The Internet Craftsmanship Museum Presents:

Fred Heim

Added to museum: 9/15/08

Winner, Joe Martin Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012

Giant models or undersize construction equipment?

Working models in 1/2 scale.

Fred Heim is not a giant. That is a 1/2 scale Peterbilt tractor and trailer he is standing next to...one of several large wooden models he has constructed just for the fun of it. (Click on photo to view a larger image.)

Introduction

By Craig Libuse

One of the main functions of the Joe Martin Foundation is to honor craftsmanship at the small end of the size scale, but what is small? In the world of model making, choice of scale is one of the first decisions made. Size of the finished model can be determined by the equipment you have and the size of your shop, by how much the materials cost or the largest or smallest parts in the model and how you would make them. Most people compromise on a scale that makes the finished model easy to handle and display yet still contains plenty of detail. Others choose the smallest possible scale in which they are capable of making the smallest part in the model. Fred Heim, on the other hand, chose a scale that almost no other modeler works in, particularly for a model of something as large as a piece of construction equipment. Who, after all builds in half scale? Even at half size, these pieces are huge! The advantage, however, is that almost all the functions can be made to work realistically, and in some cases they are still large enough for an operator to climb inside and run them.

They may look like metal, but the majority of the parts are made from wood, while function requires that some be made from metal or even fiberglass. Fred's many years of boat building come into play here, because there is almost no shape he cannot build in wood. Being a builder of large wooden boats over 30 feet long, he also has the shop space and tools to make big projects. His lifetime interest in construction equipment has come to life in these models—some of the biggest operational wooden model trucks and construction equipment we've seen. Compare these to the trucks and trailers built by Jose Enriquez in 1/87th scale for the two ends of a model making extreme. Fred thinks BIG!

Below are two articles on Fred and his models. They give a good insight into his thought and building process. Near the bottom of this page are links to articles and videos that have been published on these projects. The last section near the bottom of the page is a selection of photos of the models under construction and finished.

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Duplicating Form & Function

Model Maker Excels at Going Large

By Jim Angell

(Originally published in Caterpillar's official magazine, Cat Folks, March 2008, reprinted with permission)

Model making has always been an art form as people strive for the most realistic duplications usually on a reduced scale. But for one Caterpillar enthusiast, Fred Heim, modeling is on the big scale as half-scale replicas—including Caterpillar products—are created out of wood.

Heim, 68, a woodworker and retired boat builder from Marlborough, Massachusetts, has been making things out of wood since he was 10, but found his niche in model making when he went large with his creations. The first half-scale model was a Peterbilt 379 that Heim can drive pulling a 26-foot dump trailer. But it wasn’t until he needed something to go on a replica 60-ton gooseneck trailer for the truck that Heim turned his attention to yellow iron.

“I needed something to put on it,” Heim said of the empty trailer. “So I started looking at and taking pictures of Caterpillars. When I was young, everything was yellow and the equipment my father used on the roads in Maine was all Cat.”

A D8R track-type tractor was the first to get captured in mahogany. Why mahogany? According to Heim, the wood is very durable, is easy to work, and takes a great finish. Later came a 345CL hydraulic excavator and a remote-controlled 980H wheel loader.

Heim averaged seven to eight months building each Cat replica, but admits the 345CL and D8R were easier to recreate than the 980H. “Wheels are always a problem,” explained Heim. “If you don’t have the proportions right, you can easily mess up and that’ll cost you a lot of wood and time.”

While Heim didn’t say how much money he has invested in his hobby it is considerable. But that still doesn’t mean he would sell any of them.*

“I’m not building these to sell. When I get in the shop, my mind gets going. I just love doing this stuff,” he said. “I do about 10 model shows, fairs, or special displays per year. They’re works of art and should be seen. They would be perfect in a Cat museum.”

*Since this article was written Fred has decided to part with the models to the right buyer. Anyone interested in more information regarding The Collection write to Fred Heim c/o Carl Cioppa at e-mail  carlcioppa@aol.com or call 508-259-0818

Magnificent Obsession: Fred Heim’s Half-Size Universe Creates Big Buzz

By James A. Merolla

(Originally published in Construction Equipment Guide, October 2007, reprinted with permission)

Fred Heim does something that no one in this country does. And he does it as well as anyone could do.

Heim, 68, a woodworker for 58 years, makes exact replicas of popular earthmoving vehicles—a Peterbilt 379 pulling a 26-ft. Hill dump trailer, a Cat D8R and a Rogers 60-ton drop-side goose neck trailer with air suspension, fully functional hydraulics, a Cat 345CL excavator and a radio-controlled Cat 980H wheel loader.

