Unboxing started earlier this week, so I'll update you on my progress so far.
The kit contains a full size plan of the boat. The plan is two large sheets that when taped together give you a 32" x 48" diagram with various different profiles and detail drawings to aid in the build.
and 93 page instruction manual with tons of diagrams and instructions for each step of the construction. It's a shame that Midwest is not making kits any longer because this manual is amazing. I can see now why this kit was highly recommended as a great kit for novice model boat builders.
The meat of the kit
12 bags of hardware and wood.
I jumped right in and started the build last night.
First step is the construction of the Keel which is made up of four pre-cut and sanded 5/16" thick basswood pieces and the driveshaft stuffing box. This is all assembled on top of the full size plan to keep everything lined up properly. I placed a piece of wax paper over the plans to protect them from any CA and epoxy damage.
While building this kit, I am also tracing every piece so I can make up some templates and electronic copies for my records. Seeing as this kit is no longer available, I may want to build another some day... maybe even scale it up a bit to 1/8 scale. I love the larger scale boats that give you so much more room to add all sorts of details that us visually challenged folks have a hard time with on these tiny little boats.
Here is the keel with the stuffing box installed and ca'd in place
and a pic of the completed keel on the right as well as all the die-cut parts for the hull. I removed all the parts from there sheets and sanded all edges to remove any of the flash. I have to say Midwest had some very sharp die cutters. These were the best die cut parts I have ever seen. I sanded every piece for this boat in the time it took me to sand 3 or 4 frames from some of the older Dumas boat kits I have built.
That's a wrap for tonight.