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Now that we've decided to build the Dumas kit # 1218, now we need to know what you will doing with this model.  Are you building it to float at your local lake?  Are you building it to sit on your mantle?  Are you going to enter it in some building contest?  Are you building it to later sale? Or do you just like to build?

The finished model you wish to end up with depends not only on your building skills, but the funds you have available to put into such a project. 

Where most modelers "fail" at building this model is with the planking of the hull.  The hull is constructed with strip balsa planks over a die-cut mahogany frame.  Although this can be a very challenging task, it is to be noted that it is also the most difficult part of the building process.  Meaning, if you get past the planking, the rest of the model is much easier to assemble.

The Dumas kit #1218 is a 1/39th scale model of the USS Crockett.  Kind of a "weird" scale when you go looking for fittings and detail items.  Most places that offer ship fittings for sale stock 1/32 and

 

1/48 scale items.  1/32 is a bit too big,  where 1/48 is quite noticeably small.  In a bind, you can use the 1/32 scale items.  Tamaya makes 1/35 scale plastic detail parts that can be used for this model.  A trip to your local hobby shop will also produce items from other plastic kits that can be used.

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Static Model

A static model is a model built for display.  It does not contain radio gear or built to be floated in water.  Static models can be built with working lights, RADAR or even sounds.  Most static models are built for display.  Because of this, static models often have more detail than R/C models. If you build the Dumas kit #1218 as a static model, you will still need the running hardware and deck kits.  You do not need the motors, speed controls, R/C equipment or batteries.

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R/C (Radio Control) Model

Building an R/C model can have the details of a static model, but you also must construct the model to operate in water.  Water proof adhesives are a must.  Plus the finish must also protect your model from the humid environment of your local lake.   Plus,  R/C  is  more  fun than static



models. If you decide to build your model as a working R/C model, you will have  a  much greater added  expense  other   than

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