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  1. Magnificent, This model is not an easy build, so my hat is off to you. I have built three Constitution kits and the model Shipways kit to me is the best hands down. On the three I built, I would contact the Constitution museum gift shop and order several pieces of wood that they had replaced on the Connie during some of her repairs. I would use this wood to make several pieces on the ship.
  2. The drive system that Tony was working looked like a nightmare to continue with, so I decided to make it a little easier on myself and not try and re-invent the wheel here. So I ordered a 90 degree geared drive system from Cornwall. I will check it out and see how it works, if I don't like it, then I will go back to the rubber "O" ring and pulley system, which is what is recommended from Dumas.
  3. I got the decking laid down, stained and seal with resin. I got a lighting kit in the mail I'm going to check out as well. I also have all the paddle wheel sprockets all sealed as well.
  4. Like I said in another thread, unfortunately I'm a sucker for unfinished models. The only thing that is keep peace in the household is that I promised my wife that both the Creole Queen and the Barrel Back would be sold by the time I finished them and actually I have deals on both from the same client, who purchased the 1954 Chris Craft Commander from me a while back.
  5. Here is another wayward orphan that I picked up that some good intentional soul I'm sure bought on a whim with all the good intentions in the world of finishing it and just never did due to I'm sure like most for various reasons. I'm told this poor soul passed away before completing it. By looking at the discolored blue prints I would have to say that had to have been many years ago. Now to the project model, a 1940 Chris Craft Barrel Back which has been on my to do list for ever. So I couldn't turn it down. The planking, which had been 75% complete was questionable at best, I had to completely rip off one side of the planking and start over, which I did. The rest of the build looked good.
  6. I can't really call this a build log because I didn't start the build, I received this partially built Creole Queen from a friend over on the east Coast of Florida. The original owner and builder had health issues and had to move away and could no longer finish the Creole Queen. I had not to long ago retired from ship and boat building, but being a sucker for a unfinished boat project, I just had to take on the project and due to the original builder being famed builder Tony Lombardo, that was like icing on the cake for me. Here are a few pics of her as I received it. I started out by staining .5mmx8mm limewood strips with red mahogany stain and applying them to the decks. This was not allowed for on the kit, but I hate painted decks on boats, that to me is like a cop out. Next, I will look at drilling and installing the three rudders and rudder assist fin which goes up towards the middle of the hull, which assists in turning the boat.
  7. mtdoramike

    Retired from modeling, but not gone

    Well, I will soon be back. I hadn't planned on doing any more modeling work per-say, But a friend of mine has a Rear paddle wheeler river boat kit that a re-noun boat builder from over on the east coat of Florida had started but due to health reasons he couldn't finish it and had to move to Arizona for his health and isn't doing well. Anyway, my friend was given the Dumas Creole Queen which is I'd say 60-70 percent built. I agreed to finish the model and am actually quite honored to get the opportunity to do it. This is how it sits today. I will finish it as a radio control rear paddle wheeler and install a lighting system in it and maybe a few more tricks. Here I thought I was out, but they keep pulling back in hahahahahaha. mike
  8. mtdoramike

    Retired from modeling, but not gone

    UPDATE: I feel proud, honored and humbled to be associated with such a fine group of fellows as the one's on these forums. I have great news, Kevin and his parents are up in Delaware, where the surgery will be performed next Tuesday. The doctors ran a battery of tests and have decided to try out a new procedure on little Kevin which will be less invasive, will not require cutting the leg bones, nor will he have to where casts on both legs for months. It will cut the surgery time from 5 hours to 1 hour. They will make small cuts on the legs at the knees and put if steel plates which will in time force the legs to straighten out on their own. They have used this procedure several times and have had great success with it. He will be able to walk right after the surgery. If that wasn't good enough, the Bell's Paulsy is almost completely gone with only a small remnant remaining when he smiles. I kid him that he has that Elvis Presley smile going on and the girls at the day care will be all over him. So I wanted to thank you all for your prayers, they were answered in short order. mike
  9. mtdoramike

    Retired from modeling, but not gone

    Thank you Craig and Dave.
  10. mtdoramike

    Retired from modeling, but not gone

    Thanks Tiger and Ron, your thoughtful wishes and prayers brings tears to an old mans eyes.
  11. First off, I would like to thank all of those folks that sent me pm's and emails wondering what's happening with me and some trying to induce me back into the modeling building process with either offering me kits or needing models refurbished, or builds done. Unfortunately I have to pass on them especially for the near future, but who knows what the late future may bring. I will have my hands full with my 5 year old grandson, who will be having surgery to his legs in a couple of weeks due to severe bowing of his legs. He will then be in casts up to his groin for 6 weeks then physical therapy for another 5-6 months learning to walk again. If that wasn't bad enough, he was diagnosed with Bell's Paulsy last week, with the right side of his face being paralyzed, it can be temporary which we are praying for, or it can be permanent. So I'm trying to spend as much time as I can with him. I'm currently building him a radio control dump truck, which I hope will keep his spirits up. So if anyone would like to say a prayer for "Kevin", I'm sure his parents would appreciate it. It just seems like the little guy can't catch a break. mike
  12. Hi Mike

    Its been a while since we messaged, hope all is well and you decided to continue with building ships, if I remember the Vic was to be your last. Talking of Victory, hows the library piece bearing up to the riggers of life on display. Hats off that you completed it so soon really, I have long breaks as time doing other life jobs gets in the way, not to mention interest wavers, starting back up after a break has it inherent problems to. I have spent a very long time learning to handle a sewing machine, making new sails As the kits provided were short of the amount she actually wore. Enough now, I hope all is well with you and your family, take care 

    1. mtdoramike


      Hey Paul, We have been quite busy here. My wife's mother recently passed away, so we have had to go back and forth to St. Thomas VI for estate issues since she lived down there. No, I have hung up my needle and thread as well as my hull planking crimping pliers. The Victory is holding up nicely at the Library. I try to get down there every so often just to see how she is doing. I like to sit back for a bit and watch as people walk by the Vic and hear some of the comments from "WOW, beautiful, to not bad, but I don't know if I would have done it that way rather then another way" "Or I can't believe someone would have spent that much time building it to donate it, he must have been some crazy senile old coot".


      I finished the Montane's last year, which is when eye sight and arthritis has started settling in on me.


      I hope you and family are doing well,


  13. Hi Gary, yes, I have the plans, but as far as using them to scratch build is another question. These plans are not to scale and are quite smaller than the actual build. They are mainly used to help the builder during the build.Dumas offers the plans on their website for $25.00.
  14. don't know quite yet, no buyer as yet. ebay only as a last resort. I will list her here on the classifieds as well as the classifieds on RCgroups.com. I'm mainly only want to get what I have in it build wise. I figure $650.00 plus shipping would be close.

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