Junior – a Viet Nam Era Gun Boat

This model of a Viet Nam era gun boat  was scratch built by Chuck Stroble

This model of a Viet Nam era gun boat was scratch built by Chuck Stroble

Modeler’s Name: Chuck Stroble
Period: Viet Nam War
Scale: 1:12
Type of Model: scratch build
Build Time: 20 hrs.

Build Materials:
Made this model from Floating Dry Dock plans. Very nice plans. This was an “easy” build and looks good in the water

Ship’s Story:

Modeler’s Bio:
Years in model building: 45. I am a retired Navy Photographer Mate. Started out with Commander Cruiser Destroyer Forces Pacific then to staff Commander Destroyer Flotilla One In Yokosuka Japan. Shore duty with Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka where I helped start a scale model club and built a 1:12 Elco 103 PT boat. Being a photographer is most helpful for a modeler. After active duty went to college at the University of Wyoming

MAS Italian Torpedo Boat

This Italian Torpedo Boat is a plastic model by Wayne Cassell

This Italian Torpedo Boat is a plastic model by Wayne Cassell

Modeler’s Name: Wayne Cassell
Period: WW II
Scale: 1:35
Type of model:
A modified plastic kit.

Build Materials:
Pre-formed plastic components.The 20mm ammo can racks are scratchbuilt from styrene and the antenna is model railroad E-Z Line. The crew is an additional kit.

Ship’s Story:
Motoscafo Armato Silurante (Italian: “Torpedo Armed Motorboat”), commonly abbreviated as MAS was a class of fast torpedo armed vessel used by the Regia Marina (Italian Royal Navy) during World War II.MAS boats served in the Mediterranean Sea primarily but some boats were deployed to the Black Sea and Lake Lagoda near Leningrad.

Modeler’s Bio:
Wayne demonstrates that great care and much experience can turn out award-winning models of plastic. He edited the Shipwright’s Scuttlebutt newsletter for over eight years.

 

Isolda

Jay Phillips is constructing this paper ship model of the Isolta

Jay Phillips is constructing this paper ship model of the Isolta which he downloaded from the Internet

Modeler’s Name: Jay Phillips
Period: 1900
Type of model: Paper – preprinted and downloaded from the Internet
Scale: 1:120

Build Materials:
Preprinted paper and glue

Ship’s Story:
The Isolta was a Swedish cargo schooner built in 1902.

Modeler’s bio:
Jay has been a member of Rocky Mountain Shipwrights for three years and serves the group as purser.

Harvey – Baltimore Clipper

This Baltimore Clipper from a kit named Harvey is being modified and built by Martin Jelsema

This Baltimore Clipper from a kit named Harvey is being modified and built by Martin Jelsema

Modeler’s Name: Martin Jelsema
Period: Early 19th Century
Scale: 1:50
Type of Model: Modified kit – plank on frame
Build Time: 250 hrs so far

Build Materials:
This modified plank on bulkhead kit by Artisania Latina contains several wood types and will be complemented by brass and rigging cord of various sizes. Cherry wood was substituted for the walnut strips provided by the manufacturer. The entire deck layout will adhere to actual ship plans instead of the inaccurate deck plan supplied.

Ship’s Story:
There was no ship named Harvey from the time or the design of this model. Therefore, much research from several books will make it an authentic Baltimore Clipper fitted as a privateer in service of the U.S. during the War of 1812. The ship will be rigged as a topsail schooner.

Modeler’s Bio:
This is Martin Jelsema’s fourth build since “retiring” as a marketing consultant four years ago. As a teenager he built the wooden schooner model of the Bluenose. He collected tools for the next 50 years in anticipation of renewing the hobby while persuing a career in advertising and market consulting.

Rigged Gun Station

Tim Brown constructed this rigged gun station from a kit

Tim Brown constructed this rigged gun station from a kit

Name of modeler: Tim Brown
Type of model: Kit-build

Build materials: The kit provided a brass cannon barrel and all the wood to construct the bulkhead, deck and gun carriage. Cord and blocks complete the model.

Ship’s Story
This is a typical gun station equipped with most all the “props” required to load and fire cannon balls. It is rigged to allow for recoil and to aim the cannon which sits on a carriage.

Modeler’s Bio: not provided

Greek Gallot

Greek Gallot build from a kit by Erik Collett

Greek Gallot build from a kit by Erik Collett

Modeler’s Name: Erik Collette
Period: Many centuries
Scale: 1:65
Type of Model: Built from kit
Build Time: not estimated.

Build Materials:
The model is based on a nineteen century engraving of the gallon. The model is built from an Amati kit.The materials used include walnut, baltic birch plywood, beechwood and brass.

