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  1. A few more from May, 2019. Again, pictures and captions by Bill Kammermeyer. Uniform gun-port openings with sills installed. Time consuming task to make sure the gun-port sills were 45 degrees to the casement and that the gauge still fit flush. Lay-out of tiller rollers on plans for the "iron" arcs that will protect the deck. After adjusting the tiller "hinges" and rechecking deck layout it was found that the full arc could be used. 1/16" brass sheet with both arcs glued to it with rubber cement. The concave bottom will be cut and filed to the line first, then the convex top. This order gives me more grasping material. The 2 center cuts are easy but filing the edges is more difficult with less material to grasp. Rear deck finished. Crew and Officer heads, with and without hats. Steam engines with valve lifters in place. Bread and butter layup for cutter mold. Just sand and file the high spots down to the low spots and you have a hull. Plank on Hurricane Deck header that will cover attachments off deck to casement and be a base for the hammock racks. View of port side showing improved interior viewing modifications. OK, next entries will be from June of 2019.
  2. Hi all, hopefully this posting will go through; been having some problems getting the pictures to work. Apologies for the extreme delay, as my previous posting was back in January of 2019. The pictures below are from May of 2019. All pictures and text are by Bill Kammermeyer. And here we go! Stern casement ceiling being installed. Glue , clamps and tree-nails hold the camber (90 degrees off). Removing the interior tabs on all of the front casement timbers to allow it to be installed with the horizontal timber and armor plate in place. As it was this was impossible due to the curve of the bow construction. Bow casement ceiling (1st coat of white wash) has been installed. Edges at gun ports and cut outs to be finished later. Gun port gauge to show the interior shape of the port Fit of gauge in each gun port to insure uniform size and rectangular shape OK, I'm going to post this and see if it goes through. If so, got MANY more pictures for you. Tim Jovick
  3. Well, OK, looks like I ended up with some duplicates of photos at the end of the posting. but if that's my worst sin, I"m OK.
  4. Hi all, this is the first installment of our "catch-up" for our Build Log for the USS St. Louis. This is a summary for our work as of August, 2018. All of the text and pictures are by Howie Smith. I'm going to try to have these pictures with appropriate captions, so here we go! Would be glad for feedback, as this is my first attempt at contributing to this build Log. Apologies for any inaccuracies. My email is timboni@juno.com Tim As part of an overall review of our USS St. Louis ironclad topsides, we focused on the forward 45-degree casement sub-structure with the brass 42-pdr Rifled Cannon Barrel on its carriage dry-fit in the centerline gun port. (Photos 1 & 2). We then proceeded to outline the remaining process for constructing the removable center section of this casement which originally consisted of a solid stack-up of vertical beams(Photo 3) between the outer sides of the P & S gunports covered by similar stacked horizontal beams, and then vertical iron armor plates, which totaled up to a thickness of 25-inches. Our model will duplicate this construction on the starboard side past the centerline structure (Photo 4 ) and then diminish by layers on the port side to reveal the underlying structure. This section will remain removable to maintain access to the gun deck until final stages of model assembly. We also reviewed the positioning of Vince & Tim’s galley stove and associated furnishings on the gun deck (Photo 5) and Bill’s exhaust stack thru and above the Hurricane deck (Photo 6 &7). This was followed by a second dry-fit of Bob’s port & starboard main steam engine cylinder wooden cores in the engine room, on their support ramps (Photos 8 & 9). The first stage of the bow casement, consisting of the vertical beams and gun port framing for the removable center section has been completed (Photos 10 & 11). The red beam edging indicates intentional disruption of structural members to reveal underlying or internal model features The second stage will consist of attaching a layer of stacked-up horizontal beams which include a similar diminishing effect as their ends near the port side. We spent a considerable amount of time discussing Tim & Vince’s problems cutting out the thin triangular strips of .030” thick Fomica substrates for the pilothouse armor plates and after a few experiments, it was decided that rather than sawing or cutting, a belt sander was the best solution and Bill graciously agreed to provide them a 1-inch table model belt sander to use for this purpose..Vince and Tim have made excellent progress shaping and fitting the Formica substrates for the pilothouse armor plates (Photo 12). They also have added .002” thick copper foil to the substrates for one of the octagonal pilothouse’s sides as seen in these photos. The foil will be chemically blackened and secured in place using the simulated ¾” bolts and washers previously stamped from No. 18 Escutcheon pins. The pilothouse has also been dry-fit to its location on the Hurricane deck to verify its proper relationships to the ventilation funnels, galley stove exhaust stack, skylight and forward casement.(Photos 13 & 14) Bill has developed and fabricated a series of improved steam pipe shut-off valves and control wheels (Photo 15) which will be integrated into his steam distribution piping system Activity will now shift to construction of the stern 45-degree casement and laying planking on the stern deck itself. As a pre-requisite, we decided to revisit the stern deck nautical operations, equipment locations, and functional geometry before committing to casement and decking configurations. None of the existing published aft deck drawings appear to depict a completely satisfactory operating geometry that is also compatible with the few existing contemporary photographs. This includes the 4 mooring bitts, 4 tiller control chain rollers, tiller arc of travel , tiller support roller track and bulwark mooring line guides. At the heart of this issue, it appears that the tiller was lengthened sometime during City Class ironclad construction but the resulting mechanism geometry wasn’t adequately documented. Since the USS Cairo iron tiller(Photo 16) was recovered with the USS Cairo and a photograph of the USS DeKalb(Photo 17) locates the bitts, our stern deck reconstruction utilizes these two features to locate the remaining elements to establish rudder travel which was reportedly inadequate in any event. National Park Service (NPS) drawing dated 1967 for the USS Cairo (Photo 18) depicts a short tiller (Colored orange to which we have appended its actual length in green) and its resulting geometry. Our reconstruction geometry is over-laid in red upon the NPS drawing dated 1981 of the USS Cairo (Photo 19) and depicts the maximum rudder travel achievable using the recovered tiller length and will remain the basis for our USS St. Louis model (Photo 20).
  5. Hi all, Just letting you know I'll be taking over the updating of this build log from Howie Smith. I'll be posting a number of progress notes, from early 2019 through the present, with pictures and captions by Howie Smith (aka John Howard) and Bill Kammermeyer, credited. Hopefully this will be a smooth progress despite Murphy's Law. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email me at timboni@juno.com or call me at 314-761-5435. Tim Jovick Secretary Gateway Ship Crafters Guild
  6. Wow! For philo426. Looked at your album, very impressive! Have a musty, incomplete kit, looking for a building log. Very interested in the transom, as there wasn't a drawing in the plans we have, and the photo was blurry. Thanks for posting this, may consult you along the way. Tim Jovick

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