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  • Birthday 07/22/1946

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  1. Starboard bow

    Actually I intended the captain to be the fellow at the tiller. The white-haired guy at the bow is the avatar of my late father, who was himself a wonderful ship modeler and armchair nautical adventurer. I began doing ship models when I inherited his set of ship modeling tools and supplies, so I put a figure of him on all my models. So far, he has been in the Bounty's launch with Bligh, sailed in an Irish curragh with Saint brendan, crewed a 1930's Pitcairn Island wooden longboat, and now has journeyed from Cornwall to Australia on a fishing lugger. He gets around.
  2. Starboard side

    I am in the US. I made the model for a long-time friend whose mother is a distant relative of the captain. I learned so much about Cornwall and the Cornish fishing industry that Imwould like to visit the region someday.
  3. Mount's Bay lugger "Mystery"

    The "Mystery" was a 33-foot Cornish lugger that sailed from Cornwall to Melbourne, Australia, in 1854-1855 with a seven-man crew. The voyage was without incident, and took 116 days. In preparation for the trip, the Mystery was fully decked over and sheathed with zinc, and that is how my model portrays her.
  4. This is a follow-up to my query about zinc plating. To simulate zinc plating on my Mount's Bay lugger model, I ended up using aluminum foil tape purchased at a local big-box building supply store. According to the manufacturer, the adhesive on this duct repair tape was good for a wide range of temperatures, from below freezing to well above boiling, so I figured it would sick all right to the smoothed, primed hull of my model. I cut scale rectangles to represent the 14" by 48" plates, and embossed them around the edges using a pounce wheel to represented the nail heads. I realize that this is not quite correct or realistic, since the nail heads would have been flush with the surface of the plates, or even recessed a little, but I felt that the visual effect of slightly raised nails was important to the overall look of the model. The aluminum foil tape was very shiny, but all it took was a spray with Dullcoat to give the plates a pewter-like appearance, close enough to the appearance of zinc plates. Below is a photo of the hull, after finishing the application of the plates and spraying with Dullcoat. As I worked up from the keel and forward from the stern, I let the plates follow the curve of the hull, but the topmost row was applied along the waterline. In the photo, the rudder is in place, sheathed with foil plates below the waterline to match the hull, but has not yet been sprayed with Dullcoat. The effect of the Dulcoat on the shiny aluminum plates is clearly apparent.
  5. I am building a model of the Mystery, a Mount's Bay lugger that sailed from Cornwall to Australia in 1854-55. Apparently the hull was plated with zinc before this voyage. I would appreciate whatever advice MSW members can give me about how best to model zinc plating. Thanks. James
  6. Overhead view

    Thanks, Marc!