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  • Thanks Frank. I hope one day to take you up on that.

    As the weekend finished I have completed the paddle wheel assembly:









    As you can see I quartered the connecting arms as per the earlier discussion. I still need to spray a flat coat over some shiny spots. I'm not sure about the decals either, they need some tweaking.

    For the most part, though, I am finished for now and I can move towards the bow with the finishing touches on this deck before moving up to the next one.

    Jeff

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    • Nice!
      ..........

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      • Looks great. I like your lettering on the cover.

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        • Love it, love it, love it!!!

          John

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          • Jeff, it just looks fantastic. I'm enjoying this very much.
            Frank

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            • Yes Sir Jeff- well done. :up:
              Carl

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              • Thank you, Ray, Glen, John, Frank, and Carl.

                John, I neglected to comment on your C.R. Lamb photo that you posted on Tony's thread. Nice work! I hope I can one day build at your level.

                I'm glad to have gotten to this point as I have a busy schedule for the next while so building will slow down. My wife and I are taking an Alaskan cruise next month and we plan to take in the White Pass and Yukon Railway. I have plenty of things to do before we go though so play time will have to be cut back.

                I'll still putter away as I can and keep you posted on the build progress.

                Jeff

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                • Great progress, Jeff. This wheel assembly is really nice.

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                  • Thank you, Frederic, and thank you to all of you who have been patiently waiting for an update. I have been busy with my professional activities over the last while and have not been that active on the build or the forum.

                    I have been lurking, but relatively quiet. I hope to be a bit more involved again as I get back into this build.

                    At this point I am ready to begin to move up to the next deck. The first order of business is to add the beam from the stem aft that supports the deck over the open part of the main deck at the bow. If one looks carefully at the reference photos it can be seen:



                    I built the partially open freight door on the starboard side so I could have a load of freight just inside the door for the viewer to see:





                    I cut and shaped sheet styrene for the next deck and cut out the stairwell openings in the forward part of the deck. I laid it on top to fine tune the fit:









                    That's all for now. Hopefully I'm gaining some momentum and can get back to building and posting again.

                    Jeff

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                    • Jeff, It's looking GREAT !!!

                      It's wonderful to see you back at model work. Maybe that will inspire me to get back at it too.

                      Cheers,

                      Bob
                      http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=30102

                      http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=51837

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                      • Hi Jeff;

                        Good to see you back. Beautiful work, m'Man.

                        Soldier on, Sir!
                        Gord Schneider

                        President and Chief Engineer,

                        Kootenay Lakes Steam & Navigation Company

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                        • Thank you, Bob and Gord,

                          It is good to get back to it. I have a question for anyone that can answer it. What is the surface of this deck and the upper deck covered with? I don't have any good colour pictures of the prototype for reference and all the models that I have seen appear to have a solid gray deck surface. It does not appear to be wooden planking; unless it is painted gray and the resolution of the pictures don't show the planking. This ship was built in 1896.

                          Does anyone have the answer?

                          Thanks,

                          Jeff

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                          • Hi Jeff, man she is really looking great.

                            This cute little video of the SS Ticonderoga may be of help. Pause at 1:50

                            and 2:43 to get color photos of the forward passenger deck. I was aboard her

                            in 2003 and took some photos of the hurricane deck and walking beam. The

                            deck color was the same then. Don't know what the weather surface material is.

                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUmrHu06YGk

                            John

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                            • Jeff, that could be varnished heavy canvas, laid over the planking. Just a guess, but I know that was used in some nautical construction back in the day.

                              Cheers.
                              Gord Schneider

                              President and Chief Engineer,

                              Kootenay Lakes Steam & Navigation Company

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                              • Jeff - I just caught up and read this whole thread....

                                Only thing I can say is that you are a true craftsman.

                                I know you will be happy when you see this build through.

                                Good luck!!! It is a fine looking stern wheeler!!

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