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  1. Post 29 Dories part 1 I do this in two parts because it is a story. The first part is everything up to date on building dories for Bowdoin. The next chapter shall include whatever I do to either rebuild or rehab and complete the dories. I have struggled with mini dories and yawl boats since I started some 6 years ago to build them. When I solve it, I shall have several rebuilds to do. The two key issues for me are first with a 3 to 5-inch build, unlike a 12-inch-long and up build, the wood at 1/32” is the same strength. Therefore, bending twisting and more importantly clamping becomes a real problem, at least for me. Secondly its exacerbated with my continued difficulties with the magic touch of CA instant glues. They just don’t work for me in wood. So, forgetting previous builds I approached this one with an open mind. I even read the instructions and tried to follow them. Here I was on the way. The crew is setting up the assembly of bottom, stem and transom. Here after several unsuccessful attempt to use the full side 1/32” by about ¾”sheets……I even soaked them and pre-bent them to no avail. So, for attempt two, I figured why not make them with three ¼” wide planks, the way they really were built, and see if the bending and clamping is easier with narrower pieces. Here I recovered the bottoms etc. and set them up again. Here we go with the first plank…so far so good Here goes plank two. As this is a trial run there is no attempt to spile the planks. Also, patience is needed as I used wood glue and waited an hour or more for each step. Here we bend it around. The force is almost reduced to where masking tape can hold it. There is struggle here to clamp, but we eventually get it. Here we got the 3rd plank on. T’was a bit messy, so let’s see if we can use it. Oops…not enough masking tape on the mold so we must cut it out. Not good for shop efficiency if we want to reuse the jig and make more dories. I was encouraged enough to make up the material and make the other two. Well let’s get the gunnels on. Here the inner gunnel is glued as hull planking for dory 2 and 3 trial runs are coming along. Here we see with masking tape the molds came right out for dory 2 and 3. The first dory has seats and grey priming. I will paint it out white with dark gunnel and make up some oars. The dories will be afloat, so they will all get finished. Finally, we see for the diorama, one dory will be transferring the last supplies on board before leaving Refuge Bay northern Greenland in late July 1924. Thoughts about a part 2 This is part one because I need to decide. I have a dead line so I will finish these to have them ready. I need to do two things in part 2. Learn to create spline lines for these or other dories so the planks are more proportional. Second reconsider the lapstrake method I chose because it was so prevalent in the 1920’s and easy to build. Dories obviously came and went. In the 1930's photo I have shown for other details in a recent post, including the white color, they were not lapstrake but butt jointed. So, what to do. As of now I plan to use lapstrake because they we so prevalent in the early days of Maine and other New England fishing schooners. These dories though were only 16 feet long so maybe. I suspect they bought them from one of the many shops around Boothbay. All the more to study We’ll see what comes with an attempt to do both types, butt or lapped. To do the butt [ i already tried and failed] I believe I will need two more molds All for now Cheers
  2. Post 28 Working deck rigging and starting the diorama parts Here are a few more things getting done as we move along trying to get to a completion list. I see three more areas, the deck including dories, completing all rigging and the non-schooner diorama. Deck… Remember the barrels…. Here we see a cropped BRHS photo showing the lashing goes over the barrel, then over the cap rail and logic says back through the scuppers to the ring on the deck. There is another photo from the side where with a magnifying glass, one sees little vertical lines going from the rail to the scupper. Therefor this way I believe is the right way. It makes sense because it was easy to do and the barrels came off and on regularly. They were all stored ashore over the winter. The barrels were counted as ten on the first voyage and here they line up right to the shroud. In this cropped BRHS photo we see two barrels turned up. More important we create the mystery. I have 1947 photo of white dories. This non sunlit photo makes it unclear they were white. The gunnel is clearly dark In this cropped BRHS photo the mystery is solved. The sun lit dories are clearly white In this cropped BRHS photo we see small manila line on the barrels. We also see the yawl / whitehall type launch. This is taken in 1930’s. Confuring with Capt Will, we both agree the early fit out was bare bones , so I will only do three dories So here on starboard I have three barrels lashed. Here on port we see I have four barrels installed and lashed. A question might be ..did they take all barrels round trip?. I only made seven. I am, thinking after all else is done I may make three more, along with some boxes. Lube oil and other materials were on deck, but the hold storage would have been much reduced so either way I am OK I believe. i also do not want to block hawse pipes. As