All half size.

Not a miniature, not a shelf model, actual working vehicles with engines, carved out of mahogany, aluminum and plastic and fiberglass, and all to exacting specs 50 percent smaller than the real machines they honor.

Heim’s creations also have created a world of buzz at machine shows and museums over the past four years. His extraordinary replicas have been seen at trade shows, toy conventions, in parades, at classic and antique machinery events from Indiana to Maine, to the September grand opening of Joseph Equipment Co. in Manchester, NH. He’s been featured in several videos, including the TV news show “Chronicle” in Boston. They are masterpieces of museum quality.

Once seen and touched, Heim’s mahogany marvels draw hundreds of people away from whatever they happen to be looking at of ordinary size.

At age 10, Fred Heim was already making scale model construction equipment from paper. (Click on photo to view a larger image.)

Making Truck Models at 10

Heim grew up in Lovell, Maine, and at the age of 10, began making astonishing truck models out of wood and cardboard.

“My father was the road commissioner of Lovell, Maine, and, at that time, I was more interested in designing and building models than I was with scholastics. I was able to look at something in a brochure and then build it. We didn’t have cameras back then.”

His childhood model dimensions always surprised adult craftsmen, as they were dead on specs to their life-sized equivalents. “I’d made them out of construction paper and LePage’s glue, and the plows, wings and the dumper would all work,” he said of his first models.

Heim is entirely self-taught. “I was always fascinated with wood. I knew, at a very young age, that I would always be working with wood,” he said.

Again at age 10, Heim began building 10-ft. Chris-Craft Boats from a kit. His father bought a boat yard in the early 1950s and he began a boat-building business in his own yard — canoes, rowboats, canvas-covered boats. He went to the Newton Trade School and built a boat there some 51 years ago at age 18, and, added proudly, “No one’s done it since.”

By age 20, Heim was married and building a career in boats — 20-ft. cruisers, hydroplanes, world cup boats. “My last boat was a 38-footer with a  V-bottom and a WWII PT boat engine—a 2500 cubic inch supercharged  V12 putting out 1350 horsepower.

Along with 40 years of boat building, Heim had a hand in constructing more than 450 new homes. Fred retired in 2005 as president of Oakwood Construction, a builder of custom homes.

Fred's first 1/2 scale project—a Peterbilt tractor. (Click on image to view a larger photo.)

Building the Peterbilt

In 2003, a friend of his bought a $12 Jada plastic Peterbilt and showed it to him.

“I’m finishing a boat, I looked up and this truck is sitting there,” said Heim. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if I built that truck at half-scale and get in it and motorize it.’”

After measuring a full-size Peterbilt, Heim made a cardboard silhouette of the truck cab “to see if I could get in.” It was painful, but he could.

“It’s still painful to get in and out, but I do it,” he laughed. “I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said, ‘You can in there?’”

Once the cab was set, Heim dug into his wooden Peterbilt, unlike any in the country.

“My intention was to put a battery in the truck and have it run by a golf cart motor in the rear end,” he said. He started with aluminum frame rails, cut out of a stock. A friend in the trucking business told him he needed a diesel engine, so he found a small, 26-hp Yanmar diesel with three cylinders. It runs through hydrostatic drive connected to a 12-in. driveshaft.

Water-cooled, the truck has a 12-volt electrical system for the fan.

The truck is fully gauged, the windows go up and down and it has a hydrostatic transmission and hydraulic brakes that also work. There is a fifth wheel that looks and works like the real article and the interior of the fiberglass cab is fully upholstered. The engine, mounted to the rear of the cab so Heim can put his legs under the hood to drive it, is enclosed with the typical wet system that one would see on a dump trailer chassis.

The 13-gal. fuel tanks are made out of 26-quart aluminum lobster pots. Heim cut them in two at 6 in. each and formed the aluminum fabricated center. He welded under strap supports for the two fuel tanks. The air cleaner tops were 7-in. pizza pans covers. Cab lights are turned from billet aluminum, and the headlights are classic Harley-Davidsons.

All of the interior braces and supports are made from mahogany.

“Every rivet is half-scale and you can count every single rivet to see that the number matches the number in the original,” said Heim.

But that isn’t all. Heim’s attention to detail went far beyond just the working half-truck. Both tractor and low-bed trailer have air suspension.

