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Biloxi oyster skiff by russ - 1/12 scale - Finished


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I am in the process of building a series of large scale skiff models for some friends. I thought I would share with you the first one. This is a very simple model, somewhat similar to the smaller 1/24 scale skiffs I have built for the past several years. This skiff design is compilation of my skiff research from about 15 years ago. One really neat feature is I can build several skiffs off the same design and then fit and finish them in different ways. No two can or will be alike.

 

Hope you find this interesting.

 

Russ

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Bob:

Thanks. There are a number of different options. This one is a typical work boat. White topsides with red bottom and a dark green interior. The one I have on the bench right now will be the same outer scheme with a grey interior. I might use side frames on the inner hull on this one.

 

You can also make a boat that is more pleasure than work. Length plank the bottom with full internal framing and perhaps use a different paint scheme. The seats can be done differently as well. In the boat with internal framing, the seats can sit on an internal stringer that mounted on the side frames. No well on that boat. I can also fit that boat with a cat rig and a centerboard case. Maybe I would like to dress it up a bit with a natural finish and put in all the fastenings. There are a lot of options if you think about it a bit.

 

Russ

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Here are a few detail photos. The oarlocks were soldered brass wire and strip. They were painted grey. The oars were made with a few pieces of dowel and some sheet wood for the blades. The handles had a slot cut into their ends where the blade was fitted. Everything was shaped with sand paper and then stained and sealed. These could be painted as another option.

 

The painter was from some of Chuck's rope from Syren Ship Models.

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Just a few notes on this model. The plans were drawn in CAD and be scaled to any size. The wood all comes from Hobby Lobby. It is all premilled sheet and strip wood. Nothing fancy here, but it can be made into a nice looking model. The paints were all Artist's acrylics except for the Minwax stain and sealer for the oars. For about $50, I can make 1/2 dozen of these skiffs, all painted and fitted differently and to any style I choose. Not a bad way to use some spare time. :)

 

Thanks for looking in. I appreciate it. Please let me know if there are any questions.

 

Russ

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John:

Thanks. This is one of those projects that can be done in a week or two. I like to build these every once in a while just to take a break from whatever else I am doing. I know it is nothing new and not very exciting, but this is a good way to get out of the doldrums sometimes.

 

Russ

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Mark:

Thanks. These skiffs were used for just about everything. They used them to tong oysters, from which to cast a small seine net for shrimp and other fish, etc. Many people had them just for transportation. They could haul light loads here and there as well. Some were larger and wider, but this 14 ft variety was very popular. There are not many of the older boats left because of changing times, storms etc. When I surveyed skiffs along the coast back in 2000, I could only find 6-7 examples.

 

This boat would have been a good rowing skiff, although there were quite a few sculled. Here is a skiff that was set up for sculling. Note the notch in the transom.

 

Russ

 

 

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