Building a Beginning Billing Boats Kit, Dana Fishing Boat – Part 10: Rigging Preparations

HSPMS member Clare Hess is back to the build of his Dana Fishing Boat kit from Billing Boats, finishing up some details in preparation for rigging the model.

As a reminder, this is an entry level Billing Boats kit that sells for under $80. It features a vaccu-formed plastic hull, wooden deck planking, masts and spars, and fittings in wood, brass, and plastic.

Clare has been making some fairly simple modifications to it, but has mostly built the kit “out of the box”, using the provided materials and fittings.

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Before I continue on with the rigging of the model, there is one more construction assembly to address. The railings on the Dana are made of brass wire, threaded through a hole in each of the brass stanchions. As I mentioned earlier, I painted the stanchions white, but I’m thinking to leave the rail itself bright brass. I haven’t made up my mind on this one. It’s probably easiest to paint them all white, and might be more accurate. Certainly, that’s what the kit instructions seem to show, and it looks good on the box art.

Now, it might be too early to install the rails just yet, as they may get in the way a bit while adding the shrouds and all. I could actually assemble the rails, getting everything bent to shape and all, and leave the final installation until later. However, I’m anxious to make some progress on…

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NRG’s Half Hull Planking Project

Learn the basic techniques of proper hull planking through this kit and instructional blog on the MSW online forum.

From the NRG’s website

This, from the NRG: Whether at a club meeting, at the Nautical Research Guild (NRG) Conference or on Model Ship World (MSW), one of the most frequently asked questions is “how do I plank a hull”. In response, the NRG has developed its first kit: a half-hull of an 18th century merchant ship. The purpose of the kit is to teach the novice model builder how to plank a hull the way it was actually done in the shipyard.This process is known as spiling.

Image from a blog post by Toni Levine, NRG Director, and creator of the project.

https://modelshipworld.com/topic/21980-half-hull-planking-project/

The kit created for this project is available direct from the NRG’s website. It includes the necessary materials and a link to a downloadable set of step-by-step instructions.

The kit is available for $65. Members can receive a 20% discount using the discount code NRG20OFF. The price does not include shipping, which is $10 in the US.

More information and a link to the store page can be found here:

https://thenrg.org/half-hull-planking-kit.php

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New Ancre Titles in 2019

New books from the French ship model publisher Ancre feature some very interesting looking smaller subjects.

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It’s been a while now since both Jean Budriot and Hubert Berti have passed away, but Ancre books has continued to publish new titles and add new language versions to existing ones, and for some reason, I’m having a hard time keeping tabs on them. Their work keeps slipping under my radar, so I’m not quite sure what exactly I’ve missed.

But, I did get an announcement of two new titles this year, as well as the release of their 2020 calendar.

The first one, which I believe was released some months ago, is a monograph on the Louise, an Argenteuil racing yacht of 1878. The photos showing the author’s model look truly beautiful. I can’t imagine that I could make a model that looks this good. But, the subject looks intrinsically beautiful, so it would be hard to go wrong with it.

This book is available in English as…

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