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  1. Hi Odival The ANCRE plans and other materials I researched do not show the lower decks for this class of ships. But at the National Maritime Museum of Greewich I found some plans that were taken by the Royal Navy after capture of some of them. In these plans there are somo additional details such as dispositions of the lower decks, as you ask. I attach some images of these plans, that you may request to NMM, where you can see these details, so you can evaluate if this is what you need of not. Regards, Jack.
  2. Thursday 3 May 2018 In view of my return to Cinisello Balsamo, planned for Friday, May 11th after eight months in Tuscany, I packed all the necessary material for the Ragusian Carrack I have here in Pisa. But, as a old italian proverb says, "the devil makes the pots but not the lids", and so a unplanned problem was born that forces me to postpone my return, probably until mid-June. Consequence of this is that I am forced to keep the shipyard closed for longer than I thought, so do not expect further progress on this log for some time, at least until the second half of June. Best regards, Jack.
  3. Friday, April 16th, 2018 Today, let's try to complete the speech interrupted a few days ago, relating to the removal of the gaps between a plank and its adjacents without using putty. Once the preliminary tasks have been completed (glueing strip segments, fixing them with diluted vinyl glue, etc.), we proceed by sanding these sections to level them to the other parts of the hull. It is advisable to work gently, avoiding to use coarse grained sandpaper. It is important to use only sanding blocks, avoiding, until the desired result is achieved, the use of abrasive paper only with hands. The first two images show the work almost finished when this technique is used to eliminate the differences in height between one strip and another: depending on the height of the gap, the piece will be more or less thin, so that in some points the signs made with a pencil, to delimit the area, may appear, while in others not. 01 Ragusian Carrack/13042018/IMG_20180413_183457.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/13042018/IMG_20180413_183512.jpg In the next two images, instead, we see the results when using this technique to fill in depressions on the hull. Here the papersanding technique, although very similar, is slightly different but with a little practice and intuition you may easily learn how to proceed. 03 Ragusian Carrack/13042018/IMG_20180413_183432.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/13042018/IMG_20180413_183520.jpg Finally, an image from a particular perspectiv where it is possible to notice how the two slight depressions that were present are now disappeared. This is appreciable by observing the correct curve on the hull. 05 Ragusian Carrack/13042018/IMG_20180413_183540.jpg Finally, as last step, a new coat of diluted vinyl glue over the areas where we worked on and, when the mixture of water and glue will be perfectly dry, a light refinement with very thin abrasive paper to completely smooth the whole. To speed up drying and waste little time, you can use a hair dryer. Now that we have also fixed these problems we can move on to the final hull sanding which from now on becomes an ordinary matter, made of patience and sawdust. In some cases we could fill some small grooves in certain points of the hull with putty, but usually, having to apply above a second planking, this operation is not strictly necessary and could even be bypassed. A friendly goodbye, Jack.Aubrey.
  4. Monday 9 April 2014 Now it's a matter to apply the filler. Personally I try to avoid using putty and I prefer to use wooden strips as a filler. For this purpose I have a supply of sweetwood strips of 0.5mm thickness which is usually good for almost all cases. The strips must be the same height as those used for the planking. I cutout a piece of strip with the length of the area to be filled, then, using the cyanoacrylate glue I paste it in place and move to another area until the operation is completed on all the previously highlighted parts. At this point, I cover these areas with a coat of vinyl glue diluted 50% with water. In this way I soak the strip and fill all the outer edges with glue. This operation adequately fixes the batten to the hull even in the most remote areas ensuring a bonding that covers 100% of the area ensuring a perfect seal. Images #03 and #04 show these strips applied and before the next sanding phase. I let, for safety, spend a day to dry and then I move to smooth the part of the wood strip in excess. At this point the problem is 99% solved. Once polished with ever finer abrasive paper, I proceed to stabilize the area by reapplying a second coat of diluted vinyl followed a few hours after by a slight smoothing with a fairly fine abrasive paper. In the most difficult cases only at this point I consider the application of a small amount of putty. 03 Ragusian Carrack/07042018/IMG_20180407_115552.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/07042018/IMG_20180407_115602.jpg PS: This technique can also be used to fix areas of the hull where there are slight dips. Photos #05 and #06 show two of these areas in the bow area in which I have implemented this technique. I think, instead, that for the bumps there is only one solution: prevent their formation by checking well the course of the plank before applying it. 05 Ragusian Carrack/07042018/IMG_20180407_115608.jpg 06 Ragusian Carrack/07042018/IMG_20180407_115625.jpg In the next message I will go on to show the result obtained when processing is finished.
