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  1. A little background before I start this log. I played around with models of all kinds when I was young, but this was my first effort at a "quality" model as a result. (The term "quality" is up for debate )I am in the middle of this build. I started it back in the late 80's. The hull was shaped, sanded and topsides painted. Plankshseer, rails and decking added and painted.....And there it sat as life went on. Bought a house, raised 2 kids, and late summer of '17 I dusted it off, and started adding rivets to the strip copper for the hull. Little did I know these strips should have been cut into plates. I simply simulated the plates by using the ponce wheel to run vertical rivets every 15mm. After the copper, I started on the deck work. Hatches and companionways, wheel, skylight, galley. Next up was the tryworks.
  2. I found an old model of the Kate Cory at a flea market today, that is in dire need of repair. I believe it to be an old Model Shipways kit, but I do not know for certain. Some initial observations: It is actually, mostly correctly rigged. It has a planked solid hull. It appears hand built. The castings appear to be pewter. The whale boats are bread and butter construction (much like the last Model Shipways model that I built). The paint scheme is completely wrong. It’ll make a nice addition to my living room. By the way, pardon the painting mess on my building board, I’ve been tearing through my 28mm miniature collection the last few days.
  3. Two Whaling Brigs, Kate Cory and Pavilion KC Built: 1856 in Westport Point, MA Pav built in Ct and converted to a whaler in 1841 Length on Deck: KC 75 feet and Pav79 feet [ close enough at this scale] Models are model Shipway kits at 1:64 It has taken me a while to figure out what to do with two, yes, I have two, Kate Cory kits. During the last several years before I retired I would play each Christmas season on eBay and bid on Kits. Two times I won two bids for different versions of the same boat….oops I’ll share the other one in a few years when I move in that direction. What I got with those bids was one old 1994 version and one newer version with the 2007 instructions of Kate Cory. They have different parts provided and so far, and I found some missing wood. No big deal to me, as I have a good supply. The old paint kit came in one box. It was kind of sad, I’ll show it one day. One reason I got these kits is I have always had a plan to take a tangent into the world of whaling. That means considerable reading, some travel and yes building a few models. I am fascinated with the arctic and whaling is a big part of our New England experience up there. I plan to ultimately build a large cross section of one focusing on the process of rendering the oil. We’ll see where it goes. Now what to do with boat number two. I thought about rigging one as a schooner and the second as a brig, but the story seems to be that the schooner was not a successful rig for ocean whaling. In my early research I have found a book that tells the complete history of a 79-foot brig that first built as a merchant and then refit as a whaler. I bought the book and for now plan to see if yes that is hull two. I will start off as much of what is to build is affectively identical. Then other than the white strip and fake cannon ports see what could be different. I also have my other builds that all need work before next summer, so this is truly a squeezed in adventure. So let’s start out. I shall add in some of my research results as we carry on. This also my first down scale to 1:64 so I have some new skills to learn here too. · Here we see two books. As stated one was written in 1993 by Erik A R Ronnberg and the second 2007 by model shipways. The plans are the same. They seem fine for modeling at this stage though lack many details. I have read in other blogs that until recently the New Bedford Whaling Museum would sell the Erik Ronnberg multi sheet detailed plans and booklet that would be needed for anything larger or more detailed. I want to pursue them but so far, no success. I hope to visit the museum over the next few months. · Here is the book I bought giving a full life study into the 79-foot brig Pavilion. For now, I shall plan to try match up some colors from other brigs of the time [ though guessing at this point]. The picture on the cover shows the fake cannon deck and that is easy to include. This model is the first solid hull kit that I have built. For these early whaling kits I am focused more on what makes them whalers and how to work at smaller scale. I have so much to learn and it would take so long to build two hulls, that is why at this point I am happy to try it out. I was very impressed that after cutting out the patterns [ only available in one of the kits] I was to find that both hulls were pretty good. They advertise correctly that the bow and stern need work and that is true. They also advertise that cutting the bulkhead was to be the most difficult work. To be honest, now that I have done it [sort of], and now I see we are planking both plank shear and whales