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About ClipperFan

  • Birthday 11/15/1952

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    Torrington, Connecticut
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    All sailing vessels.
    Particularly American & British Clippers, Donald McKay's crafts being my personal favorites

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  1. Rob, you know I'll "bring the hammer down" on Vlad if he doesn't stick to his scale! 😉 Just kidding Vlad. We all know you're fully committed to keeping everything to proper scale but Rob's right. At 1:72nd scale, if you want to keep your rail height at 30" (2 & 1/2') including the rail, your posts will have to be below 1/2". Good luck buddy, we're all pulling for you!
  2. Vladimir, the single turned stanchion you made for the Rear Carriage House is amazing. It looks practically identical to those in the photo on the vessel itself. Bravo!
  3. Rob, beautiful work. Now the more subdued vent profile enhances the size of the Helm House it's built on, instead of competing with it as it had before. I'm sorry if I embarrassed you but it felt necessary to help you correct an issue which, while not huge would have still diminished overall accuracy of your recreation. When considering a very real likelihood that your completed effort, as well as Vlad's will be included in an upcoming Nautical Research Journal article on accurizing "GLORY of the SEAS" it puts even more emphasis on remaining true to the original as faithfully as possible.
  4. Vladimir wow! That's what my wife and son said when I showed them the pictures of your Rear House. Just beautiful work.
  5. Rob, since these raised panels are on the Front House, Wheelhouse and front fascia of Rear House, it's looking more and more like this was a consistent design element on Glory. The challenge with this particular pic is that on the original, it's a very tiny element but it's definitely there. I thought you guys would appreciate knowing.
  6. George K, meanwhile I forgot to compliment you on your excellent coppering job on "Flying Fish" for which I apologize. I'm looking forward to the beautiful progress you're making on your ship. Dover is a great book. I really enjoyed it myself. Later I learned about Richard McKay's original publication with the different title. Being an artist myself, I enjoyed the added rare full color paintings and there's more specifics, including fascinating references in the original. Since it was widely published, decent copies are still available for 20 bucks. I thought you might appreciate knowing.
  7. Rob, the last thing I want is to make you feel that I'm out to "get you" or Vlad. As I've always said, it's my goal to be of assistance in maintaining scale accuracy in order to assure you both create the most accurate reproduction of Glory possible. To assist you, I've attached a small sketch of what I see in the photos. The louvers can be painted, they look like they were natural wood anyway. Meanwhile, I'll redouble my efforts to sketch more structures accurately in advance.
  8. Vladimir that's beautiful woodwork. You're truly creating something to be very proud of which I suspect, like Rob's replica will be a timeless heirloom for your family's for the ages. I agree about Glory's two tone door. From the photo, it looks like it's cherry wood with maple inset. Very lovely. It must have been quite impressive when she was new. An observation I have is that, like I said to Rob, while subtle, the shape of the Rear House isn't a rectangle. If you look at Stern the pic of Glory in Alaska you'll see on the Port side from above there's a slight almost unnoticeable curve as the rear of the House is narrower at the Stern than further forward. That's been done to accommodate her walkways as the ship narrows to her Stern. I'm not suggesting you change the beautiful work you've already done, as the difference on the real vessel is barely noticeable. I'm just trying to give you my best insights into Glory's true appearance. There are many, many subtle touches throughout this beautiful Ship.
  9. Rob, You're probably not going to like hearing this but here goes. Based upon very careful observations of the relationship between your Helm House and Vent Cupola, the profile of your Cupola is about twice as high as it should be to be scaled properly. I've included a couple close edits so you can see what I'm talking about. The top image is from the roof of the large cabin astern the Mainmast looking towards the Stern. Observe the somewhat diminutive height of the central section of the Cupola. At most, the highest it gets is about 1/2 the height of the front window of the Helm House. On the contrary, your Cupola appears to have a central window equal to the height of the front window. It's not as critical but the height difference between front and rear is more subdued on the real craft as well. It's so subtle that we had to look very closely even to identify it. If I were to estimate, my closest guess would be possibly 8" in the rear, 10" in the front with 1' center. It looks like the moderately raised center is 4' wide with two 1' wide ends. You might want to mock up a cardboard substitute and compare it to the photos. Keeping these fascinating details to scale is annoying but results will be so rewarding.
  10. Rob, After over a dozen years struggling to correctly envision Donald McKay's magnificent last Clipper Ship, it's so exciting to finally see her being recreated so meticulously by not one but two highly motivated and talented individuals. I am so thrilled to observe your progress!
  11. George K, To truly appreciate the full beauty of Richard McKay's publication, do yourself a favor and get ahold of an original 1928 GP Putnam's book "Some Famous Sailing Ships and Their Builder Donald McKay." There are 10 gloriously beautiful full color paintings, all protected by rice paper like tissue, 48 other illustrations and greater in-depth writing. Best of all, if you shop carefully, First Edition copies, even signed are really not that expensive. Believe me, I have both copies, there's a world of difference.
  12. Rob, Vladimir, here's one of the nicer pics which again confirms "GLORY of the SEAS" had a sleek, beautiful hull despite being a very large vessel. What really impresses me about this image (from an ad for the refrigerator insulating material) is how gracefully her large Grecian Goddess 'Athene' projects from her Clipper bow. It's hard to tell from such a tiny, blurry image but enlarged, if you look closely into the shadows below the Bowsprit, her head and upper torso can just barely be made out. Even marred by two stories of factory structures and a large ungainly metal exhaust stack, McKay's venerable, last "Medium" Clipper Ship's lasting beauty is still there. Lastly, I've shared a picture of an original door from Glory shared by Arina "theAuthor'sDaughter" which her dad Michael Mjelde owns. Very clearly this artifact reveals that the pattern of the doors in the Rear Carriage House are practically identical.
  13. Vladimir, that is elegantly beautiful. Now I'm going to share some "eagle eyed" detail on the side of this Rear Carriage House that will either drive you nuts or challenge you to a deeper level of fine detail, even if it's just representing this sculptured look by painting. I originally figured since it was only 3' tall, the 45' sides would be plain. That's until I stumbled on a small rear corner section that's only visible from the Stern shot Mike shared with us just recently. Tucked in neatly just next to the Port side rear ladder to the upper deck, just barely visible is the most elegant little rectangle on the corner of the Carriage House panel. I've edited and enlarged the area as best as possible to make it more visible. That tells me that if builders included this decorative accent on the rear section and it's clearly all over the Helm House as well, then the 45' sides also had these embellishments along the sides too. I'm not telling anyone the have to add these lovely accents to their models, just felt you'd appreciate knowing that they really were there.
  14. Rob, the "weaker sex" indeed. That's a ton of malarkey. Anyone who's seen their wife go through childbirth knows the truth. Women are tough as nails. If men had to bear children... I fear the human race would have gone extinct and you know there would be Abortion Clinics on every corner like Starbucks! 😉 But I digress. I'm glad for your wife that her cure has been made for her. Meanwhile, since nobody's interested in the 3 folks in this pic, I edited them out to focus entirely on the skylight.
  15. Vladimir, I already shared these on Rob's blog. I took additional pictures and felt these might be a little sharper. The Bow scene has just a little more of the ship which I edited to get the image more balanced. This is actually more true to how Mike sent them to me. I noticed a little child standing between the Captain and his wife on the Rear House deck which I never noticed before.
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