Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

This Build Log Section is for Plastic Ships. Enter your Build Log here. It is advisable for others to follow your Build Log to start your post such as "Build Log: HMS Ship name"
Post Reply
modlerbob
Seaman
Seaman
Posts: 30
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:32 pm
Location: central Florida

Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

Post by modlerbob » Sun Aug 27, 2017 2:46 am

This is an oldie but a goodie that originated as a Pyro kit that was subsequently acquired by Lindberg, I'm sure I built it as a teenager but I don't really recall how it came out. In many ways, for a plastic sailing ship model, it is pretty good. It's main drawback as far as popularity goes is the lack of detail with the hull and deck. Similar to the situation with the Lindberg clipper ship Sea Witch. For the hull I decided to use copper tape to copper the bottom of the hull in a similar fashion to the way I coppered the bottom of the Model Shipways NY pilot boat Phantom. The most difficult task was marking the waterline and getting it symmetrical on both sides. I masked off the lower hull and painted the upper portion black using Floquil engine black. Once I was satisfied with the waterline location I ran a strip of 1/8" copper tape along the edge of the black portion of the hull from bow to stern. Then I started from the keel using 1/4" wide strips overlapping them about 1/16" much the same way you would plank the hull. After that was done I took a length of masking tape that I had reduced the stickiness of and marked it like a ruler at 3/8" intervals. Then I laid it over the first strip of copper tape and marked with a mechanical fine pointed pencil the 3/8" intervals the copper. Then I moved the masking tape to the next section staggering the marking line and continued. After finishing with the masking tape I went back and made sure each copper plate was marked from top to bottom. If I get a pounce wheel I'll add rivet detail. Coppering the bottom instead of just painting it copper went a long way toward making the model more attractive.
The deck only has raised lines indicating planks so I used a technique suggested by Revell for painting the decks of their big sailing ship models. I airbrushed a thin coat of black paint before airbrushing the deck with Tamiya desert yellow. Then I went back with some very fine sandpaper to highlight the raised detail such as it is. The rest of the model should be fairly straight forward except I won't be using the Lindberg rigging plan. I have a couple of wood topsail schooner kits and will be using their rigging instructions. I will be installing eyes on the Lindberg blocks and using them. Here are a couple of images of my current progress.
Attachments
Lindberg Topsail Schooner 001.jpg
Lindberg Topsail Schooner 001.jpg (65.87 KiB) Viewed 210 times
Lindberg Topsail Schooner 002.jpg
Lindberg Topsail Schooner 002.jpg (72.11 KiB) Viewed 210 times
Lindberg Topsail Schooner 003.jpg
Lindberg Topsail Schooner 003.jpg (68.6 KiB) Viewed 210 times
Bob DeWoody

User avatar
Donnie
Master Chief Petty Officer
Master Chief Petty Officer
Posts: 2050
Joined: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:42 pm
Location: Madison, MS
Contact:

Re: Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

Post by Donnie » Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:05 pm

It is really interesting in the fact that you really seem to have mastered the art of this medium as it really looks like wood and the real thing. Great workmanship.

Donnie
Current Build: Panart San Felipe 1:75
Completed Build: Santisima Trinidad

Main SOS Site: Ships of Scale Website

"War Ships are safe at harbor, but that is not what they were made for"

modlerbob
Seaman
Seaman
Posts: 30
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:32 pm
Location: central Florida

Re: Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

Post by modlerbob » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:00 am

I've made some more progress on this schooner. She'll be ready to start rigging in a day or two. I've decided to paint the yards, gaffs and boom black. Not necessarily correct but I think I'll like the contrast.
Attachments
armed topsail schooner Texas Navy 001.jpg
armed topsail schooner Texas Navy 001.jpg (66.26 KiB) Viewed 195 times
armed topsail schooner Texas Navy 002.jpg
armed topsail schooner Texas Navy 002.jpg (75.11 KiB) Viewed 195 times
armed topsail schooner Texas Navy 003.jpg
armed topsail schooner Texas Navy 003.jpg (65.58 KiB) Viewed 195 times
Bob DeWoody

modlerbob
Seaman
Seaman
Posts: 30
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:32 pm
Location: central Florida

Re: Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

Post by modlerbob » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:29 am

I have a set of plans for the A.J. Fisher topsail schooner Lark whose layout closely resembles that of the Lindberg schooner I'm building so I will be following the rigging plan of the Lark. While looking over the plans for the Lark I discovered that my model is missing a capstan so I will rummage through my loose parts and see if I can find one.
Attachments
rigging plan 001.jpg
rigging plan 001.jpg (105.45 KiB) Viewed 193 times
Bob DeWoody

modlerbob
Seaman
Seaman
Posts: 30
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:32 pm
Location: central Florida

