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Build a plank on bulkhead model of the 32 gun frigate HMS Winchelsea 1764. Download the set of plans which contain all of the parts and information to build the model. A comprehensive monograph detailing all aspects of the project is also available. Some laser cut parts for this project are also available at SyrenShipModelCompany.com

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  2. One side down, (above the Wales) just needs a bit more sanding and the Wales completed along with the black strake and I can move onto the other side. A few speed bumps along the way but nothing major, will see how chapter three goes together. JJ
  3. Thanks Everyone - I'm switching back to Pegasus for a bit, see you soon. ben
  4. Thanks, folks, for the encouragement. I am certain that deconstruction was the only path to take, and I am now relatively pleased with my path back. As I said in an earlier post, I found a number of problems of which I was not aware. Goes back to careful measurement, re-measurement, etc. With a lot of time on my hands, I guess this is as good a time as any to re-do my work and concentrate on the details. Jim
  5. I agree, I think you chose the best route to take, deconstruction is a hard step to take but so much better than binning the whole thing.
  6. Well done Jim, It would have been a pity to throw away all the good work you have done to date.
  7. NZREG - thank you for showing me the pictures of your jig. I like that and will use it when I get to planking, which should be in a few days, maybe. I have reworked about 75% of the gunports. Not one was the right size and they were all over the place in size and shape. I used a jig (without the 1/32" inch strips to get the sizes uniform and correct. To my eye it looks a lot better. I understand's Chuck's comment about the gunports not the same toward the stem and stern, but I figure at this point, I will be pleased if they all look uniform and I get the 1/32" edges correct. I also discovered a couple of other things, looking at Chuck's instructions more carefully: there is no 7/32" top strake on the stem portion of the ship; my 1/4" strips for planking were all just a wee bit oversized, making it impossible to fit in the 3/16@d strake amidships; and, finally, I found that many, not all, but many of the tops of the bulkheads were too tall (measuring from the top of the wales), so I cut them down to allow the strakes at stem, amidships, and stern all to fit (when I get to it). Jim
  8. Thank you for the encouragement. I am beginning to believe that this is a project in which measurements and accuracy to those measurements are key. So, yes, I will be taking my time, measuring and remeasuring and then adjusting ship components - including the tops of bulkheads - as needed. I finished removing the planking from one side, and have started on the other side. Of course, I still need to remove all the gunport frames and come up with some sort of jig as NZREG said he did for making the gunports uniform and correct.
  9. That really looks fantastic Ben. It is refreshing to see you make this project unique and different!!! Love it!!!
  10. Hey Ben. I see you decided to do the framing on the other side. Everything looks really good. This is going to be a beautiful build. Keep up the great work....
  11. Upper planking above the Wales in Boxwood has been completed, now to install the two strakes below the Wales and start machining the ebony I need for the 2nd layer of the Wales. Covid-19 does equate to more modeling time. ben
  12. The cherry wood for my stem arrived, I've cut the parts and glued them together. While waiting for the glue to dry the base board was made up. So with the keel and stem fitted Winchelsea now sits on her build board with the bulkheads just placed in , not glued. So the mammoth job of fairing the hull is next. I've got plenty of time for that because of this virus, so I'll come back when I'm something like with the sanding. Thanks for the likes. Cheers 😁👍
  13. Looking really good Steve. I do as Chuck suggested and haven't had any issues gluing.
  14. Point taken Chuck, I found that by having what I would describe as a reasonable I was able to cant the jig block sufficiently to line it up with the angled ports. Trust this helps.
  15. Remember that the gun ports arent all square. They are skewed at the stern and somewhat at the bow. The top and bottom follow the run of the deck. While the sides are straight up and down. So you really cant use a square piece like that on all ports. I mean you can.....but it wouldnt be correct. Follow the plans as closely as possible. Chuck
  16. Hi Jim, Don’t worry too much about the damage, so long as you have the bits they can always be re-attached. The jig I made was a short length of wood sanded to be a reasonable fit in the gun ports. I then glued a piece of 1.32” wood on three sides about 1/2” from the end. This allowed me to slide this jig into the gun port with the side without the 1/32” at the top, giving the correct spacing for the planks (at least that’s the theory 😎) The photo, hopefully explains it better. My wife is fond of saying “a blind man will be pleased to see it” In my case very true. As you will see the ports are still far from ideal but are about as good as can manage with my shaky hands and poor eyesight. Good luck, take your time. Reg.
  17. Captain Poison (neat name by the way), your posting could not be more timely. I have now removed all the planking above the black strake and, upon looking closely, I also realized I had to remove part of the black strake and some of the second level of planking on the wales (just goes to show I should have followed Chuck's advice more closely). Anyway, now I am ready to sand the structure that was under the planking I removed and then, slowly, begin reconstructing the gunports. I figure I am about half way through Chapter One of the instructions after all of this deconstruction. Thank you for the posting. I like the "jig" Zarkon used. Jim Oh, and did I mention that I broke off three tops of the stern frames in the course of making a hash of this on the first go-round?
  18. Thank you for the encouragement. I am beginning to believe that this is a project in which measurements and accuracy to those measurements are key. So, yes, I will be taking my time, measuring and remeasuring and then adjusting ship components - including the tops of bulkheads - as needed. I finished removing the planking from one side, and have started on the other side. Of course, I still need to remove all the gunport frames and come up with some sort of jig as NZREG said he did for making the gunports uniform and correct.
  19. Taking into account the dimensions of the gunports that you have already built and so that on the other side of the ship they are the same, a wood with the measurements will help, in addition to building them at level. (images by Zarkon)
  20. Thank you for the encouragement and the likes. I am beginning to believe that this is a project in which measurements and accuracy to those measurements are key. So, yes, I will be taking my time, measuring and remeasuring and then adjusting ship components - including the tops of bulkheads - as needed. I finished removing the planking from one side, and have started on the other side. Of course, I still need to remove all the gunport frames and come up with some sort of jig as NZREG said he did for making the gunports uniform and correct.
  21. Now you have just shown some real character, its tough sometimes to start anew, but you will be happier with your model knowing that you did so. I have felt the heartache of these problems - you are certainly not on your own! ben
  22. OK, I give, and I am going to try to renew my interest in HMS Winchelsea. I have started the demolition of the bulwark above the black strake - need to reconstruct all of the gunports and then replank.
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