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  1. Post 15 Wow two months and little to report. I wanted to share that I am in the middle of a major change. I was fooling around in late august and ended up buying a new home. Too many reasons and not for here except the following. The new home is smaller, I think they call it downsizing. The good news is there is a large basement area that is wide open with a current garage door that I can change to a glass wall for daylight. I get to build a whole new model shop. Wow. I will include a few progress notes on that as I go through it over the next winter, since this is the model that will last through the whole period. One point to be sure, since that basement is part of the lower level of this new home and includes guest rooms and the family room, sawdust and smells will be separated. I will have a third stall in a heated garage where Mr. Table saw and all the larger scale work will be relegated. If I get clever that will be seasonal. The progress on Aphrodite has been slow because of all the other activities. There is also some amusement that anyone who has done this before will appreciate. Because my current home just went on the market, the shop has been basically packed up and boxed. As soon as I move out in a few more weeks I can complete clean up and painting of the old stripped shop to make it shiny for the next hobbyist. In that process I naturally packed too much. I had kept out what I thought I needed to keep working on trimming the masts. Alas, I ran out of thread for the shrouds and the book that confirmed where to tie a few things off. I had to search and find them and now have two open boxes to deal with. Of course, I could had ordered more thread, but I was successful in finding enough to keep going Progress through the end of summer I have read through many logs during the spring and summer. They were for far more sophisticated builds like clipperships, but wow there’s so much to learn, and they are the best way for me. One issue to decide is how much prework to do on a mast before stepping it. I would say more of the recent logs I have scanned say…. do everything you can possibly do before you mount a mast. Being a student, I decided to try both ways. I will build the foremast and mizzen off the ship and build the main mast in place. I learned on my big builds that work off the schooner or ship would be a must. I felt though that this ship is so small that I can almost rest my elbows on the table and thread dead eyes. We’ll see what happens. I think it will be ratlines that kill me in place Ap97 here we see the main mast set and the first shrouds going into place. As I understand it this is done in place in either method it is the upper masts. I chose this to build in place following the premise of starting on the inside and work outwards. Ap98 here is the first completed [ not painted] yard arm and upper shrouds on the foremast. The yard arm was a real treat as I followed Crothers book as best as I could. i left all the lashings loose so when I feel the major movements are over I can tighten them up and tie them off. This new small scale is tough for me and I know this will be student's product, so be please be kind about my learning to cut off stings closer to the knots and getting my ratlines straight Ap99here for fun I temporarily set the foremast in place just to take a look. I will do one more update for this old shop and then we need to get all new benches etc. before we are ready to do more. I also have a commitment to make a schooner over the winter, so I know it is a while before Aphrodite gets close to done. I also look forward to going to the October conference in New Bedford, Ma cheers
  2. great news I found your log and will follow along. I need time to finish my sails good luck
  3. Damian fantastic news. Later in the next winter I hope to get more work done on the Bluenose sails upgrades. for now I am in two other projects. I will look for your log cheers
  4. Post 14 summer update Summer is on, and many things slow down our modeling process. A new sail boat, researching newer sails, regattas, and we all know the interference of yard work. I wanted to make at least one posting in July since a few discoveries are underway. I am sharing here some real trial and error events. This is the stage, I can say that after reading so many other logs, that I am supposed to finish the deck furnishings and make up the masts. All the time, we are preparing for the first lower mast step and shroud work. I have made a few steps, so let’s write them down. Ap87 this is an experiment for me. It is the first work I have done at this small scale. I tried using 26 gauge wire and twisting it. I see many others do this for eye bolts and the like. I don’t like the resulting look Ap-88 here I go up to 24-gauge wire and squeeze it around the 2.5 mil dead eye. I like the look and will go with it. Ap-89 The next challenge is to figure at what point do I sting the deadeyes. The issue is threading three holes through a 1/16” diameter dead eye requires holding the dead eye with something [ I used a tweezers], and after glue tipping the thread forcing it through. I