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Sternwheel Mississippi Steamer by Mirabell61 - Matches 21 - scale appr. 1:30 - by Nils Langemann


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I was looking for something for my 3 year old grand son for Christmas. So grandpa decided to build a sternwheel steamship, and in lack of time for a scratch-build,

 

 

it would have to be a relatively simple design, but tough enough to be showen over the carpet. It also would be capable of floating on a lake or pond. It is more or less a nice functionable toy ship for little boys to play with. It would run with a 4,5 Volt battery, if required.

 

Today I recieved the kit. It was a pile of wooden planks and round dowels together with  an electric motor, an reduction gear, a few gear wheels and a drive chain. The wooden parts are neigther printed on, nor laser cut, so quite a task, and I do hope I´ll get it completed by Christmas. The partslists come together with some scetch drawings and a rather short building instruction. The Kit from  make "Matches 21" is reasonable affordable, (less 50 Eur ) for the case that  the model would not last too long.

 

Nils

 

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Christmas is coming closer at quite a pace...., hope I`ll do it in time

Started with the raw stern-wheel, the decks and the wheelhouse roof

 

Nils

 

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made copies of the wheel spokes and placed them directly on to the copies

 

 

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raw assembly with watertight glue

 

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decks with holes for stacks and pillars

 

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slowly the box with raw material is getting less...

 

 

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making the roundings

 

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the watertight glue..

 

 

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remove the clamps after glue curred out sufficiently

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  • ccoyle changed the title to Sternwheel Mississippi Steamer by Mirabell61 - Matches 21 - scale appr. 1:30 - by Nils Langemann

Update:

Starting with deck housing and two decore stripes for the upper sides

 

Nils

 

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raw main ship body

 

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appr. position of gearmotor

 

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dry fit ofstern-wheel between outriggers

 

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raw lower deck house and position of stacks

 

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decore  stripes for outer upper deck

 

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front compartment for ballast measures with open lid. This compartment will take up sand or small pebbles for trimming the waterline

 

 

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front ballast compartment closed with removable lid

 

 

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"Mississippi Lady"  is finaly completed after 12 days, faster than I thought it would be. Christmas present for my grandson (3years) is ready well in time. The first trimming in the garden pond, checking the waterline and a short trial with the drive and sternwheel was full to my satisfaction.

 

Nils

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Finished !

 

A happy new year to all fellow modelers and all the best for 2021

 

I finished the sternwheeler well in time, appr. 2 days before Christmas. Our little grandson was very happy with his new present

 

Nils

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