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Ship's wheel. This is a functional precise replica of a double steering wheel  with ten spokes in each wheel commonly used aboard  the early XIX. A special platform with gratings has been prepared to accommodate the carved stations, the drum and the wheels  and keeps  the wheelsman’s feet dry in bad weather.  Every piece is made of prime grade Suisse pear wood.  More than 250 small parts are fixed together  and some are so precisely hand shaped that no glue is required to fix them together. Is has been prepared with great care for the model of a 14 gun corvette made in 1833 by the Bombay dockyard for the ruler of Oman. (Source: Carlos Montalvão)

Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle (US) or dazzle painting, was a family of ship camouflage used extensively in World War I, and to a lesser extent in World War II and afterwards. Credited to the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson, though with a rejected prior claim by the zoologist John Graham Kerr, it consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colors, interrupting and intersecting each other.

Unlike other forms of camouflage, the intention of dazzle is not to conceal but to make it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed, and heading. Norman Wilkinson explained in 1919 that he had intended dazzle more to mislead the enemy about a ship's course and so to take up a poor firing position, than actually to cause the enemy to miss his shot when firing. (Source: Wikipedia)

War of 1812. on Lake Ontario

The war of the carpenters!

An interesting and powerful presentation about the War of 1812 provided by the Military History Society of Rochester. Click the link to download a PDF version:

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Participated at the IPMS (N0r East Con 46) show in Batavia NY, May 19 and 20, 2017!

Thanks to the support and efforts of Chuck Baylis the Military History Society director we were able to make an impressive showing at this annual event for plastic modelers. The effort was spear headed by the director and was timely as the Nautical Research Guild has recently announced its affiliation with IPMS/USA. Interestingly the individual standing in front of the USS Langley recalls that his father served aboard the USS Whipple during WWII and witnessed the torpedoing of this carrier in 1942.

A New Model for the Museum

With the departure of the USS Langley from the museum sometime the summer of 2017 to its new home at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum there is need for a new display at the Military History Society Museum. The picture at the right is a river patrol boat of the Viet Nam era, a PBR Mark 1 that the director wishes to display. It will be a 1/6 scale model and at this scale can be detailed and outfitted to a high degree. Logically our membership will volunteer time and effort to realize this model. 

As of December 2017 we formally kicked off the group build. We have opened a "Build Log" on the Model Ship World site. One can follow the progress there. https://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/16248-pbr-mark-1-river-patrol-boat-by-model-shipwright-guild-wny-scale-16/

We will also be posting pictures on our Gallery page herein as well.

A Very Noteworthy Event and Seminar

Carlos Montalvao is a member of our guild. Albeit he is a distant member, living in Lisbon Portugal, he communicates and contributes to our group by sharing his incredible talents and expertise in the art of ship modeling. Recently he completed a 1:24 scale model of the Sultanah for a newly built museum in Oman. The museum has published a description of the model which we provide here.  A photo of the model is in our Gallery. One can learn more of the model and the modeler by accessing the following web link https://issuu.com/durrahluxury/docs/durrah_issue_40/42

Carlos journeyed to the US in July of 2018 and treated Model Shipwright Members and guests to an enthralling description of the Sultanah history and model build. You will find the seminar on the following drive for your review;

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p1YBnS-QmWBM-l5pdwcU0IyVto8QVpGi/view

It is quite descriptive but sadly you will miss his wonderful delivery and will not witness his humor, passion and diligent pursuit of excellence.

Attendees included 3 members of the Niagara Ontario ship modelers, 2 guests from the NJ/PA area and we even had one guest who happened to be in town from Missouri. Two members of the Onatrio group presented their builds. One was an excellent model of HMS Ontario and the other was of a Hailing Hoy model built by "Druxey" (see Model Ship World/Scratch Builds). And as luck would have Jim Kennard of Lake Ontario ship wreck discoveries spoke to and presented a video of his finding of HMS Ontario!