do not see how I will ever do that if the deadeye is sitting with its back close to the hull…….we will come back to this issue Ap 90 time to set up for the topmast tops and the top gallant masts. The tops are delicate after trying some store-bought metal tops, but I have to drill 4 eye bolts into them. I find using the bendable styrene the easiest solution for me. I had bought several different sizes so I can experiment. Ap 91 here the styrene is in place and I drilled the holes through it for the eye bolts that go in next. Ap 92 here we are turning the windlass. It is fun to work on these parts. I am taking all the dimensions and details out of Crowther’s book. Ap 93 now back to the dilemma [ for me anyway] to thread the little dead eyes. This is my trial and error approach. I have selected the main lower mast to set first as it is in the middle. I am pre threading dead eyes in batches of 6. That number has to do with attention span. Ap 94 next I pre-fit chain plates and the lower hoop simulated with 24-gauge wire. Several of these ended up short so the next batches will be a little longer on one side. Ap-95 I have set 7 so far. I drilled little holes and bent the bottom into the hull. This will make them more stable when I start teasing the lashing to make them the right length. We’ll see if this method works. My logic is to work through 6 at a time of each step. After I have one mast ready, I will start splicing in one end of the wrapped shrouds and setting the height of the upper dead eye. there are other issues there too, so we shall see how this goes. Ap 96 here I have put a few of the on deck items in place. The windless will be tight to fit in as we recall the original main deck is just a 1/16 too high. Many more things going on, so the next update is likely in a month Cheers
  5. Complete the yawl boat Sometimes we have to say enough and stop working on something. Today that was the yawl boat. 23 I went back to my friends at Bluejacket and bought a bunch of stuff. Most was to build up supplies for the Aphrodite ship, but I got a few of their smallest propellers. Here I have ground it down to fit on the yawl boat. 24 here is the stopping point. I need to transport the schooner to a few sites this summer and there is no way to keep the yawl boat in place. Moving the schooner, the other day I broke off the strong backs. Yesterday I needed to remove a davit and broke it. Today I started rigging the blocks but if I do, I cannot remove the yawl boat. You can see the block engine cover and boxed shaft cover. I made up yokes and the little copper wire to hook the blocks to. 25 here we see where the davit lines and hull lashing will eventually be made off the taft rail pins. 26 here it seems obvious that the block and tackle make a difference, so I will rig them and have them at least in place. Lashing will wait till we are back home. 27 here we have the overview of the after deck and I feel this is better to have than the silly block and fake canvas i used last year. 28 I end with the view showing her sail away. It reminds me that I don’t have the name on the transom yet. We never really finish do we Cheers
  6. People sizing post A little more progress has been made on the yawl boat and a need to settle on figures, that is size of figures. I also need to give credit for the drawing in the last posting. The yawl boat design comes from the book Anatomy of the Bertha Downs. A great book for scratch schooner building. 16 when I was restoring my 78 year old real BHOD sailboat in 2015, I learned a trick of boat builders to match up the different mahogany wood colors. Mahogany bought in 1941[ likely from the Philippines for the combing is not necessarily the same as the piece I bought from Honduras [ via Rocklers] for new work. Intelux makes an “ Interstain” that brings out a rich color so we all look closer together. This can has been parked in my shop slowing drying out for nearly 5 years. I am Using cue tips to go to the scrap left over blocks form some old kit for the transom, to ripped planks from planks bought a few years ago for the model of my BHOD sailboat. 17 here we see a richness added to the planks that should help when the different mahogany blocks are added for the engine house Now to the figures. 18 Here we see two of my five-man crew that are used all through this build. I bought them online as O gauge railroad workers to be the same scale…1:48. Well funny story if you google O gauge it says they are 1:48……well hold that thought.... also these guys could row that yawl boat. 19 My son put me onto Shapeways the 3d printing folks to get crew for my 1:24 scale Bluenose. I went back to buy 1:48 figures from them to use in the Bowdoin Diorama. They are noticeably smaller than these O gauge guys, so I thought they may have shipped the wrong size. When I measured them, sure enough they were right on; standing up straight they get to 1.5 inches. 20 let’s line them up and see what we get. The O gauge guys are all 7 feet tall!!!! So check it out if you are using o gauge figures. Mine are all roughly 1.75 tall. I have been using them for years and oops many false images…oh well live and learn. 21 up in the rigging it looks like father and son 22 these properly sized figures change the whole concept of the yawl boats size. Fyi the seat clamp is maple…my first hard wood milled from scratch. Cheers
