American Civil War City Class Gunboat

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Postby EAO » Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:26 pm

Jim,

Why does that blood of your's look so thin?! :wtf: Regarding your watching of RC sub video's; if this thing does go South, perhaps you could transform it into the CSS Hunley!? :haha:

Just got back from the cabin with Jess, had to pop in and say hi! :D

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Postby Jimster » Fri Mar 12, 2021 9:33 pm

;) Must be that bottle of “blood thinner” I keep in the cabinet.
Watch out for those copperheads, Eric. Warmer weather you know.
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Postby Will01Capri » Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:05 pm

Tiger6 wrote:All good models require a blood sacrifice at some point in the process...

This is very true. Viking sacrifice for the gods haha
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Postby Jimster » Tue Mar 16, 2021 9:16 pm

A little more progress. I’ve covered the foam with styrene sheet and after more sanding and trimming I’ll fiberglass it. Propeller shafts are on the way, 12 pounder deck gun on the way from Shapeways and I bought some brass tubing, rod and sheet material for making twin rudders.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:25 am

Jimster wrote:WARNING! Images may be disturbing to some weak people. Viewer discretion is advised.
My styrene sheets arrived today! 2 pieces are 24” x 48” x .040” and one 12” x 48” piece .020” thick. I covered the foam main deck with .040” styrene tonight. Be careful when using new #11 blades. Do not drink before using sharp objects!
I’m trying to decide whether to sheath the hull with styrene sheet or use fiberglass cloth and resin to cover it. Any boat people here with recommendations?
Slow going but I thought I would post my progress such as it is. Lots of filing and blending and shaping to do on the hull of course.
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Glad I'm not an undernourished vampire 8O :haha: !!
Don't forget to cleanse it in (minimum) 43% proof single malt!!
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Postby jhamm » Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:34 am

43rdRecceReg wrote:Don't forget to cleanse it in (minimum) 43% proof single malt!!


I recommend cask strength = 60 - 65 %
with johnny cash "burning ring of fire" :haha:
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:32 pm

jhamm wrote:
43rdRecceReg wrote:Don't forget to cleanse it in (minimum) 43% proof single malt!!


I recommend cask strength = 60 - 65 %
with johnny cash "burning ring of fire" :haha:



Nahh, George Thorogood.............One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beeeeerrrr............. :shifty:
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Postby jhamm » Sat Mar 20, 2021 11:43 am

If you spill alcohol on your injured finger, then it burns like fire.
The first three words of the song "burning Ring of fire" are?
Burn, burn, burn ...
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Postby Jimster » Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:00 pm

I applied the first layer of fiberglass cloth over the hull and this thing is really starting to come together. Never built an rc boat before but with a basic skill set it sure is fun and challenging to scratch build unique models in any scale you choose. After I finish some modifications to the stern and add the three keels I’ll add one or two more fiberglass layers using epoxy resin. The part I’m really looking forward to is working on the topside details.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:34 pm

Good Morning!
One saying, often quoted, about the City Class Ironclads was that ( and I paraphrase heavily here ) 'Due to their shallow 6' draft, they could navigate in a heavy dew' The Hull is really coming together! Following along!
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Postby Jimster » Mon Mar 29, 2021 5:38 pm

Still need to add one last fiberglass layer on the hull with two part epoxy but in the meantime I received the 1:48 model 1857 12 Pounder deck gun from Shapeways. This field artillery piece sat topside on the hurricane deck and was in addition to the 13 big naval guns which were located below on the main gun deck.
I painted and detailed the gun by adding some wood grain, chains and the rear gunsight. The barrel was bronze and I’m sure the navy kept it shiny. I hated brass when I was in the navy!Image
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Tue Mar 30, 2021 5:44 pm

"...I hated brass when I was in the Navy", you said.

..and how did the brass get on with you, Jim? :D I bet you gave 'em a tough time :D
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Postby Jimster » Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:57 pm

Well, we would’ve seen more eye to eye if we would’ve had grog rations. Fortunately, being a corpsman gave me some pretty good leeway.
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:24 pm

Jimster wrote:Well, we would’ve seen more eye to eye if we would’ve had grog rations. Fortunately, being a corpsman gave me some pretty good leeway.

:D Ah, from the Corpsman's stash of the fabled 'medicinal drop'. WW1 Tommies were given a good slug of rum (and often they're very last) before going over the top. Here's a GI with a very different take on warfare!
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Sorry for the deviation, Jim. Maybe you can include a saloon bar (containing viable hotel room miniatures o- :D ), on your Gunboat. :thumbup:
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Postby Jimster » Wed Mar 31, 2021 5:22 pm

I thought about a moonshine still down in the engine room.
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Postby EAO » Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:38 pm

43rdRecceReg wrote:"...I hated brass when I was in the Navy", you said.

..and how did the brass get on with you, Jim? :D I bet you gave 'em a tough time :D


You guys! I haven't been on here for a little bit and this comment took me a while to fathom! :/ Now I get it! :think: I think I've just spent too much time on the mower and weedwacking! It's hard to stay up to speed with you guys if you miss a few days!

Granddad always said I was a little slow and "tended to think myself stupid"!

It's good to see some things remain constant in this world!

Cheers, a slightly bewildered
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P.S. the Gunboat looks fine too!
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Postby Jimster » Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:34 am

Painfully slow build progress but I did receive my Beier board today! Yay for me. It only took 19 days to ship from Germany to Illinois. Not bad at all.
I’m still waiting for my propeller shafts to arrive from Aliexpress. Then I can finish the hull. Then I’ll install all the running gear and electronics. Slowly but surely.
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Postby jhamm » Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:10 am

A good choice :thumbup:
a lot of sounds and functions are possible.
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Postby PainlessWolf » Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:20 pm

Good morning,
Making solid progress, Doc. ;o)
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Postby EAO » Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:36 pm

Jimster,

19 days isn't bad at all! I'd expect a lot, lot, lot longer waiting period! :lolno: Hopefully this is a sign that things are slowly improving? :/

Ooh, look! Fancy, complicated electronics! Even though my brain goes blank looking at stuff like that, it sure looks like nice gear!

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