The trailer dump is a Hill 26-ft. replica, also made of wood and aluminum. All of the aluminum on the tractor and frame was powder-coated, instead of spray painted. “It looks like it’s brand new and 100 years old at the same, time,” beamed Heim.

The dump body of the trailer, so metallic in look, fools virtually everyone. It is really made of Honduras mahogany.

“The first thing people do is tap it,” laughed Heim. “They have trouble believing it’s wood. A lot of people will say, ‘It’s a kit!’ No, it’s not a kit. You can’t buy it. There’s only one half-scale in the country that we know of and this is it.”

With the Peterbilt pulling the Hill custom-built trailer, with its diesel engine puffing grey smoke out of its twin stacks. At night, it’s even more impressive, with all 98 of its lights flashing.

After a year’s work, Heim’s Peterbilt got immediate attention. He brought it to the American Truck Historical Society in Brooklyn, Conn., and drew an overwhelming crowd. A writer from a national magazine wrote of his work. Soon, he was at trade shows and exhibitions, gaining national notoriety.

Click on photo above to view a larger image of the half-size CAT D8R Crawler.

Project Two: a Cat D8R

The next year, 2005, Heim, inspired by his success, was at it again. He made a half-scale Cat D8R with a Rogers trailer, all made of aluminum. The Cat undercarriage was a real challenge. The frame is boxed mahogany, and the sprockets and idlers are all turned mahogany.

He fabricated the track links of Corian with PVC pins and bearings. Each track has 88 links. Axle shafts are aluminum, but the track pads are made of marine mahogany plywood. While this model doesn’t run, it all works. The trailer has air suspension and the tracks and bogies move and roll like the real thing.

Again, the interior is upholstered with too many details to name.

The rig really turns heads on the highway, especially with its “Wide Load” sign, which isn’t really all that wide.

While the D8R is static, the Rogers 60-ton tri-axle drop-deck trailer is just like the real one. Rogers Co. itself provided Heim with graphics, mud flaps, plans, and photos to give him all the details he needed. The trailer, completely fabricated from aluminum, has decking planks of solid mahogany with operating running lights.

When Heim took this pair of beauties to the National Toy Truck N’ Construction Show in Indianapolis, Ind., the remarks were off the charts. It was worth the long drive to Indianapolis, he said. Everyone enjoyed seeing the display in person after seeing it in the magazine, “ToyTrucker.”

Click on photo above to view a larger image of the 1/2 size CAT Excavator and trailer.

Project Three: a Cat 345 C L Excavator

The next year, 2006, Heim created another extraordinary model, his half-scale Cat 345 C L excavator. Again, a labor of love in mostly wood and aluminum, the Caterpillar model can rotate 360 degrees over its undercarriage. Hydraulic cylinders are made of PVC tubing and aluminum. For the tracks, Heim had to produce 104 PVC links at nine pieces per link.

The 18-in. pads are made of wood, but the idlers and bearings are also PVC, and like the real ones, are adjustable.

The “real” 48-in. bucket is, of course, only 24 in. in the replica. It features removable teeth and real-style wear pads. Heim said he used 20 sheets of Okoume mahogany to complete it.

The cab features an opening door and the precise interior detailing matching its inspiration. Heim hand-carved a female “operator” out of white pine.

Click on photo above to view a larger image of the 1/2 size CAT Wheel Loader.

Project Four: a Cat 980H wheel loader

In 2007, Heim greeted his increasing fan base with his fourth half-scale project, a Cat 980H remote-controlled wheel loader.

Working in his spacious garage workshop in Marlborough, Heim tried to top himself this past winter building a new addition to what has turned from hobby to a small (half-scale) cottage industry. How? That working remote control to handle the more intricate engineering.

The tires on Heim’s new Cat represented the biggest challenge, so that’s where he began his work. Rubber? No, marine and solid mahogany—3 ft. in diameter and 15 in. wide with  treads cut from 2 x 6 fir.

Not solid, Heim devised a system of interior baffles to keep the weight down and to add strength to the tires. They are screwed on and filled, but resemble real rubber.

It took 12 gal. of automotive Bondo to complete them. The only rubber is used on the bands slipped over the center of each tire to protect them from cracking when the machine is moving. Once he solved this problem, Heim moved to the body, again using marine mahogany, aluminum and fiberglass, with aluminum in the main frame.

The engine is a 6.5-hp Tecumseh with a hydraulic pump and transmission. Six custom built aluminum hydraulic pistons operate the bucket, arms and steering.

