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Offline Craig DeShong

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #120 on: November 08, 2019, 03:44:21 PM »
Enjoying this build immensely John, not to mention the subtle humor


The gun was used in the action on the night of October 27th. Cushing, in his notes later wrote:

"... a dose of canister at short range served to moderate their zeal and disturb their aim".

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Yea, I can imagine how a round of canister might “moderate” one’s zeal  :lolb:
Craig

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #121 on: November 09, 2019, 01:58:54 PM »
I have missed a few days John, but its really coming together now and all looks great. Quite a handsome model in fact!!!

Bill

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #122 on: November 09, 2019, 02:21:48 PM »
Pleased to hear you are enjoying the thread Craig.

Hi Bill,
Good to have you looking over my shoulder.

It is amazing that this spar torpedo was set in place by use of only ropes. If one of them snagged or got twisted around the spar as it was being run out, either the lanyard releasing the torpedo or the lanyard pilling out the firing pin would not functcion.

Four different sizes of line are being used here. They did not come with the kit. I chose heavier to handle the spar (brown) and lighter ones (Black) for the release pins. The flag halliard will be a thinner brown line.

P.S. You can see the bronze release pin below the torpedo.

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #123 on: November 09, 2019, 02:44:59 PM »
I'm still following in the background and enjoying your amazing attention to detail  :praise2:  :praise2:  :wine1:
Best regards

Roger

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #124 on: November 09, 2019, 08:58:46 PM »
I appreciate that very much Roger.

The boat is ready for the steam plant. The torpedo with its spar is mounted on the starboard side.

I haven't got the boiler in yet and think of the heat so close to the men manning those ropes; firing pin lanyard, release lanyard and spar lanyards. And there may have been men wrestling with the howitzer. Not much room for the stoker with an open fire door scooping coal from a bag on the boiler deck.


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« Reply #125 on: November 09, 2019, 10:36:54 PM »
They did it again! :facepalm:

The hole broke through way off center.

Repaired again with JB Weld and bushed the hole with a piece of 3/32"tubing.
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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #126 on: November 10, 2019, 12:41:40 AM »
I think the supplier's drill press operator elf has been into the Navy rum, or got some Elfensteiner stubby beers from Chris Rueby's elves.......  :facepalm2:

I'm sure you said "tut tut" "oh dear" etc when you noticed that.  :cussing:  :Lol:

Nice repair though, looks the business now!  :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :ThumbsUp: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #127 on: November 10, 2019, 12:41:44 PM »
Nice work John, and a good prop rescue.           Terry

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #128 on: November 10, 2019, 02:03:21 PM »
Thanks fellows.

Today the boat 'gets the shaft'.

Driveshaft that is...  ::)

I was looking for a way to mount the propeller so that it would spin when viewed. "Don't touch!" doesn't cut it when there is a propeller sitting down below that fantail just waiting to be spun. Human nature.

Because the driveshaft tube was hollow, it was the size for a 1-72 thread.

The propeller's end will held in place by a brass washer and hex nut. To keep it in place from spinning back to the sten post, a 1/8" bush will slide over the shaft.

Love that telescopic tubing. It saved the day as the propeller bushing as well.
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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #129 on: November 10, 2019, 02:39:24 PM »
John...........I really like your attention to detail ............as well as your insight into human nature!  :)

Jim
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« Reply #130 on: November 10, 2019, 04:05:33 PM »
Thanks Jim.

Gave that propeller a spin myself.

The engine is connected to the driveshaft. It slid into the power takeoff shaft which was also a tube.

The rudder has been permanently put in place now. Yes, the viewer can move the tiller.

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #131 on: November 10, 2019, 04:50:20 PM »
Hello John,

It's coming together very nicely. It took a hell-of-a-man to serve as a member of that crew.

Have a great day,
Thomas

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #132 on: November 10, 2019, 05:15:16 PM »
Hi Thomas,

I agree wholeheartedly Thomas. And to think that all 14 crew members aboard that boat were volunteers.  :o There were actually two picket boats in the raid that night, but the first one, which was intended to provide cover fire and act as a backup, sank on the way to North Carolina. Cushing's crew decided to press on.

The conditions aboard must have been deplorable.

John

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #133 on: November 10, 2019, 06:10:54 PM »
Hello John,

It's coming together very nicely. It took a hell-of-a-man to serve as a member of that crew.

Have a great day,
Thomas

That was definitely back in the days of "wooden ships and iron men"!  :)

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Re: U.S.N. Picket Boat No. 1 1864
« Reply #134 on: November 11, 2019, 01:43:16 AM »
The boiler is aboard and ready for piping.