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  1. This is my first build log and third model. The first model was Bluejacket's 1889 Quoddy Boat "Yankee Hero" - Scale: 3/8"=1; LOA: 14 7/8" Height 14". The kit consisted of a solid hull, precut parts for the deck house, paint, tools, and detailed instructions plus modeling techniques and tips. It was a first rate introduction into modeling. My second model was Wooden Boat School's Catspaw Dinghy - Scale: 1 1/2"=1' LOA: 19" Breadth: 7". I had purchased the kit some time ago. Upon opening it I discovered there were no pre-cut parts, only a box full of model sized "lumber". I did not have the time to attempt constructing the model, so put it away in the basement. Upon completing "Yankee Hero" in September 2018, I decided that now I was retired, I had time for the Catspaw Dinghy. When I opened the box I discovered that I had bought the kit in 1993 - 14 years before starting the build!!! The kit is plank on frame and required building a mold upon which the model was constructed upside down, just as a full size dinghy would be. There were many challenges particularly spiling the 1/32" basswood strakes. Thank goodness there were lots of uTube videos to provide guidance. (I was unaware of Model Ship World at the time or would have come here for help also.) The spiling learning curve provided numerous opportunities for trials and errors. Fortunately there was a ready supply of 1/32" basswood at the local hobby shop so I did not run out of "lumber". When it came time to install the cherry shear strake, though, I prudently made a basswood mockup first for use as a pattern for my only piece of cherry. Overall it was a most rewarding experience that generated a feeling of true accomplishment - turning a stack of "lumber" into a boat. "Atlantic" was a three masted schooner that was launched in 1903 and made 20 knots during her sea trials. She won the Kaisers Cup in a Transatlantic race in 1905 and set a set monohull speed record that stood until 1998. The model particulars are: Scale: 1/8"=1'; Length 28 1/2"; Height 20 1/2". The kit consists of a solid hull, and instruction manual. A single plan shows the Sail Plan, 1/2 Underbody Plan, 1/2 Deck Plan, Side Elevation of the Deck Structure, 1/2 Stern View, and 1/2 Bow View. The plan is the only source of dimensions and hardware and furniture locations. As a first step I inventoried the kit's contents and made a list of where each fitting went (including all 90 blocks) and the the purpose of each piece wood Then I marked the center line and station lines. Next I marked on the hull the location of each station and the water line. The final step in preparing to shape the hull was to make the templates. First I traced the contours from the 1/2 bow and stern views from the plan using baking parchment paper which is sturdy and transparent. Next I pin-pricked the contours onto shirt cardboards and then cut them out. The contours of the hull blank did not come close to those of the templates. The bow and stern particularly were toughly "rough cut". After many hours of sanding the contours are now satisfactory. Next step is to carve the bulwarks down to 1/32" thick and a depth of 11/32" from roughly 4/32" deep while maintaining a slight "rounding" of the deck of 3/32" from centerline to side.