  7. Post .................rebuild a yawl boat Ok I thought it is about time to record what has been going on as I only have a month to finish and give a few talks. I have been dividing my time between completing the Bowdoin diorama and getting it to the store museum....done. Fixing two schooners Bluenose and Herman Zwicker for the store....done. Aphrodite the first ship built here in Boothbay....mostly research and night reading of blogs with a little mast work on the side, and here. So far, the ratlines are sort of done. Cn19 5 I need to tie off the sides every 5th slat going up and the third tie offs for the center shroud on the fore mast. the yawl boat Up through the radio sailing effort on the original build, I made a plug with a fake canvas cover acting as the yawl boat. I have never seen a photo of a cover on a yawl boat, so now that Charlie is retired from sailing and supposed to focus on more detail, I have no excuse not to have a real yawl boat. A colleague at the local Downeast Shipmodeler’s Guild showed us one day a plug for a small Whitehall where he had routed out the interior of the plug so he could use normal clamps on the bent frames and then the freeboard portion of the planking. He also used hard wood for the frames and steam to bend them and maple planking… wow. that was a brainstorm for me. Cn19 6 here I tried taking some hard wood and steaming it in a can. really a failure and everything snapped. After three unsuccessful attempts to bend frame that tight using hardwood and boiling and such, I needed a solution to get going. Many great builders talk about how easy it is to bend maple and other hard woods. I am not there yet but am determined to get their soon. let’s follow my learner’s approach 7 first off what plans. There are a few to choose from and this one matches up with many of the photos. I put it into turbo cad and scaled it. I plotted the offsets for each 1\4 inch, then traced and mirrored lines so i could cut out 4 small sheets of plywood 8 here we see I made the plug using build up plywood so I could use the jig saw to cut the interior. It's covered with floor wax and I am using styrene strips that I will remove later for setting the planks away for the plug and be able to remove it. I will figure out how to bend the ribs in after I remove the plug. the transom is mahogany and the keel and stem for the last time in my career are bass wood. 9 here I remain the amateur using basswood for planking. During this process I was milling my first ever pear for the fairlead planks on the mast tops of Aphrodite. Wow so different. I also milled down some maple and will use it in the finishing. I think I might put a thickness sander on my Santa list. I know I need mahogany for the engine house, gunnels, seats and transom, so maybe this is a transition for me. This hull is painted and smooth outside and painted gray inside, so I am still with basswood. 10 here is the top plank. Looks like putty again but my spilling worked out better than before. Maybe three of four more boats and some better wood and I’ll get it . 11 this top view shows the challenge to get the plug out. There was some convincing and scalpel work, but nothing broke 12 hurray we are separated 13 here we see the inside after separation. the styrene ribs come out and wood goes in. 14and here we have ribs in. and yes, I used ammonia water and bass wood and they are not perfect. I have a few larger frames as they hold the motor box. That was a guess on my part. It is the problem of being a retired engineer. There will be a floor covering the bottom too. The dot on the triangle was a bad attempt to layout the hole foe the shaft. When drilled for the outside it was a bit lower. 15 here we are with gray prime coat all over. I just wanted to see if we fit. Now it's time to start building the interior and cleaning up the exterior hull. Cheers
  8. post 12 Lower masts and tops more details to figure out after much study I needed to get back to progress. In this post I went through building the three lower masts and their tops. I learned some things but most important is the need to improve materials, especially wood. Up until now I have been a bass wood, dowels and some pine guy. To get rid of 'fuzzies' and lumpy out of scale wood I need to get into hard wood. It will come, but it seems to be a challenge. A friend gave me a piece of rough pear and I will use a tiny piece as we go through this. I can cut sown to 1/16 so far successfully. I just keep buying strips of 1/32 bass wood I am building a yawl boat for Charles Notman at this same time and there too I am suffering. I leave that discussion for next month when I complete that model and get ready for a showing and lecture. A few related details. Ap 74 Here I took little pins and manually cut the heads and points off and then tried to cut them in two. They were too small for me to file after. There are 198 belaying pins on this ship so I thought it was worth a try. They are not glued in, so I can decide if I want to