Ship’s Story:
The Galiots have been used in the Mediterranean sea for centuries. They were also used in the Northern Europe of a while.They were instrumental in the Greek victory at the naval battle at Navarino during the 1821 – 1827 Greek independence war

Modeler’s Bio:
Erik has been a member of the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights since he was bitten by the modeling bug after visiting the RMS show in 2003. He completed his first model in 2004. Erik hails from Norway, where he was around boats during most of his youth. He attended the Norwegian Naval Academy and sailed on a merchant ship for a year. He came to the USA in 1962, and earned his BSCE and MBA degrees from the University of Denver. He is currently semi-retired as an engineering consultant.

Fly

Fly, a scratch-built model in a bottle by Daniel Siemens

Fly, a scratch-built model in a bottle by Daniel Siemens

Modeler’s Name: Daniel Siemens
Period: Mid 1700’s
Scale: 1:400
Type of Model: scratch build ship in bottle
Build Time: 10 hours

Build Materials:
Match sticks, toothpicks and tissue paper. The hull is built out of match sticks using a plank on bulkhead method. The masts and spars are made from toothpicks and sails were made from tissue paper.

Ship’s Story:
The Fly was a cutter used by the British in 1763 to catch smugglers in the in the English Channel. The large sails made this ship exceptionally fast. The plans for this ship were taken from the Story of Sail by Veres Laszlo and Richard Woodman.

Modeler’s Bio:
I do accounting as my day job but love bottling ships when I can find time. I started two years ago after watching the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Dos Amegos

Dos Amigos, a slave ship from a kit being modeled by Tom Epps

Dos Amigos, a slave ship from a kit being modeled by Tom Epps

Modeler’s Name: Tom Epps
Period: 1830
Scale: 1:53
Type of Model: Plank on bulkhead kit
Build Time: 100 hrs and still building

Build Materials: wood, brass and cord

Ship’s Story:
This ship, a two mast ship built in Baltimore (??) in 1830. it was built for speed which led it to be a Slaver bringing slaves from Africa to Cuba to work in the sugar fields. It has a crew of 34 including the captain, crew men & boys. The ship was captured by the British navy, and became part of the Navy that captured other slave ships. Its name was changed to FAIR ROSAMOND. The ship was taken out of service & sold in 1845

Modeler’s Bio:
Retired from the Telephone Industry after 35 years in Central Office equipment engineering. My first bigger model is the CONSTITUTION built in the late 1960’s.

De Kogge von Bremen

John McGann scratch  built this model plank-for-plank as the original 13th Century De Kogge was found and raised.

John McGann scratch built this model plank-for-plank as the original 13th Century De Kogge was found and raised.

Modeler’s Name: John R. McGann
Period: 1380
Scale: 1=40 19/64″=1′
Type of Model: Scratch build

Build Time: 1,000

Build Materials:
Scratch built of Apple Wood from the plans of the ship developed during its recovery and re-construction. The mast and rigging had not been installed, only a small portion of the decking is shown as the original decking was not recovered. Note: that the deck is athwart the vessel rather than fore and aft.

Ship’s Story:
The Cog or Kogge was a type of vessel used by the Hanseatic League for 500 years. The original ship was built of Baltic Oak in 1380 and swept from the builder’s yard by a flash flood of the Wesser River. Recovered during the dredging of the river in 1962. Now displayed in a museum at Bremerhaven, Germany.

Modeler’s Bio:
Retired Construction Supt. Modeling for 75 years

Cutty Sark – Clipper Ship

Cutty Sark, a clipper ship model under construction by Mark Persichetti

Cutty Sark, a clipper ship model under construction by Mark Persichetti

Modeler’s Name: Mark Persichetti
Period: 19th Century
Scale: 1:72
Type of Model: plank on bulkhead from kit

Build Materials:
It’s a “plank-on-bulkhead” model. A series of vertical bulkheads (stations) were attached to a central keel. Then a layer of narrow hardwood planks were attached to the edges of the bulkheads, and sheets of veneer with a pre-printed pattern of deck planks were secured to the top edges of the bulkheads. You can see the bulkheads through the deck hatchways. Other components of the ship kit are displayed here too

Ship’s Story:
The Clipper Ship Cutty Sark was built in Scotland in 1869 for John ‘Jock’ Willis Shipping Line, London. Her figurehead depicts the witch Nannie Dee in Robert Burns’ poem, Tam O’Shanter, and she’s named after Nan’s short nightshirt – a ‘cutty sark’. She was designed for the tea trade between the UK and the Far East, but the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 limited her years of service in that trade. Within a few years, she was engaged in the wool trade between the UK and Australia, and for other cargoes for which speed of delivery wasn’t so critical. It came under the possession of the Cutty Sark Preservation Society in 1953 as a museum ship open to the public at Greenwich GB, as a last example of a tea clipper.

Modeler’s Bio:
Mark has been making models since the 1950s. His first sailing-ship model was a smaller-scale Old Ironsides kit by Revell. Ships have been his favorite modeling subject since then. He has been a member of Rocky Mountain Shipwrights for over ten years.

