There was also a chance a friend might take a mould so the model could be used as a basis for others, like the butty it would have towed sometimes or another wooden boat, built by the prolific Nursers, like HB, but a bit different. It is made in 4mm-1ft scale and is therefore 280mm long.
Here's the progress so far:-
Made from 60 thou. styrene sheet, with detailing in other thicknesses. The bow is planked in
styrene sheet, too, but inevitably required a small bit of filler as these bits move a little while the solvent dries. The bow of these old wooden boats is a lovely shape and that deserved to be shown as well as possible. It's what sets them apart and is so often badly done on other available models. Not that I would buy a kit anyway!
To my surprise, this all only took three afternoons, 'twixt chores and shopping, etc. I rarely get going before lunch!
The boat has its correct lining plank, gunnels, internal sheeting called sheering, internal keelson and engine beds. Being full hull, so that it can be viewed as if empty, a hole will have to be cut in the baseboard to take it. Accuracy has its price!
Today, because of the foul weather and lack of sleep thanks to a very nervous Shar-Pei called Alfie, I still got the shape tidied, the forecabin and back cabin made, the half round rubbing strips on and have started cutting out doors for the engine 'ole and back cabin's interiors to be seen.
The half round is made by scraping round styrene rod to a half round section and sticking on in their positions. They make all the difference and I will take more pics tomorrow if the light allows.