The remote control lifts and turns the bucket, starts the motor and moves the wheel loader in all directions. The hood, cab and fenders also are mahogany with upholstered seats inside, an adjustable steering column and sliding windows. The realistic quality staggers the viewer studying every corner and each inch.

With this sixth piece, Heim said his full-time hobby of half-scale work is done.

“I’m trying to sell all four to a museum. All have to go at one time, as a set,” he said. “If anyone is interested in buying “the collection” contact me.”

Write to Fred Heim, c/o Carl Cioppa at 508-259-0818 or by e-mail, carlcioppa@aol.com.

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Videos, Articles and Links on Fred Heim

• For a 19-minute video on Google produced by John Kiley and Carl Cioppa CLICK HERE . The video shows the Peterbuilt and other pieces in action and also a lot of stills of the construction process.

• For a short movie file of one of the projects being driven into a trailer, CLICK HERE . (in .MOV format)

• For an article on Fred from Toy Trucker and Contractor, CLICK HERE . (.PDF format)

• For an article on Fred in Wood magazine from May, 2010, CLICK HERE . (.PDF format)

East Coast Mini Classics hosts a web site featuring small construction equipment and vehicles. See http://www.eastcoastminiclassics.com/PeterbiltDozer.cfm for a page on Fred's machines that has a lot of photos not shown here. Check out some of the other projects too while you're there.

• Building the Rachel H. fantail launch: http://www.photodex.com/sharing/viewshow.html?fl=3075484&alb=0 . (30 minute video--takes quite a while to load but is a great document on how a wooden boat is built from start to finish.)

Here are some of Fred Heim's projects:

(Click any photo to view a larger image.)

1/2 Scale Construction Equipment Projects

The finished cab with expertly painted Logo on the door.
The tandem rear axel and fenders are correct right down to the mud flaps. Real wheels and tires were used, but small ones that accurately represent the full-size wheels at half size.
This photo of the Yanmar diesel engine is a bit out of focus, but you can see the high quality of the installation.
The cab is shown inside the shop with the Hill trailer hooked up behind it.
A rear shot of the Hill trailer.
Fred strikes a pose in front of his home with the completed Peterbilt and trailer.
Fred examines the welds on an aluminum portion of the neck for the drop-deck trailer. Loads preclude the use of wood in high-stress places like this so some metalworking skills are also needed.

Construction on a 1/2 scale project begins with Fred taking dimensions and drawing up plans based on the real thing. Here he examines a full-size Cat Wheel Loader. Company literature, scale models and whatever else he can find on the piece of equipment are also used in the planning stage.

Wheels and tires under construction. They are built up in hollow form using wood with baffles inside to keep weight down. Wood treads are applied to the outside.
After filleting with Bondo and painting, they look just like the real thing. A strip of rubber (not shown here) is applied around the center of the wheel when it is finished and ready to roll. This protects the wooden treads from damage while also providing the traction and quiet ride of the rubber tires on the full-size prototype.
The cab of the articulated Cat 980H Wheel Loader begins to take shape in mahogany  in Fred's shop.
Parts of the body shell begin to take shape in wood. Underneath is part of the frame.

The finished Cat 980H Wheel loader out for a road test. The rubber strip can be seen on the tires in this photo.

Fred controls the functions of the wheel loader from from a remote control worn around his neck. He can walk along side the large model and operate not only the drive and transmission but also the functions of steering and operating the bucket.

The excavator project begins to take shape in the shop, with mahogany the primary material being used. When required for strength or cross-section, metal parts are also fabricated.
The excavator gets ready for loading onto the trailer.
Loaded and ready to head for the show. The Rogers drop-deck trailer is accurately scaled in aluminum with mahogany deck planks from plans provided by the Rogers Trailer company themselves.

Though technically drivable, the Peterbilt and trailer are not licensed for the street. Shown here, the Cat 345 CL Excavator is loaded onto the 1/2 size trailer and the entire rig is loaded on a full-size trailer ready for a trip to a show or exhibition.

Fleetwood Motorhome Model

Fred's project starting in late 2013 is to model a 2006 Fleetwood motorhome to duplicate in 1/14 scale the coach he recently purchased. The coach is a Fleetwood Revolution LE with 400 hp diesel engine and three slidouts. The real motorhome is shown in the first photo. Additional photos show the model progress as of March 13, 2014.

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Full-Size Boat Projects

(Some of Fred's boats are featured here as a way of showing where the skills to build the 1/2 size projects were developed.)

