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Biloxi schooner by Russ - 1/48 scale POB - Finished

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Back in those days, there was no regulation to govern such things on working vessels. The Bureau of Navigation wanted to make sure they had the name clearly visible on the boat, that they had running lights etc., and that they had a current license issued by the customs collector.

 

Russ

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I have been following your build with much interest. My grandfather grew up on the beach at Bay St Louis in the '20s and was an avid sailer of schooners and cat boats. He spoke fondly of the commercial Biloxi bay schooners he saw all around him.

 

Just a question of terms.........auto correct is objecting to my use of sailer with an "E" rather than the "O". But I think I am correct in this usage.

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Michael:

There were many schooners working in the Bay St. Louis area back in the 20s. Most of them probably shrimping and/or oystering for the Peerless Cannery or Dunbar-Dukate's local cannery.

 

Your father was a sailor, but he sailed schooners and catboats. Best I can do on that. :)

 

 

Russ

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Adding my wee voice to the chorus of praise, I have to say that not only are your skills in joinery admirable, but your historical knowledge as well.

 

Always a pleasure.

 

Cheers,

 

Martin

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Martin:

Thanks for the kind words. Compared with many here on MSW and other sites, I am a mere apprentice.

 

Russ

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Adding my wee voice to the chorus of praise, I have to say that not only are your skills in joinery admirable, but your historical knowledge as well.

 

Always a pleasure.

 

Cheers,

 

Martin

 

 

Not to mention spelling and grammar.  :)  :)  :)

 

Steve

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Finally, an update. I have been wrestling with the chainplates and deadeye strops. These are still just hanging there, not yet aligned and permanently attached. The assemblies will be painted white. They are rather rough looking, but they are an improvement as far as scale size.  

 

I have been working on getting the pieces down to something close to scale, and also how to connect the strops and the chainplates. Note the bolt and nut used to connect the strop and the chainplate. These are from Scale Hardware.

 

Russ

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Russ,

 

Marvelous detail on those deadeyes. Those strops look really smart!!!

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Very tedious work Russ.... Excellent job.

BTW....We just returned from visiting our kids and grandkids in Lake Charles. Thought bout you as we drove through Biloxi going and returning.

 

Happy New Year!

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I have been working on getting the pieces down to something close to scale, and also how to connect the strops and the chainplates.

Russ

Your "work" paid off.  They're looking good.

 

Bob

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Thanks everyone for the kind words and the likes.

 

Dave, wish I had known you were coming through.

 

Russ

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I usually pin and soft solder the strops to the plates, but those bolts are an excellent idea, Russ.

 

John

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John:

Thanks. It is tight quarters for soldering. The bolts are .5mm in diameter and the nuts can be difficult to deal with, but once you get the hang of it, they work very well. Much better than gluing the pins for sure. :)

 

Russ

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Russ,

 

The deadeyes, strops, hardware, and chainplates look great. I too think once blackened or painted those will look spot on. Very very nice.

 

Cheers

 

Elia

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Elia:

Thanks for the kind words. I know they look awful right now, but as you say, they will be painted and that will help push them into context. What really makes these work is the bolts and nuts from Scale Hardware. I have already laid in a stock of various size bolt and nut combinations for a future larger scale build.

 

Russ

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Kudos Russ.  When I did mine I used brass rod the right diameter and press fit it .  Yours look great.  I never heard of Scale Hardware.  Those bolt add to your assembly and really do it justice.  I wish I had some of hem would have saved me alot of grief and time.  Too late now.  Well done.

David B

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Russ -

It was good to see you at the Wooden Boat Show in Biloxi earlier today. Also nice to see this little gem of a model schooner.

 

Everyone -

Photos can't do justice to the intricate detail in this build. Too bad I didn't have a magnifying glass  :)

 

Kenneth

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Kenneth:

It was a fun day. We got to see some great boats and talk with some really nice people. Even managed to plank a model skiff hull as well. Not a bad way to spend the day. :)

 

You are far too kind about the schooner, but I appreciate it.

 

Russ

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It has been a while since I had a real update, but it has been busy, both in the shop and out. Work gets in the way, but I have also had several commissions of late, some of which I will bring to your attention in time.

 

Here is a look at the wheel. The close up looks rather nasty, but once it is on the deck it blends in quite well.

 

Russ

 

 

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I have been working on some metal pieces as well. Here is a shot of the band at the top of the topmast. The entire topmast will be painted white, as will this band.

 

Russ

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One challenge that I have been working on is the mast hoops for this model. At 1/48 scale, I have been trying to come up with a way to make them small enough to blend into the scale of the model. I need 22 hoops, 11 for both mainsail and foresail.

 

Here is what I came up with. Brass wire is soldered into a loop and the piece cut off with a tail. The piece is then fitted over a dowel that acts as a jig to make sure that the hoop is circular and that it can be filed up with no problem. Once the tail is cut off, the hoop is filed to remove the evidence of the joint and then it is filed all around the outside to make that side somewhat more flat.

 

The last thing will be to chemically tone them with Bluejacket's Brass Brown. Once sewed to the boltrope and in place on the mast, they should look enough like wood at this scale.

 

Russ

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Russ,

Great to see you back. Been wondering where you had disappeared to.

Looking forward to seeing more.

Sam

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