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Lindberg 1/16 Chris Craft 40' Sport Fisherman
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Posted: Friday, May 04, 2018 - 10:09 PM GMT+7
After years of trying to find a reasonably priced vintage Lindberg kit I finally managed to obtain one last month. It's the kit that was reissued in 1984, the original kit was released in 1965 :



The kit is based on a 1958-1962 Chris Craft 40' Sport Fisher. These boats were entirely made of wood, glass fibre was used after 1962. Some pics from vintage CC brochures :






Other images are hard to find :




Apparently Chris Craft more or less copied a Rybovich design :

" Over the years the perfect proportions of the Rybovich boats, the originators of sportfishing boats, invited cloning. In 1956 at the Hemingway Fishing Tournament in Cuba, Bob Gill, owner of a 36 foot Rybovich, was invited to an evening event that kept him away from his boat long enough for Cuban brothers Luis and Pepin Aizorba to spirit his boat away. They hauled it, measured it, photographed it, made templates of the hull and returned it to his slip. No one knew until the next year when Johnny Rybovich returned to Havana and was taken to see the semi-completed Cuban Rybovich now known as a Cubavich. He was upset but, as a businessman, he saw an opportunity and sold them the fighting chairs and outriggers they needed to complete the boats.

Around the same time Chris Craft copied much of the design of the Rybovich, incorporating the graceful broken shear line and other features into their line of 33 foot and 40 foot sportfishing boats. A lawsuit followed and Chris Craft closed their Wisconsin operation where the boats were made and started the new line in Pompano Beach, Florida. The new line of boats looked the same on the outside but had new interiors, different from the first thirteen boats built by Chris Craft. The Chris Crafts in that series were known as Chrisovich boats."


Box art of my kit :



Main vac formed parts :




To be continued.


Arjan


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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 07:16 AM GMT+7
The first steps. I began by installing the rudders which is an easy affair. Then I cut two holes in the foredeck for the sky lights. The frame of the sky lights (a seperate plastic part) required some putty and so did the mooring bit. Cutting the slots into the bow for the 6 window frames was a rather tedious and laborious job.







Unfortunately the clear parts of the bow windows all have a rather conspicuous sink mark so I will probably have to use some other clear plastic :





Arjan

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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 10:54 AM GMT+7
Wow, those Chris-Crafts should does bring back the memories. They were most beautiful boats on the great lakes.

Looks like you are off to a good start with not any major fit issues that you see on a Lindberg kit.
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 07:21 PM GMT+7

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Unfortunately the clear parts of the bow windows all have a rather conspicuous sink mark so I will probably have to use some other clear plastic



Arjan, you might be able to save these clear parts yet; I've had good luck in the past sanding windows with similar problems down past the sink marks until they were flat, then polishing them back to clarity. It is a bit of work, but it might still be less than fabricating replacement parts!
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Posted: Saturday, May 05, 2018 - 08:32 PM GMT+7
Thanks for your advice Tim. Could you explain what polishing method you use after the part has been sanded flat ?

The quote in the above about the name "Chrisovich" is rather ambiguous what does "that series" refer to ? Does it refer to the first thirteen boats or the ones that came after these ? I found one pic labelled "Chrisovich". Since it concerns a boat built in 1960 I take it that "that series" refers to the later batch of boats.




Regards,

Arjan


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Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 05:14 AM GMT+7

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Thanks for your advice Tim. Could you explain what polishing method you use after the part has been sanded flat?



Arjan, there's no trick, just use very fine abrasive films. I use some from Micro-Surface Finishing Products, Inc., which range from a fine at 3,600 to the finest at a ridiculous 12,000. Just these and a lot of elbow grease!
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Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 09:02 PM GMT+7
Thanks Tim, I've decided to use the Lindberg clear parts as they are. I tried some sanding and polishing on one window but I felt it was just too much work. Some pics of my progress, I glued two layers of 0.6 mm mahogany sheet onto the transom :



The kit is designed in such a way that the steering house and interior constitute a removeable "tray" (with overlapping edges). In terms of practicality (access to rc parts/battery) this is a good idea but the overlapping edges do look very unrealistic. I decided, therefore, to glue the steering house straight to the deck. For reasons of accessibility the roof of the steering house should remain removeable. The problem is that the roof part was badly warped so I had to use some rather heavy styreen ribs to keep it straight. I will probably try using bicycle spokes instead (if I can get them in between the roof and roof liner parts that is ...) because the styrene ribs are definitely an eyesore.





Scalewise this 1/16 brother figure looks ok:







Regards,

Arjan
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Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 06:51 AM GMT+7
Arjanm

Your Chris-Craft is really starting to take shape. She looks like she is ready for water sking.

Mark
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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 - 11:23 PM GMT+7
Thanks Mark ! I've installed propshafts and rc hardware and I've just checked how deep she lies in the water. The weight distribution is almost perfect so I will only have to make some small adjustments and then the steering servo etc can be fixed permanently.









I mounted all the rc hardware as low as possible to keep the floors of the cabin and cockpit at the original kit level :




Regards,


Arjan


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Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM GMT+7
Arjan,

She does look to be sitting on the water nice and level. That will make her easier to control...nice work.

Mark