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June 2023 Volume 13 number 6


News, Tips and Happenings
Last month I mentioned we attended the 40th annual joint clubs meeting in New London CT..
Olha Batchvarov has finished her wonderful video of the conference. You can see it here:


Very nice job, Olha !
Model Ship World is an on-line forum of over 40,000 ship modelers. Topics range from kits to scratch builds, in-process continuing stories, tips, manufacturer information, technical topics. Too many to list here. Go take a look!

Rigging class
Eight students enjoyed learning about rigging last week.

Upper row L-R: Jim K. of CA, Kirk S. of PA, Sally N. of MI, Steve L. of ME, and Janice C. of ME.
Lower row, L-R: Alan N. of ME, Gordon K. of PA, and Frank C. of ME.
Here's a couple of candid shots of Sally and Gordon, hard at work.
Nautical terms and origins
Alow - A word now rarely heard, meaning on deck, vis-a-vis aloft.

Camber - The 'thwartships curving, or crowning, of the deck structure of a vessel. Its origin is Latin, camur, curved, and it comes to us via Middle French, cambre, bent.

Knightheads - (1) Earlier a pair of timbers serving as lateral bracing to the bowsprit of a wooden sailing ship. They also served as bitts and as a base for a windlass. (2) Later the knightheads became a bulwark or bulkhead through which the bowsprit protruded. They are believed to be so-called as they often were carved in the form of a knight's helmet in earlier ships.

Rocker Bottom - (also rocker keel) - A craft's bottom or keel with a pronounced convex curve. The word came from Old English, but probably not in this nautical 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 - Atlantic 30
This is from Duane M. if FL
Nic: Here’s a model of an Atlantic 30 I recently built. It was a boat I sailed in the ‘70’s. Gorgeous, just gorgeous! Aya. Tough getting documentation though. I’ll send a few more pictures in a separate email. Duane M
I think I want to put sails on it. dm
Atlantic 30

This beautiful sail boat was designed and initially built in Germany in 1928, and is still being built, sailed and raced worldwide. This factory demonstrator was extensively raced in handicap and class races in Eastern Long Island sound by Duane Muzzy in 1974.
As an aside, BlueJacket offers a half-hull resin model of this boat. Look here:

Real Boat Names
Let's see YOUR workbench
From Delbert H. of PA

'Hi Nic
Enjoyed the newsletter very much!
Here are a couple shots of the workbench as you requested workbench shots.
One with an HO Sardine Carrier I recently completed and the next project which is the HO Ellie Mara that I received from Bluejacket.
The second shot is the workbench all neat and tidy…..a rare occurrence.
All the best!!!"
What's on the workbench?
Nic's bench - Still rigging the Newsboy. I have attached the fore course and furled it.

Al's bench - Al is back on the 82' CG pilot cutter. Looking very good with the white paint. You can also see the brass casting master of the mast in the second photo.
Something Fun - The genius of Steven Wright
1. I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize. 
2. Borrow money from pessimists, they don't expect it back. 
3. Half the people you know are below average. 
4. 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name. 
5. 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot. 
6. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. 
7. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. 
8. If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain. 
9. All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand. 
10. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. 
11. I almost had a psychic girlfriend... but she left me before we met. 
12. OK, so what's the speed of dark? 
13. How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink? 
14. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something. 
15. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm. 
16. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. 
17. Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy. 
18. Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now. 
19. I intend to live forever… So far, so good. 
20. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends? 
21. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. 
22. What happens if you get scared half to death twice? 
23. My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder." 
24. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name? 
25. If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried. 
26. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. 
27. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. 
28. The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread. 
29. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research. 
30. The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard. 
31. The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up. 
32. The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it. 
33. Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film. 
34. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you. 
35. If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

Tip of the Month - making mast doublings
Correction: Last month's tip was from the Redwood Empire Model Shipwrights

This month's tip is also from them.

Here are a couple of thoughts on making a mast where adjoining sections overlap. The first is from the Model Ship World Forum, and the second is one of my own thoughts.

1. You start with a square section piece of wood, then make the round part by planing it eightsquare, then sand it round. To make a round dowel square means that the square part will be too small in section.

2. Start with a dowel and square the overlapping section with a file. Then build up the squared
section by gluing a piece of thin sheet to two opposite sides. When dry, trim them even with the
edges and glue two more pieces to the remaining two sides. When trimmed and sanded to the
proper dimensions and painted, the glued pieces should be undetectable.
Tip of the Month - Hobby glasses
Blatant Publicity
A Final Thought...
We have had a cold spring this year. Although yesterday and today were nice, lower 80's, the next 6 days are on and off rain and daytime highs of only the upper 50's.

Come on, SUMMER!

Nic Damuck
BlueJacket Shipcrafters