Newsletter of the Midwest Model Shipwrights www.midwestmodelshipwrights.com Scuttlebutt COMMODORE Gus Agustin opened our Decembermeeting at 7:30 sharp with 31 hungry hands aboard.We welcomed twonew members PaulBien (L) and FredWidmann (R), bothfromDownersGrove, who showedus some of theirspecial hobby talents. These two aremaster machinistswho work wonderswith metal. We’re glad to have them and their talents asa part of our club. January 2012January Meeting NoticeIntroduction to the Lathefor Model MakersGus Agustin will show a very excellent Power Pointpresentation entitled: “Introduction to the Lathe forModel Makers” that he received from our fellow member down under (Australia) Kevin Hudson.For anyone who has a lathe or aspires to own one,Gus says this is a session you will really appreciate.There’s something here for all model makers.Our next meeting will be at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday,January 18, 2012At the Community Presbyterian Church407 Main Street in Mount ProspectPar t y Nightl/r: J. Pocius, L. Sirota, J. Mitchell, G. Agustin, K. Goetz, R. FilipowskiElection of officers for the new year went very fast - aunanimous vote to return last year’s staff. The only member who was not able to accept the appointment was ourShip’s Clerk, Jim Merritt. Therefore, we do need someone to step forward and volunteer for this post. The jobbasically entails keeping up the name badge board andmaking tape recordings of our Ships-on-Deck sessions.Our thanks go out to Jim Merritt for the fineservice he has provided to the club asSHIP’S CLERK since first starting in January2008. That’s a fine tour of duty by anyone’sstandard and he will be missed on the Quarter Deck.See Scuttlebutt, Page 52010 OFFICERS & STAFFPresident (Commodore) - Gus Agustin. (847) 398-5208Vice Pres (Flag Captain) - Bob Filipowski. .(847) 394-0757Treasurer (Ship’s Purser) - Ken Goetz .(847) 678-4249Secretary ( Ship’s Clerk) - Open. .Newsletter Editor- John Mitchell . . .(847) 392-2259Photographer- Leon Sirota . .(847) 541-6285Web Master- John Pocius (630) 834-9477Thanks to our Purser, KenGoetz, the pizza got delivered and arranged in thegalley shipshape and foursquare.All hands werepiped to the serving tableearly in the first watch andthe meeting took a pausewhile we all enjoyed mess.Several hands came preparedto enjoy the season andshowedthis attitude byt h e i rchoice ofuniform( a k a :Doc Williams and Rich Kuenstler). Thanks, mates, for helpingto get us all in the proper spirit ofthe season. We missed your stringduet, by the way. Maybe next yearwith the new violin?
The Forecastle Report, Jan. 2012 - P.2 Ships on Deck Bob Ivan loves speed; over the water speed, that is. InOctober 2011 we saw his ca 1910 Number Boat and nowYour Editor led off the festivities with his 1:48 scratchbuilt model of the Great Lakes clipper schooner Challenge ca 1852.This was the first clipper schooner on the Great Lakesand was built by William Bates in Manitowoc, WI. Theshallow draft, centerboard hull and schooner rig wereideal for sailing conditions on the Great Lakes and gavebirth to an entiretype, at one time upwards of1800vessels.The schooner age was,however,shortlived, as the adventofsteamdriven shipssoon replaced themin thecommercial trade. Asevidenced by photos ofthe era, these schoonerswere hard working, generally unadorned and almost universally paintedwhite above the water line.This model seeks to duplicate that heritage. Basicprimer paint has been applied to the hull, the bulwarkshave been painted and the ship’s boat davits and catheads added. Next will come the final hull painting.his new project is the ca 1915 speed boat Berryla II. Thisboat looks very sleek and purpose-built and must havebeen a real advance in speed boat design in her time.Bob is building this model scratch-built from his ownplans and is using a very unique technique. First, a solidhalf-hull was made out of “floral foam” and then bulkheadDoc Williams has been busy adding more deck details tohis 1:64 “Model Shipways” model of the whaling shipstations were cut out of this on a scroll saw to use as patterns for making the plywood bulkheads. The bulkheadswere fixed in position with ribs so that the hull can then becovered with 0.007” aluminum sheets. Despite the factthat Bob had no plans to work from and employed ahighly challenging technique, we can already see that hewill achieve a first class result. Great inventiveness, mate.Charles W. Morgan. The very fine detail on these deckstructures already add great interest to the model, andthis is only the stern!Thedeckhouse,“vegetable bin”, steerage entrance and roofcover are now in place.Next up will be the anchor deck and forecastle gangway. She’s areal beauty, mate.Peter Pennigsdorf has created a wonderful example oftheclassicGermanWeihnachtspyramide(Christmas pyramid) so popular at this time of year andfound for sale at the Christkindlemarkt (Christ child market) throughout Germany andhere in Chicago, as well.What a nice idea for the season. Thanks very much forsharing it with us, mate.See Ships-on-Deck, Page 3
The Forecastle Report, Jan. 2012 - P.3Ships-on-Deck, continued from Page 2John Pocius has finished off a set ofbeautiful miniatures just in time for thisyear’s launching.The first of the trio is the 1:64 Catboat Frances complete with simulated water done in “Super Sculpie”and crew figure in clay over abrass wire armature.Details on this model arereally quite flawless, mate.Next up is the 1:32 McKenzie River Drift Boat, also complete with simulated water display base and crew figure.Fred Widmann, one of our two new members who joined tonight, brought in several of his prize projects that amazed us fortheir extremely fine workmanship. The first was a fully opera-tional, coal fired, live steamengine ca 1895. This trulytook considerable machining skill and an in depthknowledge of the workingsof a steam locomotive.The photo a right showsthe back of the boiler andthe open firebox door. Theboiler operates at a working pressure of 100 psi.Anothermodel wasof a springdrivetoysteamship.T h i sbrought outgreat nostalgia, asan example of abygoneera.Again, the detail is ajoy to see.John has his figuremakingtechniquedown pat.He firstbuilds a wire armatureand then adds Sculpiemodeling clay, whichhe carves into the lifelike figures we see.Paul Bienshowed ushisskillwithmachinings m a l lparts. Hismodels ofThe 1:32 SingleScullmodelneeds to beviewed with amagnifying glassto appreciate thefine details.Thesculler’ssandals are notto be missed.a shop lathe, drill pressand, most intricate of all, atriple-expansionmarineengine were very impressive.
