Wednesday, November 26, 2014

December 2014 Meeting

The 2014 December meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday December 2, 2014 at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Ave. Remember to bring show and tell items, work in progress and any modelling problems you want help with.

Friday, September 26, 2014

October 2014 Meeting

The October meeting will be at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Avenue on Tuesday, October 7,  2014, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Some Caveats About Wooden Ship Kits

At the September meeting a discussion about wooden ship kits came up. For those interested in building model ships a basic simple wooden ship kit is often an excellent entry point to the hobby. There are a few things the beginner should know before taking on such a project. I will deal with a few of those things here.

The instructions may not be completely helpful. For example, with regard to the hull, the instructions may just say, "plank the hull." With regard to the rigging the instructions may say, "install the rigging." At some point the instructions may say, "complete building the ship." For a beginner, such instructions can be extremely daunting.

More detailed instructions can be found in a number of books. Books written by Harold A. Underhill are extremely helpful. In addition to that there are model ship clubs such as The Capital Marine Modellers' Guild in many communities. Experienced members of such clubs are only too happy to share what they know with others.

When a wooden ship model kit is purchased it is a good idea to check the included materials. I recommend replacing the rigging thread that is included. The rigging line that is provided is more often than not insufficient to complete the rigging of the ship and finding an after market line that matches what is in the kit is often very difficult, if not impossible.

It may be a good idea to replace some of the wood that is provided as well. Usually the wood provided for planking the hull or planking the deck is insufficient to complete the job, unless the modeller is very frugal and careful with it, and again, the modeller may have a difficult time finding after market wood to match what the kit includes.

Most wooden ship kits are one of two types. They either provide a solid wooden hull, often preformed and needing further carving and finishing, or they provide a plank on bulkhead hull. The bulkheads provided are often precut and they are not always symmetrical. Tracing them on paper and folding along the centre line is an easy way to check that and then correct it before building the ship.

Those are not the only problems one may encounter with a beginning wooden ship kit but they are probably the most frequently encountered. I have mentioned them here, so that if you want to begin ship modelling with a wooden ship kit you will be able to avoid some of the early pitfalls and get more enjoyment out of the hobby.

Bill Williams

Monday, August 25, 2014

September 2014 Meeting

We will be having our first meeting of the 2014-2015 season on Tuesday, September 02, 2014, at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Avenue from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hope to see you all there, looking forward to a new year with lots of new projects.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CGCS Alexander Henry

CCGS Alexander Henry is a former Canadian Coast Guard Light icebreaker and Buoy tender that served its entire career in the Great Lakes. Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Port Arthur, built the ship. She was launched in 1958 and commissioned in 1959 into the Department of Transport's Marine Service as CGS Alexander Henry using the prefix "Canadian Government Ship," named after Alexander Henry, an 18th-century British explorer and fur trader. Retired from service in 1984 after CCGS Samuel Risley entered service, she is now a museum ship preserved at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston, Ontario and operated as a bed and breakfast during the summer months.

Friday, August 08, 2014

WHAM Radio 1180 Boat

WHAM Radio 1180 is in Rochester, New York. I think this was taken during the mid 1980s in The Gan. (That's Gananoque for those of you not familiar with the way we speak in eastern Ontario.) I could be wrong about the location but it's still a nice boat and so are the others in the picture.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

St. Roch

R. C. M. Police St Roch is shown in the photograph. The ship is now in the Vancouver Maritime Museum. A page from the museum's web site tells the ship's story.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lake Boat

For some reason these huge long narrow vessels are called boats, not ships. They mostly carry bulk cargo such as grain and iron ore. This picture gives an idea of just how long they are.

At souvenir shops along the St. Lawrence Seaway one can buy books that can be used to identify the lake boats and the companies that own them, by the colours and markings of the exhaust stacks.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Senator of Canada Goes Through Iroquois Locks

In scanning my family slides I came across a set of photographs of the Lake Boat Senator of Canada going through the Iroquois locks on the Seaway. I am posting them here as these photographs may be of some interest and hopefully will provide some useful details.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May 2014 Meeting

The Capital Marine Modellers Guild's May meeting will be May 06, 2014, 7:00 p.m. at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Ave.

Monday, March 24, 2014

April 2014 Meeting

Capital Marine Modellers' Guild's next meeting will be on Tuesday April 01, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Ave.

Dave Omond will be continuing his rigging demo with a discussion on knots for the model builder

Ed Chan will have some information on Chinese Aircraft carriers

As always bring out what you are working on.

Hope to see you all there.

Jim Russell

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

March 2014 Meeting

The March 2014  meeting will be on Tuesday, March 04, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Ave.

Dave Omond will continue his series on Masting & Rigging. Specifically he will deal with masts and spars, how they are shaped and how to make all the fittings that go on them.

As usual bring out your work in progress and show and tell items.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

February 2014 Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for February 4, 2014 at Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley Ave at 19:00 (7:00 pm).

Dave will start his rigging presentation. Morley Verdier will attend to disburse some magazines, bring cash if interested.

Remember to bring out your work in progress and show-and-tell items.

Monday, January 06, 2014

January 2014 Meeting

Happy New Year!

Capital Marine Modellers' Guild first meeting for 2014:

Tuesday January, 7, 2014
Nepean Museum
16 Rowley Ave
7:00 p.m.

Dave and Guy will be continuing their discussion of Drafting/Hull construction.

Remember your show and tell items and your work-in-progress.

Bill Williams for Jim Russell