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  • #31
    Jeff,

    I'm liking this a lot, any chance a fellow nautical modeler could get a copy of the plans?
    Frank

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    • #32
      Jeff,

      I'm liking this a lot, any chance a fellow nautical modeler could get a copy of the plans?
      Frank

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      • #33
        Teaser Alert!

        Do I see some short walls in the background????

        Looking good.
        Carl

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        • #34
          Thanks Greg, Frank, and Carl.

          Yes Greg, you do spy the sides of the main deck structure in the background.

          Frank, I don't have a set of plans for this. I used the drawings from Robert Turner's book "Sternwheelers and Steam Tugs - An illustrated history of the Canadian Pacific Railway's British Columbia Lake and River Service" for the hull lines. The rest is from a drawing on the inside covers and photographs from the book and other sources on the internet that I can find.

          The next step is to begin the deck structures:







          The sides are roughed in in these pictures. For this deck I am using matte board for the sides.

          Thanks for stopping by.

          Jeff

          SDG

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          • #35
            Sorry, Carl you also saw these sides in my previous post.

            Jeff

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            • #36
              Wonderful start Jeff. Tell me, what is the LOA and beam width

              of this little beauty? Also, will you be using matte board for

              most the the above deck structures?

              John

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              • #37
                Jeff, the hull has beautiful classic lines. Nice job of eyeballing.
                Frank

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                • #38
                  I love following this build, Jeff. The hull and deck turned out very good. Very interested by the way you're making the sides too.

                  And also by your inverted clothes pins.

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                  • #39
                    Thanks John, Frank, and Frederic. John, the LOA is 161 scale feet or 22 1/8" (56.2 cm) in real life. The beam width is 27.5 scale feet or 3 13/16" (9.7 cm). I will be using styrene and wood for some of the remaining deck structures as well. This is the first time I have tried anythingclike this so it is a learning experience for me. When it's finished I think it will probably have every type of media you can think of for modelling!

                    Frederic, the most difficult part of the sides is cutting them to the deck curvature. I did it by clamping the uncut piece of matte board to the edge of the deck and tracing the contour of the top of the deck on the board.

                    I would be interested in the opinion of others on something. Under the main deck there are deck beams that support the part of the deck that overhangs the water. I have not modelled these as yet because you will not be able to see these unless you make an effort to do so as the bottom of the deck is so close to the surface of the water. However, this is a "front of the layout model". Should I take the time to represent these? I'm of the opinion that if you can't see it I don't model it.

                    Thanks for following,

                    Jeff Betcher

                    SDG

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                    • #40
                      I think you answered your own question Jeff. Not much point in putting the effort in what cannot be seen.
                      http://www.dougcoffey.com/html/model_railroad.html

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                      • #41
                        Jeff, I agree with Doug. When I made the model of Maple Leaf, that was a display model built on commission and I felt I had to include those beams but for a model railroad model I think it is a waste of model building time and effort.

                        That being said, the choice is yours alone. :erm:

                        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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                        • #42
                          I'm too am following your build here with great interest. I think you're doing a great job on it. thanks for sharing how you laid out the siding to the curve decking.
                          It's only make-believe

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                          • #43
                            I'll agree Jeff, no use building something and wasting time, materials and brain space on it. [:-headache]

                            Move on!
                            Carl

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                            • #44
                              Jeff, A question first. Will the beams angle up on the bottom so that the outboard ends are small? If so, I would agree to leave off but if the ends are the same size as they are at the hull side you might want to show them.

                              just some thoughts.
                              Phil Z

                              POR (press on regardless)

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                              • #45
                                I have decided not to do the deck beams which will be unseen. Thanks for your opinions.

                                The next thing to do is the windows. After scratchbuilding one that took some time and didn't look all that great I settled on laser cut windows from Rusty Stumps Models.

                                The first picture compares a scratchbuilt window to a laser cut followed by some progress shots of the windows being installed.









                                Once the windows are installed there are doors and two sets of stairs.

                                Jeff Betcher

                                SDG

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