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King of the Mississippi by Adrieke - FINISHED - Artesania Latina - Scale 1:80 with LED lighting

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I think I have said it all Adriaan

A superb build made even better considering the problems

A bittersweet moment perhaps

Now she can take her rightful place and you can move on

Well done Adriaan

Well done

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Congratulations, Adriaan!


Nice job.  You've pushed on through more than the usual rough patches and finished with a great model.



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thank you Mark,Robert, Sjors, Anja, Popeye, Mick, Ron, S Coleman and JPett :)


and others


for your comments and support during this build, it has meant a lot to me to be able to share this journey with you all :)







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WOW and a double WOW!  She is a splendid ship Adriaan, well done my friend.



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Enjoy the Gorch Fock Adrieke, may it bring you new adventures in ship building.


Your build log on the King of the Mississippi has been valuable to us all, for me particularly.

Finishing the boat must be satisfying and a relief. It will bring you many memories.


Thanks for sharing it with us.



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Hi John,

I have just joined this site. I am also working on this model and I have very much enjoyed your posts and pictures. You are both a skilled and patient craftsman! I am about to put together the paddlewheel arms and rods using the shaft. I assume the shaft is a 10mm piece of the heavy brass wire, but I cannot figure out how to put these pieces together. Any thoughts?

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this weekend has been all about the main stairs


i have been pondering about it and lookign at how others tacled this construction


they always say to cut things in bite size portions and thats what i did


the curved part consist of 8 steps making 180 degrees or 2 times 4 steps making 90 degrees


4 steps seemed doable so i started preparing :


i drilled some holes so that the dowels would be as deep as the point where the curved steps start



from the left over from the sheet they came from i cut 6 small bits



glueing them together to create a platform to rest the curved steps on while the glue dries



at the base i glued a piece of strip against the middle of the dowel to push the first step against



i used a metal angle bracket to measure the 90 degree angle



i formed the platform a bit more so it would fit. all the elements are now ready



the 4 curved steps glued in place




after creating 2 sets of 4 steps i remembered i needed the others to curve the other way so i glued the base on the other side




Just found your building log, great work!! :10_1_10:


I am also building the Mississippi and is I having problem with the staircase. As far as I can acertain, the anlge for the steps that make up the curved portion is 22o. Eight steps only give 176o when lined up side by side. With some for overlapping to glue them together, the angle is less than 90o by some way. How did you onvercome this problem?.


Thanks for your advise.



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hello Apprentice


I didn't measure the angles and assembled the steps 4 at a time to create a 90 degree angle.


I assume that stacking the steps you don't actually create a perfect circle looking from above.

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I'm in the early days on this kit. Thanks for all your photos, they are of GREAT help in my decision-making processes. I've been woking on the hull planking for about 2 weeks, but the end is in sight!

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