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1940 Armistice Day Storm

Posted by Stev187 on Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Owen's interest in shipwrecks continues, and we've hatched a plan to build larger models of the vessels that were lost in the 1940 Armistice Day Storm near my grandmother's place on Lake Michigan.  You can read about the storm here or here.  Planning the scale models is a fun way to work on math; I involved Owen in the calculations for creating the rough sketches below.

For this project, we will build 1/150 scale ships.  These will be similar in size to the model Titanic that we built (the largest ship will be 33" long).  The materials are actually quite cheap.  I use long pine boards which cost about $3 each at Home Depot; I cut them down and laminate them together.  My guess is that 3 of them will do the trick for this project.  Total wood cost under $10.

Here are photos of the three ships: the Anna C. Minch, the William B. Davock, and the Novadoc.  I am looking forward to re-building the Novadoc, as I think our 1/350 model turned out pretty poorly.

I'd like these boats to look better than our 1/350 Novadoc and Edmund Fitzgerald.  If we can shoot for a more polished look (as we did with Titanic), the models should be really nice.  But as we did with Titanic, the models won't be freakishly accurate.  And, of course, they need to be sturdy enough to play with.

2 comments on “1940 Armistice Day Storm”

rinemb Says:
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 @8:28:16 AM

Steve, this hobby is a cool Dad&Lad project.  I like how you are slowly adding "polish" and not "freakishly" accurate.  That way you don't lose him in the details.  Now, when do you build a banjo together?  :-)....Brad

Moth Says:
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 @11:30:06 AM

Steve...nice "Hog" pic in UT. Sounds like an epic ride. I've not yet graduated to "iron-butt" trips but it's fun to get out and ride as often as I can. Maybe Sturgis this year we'll see!

Have a good one,


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