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  • Birthday 07/31/1943

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  1. 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
  2. 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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    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Eric - thanks for your answer to my question. Makes sense now that I think about it. Bob
  10. Hi Eric, As usual, very nice work. One question for you - you mentioned that sternwheeler guards were either non-existent or very narrow. I know that side wheel boats had to have larger guard areas to allow room for the wheel assemblies but it also gave them more deck space for cargo, etc. I wonder why they did not do the same for sternwheelers and give the extra cargo space (and make more money) for them as well. Just curious. Bob
  11. John - rather late to the party in terms of finding your build log but looking forward to following along on this fascinating project. To date all of my models have been from kits but I keep thinking about trying my hand at a scratch build. I hope to find a subject that will have the personal attachment for me that the 'Meteor' has for you. Bob
  12. Eric, Here is a picture of the stern wheeler Lone Star on display in Leclaire, Iowa that shows the bow out of the water. Not sure if I attached this properly but if not you can find it at this site The Dave Thomson Collection - Steamboats.com Bob
  13. Hi Eric, Very glad to see you back at this project. I followed your research thread on the Arabia with fascination and will do so with the actual build log. Best of luck. Bob
  14. Thanks for the heads up on this program. It should be interesting and certainly more fun to watch than just about anything else on television these days. Bob
  15. I live on the Mississippi River and with the stuff I have seen floating by, particularly in the spring, you definitely would not want to get hit broadside (or any other side) while tied up on the shore, anchored or not. Bob

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