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Old 07-29-2017, 12:23 PM
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Cool 1929 Hacker-Craft 3 cockpit runabout (1:35)

Is is my first design project, as well as first experience with Blender, Pepakura and Illustrator. Previous work in SketchUp and Photoshop helped, but it's still quite a learning curve.

The inspiration: boat chase scene from Indian Jones and The Last Crusade:


I don't know the exact make or model of the boat, but I've seen mentions of Hacker-Craft, which appears to look quite similar. I dug up some plans and photos (of different boats):


Made this in blender:


Edit and color in illustrator (not the final layout yet, most of the small parts missing):


Beta builds 1 and 2 (after stress-test by toddler =) :


State of the project:
- Made adjustments after beta 2, the hull should fit pretty snugly now. Raised the waterline a little. Made cockpits and seats a little smaller; initially I have failed to take the paper thickness into account.
- Missing: windshield, vents, handles, light, motor.
- Scale is 1:35, intended for 0.25mm paper (I use staples photo supreme; I don't remember the weight). Everything including textures is vector for ease of scaling.
- I intend to make 2 (or 4) versions: engine compartment closed (former 10-13 solid, beta 1) and open(able) option with doors and motor (beta 2). Both as full hull and waterline models. Does anyone has any specific information about the motor? I found a few pictures looking more or less like so:


I kind of got sick of it and decided to build something else for a bit, so third bete is pending for now. I do intend to finish and release it free of charge for anyone to enjoy.

Stay tuned for updates :p
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Old 07-29-2017, 12:29 PM
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nice looking runabout will keep an eye out for this one well done so far
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Old 07-29-2017, 04:10 PM
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Looks really nice and will eagerly await your next post!

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Old 07-29-2017, 05:47 PM
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Nice looking craft. That's a lot of work. You're doing a great job.

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Old 07-29-2017, 07:30 PM
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A really classic motor boat and a great model.

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Old 07-29-2017, 10:33 PM
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You're putting a great deal of work into this model and it shows in the quality of your build. This should turn out well. Good luck with the engine.
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Old 07-30-2017, 08:13 AM
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Dear Captain Wildchild:
Nice rendition of a classic boat, a Fair number of these were on Lake Ontario used as rum runners, Be fun to make one with cases of hooch in all the seats.
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Old 07-31-2017, 12:16 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement everyone. I'll work on it more once I'm done with the Catalina. I really want to make a decent kit that's not a headache to build.

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Dear Captain Wildchild:
Nice rendition of a classic boat, a Fair number of these were on Lake Ontario used as rum runners, Be fun to make one with cases of hooch in all the seats.
Thanks,
Miles
I like that idea. Will include some crates in the optional page =)
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Old 10-27-2017, 04:19 PM
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So I finally finished 3D model and did a quick render. Despite being incredibly busy with work and other projects I will try to finish the unfold and processing by the end of the year. Gotta give yourself a deadline, haha.

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Old 10-27-2017, 04:46 PM
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I found some pictures of a Hacker ... if you want some cockpit layout details ...

1930 38' Hacker Craft Triple Cockpit Twin Engine for Sale | $165,500.

More pics here Hackerboat.com: Hacker-Craft Runabouts

I too look forward to building this ... if and when ... no rush. Take your time and get it right.
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