2001 37' Offshore Runabout "Miss Packard"

The M/V Miss Packard is a custom-built runabout sport cruiser. The hull is constructed using 1-1/4 Ocume marine grade plywood with Honduras mahogany planking on exterior. Framing consists of mahogany. Fitted with completely rebuilt Packard model M-4 V-12 2,500ci raw water cooled gasoline engine. The engine is rated at 1,350hp @ 2,400RPM and is the type that were originally used in WWII PT boats. It has a Vetus bow thruster and inboard V-drive with air induction surface prop. It rides on a custom built performance trailer.

2005 30' Offshore Runabout "Patriot"

The Patriot is a 30’ all new custom-built offshore sports runabout. The hull is a 3 aerated step design, cold mold West system, constructed using one layer of ¼ Ocume marine grade plywood with Honduras mahogany planking on exterior. Framing consists of mahogany. Decks are stained mahogany, west system (no screws). Finish is stained light mahogany. It is fitted with a new GM 540CI,  620HP engine which has a new variable pitch Pulse Drive out unit with a Surface Prop. The interior features vinyl roll and pleated seats for five, Twin Bilge pumps, Stereo Radio, Tonneau and mooring covers. It also has a remote control engine hatch cover.

It rides on a custom-built Load-Rite twin torsion axle trailer with 16” polished aluminum wheels with Michelin tires, spare and electric winch.

This is another one of Fred Heim’s museum quality masterpieces. Fred has been building boats for 45 years which includes several one-of-a-kind vessels.

Stats:

Draft: 2’ 3”, Beam: 7’ 6”

Fuel Tanks: Twin 36 gallons each

Dry Weight:  6200lbs

Cruising Speed: 40 knots, Maximum Speed: 65+ knots

31' Fantail Launch "Rachel H."

The photos below show Fred's current project, a more traditional fantail launch design. It is named "Rachel H." in honor of his wife and will be a project Fred plans to enjoy himself in his retirement.

Stats:

Design: James Doe, Builder: Fred Heim

Length: 31'

Beam: 8'-3"

Weight: 7000 lb

Power: Yanmar 20 HP 3-cylinder diesel

Speed: 7-8 knots

Capacity: Seats 13 people

Features: Head, bow thruster, sink, refrigerator, full electronics, weather curtains, removable table

 

See a scale model of the Rachel H. under construction in the "Model Boats" section below...

Construction Photos

 

(Above) Initial stages of the boat's construction.

(Above) The cabin, bow and stern decks and the propeller shaft as the boat nears completion in November, 2008.

         

(Above, 1st two photos) In December, 2008 the upholstery was completed, and the photographers from Wood magazine have visited Fred for photos for an upcoming article on the boat. The custom built trailer is due to be completed before the first of the year. (Above, 2nd two photos, late December) The wheel is in place and the stainless steel trailer is almost finished.

(Above five photos) In late January, 2009, the top was completed and the boat was mated up with the trailer. Looks like everything is on schedule for its first showing at the Boston Boat Show in mid-February.

Photos from the Boston Boat Show. The finished interior and canvas features all-weather side curtains. In the last shot Fred explains some of the boat's features to show visitors. Next stop: the Mt. Dora Wooden Boat show in Florida.

The end of the building saga and the beginning of the fun. The Rachel H is launched in Florida at the Mt. Dora Boat Show in the early Spring of 2009. Here it is seen being launched and then a captain's-eye view as it sails warm Florida waters. Since then it has returned north where it will spend the summer at the Watertown (MA) Yacht Club on the Charles River to be enjoyed by Fred and Rachel

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For a detailed 30-minute video on the construction of this boat see http://www.photodex.com/sharing/viewshow.html?fl=3075484&alb=0.

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Model Boats

Memorial model—Fred decided recently to build a fiberglass model of a late friend's boat. it now resides at the local yacht club to honor the former member. According to friend Carl Chioppa, "The memorial model was built for a close friend of Fred's and a long time member of the Watertown Yacht, in Watertown, MA. Fred wanted  Noel to be remembered for his help and generosity over the years. Noel Carmichael's boat was  21' long with a 8'3" in the beam. Fred made wooden molds and the laid up fiberglass outer hull and interior shells just like the full-size boat was built. He then added the wooden trim details. The scale is 1" to 1' (1/12 scale), so the model is about 21" long. (Click on any photo below to view a larger image.)

Noel Carmichael's real boat...

 ..and the model by Fred.

