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Dr PS - Paul Schulze

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  1. I will be starting my third ship build log. Gokstad Viking Ship, a Dusek Ship Kits - 1:35 Scale The model is based on a find near Gokstad Norway in 1880. The prototype was built in mid ninth century. The ship was shown to be very seaworthy by Magnus Anderson in 1893. The ship had 32 oars and a square sail. I will be starting the actual building in a couple weeks but I would like to post the usual kit pictures.
  2. I have finally finished the New Bedford Whaleboat. In line with the pictures in my last post, I have mounted my whaleboat on a whale 🐋 The picture of whalers in a whaleboat on a whale with sail tucked away was excellent inspiration for my final display. Thanks for looking and for all your comments. This has been a fun build and one which added more to my skill and confidence bag. My next project will be Model Shipways Gatling Gun.
  3. I made two waifs using a visible red color. I painted some “sail” cloth and rolled them onto the poles. I forgot to mention the making of the hatchet in my last post. The waifs and hatchet can be seen in the following pictures. The last item in completing the Whaleboat was the sail. I was in a quandary whether to have a raised sail or a wrapped sail as shown on the kit box (see post #1). I decided on the latter as it will fit my display (to be shown later when completed) as well as the following pictures which I found on the internet (no source was found). My finished sail is shown below.
  4. I delete photos from text, not download area and some pop up in text. I cannot seem to delete them unless I trash them from download area which I don’t want to do if the.photo is used elsewhere in the text. Any suggestions?
  5. The Grapnel was made from 20 gauge galvanized wire. A length was folded twice yielding four strands. The strands were twisted tightly and soldered to form the shank. The end loops were cut open and the resulting tines were bent into an eye at one end and four prongs at the other. Grapnel painted black with line attached Grapnel stowed under Thigh Board in bow.
  6. I completed the “bucket “ drogue, bucket, piggin, water and lantern kegs, waist tub and line tub. The stave sheets were scored and bent to fit the plugs. After gluing and drying, all items were stained with a dark oak stain except the water and lantern kegs which were painted the green hull color. The hoops were made from 1/16” slices of Bristol paper darkened with India ink and glued on last. Eye splices on the end of the whale line. Hoop strips Each tub was completed by coiling two flakes or layers on each. Lines connecting the two tubs and drogue are shown. The line goes around Logger Head to the bow. Excess line is coiled in the box at the bow. The Painter or towing line is shown coiled on the port side behind the thigh board. The drogue is attached to the whale line with a Double Becket Hitch. Piggin Cannot get rid of following photos. Deleted them but they keep appearing. 😳
  7. Finished the Rowlocks, TubOar Lock and harpoon racks a while back and started on the lantern. I bored a hole in a 1/4” square rod, carved out the “windows,” mounted 28 gauge wire in place for grills and painted it brass color with some black streaks. The grill bars were bent at each end and put into holes drilled into the wood. Next was/is to finish the cooperage which I started before finishing the lantern.
  8. I finished the Civil War Coffee Wagon and Limber. I am working very slowly on the New Bedford Whaleboat but realize that making the sail is going to take me to another whole skill level. I need to learn how to sew. I will be doing some practicing with the help of my wife and her Bernina sewing machine. After the first of the year, I hope to start up again. In the meanwhile, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
  9. The Tree is attached to the Hound and the Fork Strap to the Fork. The The Muff Collar, Branches, Pad and Irons were attached to the Pole and painted black. The Pole, Axel and Under Straps were attached to the carriage and painted black. Chains were added. In the above three photos the wheels were not attached yet but only serving as props. The next photo shows the nearly finished models sitting on an unfinished mounting board. The wagon and limber will be attached to the board for display after it has been finished.
  10. I am now working on a Civil war Limber to go with my finished Coffee Wagon. However, I did get the mast and sprit pole finished and ready for the sail. I have not decided how I want to do the sail. This will be a challenge no matter what I do. Rings for attaching the sail to the mast were made by drilling a hole in a dowel larger than the mast and then sectioning it. Mast and Sprit pole.
  11. Just received the Civil War Limber to add to the Coffee Wagon. This kit should not take very long. First the kit pics - I first tackled the wheels and ammunition chest. Most of this kit consists of parts made from Britannia metal. As a result of this, I will be using only CA glue. Below is shown a primed wheel, the primed chest and axel housing with the Pintle Hook attached. Britannia metal needs to be primed before painting. Next I painted the chest and wheels red with black trim. Normally the limber would be painted army colors but the Coffee Wagon was painted with red color to differentiate it from regular army use. Above and below are also shown the unpainted carriage and wood pole. I had to carve the pole (tongue) to fit the carriage. Since the supplied wood was square, the pole had to be carved round most of its length. The rest of the wagon will be black.
  12. I just ordered the Model Shipways Civil War Limber to go with this model Civil War Coffee Wagon. When I get it I will continue this log as I complete it.
  13. Been away from this build for awhile but I finally finished the Civil War Coffee Wagon and now plan to work on the NBW again.
  14. I finally got the missing parts from Model-Expo. I cannot say enough good about the folks at Model-Expo. Missing a part - they send it. Break a part - they send it. Finished the wheels - Assembled the carriage chassis - Finished the coffee urn platform and springs - Below notice the chimney brackets have also been installed. Next I glued the floor onto the carriage chassis and painted it red. The wagon tongue was installed as well - After the paint dried, the springs were attached (note the U-bolts) - The facets were painted brass color and glue to the urns. Also note how the smoke stacks are supported by the brackets previously installed. - A brass retaining rod was added to the front of the urns and then the urns were glued to the urn platform and the platform glued on top of the springs above the carriage chassis - Finally, the wagon tongue was painted black, a decal was applied, and a pedestal was constructed. The Civil War Coffee Wagon is finished - One recommendation for anyone building this model, I would put some weights in the tongue side of the chassis box to give better stability to the model when finished. This was a fun project that did not take long. Now back to the New Bedford Whaleboat and thanks to all for following.
  15. When working on chimneys, I found the kit supplied 9/32” (1/4”ID) brass tubing would not fit over the stove top chimney pipe attachment points. They needed a tube with a 9/32” ID so I ordered a 5/16” tube which has a 9/32” ID. I plan to carve three 1/4” dowels at one end to fit the hole in the attachment point on the stovetop, slip the 9/32” tubes over the dowels, and finally slip the 5/16” tubes over the 9/32” tubes. The dowels will stabilize the chimneys while fitting snugly into the 9/32” tubes. The outside 5/16” tubes will fit snugly over both the 9/32” tubes and the stovetop fitting. Whew 😅 BTW, I am unaware of 9/32” dowel. What I have done so far is shown in the photo below.

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