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Pride of Baltimore 2 by Bill Hime - Model Shipways - 1:64 scale


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Wow, FINALLY!!! It's here! I chose the Pride of Baltimore as my side build while building the USF Confederacy. I'm waiting to see if the Confed might be marked down during the holiday shopping season. So I ordered the Pride so I can dig in and get the doors of the C.W. Hime Shipyard open for business.

 

Today's the day! This is a Model Shipways kit. I ordered it through ebay from a wholesale hobby outlet. As advertised, everything remains in it's original packaging. It even had an enclosed invoice dated 1999. 

Tonight the Admiral and I are taking inventory of the kit. I'm also paying close attention to the integrity of the wood since this kit has been sitting since 1999.

I'm already planning on replacing the Basswood planking/decking with Boxwood. as of now, I do not plan on painting the Pride except for her mast where black is noted.

I have built cabinets of the highest grade. I have done historical restoration in libraries, manor homes and more. But I do not kid myself for a moment, this is a very different endeavor. Here, among all of you, I find myself once again an apprentice.

 

I look forward to the challenge and most of all learning, adding to my skill set, and perusing what has beckoned me my entire life, building tall ships.

I welcome all of you to pick up a chisel, choose your favorite mortise and set a peg!

 

 

Warm Regards,

 

Bill Hime

 

 

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Augie,

 

Lol, yeah those plans have been rolled up since 1999, they were tighter than a cuban cigar! So we reverse rolled them, we are letting them sit overnight and tomorrow we will lay them out and press them. Tomorrow I will start building my ship board, which will be used throughout the construction process with multiple attachments. I will post pictures of my build board as I know everyone is always looking for a new idea. 

 

Kenr,

 

Thank you so much for joining. I am truly excited to get started, but as I said, I walk in this as a humble apprentice and I look forward to everyone's input.

 

Warm regards, 

 

Bill

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Well, the itemization is finished; all items accounted for and in good shape! Thanks to the admiral's involvement, every stick and piece has been labelled, numbered and packaged in it's groups for easy access during the build. I can't thank her enough, what a great start :)!

 

Bill

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Hi Bill - I built the Pride myself a couple of years ago, with the help of Bob Hunt's practicum. I highly recommend it although a bit pricey. I'd also suggest a book, "Pride of the Sea", which details the building of the first Pride and it's tragic demise. I'll look forward to following your progress.

 

Steve B.

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Hello Everyone!

Wayne, Mark, Harvey,

There are no back row seats. That's why the shop is in the living room, Lol! Front row for everyone!

Now where is that popcorn machine?????

 

Augie,

I bought the Admiral a new front door today. Installing it tomorrow before football starts at noon ;)

 

Steve B.

Thank you for following! That's great to hear that someone else has built the Pride of Baltimore. Haven't been able to find any build logs on her. I look forward to your input. And thanks for the book suggestion. I love researching  and totally becoming immersed in a project.

 

Well, tomorrow after a morning door install for the Admiral, I will get busy on my build board. Hope to have it done and be cutting out bulkheads and doing some initial dry fitting.

 

 

Warm Regards,

 

Bill 

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Well with a new front door behind me and some 12 hour shifts knocked off the calender, it's time to get back to the shipyard.

The Admiral and I have all the lumber measured, counted and tagged. Same with all the misc hardware. I laid out my build board today, hoping to put the router to it tomorrow.

Tonight, numbering bulkheads and cutting a few out before I have to go to work at 10:30pm. I will put up some pics this weekend showing my steps, keeping in mind that this log would be viewed by someone new to ship modeling, (like me ;)). It will also keep me in short accounts and not getting ahead of myself.

 

Warm Regards,

 

Bill

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As you can see, the shipyard has finally come to life!

 

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Here you can see that everything has been inventoried, separated and tagged.

 

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Upon examining the laser cut sheet stock, I found the center keel sheet and the bulkhead sheet to a lesser extent, were cupped. Something I will keep in mind when gluing and squaring the hull frame.

 

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Next, then, all the bulkheads and the center keel have been removed, with the center keel given a light sanding. Bulkheads have been lettered and each marked with a reference line.  

 

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At this point, I have put a lot of thought into changes I want to make to this kit. I plan on incorporating Wenge Wood into the keel and rudder, as well as the deck railings and plank sheers. I will also be using boxwood instead of basswood for the hull planking and I will be using Yellowheart  for the decking. Here below are an example of two of the woods.

 

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I am going to cut out the keel pieces and plank sheers and use them as a finishing template for these pieces. I will use the laser cut outline, then, to lay the pieces out directly on the hardwood for cutting so they will be larger than needed. From here they will be rough cut and finished. Below, you can see that I have laid out dimensional stock on each of the pieces to determine how much wood would be needed and what size pieces of wood I would fit them into.

 

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So tonight, I will be gluing up the center keel and pressing it under some weight as it dries. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving so it'll be back to the shipyard on Friday for some bulkhead gluing. Until then, happy Thanksgiving to all you guys and have a great holiday!

 

Warm regards,

 

Bill

 

 

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Hi Bill

If that false keel is still warped after it is joined you must flatten it. I had this problem and got the keel flattened by wetting it, heavily weighting it and drying it several times over. It finally flattened. DO NOT put the bulkheads onto a warped keel - it will cause you no end of problems later. I'm sure you know this.

 

Look forward to your build and the interesting timbers you are planning to incorporate into it. I used boxwood for my hull and it is a very nice timber to work with, so much better than walnut which is, comparatively, brittle and splinters more easily.

 

Cheers

Alistair

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Hi bill, good to see you starting. I have to agree about flattening out the bulkhead former before doing anything else as per alistair, I have found that soaking the ply in water and then drying out over a day or so works well, just don't soak the ply to long as the glue between the plys will make it come apart.

Whatever way you decide to do it, just make sure the former is perfectly strait or you will be in for trouble.

 

Look forward to watching your build.

 

Ben

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So here is last night's dry fitting of the bulkheads, as you can see, bulkheads G-K do not sit down in their slots. 

 

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The next series of pictures are of the center keel after pressing. She still is a good 1/32" off of being straight, so I am going to score, glue and clamp her for about 24-48 hours and see how that comes out.

 

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In doing all this, the biggest problem I have come across tonight is that bulkheads G-K are significantly cupped. Pressing them is not out of the question but the bigger issue I am running into, is that unlike newer kits, my bulkhead and false keel are all made out of true lumber and are not plywood. Fixing plywood is much simpler than fixing such thin pieces of wood that have sat in a box since 1999. So with that said, we will see how the keel turns out when I pull it out of the clamps, scoring is not an option as with the bulkheads I would have to run with the grain, whereas with the keel I was running across the grain. In the meantime I will be cutting out my keel, stem and stern post and making templates to transfer them onto the Wenge wood that I have selected as their replacement. 

 

Any thoughts are more than welcome. Looking forward to hearing what you have to say, in the meantime, I'll keep working away because there is always something that needs to be done in the shipyard.

 

Warm regards,

 

Bill

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