to the dories, let’s say I am working on them. I will tell that story another day Rigging,,, remember the need to tar the dead eye lashing and ratlines. Here I put up a dummy lashed dead eye with the same cotton line and dabbled the ebony stain that I like for its oily look. It seemed OK so I went ahead and did the ones in place Here we see them on one side with the started ratlines. They are always tedious and tough on the back while sitting so still on a stool. If I do two all around each day that is roughly two weeks…we’ll see . I have 100 more to do on Charles Notman as soon as i finish Bowdoin.. Now the diorama Just a teaser…for me to as I am making this up as I go. Here we see in a cropped internet photo of July 1924 in refuge bay. I bought this image on line. I will be showing a view from the side. In other photos we shall explaining the winter set up, the shore was perhaps 50 yard off the bow. It would be too complicated for me at this stage to try to replicate the camp…….maybe in the future. We shall have several photos around explain the camps in Baffin island 1922 and here in Greenland 1924. The point is ice is melting and the crew are thinking about going home First up we need to remove the schooner and start cutting and carving Styrofoam to look like ice. See the brand new just out of the amazon box portable LED light giving us morning sun. too much back ground light to see now. You can see a friend 1:48 scale Flying Cloud behind.it is great to get more people into this wonderful hobby. His grand father built a normal 1:96 and started this model years ago. Here is general lay out. I pulled the acrylic to the fore ground and have about 5 inches of flat ice beyond. You can see my first dory sitting on the ice. To prime it i had fun and chose yellow. I will do gray like the inside and then lightly paint the white over so it looks a little more used. I assume one dory aboard one on ice and the third??? In this view, I have built up the bottom. It is a fraction under 24" by 21" deep and the ice is 5 inches up. that means about 20 feet of water. so the bottom will be painted as water. My practice collage of practice cropped photos tries to show the remaining frozen harbor running to the shore line. This is my place holder I ordered and received a LED portable spot light and ordered a glass box that is ready to pick up tomorrow. Not sure how to manage with my cast…. Next, I need to paint out the wood stand to look like water. Much to do Cheers
  3. Post 27 Lighting for diorama display I came down the other day in the morning to use our friendly winter sun to try to figure out what to do for the museum display. The following process is hardly scientific, but it helped me figure out where I may be going. I started off with the plywood base, as one option remains [ but unlikely] to do Bowdoin in solid ice. To me there are a few lighting options. I think I want to depict morning light. The question then comes to angle. First up is straight into the sun. There are indeed shadows on deck, but it is very regular. Rigging looks fine. Bending down for the onside look to pick up the hull below water, we have an oops. The sun is hitting the hull. I would have to diffuse that somehow. Turning roughly 45 degrees, meaning the light to be at the back corner of the display box, we have interesting shadows. More shadow over the water and I believe more striking on deck focused on one side. Bending down there is no sun on the hull on this side Now let’s try the acrylic. Looking with the bow headed into the sunrise, i think it looks ok from this angle Bending down I find the soft light interesting. Turning 45 degrees again I prefer the shadow on deck. Bending down we see how much fun this acrylic sheet can be to see both above the water and the hull below. Maybe we add a seal!!! The side light is not quite as interesting as above. Now going forward as if approaching the exhibit, we are looking a bit down sun. The water is alive but flat. i can sort of see through it. That is OK because as one walks by the exhibit the water changes. Going past the stern we are looking into the sun and wow the sparkle is just exciting. I also like the back lighting in the rigging. In the earlier post the added rigging of lazy jacks and baggywrinkles, and they all picked up more light. So yes, I am over my head but onward we go. I think somewhere between dead on sun and 45 degrees off line sun will work. I need to sort out the box and the fixture to achieve this. I must say in simple research I was taken back to learn the cost of a display box for all this. wow. I am not sure I am ready to build my own but $400 including shipping is a bit much for just one model. I found a local glazier who is building me a box in clear glass for about $100 and I just orders a small sun... LED exhibit spot light that is. now I need dories. All for now jon
