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
Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights member Tom Shea brought in his completed New Bedford Whaleboat model at our meeting last month. Tom completed the model last year, but realized he hadn’t brought it in to a meeting in its completed form.
There were some 60,000 of these boats built by for the American whaling industry. They were sturdy boats, but put to very hard use and had life spans of not much more than three years. Today, maybe two dozen survive in maritime museums.
Tom’s is a 1/16 scale model based on a kit from Model Shipways. The kit is an excellent one, featuring plans and instruction book developed by Erik A. R. Ronnberg, Jr. Tom constructed a special stand that the boat sits upon and displays the all the boats oars, which are each sized differently depending on the rower’s position in the boat.
One of the most difficult parts of this kit, according to Tom, was all the small details of all the hardware carried by these boats, including harpoons, lances, compass, rope tubs, and more. In the last photo shown below, there’s even a knife in its sheath sitting on the stern platform.
Tom chose to give his model a dark, weathered finish, which really gives a feel of an old well used whaleboat – a beautifully done model. We’re all hoping it will end up on display in our ship model display cabinet outside our workshop on the Eureka. Ω
Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights member Paul Reck has been going to town on a French bomb ketch he’s been building from a discontinued Amati kit. He’s been building it for a friend of his and has only had the kit since November. So, he’s clearly been really going to town on this model.
The kit, listed as Nave Bombarda, is a 1/75-scale plank-on-bulkhead kit of an 18th-century ketch-rigged bomb vessel. He got the model from member Leo Kane, who hadn’t started the kit yet, and who originally bought it from Ages of Sail. Sadly, the kit is no longer in production and is difficult to find now.
Paul sent these photos along, but we haven’t seen the completed model in person. I’m hoping that we’ll have a chance to get a better look at it at the next meeting of the shipwrights, which is this coming Saturday. I think everyone’s going to be amazed at how Paul did such a beautiful job in what’s probably not more than 6 month’s time!
Ship modeler and commodore of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, Paul Reck, has been a busy bee with his ship modeling projects. But, that’s nothing unusual for him. Paul recently put the finishing touches on a 1/4″ scale model of a U.S. Navy Anchor Hoy from the early 1800s. His model is based on a drawing and notes found in the book American Ship Models and How to Build Them.
Paul Reck explaining the details of the Anchor Hoy at the April meeting.
The release of new television series and the release of a wooden ship model kit aren’t things that often go together. So, seeing the new HMS Terror kit released by OcCre of Spain and the new series, The Terror, on American Movie Classics, was quite a surprise.
What’s special about the new kit from OcCre is that it’s based on the work of ship modeler Matthew Betts, who researched the subject for years in the construction of his scratch-build model of HMS Terror. Mister Betts describes the building of his own 1/48-scale model and his research in detail on his blog site, which you can find at: http://buildingterror.blogspot.ca
The 1/65-scale OcCre kit can be purchase from the Spanish company’s website for €99, at http://www.occre.com, or in the U.S., from Ages of Sail for $149 here: http://www.agesofsail.com/ecommerce/hms-terror-occre-oc12004.html
Having looked at the kit information, this appears to be a very good deal.
If you haven’t seen the series yet, it’s based on a novel by the same name, by author Dan Simmons. It follows the arctic explorations ships HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, both originally built as bomb vessels but modified for arctic operation, in their search for the fabled Northwest Passage. The crews face the elements, being trapped in the Arctic ice, disease, starvation, plus something much more sinister out on the ice that is killing them off one by one.
The series premiered on March 25, 2018 and the episodes can be seen on AMC and are available for purchase on iTunes. Here’s AMC’s own website on their new series: http://www.amc.com/shows/the-terror
In any case, we’ll be looking forward to seeing some builds of this kit (and more episodes of the series). Ω
The building of the Flattie kit by Corel began this past Saturday at the club’s model workshop aboard the Eureka. Members Paul Reck, Tom Shea and Clare Hess started the project. This kit is part of an effort by the club to recommend some ship model kits for new builders, and to serve as an intro kit for new club members. And, while the kit is officially a recommended kit, this is based mostly on cost, simplicity of the boat’s design, and simple rig.
Paul reviews the kit contents.
We purchased the kit from Ages of Sail, which is located across the bay, but we’re working on trying to get Kingspoke, the gift shop at the entrance to the pier, to carry the kit, so we can just send people there who are interested in starting the kit for themselves.
After dealing with some scheduling issues due to looming government shutdowns, the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights managed a nice, normal meeting on February 17, the first meeting of the year. We had 8 members attending, which is pretty good for this group. We agreed that we need to bring in more ship modelers, as only about 3 attending members have been actively ship modeling in recent months.
Still, it was one of the most productive meetings we’ve had in some time. We also managed to replace the dehumidifier tubs in the big square-rigger model’s case. Being on the bay, we need to do this periodically to help keep these display models in good condition.