  5. Sunday 8 April 2014 Since I do not expect to have many things to show soon, I decided to discuss some aspects related to the finishing of the first planking, task mandatory to prepare the hull to receive the second planking. I remember that this second layer will be applied using strips from veneer of cherry wood. Now let's clarify better: once you have applied all the strips of the first planking, you need to smooth the hull because you will discover a lot of imperfections, some of them of very little importance but also some problems that could affect the subsequent tasks and the expected results. Usually in this phase we'll work with sandpaper and sanding blocks to smooth and level the entire hull. In the worst cases using even some kind of putty. One of the problems that occurs very often is the fact that two or more planks, placed side by side, are not properly aligned assuming the form of steps. They may be originated for different reasons, for example for a different thickness of the strips, maybe only for few tenths, or a curvature slightly different and so on. Regardless of the reason, during the finishing phase after the planking, you must resolve these aspects to get at the end a perfectly smooth hull, without steps, bumps or dips. The solutions for leveling these steps are substantially two: 1) lower the area of the most protruding strip to bring it to the same level as the deeper one or 2) fill the area of the most hollow strip to bring it to the level of the most protruding. In the first case it's a matter of sanding one strip in order to remove the excess part, in the second it is necessary to fill the missing part with a filler. Regarding the solution to be adopted from time to time there aren't precise rules, it's our sensitivity, experience and knowledge of how we have applied the plank. However, most frequently, we will use both methods because these differences in height are very, very common. Well, I have written that in the case of the solution #1 it is sufficient to smooth the affected area to achieve the result, while in the case #2, once the points to adjust are properly identified, we can choose between A) use putty as filler or B) glue some wood, in the form of strips of adequate thickness, in the area to be filled and then level it by sanding. Photos #01 and #02 here below show on the hull of my carrack some areas, highlighted with a pencil, where you need to apply the filler. Thanks to the high contrast of the images in daylight, many other areas with steps are also visible. If not marked with the pencil, it means that I have decided to use the #1 solution. After a preliminary roughing, I sat in a well lit area and proceeded to identify these critical areas and to highlight them, marking their right positioning. It's all for today, see you next time. I beg your pardon for my english, greetings, Jack., Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/07042018/IMG_20180407_105523.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/07042018/IMG_20180407_105529.jpg
  6. Thursday, April 5th, 2018 The first planking is now definitely complete. The following three images show a small groove still to be closed in the connection between the hull and the forecastle. It is now closed but I didn't shoot other photos for such an insignificant detail. Now it is a matter of sanding and smoothing the whole hull to level the small differences in height between some strips and adjust a batch of small depressions in the lower area, below the WL, at the bow. 01 Ragusian Carrack/28032018/IMG_20180328_195638.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/28032018/IMG_20180328_195722.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/28032018/IMG_20180328_195757.jpg While I'm waiting to get the will to breathe some sawdust, I proceeded to complete the second planking, with cherry veneer, on the transom. Three images of the final result follow here below. 04 Ragusian Carrack/05042018/IMG_20180405_160542.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/05042018/IMG_20180405_160449.jpg 06 Ragusian Carrack/05042018/IMG_20180405_160225.jpg See you next time, even if I have a garden table with two chairs, a bit ruined by sun and rain to be repaired: sanding, a couple of paint undercoats and a final coat of clear paint with wax effect. This is to say that you probably shouldn't expect too many news soon. Greetings, Jack.
