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jbelwood
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Posted - 09/25/2013 :  4:52:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With the current interest in boats and maritime subjects, I thought I'd post the following:

Fellow member, Bill Strachan, of the Connecticut Marine Model Society recently completed this spectacular scratch built model/diorama of the sternwheeler Thomas A. Edison. Bill spent several months researching and planning for the build and spent well over a year building her.
The full hull boat is built to 1/4"=1' scale.

All of the windows are real glass. The wheel house and all ten cabins have interior detail. Most impressive is the paddle wheel. Bill tells me that there are approximately 560 component parts, built exactly as the prototype. Lots of NBW castings.

I questioned him about the planking on the wharf. He used ironwood, cut into strips on a bench saw. The natural color of the wood is perfect for a weathered deck. I've never heard of ironwood.

As you can see in the photo, the boat appears to be floating in air. Rather that sink the full hull into a water medium, he leaves it up to the viewers imagination. The model is supported 1/2 inch above the bottom on special pins that allow removal if necessary.

I want to thank Ron Neilson, another club member, for the photos. Oh, and yes, I did place my order for the CR Lamb from Interaction Hobbies.

More photos to follow....





John Elwood



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Ensign
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Posted - 09/25/2013 :  5:05:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey John, that's a beautiful model that your friend Bill,has built.
Thanks for sharing it with us!

Greg Shinnie



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Orionvp17
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Posted - 09/25/2013 :  6:28:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
John,

Great model, nice shot, and I agree with Greg!

Pete
in Michigan



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JeffB
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Posted - 09/25/2013 :  6:59:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Spectacular model, John.

Jeff



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jbelwood
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Posted - 09/25/2013 :  7:13:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Here's a couple more of the Edison. Interestingly, he used Floquil paints throughout.







John Elwood




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Carl B
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Posted - 09/25/2013 :  7:18:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Carl B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very nice!

Carl

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jschumaker
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Posted - 09/25/2013 :  7:42:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
She's a beauty!

Jeff S.



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Tyson Rayles
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Posted - 09/25/2013 :  7:52:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice boat, but it kinda hurts the overall effect with it floating in the air like that.

Mike

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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 09/26/2013 :  08:53:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
John,

Tell your friend, very nice indeed. And would you ask him what those angled outside braces are for? Iíve seen them on most steam boats of that era and always wondered what they were for.



Frank

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jbelwood
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Posted - 09/26/2013 :  09:17:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Frank, those are log bumpers. They are hung over the side to protect the ship while
tied up alongside a pier. Look at the starboard side view above. When underway, they
angle them back out of the way.

John



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Bill Uffelman
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Posted - 09/26/2013 :  11:03:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great model. http://www.taubmansonline.com/JFRTHOMASEDISON.htm appear to be the plans for the boat -- correct?

Bill Uffelman
Practicing for retirement in Ocean View DE



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jbelwood
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Posted - 09/26/2013 :  1:01:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Bill, here is a link to several photos taken at our monthly meetings of Bills work. This will answer your question regarding the plans.

http://www.ctshipmodels.org/members/Strachan/Edison/index.html

John



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Frank Palmer
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Posted - 09/26/2013 :  3:03:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Frank Palmer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks John, I had a feeling they were bumpers or fenders of some sort but I didnít realize they swung back out of the way.

Frank

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Mike Hamer
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Posted - 09/26/2013 :  8:56:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mike Hamer's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow, John! You'll have to tell Bill how impressed we are with his modelling skills. This is a gorgeous vessel!


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Chester
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Posted - 09/26/2013 :  9:04:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Beautiful work!


http://modelingin1-87.blogspot.com/

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Rick
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Posted - 09/26/2013 :  9:28:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Outstanding.

As you think, so will you be.

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