The next meeting of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights is coming up quickly, Saturday, February 18th aboard the ferryboat Eureka.
Naturally, the sunny weather we’ve been enjoying in the San Francisco Bay area is coming to an end, and the forecasts call for a couple days of rain. However, they show a break in the weather on the weekend. Let’s hope they’re correct!
Models from the January meeting.
In the meantime, here’s the latest issue of the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights Newsletter for February for your reading enjoyment.
Note that we’ve got an outing coming up on March 2nd to the Maritime Museum off-site storage facility where we’ll see LOTS of stuff not normally accessible to the public. Now’s a good time to join the club!
For all those would-be blog followers who have a hard time dealing with our WordPress URL: hspms.wordpress.com, there’s good news! As of now, this site is officially HSPMS.ORG.
After having to deal way too many times with club members asking the question, “What’s our web address again?” we spent a little money to upgrade our site. New, simpler address, more storage space, and no more goofy ads!
This is still a WordPress site, so you can still follow it like any WordPress blog, and you can still reach it using the old URL, so no need to worry about broken links. Pass the word and the address along to your ship modeler friends – now it’s easy! Ω
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The new newsletter has been posted on our Meeting Notes page, which you can always access from the menubar above. But, to make things easy, here’s a link to the pdf document for your reading enjoyment.
Feel free to pass this along to anyone who might be interested in reading it.
Happy ship modeling!
Saturday, January 21st, will be the first meeting of 2017 for the Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights. It’s a new year, and getting together with fellow ship modelers is a great way to start!
Paul McKenzie and his Sakonnet Daysailer model at the November meeting.
The weather is certainly questionable, so I’m hoping many of us will be able to attend with their projects to finish out the year, wish each other happy holidays, and get us ready and inspired to start the new ship modeling year!
However, to help entice members to attend and to celebrate the start of the new ship modeling year, the club will be providing free coffee and pastries. So, bring those projects, warm up with coffee and treats, and spend a little time with your ship modeling cohorts!
As always, guests are welcome. Meeting takes place in the model shop aboard the ferryboat Eureka at 9:30am. If the Park gate is closed, simply let yourself in.
See you there!
Ship modeler, lead volunteer and club Commodore Paul Reck said he got burned out on his current project, the schooner yacht Mayan. He’s been wrestling with trying to get a a nice weathered look to the model’s teak deck and needed a break.
He had acquired a neat little vintage plastic kit from the old Pyro Plastic Corporation and has been working on it lately. The whole model is only about 9-1/2″ long overall and around 1:170 scale according to one website (no scale is given on the box).
Because the yards were molded as part of the sails, and he didn’t want to put sails on the model, he had to fashion some yardarms from maple.
The thin and “bendy” nature of the plastic masts, it took a very careful touch with the rigging to keep everything straight. But, it was difficult to keep lines from getting too slack.
Paul also didn’t want to use the pre-molded plastic shrouds and ratlines, so rigging that part was an extra challenge, but he seemed to really enjoy the build.
Hopefully, we’ll see the model, in person, at the next meeting.