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  1. Boothbay Maine 1853 ship Aphrodite 1:96 Post 1 The beginning A friend has been rebuilding his Bluenose schooner in my shop for three years. The other day he came over with a broken-down old ship model given away by the Maine Maritime Museum. So it stayed on a shelf since last fall. Now that we are on a quest to build up models of the schooners and ships built in Boothbay, I got an idea. Do some research and come up with a Boothbay ship or bark that in a known scale would be the same size as this model. There is a wonderful book called Shipping days of Old Boothbay. It is available at the Boothbay Region Historical Society. Not only does is follow families that sailed out of the harbor it lists in several sections much about interesting ships, barks and schooners built here. On the chapter about barks there was one candidate that at 800 tons could have worked. It was however not typical. Of the 6 barks built in the main period of the 1850’s listed in the book 5 were all 400 tons or less. The Charles Lewis was 745 tons and built in 1875. She had a long life too…maybe next time On the chapter about ships, again there are about 6. The first one, built in 1853 was the Aphrodite. She was 680 tons and 147 long, 31 wide and 15 deeps. She was built by a well-known builder Stephen Sargent. She sailed far a way and then was lost off the Azores. Perfect size as we took the measurements and found a match with our derelict hull at 1:96 Next up is to find some design. I was very impressed years ago buying a book by William Crothers on Clipper ships. After a little search I found he published a book…American Built Packets and Freighters of the 1850’s How perfect!! Oops it was pricey, but the hull was free so why not. I am so glad I got it…wow what would you like to know. In the index they identify Alna a ship of the same size built in Maine in the same year. So why not that is my data base. So off we go. This will not be a long build but a fun learning experience. We shall reuse what we can, but I suspect most above the deck will be new. Unfortunately, we forgot to take a picture of as is. Trust me it was ugly. The hull is a carved soft wood with minor applications. The cabins were just blocking and the rails 1/8th thick, so as the queen said, off with their heads. Here you see the dead eyes wire loops were wrapped with like No 17 brads. The figure head was a large clown…yes a clown… goneso. The record of Alna only listed the carved and gilded Billethead. so I will thicken the stem to form a billet and add some stick on tape with gold filligree The stern was sort of round. Looking through Crother's book, there is a rounded stern that was typical of the era and listed to be on Alna. Also there was no poop deck. So after days of reading and thinking, we are adding a ½ poop deck based on Crothers findings. Here we have removed most everything and are cleaning up an under-deck. You can see the crudeness of the remaining bow and taft rails removed after this photo Here a little of the glazing putty to try to smooth out an under deck. there are at least 40 toothpick tips glued into old large brad holes to be sanded as well. When I laid out Alna masts, two matched perfectly an the mizzen within a 1/16. adding the half poop pushes the hole aft so we match there too. the fore deck extends aft and that is good because we gain an overhang All for now jon
  2. I have previously posted this on Finescale forums but I've decided to also post my log here i hope everyone enjoys! -Jamie
  3. Okay okay okay! I'm ready to get stuck in on another boat. This one will be Artesania Latina's classic Red Dragon, a chinese junk. Here we begin with the usual assembly of the false keel. Just gotta wait for it to dry then we can get into the nitty gritty.
  4. Starting my first log! This is my second POH ship and was looking to start afresh in my ship modeling seeing as my last model didn't survive my most recent move and I need a nifty new mantle decoration. Adventure is a "pirate" schooner kit offered by Amati. The last ship I completed was also an Amati in 2014 and I now recall frustrations from the vague details in the instructions provided. I rushed through that model, had plenty of very, very visible mistakes and only admired the finished product as it was my first. Luckily I found another build log here for Adventure that has been helpful, and I figured I'd document my current build here also to further the available info for future "Adventure-rs". I'm on break from school for the next few weeks so I really hope to get a lot done with the build. I've already completed some of the first steps (deck planking, first hull planking), I'll be posting pictures soon! Thanks!
  5. Wavertree is a 325' three masted iron hulled full rigged ship built in 1885 and has been in the collection of the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City since 1969. She has undergone restoration and maintenance over the years, but not consistently and sadly, in the last fourteen years she had been allowed to rapidly deteriorate, losing ground she had gained. But recently a new administration has taken over at the Museum and attention is being given and funds found to try to preserve Wavertree and find a future for her. She was dismasted in a storm late in the 1800's and her hull wound up being used as a sand barge in South American through most of the twentieth century. The Museum brought her to New York and rigged her but the radical alterations within her hull that had turned her into a sand barge were never addressed. The midships tweendeck had been removed and steel bulkheads fore and aft were added along with some other bits and pieces. A deck was laid but started rotting right away and by the time I started volunteering on her in the summer of 2001 her laid deck was covered with a plywood deck. She had all the spars intended for her rig short of the royals and eleven sails, four squares, two headsails a staysail and a spanker bent on and plans were in the works to tow her out and sail her a bit. The date set was late September 2001. After the tragic events of that month the Museum never recovered and Wavertree languished as administrations came and went and little attention or funding or planning was spent on Wavertree. In the subsequent decade the ship fell into a sad state with spars turning into driftwood and rigging falling apart. Here are some photos of Wavertree:
  6. Hi everyone! Another my mini project here )) Some time ago my friends gave me the empty perfume flacon with the quite the unusual shape. The shape of the bottle did not leave much choice for the type of ship, the model which could be placed inside. So this will be a model of the yacht J-class. This model does not have a specific prototype and it is a kind of generalized image of these beautiful yachts. As usual, I am starting with making of the hull
  7. 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!
