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Hello again...

 

I wish all the best in the new year to all of you dear friends...

... I would continue with the log ...
So, the next step is putting the flooring between the keelson and the bilge keelson, to each side of the model ... It is good to do this before ending the interior planking because the manipulating is easier in this way... So it looks like this :




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... then the planking of the bulkheads .. When I say bulkheads here I think of the real bulkheads that are the constructive parts of the Trabaccolo... Those are the ''walls'' that separate the storage area from the cabins, and that separate the cabins from the post at the stern and bow ...
   The bulkheads need to be planked vertically, with the strips 0,5x5mm ...

   The mast steps and the bitt steps need to be glued at their places ...

 

 

 

 


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   Now, when the interior is finished, it is time to prepare the construction for the planking ... Beveling needs to be done in detail ... Then the stern and bow blocks are to be done and installed onto their places... There are the freeboard supports needs to be installed too . Those are some kind of the first knight heads that are to be glued to the posts. They are made of 3mmx3mm strips ... Here are the photographs :




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   So, this photograph shows the construction prepared well for the planking... those blocks are quite well done for the modelers who have the experience in the single planking method ... The single planking method is the one MarisStella ship modelling school recommends to everyone because it is the way of planking very close to the planking in reality and it saves the time a lot ... Once You get to it, You will be doing it for all times ...
... This construction could have been filled with the blocks between all the bulkheads... that would be recommended to the beginners... The surface, prepared in that way, is actually like the first planking and the planks over it is actually like the second planking ... It is good for acquisition of experience in the single planking method ...

So, avoiding of making the blocks saves the time, but in that case bit more of experience is needed ...




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   Strong, firmly, straight , precise ... these are the words to describe this construction in this stage ... Was it fragile in the beginning ? ... The first phase of the pleasent job has just been done .... The second phase is the hull planking... All planking of this hull begins with two 4mm wide strips. The first planking strip is glued so that its upper edge follows the upper edge of the main deck rail that will be attached to the deck later. Below this one follows the same one. This is the base for the top of the wale that will be attached later... instead of this combination the 3mm and 5mm wide strips could be used. The point is that this part of the wale should be 8mm wide all along its lenght ...

   Here is the first strip :

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Hello all ... hah another sunday in the line ! Finally, I got some time to do another post ... this time is something interesting I hope so ... the specific part for the Trabaccolo : the freeboard !  This sort of a ship has a very specific bow. The planks has the specific shape. The freebord at the bow is raised up, so there is some extra plank added ... Now , I will try to show you what is it about :
The first part is quite normal one ... here are the photographs :

 

 

 

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... then the freebord finish ... specialty part at the bow... there is a specific shape of this planks, this is the mark of the Brazzera and Trabaccolo ... It is not hard to make it, but it is one of the mandatory things at these models ...

 

 

 

 

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... The wale, the rubbing strake ...

The rubbing strake is comming first, below it the wales are comming in two thickness; 0,5mm the lower strips and 1mm the upper ones.

They are to be glued onto the planking, so it looks like they are the strips of different thickness.

...Some coloring is good to do before the next steps. This is the way to avoid the stains later on ...

 

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... after this the deck is to be done... the top sides of the bulkheads are cut off and the top edges of the bulkheads are beveled ... Everything is prepared for the deck base instalation... The deck base comes after this and the deck will lay on the smooth base in the one of the next building phases ...

 

 

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... finally, the deck base. It is done of 1,5x5mm strips glued one next to the other... this is the realistic shape of the deck, as I mention before (at Brazzera I think) : the deck should be transversely and longitudinally curved. The curves are the same as those on the ship in reality ... After sanding the deck base, there should be drawn the lines of the deck beams on it. This lines are very helpfull when putting the final coat of the deck planks. The lines are the places of the deck planks' connections (this will be more clear in the next phase of model's building)...

 

 

 

 

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The second coat of the deck is the final one. It is done with 0,5x5mm strips... The middle part is to be planked first, then the parts left and right from center... in the end , the deck needs to be polished and coated with some leenseed oil...

 

 

 

 

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When the deck is a solid , it is time to cut all of the openings into it ... This, as everything else, can not be done without the drawings ... Everything should be right on the place as it is drawn ...

 

 

 

 

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The deck rail is to be done next... it is made of vaneer 0,6mm thick. When it is sticked to the deck, it looks like it was a thick part of a solid wood... There are the top timber and the knight heads (to the stern and bow) to be done after this. They are made of 3x3mm strips ... Here are the photos :

 

 

 

 

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The topgallanr rail is the next.... its parts should be glued on the top of the planking, on the top of the top timber... after this, it should be sanded to the required shape ... the photos show the result of this ...

 

 

 

 

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The hatch coamings are to be done next ... those are eight walnut wood plates 2mm... they cover all the imprecise cuts of the opening at the deck ... In the end they look like those on thise photographs :

 

 

 

 

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Trabaccolo had about 4 meters long boat. This boat was a mandatory part of the ship's equipment... There are many ways of the boat building at the different sorts of the kits, but MarisStella has its way of doing this ... This was described at the begining of this forum topic, but I will repeat it here :
So, at the first , a modeller needs to shape the inner mold of the boat. Balsa wood is ideal for doing this ...

 

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Then the transom needs to be glued at the mold. The planking is to be done next... Double planking is the one we are talking about, and this with tiny veneer planks 2,5mm wide...

 

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After this, complete balsa wood should be removed by carving and the shell needs to be polished from inside and outside...

The frames are done out of the veneer, as well as all of the elements inside of the shell... The keel is 2mm walnut wood and is glued at the shell from the outside...

 

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So, here are the photographs of the real model :

 

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Hello Dear friends... Now I would like to corrupt this Trabaccolo presentation ... I just received the new photos: If You remember the Ragusian Cog model from the begining of this topic, You will know what is this about... Modeller Davorin has completed this model. He has done several good models by now, so here is his work, so you could see this ... The first photograph is a reminder from before, the other ones are the new ones :

 

 

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Wow, that sure is an unusual model. I'm sure it will sell very well. There is quite a demand for models of older ships. Well done!

 

Regards,

 

Rick 

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Hello dear friends... Don, thanks for the nice comments, Mr. Rick, This ships belongs to the 13th century. they were in use up to the 16th century... These days they are a special sort of the reconstructions and models... I belong to the fans of those, they have some sort of the ancient artistic lines ...

 

Trabaccolo is closer history, I love this too, but thruly : I love old sorts of the ship , up to the 19th sencury: sails are irresistible ...

 

Following the Trabaccolo build log, this is coming next :

 

the companionway at the stern, and the forecastle shuttle at the bow  ...

... and of course, this is an easy part : to show the photographs to you :

 

 

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