Building a miniature model of the British barque Gulf Stream.
This download contains comprehensive building details for a waterline model of the 1,458 ton steel barque Gulf Stream
, that was completed by Russell & Co. on the River Clyde in 1884.
The model has a length of 9 1/2 inches (about 243mm) on the waterline.
The manuscript has 102 pages, 25,893 words and 247 illustrations, mostly colour photographs or drawings made be myself.
The model is rigged with fine copper wire, glued on in short lengths, so there are no knots anywhere. Using special techniques, here described, the rigging is far simpler than the time-honoured method of twine or thread. The main obstacle to rigging with wire is to decide beforehand that you can't do it, and never even try. Those who have tried, in most cases found it much easier than rigging with twine or thread, and hundreds of knots
Most of the work is done with a few hand tools, but a small lathe, and a hobby band saw will speed things up a bit. In the absence of a lathe, a small 12 Volt hand-held battery-powered electric drill will suffice.
Plans are included in the document, and all stages of the construction, including hull, deck fittings, masting and rigging are covered, as well as how to make the sea base, and display case from acrylic sheet. Materials are generally inexpensive, and easily obtained online.
The links in the manuscript will work, as long as you are connected to the internet.
The download may be read or printed in whole or part, via a home computer. If printed, it will make an A4 size document. It is in PDF form (For Acrobat Reader), and can be transferred to tablets etc.
Robert A Wilsonsagamore@mail.com