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gary sausmikat
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Brig Niagara

June 29, 2018 · in Ships · · 18 ≡

Hey All,

I'd like to present my , Brig Niagara I completed about 10 years ago. The model is a completely wood, (and metal fittings) plank on frame design, that took me approximately 3years to complete.

A number of years back I decided that any ship I model I'd like to board/sail on and vice-versa. So after completing the kit my wife and I sailed on the reproduction Niagara, docked in Erie, PA, near where Oliver Hazard Perry did battle on the Niagara during the Battle of Lake Erie in the the US war of 1812. A great experience and we hope to do it again sometime in the future.

Hope you enjoy. Happy modeling fellow iModelers!

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    said on June 29, 2018

    Nice job. Good looking build. I started Caldercrafts H.M.S Snake years ago and never got round to finishing it. Maybe one day.

  2. Wonderful!
    Traditional ship modeling with rigging an everything.
    Hat off to you, for embarking on and finishing a project like this.

  3. It'd take ME that long just for the rigging! Wonderful work!

  4. A beautiful build!

  5. Beautiful. Love the photos of the reproduction, which demonstrates how realistic the model is. Anybody who can do one of these has my total respect.

  6. There's what I do, and there's stuff like this. A completely different level. It's difficult for me to adequately articulate my praise for this kind of work. Simply amazing.

  7. marvelous ship, amazing job, congrats.

  8. As a sometimes ship modeller myself, I can say well done to you for completing the project to such a high standard.

    It looks about the same size as the sloop HM Bomb Vessel Granado, which I think was 1/64.

  9. I'm with @davidathomas, words are not adequate. This is simply beautiful, Gary.

  10. Boy now that is a real model that takes true skill! What a masterpiece! I had tried one wooden ship model and never finished it but it really tried my patience so I can really appreciate your!

  11. A real beauty! Wooden ship modeling is in a category by itself!

  12. Thank you all for your kind words. This is the second of three wooden ships I've built. I just love the old sailing ships. And call me crazy but my favorite part is the rigging. The ships really take on a "personality" and come alive when the lines are added. Another reason I build one from time to time is to change things up from my normal builds. It gives me a fresh new perspective when I get back to the plastic and resin stuff. I hope to post another in the future. Thanks again all!

  13. Excellent work Gary, I had a local member of the Cincinnati Maritime Modelers club complete a whaler called a Morgan for me last year. It was for an old Army buddy of mine who sent it to me thinking I may be able to do it. One look at the rigging involved and I said way too much detail for me. Man did an amazing job and my buddy just loved it. Anyone who does that sort of modeling has my utter respect. Nice job on the Brig Gary, really looks great.

  14. Beautiful work! My wife started The Niagara while she was fighting cancer as therapy. She got most of the hull done. She passed away in 2018 and I’ve been trying to finish. Very challenging based on not knowing what I’m doing and the directions are not too helpful. I go for site to site looking at pictures and reading their advise. You ship looks great and some day I hope to finish! Going on 3 years and probably have a few more to go. The rigging scares me!

    • Bob (I'm guessing from your iMod name).
      First let me say, I'm sorry for the passing of your wife.

      From start to finish, with a 6 month break in the middle, my build took about 4 years to build. Not sure where in the build you are but one thing I find that helps with these big projects is to look at the sub-assemblies as a separate model...small goals.
      Call me crazy but to me the rigging is the best part...the ship starts to take on "life" when the rigging is added. My un-expert advice is to take it slow, work from inside out and deck to the tops. I found it helps to make sense of what the standing and running rigging lines are trying to accomplish. You'll start finding patterns/duplication to these layouts.
      One bit of expertise I can give...never forget there is a long bowsprit on the bow! I broke mine off and fixed it too many times...LOL
      Bob, good luck! Accomplishing this build will be a great accomplishment and memorial to your wife.

      Not sure where you live but, if possible, I highly recommend taking in the Brig Niagara experience in Erie, Pennsylvania.

  15. Hello Gary
    Nice work, is it built using a kit or completely handmade

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