HO Steamboat - first submission

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  1. roughneck

    roughneck New Member

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    Hi
    This is my first submission to the Hobby Forum. I would like to share a recent project in HO scale for a Maine style river steam boat. I started with plans from a large scale magazine and reduced them dowm using Photoshop Elements and printing them out on my home printer. The hull was made as a water line model. I began with a block of balsa and attached a paper pattern to the top of the block showing the hull outline from the top down and also attached a paper pattern to one side showing a hull profile. I used a scroll saw with a tilting table to first cut the top pattern and then the side profile. After "LOTS" of sanding and balsa wood sealer, wet and dry paper and many coats of paint I had a hull. The hull was used for a pattern to cut the deck, oversized and sanded to a final size. The pilot house was layed out flat on thin styrene and bent around a jig to get the correct shape. Passenger area was plain straight forward flat construction. The stern area open deck does not show yet but will be covered with a wood deck, railings and seats for passenger comfort.

    Thanks for looking and feel free to comment and suggest

    David F

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  2. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

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    That's a beautiful little ship.
    It's coming along nicely, and a fine, clean build.:thumb::thumb::thumb:
    Are the plans available to buy, or was this a magazine article?

    :wave:
  3. nachoman

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    This is coming along quite nicely! What are your plans for the ship when completed?

    Kevin
  4. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    VERY nice David! Welcome, by the way!
    Ralph
  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Oh my, but that would look good next to my car float!!! :thumb: :)
    Ralph
  6. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    very nice looking boat ya got there! i wish i could do that (although i did chose MRRing not boat building :mrgreen:) --josh
  7. roughneck

    roughneck New Member

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    Thank you logicman, The plans did appear in a magazine that I reduced to HO scale. I will check and see if I still have the reduced plans saved and let you know if I can email to you.

    David F
  8. roughneck

    roughneck New Member

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    Kevin
    The boat will be located on my HOn30 module at Fish Camp, a freelanced New England village with a small port.

    David F
  9. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

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    Thank you, David. I'd appreciate that.
  10. roughneck

    roughneck New Member

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    Ralph
    Thank you and I do feel welcome

    David F
  11. roughneck

    roughneck New Member

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    Josh
    Me too, but I needed a boat!

    David F
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    Here are two more pictures showing the next stages of construction. I'm also using this same technique to build two lobster boats to add to a dock I'm scratch building on a new module for my home layout.

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  13. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    the progress looks great! cant wait to see'er painted and weathered up :thumb: --josh
  14. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    Nicely done!

    Andrew
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    Nice work, David, and a good-looking model, too.

    Wayne
  16. roughneck

    roughneck New Member

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    Thank you Wayne
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    roughneck New Member

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    Thank you Andrew, Also have two lobster boats i progress

    David
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    roughneck New Member

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    Last pic

    Here she sits at Fish Camp waiting for deck details. I used a light wash to bring out surface details. In search of small beads to use as running lights, cleats and rope.

    David F

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  19. bigsteel

    bigsteel Call me Mr.Tinkertrain

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    looks great in that little scene!--josh
  20. logicman

    logicman Greybeard

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    That' a little beauty, Roughneck.

    If you have the patience - and the eyesight - you can cut out segments of plastic leds for the running lights.

    :wave: