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  1. This is something new for me, I've never posted a build before. Several people have suggested that I do one. Up until now, I hadn't really wanted to commit to one. I have always loved following builds, but was always disappointed when some just stopped or had large periods of inactivity. I can't promise either won't happen here, or how often it will be updated knowing me, but I'll do my best. So, I recently obtained a Model Shipways Yellow box kit of the Newsboy 1854 from an EBay bid for a reasonable price. That's also something I've never done before. I'm not sure exactly how old the kit is, probably late '60s or early "70s (At least after 1964 according to the plan copyright). I had one of these kits around then, but screwed it up. The Newsboy has always been one of my favorite ships, she's like a miniature clipper. The model is based on plans by George F Campbell for Model Shipways. Approx 1980 Erik Ronnberg came up with a modified version of her feeling she was too English looking in her deck layout. I plan to model her in the original kit design. The orginal ship was a 290 ton Brigantine ( The rig is a hermaphrodite brig without square sails on the main mast). It was launched June of 1854. She was desinged by D. J Lawlor, built at the Adams and Brown shipyard in Owl's Head, Maine and owned by Dabney & Cunningham of Boston. She was envolved in the Triangular Trade between New York, the Mediterranean and the West Indies carrying different types of cargoes specific to those destinations. Length 111' 0" Beam 27' 0' Draft 11' 0" Pete Jaquith, has been kind enough to share his build notes of his model with me. I hope he resumes his build again soon (one of these large periods of inactivity). I was really pleased with the condition of the hull, and the quality of the wood. It puts to shame the current solid hull offerings. I am guessing the hull was carved on an old shoe last duplicator. If anyone does know please let me know. I know from wood carving that most of the blanks used for carving around that time period were. I saw one of the machines at the place I took woodcarving lessons at about 25 years ago, the machine was second or third hand and pretty old by then but could make several exact copies of a master at one time. The kit fittings are lead, so they won't be used. I hope to scratch build most, and modify some current BlueJacket Britannia fittings which are a tin, antinomy and copper mix. The figurehead, I am going to try and carve out of boxwood or pear, or at least recast in resin. Of course Chuck's blocks and rope will be used. I may or may not plank over the hull as Pete did, and may paint instead of copper the ships bottom, Don't know yet, I have a little time to decide. The plans where a bit discolored with age but still in good shape. I managed to get a back up set from a fellow in England and still another from Frank McMahon (Mahuna), whos build of the skipjack Kathryn is amazing. Talk about redundance. Alex Bellinger, who's ninch is Ships in a Bottle also shared some information with me. He's built no less than 6 Newsboys so far and number 7 is supposed to be in the near future. So far I've just started in making up templates for her. Kurt
  2. Bob, If possible I would replace any of the vintage fittings with Britannia ones from Bluejacket or AJ Fisher or scratch build them. I would hate to see them “flower” in several years. Kurt
  3. Hi Jay, I just noticed your comment. Unfortunately everything came to halt about 2 1/2 months ago due to things that have priority getting in the way of modeling. I am hoping to get back to her in a month or so. You can’t go wrong following Pete Jaquith’s builds, he is our resident expert on real life ship construction. If you can get a copy of William Crother’s American-built Clipper Ship book it is a gold mine of information on how the originals where actually built, loads of drawings in detail. I would love to build the Flying Fish, but its too large for my current situation. Look at Ed Tosti’s Young America build too, lots of good stuff there. Good Luck, Kurt
  4. Michael, If I lived anywhere near you instead of 2500 miles away, you’d never be able to get me to go home. I’m not sure which I like the most, your model building skills or your tools ( which of course you had to go and make yourself!). The Renaissance man. I’m sure you write symphonies and correct Einstein’s equations just for whimsy. You are my role model IF and when I should ever grow up. Its just all so nice. Kurt
  5. Frank, Nice to see your work again. Kurt
  6. Kurt Johnson

    Some Very Fine Craftsman's Ship

    Keith, It’s always a pleasure to see a master craftsman at work in any field. It’s also humbling. If you stumble upon anything else please post it. Maybe the powers that be can create a section of the forum just for Masters of any craft. There’s always something that can be applied to our hobby in some way. Kurt
  7. Kurt Johnson

    Some Very Fine Craftsman's Ship

    Keith, That guys amazing, he makes it look so easy! I love watching stuff like that. I got a kick out of how he sliced the nut into 3 pieces like it was nothing. I noticed he has a number of videos. His name is Pablo Cimadevila, from . Spain and that ring is selling for $9,399.60. I guess the odd amount is from converting the price to dollars. Kurt
  8. Frank, That’s great news! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Kurt
  9. Kurt Johnson

    Dusek Golden Hind

    Has anyone come across any builds of Dusek's Golden Hind? I can't seem to find anything. Kurt
  10. Mike, Comes pretty close to the ceiling! It really is beautiful work. I can look at it for hours. Kurt
  11. I have to spend more time getting the pictures to come out better.
  12. I really have had next to no time for modeling at the moment. I have most of framing for the deck done, and just have to tweak the chamber. I made the aft deck house coaming out of boxwood. The joints are half lapped and pinned with brass wire. Slow going! Kurt
  13. Ed, I guess that means that we have to savor what is left of this build. Don’t rush by any means, go nice and slow. Kurt
  14. Ed, So what lies in the future as far as builds go? Kurt
  15. Hi Ed, Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one. Just wondering, at what percentage do you think she’s completed as of now? Or is that something you don’t contemplate? Kurt
  16. Rich, That makes a lot of sense. Keep moving things aroud to keep it “fresh”, instead of getting bored and cutting corners just to get it done. You can always go back and tweek things if you find the need to. I like the way things blend together instead of individual pieces just stuck together. Seems very realistic that way. Can’t wait to see her in the flesh again. Don’t eat too much tomorrow!!! Kurt
  17. Lookin good Rich! Moving along bit by bit. Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving. Kurt
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    Awesome miniature tools

    I looked through the blog back a few years ( truly amazing ). It looks like he came pretty close to Knew Concepts in 2016 ( or they came pretty close to him! ). My hat’s off to the gentleman for sure. I would give almost anything to see his work in the flesh. Kurt
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    Awesome miniature tools

    Mark, No problem at all. I appreciate that you took the time to post the link. I think it physically in their building. I've been looking at that site for years. A lot of talent there. Some of the model cars there are fantastic. Have a nice Thanksgiving. Kurt
  20. Kurt Johnson

    Awesome miniature tools

    Thanks Mark, That’s what I was referring to by the Sherline site, it’s connected to them. There is very rarely anything new on there. Kurt
  21. Kurt Johnson

    Awesome miniature tools

    Is there a forum for work at this caliber? I’m not that interested in Folk Art or Doll House miniatures. I know there was a magazine in the mid 1980s Scale Wood Craft that I had a subscription to that was full of this kind of stuff. The Sherline site has a section on fantastic craftsmen, but that is rarely added to. Kurt
  22. Kurt Johnson

    Awesome miniature tools

    Moab, This is the kind of stuff I just love! I wish I had the ability to do things like that. It always amazes me what some people can make. No 3D printer and his machines don’t appear to be CNC. It just shows what people are capable of creating. I could look at this for hours and probably will. Thanks for posting this. I wonder if he can make a miniature Knew Concept saw? Kurt
  23. Maybe try Zootoyz.jp, it looks like they are a major distributor. They might be able to help in some way. Kurt

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