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Old Jun 04, 2006, 01:29 AM
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Menhaden Fishing or Bunker Boat

Hi,

Here are photos of my current project - a menhaden fishing or bunker boat. The boat is based on plans which I purchased from the now defunct magazine U.S. Boat and Ship Modeller 15 years ago.

The orginal plans and article were published in the February and March 1956 issues of Young Men magazine by Frank Lashek and S. Calhoun Smith. Besides the plan and the article, I also used as reference the book Model Boat Building: The Menhaden Steamer by Steve and Patricia Staby Rogers.

My model uses the 39" fiberglass hull from the Midwest Seguin hull. You can also purchase this hull separately from Microglass.

This hull is not entirely correct for a bunker boat. In one of the photos you will see that the stern pinches in too sharply, but it was the closest match that I could find without building one from scratch.

Note that the only semi-kit of a bunker boat is from Hartman Fiberglass. They have a version about 60+ inches scaled up from the original Lashek and Smith plans.

Oliver
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Old Jun 04, 2006, 05:15 AM
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That's nice work. I have the Rogers' book, it is well done. tt
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Old Jun 04, 2006, 03:14 PM
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Very nice looking boat, Oliver!
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Old Jun 04, 2006, 04:22 PM
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Does the book have plans ? If it does what scale are they to make what length model?

Don

BTW very nice job on this model. Makes me wish I had ordered the plans when I had the chance.
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Old Jun 04, 2006, 04:37 PM
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Holy crap! Even the boat stand is awesome!!
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Old Jun 04, 2006, 04:56 PM
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I always come to a blank when it is time to design a stand. I end up making the same kind over and over. This stand is very unique and shows much thought went into making it.

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Old Jun 04, 2006, 09:37 PM
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Does the book have plans ? If it does what scale are they to make what length model?
Don,

The Rogers book does have plans but you need to increase the size to about 225%. His featured model (of the "Helen Euphane") builds out to 1/2" scale(1/24th) with a length of about 56". This is slightly smaller than Hartman's semi-kit.

Rogers also built one that is identical to the Smith plans. This is featured in the "gallery" section of the book. Note that the Smith plans build to a scale of 1/32nd with an overall model length of 33". The Smith plans were for a "generic" bunker boat.

Oliver
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Old Jun 04, 2006, 09:48 PM
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Holy crap! Even the boat stand is awesome!!
Kmot,

Thanks. However, the stand is from the Midwest kit. So, there was no talent on my part except for reading the instructions.

One benefit of basing a build on a pre-existing kit is that a lot of the "thinking" such as the boat stand is already done for you.

Oliver
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Old Jun 05, 2006, 07:41 AM
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Thanks Oliver, I ordered the book last night from Bluejacket. !/3 scale is what I wanted.

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Old Jun 05, 2006, 08:26 AM
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My model uses the 39" fiberglass hull from the Midwest Seguin hull.
I thought that hull looked familiar
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Old Jun 05, 2006, 02:27 PM
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Hot,

Very nice, I am sure you will enjoy the build and sailing the Bunker Boat.

I just completed the Bunker Boat that Cal Smith designed years ago. I had built it in the 70s and decided to try another one this winter. I called Bill Northrop, the editor of Model Builder, no longer being published. He still has the plans in the original size, about 35 and 62. I wanted something in between so I ordered the smaller plans and scaled them up to 45. It has a built up hull planked with 1/8 balsa. It looks great in the water and turned out very well. It is the first boat I have build in 25 years.

Good luck with yours.

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Old Jun 05, 2006, 03:41 PM
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I just completed the Bunker Boat that Cal Smith designed years ago. I had built it in the 70s and decided to try another one this winter. I called Bill Northrop, the editor of Model Builder, no longer being published. He still has the plans in the original size, about 35 and 62. I wanted something in between so I ordered the smaller plans and scaled them up to 45. It has a built up hull planked with 1/8 balsa. It looks great in the water and turned out very well. It is the first boat I have build in 25 years.
Ed
Ed,

She is beautiful! I love the profile of the bunker boat. I am getting a lot of emails about the plans.

Can you provide information on how readers can contact Bill Northrop and purchase the plans from him?

I would appreciate that.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

Oliver
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Old Jun 05, 2006, 04:10 PM
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Where are the 1:1 versions of these boats typically found? Neat looking!
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Old Jun 05, 2006, 04:18 PM
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I just called Bill Northop and ordered plans for the 36" model. He has plans for the 61 " model also.
His phone number is 702-896-2162 His office hours are M-F 10 AM - 4 PM PST
For those that need his address it is
2019 Doral Court Henderson NV 89074

Enjoy,
Don
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