  4. Post 26 Baggywrinkles These little guys have not yet been solved on my watch. I am determined to figure something out. First of all, where do they go. After some time researching I have pulled together 4 views and put them on a sheet at approximately the same size. Sorry for the pencil, its not very dark , but here are the results. Comments are for each photo top to bottom. Photo 1 from BRHS archive 1923 on Foxe Basin I believe. The projections are two inches and the marks are either 3/8’ spaces or 1/8”baggywrinkles. Photo 2 my photo of Bowdoin sialing in windjammer parade a few years back. Here we see the same pattern and get a good feel for the color Photo 4 from BRHS sometime in 1930 [ I need to go back and try to see if better dated] set up for rigging refit. Looks like only one is left Photo 4 from BRHS named Bowdoin sailing out of Boothbay mid 1930’s the pattern respects what is more clear in forst two photos So, in conclusion, the topping lift is about 15” long. Therefor the 1/8” is about 7/8”. That sets up the spacing for three single and one double about 7/8’ long Now How to make Some one told me that pipe cleaners would work, but I have no idea where to buy and then how to remove material and keep intact. So here I have a bubble wrap disk. I set it on the acrylic for a better view. Our crew is curious too…and he walks on water? Here I cut and split and put in place to see concept. they are 3/4 long which i feel is close enough as they are likely baggier than scale. tough to match perfectly. Here we look form behind. Perhaps just a little post trimming maybe and we can get there, but first to get the color. I took a dark yellow undercoat and while still wet painted on a brown Not bad?....well perhaps good enough Here I have set one in place using “ super fabric glue” before making them all. Here we have the bottom two on, dry trimmed, and touched up. the lazy jacks are in place now and add a lot to the rigging look. i have some trimming and making off of lines to complete the image. Here the top double may need another effort to trim and touch to round the edges. All in all I think we have baggy wrinkles. I am still interested in learning more methods. An advantage of this bubble wrap type material is it added so little weight to the topping lift there is no sag. All for now cheers
  5. Post 25 Working on things We never get done fussing. I share here a few things going on. Time fix up the cabin roof minus ventilators for the age Time to try to patch the deck where I removed the kit box that was not evident in the photos. The little eyes in the deck are for the oil drums that go there instead. The started eyes in the cap rail were a mistake as I found the barrels were just lashed. I find the exhaust pipe interesting. I have a photo in a book that shows no exhaust pipe even at the bit in 1928. I can not in=mage not having the loop on deck to keep following seas from flooding the engine. The 1089 phot shows the exhaust further forward than to day. Thus, this pipe have moved several times I suspect. I am glad that the piece in the kit is as short as it is because just like other fishing schooners of the era this is quite realistic in size. You may recall the foresail gaff jaws are too low and into the rings. Here we have fixed the alignment bringing the shoe [ flapper not sure the proper name] into contact with the mast. Here we have my next area. The shroud lashing lines are clearly hemp and tar in this internet photo. Will McLean told me that even to date the ratlines are all tarred too. I will get out my favorite ebony stain and do some damage here. Now the quandary. Those that followed me on Charles Notman may remember my failures to sew 1:48 scale baggywrinkles. So here one the images that comes up …. perhaps some sponge and then paint it???? Any ideas would be appreciated. All for now Jon
  6. Thank you everyone who is following along and encouraging this effort. My new one leg condition has slowed me down but this month I want to visit Castine and see the John Allen model of the ice and igloo scene. You will see in my next post i think i am settling in on what the " diorama" is about. Nic I will definitely visit you when the leg is better and i am getting to and from Castine. I still love using your parts and things. cheers
  7. Post 24 Use of lighting for diorama …first experiment Following up on visual variation I found placing Bowdoin in the morning sunlight, I played around a little bit. Here are few images that temp us to try many more variations. Here we have normal daylight in a shop or museum. Little extra fill in overhead light. Fun to see Bluenose in the back ground, but otherwise not inspiring. Please assume the plywood is either white ice or the acrylic sea....... Here still in normal light we rotate down taking advantage of the water 1/8 plywood sheet. One viewer suggestion is to cover it in spackle like ice. What’s fun is we see the bottom under the water/ ice Now here we start some fun. Sunlight pouring into the port side low like morning. The starboard side is in full shadow. I love the rigging side lighted and the light pouring through the scuppers. Under the same lighting, the guest would move up and have this interesting view of the side lighted deck. I need to try this with white on wood for ice and the blue acrylic sheet. I am not sure what is different here other than angle of the camera. the look is startling. I think I am on to something. I need LED Day light from the back of the display. So the challenge is to re create this view back in my work shop area using light fixtures. on the other hand the reflection in the window is a nice touch. maybe a window box one way glass behind with the display against a wall. I’m definitely going above my pay grade here. one thing I can do is make sure all the scuppers are open... I am caught up now as this series of photos was before the operation on my knee. I hobbled to the computer this morning to post this. I will be hen pecking at clean up and completing things like lazy jacks and everything inside before finishing with the ratlines. I hope afrer this next month I will be up and around and back into the diorama. dead lines are a bummer but we need to get this done. cheers
