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  1. This is a model of a 57' mine sweeping boat from the 1950s. About 50 of these boats were constructed and used in Korea and Viet Nam. My father served on MSB 6, out of Charleston, SC in the early 1950s. While information, plans, and photos of these boats are skimpy, there is information available. The most detailed technical data I found on the internet is located at the Library of Congress web site at: https://tile.loc.gov/storage-services/master/pnp/habshaer/tx/tx1100/tx1140/data/tx1140data.pdf
  2. Hi all This will be my first build log of my first scratch build. As I was dreaming of scratchbuilding, about a decade ago (I’m getting old!!) I bought the “Progressive Scratch Building” CD set from seaways. It seemed to me at the time it was a good start to get into scratchbuilding (and it still does ) It contains the plans and information to build three ships, each one increasing in difficulty. The first one being the Bermuda boat Corsair. She was built in 1807 and designed for speed. She acted as an inter-island courier. The corsair seems ideal to start, a small boat, a very simple rigging as no complex fittings to be made. And I like her hull lines, she really must have been a fast little boat. I’ll build her using cherry, ebony for the wale and maple for her deck.
  3. This is a fun and quicky project. My grandson is building it with a little help from Grandad. We saw some you tubes on these wonderful little craft. Next best thing to steam power but a darned sight cheaper. It is powered by its own pop pop motor which we shall be making next. It makes a realistic pop pop!!! Sound. This is a fun toy but to be honest ,because it has a live burning flame inside it, it can hardly be given to a very young child. I think 13 is okay. Not so sure about the 69 year old though!!! Ha ha. If you get the itch and secretly build one, all I ask is for you to be honest and show us your build. The entire build should only take a few days. We are doing a super version of it in very expensive 1.5mm birch ply. The plan is down loadable from the web. My grandson used " publisher " to make the beam a bit wider than the original. This is as far as we are at the mo. Pete and Brandon.
  4. This will be a 1/48 scale model of a six meter (20 foot) Misainier fishing boat from the early 1900s. The Misainier was an important feature of the French Atlantic Coast in the early part of the 20th century. These little boats were usually 4 to 8 meters long, single masted, lug rigged, and built by individuals without formal plans. Hundreds plied the coastal fishing grounds of Brittany until the mid 1900s.
  5. Hello everyone, This will be my first wooden model build - I am super excited and equally nervous. I have chosen the Endeavour's Longboat for two reasons: Artesania Latina kits are more readily available in South Africa I thought it to be a good beginner kit while not being overly simplified in terms of detail, rigging etc. I have gone through the existing build logs here, which will prove to be invaluable. I can only hope that my completed work would look as awesome as other's models, and I may even "borrow" a few of the ideas featured in their posts (with crediting the author of course). I really hope that more experienced modellers my notice my humble post and alert me to potential problems, and also suggest better alternatives as I go along. Last weekend I began the build by pretty much following the instructions and carefully removing the required frames from the plank template. Knowing it was not entirely necessary, I still filed all excess wood from the parts, just because it would bug me if knew it was not 100% flush. After dry fitting, I proceeded to glue down the frames and bow/stern strengtheners. I also placed the main decking and side brackets to help with ensuring the frames are level before grabbing the glue. The following day I proceeded to glue down the decks and the thwart. I specifically did not glue the topgallant bulwark, as I was afraid of nicking it while forming the bow strengtheners, which is what I began doing next using a medium grit file. As mentioned in other build logs, the instructions unfortunately do not clearly show how it should be formed, so I took my time with this step. This was where I had left off for the time being. Once I have completed the filing, I will post more detailed pictures to hopefully help others in the future.
