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  1. Thanks Thomas and Rusty, I surely am glad there's only 12 guns on Cheerful, even so they are big enough to warrant full detailing and all are exposed to full view. Post 60 Completing the carriages. Work proceeds on the carriage assembly line. Making the fittings is a time consuming exercise, the fittings are small and take every opportunity to wing off into the ether never to be seen again. Regular crawling session around the carpet is part of this process. 5368 The fittings required for each carriage consists of: 6 pins to represent the bolts. 4 eyebolts ( tackle attachment hoops) 2 ringbolts comprising a modified eyebolt plus ring( Breeching line) 4 truck keys to retain the trucks on the axles. OK these were not included in the original plans but I like to fit 'em, and at least in this case the trucks were solid and not held together by six bolts. On completion of the Carronade carriages I assembled the long gun six pounder equivalents. I was able to utilise the carronade jig for assembly, but the procedure is effectively the same. So after nine days, which felt like twice the time, the carriages are completed bar a bit of fettlin'. 5461 Even so there are still things to do once the barrels are fitted: 2 capsquares to retain the carronade trunnions 2 capsquare hinges ( modified eyebolts) 1 capsquare locking pin plus retaining chain. I added these on my 1:64 scale Pegasus guns, so at 1:48 scale it should be easier. 5464 On this shot the truck keys are evident, made from the fine brass pin stems flattened at one end. The Breeching line ring bolts are only temporarily in place for the purpose of the photo. At this point I do a deck fit to check how the quoins may affect the barrel line along the hull. 5468 5475 It seems that in the normal position the quoins are a tad fat to allow the barrel to sit horizontally thro' the port. 5469 5477 For the quoin handles I passed on trying to make them from wood. 5482(2) Fortunately Amati 5mm brass belaying pins fit the bill perfectly. 5487 5491 5492 I will now put the ordnance aside for a while to concentrate on completing other fittings. B.E. 20/01/2019
  2. Beginning to look more like silk purse than pigs ear now Thunder.🙂 There is a certain satisfaction to be had from working around a kits deficiencies. B.E.
  3. Thanks Wallace, it is nice to have a hard copy album of build progress photo's to flick thro' rather than sit at the desk top.☺️ B.E.
  4. You're right Doug, they do look neater running the direct route, mine rest against the Backstays but I suppose the ship is not usually in motion with bare sticks, and any friction is minimal. B.E.
  5. Looking good Doug, good idea not to belay those sheet and tack lines too soon. One thing I would mention the sheets and tacks should run outside of all the standing rigging. If you visualise when working, the sheets and tacks attach to the outer lower corners of the sails, well outboard of the confines of the ship. The sheets would not be able to work if they ran inside of the backstays. B.E.
  6. Hi Derek, Here's the link to the supplier I use. http://www.just-bases.co.uk/?page_id=135 Paul has made several cases for my ship models both small and large, and I've always been pleased with his cases. Cheers, B.E.
  7. Post 59 Assembling the gun Carriages I did assemble one gun earlier in the build for the purposes of gun port fit, but this is a multi stage and repetitive assembly process and I decided I should make a start. To recap... 4325 I had already made a simple jig to hold the axles. The axles are rounded at each end to take the Trucks before fitting in the jig for the attachment of the transom on the front axle, and the Bolster on the rear axle. 4322 One point to note is that the Transom above the front axle is not vertical but should lean back slightly. I used some 0.7mmø wire, chemically blackened to represent the iron connecting bar which ties the side brackets and supports the carriage bed. 4331 This is not a quick process, and becomes rather tiresome, but at least not as tiresome as having to make the carriages from scratch. Removing the lazer burn and rounding the axles is heavy on time and patience, and using a jig for assembly is absolutely necessary. I decided to construct the carriages before painting and decided on a Red Ochre scheme. Initially I thought about leaving the trucks natural, but to my eye, and as Chuck also found, they didn't look good, so they also had the red ochre treatment. Once the basic assembly is completed there is still a lot to do; ring bolts and eyebolts, capsquares, truck keys, and bolts. For the carriage ring bolts I used Amati 2mm brass rings which are pretty much true to scale. For the eye bolts or hoops I also used fine Amati eyebolts, set slightly into the carriages. For the bolts I also used Amati 10mm fine brass pins. These have slightly domed heads of less than 1mm ø and stems of 0.5mm. Once I had assembled five carriages I went on to fully complete one example. 5341 Still some cleaning up to do, the trucks are not glued to the axles. Drilling the 16 holes to take the various fittings needs to be done carefully, and it is a fiddly little job cutting the bolts and eyebolts to size. 5335 The eyebolts for the side tackles are set well into the side of the carriage. 5336 I added Truck keys to retain the trucks on their axles. They were made using 0.5mmø pin stems flattened at one end These were then chemically blackened after trimming. 0.60mmø holes were drilled thro' the axles to take the key. 5317 5338 Only another eleven carriages to go, and then there's the Carronades, I think I could be some time. B.E. 10/01/2019
  8. Cheers guys for looking in and for your comments. @ Martin - Yes I did use the scroll saw to get the basic shape, but then it was down to files and scalpel to finish off. @ Dave - Thanks Dave I have had a couple of near misses with the crutches, need to keep the stern away from the wall. I'm still undecided about the swivels but I've kicked the decision into the long grass for the present. @ Jason - I'd have had trouble working out the deck plank curves too if not for Chuck's lead and guidance, but once you've got it it's basically like planking a hull around the bows. B.E.
