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Hello all! This will be my build of the Continental Gunboat Philadelphia. A brief history of her is taken from the model shipways website. "Launched in August of 1776, the gunboat Philadelphia is the oldest American fighting vessel in existence. Part of the American fleet commanded by General Benedict Arnold, she sank on October 11, 1776 during the Battle of Valcour Island against the Royal Navy on Lake Champlain. She remained sitting upright in the cold waters of the lake until she was raised in 1935. Today, she’s on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., complete with 24-pound ball that sent her to the bottom. " Length 26-3/8” Width 13-3/4” Height 24-5/8” Scale 1:24 (1/2” = 1 ft.) The actual gondolas built by Benedict Arnold were armed with two nine pounders, one twelve pounder and a few swivel guns. Arnold's gondolas were around 53 feet long with 15 1/2 foot beam and 2 foot draft. An overview image from the website is the following. The first few steps were pretty simple. I removed the parts I needed for the keel, stem and sternpost and glued them together. The keel was very straight with no noticeable war page. I sanded most of the laser char off. The pieces of wood that form the rabbets are pretty simple to carve. I just used an Xacto blade and a sanding block. There are also the visible parts of the stem and sternpost a which get narrower towards the ends. I have yet to make these rabbets at the bow. That's it for now. Thank you for looking in!
Hello everyone!! I am excited to start my USS Constitution Model Shipways Kit# MS2040 blog. I hope this blog will benefit others who are attempting to build this ship and I hope I have a blast putting it together (the ship and the blog). I have been at it for about 6 weeks and really enjoying the build so far. I find it so relaxing to work on because the thought and attention needed prevents me from thinking about all of life's other little problems. I love going into "boat" mode and looking at a clock a couple of hours later and wondering where the time went. I will try too keep this blog as simple as possible. I have already found that I spend about 50% of my building time reading these blogs and formulating my plans and the other half actually building. It is much more complicated and detailed than I would have thought. I purchased the Practicum by Lauck Street Shipyards and have found it to be very helpful so far. The directions included with the kit were not nearly detailed enough for me to have any hope in being successful. I am still struggling to keep "stem" and "stern" straight in my head for goodness sakes! Or is it "bow" and "stern"? And don't even get me started on what a rabbet is - more to come on that... So let's have fun and build ourselves a ship. The journey of the Tortoise begins. Ok, I was going to post some pictures here but have not yet figured out how to upload them from my laptop. That's why I am named the Tortoise people. This was never going to be easy. Photos to follow once I figure it out. PS: I decided to post in blue so that people scrolling through the blog could easily identify the posts that I have authored. Let me know if the blue drives anyone crazy. The Tortoise 9/8/2016
Got my AVS today from the Halloween Sale with complimentary paints (except the paints didn't arrive). - Maybe been held up in customs or something. I'm not sure if MS would of placed them in the box or not, but the box had clearly been tampered with when I opened the big package. Here is another one of my babies, singing to me. Now the dilemma to start one or both!
I just took advantage if the Treats13 code on model expo to get the Armed Virginia Sloop and free 8 MS paint set for $160. This is becoming very addictive. I've now got 3 kits and haven't even started one yet. Cheers Rowan