  8. I agree with those who say they have removed the little holder on the scroll saw that prevents uplift. I can not explain it, but it just seems to cause more trouble than it solved. I have a nice delta variable speed saw with heavy plate. I slow the blade way down and stay 1/16 away. on anything thinner that 1/8 there is a little praying going on too. Then on the inside cuts I stay a little out of that and then use a hand held wireless Dremel to mini drum sand. as to the spindle sander. it is new to me, last summer, and I have a lot to learn. for large projects it is great. for carving multiple planks for dories etc it is great too. I bought 240 grit, the finest they offer. I wish I could slow down the motor and honestly turn on and off the oscillator. anyway enough shop talk....we all need to go back to work ...smile cheers jon
  9. post 23 correction on bow sprit I had to fix this error quickly. I write it off to hobbling on my full leg cast with oxi pills and a 4 month old puppy I am to watch as I try to study. just another oops. The photo in the previous post I have taken out. It was mislabeled. After looking over it more closely, it is not the Bowdoin. Here we see one of two photos of Bowdoin from BRHS archives in Refuge bay winter 1924, I am pretty sure. See the mountains behind. I will be studying this issue more as I plan to tell the amazing story of the recue on the rocks at ice out. Here you see the small rigged bow sprit that took the jib forward perhaps 6 of more feet. In the Book it said this spar was ruined by the ice but apparently helped in sailing north. In this photo, clearly part of the Refuge Bay saga, there is another image of the bowsprit. So yes it did exist and if it turns out to have been in place at ice out in 1924, I may need to add it. The mislabeled photo I posted too quickly clearly is a different schooner headed north. I will study more to try to determine if it were Gertrude Thebaud that MacMillam had to use one year when Bowdoin could not sail. Sorry for oops but I am also glad I figured it out Cheers
  10. Keith I am so happy to have gone wandering today and found this build. Notwithstanding the incredible quality, it is your process I love watching to develop the frames from limited drawings. I bought a scroll saw last year so I could advance my schooners to include frames. I find the continual lift of the blade an issue even with the one way blades. I tend to break the frames on the inside cut if the wood is too thin. I since bought a spindle sander. I find it too strong and great for shaping but difficult for very delicate pieces as many frame shall be. Somewhere between the two I will make some frames. anyway I look forward to following and learning
  11. Post 22 One more point before we look at the sails Captain Will believes, and I would concur, that the several details we see aboard today most likely were not on the first launched Bowdoin. She was an economical build and in Will's words would have been bare bones. No heat in the captain cabin etc. So, for a few details as we move to wrap up the hull work. Here the nice bronze lips on the hawse pipe would likely just been a harder wood painted out white. This photo simply confirms that the last re-planking in1984 did not include the sheathing Almost completed the sails Here we are all set with the main sail. A few oops though; there are always a few. The aft bridle broke, and with my new fully casted leg I decided to just tuck it in. It looks fine but a few of us will know. More important is the gap ahead of the flaked luff and the hoops. These hoops are so delicate. I am glad I had a few extra in place. It will take some tweaking to get that right. Here we move forward and see the foresail. It is ok but the gaff jaws are too low. They need to ride on the shoe above the hoops. I am really happy with the improved jumbo and jib. In several photos the jib rides as shown draped to the port bulkhead. It was the starboard anchor that was active. In this internet photo they show the modern application of stowing the jib. I choose not to use this method although it is clearly better than on deck. During the winter the jib was removed and stored below in the photos , but we found in more older photos a sail cover was made for it. I will be showing the schooner after winter and preliminary ice break up Repulse bay 1924. Thus the covers are off and we are getting ready to leave. This is just before the famous session on the rocks. It’s a story I will share in a posting that I hope we can display at the museum. Here we have some nice back lighting on the foredeck. I am always amazed at how lighting can significantly change the whole experience of viewing a model. One final shot is a teaser. I moved the model into the sun to play with light. I need to study lighting for the display. I see no reason not to use our nice Maine morning sun to try a few angles out. I will work on this and probably have a few postings on the results and my quest to create scene. Here is a back lit photo …….sunrise maybe?? Now that we have these sails figured out, although a few more hours of tucks and repairs, we need to address one factor. The bowsprit……yes the bowsprit. Donald McMillan, a true seaman rigged a bowsprit on his early voyages .Perhaps to improve the weather helm, perhaps because the deck was so covered with storage that he needed the stretched out his profile. In Allen’s book he talks about this [ not the technical side] and how every time the ice destroyed it. I do not plan to model this bow sprit but feet it is important to share All for now cheers
