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New Bedford Whaleboat by RBohlman - FINISHED - Model Shipways - 1:16 scale

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Great job on the Whale Boat.  Last year while in DC I went to the Smithsonian Museum of American History.  In the back is a section dealing with Transportation.  And this includes models of ships.  The models there are just gorgeously done and as accurate as they are beautiful.  Most dealt again as I said w/transportation.  Now when I rounded one corner my jaw dropped to the floor.  There behind glass was a real and used New England Whale Boat.  I spent a hour photographing this treasure.  You see, I do not have a Model Shipways version, but I have a Marine Models solid hull model from 1960's that is pristine.  I have had the chance to side by side compare these two and I am amazed how just how close they are, then again, Model Shipways did acquire the rights Marine Models.  I have the original USS Constitution as well and I have 2 hull blanks for her and one is solid mahogany.  Anyway, what I wanted to point out is, you would never believe just how close the Model Shipways is to the real deal.  That includes all the little details as well.  You will notice I said I photographed this piece of History.  I down loaded to my then Computer the 1st of this year, she died along w/photos I can never replace.  You can bet when I go back to DC, I will again go to that Museum, as well as some other Museums and this time I will use the digital for color, but I will have my ole trusty 35mm film along too, BW photos can show details crisper.  There were some very un-noticed details I was able to get in those photos.  But believe me, the Model Shipways is as close as to the real deal as anyone could have designed.  Most excellent build by the way.

Loved that little sewing machine.  By the way, I have the same tool organizer. 


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Great looking model and fine workmanship.

                                                              Bob Porter   k1jmm     Good on QRZ


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The success of the Model Shipways kit Rick mentioned above is due in part to the excellent modelmakers guide and plans developed by Erik A.R. Ronnberg, Jr. Parts of which can be seen in various photos contained in this thread. Highly recommended for anyone interested in this subject.



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Working on harpoons and lances.  I finished the install of the racks and attached two harpoons to the starboard rack.


I am not sure at this time if I will be making the covers for the harpoons/lances as I like the look of the uncovered irons on the boat.


Looks like all I have remaining is:  2 knives, 1 axe, 1 harpoon stand, some leather on a few spots, and a tub covers.

Going to cover one tub but leave one without a cover.  Think I will sew two and stow one next to the main tub.

Going to mark the covers as to the boat location on the vessel.


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Finish making the two Lances and add their lines.  Mount them in the post Lance stand.

Hand sew Tub covers and stencil "SB" also stencil "SB" on the Water Keg. (Starboard Boat)

Make fake sew stiches on both Nippers.

Make Grapnel hook for in boat stowage.

Make a Boat Hook for Whaleboat per directions.


Well Mates, that be all and she will be completed.

I will post final photos once I finish her!

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