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Robert E. Peary by Mike P - WWII Liberty Ship


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Working on Deans Marine model Liberty Ship hope I’m going to get this right I have been making progress and will try to upload 

pictures. Well I see the photos weren’t a problem but adding captions under each photo is I would imagine the pictures explain 

the progress one other thing I would like to mention the last photo of the rudder is not scale as the kit cast resin rudder was a poor casting and the shaft was only  3/32 dia. Wire which I thought a little less then I preferred so it was replaced with one I fabricated. I know one of you will notice it doesn’t have the division half way down with right thrust added to correct fo the large prop torque on the full scale ship to save fuel but since I’m not going to cross the Atlantic I opted out on that detail. 

 

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Looking good, Mike.  Welcome to MSW.

 

To mix text and pictures, load the pictures in the order you want down below where the little paper clip is.  Start typing and where you want a picture, give it <enter/return> and then you should see your cursor flashing.  Hit the  "+" on the left side of the thumbnail and the photo will go where your curser is.  

 

If you'd rather do all the typing first and then add pictures, just move the cursor to where you want the photo, and hit the "+" on the thumbnail.  You might have to fiddle a bit with space key or <enter/return> key to get it the way you want it.  Once you do it a few times, it will become automatic. :)

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On 10/5/2019 at 3:59 PM, Mike P said:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Found this small grease cup on e bay and added to lubricate prop shaft 

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Thanks for the Wellcome and kind words  mtaylor, Kevin, Cog, and GranfpaPhil 

I must tell you gentleman that I’m in awe of the build blogs and how many talented craftsman

share there skills all I can say is Thank You All 

 

Just got to finishing the hull painting. 

 

 

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Considering making modification on model to convert to CAM Liberty with one time Hawker 

Hurricane defense aircraft. Almost done with all the main fixtures getting down to detailing and paint.

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This was the sea test of the hull under power.

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It will be fun to watch this build proceed.    

 

I noticed one small boo-boo in the printed plans - the ship is SS Robert E. Peary (not "USS") as it wasn't operated by the US Navy.   The Navy did have two different Pearys of its own during WWII, though when this one was built in late '42 it had none.

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Thanks for the kind words Aidan. The cast metal fitting are roughly cast and require lots of attention I find holding them with tweezers and filing clean them drilling holes on blocks with small drill. Be careful as the attached eyes for installation are very easily broken. Aidan on this site there’s a fantastic build by Schooner of 1/192 scale WW2 Liberty Ship SS Stephen Hopkins lots of wonderful details and ideas it’s really well done Schooner did all the home work great detail you can use which is very difficult to come by and how he did it example cargo hatches.

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Mike,

 

An interesting fact about the ship SS Robert E. Peary is that of the more than 2700 Liberty Ships built she held the record for the shortest building time - 4 days, 15 hours from keel laying to launching! Of course it was a publicity stunt with a lot of prefabrication work and unlimited manpower but still that is an amazing accomplishment. I suspect that record has never been broken for any large ship built since.  

 

Below is a link to a 1-hour wartime movie about the shipyard where the Peary was built. If you advance it to the 9 minute 20 sec mark it will show the construction and launching of the Peary. Pretty impressive.

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(Link doesn't work - see next posting below - that one does)

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, schooner said:

Mike,

 

An interesting fact about the ship SS Robert E. Peary is that of the more than 2700 Liberty Ships built she held the record for the shortest building time - 4 days, 15 hours from keel laying to launching! Of course it was a publicity stunt with a lot of prefabrication work and unlimited manpower but still that is an amazing accomplishment. I suspect that record has never been broken for any large ship built since.  

 

Below is a link to a 1-hour wartime movie about the shipyard where the Peary was built. If you advance it to the 9 minute 20 sec mark it will show the construction and launching of the Peary. Pretty impressive.

Here's the link:

 

https://archive.org/details/cubanc_00004#

 

 

 

 

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Thanks Schooner very interesting not to go on and on but my farther was on dozens of Libertys and Victory’s as Oiler up to engineer on triple expansion steam and turbines. He was in all war zones and did Murmansk more then ounce. Thanks to him taking me under his wing I earned my NYC High Pressure boiler operator Stationary Engineer license and unlimited refrigeration operators certificate. The boilers, steam engines, generators, and auxiliary’s were very similar to the engine room on a liberty as I recently was aboard the John W. Brown in Baltimore. The Merchant Mariners never given the respect and credit they earned, 1977 they were given veteran status a little late. There’s a book by Robert Carse A Cold Corner Of Hell the story of the Murmansk convoys 1941 to 1945. Of course when I finish the PERRY I’ll use one of the ships names my father sailed on as I have all his sign on and discharge papers and battle zone records from the coast guard and naval department. 

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Mike,

 

I’ve been interested in building a Liberty Ship for some time now and just stumbled across your build - it looks great and I really like the scale! I’m not familiar with the Deans Marine products but from what I gather, they’re similar to the Billings offerings and provide good basic parts that scream for scratch and aftermarket upgrades. Anyway, please allow me to come aboard and follow your build. 
 

Don

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Thanks you for the kind words Don, Deans supplies everything needed to build the ship, of course upgrades never hurt but a great place to start and just right for a working r/c model. Deans put a lot of thought into the kit 

It’s a builders kit meaning lots of work but lots of satisfaction, that’s what it’s all about. Mike

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