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Kate Cory by Richvee - FINISHED - Model Shipways - 1:64 - solid hull


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Tryworks tools and lances.

I made the handles using a drawplate and running bamboo through it to about .03" or about 3" diameter. The strainer is made out of a thin brass ring and the base is a piece of styrene filed to fit. The holes are #78 drill bit. The lances are 32 gauge steel wire. The tips are just punched flat om an anvil and shaped a little with files. 

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The bucket is also a piece of brass tube, and the "poker" laying across the cooper's bench was made out of a thin needle, with the eye cut opened and turned a bit to look like the tool in one of the above posts from New Bedford. 

 

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Thanks for the likes and looking in. Closing in on the finish line. The boats are loaded, and hung from the davits. The spare boat is also lashed to the tailfeathers. All that remains is the rope coils on the davits, and lashing those barrels to the rail.....If I decide to use those barrels. 

 

 

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About those barrels...I picked them up from an "S" scale website years ago when I ordered the brick for the tryworks. I've painted them, re painted them, tried drybrushing some "age" onto them, added a coat of dullcoat.... I'm not sure I like them. My wife says I need to make them look "worn". I said how much more worn can they look? I don't know.  Maybe I've been staring at them too long. Maybe they do look horrible. I need some honest opinions. 

 

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My daughter will be visiting tomorrow. I hope she remembers her camera. I hope she can take some decent pictures for me. 

Happy holidays to everyone and thanks for checking in. The final product is real close now!!

 

 

 

 

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Well, that about wraps it up. The following pictures were taken by my daughter with a better camera than I have, so I'll use them even though there's a few odds and ends that need to be finished when these shots were taken. Namely the barrels need to be lashed and rope coils needed on a few davits.

 

I purchased a case, for what I though was a reasonable price, from a gentleman who runs a site called Grandpa's cabinets. You can customize size, wood choice, and finish, and it comes complete with high quality plexiglass. Assembly is simple. I also purchased a nice, unfinished table that will serve as the display table. I'll post some final pictures when the table and case are set up. Right now I need to finish the new base, and I'm waiting on a nameplate that I ordered.  

 

Anyway, I really enjoyed this build. I think it's a sharp looking vessel, and I'm a little surprised how few KC's are on this site.  So it's my first completed ship build. (I'm not going to count the Taurus, and Benjamin W Latham I built almost 50 years ago as an early teen. I think the Taurus is still sitting around my mom's house, but the Latham is nowhere to be found. 

 

  I learned a ton about model building, and whaling. It's been a great journey. Not only did this build lead me to this site, it lead me to a great club, The ship Model Society of New Jersey. 

 

 I've taken advantage of Model Shipways end of season sale and picked up the Pride of Baltimore 2 for a50% off, so that's on it's way and will be the next project. 

 

Thanks to everybody who checked in, and for all the likes along the way. Special thanks to this site, as I would have never been able to complete some things without the help and knowledge of the members here. This place is a wealth of information and the contributors are great. . 

 

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3 hours ago, EricWilliamMarshall said:

Any thoughts on possible next projects?

I have the Model Shipways Pride of Baltimore due to arrive in the mail any day. I’ve also ordered the rigging package for the Medway Longboat from Syren. I’ll probably start the POB, and somewhere in the middle take a break and rig the longboat. That should  take me through the next 4-5 years. 😃

 

I also have a vintage ( early1980’s) version of the 1/8” scale Essex. That is one daunting model and will require a ton of scratch building. That will stay the shelf for now. Thanks for looking in. 
 

 

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Good question.  I think you're right about the solid hull or the availability of the Morgan as having something to do with it.  If I ever get through my stash of models, I was thinking of scratch building a weathered whaler like the Katy Cory - so much cool stuff you can do with all the whaling equipment.

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Rich,

 

Great job on the Kate!  I have recently just restarted my build of her and your thread has been very inspirational and spurred me on.

 

The Morgan has always gotten the spotlight but to me, the KC had more visual appeal with nicer lines.  The other thing that is attractive about this kit is that it's the perfect size for my den and has the "right" level of sophistication for someone transitioning into wooden ship model kits from other forms of scale modeling.

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1 hour ago, wemattson said:

Rich,

 

Great job on the Kate!  I have recently just restarted my build of her and your thread has been very inspirational and spurred me on.

 

The Morgan has always gotten the spotlight but to me, the KC had more visual appeal with nicer lines.  The other thing that is attractive about this kit is that it's the perfect size for my den and has the "right" level of sophistication for someone transitioning into wooden ship model kits from other forms of scale modeling.

Thanks for the kind words. I agree about the lines, and color scheme of the KC. Do you have a build log for your KC? I'd love to follow along. 

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Mike, You're so right about all the things one can add. I had trouble figuring where to stop on adding to the whaleboats. Mine are missing so many things, but I think there's enough in there to catch your eye, then give it another look and notice a few more items. Like I've said, not only was this a real enjoyable build, I learned a ton about how a ship works, and more than a ton about whaling and the whaling industry of the 1800's. 

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14 minutes ago, wemattson said:

Rich,

 

I do have a thread, which went dormant when I took a break.  I plan on giving it a bump it this week with a couple of pictures since I just finished coppering the bottom last weekend.

 

Cheers,

Wayne

LOL I actually have the last post on you build log... 2 1/2 years ago...No worries. Mine sat on the workbench for 27 years while I raised a family. Ironically I was at almost the same spot as you when it went into hibernation, except I had finished the rails and bulwarks. When I got back at it coppering was the first task. 

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