Confederation Marine Modellers


Paul displayed the model submarine which has been presented to the club, and which is to be sold in a silent auction. The proceeds will be presented to the local Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club that our club is supporting.

          The spritsail barge developed on the River Thames from lightering barges. Originally there were no deep-sea docks in London and trade into the city had to be transferred from sea-going vessels into lighters to get up into the city centre. Because the Thames is a tidal river all the way through London, these barges could be unpowered other than a single steering "sweep" and  could drift in and out with the tide. But adding a sail, and enough crew to control it, could be a trade advantage.

Recent events - Boat, Fishing and Outdoor Show, 2nd - 4th March, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Nautical lore - Thames spritsail barges - Part 1.

The Word from the Quarterdeck

         Following the pizza party, Peter F started things off by describing his Chinese junk. Peter had delved into the history of these vessels and recounted that the design originated in the Han dynasty around 220 BC. They must be considered one of the most succesful designs in history. Not until the 1400's was fore-and-aft rig, a stern-hung rudder, and watertight compartments adopted for sailing ships in the west. There is evidence that the mariner and explorer Zheng He sailed a fleet of up to 300 junks of various sizes, some as long as 400 ft, as far as Africa.

          Peter's model began after he purchased a model kit of a junk, but he wanted something bigger so he scaled up the plans to 1:36 and scratchbuilt his model from them. The model has 1/4" thick poplar frames and keel, with balsa planks for the hull, coated inside and out with epoxy resin. The trim along the side is dowel which has been split lengthwise and glued on. The sails are cotton/polyester cloth, and the battens are authentic bamboo (from barbecue skewers.) Paint is Krylon. The bulwarks are quite high, and space below the deck is tight, and running the sheets to control the sails was difficult. The latter are controlled by a geared motor-powered sail winch. 

​          Roy was next up to describe the combination display stand and trolley that he uses. It comprises a handle and a wheelset which can be used with any of the stands, each one made to suit a particular model. Each stand has invisible picture hangers screwed onto the underside. These mate with other hangers, one on the handle and two on the wheelset. Most of the wood used is scrap or leftover, apart from some door stop used to trim the stand and make up runners on the underside. The handle came from an old spade. The wheels were obtained on sale from Princess Auto, and the axle is a piece of copper pipe.

         Andris described the rescue catcher that he is building to retrieve his fast electrics. The frame is assembled from sections of CPVC piping. He is also building a Springer tug which will be the motive power for rescue operations.

          Garth continues to draw the visitors in at the shows. He descrlbed his work at the Wood Show where he displayed his cross-section model of HMS Victory. This usually attracted the attention of visitors, who were then drawn into a conversation about model building, focussing on the model Garth was building. This model was a Chinese-made kit of a fishing boat. Garth completed the hull at the Wood SHow, and then finished the rest of the model at the Boat show.

          Rick showed us his model of a monitor, a type that was used mainly for shore bombardment and saw service up to 1945.. Rick has scratch-built it from a Glynn Guest plan scaled up from 1:144 to 1:125 but is using some parts from a Lindberg "Blue Devil" kit to complete it. He has modified the turret so that he can rotate it. The model has no rudder so steering will be achieved using the screws, as in tank driving. 


Progress is going well with the hull planking all in place.  Just a little filling and sanding and then we will be on to the installation of the deck.  Steve managed to puncture his palm with a No. 11 blade on a utility knife.  Can't be too careful!

Pictures provided by Paul and Roy.

Hints and tips - 8 golden rules of modelling - and what to do if you break one.

Awards for 2017 were presented at the meeting.

Charlie received the Participation Award, comprising a gift card.

Paul received the Dave Locke Memorial Award for his contributions to the club.

Harry received the Sail Award.

Bob F. received the Goofy Award for his skill in continually getting his boat caught on the line at the Sod Farm lake.

Pictures provided by Paul and Roy.

Recent events - Wood Show, 23rd -25th February, Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Information provided by Paul.

Our display this year comprised a small booth on all 3 days of the show, and a much larger space, which we filled mostly with sailboats, on the Sunday.

Recent events - Visit to the CCGS Private Robertson VC, 11th March

Pictures provided by Paul.

March 2018

These tips have been proposed by some of our members.

1) Measure 3 times before cutting anything.
2) Make a paper template to check the actual fit - cut to the outside of the scribed line on the work and fit with final sanding of same.
3) Where possible, "spot glue" with just enough to hold your piece, check and then final glue.
4) Never let anyone make anything for you that you can make yourself. You’ll get a lot of satisfaction from doing it yourself; but don’t rule out getting help or buying something if you run out of patience.
5) Never try to make anything you can’t make. Don’t be over-ambitious, small steps are the key; build on success.
6) Drawings are often wrong - go to step 2.
7) Aim for the highest accuracy you can; it saves enormous time and effort and leaves a correct result with fewer bodges.
8) Admit early in the process when you f*****d (fouled) up; stop, as it will only get worse. All is not lost; when the word 'Oops' escapes from your lips refer to the “Oops process” below.

From your President:

Spring is supposed to arrive this month, but the temperature predictions do not hold a lot of promise for us to be able to launch our outdoor sailing season any earlier than usual.

We are all probably starting to look at what we put into storage last fall, and perhaps are wishing that we had spent a bit more time in repairing the ravages of the 2017 sailing season. All my boats seem to have a few more scratches and dents than they did at the start of 2017!

I also now wish that I had built in some more structured hobby time over the winter season, in order to bring a couple of building projects a little closer to completion.

At any rate, I am looking forward to spring, and our Thursday nights at Spencer’s, and weekend sailing at a variety of venues, and also seeing the membership out to our events, including a couple of new ones for this season!

Don’t forget to check your Tx batteries and your drive batteries! Make sure all the drain plugs are where they are supposed to be, and working properly to keep the water out!

Keep your oar in the water and your gunpowder dry!


Recent events - 5th Workshop session, 9th March 2017

Space was limited this year so, not only did we not have a pool, but we were squeezed into a space outside the cafeteria which allowed us only two tables and the tops of a couple of display cabinets.

Our next club meeting will be on Tuesday 10th April at 7:30pm..

​Our next public display will be Hamilton Home and Garden Show, 6th - 8th April, at Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.

Meeting notes - March

The bottom line: Dean won $53.50 in the 50/50 draw.