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The Model Of The Schooner Emma C. Berry

An Epoch To Be Noted ( continued )


The Happy Model Sailer



After completing the Wyman, along came computers, and that was the end of "modeling", though the few years at it were most enjoyable, especially when "sailing" my two R/C models - the Berry, and the tug boat "Shelley Foss".

Enlargable Select Rigging Aloft
Fore Mast Main Mast

Viewed from the Port Side. All the blocks ( pulleys ) were fashioned from dowels by me using hacksaw blade, and Dremel drill kit. The sheves in the smallest blocks turn, the straps are made from wire, as are the shackels fashioned from aluminum wire using jewelers, and longnose pliers.


Viewed from the Starboard Side. The sail cloth came with the kit. The stitching was done on the fly by the better half. It was at a time when utility overshadowed aesthetics. Was anxious to get into the water...the Radio Control - R/C apparatus having been bought.

Enlargable Bow, and Stern Views
Bow Stern

The hull is fibre-glass over wood. I enjoyed working with the stuff...sanding was a bear though. Always intended to score the hull, making a planking effect...never got to it. There's lots that could still be done to improve the model, but there's the computer again.


Having sailed thirty-seven years, ballast was always the uppermost consideration. I sealed fifteen-pounds of lead buck-shot into the bottom. Still have some left over in a clothe bag in the garage...always worried about lead poisoning, though never owned a gun, or rifle.

Enlargable Below Deck Views
Forward Compartment Aft Compartment

Never got a drap of water inside. Though a stiff breeze would put the rail under, the sails never got wet. She sailed like a dream...the second time I ever "sailed" a vessel...the first time in Guantanamo Cuba while playing with one of the ship's life boats when a young officer...sailed like a keel...dipping lug sail. We had a rowing team...took a break.


The levers seen in these photos attached to the servos are my concoction, and worked marvelously well. I could sail this little gem just like the real thing...tightening, or releasing the sheets as required. It was a pleasure to watch her sail close to the wind, and then reverse couse, and fly downwind. There's no cheating. Three servos - jibs, and main sail sheets, and rudder.

Enlargable Radio Control Stuph
NiCad Battery Charger Controller/Transmitter

Four "AA" type batteries ( in the black case two photos up ) gave three hours of play. They ran the servos, and the receiver. A half-day of charging brought them up to full charge. Never bought replacements...they're still in there, but deader 'n a door nail.


Eight "AA" size batteries kept the transmitter going, and then some. Here too, I never replaced them, though after all this time they charged up to half...I chucked them. Possibly some day I'll buy some new batteries, and sail allowing.

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