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As the title says, I'm wondering if anyone is working on Bluejacket's side wheeler 'Portland.'  Looks to be a gorgeous model from an interesting period.  Thanks,

 

Rob

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32 minutes ago, MrBlueJacket said:

There is a Facebook posting of the building of the Portland from Jim Finan. It's about 2 years old, but a good sequence for you.

 

Nic

 

Thanks, Nic, for the kind suggestion... unfortunately (!) we are among the few cranky folks still alive that don't use Facebook.  

 

Since joining this fine group, I've done little except ask questions (such as this one)... I haven't started a thing!  Just as I was getting excited about resuming model-building, my wife (of fifty eight years) began having debilitating back problems.  After months of ineffectual treatment, we finally wised up and sought out a very fine neurosurgeon, who successfully operated on her back.  While the surgery was specific and 'fixed' a specific problem (pain), she still has a seventy-eight year old spine.  Regaining stamina and balance has been an uphill fight for her, and me, too, as I care for her.

 

Sorry for the boring story... Linda has progressed to the point where I can once again start agonizing over which model to tackle... I have been reading about the Portland for a couple of months now, and have pretty much decided it will be the one.

 

Again, thank you for your kind reply... I hope to be in the boat-building-business soon!

 

Rob

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Hi Rob,

 

I started working on the PORTLAND (updated version) back on April 1, 2016. Two years later, when I got to the

officers quarters and walking beam assemblies, I ran into a roadblock. Couldn't quite figure out how to approach

building either one. She has been sitting since then as pictured below. I did build two other boat models from 

other manufacturers in the past 12 months. Had to keep my mind afloat. I did take several photos during the build

process so if you have any questions I'd be glad to help.

 

John

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1 hour ago, jbelwood said:

Hi Rob,

 

I started working on the PORTLAND (updated version) back on April 1, 2016. Two years later, when I got to the

officers quarters and walking beam assemblies, I ran into a roadblock. Couldn't quite figure out how to approach

building either one. She has been sitting since then as pictured below. I did build two other boat models from 

other manufacturers in the past 12 months. Had to keep my mind afloat. I did take several photos during the build

process so if you have any questions I'd be glad to help.

 

John

 

 

Good morning, John

 

Thank you for your reply and your generous offer of 'help' ... what a great resource!   I am so impressed with your work on your Portland, your talent and attention to detail is much in evidence.   While I really have no idea what lies ahead in the construction of the walking beam and officers' quarters, lust looking at all the photo-etched railings is enough to strike terror in my little heart.  But, as they say, "fools rush in....."

 

Thanks again, your photo in inspiring.

 

Rob

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7 minutes ago, jbelwood said:

Here is Jim Finans build on the PORTLAND. I've referred to it many times. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152720184325928.1073741831.593315927&type=1&l=8d5b89f0c5

 

Thanks, John, this should be very helpful.  I'm delighted to find that I can view (even download) the photos while not being a Facebook user.  By the way, I'm guessing that Jim's build is from the earlier Bluejacket kit.

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Hi again Rob,

 

Thought you might like this, my favorite painting of the PORTLAND. I spoke with Mr. Muller on the phone a few years

back to see if prints were available. No prints, only the original was offered. Go to his thumbnails for other spectacular

paintings of these beautiful side wheelers. Enjoy.

 

http://www.jrusselljinishiangallery.com/pages/muller-pages/mullerimage-boston-bay-1898.htm

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