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Hi Doug

I have been absent from the forum for a long time. I'm just dropping in to rekindle my fire for HMS Fly. Work/life got in the way...

 

Love what you are doing - it looks great and you have got over that hurdle that curdled me - all of the full cannon rigs. Your head works - which did my head in - are also superb. Great stuff and I'll follow along again but probably not keep up with my Fly for a wee while yet. Started building WW1 planes instead...

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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Hi - Some more steps forward. 

Rope coils finished for cannons and ladders installed. No room around ladders eh?

Capping rails all done. Certainly improves the look of the build once those edges are covered.

 

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Skylight (glazed), Binnacle (glazed and with a shelf), Ship's wheel in place and rigged. The wheel rigging simplified, not as plans indicate and used 0.5 thread and not 0.25 as on plans. Don't ask me why, fixed the blocks to the side and not onto the deck as on plans. maybe thought they would sit better.....

Tiller had balsa wood added and rounded off and painted hopefully to look as timber. Tiller housing shortened, didn't look right as supplied in kit.

Ladder fitted and it sits fine as seeing on previous builds the ladder hits the hatch below. Had made lower hatch smaller to avoid this problem.

 

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Overall views

 

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Thank you for looking in. Thanks to Blue Ensign, Martin W, and aliluke (looking forward to seeing your build back on) for your previous comments and those who pressed the 'like' button.

 

Regards

 

Doug

 

 

 

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Hi Doug -- There's a lot of progress here, with plenty of details!  Could you tell me what you used for the stanchions at the fore end of the pumps?  They're considerably more substantial than the kit-supplied PE version.

 

Cheers,

 

Martin

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Martin - you should find there are 4 stanchions and you put 2 together to make 1 thicker stanchion. 

🙂

 

Regards

Doug

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Hello - couple of photos showing the bell tower and the quarterdeck rail and quarter gangways with step.

 

Having built the bell tower as instructed in the kit I realised I had better try harder and do it as shown by the master - Blue Ensign - so had to cut the bell support to place it lower. In doing so realised that it need to be rebuilt plus the canopy. 

 

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On the quarterdeck rail lower section used round dowel instead of square section as asked for in instructions. 

 

 

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Regards

 

Doug

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Another step forward. Have completed quarterdeck rail with swivel gun posts. 

With the foredeck swivel guns posts I have copied the rear post as to how they sit in conjunction with the trim running along the side of the ship - so as to keep everything the same. Sorry for maybe not being historically correct - on the instructions the front posts overlap the trim.

Side steps and fenders in place.

Also have changed the spindles on the quarterdeck gangways as I did not like the kit supplied ones. Hopefully these look a bit better.

 

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Thank you simonthepieman and Spyglass for looking in and your comments and all the likes from others.

 

 

Regards

 

Doug

 

 

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Hello - further steps forward. I feel as if I might be half way through the build - am I?

 

Gun port lids done with the bow ones closed.

 

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Channels, deadeyes and chain plates all in place and secured.

 

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Thank you S Coleman, Blue Ensign and Martin W for your comments - much appreciated. 

Martin - the fenders are kit supplied so not down to me.

 

The kit has supplied chain plates which have a nice way of overlapping which surprised me as this type of detail does not appear anywhere else in this kit.

 

Regards

 

Doug 

 

 

 

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Hi Doug -- You are moving along well, and your Fly is filling up with plenty of nice details.  I'm well behind you, but a few days ago wondered if I were nearing the halfway mark.  So I made a list, and realised I'm not even close -- but then again, I'm well behind you (I haven't even started the head work).  And the rigging will take a solid three or four months -- if you put in long hours.

 

Really, though, there are plenty of nice details in your build to look at and admire.

 

Cheers,

 

Martin

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Hello - masts and bowsprit shaped (thinner at one end and thicker the other end), fitted (mostly dry fitted). 'fidded', 'bolstered' and 'blocked' as per 7 & 8 Plan sheets.

Masts painted a light cream as walnut dowel was various colour shades. The trestletrees sort of fell apart when cutting them from the laser sheets - 'probablynot' referred to them being badly lasered when he first got his Fly build. Does anyone know what has happened to him - not seen his build for a long time. Hope he is well and the builders have not put him under the concrete floor of his new conservatory......

