Thursday, December 12, 2013

Building a 1/700 Scale USS John F. Kennedy CV 67 Part 3

The model of the 1/700 Scale USS John F. Kennedy is now complete. Here are some photographs of the completed model.

Ed Chan

Monday, November 25, 2013

December 2013 Meeting

The December 2013 Meeting will be Next Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Avenue.

Guy & Dave will be presenting on Plans and Hull construction.

Bring out any on-going projects, or anything else you have of interest for show-and-tell.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Mitchell Abraisives Products Useful for Ship Modelling

While looking through a recent copy of the Stewart MacDonald tool catalogue I noticed an item that would be useful for rigging, among other things. The item is abrasive round cord. For guitar makers this is useful for holes and slots for guitar strings. For ship modellers it would be useful for smoothing the inside of holes for rigging, as well as pulleys and so on.

These cords are available in a variety of sizes. You can get them from Stewart MacDonald and from There may be other sources.

Mitchell Abrasives also makes flat abrasive tape, which should also prove useful for ship modelling.
Their product line is very specialized but you may like to check out the company's web site to see what else they have available.
Mitchell Abrasives

Bill Williams

Friday, September 13, 2013

2013 October Meeting

The October meeting will be on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Ave.

There will be a discussion on how to interpret and digitize ships' plans.

As always, members are encouraged to bring out their show and tell items, including their work in progress, finished models, favourite books or whatever else they have of interest.

Bill Williams for Jim Russell

Thursday, August 29, 2013

2013 September Meeting

Our first meeting of the season will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Ave.
This year we are looking for presenters for the following topics:

How to read a lines plan.
Digitizing plans
Hull Building techniques
Deck Layout
Masting & Rigging

As usual, members are encouraged to bring out their show and tell items.

Bill Williams for Jim Russell

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Cunard White Star Liner Queen Elizabeth On War Service

This picture shows RMS Queen Elizabeth circa mid 1940s in World War II camouflage loaded with troops bound for New York. From what I have been told the men you see on deck spent the entire voyage stationed where they are in the picture. There was a kitchen crew on board that spent eight hours a day without a break bringing food to the men where they were stationed on the ship.

On the original picture from which this was scanned there was a square in the upper right hand corner where a person could write their name and the date. I have done my best to use photo editing software to remove that square and blend the sky so that it would not take attention off the ship.

Bill Williams

Friday, July 19, 2013

Sailboats in Antwerp ca 1940

These were scanned from souvenir photo packs purchased in Belgium in 1944.

Bill Williams

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Couple of New York Pictures from the Thirties

I found a package of souvenir photographs of New York City from the late thirties or early forties. In it there were two pictures that might be of interest to ship modellers. They should be self explanatory. Here they are.

Bill Williams

Monday, May 27, 2013

Why Did I Add Revlon Beauty Tools to the Tool Manufacturers Links?

I just added Revlon to the Tool Manufacturers links. Why would I add a link with beauty tools to a blog for model ship builders. If you were to click the link and look at the tools on that site you will find several items that you would probably find very useful with your ship model building. There are a variety of sanders, scissors, cutters and tweezers available among those tools. Think you might be able to benefit from using some of those things? I thought so, too.

This is a diamond grip tweezer with a slant tip. It has maximum gripping power for fine hairs. You could very likely use this to great effect with your rigging tasks.  

These are compact emery boards. You can call them detail sanders. They have a fine grit cutting surface and they can get into hard to reach spots.
Keep your eyes open. You never know where you will find tools you can use with your model making.

Bill Wiliams

Friday, May 17, 2013

New Links Category: Tool Manufacturers

I have added a new category to this site's links. The category is 'Tool Manufacturers.' I think the title is self explanatory. I have started of with a few such manufacturers and will add links as other brands come to mind or as CMMG members inform me of their favourite brands.

I thought that a set of such links would be helpful. Often suppliers cherry pick what manufacturers make. They will often special order things that they don't normally stock, or you can go looking for a supplier that does stock an item you're looking for.

Bill Williams

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Scrapers from Stewart-MacDonald

At two meetings now it has been suggested that in many cases it is preferable to scrape a surface smooth rather than sand it. These two scraping tools from Stewart-MacDonald might be of interest for the job.

