Aft Deck Furniture
The tiller arm was made from 4mm square walnut soaked in hot-water and bent n a fomer to provide the curvature. This was not easy and I had several attempts at it until I understood I needed a curved former rather than pegs in a board to use as the shape former.
The horse-shoe extension provides clearance for the 'charlie noble' for the Captain's cabin stove. The 'iron horse' rail abaft the rudder is for the mizzen boom sheet tackle block. As a test of my metal working, I made the Ensign staff bracket to open and close (at scale 1:60) - a complete waste of time but very self-satisfying . All metal work in this build has been blackened using Brass Black which I have described in a Tutorial located here; however, in some places I have needed to touch-up with a bit of black paint, where I have damaged the finishin while fitting the part.
I have mostly shown the deck furniture arrangements as depicted by Marquardt, but modified it in some places as built for the replica. Some items in particular that differ are the rudder head house, the platform over the tiller, and the bowsprit arrangement between the knightheads at the stem.
The ship's wheel is a mix of the kit provided metal support posts and wood barrel, and a modified after-market accessory (boxwood) wheel to which I thinned down and added the brass shim circular trims. I have punched the brass to simulate the screw fastenings. I really should have used a scale device or object in some of these photos as the size (at 1:60) caused me some difficulty which sometimes proved very disheartening.
The circular 'quadrant or rim straps' were cut by sandwiching the brass shim between two very thin pieces of Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF), cutting the circles with a coping saw, and filing to finish the edges and then punched to simulate the screws. And yep, I got a little carried away, even put a fancy rope work on the centre or 'king' spoke of the wheel.
Whether the skylight protective bars looked like the ones I have built, or in the more popular/traditional vertical bars will never be known. I went with this option as this design would allow for more light through the windows while still protecting against falling spars etc (and to be truthful, easier to solder . The skylight and companionway would have been removed when working the capstan, with the companionway adjusted as required to maintain the entry doors aligned to leeward.
Edited by BANYAN, 19 February 2013 - 02:03 AM.