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Lunn is among the dozens of model ship builders who will be on hand at the Woods Hole Model Boat Show on April 18 and 19.
The biennial event, which is in its tenth year, takes over the village of Woods Hole, filling seven separate buildings with models, exhibits and displays. Jennifer Gaines, executive director of the Woods Hole Historical Museum, which puts on the show, said it started with an idea by the late Paul Ferris Smith, a founder of the museum and a boat enthusiast.
Smith had built a few models himself and those will be on display at the show among dozens of others brought by more than 50 model boat builders from throughout the region.
COURTESY OF WOODS HOLE HISTORICAL MUSEUMModel boats race in Woods Hole during the Woods Hole Model Boat Show. Lunn, who grew up in Woods Hole, has done a number of models of historic vessels significant to this area that he’ll be bringing to the show, including a 50-pound model of the British brig, the Nimrod, which attacked Falmouth by cannon fire during the War of 1812. Lunn has also made a model of early explorer Bartholomew Gosnold’s “The Concord,” the boat that is said to have been the first European vessel to discover Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. A friend of Lunn’s, a retired Coast Guard captain, has commissioned him to make models of every ship he served on. Alex Bellinger said he could have been a skydiver or perhaps a cardiosurgeon or maybe a famous politician. Now 64 and living in Newburyport, Bellinger has been at it ever since, making more and more elaborate ships over time. According to Bellinger, there are four techniques to building ships in bottles: the western method, Japanese technique, modernist technique and dry stick. He uses with the first two, the western method where the ship is made in a collapsible fashion outside the bottle, then put in the bottle and made upright by the pull of a string. The Japanese method is a variation in which the ship is sailing away from the neck of the bottle and uses a variation in construction. The modernist method involves constructing the ship and rigging while it is inside the bottle using handmade tools.
COURTESY ALEX BELLINGERAlex Bellinger,who will bring his ships in bottles to the Woods Hole Model Boat Show, at a demonstration at the Peabody Ship Model Show. Bellinger’s favorite vessel that he has constructed is a fishing schooner out of Gloucester that wrecked in 1936 called the Ingomar.
He’ll be bringing 11 models to Woods Hole and he looks forward to seeing other modelers there. Beckloff, who is 72 and lives in Hyannis, used to build airplanes, full size biplanes that he would fly around Hyannis. To get to Beckloff’s collection of model boats, it’s necessary to walk around his 1915 Model T Speedster.

He’ll be bringing two World War I era models down to the show, a menhaden fishing steamer and a submarine chaser. Before retiring, Beckloff owned a company in Sandwich in which he designed and built robotics machinery.
For his boats, Beckloff purchased a fiberglass hull and built everything else from scratch, using pine for the decks, light plywood for the cabins, some spruce for other details. When he built the sub chaser, he was still at his job, so he worked on it nights and weekends from 1987 to 1996. Because details are so important to model boat builders, the Internet has been an enormous resource.
For the sub chaser, for instance, Beckloff could not at first find good photos of what the ship’s guns looked like.
Part of model boat building is figuring out how to replicate parts, which is tied into the other big part: research. Beckloff’s eyes light up as he talks about the boat, how the fishermen would use an enormous net and men would climb aboard row boats to gather the net and bring in the fish, piling the fish on the deck. People who lived in Delaware used to say, when the menhaden boats came in, you could smell the fish a couple towns over.
Abbe created the boat using plans from the actual boat and was even able to go aboard the actual boat, which is still kept on the Vineyard, in order to study the details. The couple worked together to construct the steamboat, the Nellie G., which ferries passengers between Boothbay Harbor and Squirrel Island in Maine. Sue picked the boat because of her fond memories of summers in Maine and riding on the actual Nellie G. Fred Abbe, who is 77, said he first got started with model boat building when he was about 12 years old when his mother brought him some antique copies of Rudder Magazine from about 1895.
Fred Abbe of Cataumet got into building models as a child but got serious about it after retirement.
In discussing the hobby of model boat building with a number of master crafters, a few qualities appear again and again. The Harwich harbormaster, Dennis and Harwich firefighters and USCG crews responded to this boat fire off Saquatucket Harbor in Harwichport Sunday morning. HARWICH - A boat engine caught fire off Saquatucket Harbor in Harwichport Sunday, sinking the vessel.
The Harwich harbormaster responded to the scene and rescued the boater from the 24' Albemarle.
The boater told officials he had just left Saquatucket Harbor when he noticed smoke coming from the engine.
Cape Cod Home Renovation - Some pictures of the upstairs bedrooms after gaining much-needed space.

The hobby takes the patience of a saint, the hands of a surgeon, the eye of an eagle and the ability to swear like a sailor. Model builders like Lunn, who builds from scratch, use plans from the actual boat but then they have to do further research on details.
There will also be an opportunity for children to build and sail their own model boats, as well as special presentations and exhibits about model boat building. Model boat building, he said, is a craft he first began at age 4 when his grandmother was taking care of him and was seeking to amuse him with activities.
Dry stick is a variation on modernist where pieces are laid in the bottle, constructing from the far end of the bottle and working toward the neck, Bellinger said. Abbe’s model ship piece de resistance, as his wife Sue puts it, is “When and If,” which was built for General Patton after World War II to use to sail around the world. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate.
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The Abbes are storing the model boat for the modeler, Bill Huizing of New Jersey, who painstakingly recreated the boat’s every detail.

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