2019 Wooden Boat Festival Follow-Up

HSPMS member Clare Hess reports on his experience displaying his Japanese boat models at the 2019 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival in September.

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I recently got back from the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Washington, and it was a very long drive, so I’ve been spending some time recovering and not blogging. It was a great experience though, with a very supportive event staff and many, many appreciative visitors. The event took place over three days in September by the Northwest Maritime Center, and has apparently been going on every year since 1977.

I made the long drive up from home, staying overnight at my sister’s home in Shelton, Washington. From the San Francisco Bay Area, it was a 14-hour drive in my car loaded with models of Japanese traditional boats, plus tools and supplies to demonstrate model construction. Luckily, everything arrived safely.

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Lower Prices on Amati Kits at Ages of Sail

Online seller Ages of Sail, which is located just down the Bay from us, recently announced some changes to their Amati kit pricing, with some very welcome price cuts. Many of the Amati kit prices seem to be cut 13-15%, but a lot kits are cut 30-40%, with some, like the cutter Lady Nelson from Amati’s Victory Models line, being cut by more than 48% – nearly half off the old pricing.

 

Amati is well known for some classic ship model kits, like HMS Bounty, the Robert E. Lee, and Columbus’s ships of exploration, as well as it’s Victory Models line of kits, like HMS Pegasus, HMS Vanguard, and the bomb vessel Granado.

The price cuts make Ages of Sail more competitive with other popular online seller of ship model products, and makes it much easier for those of us interested in building one these beautiful kits. Ω

Nicely Executed Model of Caldercraft’s HMS Sherbourne

Those of you looking for a nice first model should take a look at these photos of Caldercraft’s HMS Sherbourne. This was the first wooden build by Jon Gordon. A beautiful job too!

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We recently found a beautiful model of HMS Sherbourne built by ship modeler Jon Gordon. The 1/64-scale model of the late 18th-century, 10-gun cutter was built from a Caldercraft kit, with modifications made.

HMS Sherbourne was designed by Sir Thomas Slade, who also designed HMS Victory, and was launched in December of 1763 for use against smugglers in the English Channel.

Photo copyright Jon Gordon, used with permission.

The kit is part of Caldercraft’s “Nelson’s Navy” series, which are almost all 1/64-scale kits.

Photo copyright Jon Gordon, used with permission.

There are a lot more photos of Mr. Gordon’s model on The NRG’s Model Ship World, and you can see them here: https://modelshipworld.com/gallery/album/1981-hm-cutter-sherbourne-by-edwardkenway/

For those interested in building their own model of the Sherbourne, we have the kit available at Ages of Sail for only $129. Ω

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New MSW Scratch Build Project Available – HMS Winchelsea

Those of you who might be interested in a build-as-you-go group project, or a first scratch build of an admiralty-style wooden sailing ship model, here’s a great opportunity to get started with lots of help from fellow ship modelers.

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Chuck Passaro, ship modeler and owner/operator of Syren Model Ship Company, recently announced on Model Ship World his plans to change the operational model of his company somewhat, and will no longer be developing new kits. He will be continuing to focus on producing blocks, rigging line, and his existing kits, but has decided to change course for future developments.

In keeping with the new changes, he has teamed up with Model Ship World to make a new online project available to NRG/MSW members. The project, which he has been developing over the course of several years, is the 32-gun British frigate Winchelsea, 1764.

Interested builders will need to be a member of the Model Ship World online forum, but there is no cost to join. As am MSW member (and MSW members are automatically registered as NRG associate members), you can then pay a $15 access fee…

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Gunboat Philadelphia – 1/2″ scale scratch model by Paul Reck

Member Paul Reck has officially declared his model of the American Revolutionary War gunboat Philadelphia complete. Paul has been working on this scratch built model for about 2 years. The model is built at 1/2″ scale (1:24) and is based on a very detailed 16-sheet set of plans he purchased from the Smithsonian.

The cannon and swivel gun barrels were turned from wood.

Furled sails and awning were make from silkspan.

Philadelphia was one of the boats built by Benedict Arnold on Lake Chaplain, New York. In October of 1776, the Philadelphia and a collection of other newly built boats faced an advancing line of British ships. While the Philadelphia was sunk and the Americans were forced to retreat, the British advance was stopped.

A photo of the early stages of construction taken at the September 2017 club meeting. Paul’s is a plank-on-frame model, but all his framing work is hidden by the hull planking.

Paul points out some of the fine details given in the Smithsonian plans.

For more information about the gunboat Philadelphia, visit the following link to the Smithsonian’s web site: https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/gunboat-philadelphia Ω

Vanguard Models – HMS Alert Kit Available

Good news for Chris Watton fans (designer of the kits from Amati’s Victory Models line). The first kit of his new product line, Vanguard Models, is now available, a 1/64-scale armed English cutter HMS Alert.

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Just saw the news this morning on Model Ship World that Chris Watton’s Vanguard Models site is now fully functional and his new HMS Alert kits are available for sale.

The 1/64-scale cutter model measures 637mm long and 517mm high – that’s about 25″ long and 20″ high – and sells for £180.00 plus shipping, or just under $230.

You can order the kit here: https://vanguardmodels.com/h-m-armed-cutter-alertstatic

Mr. Watton says that he’ll now be working on the next project, the brig HMS Speedy.

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Preventing Glue Spills

A tip for those who knock over open CA glue bottles the way I do…

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Last week, I got fed up with knocking over little bottles of CA glue and finally tried to do something about it.

I’ve been using these small 1/2 oz. bottles of BSI brand cyanoacrylate glue (i.e. super glue), and I’ve found that they are very easy to knock over. It wouldn’t be so bad, except that I find the vapor inside the bottles seem to be very sensitive to heat, and expand easily when warmed. If left open, the resulting pressure increase manages to push the glue out and into a puddle on the workbench.

One thing I started to do was to keep the glues in the base of a small compartmentalized parts box. This works, but you have to keep the parts box nearby at all times when using the glue.

Recently, I left a bottle out on the bench and didn’t realize that I’d knocked it over…

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