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    1:6 scale wood cracker box or gar wood model plans?

    I'm looking for a project to start on my birthday this year and came across the Mack/Legend Model Boats California Cracker Box and their Gar Wood Speedster and fell in love.

    The only problem is that their kits won't be available until a few months after the day i'd like to start...

    You'll have to excuse my ignorance on terminology as I don't have a lot of experience with boats. I have, however, made architectrual models, cars and planes before so figure i'm competent enough for a boat... rightly or wrongly

    I like the rear cockpit/front engine style of the ones I linked to. I also like the curved fore-deck and aft. The model will mostly be for display but I would like very much to be able to drive (is that the right word for a boat?) it if funds allow in the future.

    So i'm turning to you, good forum dwellers, i'm looking for either plans (preferably digital so I can laser cut the frame myself) with a bill of materials or, better yet, a full kit that I can buy that follows a similar design aesthetic to those above. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Also, just to throw a small spanner in the works, i'm based in New Zealand...

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    RE: 1:6 scale wood cracker box or gar wood model plans?

    I know Dumas has a boat similar to the Cracker Box, if that helps. Here's one: http://www.dumasproducts.com/product...roducts_id=258 and here's a second: http://www.dumasproducts.com/product...roducts_id=417

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    RE: 1:6 scale wood cracker box or gar wood model plans?

    Thanks Hydro Junkie for the links. They're not bad looking at all. 

    I just found this and this online and would be happy to buy the plans if I knew I could adapt it down to a 1:6 (ish) scale so I could build it. They're both aesthetically what i'm after, except for those prices I had better know I'm going to get a buildable model... I don't want to have to get special thicknesses of timber cut to complete it but at the same time i'm competent on CAD software so could spend some time adapting them if there was a book/post/document detailing what needs to change to allow for a model prop and rudder?

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    RE: 1:6 scale wood cracker box or gar wood model plans?

    Take a look at Zipp Kits, they are 1/4 scale,and a great boat
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    RE: 1:6 scale wood cracker box or gar wood model plans?


    ORIGINAL: blizard05

    Take a look at Zipp Kits, they are 1/4 scale,and a great boat
    Good idea,
    I made one, but on a smaller scale with 800mm

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    RE: 1:6 scale wood cracker box or gar wood model plans?

    The Zipp kits ones just don't seem as 'curvaceous' as the M.A.C.K one. I know it's probably more scale accurate, but seeing as this boat will probably be more for show than for speed they just don't appeal as much.

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    RE: 1:6 scale wood cracker box or gar wood model plans?


    ORIGINAL: Disrespective

    The Zipp kits ones just don't seem as 'curvaceous' as the M.A.C.K one. I know it's probably more scale accurate, but seeing as this boat will probably be more for show than for speed they just don't appeal as much.
    They can be changed, "barrel back, lowered free board" etc. That is the best thing about building a wood boat . I built one with non trip chines, and curved transom. PM your em, for pics Larry
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    RE: 1:6 scale wood cracker box or gar wood model plans?

    Take a look at the new 2013 V box it can be modified easily,and is easy to build. Mine is covered with teak
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