Chief Williams

Hello from New Zealand

Hiya, I've been making model ships for as long as I can remember, and I've mainly concentrated on static model of royal naval warships of the Napoleonic war era. I usually build from kit, although I'm working up to building from scratch. The trouble is that in this country (I'm in New Zealand), it's very difficult to get any decent modelling timber.  Kits cost the earth as well, if you can get them delivered.

One of my wife's ancestors was a boy seaman on HMS Temeraire at Trafalgar (He was eventually rated master gunner, and his tombstone is in the cemetery at Gorleston in Norfolk), and as such she's going to be my next project.

Am I in the right forum, and of course If I'm not maybe you could suggest one for me? (I've been in the Royal Navy all my working life so I've probably heard all the ribald answers to that question).

 

I'd also like to trace some working drawings or plans for the Temeraire.

Hope to hear from you soon,

Chiefy.

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Welcome aboard Chiefy and happy New Year,

 

Can you tell us your name?

 

You've certainly come to the right place This is a great place to learn and share tips and techniques.

If needed, you'll find plenty of help, advise and encouragement from everyone.

I hope you will join us by contributing your buildlog here.

 

As for plans, maybe Stephens and Kenau can help you. http://www.stephensandkenau.com/ship/hms-temeraire/

They build a model of the ship for a filming company.

Although the model is a 1:12 scale, maybe it is possible to scale the plans down.

 

I wish you smooth sailing and happy modelling.

 

Kind regards,

Anja

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Thanks for all the kind replies, and a happy new year to all of you.  I've just retired to New Zealand after a lifetime in the RN and other similar institutions, (That's where I get the Chiefy from).  My specialisation is/was surface to air weapons,  My real name is George, and being a Williams my nickname was always Bungy.

 

Can you point me to a website or a youtube video  that shows me how to start scratchbuilding please?  I've got Harold Underhills's 'Plank on Frame' books somewhere, but for the life of me I wouldn't know where to start looking.

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Hello George,

 

You might have a look in the MSW database of articles and downloads http://modelshipworldforum.com/ship-modeling-articles-and-downloads.php

There are several items on scratch building.

Scratchbuilding a model ship by Gene Bodnar: http://modelshipworldforum.com/resources/plans_and_research/ScratchBuildingaModelShipgene.pdf

Interpreting line drawings by Russell Barnes :http://modelshipworldforum.com/resources/plans_and_research/InterpretingLineDrawings.pdf

Starting a scratchbuild using the anatomy of ships by Rich Brayshaw: http://modelshipworldforum.com/resources/plans_and_research/StartingaScratch-buildaos.pdf

 

There is much more information there for you to find interesting. Enjoy the reading.

 

Regards,

Anja

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Hello Chiefy,

 

Welcome to MSW.

 

As for actually getting started after looking over the links Anja suggested, there's two good projects to get hands on experience and they can be fairly "short" time builds.   The Triton Cross-Section and the Echo Cross-Section.  Both will give you a good basis for any scratchbuilding.

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Welcome to MSW George! Good to have you with us and I will be looking forward to seeing your work. It is always something special when a model holds something special or significant to the builder. Having an ancestor as part of her crew definitely qualifies for that. I'll keep my eye out for your log when you get things ready to go. Good luck!

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Posted (edited)

Thank you everybody for all your replies and good wishes.  I'm just coming to the fitting out and rigging stage of the Caldercraft kits 'HMS Cruizer', and after that I'm going to make a serious start on Temeraire.

 

Another question though - I'm going to have plenty of these, so if I turn into an old granny, please tell me.  Anyway, where's the best place to buy model shipbuilding timber in Australia?  I've not got an endless budget for this, and Mrs Chiefy always gets a bit sharp when I mention model ship expenses, so I'm looking for somewhere that will be gentle on by bank balance.

 

Thanks again for all your encouragement,

 

George

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