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May 2021 Volume 11 number 5


News, Tips and Happenings
Our beloved Lee Anne has decided to retire at age 75 after 16 years of helping BlueJacket's customers. We all wish her well.

Puppy update: When we got Finn in mid-March, he weighed 11 1/2 pounds. Now a mere 7 weeks later, he weighs 30 pounds. Any bets on his full adult weight?
Model Ship World is an on-line forum of over 39,000 ship modelers. Topics range from kits to scratch builds, in-process continuing stories, tips, manufacturer information, technical topics. Too many to list here. Go take a look!
Rigging Class

Our rigging class is a popular event. We run it from 9 to 3 for 5 days (although some people leave early on Friday.) IT IS A CLASS FOR NOVICES. We don't assume you know anything about rigging a ship model. All tools and materials are provided with the class fee of $440. You get a hull to work on, all the sticks and dowels, glue, blocks, deadeyes, threads, wire, beeswax, sandpaper and the following tools:
Excel hobby knife and blades
Pin Vise
Assortment of drill bits
needle nose pliers
flush cutters
cuticle scissors (best for clipping rigging)
and probably some other things I forgot
If you use magnifiers for your modeling work, you should bring them. By the end of the class you will have learned how to use the tools, tie a multitude of various knots, and will have completed what you see in the picture above.
You can see shrouds, backstays, bobstays, gammoning, vangs, topping lift, ratlines, hearts, throat halyard, peak halyard, sheet tackle on a traveler, lifts, braces, forestays, etc.
Obviously, we don't waste a lot of time to make the model look pretty! We want to concentrate on the rigging. At the end of the class, BlueJacket will ship your model and materials to your home, again all part of the tuition cost.
Monday will include a pizza party for lunch and a behind the scenes tour of the BlueJacket facility. In addition, all students will receive a 10% discount on anything they buy during that week. Kits, tools, books, gift items, you name it!
The hours of 9-3 are flexible, we have the hotel conference room available 24 hours a day for the week. If you bring a family member, the 3:00 PM cutoff lets you do some sightseeing around the area. But if you need to catch up a bit, the room is yours!
Classes will be at the Fireside Inn in Belfast, 4 miles from BlueJacket on Route 1, tel# 207-338-2090. You can ask for the BlueJacket corporate rate if you choose to stay there. They are holding rooms at $99 for us until mid-August. There is a pool and Jacuzzi, exercise room, a decent breakfast bar, and all rooms have an excellent view of Penobscot Bay. If you are the camping type, Searsport Shores is nearby.
Class is limited to 12 people with payment in advance. Full refund up to 2 weeks before, 50% refund up to 1 week before. Unfortunately, cancellation less than a week in advance cannot be refunded except by extreme circumstances, which we reserve the right to determine.

Nautical terms and origins
Bitter-end - The inboard end of a line, especially a mooring line or the anchor cable or chain. the earlier term was bitters-end. Quoting Captain John Smith (1627), "the part of the cable that doth stay within board, the bitter being that part actually on the bitts."

Euphroe - A deadeye with many holes, used to rig an old-style crowfoot. The word has several spellings; it came from MIddle Dutch, juffreuw, of the same meaning.

Loom - (1) the shaft of an oar. The origin is uncertain; it may be from the Middle English lome, tool or part of one. (2) An atmospheric effect; for example from shore lights from at sea, or the "rosy fingers of the dawn." The word in this sense comes from Anglo-Saxon, leoma, ray of light.

Scend (also Send) - To pitch heavily. The term appears to be an aphetic of one or two words, ascend or descend, depending on what a vessel's bow is doing at the time. The origins, via French, are Latin ascendere and desendere, rise and fall.

