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Re-scaling a life boat. From 1/48 to G scale

I needed a better looking lifeboat for my Bristol Bay trawler (see my earlier posts) and the hull shape had to be just right for my purpose. That's when I happened upon a U.S. Coast Guard rescue boat at a really nice price. I used a few of the original pieces cut down a bit and a bit of Evergreen plastic stock. The ores were a bit of a challenge. But it was a lot of fun.

This is a three to four man boat with a one cylinder diesel engine.

I hope you like my bit of maritime madness..

California Steve

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21 responses

  1. Hi Steve. Is the figure scaled to the boat? Nice display base. Is that with the kit?

  2. Looks nice will have a look on your trawler

  3. Excellent conversion, Is that Quig from Jaws?

  4. So, G scale is approx 1/35? Whatever, I'd like to see it floating, maybe with a glowplug engine on the back!

  5. Hey George. G scale is larger that 1/35. The figure is 1/20th scale for the larger garden railway type train sets. I'm pretending it has a one cylinder diesel engine.
    Thanks George.
    California Steve

  6. Steve, amazing! You made it work, and the figure apparently is holding a bottle, probably with seasickness remedy. Not that railroad workers drink! Naw! Someone else here has a whole series based on this kit. Thinking I oughta get me one, as it looks like fun. Both the boat and the kit have served a long time, and should be remembered and celebrated.

  7. Thanks Bernard. When I saw the hull shape at the hobby store and the very reasonable price of $10.00 I was very pleased. Even built straight from the box this is a very nice kit. If you or anyone else reading this posts remembers who built and posted this model please let us know. I would enjoy to visit their build.
    Thank you again Bernard.

  8. Thanks Robert. Mike did a fantastic job modifying his series of models.
    Thanks again.

  9. i still say ...your heck with those figures...great job all around

  10. Why thank you very much Bob. Paint, dry brush, seal with Dullcoat, then a easy dry brush seems to work out ok.
    California Steve

  11. Always a treat to see your projects, Steve...never stop thinkin', my friend.

  12. Great little model. Shows what can be done with a bit of imagination.

  13. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Interesting model there Steve, very nice work.
    About that figure, I really don't know of Quint, reminds me more of Dr. Phil.

  14. Why thank you very much. You might be on to something here.
    California Steve

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