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About Gbmodeler

  • Birthday 09/05/1954

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    Spokane Valley, Washington, USA
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    Modeling of all sorts mixed with the study of history; cycling; cooking (it is like building a model!)

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  1. Scratch built 1:96 scale model of the infamous Amistad slave ship. A basswood solid hull was carved and planked with basswood strips. Basswood deck; bamboo masts and spars; and thin copper sheet were used. The brick works are paper card. I built this in the late 1990s, but do not think I have ever displayed it before.
  2. This is a 1:96 scale model of the steamboat "Zephyr" which worked around Seattle, Washington. Plans were drawn off photos of the actual boat, scaled from a man seen on the deck and assumed to be about 5'10" tall. I built this model in the late 1990s but never posted it before. The model is basswood planking on a solid, carved hull.
  3. This is a scratch-built model in 1:98 scale of a fictional Chinese Junk. Basswood planking over solid hull with cloth sails. Built this for my wife several years ago, but never did a "photo shoot."
  4. Love it! You really captured the look of these boats, and great colors too!
  5. Fini! More photos of the completed model are in the gallery section at: https://modelshipworld.com/gallery/album/2294-misainier-french-fishing-boat-1906/
  6. This is a 1/48 scale model of a six meter (20 foot) Misainier fishing boat from 1906 named "Mirabeau." The Misainier was an important feature of the French Atlantic Coast in the early part of the 20th century. These little boats were usually 4 to 8 meters long, single masted, lug rigged, and built by individuals without formal plans. Hundreds plied the coastal fishing grounds of Brittany until the mid 1900s. A build log can be viewed at: https://modelshipworld.com/topic/27766-misainier-by-gbmodeler-small-french-fishing-boat-of-the-early-1900s/
  7. Thanks for the info! I think I found it: "The boats that built Britain - The Reaper"
  8. Thanks Nirvana! No, GB is not Great Britain, but my initials (George B). I just really like these little French boats! Thanks for the nod. Go Zags!
  9. These little boats always seem to have oars lying about, so oars are a necessary feature for the model. My oar construction starts with three lengths of 1/16-inch basswood strip, cut into two pieces at 10mm and one piece at 100mm. The smaller strips are glued with PVA at one end of the long strip. After a few minutes of drying time, I start rounding the shaft by sanding down the corner edges. With the edges gone, you can twirl the oar in some folded-over sandpaper, creating the final rounded shape of the handle. Next, I start sanding down the edges of
  10. Wonderful! Splendid job and a very interesting subject. You are a master!
  11. Thanks! Must hurry. The weather is getting nice. Modeling season is almost over for me...
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