Re: Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

Post by modlerbob » Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:44 am

Made some progress on Tuesday. I made a boom crutch from a piece of wood from another kit. Will be adding mast hoops and rigged one of the two big guns. It's not exactly prototypical but to me it looks better than just sticking a cannon to the deck. I have started the standing rigging and discovered that the channels for rigging the shrouds and backstays are not deep enough. Even at this late date it should be easy enough to make new ones and install them.
Attachments
Independence schooner progress 004.jpg
Independence schooner progress 004.jpg (62.72 KiB) Viewed 177 times
Independence schooner progress 005.jpg
Independence schooner progress 005.jpg (70.23 KiB) Viewed 177 times
Independence schooner progress 006.jpg
Independence schooner progress 006.jpg (97.89 KiB) Viewed 177 times
Independence schooner progress 007.jpg
Independence schooner progress 007.jpg (92.4 KiB) Viewed 177 times
Bob DeWoody

User avatar
Donnie
Master Chief Petty Officer
Master Chief Petty Officer
Posts: 2050
Joined: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:42 pm
Location: Madison, MS
Contact:

Re: Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

Post by Donnie » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:03 am

Very nice details.

Donnie
Current Build: Panart San Felipe 1:75
Completed Build: Santisima Trinidad

Main SOS Site: Ships of Scale Website

"War Ships are safe at harbor, but that is not what they were made for"

modlerbob
Seaman
Seaman
Posts: 30
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:32 pm
Location: central Florida

Re: Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

Post by modlerbob » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:01 am

The rigging is progressing....slowly. I rigged the lower shrouds using the kit deadeyes and chainplates but the upper shrouds had none so I have taken the smallest deadeyes I could find in my spares bin and I have rigged lanyards to my first set of deadeyes. Fortunately, as this is a small vessel, I only have seven more to go. I thought about not making any but the rigging plan I am following had them and they will be giving me much needed practice for upcoming ship rigging projects. I also decided the ship needed a nameplate on the stern. I found some white gothic dry transfer letters and made a nameplate. I have ordered some Woodland Scenics dry transfer letters in a different font and in yellow, white and gold. I think the new font is more appropriate for the time period so I will probably remove this nameplate and make a new one.
Attachments
Independence progress 001.jpg
Independence progress 001.jpg (57.59 KiB) Viewed 157 times
Independence progress 002.jpg
Independence progress 002.jpg (95.66 KiB) Viewed 157 times
Independence progress 003.jpg
Independence progress 003.jpg (94.4 KiB) Viewed 157 times
Independence progress 005.jpg
Independence progress 005.jpg (73.81 KiB) Viewed 157 times
Independence progress 006.jpg
Independence progress 006.jpg (79.55 KiB) Viewed 157 times
Independence progress 007.jpg
Independence progress 007.jpg (54.81 KiB) Viewed 157 times
nameplate 001.jpg
nameplate 001.jpg (94.73 KiB) Viewed 157 times
Bob DeWoody

modlerbob
Seaman
Seaman
Posts: 30
Joined: Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:32 pm
Location: central Florida

Re: Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

Post by modlerbob » Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:59 pm

A little more progress on the rigging.
Attachments
Independence progress 008.jpg
Independence progress 008.jpg (62.63 KiB) Viewed 135 times
Bob DeWoody

User avatar
paulv1958
Petty Officer Second Class
Petty Officer Second Class
Posts: 104
Joined: Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:16 pm
Location: Melb, Australia

Re: Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

Post by paulv1958 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:18 pm

Very nice, she looks a treat.
Great workmanship.
Already built:


Occre Albatros
AL Endeavour Longboat
AL Spanish Galleon Heritage Kit
Panart : Between Gun decks ( bashed)
Caldercraft Endeavour.
AL King of Mississippi
Corel Victory Cross Section

On shelf
AL Santa Ana ( Next Build)
Caldercraft HMS Victory

User avatar
zoly99sask
Chief Petty Officer
Chief Petty Officer
Posts: 557
Joined: Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:07 pm
Location: Saskatoon
Contact:

Re: Texas War of Independence Topsail Schooner Lindberg 1:79th scale

Post by zoly99sask » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:20 pm

Looking good Bob!!

Post Reply

Return to “SOS Build Logs from Kits - Plastic”