The Rope News, April 1, 2021

Rencently, the Japanese ship model society The Rope Tokyo, released newsletter number 111. The group seems to be as active as ever, though they have been forced, as have we here in the States, to meet via Zoom. Naturally, this impairs certain activities, but they seem to be doing well. In fact, as of this writing, their 46th annual exhibition is taking place for one week in Tokyo.

Of particular interest in this issue is the second part of a USS Susquehanna build by Mr. Kiyoshi Takanarita, who based his model on the Gilbert McArdle’s book, published by  Seawatch Books. Also, an article about Mr. Magnus McLeod of the UK, and his modeling of the HMS Royal Oak.

The book by Gilbert McArdle

You can download the english language edition of The Rope News, No. 111 here.

Or visit the Rope Tokyo’s Newsletter Archive here.

 

 

The Return of Model Shipways’ Yacht America Kit

For those ship modelers who enjoy the history of where the America’s Cup got its start…

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Being a fan of the early Model Shipways kits, I was happy to see that they just re-released their 1/64-scale Yacht America kit. I think it’s actually been a few years since they produced their America kit last. The kits that I was familiar with were solid hull kits, and this one has been “upgraded” to a full plank-on-bulkhead kit.

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The original kit dates back to the old “Yellow Box” kits. I’m not sure how far back these old kits go, but they all had beautifully done plans by naval architect George Campbell. I assume, and really hope, that they continue to include these plans in their newly revised kit, though obviously there would be additional plans and instructions for constructing the hull from bulkheads.

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War of 1812 Gunboats

Some club member musings on individual projects here regarding models of Jeffersonian gunboats. One subject is an Amati kit that’s been around for a while called the Arrow Gunboat. While the name is most certainly fictional, and it was a proposed design, but that’s all that’s really known about it. Was there an actual gunboat based on the drawings? Possibly, given that there were some 170 gunboats in service at the start of the War of 1812.

Looks like we’ll see the Amati gunboat model again soon, and maybe some kind of scratch-built gunboat model as well.

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So, this past week, I’ve been having a few conversations with Mr. Paul Reck, who’s an accomplished ship modeler that runs the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights club in San Francisco. I’ve been a member of that group for at least 10 or 11 years. Paul has been talking for some time about gunboats of the Jeffersonian navy. So, 1801 through the War of 1812. And, yes, that’s technically into the Madison presidency, but we’re talking about the gunboat navy that took shape under Jefferson.

Paul has built a model of the War of Independence gunboat Philadelphia and small galley cutter Lee. Lately, his attention turned to these Jeffersonian gunboats. This is something I’ve always had an interest in, though my knowledge doesn’t really go past a couple historical books on the War of 1812 and the Barbary Wars, and Howard Chapelle’s book History of the American Sailing Navy.

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The HSPMS Youtube Channel

Check out the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights new Youtube channel!

HSPMS member and Commodore Paul Reck has been showing his models to members and other friends by making neat little slide show videos, so it only makes sense to make them available for the public to view.

In addition, we a pretty decent collection of photos from a couple club outings, and from some members that take photos of their progress. Add to that a little footage of our meetings and you have some nice recruitment video material.

Here is the first video we’ve posted. It’s a collection of photos and video footage taken from our 2017 Day Sail aboard the scow schooner Alma, which belongs to the San Francisco Maritime National Park. Check it out.

Our second video is a progress slideshow of Paul Reck’s scratch built US Coast Guard 26′ motor lifeboat. We haven’t seen any footage of it in the water though. Hopefully, it’s not at the bottom of the bay!

Be sure to view these on Youtube and give us a like, and make sure to subscribe to our youtube channel, Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, to view our latest videos.

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Building the Kanrin Maru – Japan’s First Screw Steamer – Part 4

The latest update from HSPMS member Clare Hess on his Dutch-built screw-steamer Kanrin Maru, the second steamship of the Japanese Shogun’s navy, and Japan’s first ship to visit the United States, right here in San Francisco.

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After the modification of the bulwarks, the rest of the model should look pretty much like the plans. The Woody Joe kit seems to be pretty well spot-on with the Dutch maritime museum plans as far as hull shape and deck layout. So, it’s basically the smaller details that I need to consider.

The scrollwork for the bow is a cast metal piece, which looks fine. There are a few artifacts from the casting process which need cleaning up, but this is pretty easy to do. I just used a sharp, chisel pointed blade to cut them away.

With the scrollwork cleaned up, I mounted it on the bow. The upper and lower molding of this piece are supposed to line up with the wooden molding strips applied to the hull. With the scrollwork in place, I decided to trim the stem so that it didn’t stick out beyond the…

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Shipmodeling and Blogging Withdrawls

Ship modeler and HSPMS member Clare Hess discussing dealing with ship modeling withdrawals and purchasing two new kits – one is a paper kit and the other is part 1 of a big, 6-part kit. Will he be starting both kits? With he be finishing either one???

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After announcing my brief blog hiatus a little over a week ago, you might have noticed I’m still blogging. Well, it’s turned out that blogging is a good distraction from family health matters, so here I am writing again. In addition to needing to do a bit of blogging, I’m really finding myself going through some ship modeling withdrawals as well. Now, I don’t have a whole lot of time and space to be working on much, so I mostly think about ship modeling. But, I decided to go ahead and have the good folks at Ages of Sail send me a paper model kit.

Paper model kits require a minimum of tools, result in less mess than wooden ship models, and  the kits are very inexpensive. Perusing the Ages of Sail site was a fun distraction, but I finally settled on Shipyard’s paper kit number MK010, the Dutch fluit Schwartzer Rabe

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