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    1930 Chris craft runabout ( Driftwood)
    This was my first mahogany boat build. Now I really want to do more of them. This is a Dumas kit and was a pretty tough build. ( Build log is on this site) I really enjoy working on the wooden boats.
    Miller American Hydroplane
    Pulled this old friend out of storage. This was my first build. Still looking good after all these years. Going to reinstall all the missing rc gear and nitro motor ( robbed years ago) and get her back on the water.
    Mount Washington
    Just finished this build, took 6 months to complete. Looking for my next project possibly the Delta Queen? Anybody have one for sale? This Dumas kit was a pretty good kit. I was lucky to find a fiberglass hull version from 2001. Its fully functional rc. I love the hobby and am glad to see its still doing great after all these years. Thanks, Dave
    Miss Madison
    I had a lot of fun finishing this hydro I started 20yrs ago. Finished it with 3s and traxxas electronics. Not super fast but fun! The building part is what I enjoy the most. The wood Allison engine fits over the radio box and somewhat kept water out.
    Creole Queen Sternwheeler
    My first build after a 2o year Lull. Ended up catching covid which went to Long Haul Covid. I was extremely sick for the first 2 weeks. I had issues for about 3 months. I have had this kit for 15yrs and was so bored while staying home. I pulled it out to "look " at it, 4 months later we were here.
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    ๐Ÿ“ What other types of models do our members build/refurb?
    1 day ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Very nice woodwork Graham. The teddy bear inlay is beautiful workmanship. Nice job! Thanks,. Dave RR

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    ๐Ÿ“ What other types of models do our members build/refurb?
    1 day ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Very nice Martin! I love seeing all the other talent you guys have! Awesome. Dave RR

    ๐Ÿ“ What other types of models do our members build/refurb?
    1 day ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    While travelling through Arizona I found the Dwarf Car Museum. Two older gentlemen build cars and boats in 2/3 scale. These things are incredible! These are street legal cars! I would consider this modeling. Thought I would share with you. You can't tell their size unless you stand next to them. Thanks,. Dave RR

    ๐Ÿ“ What other types of models do our members build/refurb?
    1 day ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hey JB, The engine model is the classic Visible V8. I added the two four barrels, made the intake from Lego parts. Kit bashed the headers, trans and a few other parts. It has a 1000 rpm motor with a variable throttle tucked inside the trans. Firing order is correct for the led spark plugs. It is 1/4 scale and still available. Thanks,. Dave RR

    ๐Ÿ“ What other types of models do our members build/refurb?
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    JB, They say the man with the most toys wins ... you're right up there. Nice collection! Dave RR

    ๐Ÿ“ What other types of models do our members build/refurb?
    3 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Trev, it's twin 650 Triumphs. Scratch built frame. Models an early 70s drag bike. I always had a special place for the old Triumphs. Dave

    ๐Ÿ“ What other types of models do our members build/refurb?
    3 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hey Stephen, I also build 1/8 and 1/9 motorcycle models and have approximately 60 built examples. I also will contract a build of someone's real bike. I have done several of those. I also fool with planes, trains and cars. (Lost all my HO trains in a basement flood) Also strip and paint hot wheels. Just love building and working out problems. Thanks, Dave RR

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final assembly 2
    3 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Peter that is some excellent work! Fantastic detail, one to be very proud of! Dave RR ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hallet SK Drag boat
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    It's a 1/6 scale model kit from the 90s I found on ebay , Dave

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hallet SK Drag boat
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks JB, I will check those out...so far all the ones in the pics are junk (sloppy connections)...so the quest goes on..Thanks, Dave RR

    ๐Ÿ“ Hallet SK Drag boat
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Been working on the drivetrain. It seems like it is going to work...having trouble finding a universal joint that is 5mm motor shaft to a 3/16" prop shaft ๐Ÿค”. Anybody know where I can find one please let me know. Going to beef up the rudder shaft to 3/16". Will post again...taking a vacation to Arizona. Gonna check out Barret Jackson Auction. Hopefully they have a couple woodies... Thanks, Dave RR

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian KC100D waterjet work boat project
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Outstanding job JB! Beautiful craftsmanship! Dave RR

    ๐Ÿ“ Hallet SK Drag boat
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The hull looked kind of plain so I added side boards to the interior and side skirts to the windscreen. I will make interior panels as well. Got the whole boat fiberglassed sanded down and second coat of Total boat high performance resin on. I will switch over to epoxy primer after this sanding (easier to sand and get flat) This resin is not easy to sand at all. Went through 12 pieces of paper and about 2 hours with 1 sanding. It's labor intensive and time consuming (and expensive) but it's worth it in the end. Thanks, Dave RR

    ๐Ÿ“ Hallet SK Drag boat
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    This is my rough setup so far... 3674 motor tucked in dummy block, still working on motor mount... Transfer case will get more bracing. Blah blah blah right? Thanks, Dave

    ๐Ÿ“ Different between leds and lgbts for boat
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Another example of led lighting. In my opinion the only way to go. So much less current draw and heat is great! Dave

    ๐Ÿ“ Hallet SK Drag boat
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thin layer of Bondo to smooth everything. Roughed in dashboard. Will start glass tomorrow.

