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Pilot Cutter by Michael Mott - 1:500 scale


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michael mott

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I thought that a challenge to build a small model at 1:500 scale similar to the ships in bottles might make a satisfying change from working in 1:8 scale

 

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the hull is carved from a small piece of the English Boxwood

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I decided to use the larger part of the block as a holding jig so I carefully fretted out the profile and plan with a jewelers saw, by not completing the cuts I was able to hold it easily until the end.

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The hull blank was reatached to the cut along the deck line saw cut with a little acc glue.

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The beginning carving most of the actual carving was done with the #11 blade then some files.

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Some .024" holes were drilled for mounting to a board and a similar hole was drilled for the rudder.

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The first trial assembly to get an Idea of how it will look. I think that the mast is a bit big in diameter yet and the hull still needs a bit of fairing in a couple of spots.

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Three quarter from the bow Still a fair ways to go but I am satisfied with the progress this evening.

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The brass tiller is just a placeholder it is a bit on the big side. Next the bowsprit and topmast gaff and boom.

 

Michael


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Current builds  Bristol Pilot Cutter 1:8

 

                                Skipjack 19 foot Launch 1:8

 

                               Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14 1:8

 

Other projects  Pilot Cutter 1:500

 

                         Maria, Sloop 1:2

 

Restoration      A Bassett Lowke steamship Albertic 1:100

 

Anything you can imagine is possible, when you put your mind to it.


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Cap'n'Bob

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Oh what fun.  Thanks Michael.

 

Bob


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Current build:  Two Edwardian launches

 

Completed builds:  US Coast Guard Pequot   Friendship-sloop,  Schooner Lettie-G.-Howard,   Spray,   Grand-Banks-dory

                                                a gaff rigged yawl,  HOGA (YT-146),  Int'l Dragon Class II

 

In the Gallary:   Catboat,   International-Dragon-Class,   Spray


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michael mott

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Bob Thanks for looking in on the tiny build. I have a whole new appreciation for Donald McNarry let me tell you. It took me an hour to make a new mast that is a scale 12 inches in diameter at the base. .024" it is bamboo I used a draw plate and a sanding stick but did most of the final sizing by scraping with a knife blade. It looks like the mast now needs a bit of tapering, it is definitely tricky working with these big splinters.

 

The photo shows the mast to be smaller at the middle than the top I did not see that while working on it I will try some other woods for this small stuff.

 

Here is mini sitting on the stem of the 1:8

 

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and a shot in daylight with the thinner mast. I took out the 12 inch thick tiller handle.

 

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Michael


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Current builds  Bristol Pilot Cutter 1:8

 

                                Skipjack 19 foot Launch 1:8

 

                               Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14 1:8

 

Other projects  Pilot Cutter 1:500

 

                         Maria, Sloop 1:2

 

Restoration      A Bassett Lowke steamship Albertic 1:100

 

Anything you can imagine is possible, when you put your mind to it.


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Jim Lad

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Oh, Michael - that's brilliant - working at both ends of the scale world!

 

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So your cutter model will have model of a cutter on it, I hope?   B)    


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capnharv2

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That is very impressive!

 

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druxey

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Well, you do have a strange idea of light entertainment, Michael! The extreme change in scale must be hard to wrap your head around. Both models are looking very nice indeed.



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michael mott

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John, thanks, it is fun, and break up the tasks which gives my mind a variety of focus.

 

Mark, absolutely, the small cutter works out to a scale 12 inches long LOA as a model in the big one.

 

Harvey, thanks for your kind comment

 

Druxey, thanks for the compliment and actually it is quite the opposite I find it easy to switch scales, I have been a "rubber gauger" all my life. (Sorry about the reference to railways)

 

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the top off cut looked promising for the proper rudder.

 

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Fretted out and ready for shaping,

 

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The rudder was a little tricky to hold and it took five minutes to find it after dropping it, I think it did a sycamore seed thing as it fell. When it was almost finished I snapped the shaft which was carved as an integral part of the rudder. I glued it with some ACC and since it is hidden inside the hole through the hull, and there will not be any sideways torquing pressure I will leave it. At the moment it is just a very light push fit and it does swivel from side to side. I was reading that Donald McNally actually planked the decks of all his ships with actual strips of planking. ...... I'm thinking about it.

 

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I Also shaped a new mast out of maple and tapered it to .010" at the masthead and .024"  at the base, I am pleased enough with it now.

 

Michael


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Current builds  Bristol Pilot Cutter 1:8

 

                                Skipjack 19 foot Launch 1:8

 

                               Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14 1:8

 

Other projects  Pilot Cutter 1:500

 

                         Maria, Sloop 1:2

 

Restoration      A Bassett Lowke steamship Albertic 1:100

 

Anything you can imagine is possible, when you put your mind to it.


