Back home in time for hurricane season and back at the bench.
Continuing to construct the main cabin, conning tower, skylights, vents and guns. For the most part, using cardstock and balsa to keep the weight topside to minimum.
Companionways, skylights, etc. The hull has been painted with flat white spray paint. The propeller shafts are left masked off to be ready to apply the red bottom paint later.
Details forward. The capstan is carved from maple. The scuttles for the chain storage locker are made from flared copper tubing, as are the hawses. I will add the brass portholes later.
A bit farther along. Ventilators are carved from maple. Portholes are brass eyelets (3/16″) from Tandy Leather, filled with clear epoxy then epoxied into the hull. I left the brass unpainted as it looked pretty, although the original would have been painted steel.
Superstructure mostly painted a buff (tan) color, with some details in black. (stack, guns)
Hull after painting the bottom red. I used a gloss red spray paint. Probably not entirely authentic, but pretty.
Nearing completion. The deck furniture and fitting are in place, and the foremast is rigged. This bow – on shot shows the blunted bow I used on the model. The actual boat had a very sharp bow, but I did not model it that way, as I thought it would be too fragile if there would be a collision. As with a dock or something similar.
Finished model. Anchors are carved from ebony. Because the deck is removable, the anchor chain is made from a cheap necklace from Michael’s and the necklace fastener used to connect to the anchor as the anchor is fastened to the removable deck, and the chain to the hawse of the hull. Guns made up from sections of aluminum and brass tubing.
Another shot of the bow to show some detail.
The stanchions were made up from 22 gauge brass wire, then threaded with 20 gauge wire to make railings.
Main battery guns with boom cradle and foremast. Chocks and bits made up from maple.
Rest of foredeck with companionway, conning tower, and the 2 pounder guns. I modeled them after Hotchkiss guns of the period, although it is not known what exactly the guns used on the Vesuvius might have been. Barrels carved from maple and trimmed out with brass wire, brass flat stock. Base made up from cardstock.
Forward part of the main cabin. Wheel made up from turned boxwood ring and brass wire. Wheel base, engine room telegraphs, and binnacle carved from maple. Life boats carved from pine, then covered with “canvas” made from tea bag tissue and painted. The coal scuttle access ports are painted buff. Probably not as on original, but they show nicely when painted this way.
After portion of the main cabin showing the carved ventilators and lifeboats and rigging of the life boat davits. The small launch can be seen on portside aft of the cabin.
This is the third 2-pounder gun on the stern. This probably reflects the original armament of the vessel, and was later augmented with additional 2 pounder guns.
Stern view with props in place. Ready to go.
Another view of props and rudder.
The model atop my desk, with pictures of the original vessel behind it. Awaiting spring weather for final sea trials. I did do a bath-tub test to verify waterline and check radio control functions, but will await warmer weather to try the bayou.