Mike 41

HMS Beagle 1820 by Mike 41 - 1:48 scale - Cherokee-class brig-sloop

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The HMS Beagle served as Charles Darwin's floating laboratory on his historic voyage to the Galapagos Islands.
 

Drawings:

I traced the drawings I needed to generate the modeling plans from the book Anatomy of the ship HMS Beagle using AutoCAD.

 

The Keel Assemble

 

 

The Keel Assembly is 24 ½” long x ¼” thick European Beachwood. Since this is going to be a Navy Board type model I simplified the keel and framing.

 

This set of photos shows the keel assembly and the first two frames. All the frames are double and consist of ten individual sections each.

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The frames have all been cut out and fitted to the keel. This is a few photos showing the frames and building board.

 

The gantry style building board I am using has been through several previous builds and is holding up well. A description of the board is posted under Jigs & Things as ‘Building Board Gantry Type’ and explains why I like to use it. http://modelshipbuilder.com/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?5571

 

I am currently working on the stern framing after than is in place the bow framing is next I have found it is easier for me start on the ends and work towards the middle of the model.

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This is a few progress photos of the stern framing. The first photo shows the addition of the poop deck transom.

 

The stern has a 1/32” thick solid Beachwood core that will be planked on both sides I added a photo of my thickness sander it does a great job on very thin material.

 

The next set of photos shows my Folgers sheet bender with the wife’s hair dryer for the heat supply. It is faster than bending the wood wet and waiting for it to dry out. Many other people have been using this system it was not an original thought.

 

The next photos show the lower transoms and stern being installed on the keel assembly.

 

After the timbers on the outer stern timber are installed and the transoms below the wing transom I will start the Knightheads and Hawse pieces.

 

Any comments or questions are welcome.

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Thanks Michael,

 

I like to use Beachwood for the framing it looks a lot like Oak but is softer with close grain and is easy to work.

 

Mike

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The bow framing started with the installation of the most forward frame ‘O’. I generated patterns for the Hawse pieces from the existing drawings after the pieces were cut out I glued them to the frame bread and butter style. I trimmed the timbers to the proper height and sanded the interior and exterior smooth. The last step was to drill the hawse holes.

 

I will be adding the rest of the frames and Keelson next. Thanks for the likes and comments. 

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All the frames and the keelson went together without any problems.

 

 

I will be adding the breast hooks and deck hook next. The only place they are shown in the drawings is an elevation view of the keel and stem assembly so the patterns will be fun to make.

 

This is a few photos of the frames and keelson being installed.

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Thanks Gary and John,

 

This should be an interesting project. The Beagle is a lot more complex than the Galley Washington I will be simplifying a lot of the joinery my old eyes are not what they use to be. Lol

 

Mike  

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This set of photos shows an access platform below the lower deck which have two ladders and the shot locker. All the lower deck framing is in place. I’ll be working on the deck items next.

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After spending three months in Myrtle Beach SC visiting my daughter and grandchildren it is good to get back home to do a little work on the Beagle.

 

The lower deck has a series of floor hatches to access the hold and items below the deck. I used walnut for the covers. The deck planking will be basswood and installed next.

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Good to see that you're back at work on her, Mike.

 

John

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  the line of strakes is very uneven: in some places there are some very obvious indentations. You still have time to correct. Perhaps because there is too much distance between the coasts ....

 

 

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Thanks John.

Hi giampieroricci,

I agree the strakes are uneven if I had used my original layout I would not have had this problem, it will be corrected soon. Thanks for your comment.

Mike

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