Open Boats

tcomobI have a small book titled “The Construction of MOdel Open Books” by Ewart C. Freston. Published in 1975 by Conway Maritime Press Limited, Greenwich, London.

This was some 38 years ago and in the text the author mentions that he uses “Seccotine” as an adhesive. According to Wikipeda this is a “(…) a brand of refined liquid fish glue used for gluing paper and card and as a binder in gesso, which remains flexible after drying. It is also used in the mounting of preserved insect specimens, as it can be dissolved in water if the specimen must be removed for further investigation.

You can still get it evidently – Seccotine

In any case .. I got sidetracked there. I was looking over the bit in the book where the author is talking about hollowing out the shell. In the past this part has puzzled me – as it (to me) made little sense. It says ..

Surprising as it may seem, with a boat such as the one I am describing, a thickness of 0.002″ can quite easily be reached, and with practice even less. The shell of the 28’0″ New Bedford Whaleboat, of which there is a photograph in the Introduction, has a thickness of 1/2″, which, at a scale of 1/4″ = 1’0″, is 0.0011″.

I was just looking over that again .. when I focused in on the passage “a thickness of 1/2″, which, at a scale of 1/4″ = 1’0″, is 0.0011″.

Well. It seems that whoever did the proofreading for this book must have been “math challenged” .. 1/2″ at a scale of 1/4″ = 1’0″ is 0.011″ .. NOT .. 0.00011″ .. so the earlier statement of “(…) a thickness of 0.002″ can quite easily be reached (…)

Now .. I am MUCH less puzzled .. at least by a factor of 10.

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Retired from the Army in 2006. Served during Vietnam - 1969-1972 as as 72B - Communications Center Specialist (Teletype Operator). Got out .. and went back in 1987 as a 19K - Armor Vehicle Crewman - (M1/M1A1 tanker) getting out in Korea in 1999. Went into the Reserves .. got mobilized in 2001 .. stayed active until my retirement with 20 years in 2006.


Open Boats — 2 Comments

  1. 1/4″ scale is the same as 1/24 scale. If the actual thickness of the hull is 1/2″, then dividing by 24, yields a thickness of 0.0208.
    I also fail to see the reference to 0.00011, as the refence you show says 0.011..

    • 1/4″ scale is 1:48. 1/2″ is 0.01041666″ at 1:48 .. the book had it as 0.0011″ .. which is off by a factor of 10. 1:24 scale is 1/2″ to the foot

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