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Restoration of Bassett Lowke "Albertic" by michael mott - Scale 1:100

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Again thanks for all the visits it is encouraging.

 

 

Hi Nils

I came to Canada on the Sylvania in October 1967 One day I would like to make a model of her. I have very fond memories of that 8 day trip.  Just happened that we were in a force 10 for three days, with 40 foot waves, it was exciting for this young man at the time.

But I also like these types of ships

 

Michael

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Again thanks for all the visits it is encouraging.

 

 

Hi Nils

I came to Canada on the Sylvania in October 1967 One day I would like to make a model of her. I have very fond memories of that 8 day trip.  Just happened that we were in a force 10 for three days, with 40 foot waves, it was exciting for this young man at the time.

But I also like these types of ships

 

Michael

Yes Michael,

those were lovely ships, and force 10 must be a bit frightening experience in your memory

 

Nils

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Michael, you're doing a beautiful job.  And thanks for the Tyne Ship website, I'll have to build one.  One of these days. 

 

So many to build, so little time.  Ah, what is a boy to do?

 

Bob

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Terrific technique Michael, and a valuable mini-tutorial for us lesser mortals :)  Those rails look excellent in situ.

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Thanks for all the visits and Likes.

This whole process is a huge learning curve for me as well no matter how much I have learned in the past it seems that each step presents new challenges. The simple act of matching a colour can be quite frustrating.

 

I have been working on filling the lower divets in the hull and working at getting the colour matched at the same time, there is more orange in the hull read than I had thought.

 

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The lighting selection in the camera gives me different things to look for and in daylight it is different again. The model will eventually be displayed again in a public space with modern lighting.

 

The stanchions are getting close to looking like all the rest.

 

 

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Michael

 

 

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Hi Druxey.... the best daylight is in the living room on an overcast day... but somehow I am not sure that that will go down very well with Judy. I think I am going to do a little rearranging in the room to take advantage of the window and spend some time on it next week, I have an appointment at the hospital Friday Morning which will require sedation so the weekend will be a quiet time, Get to drink nothing but liquid all day tomorrow. Oh Yeah!

 

Michael 

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Rob I have the original portholes they pulled out nicely with the flush cut pliers before I started to fill the divets, they will push back in when the painting is done.

 

I had to pop the railing on loosely to see how colour matched and I am very happy with the match. In the pictures you can see the middle lower stanchions that are painted silver and the top rail and the two outside lower sets of stanchions look close enough to pass me-thinks

 

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That's it for today A very satisfying bit of work.

 

Michael

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just in my inventory alone,  I have several shades of red.......I do share in your frustration at times ;)    great job on the railings...they look real good!

 

good luck at the doctors.........I hope it's nothing serious.

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Thanks for the up date Michael. This is a complicated restoration for sure. Hope all is well and I will surely keep watching. Pat at Skiff Lake NB

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Thanks for all the positive comments.

I am beginning to sort out the lifeboats now that a few distractions are completed and mailed. I decided to set them up in some small rectangles of homasote so that each will be able to be handled as an independent model so that I can fix the davits and lines while off the ship model.

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The small bits of card are some test pieces of card painted for replacing the missing seats in some of the lifeboats. I had thought of using some strips of Evergreen initially but they would not be as the original which are card. The interesting thing is some of the loose pieces when flipped over one can see that the model makers back in the day that this model was made must have simply cut up some packaging.

 

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Quite a few of the lifeboat seats have sagged into a curve some quite a lot, the painted card in also quite brittle, when i attempted to flatten one of the loose seats the paint fractured. Hmmm now the dilemma is do I replace all the curved seats.

 

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some of the davits are seriously bent, and will need some delicate straightening.

 

 

Something I noticed while writing this post was a pleasant surprise, Judy had called me from the library and asked me about the weather it is snowing so I clicked on the weather tab without changing tabs and lost the post which was almost ready to submit. I was annoyed at myself and used the back button to see if it was still there and it appeared to be gone, I told myself off.

I went to rewrite the post and it all came back with a comment that it was restored!

So thank you for that Admin, I have lost a few in the past, this is a nice feature.

 

Michael

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A difficult decision indeed on whether or not to replace the thwarts in the boats, Michael.  As this is a restoration, I think I might be inclined to replace them - especially as you'll be using the same material.  Of course, to be truly authentic, you'll have to find some of the same vintage packaging that the original model makers used! :)

 

John

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I might suggest leaving at least one 'original' boat's thwarts for posterity? Perhaps there is one boat where the warpage is not objectionably severe? Also, you might want to see if the curvature can be flattened by dampening the underside of the card with a wet brush. If this works, consider sealing the underside so that the card does not change dimension with atmospheric humidity.

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I'm looking John, I'm looking.

well I made an interesting discovery and I am not quite sure how I missed it but this one will be tricky.Capture8547.JPG.f2ea4b6c7ac4189d3a5d93b2bd517491.JPG

 

So easy to spot now but was more difficult earlier

 

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The davits that sustained the most damage were in line with the aft funnel and got pretty twisted up. I noticed that the arms were stamped out of sheet so Bassett Lowke must have either jobbed out the stamping or made enough of these to have their own small punch press or fly press. 

 

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I am going to be using one of the good davits as a pattern and will fabricate one out of some brass and paint it to look like the rest.

 

Michael

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24 minutes ago, druxey said:

I might suggest leaving at least one 'original' boat's thwarts for posterity? Perhaps there is one boat where the warpage is not objectionably severe? Also, you might want to see if the curvature can be flattened by dampening the underside of the card with a wet brush. If this works, consider sealing the underside so that the card does not change dimension with atmospheric humidity.

 

Druxey,Yes a good Idea I shall certainly give this some attention. three of the boats had no thwarts in them (no doubt swept up in the debris of the event)

a couple of the boats on the starboard side have one or two thwarts missing with most showing some level of random curvature. only one of the port side boats had all the thwarts intact. 

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Michael

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Very nice restoring work Michael,

and quite a task to get all those boats in order again, the result is good looking ;)

I`m just reminded of the boats fabrication I still have to push on when I get to that sequence...

 

Nils

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Happy to have you following along Pat

Nils, at least I didn't have to make them just fix a few up.

 

I have begun working on the missing davit replacement the first thing was to sort of measure it up I did this with a pair of vernier calipers and a pencil tracing.

 

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I could have used the mill drill out in the shop but it was snowing and getting late so just opted for a drill in a pin chuck with a #68 drill bit to spot the holes through the .020" brass for the side plates.

 

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After the holes were drilled I used the jewelers saw to fret out the sides these will be annealed before I bend the bottom section prior to soldering the three main body parts together.

 

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I used some brown Testors paint brushed onto some different textures of card and the Stash tea box was the best to give the right amount of absorption of the gloss paint to leave it as a semi gloss.

 

the three following images were taken with different lighting the first Tungsten the second Fluorescent last one being Daylight I am happy enough with the results and as long as I am careful with the placement I think they will be passable.

 

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Michael

 

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Hi Druxey and John, yes I will be doing that with a little clear just to maintain the idiosyncratic method of the originals. That will keep future conservers thinking.

 

Michael 

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Might suggest that the thwarts be sealed on the underside as is the exposed side. Reasoning being to stabilize from moisture changes and to create a flat I beam by having the web separating two stiff flanges resisting any bending from time and weight. Double coat if it does not detract from the desired finish. Like the Davit fabrication.

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