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Old 02-10-2019, 06:45 PM
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Michael Mash...... marylandsilver.com is down?
I can not enter the web....
Hello Heinkel: I purchased my plans from them during the spring of 2018. At that time, the website was working properly. Here is their U.S. Mail address: The Maryland Silver Company, P.O. Box 581, Craigsville, WV 26205. Perhaps that will help you contact them.
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04 – Hull Plating

Hello Modelers,

The new photos here show the first layer of hull plates being completed from bow to stern.
All the arrows along the keel helped keep me from installing any of them backwards.
In images 22 and 23, behind the hull is the first prototypes for the deck sections to come later.

In image 25, one can see the balsa block filler I used in the tail of the underwater stern.
It was glued in rough, and then sanded to shape.

After all the plates (white) were glued down, I surveyed the hull and used additional plates (red) to compensate in the areas where the plates dipped between the cross members. That way I could maintain a more realistic curvature to the hull. Hull plates “dipping or sagging” between the cross members is a frequent challenge when building a card/paper hull.

In the final two photos (27 and 28), one can just begin to see the first line of plates (along the dark waterline) that will be the second layer. I added rivets to the outer plates to experiment with the appearance. We will see how it turns out. I’ll have close-up images of that next time.

I like the panorama of the Newport News Shipyard in the image from Navsource. They note this is the stern of either U.S.S. Minnesota or U.S.S. Louisiana.


Regards,
Mike
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Old 02-23-2019, 03:52 PM
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As always, very fine work, Mike. The hull is shaping up beautifully.

Great historic image of NNSB&DDCo.

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As usual, nice craftsmanship !
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Old 02-24-2019, 06:35 AM
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looks excellent so far.
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Off and running looks like a good start, Mike. Hull looks true and symmetric to my eye.
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May be moot, but in Centennial Park in Nashville, there is a memorial to the Armored Cruiser USS Tennessee, launced around 1906. This is a concrete replica of the prow, with the bronze decorative piece from the old ship on it. Actually, it is the original bronze piece from which the item on the cruiser was cast, so even more original than the one on the ship. Lots of close up detail here: Prow of the Old Battleship Tennessee - Nashville, Tennessee - American Guide Series on Waymarking.com

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That's a pretty cool find.
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Old 03-12-2019, 05:53 AM
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That memorial bronze decoration has held up remarkably well.
Based on all the bow decoration photos I looked at, it seems each ship was unique. Although many of them look similar, they all differ in some way from each other.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:54 AM
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05 Hull Plating Phase II

Hello,

I appreciate the comments from Don, Shipbuild, Ted and Glen.
Time for more photos.

As you can see, the second phase of the hull plating is complete. This layer is made of 28lb paper.
It is a little thicker than standard (22lb) copier papier. The extra thickness is perfect for many uses.
The individual plates are sized to replicate 6’ x 16’. They are laid down individually, except along the sides and bottom of the hull, sheets of multiple plates can be glued down. In many places, individual plates were trimmed to fit. The look through the lens of a camera is pretty good, but to the naked eye it is not smooth enough to serve as a final surface.

Included is a nice photo from “Navsource” to show the bilge keels. This must be just prior to her launch, as there are decoration flags and there is quite a large crowd, all dressed in their finest.

My final two images show the bilge keels installed on the project.

Regards,
Mike
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