  12. Andrew very nice application of the sheathing. I looks like they added steel sheathing over the planks at some point between 1946 rebuild and the 1969 photo of its removal. Nothing has not jumped out yet in the reading I have been able to find. I plan to go up to Rockland and see if I can get more info from Jim Sharp. the only issue would be to decide between planks with barely visible joints or really smooth. cheers jon
  13. Post 21 Let’s put together more images for the record of our inspections to date of the real Bowdoin Below decks Here we descend to the focsle. This was the emergency hatch. I am trying to figure out is this was included under the igloo for even more ventilation option in the 1922-23 photos. Below looking aft we see where they all lived through the winters. Note the water tight bulkhead Below looking forward we see this watertight bulkhead just aft of the chain locker Inside the engine room we see the electrical plant on the starboard side. The water tanks are below. Those fire lines are all new. Forward is another watertight bulkhead. the electrical plant had to operate through the winter over. Here we see the 1984 replacement Cummings engine. It was selected partly because it fit seats with the previous 1946 Cummings 100 horse power Cummings. The Hydraulic unit is on the front. These hoses run the winch. Here we see an old heater in the captain cabin. Will thought it had been added perhaps after WWII. His reading suggests no one stayed in the captain cabin over the winter in the 1920's. They did build an igloo to keep access to the electrical plant that ran all winter. Will said the chart desk is original Here the apparent watertight bulkhead separating the engine room with the captain cabin.I say apparent as they had to close the hatch!!! In this view we see the final water tight bulkhead separating a large aft lazarette from the captain cabin. Lots of ships stores are in here. A few final hull details We showed this before in another view. This bracket is an interesting piece. It makes sense to significantly strengthen this joint considering the schooner would ride up on ice. There is no way to date it, so for now i will not add it. Here we see obvious water-cooling openings that the really detailed modeler might want to show. You can see above the planking replacement that is going on. maybe just a little hole? This steel shoe opens an interesting subject. It was presumable completed as part of the 1984 rebuild. But what was there first? In this photo from 1969 I believe Jim Sharp is removing the sheathing. Note it is metal sheeting over wood. Will believe that was not original. In the John Allen Book documenting MacMillan's life, they talk about the heart wood sheathing that was original. See the white paint is covering an obvious layer of plank over plank. Will said that went from as shown in photo about one foot above the waterline to a few feet below. If that is the case, I may need to go all the way back and add a layer of sheathing…… My first reaction is no way at this point, but I need to address it, somehow. Anyway, Will said in 1984 they realized that the over layer of heartwood may have helped with ice protection, but it promoted plank rot that led to rebuild in 1946, 1969 and 1984. Today the outer sheathing is no longer there as there is no intent on wintering in the arctic. Next up the mainsail Cheers
  14. Post 20 Time to make the final mainsail Once down a slippery slope we need to go all the way. I was not happy with the old method of bias tape edges at this scale. As a reminder here is the detail of the main luff. Kind of bulky but could be ok for my current level. Also notice here after a bit of research the consensus is the ventilators were clearly not on board in 1924. Here I have removed them. the small heat vent will likely go ...I am still thinking about that one. Looking at the overall sail however I am no longer happy with this and she must come off. A few lessons learned say do not remove the spars Here we have taken the finer grade muslin, added the fray stop and pencil lined it before adding the bolt rope. I then made several folds and ironed them. Now we need to sew on the bolt rope and a temporary gaff so the remaining flakes will be realistic Here we compare the new sail with the old. I am much happier. Now can I sew it on without much damage. Sewing to the boom is no big deal……no worries oops is coming. if you look hard you can see here what did not see at this point. I don’t have intermediate photos of sewing the gaff but it was a bit tricky as I needed to place the bridles, and try to maintain the folds as I went. next time we will put it together and trey to complete the sail stage. cheers
  15. Thanks Bob With the 100 year birthday coming up, I hope we can uncover a fleet of Bowdoin models. cheers

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