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September 2016 Vol 6, Issue 9


News,Tips and Happenings

Dear Shipmate:
This past month we have added a video of the Alfred kit contents, that makes 10 videos for you to enjoy. look here:

USS Maine #26, USS Olympia #53 and USS Gambier Bay - all new in box
One of our customers has changed his interests from static to R/C boating and would like to find a good home for these out of production kits. If you are interested, please email me and I will have him get in touch with you.

Newsletter Archive - At the bottom of our home webpage we have added an archive of all our newsletters. Now you can look at past issues with just one click. Coming soon will be an index of contents as well.

Our model of the month is the sardine carrier PAULINE. It is the second model in our emerging series of "Great American Workboats" and is in 3/16" scale, same as the 85' Diesel Tugboat. We intend to add more boats to this series, so here's a quick mini-survey: What other workboats would you like to see in this series? Shoot me an email and I'll tally the results next month.
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In This Issue
Nautical Terms
Model of the month
Something Fun
Tip of the Month
final message
Quick Links
Nautical terms and origins

Beakhead - Earlier, a ram on the bow of a fighting galley, later a platform forward of the stem for archers and musketmen. Still later, it was a smaller pointed platform with various uses. The origin of the term is obscure, but the word got around - it appears to have come from Old French, bec, beak, this from the late Latin and this in turn from Gaulish. there also was a Celtic word bec, or beq.

Duck - High quality canvas cloth, in heavier grasdes for sails, lighter for clothing. Earlier, the term applied to flax cloth, i.e., linen. It appeared in Middle English as dock, of the same meaning; and similar words were seen int he Nordics. 

Poppets - (1) The supports in a cradle or slipway for the ends of a vessel. (2) The wood supports for oarlocks or thole pins on a pulling boat. The term appears to come from the Middle English popet, one meaning of which is prop.

Start - Said of a line or tackle, to ease it out or to slack it. The word came from the mIddle English, sterte, thence from Old English, styrten, both meaning to start, probably in this sense.

Information is from the book "Origins of Sea Terms" by John G. Rogers
copyright 1985 Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. and available from BlueJacket. 
Model of the Month - sardine carrier PAULINE

 As stated above, this model is 3/16" = 1' scale, or 1:64 ratio. A delightful little workboat, she was called "The Queen of the Fleet" for the amount of fish she carried, and the loving upkeep her skipper and mate gave her. She was built and launched in 1948 at the Newbert & Wallace yard in Thomaston Maine.

After the fishing heydays on the Maine coast, in 1988 she was hauled out in Rockland, and converted to to a passenger-carrying cruise boat for the summer tourist trade. In 2013 she was again taken out, and is now a restoration project by the Oceanswide Company. You can read more about it here:!the-pauline-project/cl1o

The model is 16" long and 8 1/2" high from the keel. The kit will be available in two weeks, and ordering details are below.

The model features a solid hull, 132 laser-cut parts, britannia and brass fittings, rigging, styrene, wood, rod and 2 sheets of plans and an instruction manual. The cabin roofs come off to reveal a complete interior build-out. Those difficult looking scupper holes are part of the laser cut pieces.

Here's a close-up of the interior. The movie poster over the bunk, while typical in these types of boats, is not part of the kit. If you Google the movie "One MIllion BC" you can get a copy. Or, just get creative and find a different poster.

And finally, here's the specifics you will want:

Model Kit# K1110  $295.00
Paint set #PN1110 $48.50
Pedestals #F0874 & F0875 $10.25 for the set
Baseboard #BB1284 (16") $20.25
What's on the workbench?

Nic's bench: Still working on the Charles A. Notman. At this point, all the deck furniture is in place, and I have to start those 100 rail stanchions on the poop deck. She's starting to look like something.

Al's bench: Al is deep into the design of the Charles Morgan cut-away. Here's a proof-of-concept for laminating the boat davits. Also are Male and Female versions of the rendering cauldrons. We're not yet sure which method will make the best kit.

Something Fun
Something for seniors to do to keep those "aging" grey cells active! And for you younger ones, to get them growing!!
1. Johnny's mother had three children.  The first child was named April. The second child was named May.  What was the third child's name? 
2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers.  What does he weigh? 
3. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world? 
4. How much dirt is there in a hole... that measures two feet by three feet by four feet? 
5. What word in the English Language... is always spelled incorrectly? 
6. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.  How is this possible? 
7. In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg.  Why not? 
8. What was the President's 1975? 
9. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now? 
10. Which is correct to say, "The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"? 
11. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacksin the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field? 
Here are the Answers: (No peeking!) 
1. Answer: Johnny, of course. 
2. Answer: Meat. 
3. Answer: Mt. Everest; it just wasn't discovered yet.  [You're not very good at this a are you?] 
4. Answer: There is no dirt in a hole. 
5. Answer: Incorrectly 
6. Answer: Billy lives in the Southern Hemisphere. 
7. Answer: You can't take pictures with a wooden leg.  You need a camera to take pictures. 
8. Answer: Same as is it now - Barack Obama [ Oh, come on ...] 
9. Answer: You would be in 2nd.  Well, you passed the person in second place, not first. 
10. Answer: Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow [Duh] 
11. Answer: One.  If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big one. 

Tip of the Month  -  Painting scrollwork and raised details

I looked at the scrollwork on the Notman and dreaded the thought of painting white over the black background with a tiny brush. It never seems to appear even, with more white on one edge than the other. Then I thought if I could only paint the white first, then black, and rub the black off the high spots, it would be easier. Well, it's a little more involved.

I started by painting flat white (enamel) on the whole scroll.

Next, to protect the white paint, I overcoated with acrylic floor polish I used my old bottle of "Future", which now goes by the name Pledge acrylic floor and tile polish.

After the Acrylic dried, I liberally painted flat black over everything.

Now the fun part - take a paper towel and dampen it with thinner. Wipe across the scroll, and the black comes off the high points, leaving it in the recesses. Clean, neat edges, better than I can do with a brush, and simpler. Remember to spray with flat clear when you are done. 

If you are a person who likes to use acrylic paint, just use gloss clear enamel as the barrier over the white, and wipe the excess black while the paint is still wet..
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My final message in this newsletter will always be the same because it is what BlueJacket has done for 111 years, and we're not about to stop.


We appreciate our customers, we exist for our customers, and we listen to our customers. What we do is fun, just as I will try to make this newsletter. If you have any suggestions or comments, still, as always, please just give us a shout!


There's nothing I'd rather do than work on, or talk about model boats. Have fun!  




Nic Damuck

BlueJacket Shipcrafters, Inc.