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  1. Maybe try Zootoyz.jp, it looks like they are a major distributor. They might be able to help in some way. Kurt
  2. 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
  3. Things are moving along slowly, little by little. Kurt
  4. Mike, You have too many nice toys and are too far away for a playdate! It’s not fair! Kurt
  5. I’ve started to work on the base for the decking. I am presently putting in the deck beams which have the camber very roughly done. The height of the camber is 6 scale inches at the centerline ( 3/32” ). Once they’re in place I’ll fine tune them. Kurt
  6. I am presently contemplating my next step for my model of Newsboy 1854 so I was perusing my American-Built Packets and Freighters of the 1850s by William L Crothers again to figure out what I need to do. This is an amazing book and a font of information about mid nineteenth century American merchant sail. Everything you could possibly need to know is there. It is also very readable. Mr. Crothers put a lot of effort in to this work. I also have have a copy of his The American Built Clipper Ship which is very much the same, but then it would have to be, they’re really the same animal (sorta, kinda). Kurt
  7. Mike, You have to put a Gopro or something her when you do!!! Kurt
  8. Michael, I may have missed it in this build, but is this jewel ever supposed to come in contact with water? Do you sail these models? Kurt
  9. Thanks Ron. Yes I remember Bliss and had ordered things from them. Didn't they have a Bluejacket sailor with a Donald Duck cap as their logo? Kurt
  10. I haven’t had too much time to work on my Newsboy as of late. I’m still reducing the thickness of the bulwarks. Not the most exciting thing, so a little bit here and there. Right now they’re about 5/32 of an inch thick, but they need to finish up around 3/32” thick. Getting there. The sheerline the deck needed to be built up in the bow area which I did with basswood inserts. I am currently marking out where frames would be working fore and aft from the widest point. Still have a few more to do. According to Crother’s the spacing used during this period was about 30 inches. This agrees with George Campbells plans. My plans are ( to copy Peter Jaquith as much as possible! Can’t argue with a professional) and create a deck system with the proper camber to lay the planking on. These older kits have challanges as much as any of the new ones. Maybe more so. The precarved hull is to the roughest shape. Not having a definite reference point to work from they can be frustrating. Anyway here is a picture of where things are at. Not a great pic but I’m not going to fuss over that. Kurt
  11. Jack, I meant that humorously. I have almost all their miniature planes and chisels. I keep checking for new additions. I was thinking along the lines of temptation and self control. (I have very little). If get a catalog in the mail from them, I know I might be in trouble. Kurt
  12. Dave, There’s always something you gotta have “and my life will be complete”. You get it and never get around to using it. Those catalogues.... It always gets me fantasizing. MicroMark is good (fantastic service, good quality stuff.) Stay away at all costs from Lee Valley, its the road to degradation. Kurt
  13. Michael, I can’t wait to see the case you’ll make for her. It’s gonna look great in your living room. Kurt
  14. I have most of their miniature stuff. That’s the first thing I look at when ever I go to their website regardless of what I’m actually looking for. Kurt
  15. Kurt Johnson

    Interesting picture

    Just saw this on one of those internet things where you keep clicking next to see what happens. I thought it was an interesting shot. Must of been one of those Holy Cow (just following the rules) moments. Kurt .
  16. Kurt Johnson

    Interesting picture

    I don't know how I got the picture in there twice. For some reason I didn't think of looking up the story behind it, which is usually the first thing I do. There's a bunch of videos about it. Pretty dramatic watching her split in two. Kurt
  17. Rich, Those boats look real nice. Did you receive the Ronnberg stuff? Kurt
  18. Paul Actually, I have one of the General tools set up as a mini drill. It’s pretty good, but there isn’t a lot of torque. For the money its worth it. Michael, I didn’t mean to interrupt your build. Again, sorry. Kurt
  19. Oh, I thought Paul was referring to the pin vise you had used with your lathe when you were working on the rivets. Sorry. Kurt
  20. Paul, I believe Starrett makes those. Kurt
  21. Kurt Johnson

    Pet Peeves

    Bill, You just made me think of my number one pet peeve. When you are driving in a parking lot and people just walk out of the store and step off of the curb a walk to their cars without even looking to see if a car is coming. I know they have the right of way, but that doesn’t mean I see them. They’re oblivious to everything. How do they know I’m not texting or some other important thing. It reminds me of a safety commercial when I was a kid. It said “he was in the right, dead right.” Kurt

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