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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    .I never worked with a loop rdf antenna , only a bar, but you always had to remember that you were getting a heading to the known antenna/beacon so to plot where you are you had to use 180 degree opposite. Obviousy since the signal radiates outward once it passes you it is 180 degrees in the opposite direction. You tune to the null since it is easier to accurately distinguish than the strrongest signal.. Again that is for finding your position since you know where the beacon/antenna is located. To locate another vessel, as in a rescue , first you need to know your location, then tune to his antenna and plot the coursefrom your locationto it directly from your reading. That will get you to the object but you don't know how far away it is without a second vessel also plotting on the same object and again triangulating. Where the 2 plots cross is the exact location. The ideal would be if both plotting vessels had a reading around 45 degrees apart to provide most accuracy but of course that won't always be the case. We practiced this often in the Coast Guard Aux back in the day before all the more modern methods were available. I believe Loran overcame the bidirectional problem.

    BTW I was in Counterfire (aka Infantry Sound Ranging)in the Infantry back in the 50s and we located enemy artilleryposition by recording muzzle sound and plotting direction by triangulation also from 2 recorder positions..

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless


    ORIGINAL: Sound Sailor

    Darn you Rich!!


    Before and After


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    Nice job on the dinghy Bill. I like how you thinned the rails even more..I will follow your lead..Great job man!! I hand painted my dinghy the other night & didn't like how it came out so tomorrow I will sand it & hose down the exterior with some flat white spray paint.

    updates to follow..

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Rich, killing time here waiting for the materiel for the next build sooooooooooo I decided to repaint the dingy white as it was on big D. While prepping itI did some judicious sanding to all the sharp edges to make it appear a little more rounded like the real one. There is not enough matetial to make it fully rounded but it does soften the appearance. Paint is drying so don't know ifI will have time fo a pic befoeI leave for the weekend. Now I'll be thinking about molding the outside to round it even more.

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless


    ORIGINAL: Sound Sailor

    Rich, killing time here waiting for the materiel for the next build sooooooooooo I decided to repaint the dingy white as it was on big D. While prepping itI did some judicious sanding to all the sharp edges to make it appear a little more rounded like the real one. There is not enough matetial to make it fully rounded but it does soften the appearance. Paint is drying so don't know ifI will have time fo a pic befoeI leave for the weekend. Now I'll be thinking about molding the outside to round it even more.

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    You are the maan, man!! Hmmm, is there a way to fill and remould this boat?


    -Rich.


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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Today I added some music to my video..it's the little things that make boring videos more enjoyable...

    -Rich.

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Hi captains,

    more work was done on the Dauntless.

    I filled in around the keel area on the inside of the boat. I filled from the main cabin all the way to the stern. so basically, either side of the keel is filled and there won't be any worries of water leaking in. This took 17 oz of epoxy but her keel is now heavily reinforced.

    Bill contributed to the Dauntless by scratch building two great details. The first was the life raft and the second were the boat hooks.

    I went ahead and scratch built the cradle for the life boat and the holders for the boat hooks. Both of them were installed yesterday.

    In addition, recently I ordered a working Danforth anchor from Wet Goose Marine. It was a pretty piece that was all brass & looked like a nice piece of nautical jewelry. To make it look exactly like the Danforth on Dauntless I painted the anchor sea gray to match the deck details and weathered it with a hint of rust. Then, the anchor line which was also brass was painted steel and also weathered too. Now it looks like the anchor that was on Dauntless's deck. There won't be much weathering on the boat but it is almost an injustice not to follow through with weathering.

    Here are those pictures.

    -Rich.
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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Bit of info for all. Bruder Toys makes beautiful 1/16 scale backhoes, trucks,loaders etc and to go along with them they have figures. The men are 4.2 inches which would make them about 5'7" they are dressed in slacks and a sport shirt. My son in law sells the trucks etc but doesn't stock the figures. He can get them but there is a minimum order of 8 so I am going to check some stores to see if they have them. They also have accesories for them like hard hats and an orange safety vest that could be a life jacket.
    You can google their web site and see the online catalog.

    Bill

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Hey Bill

    Now that we know it's brudera bunch werefound on e-bay and can be had individually for a decent price.

    -Rich.


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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Wow Rich those are expensive. Wholesale I can get them in that lot for less than $6. Notice some have boots on which would work for shipyard workers but not deckhands. The men with shoes come with blond or brunette hair. There is a store in Wilton that is a Bruder dealer.