  7. Monday 26 March 2018 Here below somme additional images of the model . . same day of previous message. Regards, Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/25032018/IMG_20180325_122538.jpg 01 Ragusian Carrack/25032018/IMG_20180325_122555.jpg 01 Ragusian Carrack/25032018/IMG_20180325_122546.jpg A nice present made of beers from Stockholm, hope they are good as beauty. I'll let them stand some days because of the journey and then . . . prosit. 01 Ragusian Carrack/25032018/IMG_20180325_184115.jpg
  8. Sunday 25 March 2018 I almost finished the application of the first planking of my Ragusian Carrack. Due to my daughter's arrival at the airport of Pisa from Stockholm almost concomitant I had to stop and so a couple of "stealers" near the sternpost on both sides of the hull are missing. I think I will definitively close the matter shortly. The last half dozen planks (on each side) were not a simple task, and honestly, despite the experience gained with this first planking, I have no idea how to properly approach the second layer in this difficult area of the hull. We'll see. In the worst case, since it is an area below the waterline that should be colored (according to the plans of the kit) in black (but should it not be a dirty white?) I could hide with paint an incorrect arrangement of the strips. Once applied the four pieces of wood still missing, I expect a nice session (or more) of sanding, so . . . sawdust and even sawdust. Salutoni. Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/25032018/IMG_20180325_122425.jpg 01 Ragusian Carrack/25032018/IMG_20180325_122430.jpg 01 Ragusian Carrack/25032018/IMG_20180325_122439.jpg 01 Ragusian Carrack/25032018/IMG_20180325_122523.jpg
  9. Hi Yves, I'll be back soon . . . I've almost finished the first planking . . . just a couple of strips . . . although it wasn't a simple task
  10. Thursday 8 March 2018 ---------------- Creative Planking . . . Now that the cold weather of last days is over, I resumed the activities to conclude the first planking of the hull. As I had already mentioned, this task is giving me some troubles because of the particular shape of the bow and in part, though much less, of the stern. After having found that the installation of the new courses from the top to the keel became less and less practicable, I decided to continue starting from the keel to climb upwards. But the problem at the bow area remained unaltered and sincerely I regretted not having further filled the space between the first and the second bulkhead at prow with additional filler blocks. The space between the second and third bulkhead should instead be ok as it is now. But now it's too late. So here I introduced a little creativity in order to simplify the remaining work, at least until the next crisis. Hence the definition of Creative Planking of the title, a concept that will surely horrify the orthodox modeller, but that for me isn't a problem as the whole will be subsequently covered by the second planking, which obviously can not follow this unorthodox method . . What is it? Well, in this case, rather than spending a hundred words to explain it, I think that an image is enough to give the most of my idea . . Then I attach a couple of images I hope can be interpreted correctly. Finally, a couple of words about the pieces of wood glued above the strips, which in the picture can be seen in 3/4 points on the hull: these are fills of minimum thickness that serve to level a piece of hull with adjacent strips due to unevenness caused by various reasons. Once glued to the right places and properly sanded, they brilliantly solve the problem without using putty. At the end, with the fully closed hull, new ones will certainly be needed. A cordial greeting, Jack.Aubrey. 01 Ragusian Carrack/08032018/IMG_20180307_183813.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/08032018/IMG_20180307_183849.jpg
  11. Friday 23 February 2018 Nothing new . . The only task performed these days was to apply a coat of oil for wood on the main deck, an activity that radically changed the color of the wood. And this is exactly what I want to point out. The first three photos were made with (little) daylight, while the remaining three were taken under the same artificial light conditions as my previous message and should allow you to better notice the difference between before and after. Regarding the next activities these will suffer a break of about a week, according to weather forecasts, due to the Siberian cold wave expected: I am not interested in spending hours in my workshop in the cold! 01 Ragusian Carrack/23022018/IMG_20180223_130847.jpg 01 Ragusian Carrack/23022018/IMG_20180223_130922.jpg 01 Ragusian Carrack/23022018/IMG_20180223_130956.jpg 01 Ragusian Carrack/23022018/IMG_20180223_192344.jpg 01 Ragusian Carrack/23022018/IMG_20180223_192500.jpg 01 Ragusian Carrack/23022018/IMG_20180223_192544.jpg
  12. Monday, February 19, 2018 I finally completed the planking of the main deck. As with the other two smaller decks, I used tanganika veneer, reduced to strips of 4 or 5 millimeters in width and just over 7 centimeters long. The result is like a parquet with a pattern of junctions every four courses. Here are some pictures of the finished work. I must underline that all the finishing touches are still to be done, therefore any groove will be leveled and above all the color of the wood will change, and probably a lot, after the application of a couple of coats of oil for wood. See the color of the other two decks to get an idea. At this point I believe that the next activities will be totally aimed at the completion of the hull first planking: we are more or less straight ahead even if probably this could be the hardest part to perform. Anyway, cheers by Jack. 01 Ragusian Carrack/19022018/IMG_20180219_180631.jpg 02 Ragusian Carrack/19022018/IMG_20180219_180809.jpg 03 Ragusian Carrack/19022018/IMG_20180219_180847.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/19022018/IMG_20180219_180701.jpg 05 Ragusian Carrack/19022018/IMG_20180219_180710.jpg
  13. Hi Doug, here below two images of the hull as in my last post but with the upper two triangular spaces filled and the two lower ones with a small piece of wood glued inside the grove to provide a basement for the joint.
