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  1. After nearly 4 years of searching, I have finally received information on the identity of the model shown below. It was found in an antique shop in upstate NY by a member of the Modelshipwrights of Western New York much as it appears today. Sadly the member has died and I purchased it from his estate as it is a superbly built scratch model of faithful reproduction. I just could not let it fall by the wayside in the estate liquidation. With the help of members of the Hampton Roads and New Jersey modelers group it was found in the National Watercraft Collection publication by Howard Chapelle. Plans (lines and deck layout) reside in the Smithsonian archives and I have requested a copy to support my restoration. The pictures attached are from my cell phone and as i cannot call myself an amateur photographer they will have to do until I invest in better equipment. The pictures do not do justice to the quality of this model so I add further description. The model is about 26 inches at the waterline with a breath of approximately 6 inches. Given the information in the NAtional Watercraft Collection second edition it would be 1:24 scale as that seems to be the size of the full scale vessel or 56 feet (WL). She is constructed of basswood over what seems to be a bulkhead frame. I might add that the model has some years of age as the basswood has mellowed to a rich creamy tan color. Everything about this model shouts it is the work of a master modeler. All planking, joinery, fittings, rigging and detail are flawlessly done. All deck fittings are scratch built from brass. All blocks and rigging treatment are of fine execution. The decking and planking is treated with simulated tree nails. The builder must have familiarized him or her self with construction details that can be found in Chapelle's e book, The Migrations of an American Boat Type, as they are so well reproduced in the model. It needs some work, as in its travels some items are missing or in need of repair. These include some cabin and engine room hatches, the repair of the main well amid ship that has stared to come apart, rigging that needs repair or replacement and it sorely needs a new mounting and case. I would like to document its restoration work for the sake of tje former modeler in hopes that someone out there may recognize her and possibly identify the person who built this fine model. Work will begin when the Smithsonian plan shows up. Joe
  2. This is my forth build, after completing my last build the 18th Century Longboat by Shipways this should be an easier build for me. Although I did learn a tremendous amount my failures and successes on the previous build.
  3. Way back in 2014 I picked up this kit at the local flea market for a few bucks. The contents were all warped and the plans missing, gone in some flood. So I said to myself why not try to put it together all the parts seemed to be there and pre cut , what can go wrong ? The sides the bulkheads the bottom the cabin etc all pre cut and obvious where which part mates to which part. So I put it together and it went OK just a few parts left over. I mentioned this on back in Oct 2014 here on the Forum about no sail plan and later got a package in the mail from J. F. from LA USA ( thanks again J. F) with the instruction booklet, complete plans and with the sail and rigging diagrams. I contacted Chuck to get the users name of the person who kindly sent me all I need to build the model, but no luck with that. Then along came the request to build the Sloop Providence Completed and posted on the "Scratch built Forum" for my son in law so this little schooner model had to be shelved for for a while. Presently I am working on the model and posting a bit late with the progress but BETTER LATE THEN NEVER SHARPIE. SOS
  4. Hey guys I guess with the new website, my old account was de-activated. However, in that time my kit arrived from midwest products! I know some of you wanted to see what the kit looks like so I posted a few pictures before I actually start working on it. This is a nice little kit, having everything ready to go. If you are interested in this specific model, here is where I bought it. Enjoy!
  5. Hi Mates. (Post #1 of my Sharpie Schooner Build Log) The purspose of this log is to repost my Midwest Sharpie Schooner build log. The project was my first build and the kit is considered an entry level project. The vessel is characterized by having a flat bottom and a skeg rather than a keel. I enjoyed the build immensely for many reasons. I had a lot of help from the forum while building the vessel and any success that I had along the way was in great part due to their kind and patient assistance. Photo 1 - Box art and kit components. The drawings and plans were very good and easy to follow. The price of the kit is approx. $75 USD. Photo 2 - Finished vessel arrived at by following the prepared plans and instructions. Photo is from box art. Along the way I decided to bash the kit by trying to more closely replicate an ocean going Sharpie Schooner of the mid 19th century that sailed the eastern coast of the USA from New England to Florida. Two photos of the type vessel gained from research are posted for reference. Photo 3 Photo 4 At this point I would like to show a few pics of my completed vessel. Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 I will post, lol, an album of the completed vessel in the Gallery shortly. From here I will post the build log as to how the vessel was constructed including how to make the sails. Thank you for looking in on the build. Cheers, Hopeful aka David "there is wisdom in many voices" Completed: Midwest Sharpie Schooner, kit bash Current: MSW Sultana
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