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  1. One of my favorite eras of the ship building industry was the period at the end of 19th century and beginning of the 21st. During that period the navies of the world transitioned from sail to steam power and from wood to metal construction. The ironclads were born. In my modeling career I always wanted to build a Dreadnaught but found that in order to build a reasonable size “house” model it will have to be a small scale. The plastic industry produced a lot of kits with extraordinary detail but I wanted to scratch built one and my abilities were way under those of some of our modelers like Valeriy V and Wefalk. I lived in the Hague for a while and, while there, I subscribed to the Model Shipwright Magazine. They provided a plan and a brief description of a selected ship in every issue. I saved these plans for the day when I had enough time to devote to my hobby. The plans for this build show what I may call a miniature dreadnaught. Steam and sail powered, 130 ft length and at a scale 1/64 which will allow plenty details including a single, deck mounted, QF gun. The ship is the Brazilian Custom Cruiser Amapá that was laid down in 1906 as Yard No. 459 at Thornycroft’s Woolston (Southampton) yard. She was launched on 30 April 1907and issued to the Brazilian customs authorities on June 4, 1907. No further information is known about this vessel except that at some stage she was renamed Oyapock and she remained in service until 1918. This information is from the Model Shipwright magazine issue No, 88 The photo shows Amapá during her service with the Brazilian navy. Amapá was named after the region in the north of Brazil next to the Amazon. The ships dimensions are as follows: Length between perpendiculars: 130’0” Length overall: 137’0” Beam: 17’0” Draft: 6’0” Tons, gross: 177.5 Power: twin triple expansion steam engines Sails: Two masts with a stay sail and try sail Armament: One 3 pounder QF gun This will be a simple ship model in 1/64 scale with plenty of detail. My plan is to build the hull in two halves and use a plank on bulkhead method. I will scratch build most of the model but will still use available manufactured fittings. I have been studying these plans for quite some time and will be ready to start cutting wood shortly after I finished my current build: Amati’s Fifie I want to thank the members of this forum which have provided me with valuable information. They always said that is never to late for an horse to learn new tricks. Your comments have improve my craftsmanship as a modeler. Thanks. Ras Current build: Scottish Motor Fifie. 1/32 scale. Amati kit Previous builds: Patricia. Steam powered R/C launch. 1/12 scale. Krick Kit. African Queen. Steam powered R/C launch. 1/24 scale. Billings kit. Emma C. Berry. Sailing fishing smack. 1/32 scale. Model Shipways kit.
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