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The parts were cut on our laser for Ron Burchett, who built this scaled down version for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The original designs came from the office of Rob Allen www.ral.bc.ca.

Ron & I have collaborated on about 25 boats so far in different scales. All parts were made from aircraft plywood, parts were nested together from the ship's plans, and then engraved and cut. The L.A. Fireboat came from 3 pieces of 2 feet x 4 feet (60x 120 cm). We made many technically difficult parts on this, including scale catwalks, a garage door with 30 parts in it, so it can open, and even the hex shape around nuts.

The windows were fun to make as well, we cut out the frames in aircraft plywood, then I transferred the drawing to a new layer in Auto Cad, and cut the window "glass" from 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) smoked clear Plexiglas which were then pressure fit in place, as there was no need to "fit" them using the laser. The whole boat measures approximately 45 inches (115 cm).

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