A friend of mine saw my projects and asked if I could do make a model of his father's Cape Island fishing boat. I had absolutely no idea if I could make a boat, but I figured I could give it one hell of a try. Unlike the airplanes and tanks I made previously, there are no ‘set plans’ for a Cape Island Boat. Each one is a little bit different, which makes them all special and unique.
|He sent me this photo to use as a guide|
1. I decided to make the boat from the water line up since Coroplast® only wants to bend in one direction at a time. I joined the bow and added a support piece to prevent collapse once the rails are bent to shape.
2. The aft section holds it together With a deck added the boat takes shape. There is a notch cut out of the foredeck to make room for the wheel house.
3. Some overhanging trim added to the rails and stern covers the open ends and adds detail. Note that the foredeck overhangs the bow and will be trimmed later.
4. The wheel house is just a simple box, with the side open for crew entry. Because of it's small size I decided to glue squares to the wheelhouse to represent windows.
5. One small piece with two strips inserted made the perfect antennae array. A circle on top of different size squares made a radar.
6. The like the antennae rail on the port side is made from a skinned piece of Coroplast® folded over on it's, glued and cut into thin strips. I used the knife so the strips are not all the perfect size. I think it adds to the handmade look of the piece.
7. Everything finally put together
8. A little bit of paint makes all the difference
9. The entire boat in the broad light of day
10. The view to the starboard bow
11. I thought a couple of old school lobster traps and a coiled rope would be a nice touch.
12. A safety rail installed on the port side
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