  8. Hello and welcome to my build log for my 1/96 Revell USS Constitution kit. This kit is going to be a slew of firsts for me. This is the first 'Age of Sail' ship for me. As well as my first build-log. I have also thought about adding lights where I can. I will do my best to keep this log up to date and look forward to learning from the builders here. A bit of background on my kit, I got it when I was in middle school and was too afraid to put it together for fear of messing it up. I now know better how old this kit is and I'm glad that I did not try it before I was ready too! The first images are of the kit it'self showing the general condition of the kit. She has a good deal of dust on the hull halves that I had actually started to mate together about 10 years ago. I also began painting the white stripe at the gun ports level but at this point I may redo the paint. I've also found a nasty miss-match at the bow. They do not mate well and for yet another first I've gone and added some filler back when I first glued the hull. I admit the Cement job isn't pretty in there but I wasn't that experienced yet at the time My sail sheets are not too bad though 2 of the sails are damaged. I will be modeling the ship with sails so I'm looking at possible ways to repair the sheets however I'm tempted to find another material to make the sails out of rather than use the old plastic ones. I had wanted to try to add lights inside the ship at the gun deck and Captains cabin, perhaps any topside lanterns, this will be a new challenge for me as I've never worked with lighting on a model before. Right now I am waiting for my supplies to come in and once they do I'm going to begin on this beast!
  9. Hi, maybe I am asking this question in wrong section, but I am interested in stand made of glass in shape of sea with waves.So do you know anything about this king of stand or how it can be built or where it can be bought from? Thank you!
  10. Hello everyone, this is my first posting on here. About two years ago I scratch built a model of the Black Pearl. it was my very first ship model and it turned out not to bad. but I wanted to do something bigger and better. So, i'm just now drawing out the plans for a new model. the first was about 24" long, but this one ill be about 4 feet. It will be all scratch built with wood. i'm still kind of new to ship building and have a lot of questions about rigging and such, hope I can get some help when I get to that step. thanks a lot!
  11. Hello everybody, when i bought this kit i thought its very big, but looking at the others builds and now when its base stands on its own, i dont think so. Its model 60cm long from Revell.I dont very like the details, because the sails are grown into the spar, the windows seems to be very big on its scale etc. Windows are now cut off and i will make two of them in half of the momental size. The colours,things,... will be off course changed.
  12. I once heard a definition of a boat as anything that can be hoisted up onto a ship !!? (leads to the question of how do you first define "ship" ?). Then there's also the penchant of Navy submariners (and the rest of the Navy for the most part) calling a submarine a "boat". "Boomers" or SSBN's are pretty BIG in my opinion. Really don't think they are "boats". Just me. I think the German, the British and perhaps the French submariners do that as well. When is a ship NOT a boat? I served onboard the USS Iowa BB61 '85-'86, Length of waterline: 880 feet. About 45,000 ton displacement IIRC. Pretty doggone big! Take it from me. Only the Carriers and Amphibious Assault ships and the like were bigger. I surely don't think of the USS Iowa as a "boat". But my wife will call large ships "boats". (well, actually she uses the terms interchangeably) I try to get her to not call something like the Santísima Trinidad, Victory, or a French frigate like the Hermione) a "boat" - I think it's bordering on disrespectful. I can't stand to hear it! She says "Well, tell me the difference". I just gave a blank look because I had no answer. On the other hand, would one call a metropolitan city cruise ship of 250' accommodating 1300 passengers a "boat"? Or for that matter, a large ferry? I wouldn't. (well, a ferry maybe - but OTOH I've been on some fairly large ferrys ). There again that's just me.
  13. Starting out with a small scale build was a very wise choice. I seem to be spending a great deal of time tearing down and rebuilding. (He says with a smile.) The instructions, to my mind, leave a great deal to be desired and the right tools are an absolute necessity. I'm sure that any small amount of knowledge on the subject of ships would be helpful as well. All in all I'm finding the build to be thoroughly enjoyable and challenging and I am confident I will arrive at its end with a handsome ship that I will proudly display (with any defects carefully camouflaged).
  14. Dear friends, this evening I’ve found the time to restart my log. I propose you again the step by step building of an Hanseatic Cog. Perhaps it’s a Carrack or something close to it, as told me in the previous log, but I’ll continue to call it “Cog” as his designer did. I used Heinrich Winter’s plans (Das Hanseschiff im ausgehenden 15.Jahrhundert – Delius Klasing ed.), a bit modified with the evidences of some pictures of ancient paintings found in the web. During my work I've imagined to be on the Baltic Sea, where - between the '300 and early '500 lots of typical boats sailed the waves of what was one of the first forms of trade cooperation between cities belonging to different social and political entities: the Hanseatic League. I’ve decided to choose the city of Lubeck: my Cog will have its insignas (red and white colour). Now the ship is about 70% made, but I've managed building pictures, so this log will show the work from its beginning. The final ship will be, more or less, as shown in the picture with its upper parts red and white coloured. Regards, Foremast
  15. I was digging around my spare room upstairs where I keep my hobby stuff and while looking for something I found a Midwest Products Canadian Canoe. I had started building the model a couple of years ago and put it away to work on something else and totally forgot I even had it. I really want to get better at planking before I start my Artesania Latina Swift Ship Kit so I'm going to try to finish this kit next. Anyway, here's what I'd had finished so far. Hope you all like it. The first picture showing the start of the build is not my picture but one I found online. I hadn't taken pictures until what you see in the next build progress picture but wanted to show what it starts out as. Sorry for the blurry picture.
  16. I will re-title when I find out which ship I am going to build. I found this cheapo ship in a bottle and am planning on making a new ship for the bottle. after I took these pictures I noticed a cut in the base of the bottle where the original builder cut the bottle open then placed the whole model inside, what should I do to hide this when I an done with the model? Note the rope covering the cut.

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