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USS Maine Steam Torpedo Launch (1895)

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  • From: Towson MD
USS Maine Steam Torpedo Launch (1895)
Posted by gregbale on Friday, July 31, 2020 6:03 PM

For you pre-Dreadnought-era fans who never find your way over to the 'Paper Models' section...I've scratchbuilt the coal-fired Torpedo Boat design originally slated to be carried by the armored cruiser USS Maine in the 1890s.

More photos of the 1/72 paper/card build and a short history may be found here:

http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/52/t/185947.aspx

Thank you.

Greg

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Posted by DUSTER on Friday, July 31, 2020 11:18 PM

Wow looks real good

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, August 1, 2020 10:48 AM

Fantastic.  I sometimes scratchbuild models from wood, but with a hull shape like that I wouldn't know where to begin with paper!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:07 PM

Don Stauffer
but with a hull shape like that I wouldn't know where to begin with paper!

Um...scissors?

[Sorry...I couldn't help myself. Confused]

Thanks, guys, for the nice words.

Greg

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, August 2, 2020 6:52 AM

gregbale

 

 
Don Stauffer
but with a hull shape like that I wouldn't know where to begin with paper!

 

Um...scissors?

[Sorry...I couldn't help myself. Confused]

Thanks, guys, for the nice words.

 

But how did you layout the curved planking lines- spiling I think they call it.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 2, 2020 10:03 AM

Don Stauffer
But how did you layout the curved planking lines- spiling I think they call it.

Since it was a small project, I did it sort of 'by eye.'

I've never lofted hull lines before, but I've done a fair amount of drafting and orthographic layout over the years. When I started drawing up my hull sections I had large and fairly precisely-measurable plan and profile drawings, and a good-quality illustration to gauge the contours. I actually used the plank lines on the profile as my datum lines for various measurements, and left them visible on the sections themselves.

When I started putting the frame together, it was easy to do quick sight-lines along the exposed section-edges to check that the contours were right. (They weren't all: I had to do a bit of fettling and trimming, mainly with the sharply-undercurved contours at the stern.) Similarly, when I started skinning the hull, the marked lines on the sections were there as a guide to each planking line.

It worked well on a simple and small-scale model where nothing was longer than the ruler I was using for measuring. I don't think it would have been quite as easy on a larger and more complex design.

It was also made easier by the fact that I wasn't laying out lines for someone else to use. If a section needed a bit shaved off while building, I didn't have to go back and re-draft my drawings...I just trimmed and plunged ahead (sometimes remembering to go back and make a pencil correction on my reference set.)

Greg

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Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, August 2, 2020 1:38 PM

Hey! 

What's Next? I'm Waiting!

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 2, 2020 1:54 PM

Tanker-Builder

Hey! 

What's Next? I'm Waiting!

Next paper will probably be some WW1 aircraft...maybe the odd-duck Albatros Triplane.

But first is a dip into plastic airliner territory: the Glencoe Vickers Viscount 700 in home-made Trans Australia Airlines markings. Beware the flying 'Roo!

Greg

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"Every time you correct me on my grammar I love you a little fewer."

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