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Converting the 1/96 Cutty Sark into the Glory of the Seas

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Converting the 1/96 Cutty Sark into the Glory of the Seas
Posted by rwiederrich on Saturday, May 4, 2013 2:08 PM

 Lots of mods are necessary for this conversion...far too many to name just here..but lets begin with the hull.  I had to remove all the detail of the iron gunnel and monkey rail/channel and then build up the gunnel to provide adequate height.  I laid new planking on the junction to the wood siding at the plank sheer.  Then the ornimental cheeks and anchor chain port needed to be altered and removed to its new location.  The CS allows the jib boom to rest above the rail and against the knightshead where as the Glory of the Seas the bowsprit and gib boom are under the rail head.

Here are some images of the conversion beginnings..first the Cutty side as it is molded in the Revell kit.

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Posted by rwiederrich on Saturday, May 4, 2013 2:10 PM

Note the location/extent of the cheek and howser hole..notice the differences in the conversion to the Glory of the Seas.

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Posted by rwiederrich on Saturday, May 4, 2013 2:11 PM

Closeup of the Cutty

 

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Posted by rwiederrich on Saturday, May 4, 2013 2:13 PM

And closeup of the Glory

This is just the beginning....and I have lots more sanding and filling and final touch ups to do..but you can see the change.

 

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Posted by rwiederrich on Saturday, May 4, 2013 2:48 PM

Did a bit more work cleaning up the anchor skid.....the Glory didn't have one.

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Posted by rwiederrich on Saturday, May 4, 2013 2:51 PM

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by rwiederrich on Saturday, May 4, 2013 3:21 PM

Changing the rake of the bow..by adding stock...I'll copper plate next.

 

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Posted by rwiederrich on Saturday, May 4, 2013 4:49 PM

Bow has been adjusted and coppered and painted,

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Posted by rwiederrich on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 5:34 PM

Some more mods and corrections on the Glory of the Seas.   I had to rethink and redo the copper on the addon of the bow (I had to remove some of the lines that the old bow showed through the copper)and I added some more detail along the gunwall.

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Posted by rwiederrich on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 5:40 PM

Another angle...I found this really cool paint that looks just like the old oxidized copper/munx plates after they are in salt water......:)   After I finish steaming the rail and install it, I will paint the sheathing.

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Posted by docidle on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6:14 PM

Very nice work Rob.  What paint did you use on the hull?  It's a beautiful flat finish.  Also, what did you use for coppering the addition on the bow, self sticking copper tape?

I am looking forward to your newly discovered paint!

Steve

       

 

 

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Posted by rwiederrich on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6:50 PM

Thanks Steve...this conversion is very extensive.....American clippers are not built like their British counterparts.  I had to utilize all my resources to make the conversion as accurate at possible.  Since Tacoma/Seattle was her last home..I dug up some old images from the University and local historians....plus my own extensive library had several out of circulation images I found very helpful.

I used self adhesive copper tape...and I will be painting the copper with a brilliant oxide metallic paint.  I use flat black from Ace.....their brand is quite black and very flat....and inexpensive too.

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Posted by rwiederrich on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 7:09 PM

I painted the copper...well a cool metallic color.......it  looks awesome..I think

Hull mods look good too......Yeah..GLORY!

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Posted by rwiederrich on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 10:56 PM

A little bit closer view...I love the paint color.  I need to rebuild the deck...does anyone know where I can get deck material that I can cut to fit?

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc1/485404_10200444715133577_1150466568_n.jpg

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Posted by rwiederrich on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 10:58 PM

An image might be nice

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Posted by rwiederrich on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 11:15 PM

Here is an old image of the Glory of the Seas......just so you can see what I am building

fox
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Posted by fox on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 12:56 PM

You are doing some nice work. Going to watch this build closely. The rigging is going to be very interesting.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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Posted by rwiederrich on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 3:57 PM

Thanks Jim...I'm looking forward to making the composite steel strapped  for/main/mizzen masts..

McKay didn't use solid masts, from a single tree...nor did he use steel riveted masts such as did the British.   The rigging will be fun...kinda like my recently finished Cutty Sark.

The deck houses and deck furniture will all be scratch made as well...so too will the turned spindle railings.  I just finished laying the wood main deck..to cover over the wrong CS deck.

 

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Posted by rwiederrich on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 3:59 PM

And a closer look...I do have individual planks scored..I have to add highlights to bring them out.

 

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Posted by rwiederrich on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:38 PM

Glory of the Seas...NOT the Cutty Sark any longer.  I have changed the rake of the bow(coppered it), reconfigured  the length of the cheek beek, added new bowsprit and jib boom, added gunwall framing...entended the entire hight of the gunwall....and added the planksheer around the hull........sweeewww.

 

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Posted by rwiederrich on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 8:20 PM

I began to paint the gunall white inside.......I'll finish that tomorrow and then begin building the for and poop decks.........sweet.

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Posted by rwiederrich on Thursday, May 9, 2013 4:45 PM

Finished adding the teak rail and finished staining it as well......now I am going through my vaneer collection looking for the right material for the forcasle deck and the poop deck.  I found some nice thin sheets of maple...bout 3.5" wide by less then a milometer thick...I'll frame in the decks first.

I also modified the CS rudder..added material to make it look like Glory's rudder and coppered , painted and installed it.   Fun fun fun..

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Posted by philo426 on Thursday, May 9, 2013 8:18 PM

She ended up being a fish storage ship before she was burned for her copper.Sad end to a great ship!Took place in 1923,       

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Posted by rwiederrich on Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:39 PM

Yep...just down the road from my place.....you can still see remains of her hull at low tide.

I love this ship and I am having a blast creating her.

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Posted by rwiederrich on Thursday, May 9, 2013 11:42 PM

What book did you take that image from...I have the  picture too...but what book?

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, May 10, 2013 9:17 AM

The American Heritage Clipper Ships and Captains by Jane D. Lyon.One of my fave books as a kid that i recently bought on Amazon for a very low price but the book was in excellent condition!

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Posted by philo426 on Friday, May 10, 2013 9:23 AM

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Posted by rwiederrich on Friday, May 10, 2013 9:53 AM

Yep...I've seen that one on ebay.

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Posted by rwiederrich on Friday, May 10, 2013 11:19 AM

More work on the Glory today...I finished painting the gunwalls and staining the rail.

The poop deck still needs to be built in this picture.

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Posted by rwiederrich on Friday, May 10, 2013 11:20 AM

A bit closer view

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