 

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The woolding I may have used a too thicker thread and the metal bands are black tape.

 

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Bowsprite cap rebuilt as kit supplied was wrong shape.

 

Thanks for looking in

 

Regards

 

Doug

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Thank you Blue Ensign. Tried to do more with the block work on the bowsprite with seizing etc but found it extremely difficult. :( As with my first build, Supply, I could not rig the guns fully but this time had ago so maybe on the next build might progress a bit more....

Anyway, again thank you very much for your comments - have learnt from your Pegasus build. (when the internet allows me)

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Looking good Doug :).

 

One point, might be a bit too late for you. The forward "Gun Port" isn't a gun port - it's known as the Bridle Port, and swings forward rather than up. It's used for ventilation to the forecastle, and for access to the anchors when shipping them. See THIS LINK to my build log of HMS Vulture (another Swan).

 

:cheers:  Danny

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Hello - swivel guns are all in place. The guns are replacement ones from Cornwall Model Boats.

I unashamedly copied the idea of the brackets from Blue Ensign which consists of some eye hooks straightened and then bent into shape. Then dropped into a brass tube inserted into the upright stand. 

 

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Not sure the best way to arrange the cannons - either tidy or every each way..... Mind you they will probably end up every each way once starting on the rigging.

 

Dan - Thanks for looking and your comments. Have taken note :)

 

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Thank you for all the 'Likes' - much appreciated. Thank you.

 

Regards

 

Doug

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Hello - further steps forward.

 

Thanks Blue Ensign for looking in and thanks for your good ideas :)

 

Ships boat done (metal hull supplied with upgrade kit). A strip was added along sides for wale and painted black.

 

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Yards are also all done as per plans.

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Slight modification to fixing. Used tape banded around yards (painted yellow) with parts from upgrade kit for the Stunsail Boom

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It's good to see more Fly builds on here.

 

Regards

 

Doug

 

 

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Thanks Blue Ensign - sort of glad to get them done but it now means the rigging is next:(

The plans look difficult to see precisely what is happening in regards to some of the rigging.

I do have a question concerning the 'tusks' on the bow - they are shown on the rigging plans but no construction details.

Am guessing they made with 2mm dowel or maybe 3mm and about 40mm in length?

 

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Thank you to those looking in the the 'likes'.

 

Regards

 

Doug

 

 

 

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Those are the Boomkins Doug, used to spread the Fore tack.

 

I took my dimensions from Steel and making them from 3mm dia dowel tapered down to 2mm. with a shoulder on the outer end to secure the Fore Tack shoulder Block.

Outside of the False rail there is a downward curve in the spar, this was induced by firstly soaking and then curving over a suitable former.

No need to be in a rush to fit the Boomkins, they just fit into holes in the  face of the Foc'sle.

 

The angle and position of the Boomkins depends to some extent by whether you fit seats of ease to the heads, and whether you fit a false rail which is notched to take the passage of the Boomkin.

 

B.E.

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Okay - Thanks for the information Blue Ensign. Wont worry about seats of ease but may put a rail /netting and as you say no need to do the Boomkins yet.

I take it a length of 40 mm will be fine?

 

Thank you

 

Doug 

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Hello - have just completed shrouds and ratlines.

had realised that I had forgotten the supports under the quarter deck. There should be two - one in the middle and one on the end. At this late stage just put one on end as the other is not seen.

 

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Used pieces of balsa wood to help with the spacing between deadeyes.

 

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The futtock staves are attached to eyelets bent over to make a hook. 

The ratlines are natural thread dyed with diluted walnut stain and the spacing between is 5mm or at least meant to be.

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Felt I could have done better with the rigging - not completely happy with it.

Anyway the main preventer stay I guess next.

 

Thanks for looking in.

 

Regards

 

Doug

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you Blue Ensign. The shrouds maybe not tight enough - odd wobble here and there.

No way can I achieve what you do with all the historical accuracy - it’s hard enough just to do the basics

Doug

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