    I am really bummed at the moment. I made a foam dingy for Dauntless that looked really like the big one. I had to make it in 2 pieces of foam and when I used CA for foam it melted alot of the material. I tried to save it but every paint o filler I put on it melted it more. I may try carving one from a balsa block.

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Bill,

    I was sort of waiting to see what you came up with. I looked at the catalog on the Bruder site which was the 2012 edition and showed only the construction people. I didn't see the "street people", maybe I just didn't look around enough.

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    hi captains well here is the latest i started to get her trim put on coverd the top and made a dash still lots to do. shes dirty needs a bath when i was puting the top on some of the glue soaked through im going to try and find some kind of spray to seal and re color the canvas lots more trim to go. all im waiting for is the first so i can order my batterys the its sea trial time
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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Lookin Good DEEP!!!

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Wow DeepSky...she is looking awesome!!! for the fabric on your boat try fabric glue or canopy glue. Either one won't bleed through and ruin the fabric. I believe on my Dauntless I doubled up on the fabric over the bridge.

    I usedFabric glueon the bridge canopyand itcan be found in a craft store like Michaels. Canopy glue, which is also flexible when dry wasused to secure the bow cockpit boot to the wood base. This can be found in most hobby shops. You don't need a lot to get a good hold on each and they dry clear..

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    soooo this is likely where Dauntless's hull ended up:

    http://virginislandsdailynews.com/ne...roix-1.1218082

    -Rich.

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Soo sad.

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Guess its about time i jumped in here and let the form know i started building the daunt. Thanks for putting me in touch with Mack prodcuts. Received
    running gear first of the month and looks good.

    So far i have the hull and deck built. Will start fiberglassing the same starting on the weekend.
    Please excuse my letter writing.Not my strong suite. I was a carriage builder before retiring in 2002. At 80 years fo age i thinkit,s time i started a hobby


    I have pictures but no idea how to load them yet. Hech i dont know how to use this contraption. Will up date when possible, thanks for looking. Frank

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Hi Frank, glad you're here! Lots of info and friendly help is available from this forum, so don't be afraid to ask any questions as you go!

    As for adding pics, just click "Click here to upload images and files!" at the bottom of your message box and point to where they sit on your computer. Looking forward to seeing your progress!

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Welcome to the Dauntless fan club Frank from another old timer. ( I turn 80 in a couple of months) It's a great hobby to keep you occupied and I spend part of every day building new boats or adding details to ones in the fleet. Once you get her built try to find others in your area to run with. It adds a lot to the hobby and you get to meet some new friends to share the hobby with. You are fortunate you can run boats year round down there. Up here the best we can do is meet up and jaw about our boats this time of year. That can be fun also and just 2 days ago 3 of us Dauntless owners met up for lunch. We also have a scale boat club in the area that runs boats every Sunday during the summer and has monthly meetings when the water is hard as well as a couple of shows coming up in the next 2 months.
    It's a great hobby!

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    THANKS GUYS FOR YOUR REPLY AND OFFERING HELP WHENi NEED IT. STARTED TO GLASS THE HULL AND BOY DID i MAKE A MESS OF IT.
    JUST HAD TO MANY AIR POCKETS AFTER IT SET UP. DISCOVERED THAT IS WOOD IS VERY DRY.MOSITURE CONTENT MUST BE DOWN CLOSE TO 1 OR2 PERCENT.


    WILL HAVE TO LAY MORE RESIN ON THE WOOD AND THEN GLASS ON TOP FOLLOWED WITH TOP COAT. HOPE I GET BETTER RESULTS.
    OK NOW LETS SEE IT I CAN LOAD A COUPLE OF PICTURES.

    FRANK
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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    hi welcome aboard i used car feather light bondo over the glass it fills over the humps and bumps and sands nice you can buy it at allmost any auto supply

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless



    Thanks for the tip. ItDid cross my mind to use bondo but I like your idea of feather light. Thanks again.

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    i hope it helps here is a pix of mine when i went over the glass with the bondo if you start at page125 here you can see some of what i did on my build maybe it will help

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Hi caps..Here are some pics of the new tender being built for Dauntless. Bill made the plug & I am making up the first boat!! This boat is fiberglass construction. This tender still needs some work but it's coming with me to St. Croix..

    -Rich.
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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Hi Wagonman,

    Welcome aboard!!

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    RE: the unofficial home of the dumas dauntless

    Compare the new tender to this:

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