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The Model Of The Schooner Emma C. Berry

An Epoch To Be Noted ( continued )

We'll wind this up with some photos of sundry features, and supplementary commentary. Model building is accomplished under all kinds conditions, many masterpieces having been built in the darkest of dungeons using the crudest implements on the most primitive of materials, and working from memory, or imagination. For me, it was done in an A/C, and heated two-car garage, on top of two wide-door panels length-wise set on horses.
Like home page building, at the end of the day, all work was neatly pushed to the back of the "work bench", and the bench cleaned as though I was never to return...but of course I did. Everything was done in sequence, and as logical as possible. Paint, and glue if spilled, was wiped up immediately, or at least at the end of the day.
I tried not to hurry...that's the big secret...always figured tomorrow was another day. Didn't always achieve this, but mostly did.
For all these years, going on twenty now, no one has seen this model, nor the others, except some neighbors, or whoever happened into the garage. Now, maybe, they'll be appreciated by those browsing the internet. I have an R/C kit tugboat I must bring into the "lime light" next.
If anything has come of building these pages, I have learned a few things about my digital camera - the Hewlett-Parkard Photo Smart hp-618 purchased over a year ago. A 2Megpixel resolution camera, many of the closeups on these pages taken using Manual Focus, and "Best" quality, or resolution. As with my "model building", my photography is also "amateur"...I guess the best way to be.

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R/C Receiver Jib sails R/C haul in, let out
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This little four-channel receiver, shown here almost actual size, is a marvel in miniature circuitry...at least for that time.
Worked flawlessly. I kept it covered with a piece of tin foil just in case some spray got under the housing top.

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If you look closely, you will see the in-haul to the jib sails led down through what looks like a pencil...it is.
Being practical, what other piece of wood would have a ready made hole in it. The line leads to the servo arm in the forward compartment.

Jib Boom Stem Fastenings Some Single Blocks Aloft
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Like the real thing, this corrosion caused by real contact with the elements. The water in the canal I sailed the Berry in is brackish, and has deteriorated other parts of the model also, which eventually will require major replacement.
I wonder if I'll ever get to that.

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A sample of my home-made blocks at the top of the foremast shrouds...just a little larger than actual. Fortunately, all the top-hamper is in good shape.
Where the model just called for screw-eyes, and single runs of line, I imagined this rigging. I consulted no rigging plans. I never sailed a sail ship.

Life Ring Ring Bolts
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Made a die from soda can aluminum, or cut out with a knife, or scissors, a disk of styrofoam from a package of meat, cut a hole in the center, sew some thread through as shown for life-line, and paint international orange, and you have a Coast Guard approved life ring.
Note the rust around the dead-eyes...those fastenings are soon to go...one has already...a jury rig will have to surfice, or get back to booze again.

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Garbage cans...you gotta have 'em in port...the minute you do something, you have garbage in your hand...can't make it all into life rings. However, the garbage can is fashioned from aluminum from a soda/beer can.
Actually, the purpose of this view is to show the ring-bolts...one of which locks the house-top to the house/cabin. They are fashioned from wire, and painted brown...copper doesn't rust...drat! Rustoleum spray paint matched nicely.

Main Sail R/C In-haul Trinkets
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View shows the in-haul for the main sail sheet...it leads into the cabin to the servo for that purpose. It's something peculiar to models...nothing like this on the real thing. I did outfit it with a proper block to fair-lead it. The tackle for the sheets ( not shown here ), like on the fore sail, is a "dummy", though looks more realistic. Rust did destroy the main sail sheet blocks. Luckily I had two spare blocks, but were not large enough to reave as original, except with dental floss. On the first page, check it out.

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Whatta ya do while waiting for glue, or paint to dry?...make things...like blocks, chain, bridles ( see the bail ), and tires. Here again the styrofoam from packaging from the super-market makes good tires.
Looks difficult, but it's not. A good magnifying/lamp helps, and of course, a good brand of Scotch. Since booze has given way to V-8, don't know if model building is possible anymore. Just joking...of course. It's a habit, and never cured...model building, that is. Drinking, no problem...not got good at it.

Other Trinkets Note
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Killing time here now...another view of things made while waiting for glue to dry. Always used super-glue, and Elmer's Carpenter's Glue.
All paints were found in the garage...common, ordinary latex house paints. All my models were painted this way...doesn't it show? Ha ha.
Whenever possible, everything used in the construction of my models were found in-house if it wasn't supplied with the kit. Next project: Document the building of the Shelley Foss - a tug.

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Above note came with the model, and says:


SPECIAL NOTE

The original EMMA C. BERRY has been restored to
its Noank sloop rig at Mystic Seaport. Plans are avail-
able for purchase by writing to:


THE CURATORIAL DEPT.
MYSTIC SEAPORT
MYSTIC, CT., 06355

STERLING MODELS, INC., PHILADELPHA, PA.

Non-enlargable Select Features From Old Slides
Emma C. Berry - Port Tack
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The Model Emma C. Berry underway in the canal behind my house in November of 1984. On the port tack with only a light breeze, notice how nicely the sails fill.

Emma C. Berry - Starboard Tack
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Very responsive in the lightest of breezes proves her fine hull form, and rigging. These photos were taken as 35MM slides, and scanned on the HP ScanJet 5300C scanner using the author's Super Atomic IV Krypton Cradle. Click Here For Details

Emma C. Berry - Coming About To Starboard
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You can almost see how nicely she handles in these still shots. Though colored slides, the scanner elected to scan in black, and white, and at twice the size...thank you scanner.

If you're interested in other sites addressing the Emma C. Berry, Click Here, and try the Google search engine.

Particularly This One, though it's very slow loading.

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