Half Hull Models A brief History and Modeling Techniques

Recently a presentation was made at our monthly meeting on the fascinating topic of half hulls as used in ship design in the 1800's and in today's time frame. It is not meant to be a full modeling treatment but should lead one to strike out on their own.

Following A Dream

Have you ever had a dream about doing something that sets your imagination on fire and consumes your thoughts? I think we all have. I certainly did. Since I was young I have always wanted to build a sail boat. Over time that morphed into restoration of a boat, which morphed into restoration of a wooden Chris Craft 17 footer that just because of life circumstances. I even wanted to sail on a wind jammer as part of the crew when I retired. That too died a slow death. 

Recently I discovered "Acorn to Arabella" a web site and You Tube video series about 2, 30 something young men building, from the ground up a 38 foot ketch to sail around the world when completed. So I find as I follow the build process I am living my unfulfilled dream through them. While this isn't about ship modeling it certainly is about boat building. It is an education in the process and testimony to their determination and grit. It is an investment in viewing time but well worth the investment.  In their words here is a brief on the project and you can follow the build on You Tube.

Arabella will be a Colin Archer inspired, double ended ketch, designed by William Atkin, displacing 25,000 lbs and having berths for up to 5 people, but which can be sailed single handed. Measuring 37’6” on deck, with a 30’ waterline, and carrying 816 sq ft of sail. The frame will be built of White Oak, planked out of White Cedar and a White Pine deck.

Colin Archer was a famous Scottish naval architect and shipbuilder from Larvik Norway.  His designs were used primarily for fishing vessels on the North Sea and for polar expeditions. The boats were designed for efficient sailing and the ability to stay afloat in rough weather and big seas.  The Atkins are a legendary family of boat designers; they refined and tweaked Archer’s designs to create numerous double enders such as Thistle, Vixen and of course Ingrid.  Some of which are still afloat today, the original Vixen has made two circumnavigations of the world to date and is capable of many more.

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Meeting Agenda; Next meeting

Please open the attached PDF to view the next monthly meeting agenda

 

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A Research Journey via The Essex of 1799

As one gets deeper into the art of ship modeling, especially those of period dating it becomes a journey of that doesn't always seem to have an end point or produces results that may disappoint. After all, we are probing into an era dating back centuries in which archival information just may not exist in abundance. Herein is an example of available information on an American vessel, The Essex of 1799, which has a decent amount of information available albeit incomplete. For the modeler this can be a research journey with dubious results. Explore the results and see for yourself.

 

 

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Portuguese and Arabian Ship Building in the Sea of Oman

Lecture: Ships of Portugal in the Seas of Oman. The Portuguese and the Arabian ship building traditions.

The influence of Portuguese Ships on the Arabian shipbuilding traditions. The legacy of the Portuguese naos and caravels in the architectural paradigms of Middle East shipbuilders. Omani ships: main characteristics and dominant typologies.

Conferência: “Barcos de Portugal no mar de Oman. O impacto das navegações quinhentistas na construção naval dos árabes”. 
A Influência dos barcos portugueses na construção naval árabe. Os vestígios das naus e das caravelas dos Descobrimentos nos paradigmas arquitetónicos dos construtores navais do Médio Oriente. Características essenciais e tipologias dominantes dos barcos de Omã.

Sociedade Histórica da Independência de Portugal - Instituto Fernão Mendes Pinto - Salão Nobre do Palácio da Independência, Largo São Domingos 11, 1150-062 Lisboa. 28 de Março, 2019, 18h00

 

 

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37th Annual Model Ship Conference and Display

Six members attended this conference in April of 2019. In this annual event modeler's vendors and guests converge in New London Conn. to share their work and gather in fellowship. It is a splendid event worth the effort to attend. Below is a PDF of some of the content of that session

Meeting Agenda; Next meeting

Please open the attached PDF to view the next monthly meeting agenda