  6. Evidently this particular "boat" topic has never been brought up in this forum. Late in the 1800s when builders were toying around with more compact and energetic sources of energy for propulsion, they developed the naphtha engine, which used volatile fuels produced by the distillation of petroleum to either heat water to steam or, eventually, to produce propulsion by internal combustion. It was the precursor to gasoline engines. Between the 1890s and around 1905, small- to medium-sized vessels called naphtha launches were very popular with the boating public, and thousands were built by companies such as the Gas Engine and Power Company for recreational and commercial use. Now to my question: The brigantine Galilee, in which my grandfather sailed, was conducting magnetic surveys of the Pacific Ocean between 1905 and 1908. Because the vessel was not entirely nonmagnetic due to the hundreds of iron fasteners in her hull and some steel and iron rigging components that couldn't be removed, she produced a small by measurable magnetic characteristic that had to be accounted for in the sensitive measurements and calculations of the earth's magnetic field. This was accomplished by measuring the earth's field elements on various courses at sea, and turning the ship in harbors at the ports she visited. The former was done using wind, sails, and rudder. But the latter was very difficult without outside assistance, and very time consuming. To deal with this problem, on her second and third cruises, she was equipped with her very own—naphtha (or more probably, gasoline) launch—carried in beefed up davits off her stern. Sadly, I don't have very many photos of the launch to finalize my reconstruction of the plans for the ship. Courtesy Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution, Washington, DC This is an approximation of what I can see: According to various sources, the boat is described as a plumb-bow fantail launch. My best approximation of its length is about 20–22 feet long. Its depth is about 4 to 5 feet. I have no idea of the beam, since there are no views of this detail. I don't even know if there is a transom or if the stern is elliptical or canoe-shaped, like many of the available plans of this type of vessel show. If anyone knows of sources that show either this particular type of launch or one similar to it, I'd appreciate direction to them. I've already checked out most of the diagrams available on the web, but if there is one that looks close to this boat, and in particular shows the plan and body views, those would be of great help. Terry
  7. In August, after finishing my smack cross section, I started a new project. The first series of pictures are sorted now, it is time to start with the log of this new scratch project. Introduction Since ages, the ship model was the ideal tool to show how a vessel fits together. Ship builders used models to present their new designs to the admiralties. (painting 'A New Ship for the Dutch' John Seymour Lucas) In the 19th and early 20th century they were very suitable for museums to show to the general public how live on board of a ship was. (Picture of the old Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, borrowed from the website of the Rijksmuseum). And not least, the ship model was used as a didactic tool in maritime education. (Source of picture: fishermen's orphans during nautical education, 'IBIS' Orphan school in Ostend during the 50ties. Screenshot from archive movie 'Koninklijk Werk IBIS') I had my first naval training in the mid-seventies. In that time the era in which the ship model was a current didactic tool was already past. The ship model was replaced by slides on overhead projectors and video. Nowadays maritime education centers use Power point, smart boards, digital simulators, and all kind of virtual tools. But I still remember that the Mine Warfare School in Ostend had a series of beautiful dioramas to demonstrate all the different types of mine sweeping gear, in the seamanship classroom in the Naval Education Center they had all kinds of models of the rigging for replenishment at sea. We learned the maritime buoyage system with models of the buoys. During sailing classes we learned the different parts of the sail boat with the help of a 1/5 scale model of the Caravelle sailing boat. All those fine didactic models are vanished. I suppose that a lot turned into dust in cellars and attics. Some disappeared probably to private collections and hopefully some are preserved in museums although I didn't see back a lot of them. Up to now I have built some didactic models, two cross sections and a full framed fishing sloop with one side left open. From nostalgic motive I want to build a pure educational model. It will be a old fashioned school model, intended to learn a landlubber (or a new naval recruit) the different parts of a boat. The image below shows more or less what I have in mind: making a model of a stripped boat and naming all the parts of it. (drawing from 'Le Chasse Marée') I find a suitable design for my project in the book 'Apprendre le modelisme naval' (a publication of Le Chasse Marée). In the chapter 'Le modèle de chartente' (the model on frames) the boat carpenter Gerd Löhmann explains how to make a model on frames. The chapter is a description of the build of the mackerel cutter 'Marie', a small sailing fishing sloop of the type which was used along the Breton coast (France) before World war II. Gerd Löhmann built his cutter just like I would like to be my didactic model (Picture from the book 'Apprendre le modelisme naval'). The book contains also the detailed plans of the vessel on scale 1/10. The real vessel was built in 1928 and was 6.86 m long, so the model will be ±69 cm long. I will build it in cherry (Picture from the book 'Apprendre le modelisme naval'). Some time ago I got a few stumps from the trunk of a cherry tree that an acquaintance cut down in his garden. I have split the stumps into sawable pieces an stowed them away on a dry space. That is the wood I will use for my instruction model: Some pieces sawn into planks, ready to be planed to the necessary thicknesses. To finish this post, a word about the layout of this building log. I would like to make this project not simply an instruction model, but also a lexicon and encyclopedia about wooden shipbuilding terms. So, I will work in three phases: first the boat model, then the lexicon and finally the encyclopedia. My log will follow this sequence and will be build up in three chapters: I. The Boat II. The Lexicon III. The Encyclopedia Now I am ready to start. The keel will be laid in my next post. I hope I will be able to captivate you with this new project.
