Sunday, December 31, 2006


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The Aziz was built in 1983 for the United Arab Emirates. It is a fine example of an Anchor Handling Tug / Supply Vessel used for offshore oil drilling. The model is over 43 inches long (over 3 1/2 feet) and will be driven in the boat pond in Central Park, hopefully by this summer.

The above picture shows what the model should look like when completed.

Other views can be seen at

3/18/05 - I must say that there are two great decisions I made in making this model. First was buying a kit from Model Slipway - the quality is fantastic and anytime I have had any difficutly (due to my inexperience) all I had to do was pick up the phone to get advise from the folks there.

My second great decision was to buy the kit from Gold Coast Hobby in Glen Head. When you buy a model from them you are buying not only the model but help and guidance from Charlie, the owner and a very experienced model maker. Here too, all I had to do was pick up the phone and call.

Sunday, November 13, 2005


I have to say - 11 months later, it was a great first model and a great experience. I have had a lot of joy and frustration - it has cost a lot of money but was a lot of fun.

I don't know if the Aziz will remian in permenant drydock or not - I have to say that it is much more fun to build than to sail. I find after about 5 minutes it becomes pretty boring. When we walk through the city to the pond, we get stopped about every five paces by wide eyed kids and interested grown-ups.

See you next spring - maybe.
here it sits in my office waiting in its winter port awaiting its display case.
here is a closer shot of the model - again - completed
the final sail of the season - model is all finished

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

another shot of the stern
a shot of the stern fender

Saturday, November 05, 2005

finished one side of the stern fenders

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I began working on the rear fendering
here is the bow fendering complete

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

painted the lifeboat cover - one other item done
working on the fenders - I realize after looking at the photo that it looks a little droopy in the front - I pushed it up a bit

Monday, October 31, 2005

started working on the fenders -

Sunday, October 30, 2005

and psinted a first coat on the lifeboat cover
worked on the anchors
and the decals
more decals
The rear gates on the main deck. Blogger seems to be working again for the time being - I haven't done any work in a number of days - Thursday I was teaching, Friday a dinner party, Saturday the Odd Couple - tonight some work. The Odd Couple was fantatic - Nathan Lane stole the show. I can't believe it got such bad reviews in the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal.
The lifeboat in place
more items on the punch list getting done

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

more soldering

still having problems with picasa

here is the rear gates - soldering completed


Monday, October 24, 2005

more work on the masts

problem with blogger

I can't seem to post photographs - I had two more from tonight - I keep getting an error message

I tried posting pictures directly in blogger

here are some more more parts of the mast
no I did not solder it while under the influence - I merely cut the lenghts of wire to solder tomorrow

Sunday, October 23, 2005

next began working on the front mast
worked on the gates on the rear main deck - I will solder tomorrow

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Here is the same side completed - I finished the other side as well - one item off the punch list
fendering tyres completed on one side

Friday, October 21, 2005

I started on the tires (tyres for you in the UK) - took me four or five times before I got it the way I'd like it.
shot from a slightly different angle
The anchor winch on the bow
Another shot from a slightly different angle
Here is a picture of the winches in place - not perfect but not bad

Thursday, October 20, 2005

finished the fittings on the other side. I figure there are four more main things to do and a bunch of little ones. 1. fendering 2. gates on the rear of the main deck 3. mast structure on bow 4. tires along sides of boat. Little stuff is touch up all around the deck. The anchors on the bow. Water slide transfers. various deck fittings. Figure another week - then on to the next project.
finished the second set of stairs

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

another view of the deck features including the stairs and handrails
Here are some barrels
I installed the railings and some of the details on the deck

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

the hydraulic crane in place
here is the deck in place
I fit the wooden slats into the deck, added the winches and the towing bollard

Monday, October 17, 2005

Second coat of paint on the main deck - again - easier to brush on than all the prep and cleanup with an airbrush
Glued both sets of main deck hardware - spray painted one of the top tubes - needed the other one to line up the hardware. It takes about 5 minutes to shake a can of Krylon, spray two coats of paint and come back up to the apartment. I would love to airbush but it just doesn't make much sense sometimes for all the preparation and cleanup required. I was watching a TV show and a character says that he never does a sport that takes more time to set up for than it actually takes to do such as scuba diving or skiing. I have to say that I agree.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Here I have painted the first coat on the deck - you can see a bit of white is showing on the left hand side - this is where I screwed up. I made the cross bars flush with the edges - I shouldn't have done this but by the time I realized it, it was already too late
Worked on laying out the deck hardware - here I drilled the holes and put the parts in place without gluing - I still need to paint the bar black.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Priming the main deck after fitting the wood planks - chances are I will have to further sand down the wood after painting the deck green as the paint has some thickness and the planks were pretty tight.
working on some parts of the lifeboat
More odds and end - here I am making some more parts for the main deck

Friday, October 14, 2005

working on the wood panels
trying the deck for fit