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  1. THE LEGEND OF THE ROBERT E. LEE The Robert E. Lee Steamboat was nicknamed the "Monarch of the Mississippi" and built in New Albany, Indiana in 1866 for a price of $200,000. The grand steamboat was 297 feet by 49 feet. While the name was being painted on the ship it was moved over to the Kentucky shore as some Hoosiers resented the name of the rebel leader being used. On June 30, 1870 the steamboat left New Orleans in a race against the Natchez to St. Louis. At the time the Natchez was the then-current speed record holder. The Henry Tate, MayFlower, Mary Alice and Tahlequah preceded the two steamboats up the river for a way with excursionists in order to be able to view the race. The Robert E. Lee won with the time of 3 days, 18 hours, 14 minutes. She was eventually dismantled in Jeffersonville, Indiana, in the spring of 1876, to build the Robert E. Lee (2nd). https://www.explorenewalbany.com/index.php/downtown-new-albany-history/new-albany-history/30-the-legend-of-the-robert-e-lee Another vintage kit rescue from eBay. This should be fun, but aren’t they all. 😆 Solid Hull shaping… Marking the solid wood hull and cutting out templates from profiles on sheet 2. Ready to start shaping. This is going take a bit of time. 😆 I will be back. 🍻
  2. Hello folks, I already have a build log of my Revell Cutty Sark. Last week I had major surgery on my spine. I am not supposed to bend, lift or twist for a long time. I felt that working on the rigging of my Cutty Sark would involve those movements inadvertently. The rigging is what I need to do to finish the model. I will finish that model, I've come too far on it. So I started on this Robert E Lee steam boat Pyro model. With this I just sit at my table and work with my hands and not much movement. My kit is Pyro | No. 237-795 | 1:163 My kit is complete and was issued in 1961. I have a full set of plans that are described at the Online Steamboat Museum as : This is a set of huge drawings of the Robert E. Lee. Nine plates or pages (blueprints) each page 48"x17.5" and completed in 1977. They were used, I believe, by a world-class model builder and supplier of parts from Royal Oak, MI. to either cast parts for the model or it was one in his collection. Rare history of the robert e. lee is included. I've had contact with the illustrator and he admits he never signed his earlier drawings which makes this quite valuable I would believe. I also have "The Western Rivers Steamboat Cyclopedium" by Alan L Bates along with other reading on steamboats and the Robt E Lee itself. I have seen other discussions of this model and the Robert E. Lee itself on other sites. A lot of the information there I feel is conjecture. Seems not many people know much about steamboats. I have been reading about the boat. That is where I get my opinion about the conjecture. I will try to document the reasons for the detail I am adding using my reference material, so that my information is not conjecture. I am trying to make an accurate model but as stated elsewhere, Pyro's model is probably not 100% accurate and I won't change it much. Pyro's model was reissued by Lindberg. I have built this model before. I learned new things that I didn't know then. Pyro's model does not match the plans much at all. Like My Cutty Sark I do not intend to rework the model in any way. I do add details where I think they could enhance the model. The plans and the Cyclopedium have general information that is useful in building any steamboat model. So let me know if you are interested in another build log of this model. This drawing is similar to the Pyro model.
  3. After some consideration and discussion with various MSW builders who have built river paddleboat models, I decided my next model would be the Robert E Lee by Amati. Detailed rigging is getting a bit fiddly for me in my later years and the RE Lee offers an interesting alternative. There is presently no building log on the MSW site of the RE Lee. There was one by Jim (aka Script) before the meltdown late 2012 and Jim has helpfully re-posted some progress shots. Since there is no complete log of the RE Lee on MSW I have decided to start one, mainly in the hope that it will assist any newcomer to the hobby who wants to try this model. So here goes!