try again to file off the ends or use the 3/16 store bought pins from ModelShipways. I was thinking of trying to touch them with a file and then blackening them in place. Ap-75 Here we see three yards. The top is the fore lower yard from the model. The hardware is crude but functional. The lowest is broken main lower yard. In the middle I made up a yard for replacement. I made a similar crude fitting. So far, I don’t like it and will try to go with something more like the drawings. I will need some bands on the mast for this yard and the futtocks shrouds, and that makes the most sense. The masts Ap-76 here I have roughed out the doubling and hounds. The length is based on the Crothers calculations. He also gave details on the framing. Ap-77 here we see the sizing template. This was interesting as the figures say just over ½ the width but on the many examples that included dimensions it was always less. I settled on 12 feet for the two masts and 9 feet + for the mizzen. Ap-78 then one needs to find things in the shop to use to bend wet wood to get the rim. I read all about boiling and steaming from the real pros. I boiled and steams and broke many pieces and the went back to bass wood in ammonia water over night to get the pieces. It worked! Ap-79 here a compass and lines on pine allows pinning the pieces together. Ap-80 I made up this little gig to hold the masts to use a combination of razor saw and files to make the 4 groves in each mast to replicate the made up profiles. Ap-81 I used old 1960 vintage drafting tape we used in college architecture classes to make straight bold lines. [ no auto cad then] I have a box left over and a few are 1/16 black so they perfect model supplies. My plan is to paint it over as part of the mast paint which seems to be more common in artwork. Ap-82 here we see the first mast painted white. I think the painted tape works for the bands. Ap-83 here is my first attempt to mill my own hardwood. This is simple maple bought at Lowes. I also used the big table saw to cut a piece of elm to one inch by 1/8 and then cut a small strip to use for fairlead planks. Ap-84 Here we have the tops dressed out and planked over tops with the top mast loosely set in for looks. Ap-85 here we see the dark pear planks that is drilled. The real ships and more accurate model would have 33 holes stagger drilled on this plank. I simply drilled 13 holes so I can run perhaps toping lines through if I get that far. the caps are built up styrene. the tops remain loose so i can set them level with the raked masts. Ap-86 here we see the 14 eyes on each top. There are also predrilled holes for the futtocks shrouds that come next. In these last few close ups one sees the roughness of the filed and sanded dowels [ square tops] and the bass wood planking and beams. This is an area that needs more and more practice to get right. I am sure that the easy to use acrylic craft paints also hurt. I used a little cherry stain on the top masts and just hand rub poly on the tops and over stain. I would love to get to milling 1/32 maple planks for this type work Cheers
  9. I am sitting here after three weeks of little wood work. I caught a cold and spent my many hours surfing building logs and more reading. I loved the new book Barons of the Sea a concise history of the owners, builders, and captains of the american clipper ship industry. I then did a lot of further reading and wow am i going down a rabbit hole. I read Ed Tosti's blog...wow such incredible study and workmanship. I am up to page 72 so a long way to go. I am also now reading other blogs and they are all taking my breath away. I just ordered Ed's first book, so at least I will have a great library. This is the 1:48 Flying Cloud that a friend brought over to get some help on fixing up. the model was built many years ago and is way off in scale as to bulkhead, pin rails etc. I am helping him get the masts and spars right, so next winter he can get those on. That project is how I got into Bradner's on line drawings. The owner is happy with simple dowels. I would spend days making made up and banded masts....crazy. My head is spinning...options. what is it I want to do. build large scale radio sail boats but keep them simple...I have one 50 inch Schooner I never finished plus a few Marblehead Vintage AMYA boats build large scale radio sail but put too much detail in them, so they are retired from sailing...I have two of these and in reality 4 including the 42 inch BHODs. build small scale like this build. My fingers and experience keep much detail from appearing. example that I am working on today.... things like the head cap. the real ones I have read were blocks of elm, maybe a foot thick by two feet and four feet long. what wood can replicate that at 1:96....... I have yet to graduate to milling my own pear etc. do I need to learn how to machine metal or cast . wow I am building up with styrene and super glue. we'll see do i try to slice the lower masts to be obvious buildups before banding? do I then put little plus under each band?..... there are 30 fairleads through the tops. Do I drill them? can you see them? I won't be rigging all those lines but even topping lifts for the yards need to go through them...... I could build a large hull like the one photographed here in a few months. I could then make parts like before. then however I have a another 7 foot model. the masts though could be real. I think I will just plod along knowing this is a real early learning curve. anyway I just want to record this mental process cheers
