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The Model Of The USNS Wyman Re-visited

A Photographic Tour ( continued )

The attempt here is to tour the model starting forward, and working aft. Here again we are using the Hewlett Packard Digital Camera - Photo Smart 618 of 2Megapixel resolution. The photos here are sized 225x169, and are not enlargable, but are cropped full-size from the original close-up photos of 1600x1200, or 800x600.

Non-enlargable Select Features
Forefoot Forefoot
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Imagine yourself at the bottom of a graving, or dry dock.

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I even have the Docking Plans for the Wyman. Note the "soft wood".

Prow Bilge, and Keel Blocking
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Numbering by typewriter.

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I even have the Docking Plans for the Wyman. Note the "soft wood".

Port Anchor Bow Lookout Platform
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The anchor is laminated cardboard using Elmer's glue. Note the "Tipping Bar".

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The railings are copper wire...I hadn't learned about "Q Tips".

The Stbd Riding Pawl Windlass' Wildcats
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Laminated paper here again. The chain is hand-made from copper bell wire.

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It's all paper, and cardboard. It took me four-days to fashion 18" of chain.

Anchor Windlass Closed Roller Chock
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Paper, and glue, even the brake wheels.

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Looks rusted, but it's just paper.

Inflatable Liferaft

Port Repeater, and Signal Light
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15, or 20 Person...I forget which. It's just a tube of paper, with paper bands glued around, and painted. The stand's also paper.

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The door behind the Repeater Stand goes into the Wheelhouse, the ladder behind the 12" light goes to the Flying Bridge.

Kent Clear View Screen

Standard Compass, and Searchlight
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Glass whirls around...throws off rain, and spray. View is at Starboard side of Wheelhouse. That searchlight was used alot in ice at night.

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Magnetic Standard Compass, and 18" Searchlight on the Flying Bridge. Periscope allows compass to be read from below in the Wheelhouse.

Explosives Box Ship's Whistle
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Mostly used for storing Black Powder when we had the old "Lyle Gun"...a cannon like line throwing thingy.

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Three whistles in one...it really sounded nice. You can see the High-Line Transfer Gear boxes in this view.

Main Antenna Trunk Top of Main Mast
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Leads Main Antennas into house, and support for "Umbrella Antenna".

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Radar Platform, Ensign Halyard Gaff, and Direction Finder Antenna.

Port "Aero Vane" Aircraft Warning Lights
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Port Wind Anemometer...the ship had two...the other to starboard.

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Used in port, these red lights warned low-flying aircraft. Gads!

Port Yard Arm, and Gaff. Engine Room Ventilators
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Notice grated footing on Yard Arm, and halyard blocks.

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Forced Ventilation Intakes to Engine Room on Stack.

Mainmast Port Bridge Wing LifeRing
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Upper Range Light, and upper Survey Light ( red ).

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Quick Release Lifering with Waterlight, and Smoke Signal

Lifeboat Lifeboat
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Stern of Lifeboat #2 ( Port side boat ). Note the propellor.

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Bow . Both of the model's boats are made of writing paper, glue, and paint.

Lifeboat Lifeboat
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Looking down into #2 boat...see the boat hook.

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View of stern of #2 showing un-shipped rudder.

Port Lifeboat Winch. Starboard Lifeboat Winch
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Wyman had two Lifeboats, plus numerous inflatable rafts. Note Fueling Station Valve.

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These model winches are functional manually. Both Lifeboats swing out.

Starboard Lifeboat Davit base Starboard Lifeboat Davit head
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Partially shown is the crank - painted red.

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These falls overhaul...the blocks function.

Port forward Lifeboat Davit. Accomodation Ladder
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Davit shown swung out. Model's boats can be lowered by finger.

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Aluminum Accomodation Ladder in Stowed position...it can be lowered.

Bottom of Accomodation Ladder Aluminum Brow ( Gangplank )
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Turntable, Wishbone, and Slide. Further back is Swing-out Bracket/Rest for ladder when "flopped" out in preparation for rigging handrails, falls, etc.. Used mainly when at anchor, and away from a dock.

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The Wyman's Aluminum Brow, or gangplank was always used when alongside the dock or other vessels. Here we see the head of the Pettibone Crane's Outrigger, or extension, where it is normally stowed.

Head-ache Ball, and Hook. Fenders
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The heavy steel ball was used to overhaul the crane's cargo whip. The model, as seen here, is simply a "spit-ball" coated with paint. The shackles, links, and hook fashioned from bell wire. The pad-eye - paper, and "Q Tip" painted with yellow dope. Brow is in the background. Making these things were fun.

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Like most MSC ships, the Wyman had a large allowance of foam-rubber fenders, models of which are made of soft foam material encased in Saran Rap, the ends twisted, and sealed with a touch from a soldering iron. A copper wire pin pushed through, and fashioned, and a little black paint finishes the job.

Pettybone Crane Pettybone Crane
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Hydraulic rams are "Q-Tips"...shown here elevating boom.

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Boom down...note pilot ladder on deck.

Pettybone Crane Pettybone Crane
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Point where "Outrigger" afixes to crane boom head.

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Pettybone cradled. Note sloppy paint job on cradle.

Capstan Closed Chock
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One of two on the stern. Easy to make - cylinder with paper cap.

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Shaping paper can sometimes be difficult. Cut-out in bulwark sloppy.

Closed Chock with Horns Stern Light, and Chock
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Inboard view of chock. "Horns" substituted for bitts.

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Not too bad a job on this chock.

Lifering with Water Light Sample Blocking
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Lifering cutout of styrofoam packaging, thread, and painted. Waterlight is rolled up paper.

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Real wood, but not oak. Staples ( real name ) is from paper stapling machine. Adds to model's presentation.

Stern Frame Rudder Post
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Zincs, and Propellor...all paper. Notice draft marks ( numbers )...done on a typewriter.

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See outline of "Palm"...model rudder can be unshipped, is hollow, and made of paper, and painted with latex.

Skeg Skeg
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Probably the most delicate part of a ship...part of the Stern Frame, usually a one piece casting. That's why ships are launched stern first...the Bow taking the weight as it drops off the weighs. Here it's laminations of paper, and glue.

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End of tour. Pictured above is the Skeg...in the rounded part is the Pintle Pin Bearing for the Rudders Pintle Pin. The real pintle pin stands about three feet high, is about a foot in diameter, steel, and stabilizes the bottom of the rudder.

If you're interested in any particular exploded view, the model still sits in the garage, and the camera is always handy. Just send me an email, and I'll try to accomdate you, and send the photo (s) back digitally.

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