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  1. Hi everyone This is my second venture into model boat building. The first model was an unbuilt yacht design by a Sydney amateur yacht designer; this one is a much earlier design by the same man - E.C. "Cliff" Gale. Karoo was a 20' open sailing boat with a bowsprit & gaff sloop rig. Karoo was raced & was also a family boat. Incredibly they (Cliff & Mrs Gale, plus 3 strapping young sons) used to pack her full of gear for holidays & spend a week or two aboard on Pittwater, Broken Bay & the associated waterways Cowan Creek, Coal & Candle Creek etc. I'm doing a half model of the boat, as a gift for our sailing club model wall. The Karoo was a quick boat, I know because a copy was built about 20 years ago & despite her being given a fairly conservative sailing rig she is well able to keep up or beat with larger yachts. As with the last model the drawn information is not complete, but there are some photos of the original boat. And also I have one of the sons - Bill - who at 95 or so still has an astonishing memory when it comes to yachts. The drawing would have been done from a design half model, Cliff shaped the design in a bread & butter half model, layers dowelled together, & separated them to get the drawn lines. I plan to show some details beyond just the hull: gunwale & toe rail, lower section of the mast, bowsprit, rudder & tiller, centreboard. Coincidentally, it was 90 years plus 10 days ago this drawing was done: The lines show a shallow dishy hull with clean underwater lines; the shape is beamy & shallow. A 40% beam:length ratio is wide, but beamy is (or was) quite common in Sydney: Here, cantering under spinnaker at Pittwater, in the early 30s: This is the rebuilt version, she was slightly lengthened & made finer in the bow. Interestingly the owner's one comment is that she tends to bury the bow downwind under spinnaker. I'm guessing the original didn't do that, or as much, with more buoyancy in the bow. On the left, A12, with a removable cuddy cabin for cruising.
  2. The Catalan boat is a small lateen-rigged vessel used throughout the Mediterranean in various forms. This model is suppose to represent a typical 9-meter boat from the late 1800s. Photos, plans, and drawings of surviving and modern-day boats are being studied. Also, I was inspired by MSW member Javier Baron's construction methods for his fabulous models, and thought they would work well for this attempt. The false keel, which doubles as a construction frame and handle. Bulkheads will be attached at one small point at each station. Plywood bulkheads attached and braced with balsa blocks. Planking has begun with basswood. Since this is an open boat, the bulkheads are temporary. They are only needed for the planking process. The edges of the bulkheads were rubbed with beeswax to prevent glue (super glue) from adhering to the planks during planking. The planks are just glued to each other (and often my fingers). I used a bandsaw to cut away unwanted parts of the false keel. The bottom has been cut and sanded flush with the planking. The stern and stem posts will be cut away later, and all replaced with new parts. Feeling confident the super-glued planking will hold, I gently started removing the bulkheads after violently breaking the balsa spacers... The "cleaning"continues. Note the balsa "deadwood" at the ends of the boat. Unlike the bulkheads, the planks were glued to the deadwood. I noticed that balsa wood smokes when super glue hits it. That can't be good! All clean. Reminds me of a corn taco.... Seems very fragile! Sanded the interior a little and stained it. Now adding ribs made from heavy card stock (doubled, stained, and cut into strips). Keelson added... "Real" bulkheads and a floor added... The step plate for the mast is added... Benches added (stained basswood). Beginning the decking. Deck planks are being edged with black construction paper. Also a cardboard template was made with the proper sheer to use as a base for the deck construction. The decks on these boats have a lot of camber, hence the three formers. Deck planking started in the middle. The middle two planks will guide alignment, but will be cut later to make the opening in the deck. Viola! Shaped to fit... The underside... Pretty good fit... You will notice new stern and stem posts were added, as was the keel. These boats had extra keel-like structures called "escues" on either side of the keel, and parallel to it. The escues helped to balance and support the boats when the crew ran them up on the beach, to sell their catch. Installed a pulley for the mast... Since the hull of the boat will be painted, I thought I better prime it to ensure I sanded out all the blemishes. Adding the upper planking and wales. Next, on to the rail trim and false frame ribs...