  10. Post 39 The museum We finally made it. There is a lot more to do in set up, as Mark and Diane are two weeks from opening 316 a-d : these four pages are the draft for final editing and are to will be pasted on foam core as placards. They shall try to capture the story to go with the diorama, and will hang on a black cloth above the model[ where American flag is now] to help tell the story. 317 here we enter and see Bowdoin. The dock just out the window is where Bowdoin was tied up before leaving on several occasions. It is part of what makes this story so much fun 318 looking straight on one sees a kiosk where many visual items will tell of Macmillan and the trips north 319 even with all the ambient light I see enough of the sparkle on the water to be very satisfied with the experiment to use the small spot light as part of the display 320 This photo shows the two Canadian built Schooner models that I repaired for the show. The Bluenose on the right and the Herman Zwicker on the left. The Herman Zwicker was a resident of Boothbay Harbor for many years. She was often on display at Maine Maritime Museum. She is today in New York city and her sister schooner is on display in Lunenburg There are several other models and lots of good eats near by, so come visit us this summer Cheers
  11. Post 38 Real Bowdoin gets planks 308 here I am on the dock in Boothbay Harbor where the real Bowdoin is getting her hull fixed up. The steam box is cooking the next plank. 309 as I turn around, we see the progress on the new planking. Some 40 frames were replaced and somewhere around 80 planks are being replaced The Ernestina Morrisey Before we see the new plank installed, we catch up on the Massachusetts state schooner also being completely rebuilt here in Boothbay. I share many pictures a few months ago. Today the final caulking is being installed before the hull gets painted. Here are come fun shots of the stern and bow 310 here we see the completed transom 311 looking down we see the progress working downward to get caulking in and prime paint on 312 how about the combination of craft skills to complete all of these components.it is wonderful to see these skills are alive and well. 313 just a fun photo looking forward 314 here we see the forward end of the lead keel and work up to the bow stem 315 this bow stem is African hard wood and one of the only pieces reused in the this rebuild. Back to Bowdoin…..it is time for the next plank. 315 a-h -Here is a quick sequence of taking the plank out and setting. They need to do more than one a day to get done and launched wow All for now
  12. Thanks Nic I plan to visit you this year and will definitely see you in New Bedford. I am really interested in your cross section of the Morgan and am enjoying you Red Jacket build. I am currently rescuing and old model form Maine maritime and trying to replicate Aphrodite, the first of about 6 ships built in Boothbay. cheers
  13. thank you guys for the thumbs up. we all know that is appreciated. here we are on our way to the museum store in Boothbay Harbor Post 37 We are ready to go 300 switching to the 90 mm lens to get some more detail. Our crew on board with the box needs to moved a bit forward. I suppose next time I need to cut out for dories too. 301 our waiting crew member finally stood up. A little white glue helped 302 I love the change in color of the water. I also have an extra anchor on the transom ready for use as they work their way out through the ice 303 here we are looking into the sun with the water sparkling 304 here we pick up and the sparkle fades and the shadows on the water stay. I like the sparkle reflection on the hull 305 looking down sun but lower to the water the water again comes alive……this fun though I really and just trying 306 glass box ion the car 307 Bowdoin in the car ready to go Cheers
  14. Post 11 More mast study….start to build I have been madly reading the Crothers books. I have also been scanning other builds of ships in this scale. Wow so much fun and so much to learn. I was thrilled to find others have picked up this masting information as well as other details I saw in these books. It suggests I may have fallen onto a good track reading these books. Anyway, I figured out my plan for the three lower masts so here I go. Foremast 1) Field measure of our model [ 147 foot} … 5.0” above deck with 1.125 doubling 2) Scaling off Crothers drawings of typical ship rigging plan including reference to Alma [ 153 foot]…5" above deck and 1.375 doubling. 