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Dr PS - Paul Schulze

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  1. Hello All, I am taking time during the building of the New Bedford Whaleboat to build the Model Shipways Guns of HISTORY Civil War Coffee Wagon 1:16 Scale. I will be posting progress as a build log here. First I will post the Kit photos. I am looking forward to building this interesting piece of history. For those interested, there are some YouTube videos of Civil War enactments involving the Civil War Coffee Wagon which could produce over 100 gallons of coffee per hour. That is a lot of coffee 👀
  2. I have the stern fairly well in hand now except the knife. The rudder is painted and the Tiller is fastened. The Tricing line (lower stopper knot on rudder) runs up port side through a Fairlead in Cuddy to port cleat. The Trip line (upper stopper knot on rudder) runs up starboard side through a Fairlead in Cuddy to starboard cleat. The Tricing line hoists and holds the rudder when the Whaleboat is hoisted on the mothership. The Trip line is used to light the rudder off the Gudgeons. The final line completed was the Steering Oar Strop. It has a stopping knot in the stern post, then runs to the Steering Oar Brace on the port side, back through the stern post and attaches to the cleat on the Lions Tongue with a Lanyard.
  3. Arthur, thanks. There are lots of details to work out before I put this one to rest. One could skip a lot of the details like a raised stitched sail and loads of Whaleboat craft but I plan to push through. However, I am going to take time off to build the MS Civil War Coffee Wagon as a Christmas present for someone.
  4. Only worked on the NBW for a few hours and have partially finished the oars and paddles. I decided to carve the complete pieces from 1/8” basswood sheet instead of using the provided precut parts. This should make for a better look after staining. In the photo, the oars are pretty much done. Four more paddles need to be cut out before the final shaping of all six.
  5. Been doing a lot of work around the house getting ready for winter so the NBW has been on the back burner for a while. With the holidays coming up posts will be few for a while but I will work on the boat as I get a chance. I did get the hull painted though. Next I will be trying to do various detailing of the inboard side.
  6. Scoot, your boat looks great. I have already started painting and my hull scheme is the same as yours - green with the second strake white.
  7. The Whaling Gun Box was constructed from 1/16” sheet boxwood. The ends fit the curve of the ceiling. The front side joins the two shaped ends while the backside is formed by the ceiling itself. The top was split as shown and the front piece was hinged to the back piece by leather strips. The box was stained to match the Bow Sheet.
  8. Tiller and Rudder completed. The Gudgeons and Pintles were made from the supplied thin 3/8” wide brass strip. The Pintles were formed and fitted to the rudder and small brass nails were soldered to them to serve as the hinge pins. The Gudgeons and Pintles were attached using small copper nails. The Tiller was “riveted” with copper nails The Steering Oar Brace is also shown in the last photo. The support brace was made from 1/32” brass wire.
  9. RB, Very nice build. I hope mine turns out half as good. This is a fun and instructive boat to model. Paul
  10. Completed the Compass and Compass Box. The Box was made from 1/32” basswood sheet according to plans. Compass Rose reduced in Photoshop. Lens effect was made using a drop of CA glue. In the first photo below, the box slides were glued to a scrap of wood as shown, then glued to bottom of Cuddy. When the glue was dry, the scrap was cut away leaving the slides attached.
  11. Finished carving and attaching the Peak Cleats, Oarlock Pads and Foot Brace. Also, I decided to remove some of the dark brown paint from the thwarts. I used lacquer thinner which gave the thwarts a “worn” look which I like. Photos don’t do the “look” justice.
  12. Finished carving and mounting some unpainted cleats. Starting at the stern is the cleat on the Cuddy Board. Next to the Cuddy Board are the Standing Cleats with another cleat above each. Near the stem are the Preventer Cleats. Stern Stem
  13. This will be the inboard color scheme. The Gunwales are black; Thwarts, Thigh Board and Cuddy Board are dark brown. The Stem and Stern Sheets, Lion’s Tongue and Logger Head are Golden Oak stained. Two other colors, as seen here and in earlier photos, are buff and blue.
  14. I have finished putting in place the Logger Head, Mast Tabernacle and Mast Chute. The Logger Head was carved from a piece of 3/8” dowel (not provided) following the plan sheets and manual. Much care was needed to position and drill a 1/8” hole into the deck floor for the Logger Head support post. The hole in the Lion’s Tongue was 3/8”. The Tabernacle and Chute have been described earlier. The mast is not finished but was temporarily used for positioning
  15. Interestingly I have used the plans extensively for building. In the case of the longboat, I rarely used them. There is a great deal of carving to do - which I really enjoy. There will be sails to make and a whole lot of details. Whaleboat gear will probably take as long as I have already spent.
  16. Jonathan and Arthur, thanks for the comments on the colors. Actually the present colors might change slightly. Painted surfaces were used on whaleboats in order to preserve the wood surfaces as much as possible. At present I might paint the thwarts two tone. I am thinking the color of the risers will be extended inward about 1/5th or less of the thwart width on each side. The rest would be a dark brown similar to the stain shown in most of my recent photos. (See the first photo in my last post entry above where I painted just a bit of the first thwart the riser color.) The only change I might consider is to paint the entire thwart the dark brown. I have been spending a lot of time studying different color schemes and have gone back and forth with different ones several times. Any suggestions on thwart colors which I have discussed above are welcomed.
  17. Bow chocks were cut from 1/4” x 1/8” stock and glued in place. Also a cleat for the center board lifting rod was cut from scrap and glued in place. In the first photo notice the completed Thigh Board. In the photos you can also notice the small copper nails in place on the thwart knees and Thigh Board. The nails are made of copper and are 0.5 mm x 0.6 mm.
  18. Very nicely done. I have enjoyed following you as well as having numerous interactions.
  19. Well, I found that I had done the thwart knees wrong on half of the thwarts and so I redid them. In addition, I worked on the Thigh Board and the Mast Tabernacle. Shown below is the start of the Mast Chute. The Mast Hinge was constructed from the photo etched sheet and bent into shape using round nosed pliers. The hinge pins were made from 1/32" brass rod. The Mast Tabernacle was drawn and then cut from 3/32" a basswood sheet. The Thigh Board was completed by adding leather to the Clumsy Cleat; adding the Kicking Strap; and adding the Lance Tails.

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