  8. LAUNCHING the JAMES CAIRD: December 10, 2018 I've decided to do one last scratch ship model. For those of you not familiar with the "Caird" here is a summary of the voyage: After nearly a year being locked in Weddell Sea pack ice, the "Endurance," carrying Earnest Shackleton's "Trans Antarctic Expedition" sank in October 1915. Expedition members survived on the floating sea ice until April 1916 when they took to the sea in three of the ship's lifeboats and made their way to icebound Elephant Island in the South Polar Sea. Here, Shackleton had the largest of the boats, which he named the "James Caird" for one of the expedition's sponsors, prepared for a journey of nearly 700 miles to a Norwegian whaling station on the southeast coast of South Georgia Island. He was successful and his men were rescued and returned to England without loss of life. The black and white photo is of the launching of the Caird from Elephant Island. These and other expedition photographs supply some details for the build. I contacted Dulwich College where a restored Caird is displayed. They graciously provided a sketch of the boat’s lines and two “below deck” photographs of the boat’s interior. These were invaluable. The book, “Shackleton’s Boat: The Story of the James Caird,” by Harding McGregor Dunnett provided valuable details on conflicting descriptions of the boat’s details, restoration, depredations, and repairs. I hope I get this all right. The color photograph: I've reckoned the boats Lines, prepared templates, sketched the false frames and gathered materials to start the build. Should be successful in a couple of years. If it is a bust, I can always consign it to a fiery Viking funeral. For Posting.docx
  9. I start building a bragozzo, a traditional Adriatic boat, which I find very attractive for its painted sails. For its construction I rely on the book by Mario Marzari, which has all the information I need.
  10. Hi to all! One more of my small and short projects. You can read the story of this boat HERE So, first, I made the basis of the boat's hull.
  11. Good Morning All, I really don't know whether it is OK to post this album in this thread or not. It is a Scratch build Diorama , my first Diorama actually ... Clay, green sponge and Balsa. Still i have to apply the resin and place some other parts ... Please let me know what do you think thanks
  12. Hello to all! One of my current projects is a boat in a bottle. As a basis, I took a set for the construction of a boat from LAK-Design. This boat is on the 91st scale, but I plan to place a crew there, so it will be adapted to the 72nd scale. So, a pair of keel frames from the pear 0.7-0.8 mm was prepared in advance and I proceeded to assemble this kit. First I prepared a "skeleton" from a double keel frame, frames and conductor.
  13. I am hoping that this Wil be a row boat or something closely resembling one.i stsrted this as a test of my dimensions as this is my first build i wasnt sure on a few things so i just stsrted to draw and measure. This is what i have done so far.my next planned step is to pit together a jig to keep everything true and square as i make any needed adjustments as i start to cit out and assemble my keel and ribs.any thoughts or direction will be happily accepted
  14. Culé ou Barco de água Acima I got the plans for this boat at the Museu de Marinha in Lisbon when our cruise ship made an all-too-brief stop there. The museum is incredible. Barco de água Acima roughly translates to "boat of the upper river". It is designed to transport cargo from the shallow upper reaches of the Tagus River and via canals. The cruise was in 2005. I started work on the boat's tender in 2006. As you have already surmised, there have been long periods of inactivity... The boat's tender is called a chata, which directly translated means 'flat', but in this context it means a flat-bottomed boat. I think the chata reached it's current nearly-complete state a couple of years later. I did not start on the main vessel until December 2012. The picture below shows it when it was cut away from the building jig just a couple of weeks ago. There are two more rows of planking above the wale that have not yet been added. The big challenge with both the boat and its tender is that they are carvel planked but with no keel. So I had to come up with my own building jig. I've since seen some similar approaches, but not until after I had derived my own. When time permits, I'll add some more posts showing the progress from the beginning. Also, you can see my page on our club website:
  15. Hello, first I would start this project the next fall, but things come often in an other way as you expect. During the building of the Dragon I often had a look at the model of the Victory from 1765. This model has such a beautiful barge on board, that I decided to build one when I'm ready with my Dragon. A plan was easily found and now I'm building. This is a barge with 10 oars and I think it will by right for a captain of a 74 gunner. I will build this barge in the same way Druxey has build his Greenwich barge. I will not explain so much, because of my english and hope that the pictures explain enough. Here I have painted the block white, so that I could see later better the pencil lines for the planking. The wood is Castello box wood. For the planks I have cut 0,5 and 0,8 mm strips.