    ๐Ÿ“ Hallet SK Drag boat
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Last evenings work went well. Got all the deck skins in place and sanded. I have a couple little filler spots. Hope to start the fiberglass today. Slow but sure...I am going to run a 3674 brushless 2600 kv with a 120A esc on 3S Lipo to start, I can go up to 6S with this motor/esc setup. Don't know if the little transfer case will take it. It has to be fast! ( After all it is a Drag boat) We will see. Thanks, Dave

    ๐Ÿ“ Hallet SK Drag boat
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Todays work went well, Finished up the hull sides. This rear section to transom is curved drastically so I soaked the wood for 30 minutes and taped it around pint cans. Let it dry overnight and made it easier to attach. Also got a coat of total boat resin (thinned slightly) on the entire inside to seal it. Will use fiberglass cloth and total boat resin tomorrow on the hull. So far so good...waiting on Amazon delivery (the fiberglass cloth) ๐Ÿ˜” Dave

    ๐Ÿ“ Coloured Sticky Tape For Coach Lining
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Automotive pinstripe tape. The double line tape is 1/8 and 1/16. I separate them so you get two sizes. Comes in many colors. Dave

    ๐Ÿ“ Hallet SK Drag boat
    16 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Got the lower hull sheeting done, I use a lot of wood glue in this stage as you can see before and after. The gorilla glue sucks itself into the small gaps and when it dries it is strong. It will also get a coat of total boat epoxy on the inside after sheeting the sides. Dave

    ๐Ÿ“ Free Christmas Prize Draw!
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Maybe the MJ Moonwalk... Shout out to Stephen for heading it up! Dave

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    ๐Ÿ“ Gunfire module
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    You might try Mack rc products. They have many sound modules. Google it for his web page. It a small business here in the states. Hope this helps,. Dave

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hallet SK Drag boat
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I considered doing a jet drive ski boat ( still might in the future) but decided on all out flat bottom drag boat. The TFL jet with a reverse bucket is on my list, they are so cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž I have to have one...someday ๐Ÿ˜‰. Dave

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hallet SK Drag boat
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hey JB, this little transfer case is a 1:1 ratio with a clogged belt... So it runs dry, it has high speed sealed stainless roller bearings. I experimented with a high speed air drill and ran it at 15000 rpm for about 2 minutes and it held together. That was with no load tho, so many variables may change that. I think it will work...we will see ๐Ÿค” Thanks, Dave

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hallet SK Drag boat
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hey Martin, the hull will be .125" thick Birch plywood covered with 4 ounce cloth and plenty of resin. It will be approximately 36" long and 12" beam. It will be completely painted. I worked in a GM dealership as a painter (retired now) and this will have a crazy airbrushed paint job out of the 1970's. Candy, pearls, lace and fade. I think the hull will hold up to what I am doing with it, possibly going to crash it anyway...we will see ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks, Dave

    ๐Ÿ“ Hallet SK Drag boat
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I know this is not the normal build on this site but I thought if y'all want to see it I will keep posting. This is a replica of a boat that raced here locally (Louisville, KY). I grew up on the Ohio river about an hour from the Madison Indiana Regatta (unlimited hydros). So not only did we have drag boats but the big boys too! A lot of sport boating, a few sailing yachts, cabin cruisers and of course House boats ( have one in the works soon). As a young man I got to ride in all of them. But I was so impressed with these old flat bottoms ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. ( Talk about brass balls) I have had this Idea of a real V-drive setup in my head so I'ma try to work that out. Found this transfer case from a 1/8 monster truck. I think I can make it work. Working in 1/6 scale. I sourced a Hemi engine. 4074 brushless 6s setup? Thanks to all on this site for being friendly and helpful. I really love the diverse subjects. Thanks, Dave (RR)

    ๐Ÿ“ Panart?
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Does anybody know about this tug kit? I can get it for $150.00. I can't find out much about it so far. Thank you,. Dave

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1930 Chris craft runabout ( Driftwood)
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks for the kind words JB. Dave

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1930 Chris craft runabout ( Driftwood)
    19 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks for the video Trev. ๐Ÿ‘ I would love to ride in a real one. The typhoon will have to wait a bit. Have another project to do first. Dave

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1930 Chris craft runabout
    19 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ River Rat ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Martin, I will get her in the water for a video as soon as our weather gets better. Dave



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