  3. Just started a new boat project. After seeing a photo of a small Brazzera with two lateen masts on Veniceboats.com (http://www.veniceboats.com/brazzera.htm), I had to build one! I have not yet found much historical information about Brazerras rigged this way, but there are several plans for single masted boats available. My model will be fictional, based on the type. A ten meter boat was chosen based on the only photo I could find, from Veniceboats.com. The length of the boat was determined and scaled off the people in the photo, and a comparison to photos of a single masted, 9-meter Croatian boat, "Our Lady of the Sea". The "Our Lady of the Sea" is a modern replica of an 18th century boat. I place the photo of my model in the late 19th century, and plan to make it in Italian ownership (maybe a sponge fishing boat?)... Any info or feedback on Brazzeras, especially those rigged with two lateen masts, would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Started a new project: a "Galway Hooker." Evidently, these boats have been numerous in Ireland since the early 19th century, and are still being built today. In the past they were working boats, used for fishing and transporting cargo along the coasts of western Ireland. Today's boats are mostly used for pleasure and racing. The hookers range in size from around 20 to 44 feet (6 to 14 meters), and are broken into four classes, based on size or rigging. There are a lot of information on the internet about Galway Hookers, including plans, drawings, and photos. My model will be a fictional 26-foot (8-meter) boat from the late 19th century of the "gléoiteog" class. Gléoiteogs appear to have been the "real workhorses" of the era because their smaller size made them more affordable (Smylie, Mike. Traditional Fishing Boats of Britain & Ireland. Kindle ed., Amberley Publishing, 2012). Gléoiteogs generally appear to be "open" boats (i.e. no deck), although they sometimes appear with short partial decks (more like shelves) fore and/or aft. Even the larger classes only had half-decks, from the mast forward. I plan to have a short fore deck. The big construction challenge for me will be making a boat that is mostly "open." In 1/48 scale, that is only about 6.5 inches (165mm) long. Model construction began with the keel, made from 1/16 inch (1.6mm) basswood sheet. I added notches for placement of bulkheads later. The bulkheads were sawn from thin (2mm?) basswood plywood and attached in the notches with CA glue. Braces between the bulkheads were added later. Everything was aligned by the "eyeball" method, which relies on a lot of luck...
  5. I have been researching the famous Scottish Fifies, and am inspired to try building a model of a small to medium sized boat of 42-feet (12.8 meters). Detailed information about these boats is hard to find. Evidently, the real boats were mostly built by sight, without the help of plans or half-hull models, so there is not a lot of documentation to discover. Most of the sources I did find focus on the large Fifies (60 to 80 feet loa) of the early 1900s. However, from various historical photographs and writings, I am under the impression that smaller boats were more common-place during the late 1800s. In addition, there are very few surviving Fifies left in the world today. One smaller boat, the "Isabella Fortuna," survives as a Scottish National Historic Ship. She was built in 1890 and is 43 feet loa. By using written descriptions, historical photographs, and the plans of larger boats, I have developed my own paper line-plans of what I think would be a typical boat in existence, circa 1870 - 1880. Here are some of my sources:
  6. This is a fun and quicky project. My grandson is building it with a little help from Grandad. We saw some you tubes on these wonderful little craft. Next best thing to steam power but a darned sight cheaper. It is powered by its own pop pop motor which we shall be making next. It makes a realistic pop pop!!! Sound. This is a fun toy but to be honest ,because it has a live burning flame inside it, it can hardly be given to a very young child. I think 13 is okay. Not so sure about the 69 year old though!!! Ha ha. If you get the itch and secretly build one, all I ask is for you to be honest and show us your build. The entire build should only take a few days. We are doing a super version of it in very expensive 1.5mm birch ply. The plan is down loadable from the web. My grandson used " publisher " to make the beam a bit wider than the original. This is as far as we are at the mo. Pete and Brandon.
  7. This will be a 1/48 scale model of a six meter (20 foot) Misainier fishing boat from the early 1900s. The Misainier was an important feature of the French Atlantic Coast in the early part of the 20th century. These little boats were usually 4 to 8 meters long, single masted, lug rigged, and built by individuals without formal plans. Hundreds plied the coastal fishing grounds of Brittany until the mid 1900s.
  8. 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.
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