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  1. It was interesting to find out that “The Peterboro Canoe” was named due to the association with Peterborough, Ontario. There was a time almost any wooden canoe In the traditional Canadian style, that is, one basically having the appearance of the woodland bark canoe of the North American Indian, could be referred to as “a Peterboro” certainly a rich history with these canoes. So here is a kit I purchased on eBay for less than $50, well worth the hours of entertainment.
  2. I made an error on my Harriet Lane, and was moving so slowly that I knew during my workweek progress would feel too slow for me to bear. Inspired by TheMadChemist I picked up a Peterboro Canoe by Midwest off Ebay and had it in the wings for this exact type of occasion (actually it only arrived on Tuesday! so perfect timing) My husband very nearly took my Harriet Lane away from me telling me that I needed some time away from the mess I'd made (he did put it very nicely and I am actually the one who removed the ship from my view) but I came back with my big yellow box. All the papers were rolled up so I have heavyish things on them so they don't curl on me.... I figured I'd only get to sorting things, but immediately was giddy with all my new bits and pieces and had to dive in. I did restrain myself enough to fully sort through ALL the wood and mark it so I wouldn't mistakenly use the wrong piece later. So this is a different sort of planking than I've done before, what you do is build a jig with what the inside shape of the canoe looks like and plank on those without gluing to them - so it is sorta like plank on bulkhead -but you don't glue to the bulkhead AND you take the bulkhead OUT. Here is the building of the jig. you start with marking the center lines on all your jig pieces using the handy dandy drawings... Then you glue them to the board that you also have a center line on. Then you take your stem (front and rear) and glue it to a piece you've cut to size based on the plans. Turn that upside down and glue the tops of the stems (the downward most point since we are upside down) to the jigs. It said to lightly glue, but I ended up needing a lot as this kept coming free. The first set of planks (one on each side) I had a real hard time getting to stay so I used CA glue, which I don't like using much, but after that the rest have been applied with wood glue. The kit gives you one strip of mahogany to put in as an accent stripe...but I grabbed a couple strips of teak that I had and added a second accent stripe, why? Because I love the look of contrasting wood...and cause it is my build So here is where it stands as of the time I went to work today. More to come soon! Thanks for looking
  3. I was inspired by GuntherMT's build log of Midwest's Indian Girl Canoe kit and decided to try and recreate the family canoe from my childhood as a Father's Day present for my dad. It was an Old Town canoe, but the Indian Girl seemed close enough. The model is completed as I did it completely in secret as a surprise, but I thought I'd share some photos of the build here. (I wasn't patient enough to actually wait until father's day!) The build was a lot of fun and I'd definitely recommend it. Unfortunately, Midwest no longer produces this kit, but there are still some available on eBay. Some recent photos of the inspiration below. Note, for anyone attempting the kit, definitely check out GuntherMT's build log. He is a *much* more experienced and talented modeler than I am and has a bunch of helpful pointers. His log was invaluable to me for my construction, but I have a few additional tips (and warnings!) to pass!. Gunther also gave me the critical trick to getting the bend in the planking correct.
  4. So I'm pretty active on some other message forums that are not ship related, and one of them has a fairly active single thread for scale modeling. I've been posting compressed build-log updates there and a number of people have expressed interest in wooden ship modeling. Some have asked for recommendations to get into the hobby 'cheaply' to see if they like it, and I've been recommending the small boats by Midwest, but of course I've never built one. I've had the itch to do a smaller project while I continue working on the AVS, so I decided that I should put my money where my mouth is (so to speak) and actually build some of the kits I've been recommending to other folks. A couple of weeks ago I ordered a couple Midwest kits. The Dinghy ended up being backordered, but I got the Indian Girl Canoe early this week, and I put the strong back together Thursday, and put the first few planks on last night after work. This will be my build log for this little canoe. Little is relative I guess, seeing how the canoe is 16" long, and the AVS hull is only 14-3/4" long. I originally decided to do this build to show the folks on that other forum how it went, and of course stupidly didn't take any pictures of the box contents, or anything else until I'd already placed the first couple of planks. Sometimes I'm kind of goofy. In any case, if you are unfamiliar with these kits, you start by cutting several template parts from a sheet and assembling them to a long piece of wood. This assembly becomes the 'strong back', and it acts as the form for the hull, which is constructed upside down on this jig. You mark the centerline on the long piece of wood and the templates, transfer the locations for each template from the plans onto the long piece of wood, and then glue the templates onto it, using fast CA and a square to keep them aligned. Next up, you cut out the two stem pieces, and transfer the top plank locations from the plans to the stems. A single piece of planking is then cut to length from the plans, and glued to the stems to make a 'keel' of sorts. The keel is then glued to the strong back over the templates. Once that's secure, the planking begins. The first plank is glued only to the stem at each end, and then the 2nd (and subsequent) planks are glued to the stem and the previous plank. None of the planks are glued to the template pieces (at least not intentionally!). The plans call for using CA for all of the construction, but with the exception of the strong-back assembly, which will not be part of the final model, I am using only white wood-glue (Weld Bond) for this project. I've been attaching a plank or two, and then going and moving laundry and other projects around the house (or watching basketball), then going back and adding another plank or two. So while the progress isn't going super fast, the actual time investment so far is probably quite low. The first picture I remembered to take, first plank in place on both sides, sitting on the single plan sheet that is in the kit. As the shape of the hull changes as the planking progresses, my clamping system keeps changing. Last night I went to Woodcrafters and purchased my first 'real' (i.e. not cheap hobby shop specials) chisels. At $40 a piece, they've always seemed crazy expensive to me, but I've been using the one pictured here to do the beveling of the planks instead of sanding, and it's an amazing tool, and I'll probably never touch those cheap chisels again if I can help it. I also picked up a leather strop with some compound to keep them sharp. Here you can see the Swedish Made palm chisel I've been using for the beveling. That's where it is now. I'll probably get a few more planks on tonight. Tomorrow I'll be running around in the desert with my brother who bought a side-by-side toy, so no idea if I'll accomplish anything on either boat project!
  5. From the album: Ships in Bottles

    I received a commission to build a miniature replica of an acquaintance's canoe, on lake Geneva. It is displayed with his two daughters paddling past a group of swans, one of them with its butt in the air as it plucks some grasses off the lake bed.

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