|Mock up of the diorama on the base|
|plywood base with 1x2 frame underneath|
The diorama will be on a pedestal made from birch plywood and molding trim. The trim is not glued on but secured from the inside to an internal frame I made from 1x2s. That way I can modify the frame and trim if the museum deems it necessary.
|Never pass up a chance to use my bar clamps|
|The base is ready for stain and varnish|
I also started work on the schooner for the diorama. This will be a pungy style schooner. The ship yard in Alexandria made pungies as well as other type of sailing ships and barges. The prototype for the model is the Wave, a 56 ft schooner. It was built in 1863 in Accomack Va, but is similar to Alexandria-built pungies. The Wave survived for quiet some time and plans are available for it.
|The Pungy Wave|
Then I added a laser engraved deck and transom. I stained it a dark brown to show it is a well used work boat. Pungies are traditionally painted pink and green, but I may opt for a simple gray paint.
|Pungy Lady Maryland. Note the paint scheme of|
green and pink. Photo via National Park Service