Set Models

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Juan de Fuca Strait Dock

Built for an on-location life-size replica and integral to the screenplay Juan de Fuca Strait where two bored Canadian teen sisters challenge a ghostly legend on their parents’ isolated fishing camp.  The JdFS dock is cut from 3x4” balsa studs from an MGM/UA prop house and used in the 1940 Laurel and Hardy classic feature Saps At Sea.  CLICK PHOTO to see PDF.

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Jolly Jay Trawler

An all-around Alaskan crabber and halibut trawler.  R/C, spinning radar turret, live running lights.  Ash and balsa hull with strip planking.  Six C-cell and four AA-cell batteries run the motor, R/C, lights and radar turret.  California recently passed laws against offshore rock cod fishing for 50 years.  Trawlers like the Jolly Jay were scuttled after the ban.  CLICK PHOTO to see PDF.

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NY Liberty Tugboat

Single-piston, steam-powered engine uses Sterno and chugs like the African Queen in the water.  Remote-controlled steering, this tug has one speed until the Sterno burns out.  Lower deck is made from heavier masonite material to avoid using any lead for ballast.  CLICK PHOTO to see PDF.

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MdR Three Sons Shrimper

Built from photographs of the original anchored in Marina del Rey (now fishing in retirement somewhere off the Baja coast).  Remote control, six C-cell battery-power, variable speed.  Hull, subdeck and cabin made of ash and balsa wood, bow is solid balsa.  The Three Sons has five coats of hull paint under 27 lacquered coats of latex.  CLICK PHOTO to see PDF.

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Jim Wilder No. 2

This tug, built for work with few amenities on the Sacramento River and San Francisco Bay, was also a ferry, pilot boat, supply boat and water taxi.  A 12-volt motorcycle battery powers this 22-pound, metre-long ash and balsa replica.  The Wilder requires two pounds of antimony ballast to float aright.  CLICK PHOTO to see PDF.