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About BenF89

  • Birthday 05/21/1989

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    Washington, USA
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    Boats! Also: Family, books, theology, sketching and drawing, history

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  1. I think it’s admirable you tried it out in the first place! No shame in seeing for yourself and deciding what you like. As others have said, it’s your creation, and it is quite the feat as it is! Keep up the great work.
  2. Hi Patrick, Great progress! She’s starting to come together inside! Also, I showed some of the pictures on your log to the colleague of mine familiar with Khalilah, and he was impressed that you pulled off the hull form, especially at such a small scale!
  3. So, at 1:200, that means the Hood was 4 meters longer than Bismarck? I didn’t realize the Hood was that big! But, I suppose that’s why she was ‘enemy no 1’ for the Kriegsmarine- large size, but fast and agile because of the slender hull and lighter displacement. Of course, the lighter displacement was because of less armor, so that ended up being somewhat problematic....
  4. Been quite busy in the ‘real world’ so to speak - between a busy season with my work and the start of a house ‘facelift’ (nothing major- some drywall removal to expose raw wood plank sheathing we just found out we had and a fair bit of painting, for the most part), I haven’t had much time for the boat, and when I have, there wasn’t any time left to post! So here’s a small update on what I’ve done since last: INTERIOR LAYOUT/FURNISHINGS WORK - CABIN SOLE PART 1 AND NAV STATION PART 1 First, I took a break from ‘building’ and started some ‘finishing’. An idea I’ve had for a while was to use wood coffee stirs with square ends as wood planking. It might not be museum quality material, but it’s wood, it’s in roughly right-scale dimensions (to scale it would be something like 2 or 3 inch planks 5-1/2 ft long), and it’s cheap (I a pack of two 1,000 count boxes, so 2,000 total, for $13 on Amazon). I started at the forward end, since that’s where I have completed the furnishings that define the walking flats, and did most of the forward half of the interior: First Run of Interior Flooring After some down time, I got the ‘building’ itch again and started on the nav station. This has its own interesting set of challenges- each ‘sub assembly’ of furniture has- but I’m slowly piecing it together. The first picture is what is permanently installed thus far, and the second has the chart table piece dry fitted in. The angled bracket things will form the sides of a console holding an electronic chart plotter and engine instruments, at a minimum. Though it might not be tall enough for the chart plotter, at least not a decent size one. Might have to think on that a bit... Nav Station Status That’s it for now. Next will be more development of the nav station. At some point. Thanks for looking in!
  5. I'm in, too. Always been a Bismarck fan, and there are lots of Bismarck and Hood models, but not so many of this one. Looking forward to following along!
  6. It's a good point. I said the Fitz would be my boat, and that's probably true. But my eventual goal is a completely designed RC boat, like a workboat of some type. Not a replica of an existing boat, though emulating the style of many, but from hull form through to interior design starting with a blank sheet of paper. That would be a fun father-son(s) project, since by the time I get there they'll be old enough to appreciate it. We'll see - lots of time to figure that out. Space is the real issue - we're going to run out of room for all these boats real quick!
  7. Clever Idea, Ron. Looks good!
  8. Sheer, yes - the ‘bend upward’ of the deck towards the bow when looking at the side. It’s a tricky line to get correct, even when designing, since it curves in two directions- in towards the centerline, and up (or, in some cases, down). Get it just a little off and there’s a can’t-quite-place-it ‘wrongness’ about how the boat looks.
  9. Wow, sounds like me! We love making sourdough bread, and there IS always outside work to be done! As for the model, I think all the praise is well deserved, and it’s such a meaningful way to honor the memory of your father. Well done
  10. My temporarily shelved Edmund Fitzgerald is my boat. So there’s two. That just leaves the other two kids, and the Admiral. Though she would probably rather have me build (or finish) the grape arbor/trellace/pergola thing we started 3 years ago in our back yard...
  11. Hahaha! Yeah, I was actually having a similar conversation with the Admiral last night about whose boat it will be. We concluded that the ‘doll house’ will be for my daughter, but as with literally anything else in the house, that distinction probably won’t matter much. That said, the cat’s not totally out of the bag on why I’m ‘building the boat’ and it could easily be presented more generally to both of them. The pink hull may complicate that, but that’s overcomable. (My other suggestion to the Admiral was a second project to even it out. That idea wasn’t received as warmly - especially since then the third would feel left out when he gets older... ) Glad you found the build and thanks for following along!
  12. Holy smokes! (No pun intended) That looks really great- reminds me of the famous picture looking down on the USS Iowa firing a broadside. I agree with your wife- very life like. Nice work!
  13. Hi Patrick! Thanks - I like the overheads, too. Puts it into perspective for me, too! I usually have some manner of tools, or scrap, or 'junk' stored in the boat (you know, like a real boat would have!) and so I don't even always see it all interacting together. As for the name - I've started thinking about it, and I think she'll be unnamed until my daughter 'receives' it, and she'll provide the name.
  14. INTERIOR LAYOUT/ FURNISHINGS WORK- GALLEY PART 4 Small update: got the inboard walls of the galley cut, and installed the ‘U’ assembly and the two walls: Inboard Walls Installed And, a couple ‘overview’ shots- I placed the engine temporarily, to get a sense of how it will fit. Not sure when I’ll install it permanently. The second picture has the boat propped up it induce a heel; you can see the gimbaled stove in action! Till next time...
  15. Current state of interior fit-out of my ‘doll boat’ - a 1:12 scale model of a 40 foot cruising sailboat that started from a bare hull discovered in an attic. It’s being made into my personal take on a doll house for my five year old daughter. It’s a custom interior design to suit a small family living aboard. Link:

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