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  1. Solid Hull bow Progress. At this point the planking was beginning to approach the meet up line as I worked both upward and downward. Figure 14‑8 - Solid Hull Bow Planking Nears Completion You may notice that the planking of the floor up to the turn of the bilge is wider than the planks applied above. This is based on the planking sizes indicated in Chapelle’s scantling section. Similar progress on the starboard side of the framed hull. I’m enjoying the sweep of the planking as it’s developed along the side of these little
  2. I'm really enjoying following this build. For those interested in this topic (these ships) I'd like to recommend: End of an Era The Last of the Great lakes Steamboats by David Plowden it's available from Amazon and at prices substantially lower than the cover price and is filled with great black and white images of these vessels and the men who operated them. Lots of great detail images. Jim
  3. Thanks for looking and for the encouragement, There's an advantage to using a thin flexible material. The hull form also doesn't require torturous bends. I also find it interesting the way the planks seem be smooth while crossing the joints in the horizontal lifts at a pretty steep angle. The lifts are horizontal, the planks are sweeping upward a couple of scale feet. Jim
  4. Planking With the stem and stern posts in place and the ribs having received their final tune up The Doves were now ready to Plank. Figure 14‑1 - On the Stocks Ready for Planking The drawings show the Dove’s planking as having a finished thickness of 1 5/8”. These doves would be single planked with 1/32” stock which scales to 1 ½” thickness. I believed this would be close enough to prototype dimensions. Starting with the solid hull Dove I began to plan the planking work. Planning the planking effort My plan was to use
  5. Getting Ready to Plank Removing the Dove from its framing jig, I had snipped as close to the quick as I dared, now it was time for finer tools. I moved on my hobby knife then to sand paper. In the following view, the shaving has just begun but already the shape of the Dove’s lines is improving as the now useless tabs are sanded away. Figure 12‑5 - Clean-up Progressing Also apparent in this image is the ragged ends of the ribs at the aft deadwood and stern post. This will need to be cleaned up before planking starts. Only a couple steps remai
  6. At some point we should talk about this one. I've been curious about building with paper for some time. You appear to have had a positive experience and I like the idea of painting v. pre-printed. Certainly the result is impressive. Great work as usual! Jim
  7. One thought does occur as I read through this post, that of the unknown builder. I've never been a fan of putting my name front and center on my projects but It feels as if it should be there somewhere. I'm thinking on my various modeling efforts as well as other art and craft efforts that the minimum may be a label on the bottom or back of the case including my name, date of construction and source of the model or plans. Something to give a future owner a bit of a story to tell. I hope you are able to learn something of this apparently quite ski
  8. Repair looks good so far. I think one of the great satisfactions in modeling is earned over time... the ability to roll on past disasters. We all have them.
  9. Nice model indeed! You might like to check out the on-line publications at Gutenberg Project, they have a free download of Chapelle's monograph "Migrations of an American Boat Type" (published by the Smithsonian and now out of print) which include plans and photos for a North Carolina sharpie schooner with is similar but has a less developed bow. Looks like a fun project. Jim
  10. Cutting Loose OK, here goes… I’ve avoided cutting my framed model out of its box jig as long as I can. First if you’ll permit me, a couple thoughts on using this type of jig. Using tabs cut along with the ribs was, to the best of my knowledge, my innovation but the notion of using a jig to set up and support the keel and ribs during the early phases of model construction was hardly a new idea. The jig had a variety of purposes, basically an aid to setting up the frames and supporting them as I started the project. It served the basic purpose of keeping the fr
  11. Been asleep for a while but your project is looking quite good. Re. missing pins? I assume you've considered the supplemental pin racks laced into the shroud lanyards re: p. 336 in Chapelle. This feature could give you eight additional pins per mast. These racks also show up in contemporary photographs eg. in Garland's Down to the Sea. "
  12. Mini Project 4 – The ship’s boat The next small project I took on was to create a ships boat for each of my Doves. Perhaps for a fisherman type schooner and for sea worthiness as well, the appropriate boat would be a dory. I’d already modeled a few dories and wanted to try something else besides a dory would be pretty big for such a diminutive vessel. From the book Watercraft by Maynard Bray describing the collection of the Mystic Seaport Museum I found the plans for an eleven-foot ten-inch Whitehall tender that looked to be both buildable and about the right size.
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