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  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
What? Why This?
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 8:30 AM

Hi Ya'll 

          As you all know I have been building for a client(Something I said I would stop doing) and have come to a rather stark conclusion. The Manufacturer of this Kit, Even though they apparently have a home page is defunct. I have tried four different ways to get in touch to no avail.

          The ship is hard enough to figure out without the patterns being the wrong sizes and the fact that the previous owner lost some parts of which there is no mention in the instructions that remain. The deck patterns were the right size, But everything falls in the wrong spots. It's Like they stretched the page after they printed it and then re-copied it to the booklet!

           Note to ship lovers out there. If you have the chance, Don't buy any BEARCO brand  Model ships. There's no one to ask questions of for whatever reason!

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 12:48 PM

What type of ship is it and what is its name?

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 2:46 PM

Well, Eugene!

       It's a Great Lakes Taconite Freighter in .H.O. Scale and big. It has numerous things it can represent though. From the late Twenties to the early seventies. Remember "Lakers" last a lot longer and Many were converted to diesel to continue in service. Fresh water didn't take the toll that storms did! The Company did a few different types including Tankers. But this was intended to be a Taconite or Raw Iron Ore ship. In service to U.S.Steel! He wanted a specific name, which escapes me just now. The kit was designed so you could build probably about thirty different ships.

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 3:53 PM

Well it should be interesting,does it resemble the Edmund Fitzgerald?

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 8:15 AM

Hi Eugene!

      As a matter of fact, with All the parts and patterns present and accounted for ,YES, you could Build the Edmund Fitzgerald! As it is I am building a particular U.S.S. ship. United States Steel had quite a large Fleet.

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 8:34 PM

Very cool!I hope you are able to get it together!

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  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:48 AM

Was this one of the "standard designs" built just before and during WW2?  I am familiar with Bearco, but have never built one.  I have come up with my own techniques for building lakers.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, July 28, 2022 10:07 AM

Yeah:

     Missileman , this particular ship was intended to be able to be built as anything from the Thirties all the way up to just after the Edmund Fitzgerald types. So yes, the model could be built to many different but common ships. What surprises me is that although there seems to be a group or groups dedicated to the types of vessels within the category they all had different features, And yet for some reason BEARCO was the only one offering either these or their Tanker series.

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