  9. Post 58 Boom Crutches. Interesting little project to make these and I am grateful to Chuck's guide on the subject. I originally started with a 12mm wide strip cut from some 1/4" Boxwood sheet. but I found that I ran out of angle to give me sufficient height. For my subsequent attempts I used 15 x 20mm section- and there were several futile attempts to get something that looked even barely acceptable. The block is secured on the transom with a strip of double sided tape to mark the fashion piece angles, and the process of filing and sanding begins. 5101 These crutches are quite small and awkward little things to hold and shape so I reach the point where I think it better to glue them to the transom and finish off shaping with both hands available. 5110 Using a jury rig to assist with the rotation of the crutch. Chuck makes the point that it should turn somewhat inwards to receive the boom. 5144 Even so a couple were glued on only to be ripped off when I found the opposing one looked better, and so it went on. A couple of the sad little rejects lie on the deck. 5139 Eventually I convinced myself that the resulting pair didn't look too bad a match and I resolved to permanently fix them. 5153 They seem very vulnerable sitting up there atop the rail so I added a bolt thro' the crutch and into the transom. 5154 In this shot the completed Transom knees can also be seen. I pondered a little over the colour scheme for the knees but eventually decided on red as they were below the level of the rail, and to my eye looked less heavy than black. The retaining bolt heads can also be seen; I did wonder whether to include these, but I felt they should be there, and they do seem be shown on Chuck's plan. 5170 5172 The Fashion pieces were also painted black at this point. 5166 The internal lead discharge piping for the Seats of ease was added. Totally unnecessary of course and will probably never see the light of day again, but I know they are there. 5161 The circular outlet flanges were represented by flattened slices of Aluminium tubing, chemically blackened. 5168 5152 So where to next, I think I will tackle the Timberheads, and make a few cleats but I also need to consider whether to fit Swivel posts. I have been having second thoughts about this. Neither of the historical models of either Cheerful or Surly are fitted with swivels and all the cutter examples I have seen with swivels date from the mid to late 18th Century and of course Cheerful is an early 19th century cutter. However, Lavery (Arming and Fitting) does indicate their use on naval ships until 1815, and I can imagine that a couple of swivels in the stern and bow areas would prove useful. One of the fascinating aspects of our subjects is that there are always more questions than answers. B.E. 04/01/2019
  10. Well done Martin, I like them, and would be really pleased to have produced such detail on tiny figures. B.E.
  11. Back at the workbench but I have continued to dabble over the Christmas period, but a heavy cold with running nose is not really conducive to bench work. Thank you for your Christmas greetings, and good wishes for a successful modelling year are returned. I have a cunning plan Martin that by including a photo of William I will detract attention from the more obvious examples of my skill deficiencies. That little plane by the way looks sweet but keeping the blade sharp is a real pain. I tend to use my full size but compact Bullnose and shoulder planes mostly, they are a delight. Post 57 Scratching the Winch Having got over the shock of not having a Chuck mini kit to produce the Winch I got down to scratching this last of the main deck fittings. Fortunately I do have some old Boxwood square stock a tad in excess of 4.5mm which will do nicely for the Winch Bitt pins (uprights). Hand sculpting using a scalpel produces the traditional timber head style. 4975 I opted to run a spindle thro' the winch drum rather than just glue it between the uprights. Chuck's drawings show the cross beam notched to fit over the Bitt pins. My understanding is that in practice the uprights were scored slightly to take the cross beam, which on this build would work out at just under 1mm. There are excellent drawings at 1:48 scale and larger, of winch details in the book The Naval Cutter Alert by Peter Goodwin. 4978 I used the mill to cut the slots and drill the necessary holes to take the barrel. The Winch drum, end caps, and pawl ratchets were cut from rounded boxwood section. Having cut the uprights to length holes were drilled in the base to take retaining pegs when the assembly is finally fitted to the deck. The standards were traced from the plans onto a card template and cut out of 3mm boxwood sheet. I found cutting the ratchet teeth along the edges of the pawl drum one of the most tricky aspects of the process. These little discs are only 6mm in diameter. I fashioned the crank handles from some left over brass fittings from my Pegasus build ( stanchions)and some micro tubing. I also added the pawls also made from some left over brass etch, but these are very tiny. 5052(2) 5054(2) 5056 5030 Stern Transom Knees. Cut from 1/8th" Boxwood sheet, fitting these caused me a fair bit of head scratching. The thickness means that the transom frames get in the way which means they either have to be cut back to allow the knees to sit flush against/beneath the rail, or the knees have to be notched on the underside to fit over the frames. 5078 I eventually got there by a combination of fining down the stern frames a little, and notching the back side of the knees. 5084 I will return to complete the knees later in conjunction with the Boom Crutches. B.E 01/01/2019
  12. I never use black scale line either, far too harsh. I colour mine using a dark Jacobean oak wood dye, it produces a nice scale black/brown colour which fades somewhat over time. I prefer it to even the available brown shades. B.E.
  13. A fascinating insight to life below decks on an 18th c 1st rate. Nice work Michael, fine detailing. B.E.
  14. Looks very nice Chuck. I have used Morope a fair amount and as you say the definition with Polyester superb. The only downside for me is that it is all but impossible to get a natural slack in the line which I like to see in certain lines such as braces, and some stays. On the upside very little pressure is required to get a taut line, and I love the smaller diameter Morope lines for seizings. B.E.
  15. Michael , You could try thinning your wipe on with a little white spirit, I make my own by diluting oil based polyurethane by 50% B.E.

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