Hello one and all,
Here I go then. My attempt to build HMS Surprise.
I had hoped to base this very firmly on Jack Aubrey’s vessel but I have found it difficult to tie down exactly what Patrick O’Brian had in mind. It is quite clear that O’brian contradicts himself at times and that he plays fast and loose with the time line. Others may have a better handle on this than me and I would love to hear their thoughts; in the mean time the plan is to build L’Unite/Surprise before her refit in 1798 thus giving scope to include “long guns” much loved by our Jack.
The kit from Artesania Latina leaves much to be desired even to my unpracticed eye and this has been touched upon by others. Kim, krt2, pointed out, in his sadly now missing build log, the problem with mast positions and channels. I intend to address these issues where I can and, again, would be very interested in the view of others.
So, HMS Surprise with the odd hint of Aubrey.
In the beginning.The familiar starting point. Does anyone else use this wonderful Dremel vice?
Gluing in using small engineers squares.
All bulkheads in place.
As I have a biggish drawing board it occurred to me that I could “test” the planking layout before fitting the false deck sections.
Binding strakes and Margin planks have also been drawn in.
Templates for margin planks...
......and in situ on the marked up deck.
The marked up deck will contain errors due to parallax and pencil thickness so they are purely a guide. I hope they will at least keep me on track when laying the planks. A butt shift pattern had been worked out in advance.....I hope it is correct!
Some below deck interest.
The main hatch will be displayed open for added interest and the hatch below that will also be open do infer that work between decks is underway. A hoist may be added later.
Fitting the false decks.....
....and a preview of the hatch below.
Oh no! a boo boo! Bulkhead 18 has been misfitted and I failed to notice it before now. A section of false deck must be cut out and removed before the glue holding the bulkhead has been softened with IPA and the offending piece removed and replaced correctly.(Sorry, lousy photo.)
In passing I must pay homage to the accumulated wisdom within these forums (fora?) that led me to the solution of PVA with IPA.
All fixed and the false deck section due to be replaced.
Starting the planking. A guide has been placed for laying the first plank.
The central un butt shifted planks are laid.
At this point I must thank those people who responded to my question regarding scraping and scrapers in the Building,Framing and Planking forum. The small amount of deck that has been laid so far looked a bit messy due to inept use of the permanent marker and smudgy transfer from my fingers. I tried a wee scrape and it works! Now I must learn to be cleaner in my work
On the subject of plank edge marking it seems to look better if only one face of a pair of planks is marked. Is this the method in general?