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Old Feb 04, 2014, 09:39 AM
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Edmund Fitzgerald

A friend of mine who resides on the Upper Peninsular in the warmer months of the year recently gave me a new Skil flooring saw which I think will prove useful in my hobby work. Trains and boats sometimes require a lot of cutting and fitting so I agreeded to make a model of the EF in exchange for the saw. I think I shot myself in the foot on this one but I've always wanted to make a model of a Great Lakes ore boat so this is a good chance to get that done.
Looking around for some pictures and info on this famous ship I came across this site that has a ton of pics and some blueprints and all you have to do is print them out. Can't seem to get a link posted so go to' 3d Edmund Fitzgerald'to see this site.
Anyway i printed out the axial lines for this ship and cut them up to make patterns for the bulkheads,35 in all. The center bulkhead of the ship is numbered "0". Then they are numbered 1 through 17 to the stern and 1 through 17 to the bow. In the axial lines diagram the right side is the bow end and the left side is the stern end. Spacing the bulkheads one inch apart gave me a model about 36" long which may be to scale and may not but close enough for the right proportions to the ship model.
Here are a few pics of progress so far.
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Description: There is a tiny bit of roundness to the bottom but it's so slight I just made it flat.

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Description: Spent a lot of time lining up the bulkheads but they were still crooked so had to realign several.

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Description: Sister bulkhead for the main deck to set on.

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Description: One piece of balsa sheet on each side, the bottom and the top will give a good strong box to keep the ship straight.  I hope.
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Old Feb 04, 2014, 10:09 AM
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Bow and stern need to be planked because the sheet balsa will not bend to the hull configuration. This makes for some lumpy planking but a little sanding and filling should do the trick. Very narrow planks are used at the turn of the bilge.
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Description: Bow and stern bulkheads are left with the raised part on the bulkheads for the second deck in both those areas.

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Description: Light planking and light bulkheads make for tricky gluing of the planks. They arn't coming out very smooth but that can be fixed.
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Old Feb 04, 2014, 10:24 AM
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Made a little progress yesterday and the bilges are giving me a fit. Such a tiny radius makes it difficult to fit the planks. The stern bulkheads at the end are suspended in line with the other bulkheads by pinning them to a beam that is in turn pinned to other bulkheads. Once the glue is dry the side planks will hold the suspended bulkheads in place and the beam can be removed.
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Description: Upper shear planks will hold the stern bulkheads in place for more planking.

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Description: Bow planking is a mess. some filler planks here.

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Description: Bilge is coming out ok. Partly sanded here.

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Description: Top deck is fine. Started to mark out the locations of the hold hatches,21 of the little buggers.
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Old Feb 04, 2014, 12:25 PM
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Is this the site Pete?http://www.3dfitz.com/blueprints.php
Nice looking model so far.
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Old Feb 04, 2014, 02:18 PM
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The bow looks great so far. I can see where you may need some blocking at the stern in the area of the turn of the bilge, since the radius is so small.

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Old Feb 04, 2014, 04:16 PM
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That's the one Jerome. I couldn't get my browser to carry the link for some reason. Thanks.
I think I'll use a block at the stern to get the rounded end like the real boat. Other places too maybe. Pete
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Old Feb 04, 2014, 08:58 PM
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More progress tonight. The stern planks are going to be rough too but they are going in ok. Start with the cutting and fitting now. Pete
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Description: The keel runs on out past the hull to hold the bottom of the rudder.

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Description: Planks are rough but going ok.
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Old Feb 05, 2014, 06:42 AM
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Putty and paint, make it what it ain't.
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Old Feb 05, 2014, 08:07 AM
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You have that right Jerome. When I was building houses we always said "the painters will cover that up" and they usually did. Pete
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Old Feb 05, 2014, 10:05 AM
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Paint covers a multitude of sins. Just look at how successful the cosmetics industry is.
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Old Feb 05, 2014, 01:04 PM
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Ooooooo.
Don't let that get out Prins.
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Old Feb 05, 2014, 05:07 PM
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Nice to see you building again Pete!!

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Old Feb 05, 2014, 05:25 PM
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Thanks coffee. I had to take a little vacation this past year to settle some finances which arn't settled yet but the heck with it. I just love doing this stuff so I'll be at it for a long time I hope. Ha! Pete
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Old Feb 05, 2014, 05:45 PM
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I know how it feels,I have my own issue's ..some things just suck the life out a guy.
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Old Feb 06, 2014, 11:28 AM
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Ya,that's exactly how it feels too.
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