These scrapers have been designed for finishing guitars, but I see no reason why they could not be used for ship modelling.

You will find more on them by clicking here.

Bill Williams

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A Note on the Links

There are many links that may be of interest to you as a ship modeller. On May 7, 2013 I tested each of the links. In many cases the site addresses have changed and in a few cases there was no longer a web site or the address is now being used for something else. As of the stated date the links have been fixed or in some cases deleted.

As of this writing the links have been categorized as follow and the categories are in this order:

Model Ship Clubs
General Interest

Probably the category most useful to ship modellers is Suppliers. You will find the choice of links for suppliers biased geographically to Ottawa. If you live in some other part of the world you may find some of the supplier links useful because many of the suppliers do mail order, or have locations in a number of different communities.

I hope you find the links useful.

Bill Williams

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Finding Ships' Plans

The scope of this piece is not definitive but hopefully it will be somewhat helpful.

At the CMMG meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 the question came up of where to find plans for a specific ship or class of ship. In this case the specific class of ship was the Canadian Pacific Empress class ships.

Well that was daunting but those who were at the meeting were determined to be helpful. So we asked questions. Where was the ship built? That's a good place to start. In this case the ship was built in the United Kingdom. With some further discussion the best suggestion that could be made was that the national archives in the United Kingdom should be consulted.

Generally speaking, the national archives of the country where a ship was built, is often the place where ships' plans eventually get stored. So it's a good starting point to search for plans. If any particular ship of interest has been involved in a war and captured then it's a good bet that the country that captured it documented it as fully as possible and their archives would be worth checking.

Most countries that have archives have web sites dedicated to them. Here are three with links to their home pages.

Library and Archives Canada

The National Archives
for the United Kingdom

National Archives
for the United States of America

Other archives can be found by searching with Google.

Keep in mind that should you find that the plans you seek are indeed stored in archives that getting copies of them may be expensive. Most archive facilities will have the means to make copies but doing so could be costly as can shipping.

Most archives have either catalogued their collections on line or are in the process of doing that. Digitizing the items in storage is another matter.

When you are looking for something in the way of plans or other information on a ship, be prepared to spend some time and work on getting what you want and be prepared to be disappointed. Good luck with your efforts and may you be rewarded for your efforts.

Bill Williams

Friday, February 01, 2013

A Consumers Reports Recommended Masking Tape

We were discussing masking tape at the last CMMG meeting.

In the latest issue of Consumer Reports (March, 2013) the tape that produced superior results over all others was FrogTape. This is now available in Canada. You should be able to get it at Canadian Tire, Home Depot and Walmart.
"FrogTape Delicate Surface tape was the clear winner. It left a very sharp line, was easy to remove, and didn't damage any surface no matter how long the paint had dried or the paint was left on."
The only drawback I can see with this product is that it only comes in the one width. At least that's what the implication is on the company's web site.

Bill Williams

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tools for Building and Repairing Stringed Instruments May Be Useful for Model Ship Building

I received a catalogue from Stewart-MacDonald, a company that is a source of tools, parts, and pretty much anything one could want for building and repairing guitars, mandolins, banjos, etc. I got the catalogue because I purchased some parts to restore my first guitar.
So what has that got to do with ship modelling?

The catalogue has about 25 pages of tools, specifically chosen and developed to accomplish tasks with wood involving cutting, filing, shaping and reaching difficult to reach places. It seems to me ship model building involves those types of activities. So there may be tools available from Stewart-MacDonald that just might be the very thing a ship modeller would like to have.

The company has a web site where you can look at everything they supply on line.
Go have a look and check it out.

Bill Williams

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I Published my Novel as an E-Book

At the last CMMG meeting, January 15, 2013, I announced that I had published my novel, The Seven Second Kiss, on line as an e-book. I was told that I could post about that on this blog site.

Here's the link to it's listing on Smashwords. It's also available on iBooks.

Until March 1, 2013 use this coupon code for a 40% discount: FK94V

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Royal Clipper sail-away

These two images are from a series taken during a photo safari at sea circling Star Clippers' flagship ROYAL CLIPPER off Basse-Terre St. Kitts on Boxing Day, 26 December 2012. There are five masts carrying 42 sails with 5000m2 of sail area. Photos by John Clearwater.