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  1. Thanks Joe. Mounting the barrels is a bit of a nightmare. While I have only done a couple, the cap square is difficult to position properly and each one took about an hour to do. Words were said. I have put two coats of paint on the bulwarks and it probably needs a third. The timber for the sheer rail is very coarse and as you will see from the following photos the grain really shows up. In finishing painting the chase ports and cabin lights I used Maskol to prevent paint getting on the front of the linings. On my Vanguard it worked well: not so in this application. It is difficult to apply it precisely and it tends to get caught in little crevices. I ended up scraping the unwanted paint off with a craft knife. The first photo however shows the Maskol in a more suitable application. This photo exaggerates the wood grain. Another coat of paint I now think will improve it and two coats of polyurethane I hope will finish it nicely. Here are the chase ports etc. before coating with poly.
  2. The sheer rails are now on. The 10x1mm timber supplied was very reluctant to bend in two dimensions. It was glued in two stages: first around the curved bow (taking eight clamps to properly seat them), then once the glue was properly dry, the remainder towards the stern. The latter required the timber to be bent downwards quite considerably. If there is a lesson in all of this it is the need for lots of clamps. Here is one of the Syren guns. It needs to be touched up and eventually rigged.
  3. The lining of the chase ports and cabin lights are now installed. There is touching up to do, and when that is complete they will scrub up pretty well. The chase ports were reasonably straightforward. The cabin lights less so. The problem is that there is very little material onto which the linings are to be stuck. My solution was to glue pieces of timber to support the upper and lower linings. While awkward, it worked fairly well. Here are results so far. The chase ports: The cabin lights and the supports for the linings: The semi-finished articles:
  4. The treenailing is finished. Here is the result. On it is one coat of polyurethane with another one or two to come. The bulwarks now have to be finished and painted and the frames of the gun ports touched up.
  5. The holes for the tree nails are finally complete. Before after drilling I run a finger over the holes to push in any timber pulled out by the drill bit, then use a pin to fully open the holes ready for filling. The photos below show how things look before the holes are filled.
  6. I have not had much chance to work on the model over the last week or so, but here is some progress on treenailing the upper planking. I have used Tamiya masking tape to provide a guide for each column. I first establish one vertical column using the tape, then from this, use a pair of dividers to make sure each successive piece of tape is the same horizontal distance top and bottom. This makes each piece of tape vertical and of course parallel. A pin is then used to mark to positions of the nails. This helps avoid the 0.5mm drill bit slipping and mistakes to be made.
  7. Thanks Joe. The remaining painting should be straightforward. Incidentally, I've looked at your log and admired your paintings replacing the transfers of the drums etc. I will have a go at it too, though I'm having trouble finding suitable polystyrene. If it doesn't turn out, I will not use the transfers (I think they look toy-like) , but will just rely on a painted surface. Thanks for the encouragement Zappto.
  8. Thanks Kevin. You've certainly done a lovely job. All the best Bob
  9. Al: thanks for your kind comment. Kevin: I'm not sure just what you mean - painting the inside bulwark? I painted the spirtketting off the model to avoid getting paint on the natural wood of the deck. it's now fixed. I'm hoping that painting the rest of the bulwark above it will be straightforward. As well, would you clarify what you mean by 'sticking' - what to what? Thanks for taking the time to help.
  10. The second planking is now complete. Two coats of dilute PVA seemed to make the very soft timber amenable to sanding, then two coats of poly were applied. Next, the holes for the treenails will be drilled, then filled, and the whole lot will be given a coat or two of poly. This is how it looks now. The gaps between a few of the planks have been closed, though in a couple of cases a bit of touching up will be done. As well the rabbets need to be filled and painted. While away, between wrangling 4 and 5 year-old anarchists, I took a look at the castings for the various decorations. They're pretty rough. I took my dentist drills with me and tried to do something about poor old Hermes, the figurehead. Here he is below following a LOT of work on him, and still a bit more to go now that I've seen the photo below. I should have taken a 'before' shot. His horns (or whatever they are) were just two blobs. I hope once he is painted he may look a little more civilized.
  11. The second planking is just about finished. Two planks remain to do but these will be straight forward. Next week we will be taking our two little granddaughters away for the school holidays, so boat building comes to a stop. The whole business proved to be far more difficult than I anticipated. I'm not sure that doing the holes for the sweeps was worth the trouble. They have lids that may be open or closed and it would have been easier to just glue a 'closed' lid over the position of the opening. Once the last two planks are glued I will coat the lot with with 50:50 PVA and water. The box wood (or whatever it is) is very soft, and this I hope will harden it a little so the it may be sanded back without damage. Here is progress. The top planks are still to be done .... The gap between the planks here is larger than I would like, but once the sanding is complete and a couple of coats of polyurethane are on it, it should turn out OK. There is also some touching up to do - unfortunately these photos magnify every mistake.
  12. The second planking above the wale is in progress. I decided to complete the holes for the sweep oars more or less at the same time. This may well be a mistake. Drilling, then 'squaring' the holes proved difficult and the result was just acceptable. I started before the final planking drilling into the bulwark pattern and the pattern for the gunports. In the appropriate places, for each square hole a 1mm hole was drilled in its centre and then 0.6mm holes in each corner. I then used the various drill bits I was given by my dentist (used (disinfected I hope) but still usable) to finally shape the holes. The bits come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and have proved to be really useful. The next plank has been glued and when dry, the holes will be partially completed. I shall do the same with each successive row of planking. The photos below show the beginning of the process. I will use different abrasive dental bits to make it square.
  13. Thanks for the kind comment Jobbie, and thanks to the others for the 'likes'.
  14. The spirtketting is now complete and the second planking above the wale begun. The spirketting proved to be quite difficult. The wood strip did not want to bend and I ended up cutting it into four pieces with lots of fitting and adjustment of each one needed. There is still a bit of touching up to do, but it's come out fairly well. Rather than do the second planking in single pieces, where possible, I decided to cut each plank as shown in the Anatomy of a Ship. Below is the fitting of the first plank above the wale which is likely to be the most difficult. A tiny bit of adjustment is needed for the first join, but aside from that it's come out respectably. I have cut a rabbet in the stem to hold each plank and clamping was a bit of a pain. The first join - bit of work to do. The second join. Clamping - I have realised that the holes for the sweep oars are to be done, though at the moment I'm not sure how without making a mess of the spirketting.
  15. The bulwarks are made up of three components: the pattern, the spirtketting (a plank stuck on to the bottom of the pattern and flush with the deck), and the sheer rail which aligns with the top edge of the pattern. The final surface then is the sheer rail, then the pattern, then the spirketting! I think the pattern is supposed to make it easy to align the gunports and the inside cladding of the bulwarks. I imagine it is meant to go on in one piece, but at least in my case it did anything but. It would be just as easy to use wood strip - but anyway it's done now, and thankfully has turned out quite well. The gunports and the spirketting are in the process of being painted. I will then fit the spirketting, followed by the second planking of the upper hull. Alll the best, Bob

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