3) New calculations based on the Crothers masting book….. a) [147’ length plus 30’ beam] /2 equals 88.5 feet total main mast. Then foremast = 8/9 of main=78.6. this is total mast, so we need to subtract the housing [ below weather deck] b) Ap-071 scaling from the Crothers cross section of two deck ship we get bottom of tenon. On the section it was conveniently 5 inches from the weather deck to bottom of keel and one inch up to bottom of tenon…thus 1:5. Measuring on the model the shear plank to bottom of keel is 3 inches, so the correction is almost 2-3/8 or 2.4 inches or roughly 19 feet. I would not pass a physics test with those measurements, but it is all about proportions. c) In the masting book, spar plan 51 is Alma, they show foremast to be 64 feet. Then we adjust. [ {153 ‘-147’}/2 =-3 feet as we are shorter than Alma. We subtract another 19 feet for the housing and have 64-3-19 =42 feet. 42/8=5.25 yippee ki yay or rather not bad, it almost agrees with our field measure and scaling of 5 inch. I plan to use 5.125 d) For the doubling we see in the notes that doubling was being reduced from .4 times top mast to .3 during this period. Looking at.3 x40-foot is 12 feet or 1.5” we find the scaled drawings from the earlier book we were 1.375”. for now, I am sitting on 1.375” [I did not want this to be greater than the mainmast] Main mast Same process. The model was 4.75 and 1.125 doubling. Scaled drawings and calculations supported 5.5 inches and 1.375…you will see as stated in the earlier measuring post that the top royal mast on this old model was 3/4 inch too tall, so this increase was expected. Mizzen Same process. The model was 4.36 and doubling 1 inch. The scale drawing and calculations both supported 4.5 and 1.125 doubling. I will reduce this to 4.0 length above the raised half poop deck. I have read the masts were typically made up and banded. The iron bands were spaced at 3 feet. The hounds were eight sided and ½ the length of the doubling. The doubling was square. Since they were 22 plus inches and the lower mast was banded, I assume these sections had bands, but I am still checking that one out. The whole mast was painted out. The lower yards were also painted out black. My plan is to now make up the three masts and lower yards and to check the bow sprit. While doing this I need to complete the cabins, pin rails and get ready to make other deck furniture and chain plates and lower mast tops. Cheers
  15. Post 10 Back to study of masts and yard 1850 ships One good thing about this build is the find of the great author William Crothers. Years ago I bought his clippership book and was awed. For this build I have bought the other two of his trilogy Ap 64 This book is amazing. It was reviewed in a post favorably and yes it costs $95 but as I said early, the hull was free. Everything I have done to date is based on the reading I continue to do in the this volume. Ap65 is a downloaded pdf from the internet of mast on the Flying Cloud by Bradner. Reading the notes, a bibliography came up and it was fun to go through. It lists not only the classic books but articles from both newspaper and NRJ. Bradner credits his details to three authors including Crothers and he cited another volume dedicated to mast construction. Ap66 here we are. Found it at Amazon. The third volume specifically on masts and spars. It is incredibly detailing and full of historical references and explanations on how things went together. A straight forward point that makes sense was that by 1850 the large trees that allowed single tree masts were mostly gone. Large masts and yard arms were being made of ‘sticks’ there is all kinds of information in this book. It seems that many were painted as in the cover painting and that squares with much marine art. I am still reading and gathering notes, but I believe in the end I shall replicate made up masts as they must have been the norm. As I recall in reading about the big schooners, large spars were floated in to Boothbay from Wiscassett. Much to learn Ap67 on this page from the Crothers mast book we see an example of the explanations. References to the tables completed the process and by matching the model to a relevant ship in a table [ our match is Alma from Sullivan Maine], we can be more confident of what we are building. There is interesting reading to come that I have not done yet explaining the calculations to establish the optimum heights of the masts and placement of the sails….as I said so much to learn Ap-068 here is one of several methods to make up a mast again from Crothers Ap-069 here is Crothers diagram discussing the maximum diameters and the locations of the tapers on masts and spars Ap070 here I have taken the masts apart, as I need to do this for rigging them one level at a time. I have already replaced the main lower mast and the broken yard. I have much to do before I get back to this and summer diversions are fast approaching. I believe I will choose built up lower masts, and they will be painted. I definitely will square up the heads and rebuild the cross trees. overall work I have just glued on the monkey rails and will try to get the hull cleaned up, pins installed and houses in before summer break. I will putter along reading and planning out the spars. Then depending on summer availability try to get them adjusted or remade. Fortunately, the deadline for this build is next year at this time, so all is good and we can slow down. Cheers jon

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