1:24 1984 100ft Broward Yacht

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  • Bob Gato
    • Feb 2019
    • 844

    1:24 1984 100ft Broward Yacht

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    ​This is my scratch built 1984 90ft series Broward Yacht in 1/24th scale. It was built from borrowed full size blueprints-Its a fiberglass molded hull (from my scaled down drawings,plug and mold) with a plywood cabin. Its many features include:
    1. Working radar antennas(accomplished thru the use of geared micro motor,VCR belts and a flex shaft).
    2. Working Hot Tub-fills when activated and bubbles(will not overflow)and auto drains when the pump shuts off.
    3. Lighted nav screens-Radar,sonar, MFD , and course plotter
    4. RC sound system (from SD card or bluetooth)
    5.Underwater "Yacht Lights"
    6. LED nav ,entrance way, cabin windows (with mini blinds), aft galley, and bar lights
    7. Scratch built 13ft Boston Whaler and scratch built 40 hp Johnson motor
    8. Working search light-the light is controlled to sweep with the "aileron stick"only when the lights are selected on(accomplished with a micro 5v relay)
    9. All placards and decals were scratch done as was the anchor, cleats, vertical windlass, Horns, liquor on the bar, deck chairs, bar stools, canister life rafts, rudders, shafts, struts, and cappuccino maker (got to have a cappuccino maker!)
    10. Working bilge pump-a chamber with a calibrated "leak" fills and a water sensor (scratch designed and built) turns on the pump,pumps out port and starboard and latches on until another contact is cleared(preventing fast cycling)-giving the boat a lived in look when sitting static about once every minute.
    11. Lighted side board nameplate with individually lighted letters
    12. Larimar aft table-a semi precious stone from the Dominican Republic , cut on a wet saw and mosiaced together.
    13. All woodwork is Burmese teak-aft deck, gunnels, and deck chairs.
    Last edited by Bob Gato; 07-03-2020, 10:36 PM.
  • RCSubGuy
    Welcome to my underwater realm!
    • Aug 2009
    • 1802

    Absolutely gorgeous work, Bob! Wow!


    • QuarterMaster
      Rear Admiral
      • Sep 2015
      • 1206

      Twice a gorgeous in real life, trust me!

      Capt. Gaito is talent unbridled. I am fortunate to run and learn from him.
      v/r "Sub" Ed

      Silent Service "Cold War" Veteran (The good years!)
      NEVER underestimate the power of a Sailor who served aboard a submarine.


      • a1965l
        Lieutenant Commander
        • Apr 2020
        • 147

        The underwater lights are a great touch. Nice!
        "It does not take so many words to speak the truth" Chief Joseph


        • Bob Gato
          • Feb 2019
          • 844


          Thanks man..check out the Heineken and Landshark on the bar-I rolled aluminum tubing into beer cans and then cut them to size (.2" ) and then I had to make the Labels! Also I like a little Grand Marnier-this one's very little..oh and that's an orange slice on the deck (post #1)-the bartender must have dropped it!
          ...these air horns started out as three drywall screws...

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          Last edited by Bob Gato; 07-04-2020, 10:01 PM.


          • trout
            • Jul 2011
            • 3561

            Love the details! Bob, that night/dusk shot could go in a luxury magazine. Awesome work.
            If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.


            • Bob Gato
              • Feb 2019
              • 844

              I don't know if you've seen this...Here is the hot tub in operation:


              • ffr2608
                • Oct 2009
                • 280

                Amazing as always Bob. I do love the pleasure stuff...………..