Greg the peg leg sailor’s General Conceptual Idea
This would have been my first attempt in doing a scratch built model.
When I started this project, I thought was gong to be a huge job in making the model, and I sure time will prove that I was correct! With my good friend Greg Ashwood’s help as the “brawn”, we planing for at least eight years from now until show cased.
As Julie Andrews told the children in “The Sound of Music” Let start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. When you read you begin with ABC etc…….. So when I start this job I began with the drawing up the plans in Photoshop. I know Photoshop backwards (so did Greg) and we don’t know CAD at all, so this is my (ours) reasoning to use Photoshop.
I used the drawings from AoTS Royal Caroline book as the principal drawings. (I contacted the Royal Maritime Museum in England to asked them for plans of the HMY Royal Caroline by email. They were very useful, but I was told all of their plans are in the AoTS book). So that is why we are using the book as our reference.
“Simple” I thought, about drawing the plans, but I have been wrong in the past and I’m WRONG NOW. I had a few problems, firstly it was my fault because I didn't read the book before I started.
I assume that the Forms on the Royal Caroline (RW in the future) would be the same constructions as other ships of that period. It wasn’t until about Form 16 of 60 that I read the intro and discovered that the ‘home’ - distance between the forms, was slightly smaller than the width of the forms - 2 Ribs joined together to for a Form. so I started again.
On both of my attempts to do the forms, I was getting an incorrect profile (half cemetery of ribs of end elevation) compare to AoTS. I thought it was the fault of the AoTS profile. It was then, that I measured the widest point on the End Elevation compare to the widest point on the Plan of the decks and discovered a difference. The deck was 18mm wider than the end elevation! so what do I do. I expanded the end elevation by 18 mm and it looked funny compare to other log that I have read. So I shrunk the plans (width) of the decking to match the EE and that is what I’m using.
So starting again….Third Time Lucky (I hope) The number of Ribs now are 86 so therefore 43 Forms.
About 2 to 3 weeks into the planning stage, my right hand (I’m right handed) shakes became worse and worse to the point, where I could control the mouse to get the finer detail that was needed to even to complete the drawings. So, my dear friend Greg Ashwood jumped in and asked me if he could help. Greg knew that I suffer from Parkinson and he offer to do all the work and I’ll be the brains behind the project. I realise that, It was impossible to complete the drawings with out his help, I turnover the project to him. Greg also said that he will complete the model for me…….What a friend I have.
Greg and I have been friends forever, our Admirals call us “the two Greggies” after The Two Ronnies. Greg and I are like twins, and if anyone could do this for me, It would be Greg.
So over to you Greg Ashwood….
The port side of the HMY Royal Caroline will be open showing the complete interior of the all the decks. Greg TPLS even want to do furniture. we’ll see about that, in the years to come. But it would be a nice touch, I must agree!
Greg TPLS started the drawing process using colours to show what rib is where etc……It’s a great idea, and I’ll keep doing it.
Above you will see a drawing showing what we are planning to do, it’s a rough indication, but the main thing that Greg TPLS want to indicate is that the yellow ribs will be a complete rib and they will be the strength which should hold the ship together. The cut away brown rib which will form the the FORMS will be hold together by every decking etc.
Planned Construction Method
My construction method, is not the norm, at all. I will be making all the Forms complete, but on the Port side I’m all be leaving an indent to cut away latter, after the hull is planked and the internal planking is done to a point where the hull is stronger enough (we hope) to remove the openings of the Port side. The ship will also have a extra length at the top of each Form and they will be tied together with extra timber for strength until the decking is done. I will be using 6 mm Plywood for the Ribs, so the Forms will be 12 mm wide. There will be 9 mm between the Form (home) and again I will be using 9 mm plywood for the spacers ETC..
I must ask for forgiveness in advance from all our MASTER SHIPWRIGHTS out there, for my INCORRECT method in construction. there will be some methods that we are planning which may not be the correct way of doing it, but I’m doing it anyway, just for ease of production. they are (just a few now):
1: I’m making the false keel and the keel in one piece from 6 mm plywood. The Keel will have a 1.5 mm veneer to cover up the plywood cut into shapes as per the AoTS drawings.
2: I don’t know the measurements of the thickness of the Rib/Forms so they will be ALL uniform 6/12 mm wide. Also the Home size I don’t know so I’ll be using 9 mm
3:The Thickness of the decking beams again I don’t know, so Greg TPLS copied the beams sizes from Danny. (He hoped that you did’t mind).
Hope that you will enjoy……….More to come!