The Forecastle Report, Jan. 2012 - P.4We are happy to reprint this excellent article by Bob Filipowski that appeared in our November 2009 Forecastle Report. It’s a real classic.Nibbing & JogglingBob Filipowski opened his presentation by stating that,depending on which author you use, you may getdifferent opinions on configuring deck plank nibbing Figure 1and joggling. Some texts3stated that the nibs (Figure1, Item 1) should be perpendicular to the snipe(Item 3), while others favored them being right- 2angled to the run of the1plank. The nib width alsopresented some confusion4as it was stated in differentbooks that this dimensionshould be either 1/3 or 1/2 the plank width.Filipowski stated that when the length of a snipe exceeded twice the width of the plank, that was the determining factor as to when a plank should be nibbed andjoggled into the margin plank (Item 4). However, someauthors favored the length of item 2, others item 3, andsome weren’t very clear as to which one they were referring to! Bob felt that using item 2 as your reference mademore sense, and was easier to deal with.He recommended fabricating a couple of tools that werevery helpful tohim. The firstwas an Exactochisel blade thatwasgrounddown to thewidth of theplanknibbing.EYE PROTECTION IS AN ABSOLUTE MUSTWHEN DOINGTHIS!The second tool (Figure 2), although not absolutely necessary, helps to make your nib cuts into the margin planka little more accurate. The longer bottom section is cut toa sharp ,shorter piece isglued on top,and must have aperfect right an- Figure 2Bottom Viewgle cut at oneend. Two ofthese would be required, one for the port side, and onefor the starboard side.Slide the tool forwardso that it seats itself inthe “V” formed by thelast plank laid and themargin plank. Mark thatpoint with a sharp pencil. Now take your modified chisel blade, line itup with the pencil line,and cut through themargin plank. Makesure the chisel blade isperpendicular to thedeck, and the bevel isfacing away from thefinished margin plankedge (Figure 3).Line the end of yourplank up with the nibcut, and mark where themargin plank edge andplank intersect (Figure4). Mark your nib widthon the plank, and remove the excess stock(Figure 5). For shortersnipes, Bob likes to useFigure 3BevelFigure 4Nib CutMark Herea 1/2” Exacto chisel forthis procedure since itallows him to line up theblade edge with bothmarks before makingthe cut.Use the trimmed plankas a template to markthe snipe on the marginplank (Figure 6). Besure to use a sharp pencil. Take a 1/2” Exactochisel, align it with thesnipe line and make yourcut. Be sure to keep theblade perpendicular tothe deck with the bladebevel facing away fromthe margin plank.See Nibbing & Joggling, page 5.Figure 6Figure 5
The Forecastle Report, Jan. 2012 - P.5Nibbing & Joggling, continued from page 4The custom made nibbing chisel works well when removing the scrap wood from the joggled area. If all the measurementsweretakencorrectly,the nibbed plankshould now fit perfectlyintothetrimmed area.Before gluing theplank in place,Filipowskisimulates the deckcaulking by blackening the plankedges with a #2lead pencil. Ahandy toolthathelps accomplishthis is a length ofscrap wood with ashallow slit cut in itwith a Preac saw(Figure 7). Thissimple fixture canalso be used whensanding down adeck or hull plankthat requires taWood Blockpering.Finally, as youapproach a pointon the deck whereyou have onlythree or four plankwidths left on eachside, it’s importantFigure 7that you check tosee whether theywill come out even(Figure 8).It may be necessary to “average”out the width ofthese last strakesso there isn’t arather wide or narrow plank neededto complete thedeck. Good advice, huh?Figure 8Completed PlankScuttlebutt, continued from Page 1Our PURSER, Ken Goetz, reminds us that,DUESat this time of year,ARE NOW DUE !If you haven’t already done so,please make out your check for 20.00 to Midwest ModelShipwrights and mail it to:Ken Goetz3302 Sarah StreetFranklin Park, IL 60131Thanks, mates!
John R. Mitchell, Editor2011 N Charter Point Dr. Arlington Hts., IL 60004