on the upper topsides, I would recommend cutting off the bulkheads and building them up in proper thickness. I will show you my compromise for this build in a bit. · Here the aft end is shaped up and one of the stern posts is set. I also drilled the hole through for the rudder post. · Here I completed one of the fit ups and added the rough masts and rudders to take a look see. Now to get going on those little whale boats. My Bluenose dories did not come out well and someday I need to rebuild them. First, I plan to go through whaling boats. With two KC’s and Charles Morgan followed by the big ¾ whale boat I should get there. As in previous builds, making one hundred turnbuckles, multiple spars etc I try to set up some form of production line. I do it not just to get through, but I assume by the last part I get the hang of the task. Here I have eight boats to make. I would think the 8th boat to be easier than the 1st. let’s see · Starting off both kits use the buildup lift method. My plan is to move through four boats one step at a time. Then as I get it figured out expand to all eight before I forget it. · Here we are making progress getting them set up; the insides are shaped using a wireless Dremel, file and sandpaper. I added some glazing putty as the fit up of the lifts inside was not great. I sanded again and put the bottoms on. I just started to rough sand the outside on the first boat. More on that process next time Cheers
  4. After spending a couple of years following some of the amazing build logs that have been posted here, I figured I jump in and start a build log of my own. Part of my reasoning is to learn as much as possible from the great people here and partly to keep track of my successes and failures. Hopefully, the log will provide extra motivation to do things the right way and to follow through to completion. Having grown up in the New Bedford, Massachusetts area, whaling history was a big part of our education and is part of what defines the city. Going to the New Bedford Whaling Museum and visiting the Seamen's Bethel was a regular field trip for us not to mention that Moby Dick was required reading in school. The whole adventure of spending years at sea sailing the globe in search of whales just really captured my imagination. With that said, I have always been interested in building ship models and a model of a whaling ship was a given. I chose the Kate Cory for a couple of reasons; it was built locally (Westport, MA) and should be a fairly strait forward build as my first real wooden ship model. I almost didn't start this build after seeing the condition of the hull when I opened the box. The bow had a big chunk taken out of it, there was a real bad knot at the stern in the compound curves leading to the rudder, and there were numerous dents throughout. I almost returned the kit but I figured I should give it a try and repair it. I've built and repaired quite a few R/C airplanes and thought that this repair shouldn't present any real issues. I didn't take any pictures of the original condition of the hull but you can get a sense from looking at the filler and the glue lines from where I glued the bow piece back in place.
  5. Here's to a new log! I am starting the Kate Cory now, a solid hull 1:64 scale model from Model Shipways. The hull came in excellent shape with only minor re-shaping to get down to the final measure. The hardest part was the bulwark thinning, which they recommend a chisel to carve down. I used a Dremel Tool.... Wear a mask if you try this, as basswood in the lungs is a bit unhealthy ;-) The sterm of the ship needed the most wood removal and reshaping. That also prompted me to use a Dremel sanding drum, which worked swiftly. With some hand sanding afterwards, the whole thing is coming along nicely. I used a smaller chisel to square off the deck levels and trim the bulwarks closer to the deck. Next I am going to work on the deck bevel and do some fine sanding to the exterior. I want to add a shiny coat of varnish or something to make the coppered portion stick better... raw wood is a no-go for self adhesive copper tapes it turns out, as a simple experiment shows that smooth wood just lets the tape peel off. Testing is good. ~johnb
  6. All, I am posting this topic here as well as in my build log for the Kate Cory: A question all: The Kate Cory has a port-side fore whaleboat. As with all the whaleboats, there are two davits to hoist the boat up and out of the water or to lower it down. The stern davit for this whaleboat is inboard of the bulwark, like all the rest. The forward davit for this whaleboat is on the outside of the bulwark, actually in a location intermingled with the forward shrouds and between chainplates. I am ok with the location. What is not clear to me from the plans or instructions is the method by which this davit is attached to the outer hull of the ship. Ideas anyone? Images? I would imagine not only does it have to be attached firmly but also maybe to swivel? Maybe not? Maybe it's rigid? All help on this one greatly appreciated. Thanks, ~john

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