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.