| Fine classic powerboat models for
scale display and radio control operation.....wooden plank-on-frame and
plank-on-bulkhead models based on mahogany runabouts and
of the 1920's through the 1940's from the drawing boards of America's
Display models are built to accomodate retrofitting of drive motors and radio control equipment later if desired. Radio controlled models incorporate the finest of radio systems operating on 75 mhz and produce a realistic scale performance. All models incorporate rugged light weight framing, selected light red Honduras mahogany planking of scale scantling size, close attention to cockpit details, and custom cast deck hardware in Reyart brass.
1/8 scale (60" length) model of a 1908 Gold Cup raceboat designed by Clinton Crane and built by B. Frank Wood. The prototype boat was equipped with a 2,477 cubic inch 90-degree V8 engine designed by Henry Crane, Clinton's brother. The model is framed in baltic birch, stringers are Sitka spruce, and 1/32" 3-ply baltic birch plywood is bonded in diagonal strips to the framework to provide an "inner skin" for the final bonded planking of 3/32" light red Honduras mahogany. The cutwater is formed of sheet brass; all other hardware is custom cast in Reyart brass using the "lost wax" method of casting. The boat is finished with 6 coats of West System marine epoxy followed by multiple coats of Epifanes marine spar varnish. This is a static scale model.....no radio control or drive motor provided.
(48" length) model of a Fred Wickens-designed 16-foot racing runabout
"Hot Ice" that raced in the Crackerbox class in southern California in
'50's and early '60's. Original Crackerbox boats were powered with Ford
flat-head V8's and later they used 283 Chevrolet V8. These boats raced
2 people aboard.....driver and mechanic. Fred Wickens was considered
best designer of this class of raceboat.
This model is equipped with a John Deere weed-trimmer engine driving a 2 3/4" stainless steel prop through a centrifugal clutch and flexible cable, ....... and dual rudder outdrive. It is equipped with the Ace "Nautical Commander" radio control system and Futaba heavy duty servos. The hull is built of baltic birch frames, Sitka spruce stringers, and has a 1/16" "inner skin" of aircraft birch plywood with 1/16" Honduras mahogany planking bonded to the skin. Finish is 3 coats of West System epoxy followed by 6 coats of Epifanes marine spar varnish, all wet-sanded between coats.
(48" length) model of John L. Hacker's boat "Lorraine", a 1924
Runabout" and the subject of one of several "How to Build" articles in
Magazine during the 1920's. The engine of choice during that
time was the F4 Scripps. The model is framed in Occume, stringers
are Sitka spruce, framework is covered with diagonal strips of 1/16"
baltic birch plywood to stabilize and provide a bonding surface for the
final 3/32" Honduras mahogany planking. All deck hardware is custom
cast in silicon bronze using the "lost wax" process. This model is
with two 12-volt motors geared together at 3:1 ratio to a single shaft.
A 2-channel Futaba radio and MCD electronic speed control provide
digital proportional rudder and motor functions.
scale (39" length X 11" beam) models of the 1924 John L. Hacker boat
"Lorraine", a 16-foot "Gentleman's Runabout" designed in 1924. The
are constructed exactly the same as the 1/4 scale "Lorraine" shown
on this web site..... all planking will be light red Honduras mahogany
we may decide to plank the decks of one boat in Zebrawood......a
to be made later. These boats will be equipped with dual MACK Products
electric motors geared 2:1 to a single shaft, MACK Products running
hardware, 3-channel radio control, electronic speed control, and
remotely switchable running lights. All deck hardware will be custom
cast in Reyart brass. These models will be 100% complete, finished
to the highest levels of craftsmanship, and ready to run at the local
pond. They are intended to provide many hours of trouble-free
enjoyment, absolutely no environmental pollution, and quiet, reliable
Expected completion date is November 1, 2001.
”Victor Slocum”, 16’4” inboard motor launch designed by William and John Atkin in 1952…to be powered with 36 VDC electric
inboard traction motor with controller and on-board battery
Planking is 9 mm Okoume marine ply glued lapstrake, bottom is 18 mm Okoume with 2 layers 16 oz fiberglass with West
System marine epoxy. Trim is Honduran mahogany, seats are
Atlantic white cedar, rudder and cheeks are white oak,
tiller is white ash…..this boat is a “work in progress” as of February
| ”Diana”, a 63” radio controlled live steam
model of Weston Farmer’s 25-foot 1890’s style fantail launch. The
model will be powered
with the Saito T2GR 2-cylinder marine steam
engine and B2G boiler with dual torch burner. The model is lapstrake planked in 1/8” quarter sawn Port Orford cedar, trim will be Honduran
This model will carry a dark green canopy to match dark green leather
seats and hull bottom. Rudder & deck hardware will be custom cast
in silicon bronze. The radio system for this boat is the Ace
“Nautical Commander” 7-channel system with two servos to the rudder in push/pull arrangement, one servo
to the Stephenson link on the engine for forward/reverse, one servo to
the boiler for steam feed to the engine, another servo to the
boiler for a steam whistle, and one servo to an electric bilge
pump….. this boat is a “work in progress” as of
| ”Endless”, a static 1/12 scale model (28”) of the prototype 28-foot Hackercraft residing on
| A pair of 7’7” Nutshell
sailing/rowing Prams ……both in glued lap Okoume ply with Honduran mahogany trim.
“Charlotte” 11’6” solo canoe to a design by Tom Hill of Vermont
in 6 mm Okoume glued lapstrake with Honduran mahogany trim ….hull weight
is 39 pounds.
“Piccolo” 13’8” sailing canoe to a design by Bob Baker in 6 mm Okoume glued lapstrake with Honduran mahogany trim.
“Anabelle” 10’2” outboard skiff designed
by William Atkin in 6 mm Okoume lapstrake
planks and 9 mm Okoume bottom with one layer fiberglass cloth set
in epoxy….trim is Honduran mahogany, seats are Spanish cedar. The
2 hp Honda is more than adequate for this boat….with only one person
aboard, must sit slightly
forward of the aft seat to balance the hull.
1929 Chris Craft Upswept Runabout ..28 foot….scaled at 2.2”=1’0” (62” model) powered with the Zenoah 22 cc water-cooled marine engine w/centrifugal clutch and on-board electric starter
steam launch “Nellie” …..30 foot….scaled at
1.5”=1’0” (45” model) powered
with Saito T2DR steam engine and B2F boiler. The prototype of this boat is on display at
No future full scale boats are planned.