  4. I have procrastinated long enough on putting up this log so I have a little catching up to do. My wife got this model for me a birthday present while I was still finishing up my Swift build. I'm sure most of you know that this model company is no longer in business and that there is at least one other company (Amati) that currently makes a version of this same boat. I knew nothing of the history of this boat prior to this build so the first step was to learn about the history behind the Robert E Lee.... Just a few interesting points: Built in 1866. She was named after the famous American Civil War general Robert E. Lee who was probably most famous for his participation at Gettysburg. I thought it was interesting that at first Lee did not support the south in their plan to secede from the union, that is until his home state of Virginia seceded. It seems that the vast majority of the river steamboats of this era were destroyed by either boiler explosions or fire (or both) and the the Robert E Lee was no exception when it burned near New Orleans in 1882 killing 21 people. The exact source and cause of the fire is unknown. The boat was made famous in 1870 by participating in the "great steamboat race" from St Louis to New Orleans where she beat the Natchez by nearly 4 hours. It seems that the race didn't have many rules because the Robert wasn't carrying any cargo and had a skeleton crew where as the Natchez had a full load of passengers and cargo. The Natchez also got stuck on a sand bar for 6 hours during the race. Doesn't seem fair does it? Ok, on to some pictures..... Note the comment about the "precision" metal components. I'm afraid that is stretching the truth a bit. Though the metal casting seem of particularly low quality the instructions and drawings at first glance appear to be pretty decent!
  5. As soon as I figure out the new process, I'll try to rebuild my log. Seems like an eternity since I last worked on it....about the 20th of December, 2012. Been a lot of things going on but I hope to finish all the final touches by the end of March. We are selling our house and moving so it looks like another few weeks before I can do much other than rebuild the log. Got virtually all the pictures but none of the interesting comments and suggestions.....Oh well. This does provide a great opportunity to not include the ugly stuff....
  6. After finishing the side wheeler Portland i decided to build a smaller model of the Robert E Lee by Amati. The kit is very detailed with great metal parts and good plans. There is a english and Italian plan set. The drawing are in Italian but you can cross reference from the english to Italian. The different decks are built as individual boxes. The bluejackect model had slab sides which made it rather difficult at times. This is my 8th wooden ship . I woould recommend this kit to anyone wishing to build a paddle wheelr.
  7. Hello all: gonna start my 1st build log so bear with me. Bought this kit back in 1990's when I first wanted to get into building models. (Hint not a good 1st model). So after switching to r/c airplane modeling for 20+ years I dug this out the other day and thought it's about time to finish this up. I found a build log on this model by Jarero and another couple of pics from Robhow on his build so I figured I could get some help and encouragement if I started one also. This is what I have so far; As you can see I put enough work into this to finish it up but I see that my white has yellowed,I didn't stain or varnish the deck,couple parts aren't lining up to good? and my biggest problem and the reason I stopped building is gluing the plastic covers for the paddle wheel, nothing seems to stick. I'm thinking of using balsa instead unless someone has a better idea. Also would like ideas on when and how to finish the deck, and best method of sealing/priming and painting of all these wooden and metal parts. Thanks and happy building Larry.
  8. A friend dug up a project that was starte quite some years ago and never finished and gave it to me The 1st inspection was about trying to see if there was any missing parts, seems a few wooden pieces are missing, all i've see so far can be replicated easily from the scraps i have arround. Some tears in the instructions along with some water damage, still everything is readable. 2nd inspection on what has been built already, news are not so great, this piece is wrong The main piece of the deck is not centered And the castle already made didn't take into consideration that the is inclined So, the work started, mostly about correcting or minimizing the mistakes more updates soon, the build is already a bit further ahead than this post
  9. Here we go again, my next project ! I decided to do another paddle steamer, this time a Constructo kit. First impressions, not impressed by the plywood parts. They don't use laser cutting which means you have to cut most of the parts with a knife. The plywood is very thin and quite badly warped but, being so thin I should be able to flatten it OK. Nice bundled wood for the model as I found with the Louise. Reasonable instruction book with photos and two 1/1 sheets showing side elevations and overhead deck diagrams. So, first thing as usual is to put frames on the false keel which will lead to double planking of the hull.
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