Sunday, December 27, 2015

Rotating Deck Cannon

Days after completing this 1:50 scale rotating deck cannon I fell on it when I slipped in water in a parking lot. It took a couple of hours to repair the minor damage caused when the cannon ripped away from the carriage.
I bough the Oneida kit from in China for about US$20. The kit comes with everything, including very tiny photo-etch parts. It is lovely and I would recommend the kit to anyone with tiny tweezers!
John Clearwater - Ottawa.

Green Eyebrows - Admiral Zheng He - 1433

I have finished my third sailing vessel, Admiral Zheng He's "GREEN EYEBROWS".
The build took two weeks. The hull took one week and the sails took another week.
It is a model of a 30m general purpose ship which sailed with sixty vessels on the seventh world voyage of Admiral Zheng He and returned to China after a three year voyage in 1433. Zheng and his fleet got as far as Mecca and Mogadishu during the 7th voyage.
The kit cam from in China and cost about $25.
John Clearwater - Ottawa.

Chinese Lake Pleasure Boat

Four weeks ago I received a kit from China of a lake boat with a wooden structure and a plastic hull. It was motorized, but I did not add any of that. It was a three-day build for fun, and I added details to make it better. I bought the kit on AliExpress for about $20.
Such vessels would have been used by the royals and mandarins and ruling class on the lakes near Beijing. It is also noted that the first congress of the Chinese Communist Party was held on a similar lake boat.
John Clearwater

Korean coastal vessel GA-GEO finished

I have now completed my second sailing vessel, the "Meok-Sun" (wooden ship) "GA-GEO-DO" (people can live island) coastal vessel kit from Young Modelers Company of South Korea. The kit was a gift from my dear colleague Sangho Lee. The model is a copy of the museum ship built in 1996 to commemorate the wooden vessels which have sailed that part of Korea for well over a thousand years. Like Chinese vessels, the Ga-Geo has eccentric sails for moving very close to the wind.
The fit and cut are amazing. This was well designed and well executed. The wood is great and works well.
It is 1/50 scale, and is 210mm long and 290mm high. In Seoul the kit costs about $45.
John Clearwater

Monday, December 07, 2015

January 2016 Meeting

For its first meeting of the year, CMMG will meet on January 4, 2016, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley. If you got ship modelling Christmas presents bring them out and let's see them.

Two Revell Cutty Sark kits that will, hopefully, be refurbished and completed.

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Flattie sail boat model

I have finished my first wooden model boat.
It is a (possibly) 1/35 scale "Flattie" sail boat.
I got the kit from in China three weeks ago. It cost about $15.
Lots of fun and very educational. Now to try rigging something slightly larger.
John Clearwater - Ottawa

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

December 2015 Meeting

CMMG will meet on December 1, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley. Bring your show-and-tell items.

Friday, October 09, 2015

November 2015 Meeting

CMMG will meet on November 3, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley. For a very long time the November meeting took place in a restaurant as a dinner meeting. With this meeting that tradition comes to an end, possibly a postponement. Please continue bringing out show-and-tell items. They prove interesting and informative.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

October 2015 Meeting

CMMG will meet on October 6, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley.Bring your show and tell items.

A pleasure boat going through the locks in Merrickville, September 20, 2015.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

September 2015 Meeting

We start the new season with a meeting on September 1, 2015, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Nepean Museum, 16 Rowley. Be sure to bring out items for show and tell, especially anything you have worked on over the summer.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Some Boats Going Through the Rideau Canal Locks

A while ago I went to the first set of locks on the Rideau Canal to take pictures of memorials to Colonel John By and to Canal Workers. There were some boats going up through the locks so I got a couple of pictures of them.

First I'll show the memorials.

This is the John By memorial. Most visitors to the canal don't even notice it.
There are more pictures of it on my Memorials in Ottawa blog site.

This is the canal workers memorial. There are more pictures of it on my
Memorials blog site.

Now the boats.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

CMMG's Booth at the 2nd Annual Military Hobby Show

Capital Marine Modellers's Guild had a display at the 2nd Annual Military Hobby Show at the Major E. J.G. Holland VC Armoury on Walkley Road. Members Dave Omond, Richard Hooker, Tom Wright, Rafal Trzop, Edwin Chan, and Ian Gorman manned the booth.

It took a few minutes to get them to behave so I could take this picture. Here
are four of the six members manning the booth. From left to right: Ed Chan,
Ian Gorman, Rafal Trzop, and Dave Omond.

This is a small sampling of Ed Chan's collection of 1:700 scale ships. Ed goes
way beyond simple assembly of kits. He does extensive research and adds
details the kits don't provide as well as modifying kits to make them more
accurate. He has also modified ships of a class into another ship in that
class and modified a ship from one period of time to another time after
an extensive refit.

Rafal Trzop built the large ships in the two cases out of paper. The models
are produced in Poland and come in the form of a booklet. There is some
detailing that isn't paper, such as hand railings and some of the rigging.
Other than that they are all paper. They're also all to the same scale.
More views of the far ship model are shown further down the page.

In the foreground is a model of the Sultana. This was a club project, built by
several members. This one is Dave Omond's model. The hull is carved from
a block of wood. That forms the basis for the model. In the background there
are a couple or rope walks that Dave Omond built. The rope walks are used to
manufacture miniature rope, which, for some reason,
is not available commercially