Confederation Marine Modellers
Spencer's pond was the setting recently for the maiden voyage of Peter's laker Toledo.
The model is 84" long, with a beam of 9.5", and a sailing weight of 42.5 lbs. It has been scratch-built to a scale of 1:85 based on the plans, and some photos, of the Strathcona which was built by A.J.Fisher at Royal Oak, Michigan.
Construction is of wood using a mixture of sheets and planks on frames, and sealed with epoxy inside and out. Of note is that most of the portholes are machined brass, with a few of plastic. It is single screw using a motor from a the power seat of a car. It and other electrics are fitted at the aft end under the deckhouse. Power is provided by a 12V gell cell battery.
Four ballast containers containing lead shot are located in the holds, with the battery. The hull weight is 7 lbs and the ballast adds another 35.5 lbs.
I participated in the set up of the pond at the Home Show - with 6 other volunteers. Members who have never done this should - to appreciate the planning and effort that goes into it all under the direction of Doug Grinyer.
I attended the Sunday show which was a little slow on visitors but a great opportunity to catch up with the other 5 members displaying and finally run a model on water after our brutal winter. Many kids had the thrill of running the tugs which was enjoyable to watch.
Interestingly I ran into an old business friend who has been retired for quite some time and has expanded from RC aircraft into boats - I will be meeting with him again and he is very interested in joining and participating in our club.
I later helped in the tear down of the pond which went flawlessly - ditto above comments.
Looking forward to doing it all again at Boats in the Park in May.
A great time was had at the CMM annual Hi-Point held at Spencer Smith Park. Thanks to Spencer's Landing generous financial support we were able to secure exclusive use of the pond and the City also made sure the fllter pumps were off (getting the lawn sprinklers turned off seemed to be a bigger issue but it happened finally).
We were lucky enough to have twenty competitors with 28 boats entered in the competition. Along with good representation from CMM we had competitors from Buffalo and from the Kitchener area.
At the end of the day results were like this:
Predicted Log - Don Spielberger - Buffalo
George Specht - Buffalo
John Brokenshire - CMM
Precision Steering - Paul Spielberger - Buffalo
Don Spielberger - Buffalo
George Specht - Buffalo
Many thanks to Doug for all the running of the competition, Morley for delivering and taking back the trailer, Frank for all the pizza and cold drinks and Steve for all the planning.
We had 14 participants and 42 models on display. Admittedly our numbers were swollen by Robert L. who brought along sixteen 1/350 scale model warships, ranging from a Flower class corvette to the Japanese battleship Yamato. He also displayed the sea battle game that he has developed.
Maiden voyage of Peter's laker Toledo
Pictures by Paul and Ray P..
Peter F. reported: "I attended the Hamilton Boat show and CMM display on Sunday March 3 at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum from 10AM to close at 5 PM. I displayed my Thomas Edison riverboat and some continuous video of the internal drive train on my portable picture-viewing frame. Other member displays were great and there was a nice cross section of the various model types. The show space was sold out so no water this time but the set up was in the gift shop right at the entrance where Showgoers entered and exited, so everyone had to walk by it at least twice. Good turnout with lots of "people traffic", many stopping by to ask questions and view. Several young people asked me about where we run boats, membership etc. and a few took our brochures. Great opportunity to talk at length with the other CMM members manning the booth. Great job as always by Doug and the organising team. Looking forward to the upcoming home show."
Fred recently donated his remaining model of a stonehooker to the Stonehooker Brewing Co. of Port Credit.
The following is reproduced from the Bronte Historical Society.
Our member Fred Coutts gave a talk on his 2 Stonehooker models on Christmas 2012 . That evening, he donated the Lithophone model to the Society. because the original boat had been built in Bronte. The Lithophone is currently on display at Sovereign House. The other model is now on permanent display at the new ‘S‘I’ONEHOOKER BREWING COMPANY" in Port Credit, Ont.
You might ask why the second model has no name. in 1857, the Three Rod law was passed by the Ontario Government prohibiting stonehookers from taking shale from within 3 “perches” (49-1/2 feet) of shore. This law was enacted to deal with erosion along the shoreline. The Captains of the vessels carried on their operations close to shore. in an attempt to avoid being identified, they would paint over the name of their boats. Thus, Fred chose to not name this model, as a nod to this activity.
Boat, Fishing & Outdoors Show, 1st to 3rd March.
Hamilton Home, Garden and Outdoor Show, April 5-7.
Pictures by Roy and Paul; video by Paul.
Events of the past 12 months
Display at the Royal Canadian Legion in Stoney Creek on Remembrance Day.
Recent events - Hamilton Home, Garden and Outdoor Show, April 5-7.
"Boats in the Park", May 26th & 27th.
Pictures and text by Peter F.