way it went on the deck surfaces. After consulting with a yacht builder in town he said that it is common for these vintage boats to have epoxy underneath their spar urethane coats. He said to just make sure the West's has been smoothed out with 220 sand paper.

    3 coats of Spar Urethane later... it looks pretty darn good. i will spend the next week or so finishing and glazing the mahogany window frames.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Veron Marlin Cruiser Rebuild
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Did some recent upgrades on this model. Got tired of a colourless model so I did a bit of painting on the hull and cabin. Strayed the area below the waterline dark green and the upper hull white.

    I also made some Mahogany window trim to add some wood detail to the white cabin sides. Next major step is to complete the deck with spar varnish

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1986 Bayliner 3250
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1986 Bayliner 3250
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1986 Bayliner 3250
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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 until the Covid years and went through a strip and refinish on the entire model (the details and paint job looked like crap).

    ๐Ÿ“ 1986 Bayliner 3250
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Veron Marlin Cruiser Rebuild
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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.

    ๐Ÿ“ Veron Marlin Cruiser Rebuild
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: PT-109 first scratch build
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Uniflite 28 "Salty Dog" Sport Fisherman
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Virgin Atlantic Challenger
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ gcladd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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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