CSS Alabama

CSS Alabama

Martin Jelsema modified the CSS Alabama from the Mamoli kit

Modeler’s Name: Martin Jelsema

Period: Civil War
Scale: 1:120
Type of Model: Modified kit – plank on frame
Build Time: 700hrs

Build Materials:
This Model is a modified plank on bulkhead Mamoli kit build. Both deck configuration and rigging deviated from the Mamoli plans to follow the details illustrated in the book by Andrew Bowcock, Anatomy of a Confederate Raider. Hull is double planked in basswood and walnut. The “hammocks” on the rails are Q-tips. Completed with wood, cord and metal fittings.

Ship’s Story:
The CSS Alabama was Confederate raider whose mission was to interrupt Union merchant trade during the Civil War. During it’s two years of raiding it captured 63 American merchant ships and one War Ship. It was in port at Cherbourg, France when “called out” by the USS Kearsarge. It was sunk by the Kearsarge. It was discovered by divers and is being raised little by little by the French.

Modeler’s Bio:
This is Martin Jelsema’s third build since “retiring” as a marketing consultant four years ago. As a teenager he built the wooden schooner model of the Bluenose. He collected tools for the next 50 years in anticipation of renewing the hobby while persuing a career in advertising and market consulting.

USS Constitution

Jay Phillips is building this model of the USS Constitution from a paper kit he downloaded from the Internet.

Jay Phillips is building this model of the USS Constitution from a paper kit he downloaded from the Internet.

Modeler’s name: Jay Phillips
Period: 20th Century
Type of Model: Paper from images downloaded from the Internet
Build materials: Paper

Ship’s Story:
Launched in 1797, Constitution was one of six original frigates authorized for construction by the Naval Act of 1794. Constitution is most famous for her actions during the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships. The battle with Guerriere earned her the nickname of “Old Ironsides” and public adoration that has repeatedly saved her from scrapping. She continued to serve as flagship in the Mediterranean and African squadrons, and circled the world in the 1840s. During the American Civil War, she served as a training ship for the United States Naval Academy. Retired from active service in 1881, Constitution served as a receiving ship until designated a museum ship in 1907. On May 18, 2015 the ship entered Dry Dock 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard to begin a three-year restoration program

Modeler’s Bio: Jay has been a Shipwright for three years and serves as the group’s purser. He uses a microscope when cutting parts from the printed paper.

Carronade – Ship Killer

Chuck Stroble scratch-built this model of a carronade

Chuck Stroble scratch-built this model of a carronade

Modeler’s Name: Chuck Stroble

Period: Mid 1700s to mid 1800s
Scale: 1:12
Type of Model: scratch build
Build Time: 21 hrs

Build Materials:
Steel and oak

Carronade’s Story:
This is the second canon model that I have built and not yet fired. Carronades were very close-in weapons “pistol shot”. This is a 42 pounder and for the time was very fast to fire.

Modeler’s Bio:
Retired Navy Photographer Mate and owner of a bonded messenger service.. Started out with Commander Cruiser Destroyer Forces Pacific then to staff Commander Destroyer Flotilla One In Yokosuka Japan. Shore duty with Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka where I helped start a scale model club and built a 1:12 Elco 103 PT boat. Being a photographer is most helpful for a modeler. After active duty went to college at the University of Wyoming for a BA in Education

Coastal Schooner in a Bottle

Coastal Schooner built and inserted into a bottle by Daniel Siemens

Coastal Schooner built and inserted into a bottle by Daniel Siemens

Modeler’s Name: Daniel Siemens
Type of Model: scratch build ship in bottle
Build Time: 20 hrs.

Build Materials:
Basswood, bamboo and fly tying thread

Ship’s Story:
: Typical coastal schooner used for fishing off the coasts of the USA. Plans for this ship came from the best ship in bottle book out there. Ship-In-Bottles by Commander Donald Hubbard.

Modeler’s Bio:
I do accounting as my day job but love bottling ships when I can find time. I started two years ago after watching the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Modeling for 3 years.

Christopher Columbus

Scratch built model of the 1900-1934 Great Lakes excursion boat by John McGann

Scratch built model of the 1900-1934 Great Lakes excursion boat by John McGann

Modeler’s Name: John R. McGann

Period: 1883-1933
Scale: 3/32″ = 1′
Type of Model: scratch build from original plans
Build Time: 500 hrs.

Build Materials:
Scratch built from original plans of wood, styrene, and paper.

Ship’s Story:
The only passenger ship built to the whaleback design. Built at West Superior, Wisconsin in eighty one days. She served as an excursion liner on the Great Lakes from 1883 until 1933. Scrapped at Manitowoc, Wisconsin 1936. Length 363′ Beam 42′ Tonnage 1,511 tons. Carried more passengers than any other vessels on the Great Lakes.

Modeler’s Bio:
Retired construction supt. Model builder for 75 years