Build Log: RCMP St. Roch

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I started building the Billings St. Roch about a month ago. It is likely to test me to the limit. This is the plan since I am hoping that I can maintain motor skills by building it. So far so good. I had no idea that the SOS forum existed and it has already answered a lot of questions for me. Please provide me with any advice you have because I am going to need it! I will post some pictures of what I have done so far in my next entry.
 

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so we are looking forward to see your work and progress....and you will see, that there will be several members with St.Roch experience to help and assist.....
 
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Hello Bruce, this is a great forum with some amazing builds and incredibly experienced members who are very open to helping us "newbies".

Enjoy your St. Roch build, it is a good ship to start out with or as a refresher for a return to the hobby. The instructions are poor but that makes the building challenge more interesting and a lot more fun because it makes you delve deeper into the actual vessel. You may not be aware but the St. Roch is in the Vancouver Maritime Museum. They have many photos and additional information about this famous historic little Canadian ship on their site. Also, if you do a search on this SOS site you will find additional information, photos, builds etc. Studying photos, from the museum and elsewhere, will provide you with some great detail if you decide to go beyond the basic build as supplied by Billing Boats.
 
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These pictures show where I am at the moment - long way to go!

I visited the Maritime Museum in Vancouver a number of times many years ago and remember seeing the St. Roch. Little did I know that I would be building a model of her in later life.

My daughter and her family live in Iqaluit on Baffin Island. It is very likely that the St. Roch visited on her trips in the north because at that time Frobisher Bay as it was know then was a busy wartime air force base. It is this northern connection that made the St. Roch a desirable choice as a first ship model.

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A few setbacks today but recovered. Phrase of the day - "Don't panic!". Got the cabin sides done. Working on finding and taping the waterline on the hull. Not as easy as it looks.
 

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When I went to tape the hull to mark the waterline I discovered that the paint was coming off easily. I completely sanded it off and started again. It is now repainted with an undercoat that I hope will solve this problem.
 
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I started building the Billings St. Roch about a month ago. It is likely to test me to the limit. This is the plan since I am hoping that I can maintain motor skills by building it. So far so good. I had no idea that the SOS forum existed and it has already answered a lot of questions for me. Please provide me with any advice you have because I am going to need it! I will post some pictures of what I have done so far in my next entry.
Welcome aboard, Bruce! You've come to the right place. Lots of support and expertise to be had.
What part of Canada are you from?
Clear skies,
Gabe from Winnipeg
 
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I have made some progress over the last two days. Managed to get the paint on the hull to stick so I now have a painted hull with a waterline. Now working on the hull portholes and the rubbing strakes. also put some finishing touches on the cabin and wheelhouse.

I live in Brantford, Ontario.
 
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It has been a while since I have been able to work on my St. Roch. There has been recent progress. I began building the sled but I will postpone deciding how to finish it off. The holes for the thread are not in the correct places to match up with the slats. I managed to get a waterline and the paint is not coming off! I have made progress on the cabin and wheelhouse also. My next step is the rubbing strakes and hull portholes. I have to say that I am not finding it easy to work with the small parts!
 

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I started building the Billings St. Roch about a month ago. It is likely to test me to the limit. This is the plan since I am hoping that I can maintain motor skills by building it. So far so good. I had no idea that the SOS forum existed and it has already answered a lot of questions for me. Please provide me with any advice you have because I am going to need it! I will post some pictures of what I have done so far in my next entry.
Hallo @BruceIves
we wish you all the BEST and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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How is your work on the St.Roch going?
 
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Thank you very much for your kind words. It has been a while since I have been able to work on the St. Roch. It is hard to understate how much help and reassurance I have received from this site, especially from Carleroo who finished the model months ago. I originally felt the I was not going to be able to deal with the tiny parts and thread for the rigging but I made progress on some of the easier bits and have gained a lot of confidence. I have attached some pictures - there are no big flaws that I can't fix.

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Your ship is looking good.

When speaking of flaws, the extreme close up photos we see now a days show some issues on even the best build, but we must remember most folks are viewing our ships at arms length or further a way, and the tiny details that may bother you would not be as obvious to someone who is not a ship builder and is just admiring the quality of your build.
 
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You are right of course. I have to keep reminding myself that I started this project as an exercise to keep my motor skills active and it has been a great success from this point of view. I was intimidated by the small size of the rigging parts but I think that I will be able to deal with this now, and that itself is the outcome I am hoping for.
 
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