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Rip Tide HF 3D Model

Well... looks like the third time is the charm! I've almost completed my 3D model of the Rip Tide HF RC Vintage Marblehead sailboat.

The first Rip Tide 3D model that I attempted was over a year and a half ago. It was based on the DWG files I received from a gentleman who started it in AutoCad. Those lines just didn't work well.

So a few months later I decided to try to model it myself. However, I was using a bad copy of some lines and it just didn't work well. I stopped and focused on the Sun Wind HF for the next year.

Then, out of the blue just last week, another gentleman sent me a TIFF file that appears to be a great copy of the original Rip Tide plans by Ted Houk! I had never seen this image before. Now, finally, I could make a proper 3D model of the 1949 Rid Tide!

I have redesigned it to be radio control, and to be in the Vintage Marblehead "High Flyer" division. It has a 16" draft and a spade rudder. Should weigh around 16 lbs. all up. 

It's not done yet, but here's how it looks as of tonight:

Profile view:

 Perspective view:

Front view: 
Rip Tide Vintage Marblehead sailboat

Aft view:
Rip Tide HF RC Vintage Marblehead sailboat
Loads of work yet to do before I can offer laser cut frames, but we're close. More when I finish them.



Peace!




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