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Torepedo Boat Destroyer Build- USS Cushing
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:07 pm    Post subject: Torepedo Boat Destroyer Build- USS Cushing Reply with quote

I have started the hull today on a a type of boat made known to me first by our Logoman- Miles. Thanks Miles- I have been studying- finding pictures and making drawings for a month.

The Turbinia had already called to me before this but I have been reluctant to start a scratch build of that size-as it would be my first. So  after much researching I have started a 1:35 scale version of the USS Cushing. This will be a confidence build for me to see what is next. Fingers crossed for hopeful results.

I have chosen to make the hull from sculpted blue construction foam. I will cover it in epoxy and fiberglass. Color scheme is yet to be determined- as I prefer to go with battle gray but the detail may not show up much. We will see.

The Cushing was 138 ' x 15' when she was first launched on January 23, 1890.  She saw first duty off the coast of Florida at the outbreak of the Spanish American War. She captured 5 ships and later was returned North to patrol and protect Eastern seaboard harbors.





She was later armed with 3 x 18" torpedoes ( one in the bow ) and 3 rapid fire guns .







My model will be 51" x 8" which is a little off scale- especially beam  but need for stability trumps accuracy here.  So the hull was cut, layered and glued today. Pictures will be up this weekend, I intend to locate a Saito 4 cylinder  for her( also a homage to Miles' and his wonderful affection for this engine) .It will only be a single prop - I think.

More as it happens
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that's a very interesting and ambitious project. I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Building boat hulls scares the hell out of me as its so easy to ruin the look of the hull by having one former too big or small.
I'm looking forward to watching your progress.
I may even learn to not be so afriad of boat building.  
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope you have a lot of fun building this Mo. I'll bring down my large format camera of the same era and take a picture of you and the boat when you get her commissioned.  

Looks like you have many ways to customize her too. She looks to have had many colors over her commissioned life. In the 4th picture I see added deck plates and also carrying a life boat.

That same picture has an unusual flag for that era, looks like a flag from 1800 rather that the 40 ought star flag of 1890.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is going to interesting as well, going to be fun too as you now have two statchbuilds going at once.  
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going to follow this one wth interest.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have chosen a beautiful ship to model. This should be an interesting build.
But why the foam for the hull?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tradition bids a reception to celebrate the laying of the keel and not even 1 lousy picture

Seriously as spirited above above and I'll certainly follow this with interest
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greg, a Saito V4 Torpedo Destroyer sounds like heaven to me. I there is anything I can do to help along the way, let me know.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great oppertunity to get stuck in and really excellent project - going to follow this as well.

There's a chap in Sheffield, Mike Hollis, who builds stuff like this, he's done 1 or 2 now, they have featured in model Boats Magazine and have made excellent models. I also agree with your decision to increase the beam.

Brilliant pictures posted as well, very atmospheric and great lines on the hull.

Best of luck with it

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Saito should give her a nice turn of speed .    Just the thing to menace the enemy on the pond .  Shooting
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And where are you going to find a saito v4 engine? They don't come up too often.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of questions...so ...:

Why foam?---Because I am a little scared of scratch - plank on frame--This stuff sands so easily and shapes with sanding blocks and forming tools I thought I would try..It is cheap and can be easily covered with fiberglass.

It may be too bulky- and some of my boat club members have suggested I just make a "plug" or sacrificial shape to cover with fiberglass( with release agent in between the tow) and then remove the shell and go from there. Who knows that me be what happens.

The Saito 4 does not show up often but is not crazy rare like the Hemmens 4 so I will juts bide my time- all things are flexible. But the compactness and stinginess of steam use makes it a first preference.

I will get the pictures up in a few hours. Just 5 hours work yesterday ...marking- cutting out and gluing then sawing the basic shape and finally doing very preliminary sanding and forming yielded hopeful results
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Les wrote:
This is going to interesting as well, going to be fun too as you now have two statchbuilds going at once.  


Worse than that Les--I have 3 going..the Q Boat ( Steam Punk torpedo design is still moving ahead as well..I am a genuine goofball
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Will you model have dual props? Looking forward to see this come together.
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