Rachel H—Fred's next two models will be a 1/12 scale model of a 75' Expedition Yachtfisher made by Nordhavn called the Crosswinds II and a 1/12 scale model of the 31' Rachel H that he recently completed himself in full size.

First shots of the Rachel H. model under construction...

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Crosswind IIJanuary, 2010—Fred likes building in large scale. Here are first shots of the plans and the 1/12 scale fiberglass Nordhavn 75' Expedition Yachtfisher hull getting started...

January, 2011—It's winter and Fred is back in his shop. These photos show the model Nordhavn about three-quarters of the way completed. The third photo shows two Zodiac type inflatable, outboard driven boats on the forward deck. The 4th photo from February, 2011 shows the hull finished and ready for white paint. The windows will be dark plexi. In addition to the drive propellers, the model will be controlled by a 10-channel radio control system that includes stabilizers, thrusters, operating lighting, radar and more.

April 13, 2011—The boat is nearing completion. Painting and detailing of the superstructure is done and the radio gear is installed and tested. Weather is warming up on the East Coast and the first water tests are planned in a few weeks. For comparison, a photo of the full-size prototype is included.

Sea Trials Video...The boat, now named Crosswinds II sets out for the first time under power in Fred's swimming pool. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADeRBZ-XZcA&fmt=37

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The True Yachtsman's "Last Boat"

Built as a conversation piece at a boat show, the "Last Boat" is for that long, last ride of the true yachtsman. Yes, THAT ride. It's a coffin. Built from fine mahogany using the West system, it is built just like a classic wooden boat, and it is certainly a conversation-starter at the shows. Stevie Ray Vaughan sang of "Willie the Wimp and his Cadillac Coffin," but the true yachtsman will want to go him one better with this classy last resting place. Anyone interested? Fred is taking orders.

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M.V. Olympus—This 1/12 scale model yacht will not be Radio Controlled but will represent this graceful vintage yacht in a higher level of cabin and deck detail for display. Formerly named the Junaluska, this 92' yacht launched in May, 1929 has been completely restored. It's home port is Seattle, WA. Fred is obtaining construction details from the ship's captain.

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i1vgxVSytk for a video overview of the building of the model.

NOTE: The fully restored Olympus itself is currently for sale for $1.8 M. (The real ship, not the model.) Interested parties can contact the museum to be put in touch with the owner.

The first photo shows the yacht Olympus under way, while the second shows a black and white side view photo blown up to 1/12 scale for Fred to use as a measuring reference during the building of the model.

October, 2012—The hull is planked with wooden strips, sanded and then filler is used to get a perfectly smooth, grain-free surface for painting.

November 15, 2012—The hull is primed and the deck boards are glued in place but not yet caulked. The mahogany superstructure begins to take place.

November 26, 2012—The latest photos show the superstructure and the bridge being built in Fred's large shop. Even though Fred builds relatively large scale models, the shop is big enough to build in 1:1 scale.

November 28, 2012—Work on the pilothouse exterior is almost completed. In the third photo you can see some wires leading into the interior. Although the model won't be powered, it will have working lights.

December 11, 2012—The cabin and pilothouse continue to get details. The 3rd photo is not too sharp, but it shows the many stringers under the rear deck roof. Window are in but protected with white plastic to keep from getting scratched during construction.

January 3, 2013—Galley cabinets and fixtures are taking shape as are staircases and interior details.

January 21, 2013—A model of the original tender has been completed. It is called the Junaluska in honor of the original name of the yacht itself. The original 1929 tender was separated from the yacht over 60 years ago when it was conscripted for use during WWII. It was finally traced down and restored in 2004 and is now reunited with the yacht. It seats six adults. the Olympus also has a more modern tender—a 15' Boston Whaler Super Sport.

February 25, 2013—The red bottom paint has been applied and the hull is ready for white paint. The superstructure is almost complete. Galley details and a closeup of the rudder are included along with some overall shots. A friend will be wiring the interior lights next before the carpets are laid down and the roof attached. Fred note's that projects like this help the winter pass quickly.

March 5, 2013—The hull has been painted white and the gold leaf lettering applied to the name on the stern. Photos also show the anchor winch and some of the rear deck seating as well as the polished brass props.

March 6, 2013—The gold leaf paint has been outlined in black on both the hull of the Olympus and the yacht tender Juna Luska, named after the original name of the Olympus.

April 29, 2013—The nearly completed Olympus sits on dry dock supports awaiting final installation of the electrical wiring and lights.It's almost done!

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