  2. ATLANTIC history Commissioned by New York Yacht Club member Wilson Marshall, Atlantic was launched in 1903. She was designed by William Gardner, one of America's foremost designers of large yachts. From the moment Atlantic went to sea, it was clear that she was an exceptionally fast and beautiful schooner. When a yacht in 1903 hits twenty knots during her sea trials, she is a promising yacht, but even then nobody could imagine two years later this yacht would set a record that would stand unmatched for almost a century. Nevertheless, whilst Wilson Marshall wanted Atlantic to be the fastest schooner on the water, he felt there was no reason to compromise on comfort. Unlike contemporary racing schooners, Atlantic was equipped with every imaginable luxury. Fitted out with the finest mahogany panelling, she had two steam driven generators to power electric lights, refrigerators and a large galley. On deck her halyard winches and primary sheet winches were also steam driven. She had two double and three single staterooms, a lobby, a large full beam saloon, a dining room, a chart & gunroom, three large bathrooms and in the deckhouse there was a comfortable observation room. She had retractable chimneys, so while under sail the below deck steam heating, lighting and refrigeration systems could keep running. Atlantic's fo'c'sle accommodated her thirty-nine strong crew and officers, who would live aboard throughout the year. During her first season Atlantic proved fast, winning both the Brenton Reef and the Cape May Cup hands down, but it was only in 1905 she made the headlines by winning the Kaiser's Cup, a Transatlantic race from Sandy Hook to the Lizard. Referred to as "The last Great race of Princes" the entries for this race included all the yachts that the rich and powerful from Britain and America could send to sea. The legendary Captain Charlie Barr, who had already successfully defended the America's Cup three times, was hired to skipper Atlantic. Charlie Barr's determination to win was as legendary as his skills for driving the largest of yachts to the very limit. And win, he did, sailing 3006 miles in 12 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 19 seconds. Atlantic's 24-hour record was 341 miles, an average speed of 14,1 knots. Uncountable attempts were made to break this record but it would hold firm until 1998, the longest standing speed record in the history of yachting. Atlantic's story continued for another seventy-seven years with ownership passing through the likes of Cornelius van der Bilt and Gerald Lambert. She was used as a mother ship for other racing yachts like Vanity, for America's Cup defenders and the J-Class Yankee on her voyage to England. Her guest book included the rich and famous of the world. Simply put, she is the most famous and beloved racing schooner of all time. Although after World War II Atlantic would never sail again, she refused to give up her existence. Somehow she was saved from the scrap yard on three different occasions, broke loose from her moorings, to sail back to sea without a man aboard and ended up used as a houseboat, a restaurant and a floating dock at a fuel station. Finally on 30th of January 1982, she was broken up at Newport News Boat Harbor, Virginia. The Schooner Atlantic's General Specifications Design William Gardner Year Originally Built 1903 Length on Deck 185 Feet 56.43 Meters Waterline Length 135 Feet 41.18 Meters Beam 29 Feet 8.85 Meters Draught 16½ Feet 4.9 Meters Displacement 298 Tons 303 Tonnes Sail Area to Windward 18,500 Feet² 1,750 M² This information from the site www.schooner-atlantic.com So, I decided to construct model of this surprising schooner in a bottle.
  3. Building of Atlantic keeps its course. I decided a little to distract and try to make something of small and simple.This yacht has no name and I drew the easy drawing. Here that I managed to make today: Beat Regards! Igor.
  4. Greetings, This will be the build log of the Schooner Atlantic (Half Hull). Some background history: The Atlantic was built in 1903 by Townsend and Downey shipyard, and designed by William Gardner, for Wilson Marshall. The three-masted schooner was skippered by Charlie Barr and it set the record for fastest transatlantic passage by a monohull in the 1905 Kaiser's Cup race. The record remained unbroken for nearly 100 years. Trans-Atlantic sailing record: In 1905, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany proposed a race across the North Atlantic and put forward a solid gold cup to be presented to the winner. Eleven boats including the Kaiser's yacht Hamburg and the schooner Atlantic skippered by Charlie Barr took part. The competitors encountered strong winds and gales which ensured a fast passage time and all eleven boats finished the race. Atlantic won, breaking the existing record with a time of 12 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 19 seconds. The record stood for 75 years until broken by Eric Tabarly sailing the trimaran Paul Ricard. However Atlantic's monohull record stood for nearly 100 years until was broken in 1997 by the yacht Nicorette completing the crossing in 11 days 13 hours 22 minutes. Passing of a legend: Atlantic deteriorated and sank at the dock in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1982, the wreckage was removed for the installation of a floating dry dock at Metro Machine Shipyard. Tim
  5. Yesterday while I was in the garage looking for tools I came across a model I started back in 1988/9. I never got a chance to finish the model because I joined the Navy. I thought this had been lost over the years so was a nice surprise. I did not plan to start another build log until I was further along on the Ship's boat kit, but I need to soak some of the strips before I could continue. This gives me something to do while waiting on the other project. I had completed the work on the hull and was working on the deck fixtures when i left off. I believe I still have all of the parts. The bulwark on the starboard side was cracked either from age or being banged around. All of the fixtures that had been fixed to the deck had fallen off. Today I just plan to glue the crack in the bulwark. I cut a piece of bamboo to use as a spreader to push the bulwark out while the glue dried. After the glue dries I will sand the crack and repaint the ship.

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