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  • Birthday 07/31/1943

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  1. Bruce, you are not the only one that put those supports on upside down. I did the same thing but fortunately noticed in time to pull them off, clean them off and redo. Lucky I was using wood glue and not CA. I wouldn't worry about it. As Eric said, only a river boat expert would notice the issue and if they were smart they would be admiring your clever work around instead of being critical. Very nicely done indeed. Bob
  2. Hi Eric, Wow, you really got socked. Us folks on the east side of Iowa only got about 6" but having grown up on the west shore of Lake Michigan, I do know what you are talking about. Not fun, particularly when you have some land to take care of. As usual, very nice work on the Arabia. Bob
  3. Hey, that is great! Thanks Kurt, very much appreciated. This is exactly why this is such a terrific site, all the support everyone gives each other. Bob
  4. Hi Bruce, Thanks for the response to my question. I am concerned as well that emery paper might be too thick and look out of place but had not come up with a better solution on my own. I will have to do a bit of experimenting with silk span to see if I can get the desired effect. Your directions will be most helpful. I may be back for further assistance. I have seen others mention Kurt's SOS series and always wished I had a copy but a bit late for that. Anyway, thanks again. Bob
  5. Hi Bruce, Not sure why I haven't run across your Chaperon build before, particularly since I am working on my own version of that kit. Very nice work indeed! I like your idea for the the windows to give a more muted and realistic look when the lights are turned on. I saw one version some time ago where the lights were the almost hospital white and it did not look good at all, at least in my opinion anyway. I have kind of let my Chaperon slip of late and am only at the stage of installing the boiler deck. You mentioned using silkspan strips to simulate the decking. Did you ever consider black emery paper? That is what I have in mind and wondered if you encountered any problems with your solution. I have never used silkspan before but am always open to something new if it works for others. Anyway, keep up the excellent work and I will surely be following along in the future. Bob
  6. Eric, sorry to hear about your injury. I am in complete agreement with you about the current state of our healthcare system and the clowns (i.e., statesmen) that we elect to fix such things. If you need some expert and free medical advice, ask your wife. They know everything!!! Bob
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    Hi Tim, That wood glue dispenser looks like something I could really use. Where did you find it? Bob
  8. I too have come very close several times to subscribing to SIS as well as joining the NRG. Looks like now is the time to get on board and enjoy the benefits of both. Count me in as a new member of the NRG. Bob
  9. Eric, Those photos of the dig also show how fast that river can silt in and cover up a wreck. I would never have thought that many feet of soil could build up in a relatively short period of time, particularly when you consider the river change often and sweep away what was deposited in the first place. Very nice job on the planking issue. I started to chime in several times but always realized I really had nothing to add but chatter. Bob
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    Return to the Shipyard

    Wow, Pete - you need to hurry up and make a mess of the place soon in order to be like the rest of us. Nice layout. Bob
  11. Hi Eric, I'm glad to see you are still progressing on this build. For some reason I missed your last post prior to this one. In looking at the question you raised regarding the joinery on the "short piece", I think you are spot on. I would be willing to bet that the missing timber section in the photo of the real structure was due to a portion cracking off. Possibly during the sinking of the boat and all the stress in places never intended to handle them. Or just due to the length of time everything lay submerged in the mud. What makes me think that is the 6" or so of the bolt extruding out the top. Something was there for sure. In any event, what you have done makes the most sense to me. I hope you finally decide to leave some of the detail of your fine work open for viewing. It would be a shame to cover it up but as we all say "it's your build". Regarding your last comment about "hoping the build continues to be more interesting....", from my perspective you don't have to worry about that. I am a big fan of your work and continue to learn more and more about these fascinating river craft as you progress. Bob
  12. Looking good Eric. I think you are right about the proportion issue - a little bit of sanding around the perimeter edges should clean that up nicely. It is very interesting to be able to compare a photo of the real thing to what you are creating. On the one hand it gives a better perspective on accuracy but it sure would drive me nuts trying to live up to the original. Sometimes ignorance is not necessarily a bad thing. Your patience in making all of those deck supports is commendable as well. Keep up the good work. Bob
  13. Thanks Eric, your explanation is very clear and makes a lot of sense. I had a hunch it had something to do with the shape of the stern and the subsequent flow of water around the hull but figured you were the guy to ask. I am surprised to see that some boats had up to four rudders but again your explanation makes it clear as to the reason. Bob
  14. Eric, You mentioned working on the rudder - I assume this means only one on your build. My Chaperon has dual rudders. Just curious but does this have anything to do with basic design differences between a stern wheeler and a side wheeler? Bob
  15. Eric - your planking is looking good. Soon comes the not so fun part from my perspective, i.e., sanding, filling, sanding, filing, and so on. All necessary obviously but still tedious. Re your question on planking the undersides of the guards - take a look at one of the pictures I posted earlier in this thread of the Lone Star sternwheeler. It shows that there was no planking. Only one example but still something to hang your hat on anyway. Bob

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