James Payton sent me some pictures
of his scratch built "ORCA" that he
constructed as a young boy.
This vessel was
constructed in 1976, and James has been protecting it all
through the years. James constructed the Orca about a year after
the movie was released, it took his this time to find the
materials and find a hull design that was right. The
hull design came from a boat plan book that James found in his
Jr. High School which was a hull that was designed for a lobster
boat, James states that he has long lost the plans.
Build method & Materials used: A basic jig to construct the hull using
wood glue, basic bosin
wood made the hull and framing,
cabin, flying bridge and folsco deck housing and flying bridge
was all made of match sticks cut down and glued side by side,
all that you see was made from scratch the only pre-made items
were the pilot wheels and the port and starboard running lights,
and the shark jaws are for a ocean perch I caught. There
is no type of power for this vessel, at the time it was
constructed just for display purposes, in the future I'm
planning on building a larger scale with all the bells and
whistles. Working functions are the windows and the door.