Where to buy scale model boat parts?

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  1. hobo_hut
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    Im building a scale model sailboat for a school project. What is a good place to buy scale blocks and cleats and things of that nature. I have found sources for more vintage looking stuff but nothing of more current design.
     
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    What scale is your model?
     
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    Not sure what scale yet. It depends on what scale hardware I can find. The boat I am designing is 16 to 18 feet. I would like the model to be anywhere from 2 to 3 feet. Thanks for the websites, ill be checking those out.
     
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    Also is there such a thing as a scale roller furling system?
     
  6. kerosene
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    seriously doubt that there is functional systems - the sails usually are pretty rigid material to begin with - typically more "paper" or plastic film like. It is hard to get so thin fabric that it would furl nicely in a scale model.

    Would you really want a roller furling for 17' boat?

    btw. is the idea to make functional rc model or just display model?
     
  7. hobo_hut
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    The idea is to make an accurate display model. Ideally it would be fully functional to better demonstrate the boat. More than likely the people I will be presenting this project to have no idea about sailboats or even boats for that matter. I just thought it would be fun to make it RC so that I could have a fun toy after this project is done and over,but Ive decided to scratch that idea anyway because of money/time constraints. Looks like I will be having some fun machining my own furling system.
     
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    sounds like fun

    Otherwise the scale model stuff on rcgroups will probably be helpful for the hull making - using balsa is easier than it looks - not sure how experienced you are with model making.

    did you find the blocks?
     

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    At 16 to 18 feet full size, you are going to find it quicker to build the real thing!

    I have just finished a 1:10 scale of a 28 footer, and, depending on your building method, has taken about as long as a small boat.

    Balsa wood isnt nearly as easy to use in a small model as I hoped. It dosent take compound curves well at all. Modellers plywood or very thin Formica would a much better bet.

    Unless you have access to a metal lathe, tiny bits of metal will be a real problem.
     
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