I have recently moved and progress on the model boat Sunshine has slowed. When i find my camera i’ll post the pictures of the completed molds mounted and aligned on the strongback.
In preperation for actual construction I began researching what types of wood to use. I found out about Jeff at HobbyMill (HobbyMill@cinci.rr.com) on a model ship building forum and he has been a pleasure to work with. He has all kinds of wood you can order in sheets milled to spec or in strips. he is even driving 4 hours each way to get the beech for me.
Here is what I will be using to simulate the woods used in the real boat but with grains that will look right in the small scale based on Jeff’s advice.
- White Oak keel and stem – domestic beech has similar grain but on a smaller scale and with the right coloring. Just found out that the beech isn’t available so i’ll be using soft maple instead. the good news is that soft maple is a little less expensive and will look very similar.
- Mahogany transom and seats- Jatoba is similar to the darker red color mahogany, again with smaller grain structure
- Cedar planking – Alder will be used to simulate western red cedar planking. there are other woods that could simulate white cedar or yellow cedar coloring, but they are much more expensive (double) and the planking makes up much of the wood used on the boat.
I haven’t decided yet if i should use miniature copper nails on the planking or just glue them. If i can figure out a good way to make them I’ll try to do it for accuracy’s sake.
More posts with pictures to follow.
- Plans – $45.00
- Lofting Supplies – $6.50
- Strongback and Molds– $18.50
- Soft Maple, Jatoba and Alder – $94.50
Total Cost = $164.50
- Lofting – 16 hours
- Molds – 12 hours
- Materials Research – 4 hours
Total Build Hours = 32 hours
- cut and fit structural pieces (keel, stem, transom)
- start planking the hull