Information is from the book "Origins of Sea Terms" by John G. Rogers
copyright 1985 Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc. and available from BlueJacket. 
Model of the Month - POW Bone model repair
This was done by Dan P. of NY. He states:
"This model of a 20-gun frigate is planked in bone with ivory masts, carvings and details. It was probably made by French prisoners of war captured by the Royal Navy in their wars between 1750 and 1815. It is therefore more than 200 years old and has had a hard life. It required a major repair in 1956, and the restorations were sometimes of dubious quality.  Recently it suffered another severe accident which broke the bowsprit, main and mizzen masts and tore up some of the rigging. I fixed and restored them, along with all of the disrupted rigging. I also stabilized and strengthened the remaining original rigging so, hopefully, it will stick around for another 200 years. There is a full write-up of the process on the ModelShipWorld site under "Prisoner of War model c. 1800 by shipmodel - restoration by Dan Pariser". Pictures are before and after
Real Boat Names
This very interesting name was sent in by Dodds C. who owns the boat. Can you figure it out? hint: Ham radio operators can read it. Answer next month along with a list all who guessed correctly.
Let's see YOUR workbench
"This is also from Dan P of NY.
The shop is a converted walk-in closet which is barely 7 feet square. I have to use every square inch that I can, a lot like being aboard ship. On the left are IKEA kitchen cabinets cut down to desk height, then topped with plywood.  The drawers are full of measuring and drawing equipment and all sorts of spare parts. Here I do all the detailed construction work under a swing-arm lamp with two different temperature bulbs. In reach are all the hand tools like knives, files, tweezers and a cordless Dremel which I consider to be another hand tool. The desktop continues around and below the shelves of stains, pliers and wire are two more Dremels, one powerful one on a cord and another permanently mounted in a miniature drill press. I have two optivisors hanging on the wall in case I put one down and forget where it went."
"On the right the IKEA cabinets were left full height so I can stand when using my few power tools. There is a small combination belt and disc sander and a Preac miniature table saw. You can see the band saw and tucked behind the door is a benchtop drill press that doubles as a vertical lathe. I find that I can do almost everything with these four. The racks above the workbench hold my supplies of larger pieces of wood and brass. Smaller pieces fill bins, boxes and cups stashed on the benches. Everything else is packed in the upper cabinets or on top of them. But everything is in easy reach, so it is like wearing the shop rather than working in it."
"And here is one of several bookcases dedicated to ship history and construction and their scale models. I consider it just as much part of the shop as the Dremels. I could not do justice to the wide range of subjects that I build and restore without such a ready reference library. "
What's on the workbench?
Nic's bench - I had to pause the lobster boat to repair this model of the Puritan
Al's bench - Al has been having fun with the Oregon photo etch. Here's the aft binnacle platform and the base for a 6 pound gun.
Something Fun
It turns out that when asked who your favorite child is, you're supposed to pick one of your own. I know that now.

Whenever my wife uses the phrase "I was thinking...." That means I either have to move, build, paint, or buy something.

Whoever said "Out of sight, out of mind" never had a spider disappear in the bedroom.

Telling a woman to calm down works about as well as baptizing a cat.

My wife got stung by a bee on the forehead, she's at the ER now, her face all swollen and bruised, she almost died. Luckily I was close enough to hit the bee with my shovel!

Tip of the Month - Handy parts holders
This was sent in by Ned T of NH.

"Good morning Nic,
I often use bubbles for a Mindfullness exercise, a brief escape while these perfect orbs float and then disappear. I also keep a couple of tubes in my pocket and share when someone needs a smile or a time out.
I buy them from Michaels ( They are also available from Hobby Lobby in smaller quantities at a higher price.
Bubble Wands by Celebrate It
100 Count for $19.99 (less with coupon)
Gold Heart Top Item #10590721
White Round Top Item #10141711
They are perfect for holding small parts in an airtight clear container. They are actually well made with heavy clear plastic and tight fitting tops. Other positives;
• Good size .13 fl oz.
• Clear tube to see contents.
• Can be easily hung on a peg from the heart or round top.
• Will stand upright.
• Watertight (obviously).
• Cheap $0.19/piece."
"Emptying them will provide hours of fun and then you are left with a great container for small parts for no money. I cut the bubble wand off, haven’t found a good use for them yet, paint stirrer attached to a Dremel?
Happy to share,
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A Final Thought...

March 13, 2020 marked the shutdown of the United States and the beginning of a time that has tested us all. But, we have responded as a nation with unprecedented courage, compassion, and more than a touch of good ole’ ingenuity.
Now, we’re starting to climb out of this 3.8 million square mile foxhole thanks to the extraordinary efforts of vaccine developers, producers, and distributors. And, then there is the tireless work of millions of workers at the local level who have so gently poked our arms with this amazing concoction at the incredible rate of 2.4 million shots per day. That’s a lot of “Just a little pinch”(es)! So far, more than 220 million doses have made us wince from that pinch. But, it’s the happiest wince — ever!!!
So, the next time you see a doctor, nurse, or volunteer who works at your local vaccine administration site, thank them from the bottom of your heart for that life-saving “Just a little pinch”.

Nic Damuck
BlueJacket Shipcrafters, Inc.