Paterson
By Jamie Kerwin 

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The model took about 12 1/2 months to complete working at it on and off. Jamie estimates it would have taken about 4 months if worked on each day for an 8 hour period.  

The model is not a solid block of wood, but is built as a ship would be with accurate holds and a hollow bow and stern.  

The cabin railings are all hand soldered (over 400 solder joints) using 24 gauge wire and there are close to 700 small wooden triangles that where cut to make the hatchways accurate.  

Everything works manually on the model including the anchors that drop when the brake is released.  

The Paterson is made of pine.  I started with some pre cut boards that where 2ft x 1/4 inch thick
and cut them down.  The model is 4ft 1inch long and had to build it in two separate parts and join it in the middle.  Surprisingly, after months of planning it and repeatedly measuring when ever I was working near the joining point, the thing went together needing minimal sanding to make a perfect match.  For the more integral part, I used a unusual source for pine; "popsicle sticks".  After cutting the ends off, they make nice planks to start bending and cutting into whatever you need them to be.  Don't laugh, it works and I could not come up with another source of pine that is that thin and easy to get a hold of.  Toothpicks, both round and flat, as well as various prepared doweling where also used.  However, the popsicle stick thing is something that I do not let to many people in on, as it does raise some eyebrows.  The glue was Lepage Carpenters glue and the paint was Testers for the glossy parts, and a paint from a company in England called Humbrol made up the flat.  I found it very hard to use the Flat Testers on big areas as it seemed to always show the brush lines and dried with a chalky feel.  The Humbrol black left no chalky residue and went on well with the brush.

I hope I have answer a few of your questions.  This is the first model I have built since 1985, and I had forgotten everything.  I learned a lot from this one and hope to try my hand at a remote controlled one next time.   My next model will most likely be the John B. Aird.


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