Jump to content

Early Swift, Virginia Pilot Boat ,1805 model


Keith Black
 Share

Recommended Posts

 Anyone know when the kit for this model was made? It appears to be a pretty early version, the lead fittings are rotted and the only way to accumulate this much grime is with age or being stored in a coal bin.

 It's gone through at least one unsympathetic restoration, overused glue, some rigging replaced with inaccurate line, and a heavy coat of varnish on the hull. 

 It's had a rough voyage, my plan is to restore it, no ship model should go this unloved.........Keith

DSCN0954.JPG

DSCN0960.JPG

DSCN0962.JPG

DSCN0971.JPG

IMG_3745.JPG

Edited by Keith Black
spelling
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Keith,

 

That's a great project for some restoration practice, and an a classic Artesania Latina kit.

 

The Swift is what actually lured me into wooden ship modeling – there was a nicely done model in a glass case in a hobby shop that was across the street from where I used to work. I'd find reasons to visit the shop, just so I could look at the model. It was around 1990 that it hooked me.

 

Have fun with the model, and please bring her back to her glorious potential!

 

Clare

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Howdy Keith!

 

   I believe that there were at least two versions of the Swift and your deck furniture appears to be that of the earlier version like mine in this photo:

AL_Swift.thumb.jpg.cd6c3e8a4c257102533f6966709229b1.jpg

 

   The box art has a copyright of 1982 but I was unable to find a copyright on the plans and instructions. I bought this one sometime in the second half of the 1980's, I believe. The later revision has different furniture and a "dropped" section in the deck to allow a partial reveal of the hold.

 

 P.S. Thanks for posting this as it gave me a chance to pull out the box and think about finishing this little model.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hello Keith,

 

There are a whole lot of Swift logs on this site that can help you.  This was my first model and first build log, too.

 

I still have the plans and ‘instructions'(you'll understand why I put the scare quotes when you read the logs 🤣).  I could mail them to you if you’re interested.

 

Clear skies and sharp tools!

- Gabe

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, Katoom said:

were at least two versions

 Kevin, from what I've seen Googling the Swift kits, there seem to be at least four different versions if not more. From kit to kit there are different cowl vents, with and without hand pump, barrels and no barrels, no cannons and two cannons, planked and solid sliding hatch covers, sails no sails, and unpegged and false pegged decking. 

 Please finish it and share your efforts!........Keith

Edited by Keith Black
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Gabek said:

I could mail them to you if you’re interested.

 Gabe

 Thank you for the offer but from the amount of information available on the internet and build logs here, I think I'll be fine. Should I need to take you up on your offer, thank you again. 

 Your build is fantastic! I wish someone had taken half the effort with this one as you did with yours. An absolutely beautiful job........Keith

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Got the rear sliding hatch made. Managed to pick away most of the excess glue, still have some areas on the deck area to be taken care of. Busted off the rudder picking excess glue from around the hinges which was really a blessing in disguise as it has allowed me to get into areas I would not have otherwise had access to. Sanded through the heavy varnish on the hull and discovered why it was so heavy. The hull planking portion of the build didn't go well, reminds me of the old wood hull 32 foot Bristol Bay gill netters, more planking patches than original. Nothing like opening day watching captains play bumper boat as they set their nets.

 I think the only real option is to fill and paint. I'm inclined to go with a black hull as that is probably more historically accurate but any color suggestions/thoughts would be greatly appreciated! I acquired this model for 1) I felt sorry for it and 2) as a learning tool for rigging. My other project demands I have some rigging experience before attempting.  

 New camera, hopefully I'll be able to post better pictures henceforth.........KB

IMG_3753.JPG

IMG_3756.JPG

IMG_3748.JPG

IMG_3751.JPG

IMG_3749.JPG

IMG_3750.JPG

IMG_3754.JPG

Edited by Keith Black
Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Long ago and far away when I restored cars, I could count on finding some pretty strange things but tonight has to be a topper. I had gotten the hull filled and sealed and was doing some deck work, I had the hatch covers off staining the inside and I found a broken bird's egg. I can't begin to hazard a guess but I would love to know the story behind that! 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Progress to date, still need to make two cowl vents and other fiddly details to do to get her ready for rigging. I would never have taken the paint brush to her had her original build gone better but, instead of a model showcasing the builders talent, it looks more like a working ship, IMHO. 

IMG_3783.JPG

IMG_3787.JPG

IMG_3796.JPG

IMG_3791.JPG

IMG_3799.JPG

IMG_3795.JPG

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...
  • 2 weeks later...

Making progress, just about ready for rigging. Made a ship's lantern, not sure of final placement, I may run a line between the mast and hang it? Got the cowl vents made and galley stove smoke stack added. Still need to purchase two anchors and the water barrel/cask. 

IMG_3830.JPG

IMG_3834.JPG

IMG_3839.JPG

IMG_3843.JPG

IMG_3845.JPG

IMG_3849.JPG

IMG_3850.JPG

IMG_3852.JPG

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Wow...and I mean WOW.  This rehabilitation is coming along beautifully.  Painting is doing its job...that hull planking was the result of frustration trying to bend veneers to a complex 3d shape, which can't be done.  All your colour choices are fine.  Black and white are  covering up the "booboo's" nicely!

 

The lantern is exquisite! Please tell us how you made it.  I never thought of rigging one on the mast.  So, I started pouring through all my books and so far I could only find how they rigged a stern lantern on the mizzen top of a British frigate in Petersson's Rigging Period Ships.  I think you could try installing yours on the flag mast somehow if you wanted.

 

Keep on trucking!

- Gabe

image.thumb.jpg.0c5e03a2552d6358f7fa11b386111dc2.jpg

 

 

Edited by Gabek
Sent before finished
Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Gabe

 How very kind, thank you. 

 Regarding the construction of the lantern see the following.

 As far as positioning I'm going to hang it on a running a line between the two mast. I'm currently in the process of making all the necessary items, I'll post pics as soon as the lantern is in the air. 

 Thank you again.........Keith

Link to comment
Share on other sites

 Lantern hung more simply than I first intended. The height is too low my original over designed system. The lantern can be positioned fore or aft depending on where light is most needed.  The lantern line can also serve as a clothes line. 

 The block that the lantern hangs from are the blocks that AL supplied with their kit. They seem too small except for light use like the lantern or the flag. I'm going to use larger blocks for the rigging, I hung one on the lantern line to show difference in size. 

IMG_3859.JPG

IMG_3865.JPG

IMG_3856.JPG

Edited by Keith Black
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 months later...

 Surgery in May kept me out of the shipyard till a couple of weeks ago. For the most part the rigging is finished. The main purpose of taking on this project was to get some rigging experience having never done any before. Did I make mistakes, many. But I learned a lot and the fear of rigging is gone. Do I have a lot yet to learn, much. 

IMG_3916.JPG

IMG_3929.JPG

IMG_3928.JPG

IMG_3931.JPG

IMG_3918.JPG

IMG_3925.JPG

IMG_3924.JPG

IMG_3908.JPG

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...