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  1. A little background before I start this log. I played around with models of all kinds when I was young, but this was my first effort at a "quality" model as a result. (The term "quality" is up for debate )I am in the middle of this build. I started it back in the late 80's. The hull was shaped, sanded and topsides painted. Plankshseer, rails and decking added and painted.....And there it sat as life went on. Bought a house, raised 2 kids, and late summer of '17 I dusted it off, and started adding rivets to the strip copper for the hull. Little did I know these strips should have been cut into
  2. I found an old model of the Kate Cory at a flea market today, that is in dire need of repair. I believe it to be an old Model Shipways kit, but I do not know for certain. Some initial observations: It is actually, mostly correctly rigged. It has a planked solid hull. It appears hand built. The castings appear to be pewter. The whale boats are bread and butter construction (much like the last Model Shipways model that I built). The paint scheme is completely wrong. It’ll make a nice addition to my living room.
  3. Two Whaling Brigs, Kate Cory and Pavilion KC Built: 1856 in Westport Point, MA Pav built in Ct and converted to a whaler in 1841 Length on Deck: KC 75 feet and Pav79 feet [ close enough at this scale] Models are model Shipway kits at 1:64 It has taken me a while to figure out what to do with two, yes, I have two, Kate Cory kits. During the last several years before I retired I would play each Christmas season on eBay and bid on Kits. Two times I won two bids for different versions of the same boat….oops I’ll share the other one in a few years when I move
  4. After spending a couple of years following some of the amazing build logs that have been posted here, I figured I jump in and start a build log of my own. Part of my reasoning is to learn as much as possible from the great people here and partly to keep track of my successes and failures. Hopefully, the log will provide extra motivation to do things the right way and to follow through to completion. Having grown up in the New Bedford, Massachusetts area, whaling history was a big part of our education and is part of what defines the city. Going to the New Bedford Whaling Museum
  5. Here's to a new log! I am starting the Kate Cory now, a solid hull 1:64 scale model from Model Shipways. The hull came in excellent shape with only minor re-shaping to get down to the final measure. The hardest part was the bulwark thinning, which they recommend a chisel to carve down. I used a Dremel Tool.... Wear a mask if you try this, as basswood in the lungs is a bit unhealthy ;-) The sterm of the ship needed the most wood removal and reshaping. That also prompted me to use a Dremel sanding drum, which worked swiftly. With some hand sanding afterwards, the whole thing is coming alo
  6. All, I am posting this topic here as well as in my build log for the Kate Cory: A question all: The Kate Cory has a port-side fore whaleboat. As with all the whaleboats, there are two davits to hoist the boat up and out of the water or to lower it down. The stern davit for this whaleboat is inboard of the bulwark, like all the rest. The forward davit for this whaleboat is on the outside of the bulwark, actually in a location intermingled with the forward shrouds and between chainplates. I am ok with the location. What is not clear to me from the plans or instructions is the method by
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