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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Sidewheeler Arrow
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, November 02, 2018 9:17 AM

Starting a scratch project of a paddle steamer, the SS Arrow, an excursion steamer to the islands of Lake Erie.  It will be 1:132, because that is the largest size I could print out the drawings on my 11 x 17 printer (the length of the hull will be about 15 inches).

I usually do my scratch ships as solid hull, using the bread and butter method.  Here are the lifts- ony three needed for this squat hull.

 

Here is a photo of the actual ship.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by ejhammer on Friday, November 02, 2018 9:37 AM

I'll be watching this!

 

EJ

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Posted by crackers on Friday, November 02, 2018 11:23 AM

Wow Don, as a proponant of scratch building, I am looking forward to your scratch build of the walking beam steamer ARROW. One will never see a kit of this model, that is why I like your build progress.

Happy modeling    Big Smile

Anthony V. Santos

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Posted by GMorrison on Friday, November 02, 2018 11:28 AM

That's a great subject, Don. How are you planning to create the deck sheer? A bit of the belt sander?

 

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Posted by PFJN on Friday, November 02, 2018 11:36 AM

Hi,

I'll be watching too.

Pat

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Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, November 02, 2018 12:03 PM

Nice subject Don, I will be sitting in watching this as well.

v/r,

Ben

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Posted by steve5 on Friday, November 02, 2018 3:10 PM

going to enjoy this.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, November 02, 2018 4:07 PM

I haven't seen this done so I'm hoping you post a lot pics Don.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, November 02, 2018 4:29 PM

All of the above, Don. Looking forward to your WIP pics.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 03, 2018 6:33 AM

crackers

Wow Don, as a proponant of scratch building, I am looking forward to your scratch build of the walking beam steamer ARROW. One will never see a kit of this model, that is why I like your build progress.

Happy modeling    Big Smile

 

Actually, Dumas has a kit of a walking beam steamer.  I think it is call the Mt.  Washington or something like that.  But it is a 400 buck plus kit- too rich for my blood.  And big!  I am running out of display room.  Found the plans or the arrow- very similar.  The plans were for a forty plus inch model.  Photgraphed plans with my best digital camera and it worked.  I can print them out on smaller scale.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 03, 2018 6:37 AM

GMorrison

That's a great subject, Don. How are you planning to create the deck sheer? A bit of the belt sander?

 

 

The deck sheer is already cut on the top lift.  I stacked up the lifts before cutting the planforms, and stuck them together with dowels.  That made the top lift stable on the bandsaw, and I was able to cut the sheer.  Then took it apart, drew the plan lines on that upper lift.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, November 04, 2018 8:34 AM

Don;

 Leave it to you ! Nice project .Now I will have do the Canadiana , regardless of scale ! T.B.

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, November 04, 2018 9:03 AM

Ahh, I see. Is this basswood?

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Posted by scottrc on Sunday, November 04, 2018 12:02 PM

I subscribed to this build Don. 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, November 09, 2018 8:58 AM

I have the lifts glued together, and ready to carve.  I printed the section lines onto card stock to make section templates.  The plans give sixteen section drawings, so takes awhile to cut the sixteen templates, but that should make a pretty accurate hull.

 

Yes, that is basswood- God's gift to carvers and scratch builders.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 10, 2018 7:12 PM

crackers

Wow Don, as a proponant of scratch building, I am looking forward to your scratch build of the walking beam steamer ARROW. One will never see a kit of this model, that is why I like your build progress.

Happy modeling    Big Smile

 

crackers

Wow Don, as a proponant of scratch building, I am looking forward to your scratch build of the walking beam steamer ARROW. One will never see a kit of this model, that is why I like your build progress.

Happy modeling    Big Smile

 

I just looked it up at Bluejacket- it is the Portland, not the Mt. Washington.  Over 500 bucks.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by crackers on Saturday, November 10, 2018 11:26 PM

BlueJacket's side -wheel steamer PORTLAND, is an impressive model if one is willing to part with $600., which includes shipping and handling. This walking beam steamer was built in 1889 by the Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine for service between Boston and Portland. Vanished during the terrible New England gale on Noverber 27, 1898 with the loss of 118 passengers and crew. The wreck lies in 460 feet of water off Cape Ann, east of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Happy modeling    Crackers   Smile

Anthony V. Santos

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Posted by rcboater on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 8:48 PM

[quote user="Don Stauffer"

I just looked it up at Bluejacket- it is the Portland, not the Mt. Washington.  Over 500 bucks.

[/quote]

Dumas does have the Mt Washington, a big 1/48 scale RC model, about 4 feet long.

The Bluejacket kits are very nice, with excellent quality plans, fittings, materials, etc., but that can be expensive! 

Looking forward to following this one....!

-Bill

Webmaster, IPMS Patriot Chapter  www.ipmspatriot.org

Billerica, MA

 

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Posted by 1943Mike on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 11:27 PM

Don,

I have no clue as to how to go about scratch building a model ship but, having seen your talents on display in FineScale over the years, I know the WIP will be interesting, informative, and well done.

Also my dad's boat was named the "Arrow" - a late 19th century lobster boat with a sail and centerboard keel converted to a motor vessel with a three cylinder Lathrop engine in the early 20th century. No battery. Large flywheel with notches for a special hunk of iron that allowed Pop to turn it over after having primed the cylinders. The magneto created the spark. My job was to trim the wicks on the kerosene running lamps Big Smile.

Pop at the helm. I'm sitting on the bowsprit in one image and on the top in another. 1950's.

 

Mike

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Posted by fright on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 3:58 PM

Don - looking forward to watching you scratch build. I will try to pick up some pointers with your build. Good Holidays!!!Pirate

Robert O

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