work in progress, 1/6th 1890's navy steam launch built to navy plans

tghsmith

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had to move the aft pullies for better operation,, waiting on some music wire and springs to finish rigging the steering,, as a small side project started cutting the stock for the boat chest,, decided to see what this little byrne's table-saw could do.. it works better than nice!!! made some very small tongue groove stock for the bottom boards, the very small dovetails should be "fun" to cut..
 

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tghsmith

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the boat chest progressed today, cutting dovetails with a jeweler's saw and an opti-visor,, still needs the feet and to make the brass hardware..did a side project for another steam boat modeler..
 

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tghsmith

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still not much on the wood side of things,, boiler base ring soldered, sleepers for boiler installed in hull with boiler hold-downs added,, built a servo gear-drive unit to turn the steering shaft,,
 

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new sanding belt and disc made the work go a little faster,, the form is about ready, will trim down the top edge to make clamping easier,, time to start steaming again...
 

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the maddness goes on,, shop time has been hard to find the last week or so, started work on the figures for the boat, a coxswain, engine man , a lieutenant and wife.. using purchased 1/6th scale jointed bodies and held sculpts,, glass eyes added (1/6th scale figures is a really big hobby thing) hats and details added using epoxy sculpt media.. bodies filled out using light-weight epoxy sculpt,, kind a slow process as you have to wait till things cure before moving on..
 

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back to a little wood-work,, cut the white-oak stock for the coming to shape, turned it into thin sections on the table saw, final thickness on the precision sander (great great tool)steaming hot water soaking and double layers bent around the form nicely.. once again you can never have to many clamps
 

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all those clamps and the form actually worked.. the coming is rough fitted!!!!
 

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tghsmith

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started working on the lamination for the cherry coming cap rail, this will be five strips 3/5th are in the clamps for the night.. good photo of the rail and the cask I get to make..
 

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the time spent making the form and all the soaking, steaming, gluing, clamping and shaping looks like it paid off.. some quick stain to check to see if the glue lines would vanish.. I think we're good on this complex part..
 

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