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About wemattson

  • Birthday August 16

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    Marion, Massachusetts
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    Other than scale models, my interests include sailing, scuba diving, and cycling.

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  1. Rich, Nice build! Your work is inspiring me to get going again on my Kate Cory. I'm looking forward to following your build through completion. Cheers, Wayne
  2. Very cool! Love your website and your models are phenomenal.
  3. wemattson

    Scale plane builder turns to the sea

    Welcome Aboard Rob, I am fairly new to shipbuilding as well having come over from the scale RC world. This forum is a tremendous resource with some real wonderful people. Wayne
  4. Small update. A back log of house projects kept me away from the bench for much of the weekend. I did find a little time to install the cheek knees, mooring ports and paint the outboard planksheers. Onto coppering.
  5. wemattson

    Plank bending tool

    Walter, Thanks for the tip. I used my sealing iron to bend the cheek knees on my Kate Cory and it worked like a charm. Cheers, Wayne
  6. Very nice work. I have this kit on my list of future builds. I can't wait to see more. Cheers, Wayne
  7. Last night I was able to install the outboard planksheers and the wales. This required some careful measuring. With dividers, I transferred from the plans, to the hull, the location of the planksheer at each station. I followed these marks when laying down the plankseer, which were glued to the hull with CA and Zip Kicker. The Planksheers and wales were first soaked in hot water. The nice thing about CA and Zip Kicker is that it works with wet wood as well as it does with dry; something I learned when bending stringers for model airplanes. I painted the hull first so that I could get a clearer picture of symmetry when laying the planks. I noticed that one of the wales shrank a little after drying. This doesn't bother me too much since the wales will be painted black. Cheers, Wayne
  8. Life got in the way of my ship building and therefore, progress has been a little slow this past week. Over the last couple of days I was able to cut the slot for the bowsprit, which I did by cutting multiple slots with an X-acto saw followed by using a small chisel to remove the slivers. This was finished off with sanding sticks. Once the bowsprit is installed, I'll fill in the gap between the bowsprit and cap rail with a small block of wood carefully shaped to fit. As I look back at these pictures, I see I need to do a little fine tuning. It's also funny how the stem knee looks crooked but in real life it's straight.
  9. Thanks for the feedback. This build might take a bit of time, I'm trying to learn how to enjoy the journey, not sprint to the finish as I have sometimes done on some of my plastic scale models.
  10. Finished up shaping the hull and carving the bulwarks. The instructions indicate that the bulwarks should be carved down to 1/32" thickness. I used a Dremel to carve most of it and then sanded the rest down to a thickness that I felt comfortable with, which wasn't quite 1/32". It finished up somewhere between 1/16" and 1/32". I was too nervous to go any further and risk breaking it. If I find myself in this situation again, I will probably cut away the pre-carved bulwarks and rebuild it with 1/32" sheet. I finished up this evening by applying a coat of sanding sealer. Tomorrow I plan on drilling the mast holes, drilling the holes for the stands and starting on the planksheers and wales.
  11. After spending a couple of years following some of the amazing build logs that have been posted here, I figured I jump in and start a build log of my own. Part of my reasoning is to learn as much as possible from the great people here and partly to keep track of my successes and failures. Hopefully, the log will provide extra motivation to do things the right way and to follow through to completion. Having grown up in the New Bedford, Massachusetts area, whaling history was a big part of our education and is part of what defines the city. Going to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and visiting the Seamen's Bethel was a regular field trip for us not to mention that Moby Dick was required reading in school. The whole adventure of spending years at sea sailing the globe in search of whales just really captured my imagination. With that said, I have always been interested in building ship models and a model of a whaling ship was a given. I chose the Kate Cory for a couple of reasons; it was built locally (Westport, MA) and should be a fairly strait forward build as my first real wooden ship model. I almost didn't start this build after seeing the condition of the hull when I opened the box. The bow had a big chunk taken out of it, there was a real bad knot at the stern in the compound curves leading to the rudder, and there were numerous dents throughout. I almost returned the kit but I figured I should give it a try and repair it. I've built and repaired quite a few R/C airplanes and thought that this repair shouldn't present any real issues. I didn't take any pictures of the original condition of the hull but you can get a sense from looking at the filler and the glue lines from where I glued the bow piece back in place.
  12. Wow! Beautiful work on that photoetch. The level of detail that photoetch brings to a ship model is always amazing. Keep up the good work, I'll be following this one closely. Cheers, Wayne
  13. wemattson

    Favorite old timer quotes

    Whenever I complained as a kid about some "injustice", my father would say "If you're looking for sympathy, look in the dictionary, it's between sh*t and syphillis." I also remeber hearing everytime I did something stupid: "that's a good way to get your t*ts caught in the ringer." and when I did get in trouble, he'd say "you got your a$$ caught in a sling this time." I really was a troublemaker...my poor father...
  14. Joe, I went to the model shipways website and there is no mention of the Kate Cory but when you google it, the following link pops up: www.modelexpo-online.com/product.asp?ITEMNO=MS2031 which when clicked on indicates that it will be available in 15 to 30 days. This kit has always been so popular you'd think that it would be in continuous production and listed with the other solid hull kits on the website. Wayne

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