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  1. Had to shelf my USS Essex, too many missing parts and directions! Frustrating! Picked The Emma C. Berry for a good price and thought it is a good scale and very sexy ship. She was built and launched down the way in Noank, Conn. in 1866. Known as a "Noank Smack" fishing vessel. Got to it building the keel/skeg section, then putting together the build board and keel support unit with the frame clamp fixture. Ready to start the frames!
  2. I am starting to build this kit as my first foray into a POF model so bear with this beginner. I am included a picture of the box but not the contents as I neglected to take a photo. I probably won't do a step by step log as it will bore the more experienced members and much of it is self explanatory, instead I will concentrate upon my challenges and mistakes and will probably asking the experienced members frequently for Help! There is a rather impressive amount of wood which I did inventory and label by size and checked off all the other items. I started by building the keel section per the plans and instructions and it was quite straight forward. I then hopefully correctly marked the frame locations on that assembly. I next turned to the building board, marked a center line and also the frame locations. Next I built the lofting jig for the frame installation and took pains to be sure it it was square and plumb to the board. I thought the frame was critical to the proper frame placement so went beyond the instructions by gluing and pinning the runners and added reinforcement to the rear of the frame. I also copied a metric ruler being sure it reproduced at 100% and glued it to the top of the jig, marked the centerline so I could transfer the measurements from the plans to the ruler on the frame, I think I wore out two pair of eyeglasses to be sure it was right😯. So it begins, I will endeavour to to present my problems and mistakes and hopefully a few successes. I suspect it will be slow going, like me at my age! Hope someone may find it useful or at least good for a laugh at my beginner mistakes. As always, any comments, suggestions or criticism would be very welcomed and appreciated!
  3. Hello everybody. I'm starting my Emma C Berry build. I had previously built the Phantom kit, also from Model Shipways, and used the "build for free" credit to purchase this kit. Emma C Berry, at Mystic Seaport in May, 2010 I hope to elaborate more in the future on my goals for this build, my model building background, and maybe even some product review stuff, but for now, I will just start the build log already! Edit: Please check out my photos of the real Emma C Berry at Mystic Seaport! TABLE OF CONTENTS Stem and Keel Lofting Frames Clamps Deck Beams Wet Well Mini tutorial: Acrylic Wet Well Faux Planking Bunks Ceilings Cheers! --cb
  4. Hello! The Emma C. Berry is my second attempt at a model ship, my first being the Model Shipways Armed Virginia Sloop. The AVS was completed to the rigging stage, then put aside as life got in the way. My daughter recently had her first child, and to provide help to her (my wife and I are both retired school teachers) we were able to "house sit" a beautiful home on a lake near her, up in the Adirondack mountains of New York. No TV, just a big fireplace and a beautiful view of a lake. I had the Emma C. Berry in the stash so I figured getting her planked up would be a great way to spend time when we're not babysitting. So, I packed up a small set of tools and began. She's coming along nicely although I've made plenty of rookie mistakes. I didn't originally plan on creating a building log at NRG but I have taken some pictures and kept a journal, so I thought I'd give it a try! Currently I'm home and the boat and building journal are up at the lake. Attached are a couple photos of her current state. If there's any interest here, I'll dig in! Steve
  5. Greetings. The next build for the PHTS Shipyard has arrived. Attached hereto are photo's of the kit and contents. We will need to hold off on laying the keel for at least a short while, as the Shipyard Overseer has issued a management directive that states we must launch at least one of our current builds (either the Harriet Lane or the Ranger/ Detector) prior to beginning this one. Looks like we need to put in some overtime!!! The box cover Instructions and contents Laser cut pieces Looks like one broke - believe it is a part of the windlass. Will check into what it is supposed to be and decide how to handle. My junior apprentice showing the size of the 4 sheets of plans. Looking forward to starting this one!
  6. I started a new build The Emma C. Berry. I have been regulated to a couple hours on the weekends lately and the garage is too cold to work in, I have to put it away every night. I am very excited about building out my new shipyard in the new house we are building. We are 4-6 weeks out from completion and will be moving yet again. The admiral and I are more settled in our jobs now so hopefully this move will be less stressful. I've been following a couple of other build logs to get to this point.
