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Chaperon Sternwheeler Steamer 1884 by Gleason - Model Shipways - Rebuild

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This is a repost of a kit I originally started on Fri, Nov 26, 2010.  Needless to say it has been awhile since I worked on the kit.  I managed to find all the old postings/photos previously posted prior to the crash of MSW.


I will post some highlights/photos of the ‘old’ build and then continue with ‘new’ rebuild section later


Kit is well designed and the instructions in the manual are pretty straight forward which makes the assembly of the model assembly.


The lumber is laser-cut, and there is a good supply of photo-etch materials included with the kit.


For those interested, here is some additional kit info:

- 27 sheets of laser cut basswood in various thickness

- sheet of photo-etch brass for gingerbread trim, etc…

- 5 sheets of plans showing and identifying each piece of cut wood

- 1 plan sheet showing and identifying the photo-etch brass pieces



- Instruction manual from Model Shipways Chaperon Kit

- Original manual written by Robert E. Hunt

- 6 part article “Building the Chaperon Sternwheeler Stern Packet – 1884”

By Kurt Van Dahm

Ships in Scale –

Volume 20, issue numbers #5, #6

Volume 21, issue numbers #1, #2, #3, #4


I use no power tools except for a variable speed drill for shaping masts on tall ships.

I use very basic tools and do everything by hand.


The basic tools :

-        wood rasp for rough shaping of wood.

-        sanding sticks in various sizes, sanding sponges, tweezers, nippers, files, etc..

-        pin vise with various drill bit sizes

-        knives, scalpels, miter box

-        squares, rulers, clamps

-        Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue and super glue if needed


Photos to follow...

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The "binder clamps" I used are a copy of the clamps as pictured in the model manual. I will use them as long as I can, and then switch to pins.






Lettering was hand painted:






This is the last post I made of the original build on Mon Sep 17, 2012.


The next set of postings will start from where I left off…


Stay tuned…J

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I like your weathered paint-work.

Any chance for us to see the recipe for it?





I really don't have a recipe...


I use a 1/2 inch brush and paint in one direction only. [ generally bow to stern ] 


After the paint has dried, I use a a brush with soft brass bristles and go over the paint VERY lightly with the brush.

How much you scrape off is a matter of personal choice.


 I Inherited the brush from my father who was a jeweler...

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  • 2 weeks later...

More build photos.


Dry fit of the Kitchen smoke stacks, aft stacks, hog truss posts, mast, smokestacks.

Skylight roof was made with 100 Grit sandpaper glued to the roof and painted with

Black Acrylic paint







Need to add king posts, smokestack caps, chicken coop, forward and aft staircase rails, etc…


More to follow…

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