  16. Hi fellow builders! So, first scratch build as well as first build in a fairly long time...what can be of this you say. Actually it is a build that I've been commissioned to do. That doesnt happen too often. For this particular commission I will not charge any payment, it is for pure fun. Quick background story (to keep with MSW rules of non-this and non-that content): Our pastor came up to me and asked about ideas for a candle holder to place in our church. A candle holder, usually found in Lutheran and Catholic churches, can have the form of a globe, a tree or just a box filled with sand to put small Christmas tree sized candles in. "A boat" was my immediate thought. I tested the idea and it was received well so I went home and took out my sketchbook. But what form should the boat be of? Anything open of course. Reverted to Google that told me about a excavation some 30 years ago at the shore of the Sea of Galilee. http://www.jesusboat.com/Story-of-the-Jesus-Boat How appropriate! A boat from the time around the start of our calendar. Not unlikely a type that Jesus, himself, rode in. Search "Galilee" in our forums and you will see both scratch builds as well as kit. Anyway, out from my pencil came the below sketch. Never mind the tables, they are a separate story. The sketch was presented to the board and accepted. Return question was: "When can it be ready?" Guess I have to start making sawdust. But first I made a card skeleton to grasp the needed size. As it turned out the finished boat needed to be some 20% bigger than the card model. Obviously the finished boat will be of wood, not card. But card is quick and easy to do a mock up in. Scale, might someone ask for. No such thing. My boat will some 75 cm long from stem to stern. I have blown up the mid section to care for more candles. There is some plan of the real thing on the site above which shows a flat bottom, rather upright sides and curved stem and stern and then the distinct feature of the cutwater. Like found on Roman ships of the time. Wood then? It will be oak. Rather uncommon on these pages because of it coarse grain. The real thing was build in Mediterranean species of which I have none...also the size of my model will cater for rather sturdy dimensions. Oak is known to bend well and it looks great when aged. Another feature of the oak I will use is that it is salvaged from an old motor boat from the 1940s...the trees that was used started to grow some 200-250 years ago... Here are some pieces that I picked out, arent they nice? Well, after some hand planing and a couple of runs through my thickness planer the blanks for the stern looks like this: That is how far I've come now. As always, daywork will interfere with time in the workshop, but I will make the most of it.
  17. Hello, I just received the ship, imaged attached, and need some help with identification. This was a ship my grandfather started restoring that was passed to my farther and now me. I do not believe they were able to make much progress at all and I would like to at least strip off the old paint, repair the rigging and sails, as well as missing pieces. My first question is any idea the make or model of this ship? Or how to determine what the sale sizing and quantity should be? From there is there any place to order the rigging and sails from? I am an engineer so am typically good with my hands and repairs, but I know nothing about modeling ships. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Also this ship is big, like over 40" X 14" X 40" I can provide detailed dimensions once I am home. Thanks!
  18. Another of my small projects. I recently have seen the photo of the model boat, which was interesting me. I have wrote to the author of the model and he told me that this boat is a typical for Sardinia the southern Mediterranean area Andalucia. A couple of weeks ago I started building the model of this boats in a bottle. Best Regards! Igor.
  19. Background History. The Barco Rabelo (Rabelo boat) is a flat bottom boat first built in the 9th century to navigate the rapids of the Douro River in Portugal, carrying up to 100 barrels of port from the Port Houses to the coast as the river was then the only means of accessing the wineries. It had a crew of 12 men and was noted for its long steering oar which was managed from a raised platform above the port barrels. In 1887, a railway line was built along the banks of the Duoro and this started the demise of the Rabelo. Eventually roads were also built and the last official trip of a Rabelo is thought to have taken place in 1964. To celebrate the history of the Rabelo, a race is held annually on St John's day (24th June) where each Port House enters its own Rabelo. My build. Thanks to Ryan Opaz from Vrazon, I was fortunate to obtain a copy of plans drawn up for a Rabelo in May 1989 for the A.A.Ferreira, S.A. Port House in Vila Nova de Gaia. The plans were held in the Sogrape Vinhos S.A. archives and I am very grateful to them for providing me with the plans. These are the only official plans of a Rabelo that I have been able to find and they do differ in some areas as to how a Rabelo was originally built.
  20. Hello every body This is a model I have previously build, was first trial for weathering; the weathering was a lot more than I expected, which resulted in an abondened boat :-) regards Mehmet.
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