  7. Thanks to Firefox Caches, I was able to recover the beginning of the Build Log. Here it is for your pleasure: Folks, Here is another log of that famous little boat, made by Model Shipways at the scale of 1/32. It is a serious kit for moderate level as it is a planking on frames. The instructions are also rather fuzzy, allowing you to approach the building in your own way. The booklet going with the kit is starting to show its age and the instructions provided are in no ways comparable to modern assembly books provided by Amati or the ultimate perfection such as the instructions booklet written by Chuck Passaro. At times, this kit feels like you are actually scratch building this beautiful model. The use and selection of wood strips is sometimes rather blurry and you have to use your best judgement. Along the assembly phases, you will have to be careful about saving the wood and strips, as there is none or very little spare. The picture below was taken by a member of this forum and graciously posted for all of us to enjoy. It is a beautiful picture showing the elegant and timeless lines of that little fishing boat resting at Mystic Seaport, in Connecticut: Fortunately, the Internet abounds with information about the Emma C Berry and this forum has a couple of Logs which have helped me tremendously. I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the wonderful Build Logs by Maurys and Anno1766 (Ovali) as well as a Russian Modeller whom I ignore the name. A lot has been said about Emma C Berry from Model Shipways, and thus I will simply present some pictures of my own model and elaborate on a few delicate steps (delicate for me, of course) of the construction. The first picture shows the kit offered by Model Shipways. This is exactly as I intend to build the model, with a view to the inside of the hull, the inside of the well and some of the deck planking removed. I got my kit from EBay at a very good price as Model Expo runs some specials occasionally. The kit cost me less than $100.00, which is a real bargain. There are also some people who are selling kits that they bought long time ago and never got to put together. It is a common practice among modellers to accumulate kits and realize a few years later than the spark to make them is gone. And so is the time and energy. The picture above from the Model Expo site, shows some of the parts in the kit. The kit provides an excellent way of building the complicated hull of Emma. We have no less than 25 frames to be glued to the keel. A stand sliding parallel to the keel allows you to position each frame perfectly. The important thing here is to position the top of each frame according to the distance measured on the plan. Also, make sure that the frames are centered. Everything else is not too difficult. I approached the gluing of each frame in the following way: Glue both sides of the frames on the plan, using CA glue. Prior to gluing, frames which need some beveling are lightly sanded but not much. It is in fact much easier to fair the hull later, when all frames have been glued and stiffened by the clamps. In addition, the fairing will be true and smoother than if you were to bevel each frame individually. You can trust me on that one: once the clamps and the deck beams have been installed, your delicate assembly of frames will not budge under the frictions of the sand paper block. With this approach, I managed to glue one frame per day, and sometimes two per day. Frames were glued to the keel using Yellow Carpenter Glue which is very hard once dried. The following picture borrowed from the Russian modeler (I did not take any picture of my build at this early stage) shows the entire set of frames installed on the keel. The view is glorious and that boat resembles the bone system of a fish. It is quite a sight. It also makes perfect sense why early ship architects would have used such approach to build boats: just observe nature and replicate it! At this stage, the structure is very, very fragile. The wood on my kit is brittle (probably old - kit was dated 2003) and you have to be careful when handling it. Fortunately, the installation of the clamps is going to change completely the stiffness of the hull. Again, on that previous picture borrowed from our talented Russian modeller, you can see the two clamps which were pre-bent, after soaking them for 10 minutes in hot water. The picture below shows the clamps installed. I glued mine with Yellow Carpenter's Glue again, for extra strength. A cloth pin was installed on each frame and left drying for an entire night (50 pins total). Thanks to the clamps, the hull is suddenly very stiff and flexible at the same time. You can twist it gently, and it snaps back in place, perfectly straight and sound. Those clamps are playing a critical role in the stiffness of the hull. At this point (and I would wait to have some deck beams installed), you could almost start fairing the hull in preparation for the planking. However, before we plank, there is all the inside and deck to be built. Since very little is known about how Emma C Berry was equipped when it was active, there is a degree of freedom which is allowed. The well is precisely described on the plan, and I decided to build mine partially open as I want to show the boat under restoration (as depicted on the cover of the kit box). Besides, that well is a unique feature on a sailboat and deserves some attention and questions from the people who will look at the model. The well is painted inside, with acrylic red approaching the anti-fouling paint used to repel clams and algae. The outside of the well is painted with Payne's Grey, also in acrylic medium: The front of the boat is simply equipped with a flooring made of small basswood strips and painted light grey with a hue of blue, of my own mixing: The rear section of the hull is equipped with two bunks as suggested by the restoration book from Mystic Seaport and the plan of the kit. Again, the same acrylic color is used. Most of the structures are made with the tiniest strips provided by Model Shipways and glued first with CA glue, and later on re-enforced with white glue for additional strength. With a couple of deck beams glued in position, the hull is now very stiff and the fairing can be done with a block of sandpaper equipped with 100 to 180 grit. Yves
  8. As a transition from POB to POF I've selected Emma C Berry. Photo shows August progress. String to run at centerline during frame lofting. Level at front used to verify level of building board, the table building board sits on during work and for lofting of frames .
  9. Howdy All. Just started working on the Emma C, my first true pof kit. The first frame was the most nerve-wracking to me, because all follow suit after that. I posted a few pics, nothing to exciting yet. Laid the keel, built the building jig and mounted frames 1-4. This is a great site, tons of talent and great photos of build-ups. So far many questions I've had have been answered just by reading posts. I have been up close to the Emma C, I have a relative who worked at the Mystic Seaport back in the early 80's. have seen all the vessels there up close and personal, even been aloft on the Morgan, too bad digital cameras weren't available then...

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