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Creole Queen by wim500 - sternwheeler - 1/82 - Wood


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Taking a deep breath and starting all over again with this buildlog.

Luckily Ik kept a log on Donnie's site :).

 

After 4 ships out of the box (kit) it was about time to build a ship from scratch. I decided to build the Creole Queen riverboat, a commercial paddlesteamer from New Orleans. On a scale of 1/82 the total length will be about 85 cm. I ordered some plans from Dumas for their RC-kit and started to draw my own plans. I will take a lot of time for this build.

 

The original:

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Dumas drawings, nice but not for the hull, no details on the plans.

Their plans were meant for RC-models and not for scratch-build.

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Making my own drawings:

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Keel and frames:

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Middle and stern almost fixed:

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"Planking"

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To be continued in part 2

 

Wim

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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Part 2:


The deck (1 mm plywood):

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Sanding, putty, sanding, putty, sanding, painting;
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For constructing the windows of the cabins I made a mould:

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First cabins, also 1 mm plywood:

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White painting and some shutters and doors made out of plasticcard:

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Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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Part 3:

 

Pics and not so many words.

 

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Rudders:

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Dry transfer decals:

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Second deck:

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The open deck:

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Wim

 

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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Part 4:

 

 

Dryfitting railings:

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Dryfitting sternwheel:

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Some tests for the top of the chimney:
1 = 160 grams paper
2 = 80 grams paper double with alu-foil
3 = 160 grams paper double with alu-foil
4 = sodacan (0,14 mm)
5 = brass (0,12 mm)

 

CreoleQueenscratch0085.jpg

 

1, 2 and 4 are not firm enough.
3 is firm, but it became very thick.
So it will be the brass I will use for the chimneys.

 

 

This is as far the build is now.

 

With a short break it took me not even an hour to update :).

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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Catching up again, great to see that you are back at it.

 

Michael

Current builds  Bristol Pilot Cutter 1:8;      Skipjack 19 foot Launch 1:8;       Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14 1:8

Other projects  Pilot Cutter 1:500 ;   Maria, 1:2  Now just a memory    

Future model Gill Smith Catboat Pauline 1:8

Finished projects  A Bassett Lowke steamship Albertic 1:100  

 

Anything you can imagine is possible, when you put your mind to it.

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Dear all,

 

Thank you for your nice words, it's appreciated and motivating.

 

@Sjors, sometimes while modeling I feel some eyes staring, now I know this must be you ;).

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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I'm pleased to see your Creole Queen log restored to her former glory, Wim, she's looking great, I'm looking forward to more updates :)

Best regards,

Aldo

Currently Building:
HMS Pegasus (Victory Models)-Mothballed to give priority to Triton

 

HMS Triton (first attempt at scratchbuilding)

 

 


Past build:
HM Brig Badger (Caldercraft), HM Brig Cruizer, HM Schooner Ballahoo

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Hello Wim,

 

Welcome back.  It's great to see your build back here.

I see the 'Wuppie' is still here too, nice  :P

 

Looking forward to your updates.  She is becoming a real Queen.

 

Take care,

 

Anja

Those we loved but lost are no longer where they were, but are always where we are.


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Thans for the nice words Aldo and Anja.


@Anja

We lost the competion but the "wuppy" refused to believe that and kept smiling :).

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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I continued with the both paddlewheels, the Creole Queen has indeed two paddle wheels with each three wheels.

CreoleQueenscratch0087.jpg

 

The six wheels are loose yet, so I needed a jig for preventing them to turn around.

I hope a picture tells more than words:

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I had forgotten to tell you how I've made the wheels:

Wheels are made out of 1 mm plasticcard, one piece of 5mm brass rod, some pieces of 6 mm brass rod and some metal rings.

 

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I hope the pictures will tell the story.

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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Hello Carl,


Thanks, I used the washers (that's better than metal rings :) ) for more support to the wheel and to keep it better right-angled.

Without the washers it was a bit flabby.

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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A small but crucial update for me.

I finished the construction of the paddlewheel and positioned it at the stern.

After the glue has dried I need a little putty, sanding and painting.

 

CreoleQueenscratch0095.jpg

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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Nice work on the wheels, Wim.  Seems we spend almost as much time doing touch up as we do building, doesn't it? :)

Mark
"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

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Thanks Mike, you are absolutely right :).


Thanks Sjors, I will send you and Anja an invitation for her maiden trip.

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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nice! work Wim....... I've always been a fan of your work ..... and I see this is going to be another "Wimmer" for you !! ( just a little pun ) :P

Thanks for the comment on my build.

Frank

completed build: Delta River Co. Riverboat     HMAT SUPPLY

                        

                         USRC "ALERT"

 

in progress: Red Dragon  (Chinese junk)

                      

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  • 3 weeks later...

@Pete38

Thanks for looking in and your nice words.

At the moment I'm focussed on the Turtle ship, but in a few weeks I hope to continue with this one.

Have only made a mistake at the paddlewheel, there's too much space between blades/paddles 3 and 4.

But in my opinion the total view is good, so I'm not gonna change that.

 

The Belle of Louisville is another beautiful riverboat, If you gonna start the build I will follow that closely.

Have fun with the preparations :).

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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Haven't done much, so only a small update.

 

Placed the name of the ship at starboard and port and changed the letters "CQ" by larger ones.

 

CreoleQueenscratch0096.jpg

 

Placed windows and red curtains in the cabin of the 3rd deck.

 

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A first layer of green on the open deck.

 

CreoleQueenscratch0098.jpg

 

Preparing the last deck for the wheelhouse.

 

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Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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Hello Sjors,

 

Thanks for looking in.

I think you are right that this green is to green.

It's indeed the first layer and the next layer I will mix the green a little bit with a drup of grey.

Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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  • 2 weeks later...

First wooden chimneys are gone in the trash, almost impossible to line the both different diameters.

Started again with cupper pipe for waterworks (15 mm), then ducttape around the 10 mm wooden rod and it fits better than before.

 

Decorations between the stacks were made of a wooden rod and brass. This was a hell of a job, only after several hours of suffering I was satisfied with the result.

 

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Cheers,
Wim

Current build:
Creole Queen scratchbuild and Korean Turtle War Ship

Finished: King of the Mississippi, Bon Retour, Chinese Pirate Junk, Nave Egizia
Next builds:  Gundeck Vasa; Bounty (bashed)

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Wim that looks really sharp, nice brass work.

 

Michael

Current builds  Bristol Pilot Cutter 1:8;      Skipjack 19 foot Launch 1:8;       Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14 1:8

Other projects  Pilot Cutter 1:500 ;   Maria, 1:2  Now just a memory    

Future model Gill Smith Catboat Pauline 1:8

Finished projects  A Bassett Lowke steamship Albertic 1:100  

 

Anything you can imagine is possible, when you put your mind to it.

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