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About jaybeckham

  • Birthday 01/30/1940

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    Berkeley Springs, WV
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    Ships, Trains, and Cruising

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  1. I wonder about my old fittings. Some are lead and subject to loss. I figured I would prime them now. Wonder if that is enough.
  2. That is interesting. Just eliminate the bulwarks and add them back. I believe the instructions call for an 1/8" bulwark. That requires a good bit of material removal. Also Techniqueques of Ship Modeling can be had for a song used from Amazon. I also have The Evolution of the Wooden Ship by Greenhill and Manning.
  3. Looked at Model Shipways parts list for the planked Flying Fish and they used 1/16 x 1/8. So for me over a carved hull, 1/32 should work I think. Jay
  4. I think I will follow your advice and plank above the water line and copper below the water line. I would assume I can use a minimum thickness planking. Would basswood be suitable and what size? I am thinking 1/32" X 1/8". The Model Shipways Flying Fish is 1:96 scale. So 1/8 gives me a 12 inch plank width. I don't think I need anything heaver than 1/32 because I am applying the planks to a solid hull.
  5. Pete, thanks for the reply. How do I access the three build logs you mentioned in your post? Thanks
  6. I finally getting ready for this build of the Flying Fish. My dear wife suggested I not try to carve the solid hull that came with the old kit, but to build it as plank on bulkhead instead. From the plans I can determine the lines for the bulkheads. Using my newly acquired laser cutter, I could then cut the bulkheads and even the keel. What do you all think? Jay
  7. Kurt Enjoying reading your build. I have an old Model Shipways yellow box of the Flying Fish I want to build. So very interested in your working with the solid hull.
  8. I believe this is a Cargo/Passenger ship like used by United Fruit between South America and the US Ports. It is a 1915 photo taken in the Panama Canal. Thanks
  9. Thanks all. I did get the tutorial about the solid hull from Model Shipways. I also have the original instructions that came with the kit but they are rather brief on the subject of carving the hull. It is "rough carved" but I know more work has to be done on it. My biggest concern is the proper thinning of the bulwark above the deck level. I understand that can be a bit tricky.
  10. I am a beginner at ship modeling but an experienced model builder of trains and structures used on model railroads. I work in O Scale (1:48) in model railroading. I have an old kit from Model Shipways I purchased many many years ago. It is solid hull. I have the complete kit and the optional hardward that was sold separately from the basic model. I know this is an advanced model but it is the only kit I have. The rest of the ship models I want to build will be all scratch built. I figured I should get me feet wet on the Flying Fish. In future ships I build will not be solid hull. I was looking for but can't seem to find on the internet any tutorials focused towards solid hulls. I do have a number of books on ship modeling and there is not too much on that type of hull. I also downloaded the Model Shipways tutorial but it deals with the newer kits which are not solid hull. Any advice, other than don''t do it, would be appreciated. Jay Beckham

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