  14. Hi, the answer is "yes". Usually I organize a join over a bulkhead but in this case I found some difficulties because the bulkhead is 4mm thick and it is quite problematic to nail a plank on a space of only 2mm. without breaking it while hammering the nail. For this reason I increased the length of the strip. But then it is strongly suggested to glue a small piece of wood strip under the protruding zone to strengthen the future joint. Regards, Jack.
  15. Friday 9 February 2018 I have not been online for a few days with messages . . but the problem is that, although I worked quite regularly and continuously, I, unfortunately, had no interesting material to show. And even now it's not like you probably may expect. But I still find it useful to post something because actually there were some important news. I left you in my last update while I was working to install the planking on the main deck. From the photos I show at that time you could see that there was still enough work to complete this activity. In the following picture you can now see how this is almost completely concluded. Only one last shaped plank is missing on the two external sides in order to say: "mission accomplished!". This happened about a week ago. Another activity that can be said complete is the battens of the internal part of the sides on the main deck: a last layer of cherry veneer has been laid horizontally. The strips are at the moment of the photo here below only laid down and not yet refined but in any case I'm still far from the final result on these elements. This achievement becomes the starting point for future activities. 01 Ragusian Carrack/09022018/IMG_20180203_103247.jpg At the same time I started thinking about the completion of the hull planking, so I began to verify that everything was ready and that there was not some bulkheads to "adjust". From the picture below it seems that, for now, there is nothing to do, with the olny exception of a tidy bulkhead at bow that will have to be slightly thickened before applying the next planks. 02 Ragusian Carrack/09022018/IMG_20180207_101751.jpg Still in parallel I started laying the second planking on the main deck. According to the drawings the pattern of this planking foresees the use of a 72mm long strip divided into four 18mm segments. The installation is staggered at each strake on a new segment and is repeated every four strakes. The central strakes are in tanganika and the two darker ones in mahogany. They are 5mm wide while the outer ones are (and will be all the way down) 4mm wide in tanganika. The next two images show the work done so far. It seems to me that everything is going well. For the color of the wood this will become equal to the two highest decks after the application of some wood oil. 03 Ragusian Carrack/09022018/IMG_20180209_163107.jpg 04 Ragusian Carrack/09022018/IMG_20180209_163114.jpg Finally I applied four strakes on the hull on both sides. To simplify my life I'm using the method that I usually use in presence of a second planking, without stylistic frills that will not be seen anyway. The empty spaces with "triangular" shape will be filled in the next few days with a little patience. I believe this method will end here in the stern area but will still continue at bow, where the bowl shape of this area requires more drastic measures. The three images that follow show the work carried out until yesterday. Today, however, no modeling, I've been around Pisa for some commissions and shopping and I hadn't time to spend. Tomorrow it's forecasted good weather and maybe I'll organize a quick trip to the seaside . . otherwise let's go with other new strips !! Kind regards, Jack.Aubrey. 05 Ragusian Carrack/09022018/IMG_20180209_163124.jpg 06 Ragusian Carrack/09022018/IMG_20180209_163133.jpg 07 Ragusian Carrack/09022018/IMG_20180209_163140.jpg

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