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« on: June 01, 2006 05:55:58 PM »

Where to begin... I wanted something unique, using the recommended supplies, and came up with this crazy idea. One summer, I helped my younger brother build a real working cedar strip canoe from scratch. I got to thinking that the cedar strips were very much like fettuccine. So, why not construct a model ship out of pasta. Muahahahaha.

I used an drawing program to create forms on paper, transfered them to cardboard, and cut out the forms. I hot glued the forms to a sheet of cardboard, which was roughly the size of the deck of the boat. Then, I started hot gluing fettuccine to the forms, to make the hull. The fettuccine was rather flexible, and took to the forms fairly well.

Once the hull was mostly intact, I proceeded to make decking out of Popsicle sticks. I trimmed the sticks, so that it had the appearance of woodflooring.

After I was happy with the hull and the decking, I spray painted the hull with a brown spray paint. I then took two wood dowels and hot glued them to the deck, making the two main masts. Once the masts were in place, I took some gimp, and started hot gluing the gimp to the masts, for the rigging.

I then fashioned more rigging out of gimp, a rudder out of Popsicle sticks, and sails out of muslin cloth. The piece de la resistance are the Pirate Flag on the main mast and the Figurehead on the bow of the boat. The end product, is what I call The Good Ship Ragu and the Pasta Pirates. I probably should have called them the Hot Glue Pirates since I used 5 small sticks of hot glue in the construction of the ship.

Here is a collection of pictures of the final product.

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2006 06:20:26 PM »

OMG I love it!  It turned out awesome!

My 7 year old boy would arm wrestle you for it!


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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2006 06:28:26 PM »

We love it.  Very realistic looking "wood".  I think it would look great displayed on shelving units.
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2006 06:30:36 PM »

holy awesomeness!! this seriously rocks.  Wink
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2006 06:35:52 PM »

Wow. That is amazing. Well done.

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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2006 07:02:51 PM »

Woah! Thats SWEET! Amazing work- It looks REALLY cool!!

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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2006 07:21:27 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2006 07:30:11 PM »

Can I just say that naming a boat made out of pasta "Ragu" totally cracks me up!?!

I just love the craftmanship, it is incredible! Each pasta board on the side of the boat is cut perfectly. That must have been tough to do. Pasta is so brittle. Also, the deck looks so much like a real deck! Want to install wood floors in my front room?   Wink  You can tell you spent time thinking about this project and executing your plan.

Ragu....tee hee hehehehehe I'm going to be giggling about that for days! Brilliant!

« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2006 08:33:50 PM »

hell yeah dude, here's to pirate themed crafts!

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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2006 08:59:05 PM »

I was thinking of getting my stuff together really quick and entering this, but I don't think there's much point now.

Flawless.  Absolutely flawless.  I love it.  You've totally got my vote.
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