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I've never done anything that small.......pretty snazzy little boat!


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finished builds:
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Billings Regina - bashed into the Susan A / Andrea Gail 1:20 - semi scratch w/ Billing instructions
M&M Fun Ship - semi scratch build / Gundalow - scratch build
Phylly C & Denny-Zen - the Lobsie twins - bashed / semi scratch dual build

 

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Billing's Half Moon 1:40 - some scratch required
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Cap'n'Bob

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Beautiful, simply beautiful.

 

Bob


Every build is a learning experience.

 

Current build:  Two Edwardian launches

 

Completed builds:  US Coast Guard Pequot   Friendship-sloop,  Schooner Lettie-G.-Howard,   Spray,   Grand-Banks-dory

                                                a gaff rigged yawl,  HOGA (YT-146),  Int'l Dragon Class II

 

In the Gallary:   Catboat,   International-Dragon-Class,   Spray


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Outstanding work! I don't know if I would be able to work on anything that small.

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Edited by Timothy Wood, 28 February 2013 - 01:07 AM.

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Popeye, Bob, Tim, Thanks for stopping by.

 

Well working on the rudder I did resort to using the optivisor, I try not to use one if I can get away without it. I think that is why I mostly work on large stuff these days, but this was just too much of a fun challenge. The next task that will need some figuring out is to reshape the sheerline to accommodate the bulwarks and to leave the stem proud a little.

 

Michael


Current builds  Bristol Pilot Cutter 1:8

 

                                Skipjack 19 foot Launch 1:8

 

                               Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14 1:8

 

Other projects  Pilot Cutter 1:500

 

                         Maria, Sloop 1:2

 

Restoration      A Bassett Lowke steamship Albertic 1:100

 

Anything you can imagine is possible, when you put your mind to it.


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Excellent Michael :)

 

What a delight, and then you fool anyone that does not know that the block that looks 1:1 is actually a 1:8 making the little cutter appear bigger than it is!

 

Sweet :)


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michael mott

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Håkan, thanks for the compliment

 

I did a little more work on the mini pilot cutter today I worked on the final shaping of the deck.

 


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Tricky little devil to hold. Then I remembered the Milton Bradley mock up clay.

 

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Heated up an exacto blade to cherry red and let it cool down so I could file the notch for recessing the hull to accept the bulwarks.

 

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I cut some .005" apple and also some white lilac so I will see how each look before deciding. The white lilac smelled like aromatic cedar which surprised me.

 

Michael


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Current builds  Bristol Pilot Cutter 1:8

 

                                Skipjack 19 foot Launch 1:8

 

                               Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14 1:8

 

Other projects  Pilot Cutter 1:500

 

                         Maria, Sloop 1:2

 

Restoration      A Bassett Lowke steamship Albertic 1:100

 

Anything you can imagine is possible, when you put your mind to it.


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I was reading that Donald McNally actually planked the decks of all his ships with actual strips of planking. ...... I'm thinking about it.

Well, why not, Michael - you've gone this far! :)

 

John



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michael mott

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Well John putting the bulwark on was tough enough for me. it is amazing what the camera sees that I don't. this is all for now.

 

 

 

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Michael

 


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Current builds  Bristol Pilot Cutter 1:8

 

                                Skipjack 19 foot Launch 1:8

 

                               Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14 1:8

 

Other projects  Pilot Cutter 1:500

 

                         Maria, Sloop 1:2

 

Restoration      A Bassett Lowke steamship Albertic 1:100

 

Anything you can imagine is possible, when you put your mind to it.


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shock02.gif Wow....


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Licorne - 1755 from Hahn Plans (Scratch) Version 2.0

Past Builds:
Triton Cross-Section
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Wasa (Gallery)


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What Mark said :o

 

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Jim Lad

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Beautifully done, Michael! :o

 

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very tiny......and nicely done!  mini you must come in handy for this.........great job! ;)


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finished builds:
Billings Nordkap 476 / Billings Cux 87 / Billings Mary Ann / Billings AmericA - reissue
Billings Regina - bashed into the Susan A / Andrea Gail 1:20 - semi scratch w/ Billing instructions
M&M Fun Ship - semi scratch build / Gundalow - scratch build
Phylly C & Denny-Zen - the Lobsie twins - bashed / semi scratch dual build

 

on the table:
Billing's Gothenborg 1:100 / Billing's Boulogne Etaples 1:20
Billing's Half Moon 1:40 - some scratch required
Revell U.S.S. United States 1:96 - plastic/ wood modified / Academy Titanic 1:400
Trawler Syborn - semi scratch / Holiday Harbor dual build - semi scratch





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