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Old 05-10-2010, 04:23 PM
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Hi All,

I am building a wooden sailing vessel based on the coastal packet ship Ohio.

source:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2554...4-h/25544-h.htm

Inspriation:
http://cocatrez.net/Water/RC_Square...areRiggers.html

I choose for the scale 1:30.48 (1ft = 1cm) The ships hull length is 107ft making the model 1.07 meter.

The goal of this project is to try building a (semi) scale RC tall-ship and learning the required techniques to build model ships.

I already learned allot on this forum by reading threads, thanks for writing them!
Any comment on this project is welcome.

The first images:

Hull lines of the Ohio coastal packet ship


Rigging plan of the Savannah


Hull lines scaled and printed


The keel and the first rib


the first 6 ribs in place


the first 6 ribs in place

 
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Excellent work Rico, nice job on the framing. I don't know much of RC stuff but I am sure there are some members who do.

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A very nice choice of subject!

As the other RC square-rigger-in-progress guy, I invite you to check the link in my signature below. There's a lot of pictures of my progress, regress, and mind-changes that might help you avoid some of the holes in the road ahead.

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Not much progress since the last post,
I got a little bored of making ribs, 10 more to go and at least one evening each to make them.

So I thought; for a change, let's try to make a mast





What type of wood are masts made of in the 17's century? I think of staining the wood before varnishing. Oak perhaps?



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Spruce, in particular Sitka Spruce - which is also great for models if you can get it.

I used clear white cedar on Constellation - just happened on some in the lumber yard. Strong, flexible (because what doesn't give breaks), and very light.

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Thanks for the info Jerry,

I couldn't find a spruce varnish, probably because most people want their wood NOT look like spruce :P

I finally finished the ribs and they are glued on the keel. That was allot of work, for the future I have to start looking for a better solution...

But the result is acceptable for me. wood for the hull planks are ordered.





In the meantime I was making the stern of the boat. wich is by the way a much nicer task then the hull frames.











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Hello everyone,

I can't believe it has been 1,5 year since my last post.

There is not much progress on my ship ever since, but I have worked occasionally on planking.

I don't expect my ship to be finished in the near future but I still enjoy building now and than.

I chose balsa for planking. although it is not the perfect material for ships it has some advantages:

I have allot of experience with balsa (18 years aircraft modelling)
It is fairly easy to modify
It is relatively cheap

A disadvantage: it won't bend that much. but after wettening it bends enough.





This is my home made plank cutter. I use 3mm balsa planks of 10x100cm I cut them into planks of 12 mm.

 
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She's looking good. Be careful though - you're making me look fast :)

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