SS Michelangelo 1962 by shipmodel - 1/350 scale

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36 minutes ago, shipmodel said:

Bob - 


That looks well nigh perfect.  The only thing that would have to change is that the staves meet dead center at the lower forward edge, not on either side.  Is that a big deal?





Thanks.  This is just a test run, to see if the method I had in mind for constructing it worked, so it is all changeable.  In looking at the photos, the intermediate ring should also be higher up, as well as straightening out some of the struts.  I'd also like to get a more accurate cross-section for the strut members.  With a higher- resolution elevation drawing and a bit more time studying the drawings, I think it should be fairly straight-forward to tweak it in the right direction.


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Following along on this very interesting build.  It is also great to see the various types of new/newer technologies being considered for this build.





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I have always said that I am a medium-tech sort of guy.  I tend to cobble something together that does the job, like my ropemaker.  But I am fascinated by all the things that the new technologies promise.  I have seen some really excellent examples of 3-D printing at various meetings and conferences, and the products are getting better all the time.


That said, I have yet to see the actual production process master a smooth curved surface without a lot of effort = time = money.  But I am prepared to be convinced that it can handle these cages with their diagonal edges.   I can always fall back on the lo-tech methods if needs be.


Bob - would be very grateful for your help in working up the learning curve.  I have all the plans at high resolution, and several other close-up photos to answer questions of detail.  Let's talk.


Druxey - am I really that old?  When did photoetching become "lo-tech" ! !




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Build Log 3 – Shaping the hull


Hi all –


Thanks for the likes and comments, devilishly clever as some of them are. . .


And thanks to Druxey, Michael, and especially Bob for helping me with the funnel cages.  It looks like I will be working with Bob to have them printed in 3-D.  I’ll report back on the progress and results. 


Leaving aside the issues with the funnel cages, the next step was to shape the hull.   The first problem was that the plans did not have the specifics of the lower deck spaces, just a drawing labeled “steva” or bilge.  It covered much more than the lowest two lifts, so the outline of the hull shape for these lifts was impossible to determine.  I had to go back to my high school class in engineering drawing to plot them.  I took the station lines plan and drew the horizontal lines for the locations of the tops of the first two lifts.58cea2ca04e6f_1-plottinglowerlifts.thumb.jpg.4ab2551895f2ad28d6e4872800b4e4b5.jpg


Plotting the distances from the centerline for each station gave me the offsets, which were laid out on the bilge plan and joined by smooth curves.  Here they are shown in red for the lower two lifts.58cea2cb0bcc5_1a-plansofbottom2lifts.thumb.jpg.11cb70650bf7e9aeff62fc1c27e84e54.jpg


The paper lifts were cut out and laid down on basswood planks along a drawn centerline.  They were affixed with spray adhesive for photo mounts, which can be repositioned as needed and then removes easily.  The lifts were cut along the plotted lines with the band saw.  In the lifts plans you can see two black dots along the waterline.  These located holes for the captured “T”-nuts which will be used for the future mounting hardware.  The nut goes into the hole in the lower lift and its flange is then trapped by the upper lift.  The hole in the upper lift allows free movement of the mounting bolt to any depth.


At the bow some extra material was left on these lifts to build up the bulb that increases efficiency at high speeds.  Here are the first 4 lifts laid up but before shaping.



Above the second lift I made the hollows in the hull.  This was first of all to lighten it a bit, but primarily to give any stresses from wood movement somewhere to go rather than deforming the exterior of the hull.  Here are several lifts in the process.  I first select basswood planks that are half the width of the overall model.  Two of them are clamped side by side and the paper plan glued to them along that line.  A sharp knife is run along the seam and the port and starboard sides are separated.  The lift is sawn along the exterior line, and two large spaces are cut from the middle.  A bar of wood is left amidships for strength.


Sharp eyes will notice that these are not the lifts for the Michelangelo, but reprised from the Doria.  I did not think that I was going to post this portion of the build, since the techniques are the same as on the Doria.  But I decided that to tell a complete story I had to show how the hull was built up.  Unfortunately, I had missed the chance to document the process, so I am using the old illustrations.  


As with the Doria, I used black glue to join the lifts.  This is nothing more than a few drops of black acrylic paint mixed into the glue.  It starts out messy, but gives an indelible line between the lifts and, because of the split lifts, along the centerline at the bow and stern.  Here are the first 4 lifts of the Michelangelo glued up.  You can must make out the location of the mounting hole in the aft hollow chamber.


Later in the process the hull block is almost complete.  The next lift to be added is cut short at the stern to make the space for the open working deck and fantail deck.  It is also solid, to make a continuous surface that can be sanded to the curve of the sheer.



Once the block was fully laid up the shaping process started.  Using powered sanders and grinders the hull was brought to approximate shape.  58cea2d196e88_2b-sandingmidshipssetup.thumb.jpg.1fe6431261f0e51a7a949141cb67c1b2.jpg


Where there were concave areas, such as under the stern fairing into the rudder post, or under the flare of the bow, various hand held curved rasps and sanders were used.   Here you can see the benefit of the split lift and black glue.  No matter how much material I removed, the lines always remained.58cea2d2aed99_2c-roughbow.thumb.jpg.d01e92ce71326349b41f22ef7a378919.jpg


Next time I will cover the final shaping of the hull block and the beginning of planning for the upper decks.


As always, be well





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Hi all -


When the last segment ended I was doing the initial shaping of the hull.58db1d461af9b_3g-sandingmidshipssetup.thumb.jpg.1542e76422dbf86f7571cd72b07c88f8.jpg


Using the station lines plans I made some templates for the hull profile and worked the wood down to the proper shape.  That lengthy and tedious task was made faster with power sanders, both belt and orbital.  A light touch is needed, but after getting used to the weight of the tools they let me remove wood in a very controlled and delicate way.


One thing I learned from the templates relates back to a discussion we had during the Doria build.  There, I did not have the station lines plan until quite late, and even then they were from a commercial model kit, so I did not trust them.  They seemed to show that the hull was narrower amidships just under the promenade deck than it was at the bilges.  But after carefully examining a photograph of the Doria on the launching ways I did not see this at all.  Others, who were more familiar with Italian liners, said that there was a tumblehome, just not much.  It turns out that, for the Michelangelo at least, we are both correct, sort of.


Here are the station lines, with a vertical guide line drawn from the top of the hull down on both the bow and stern views.  Clearly, the lower hull is wider at its greatest breadth than at the sheer line.  The difference is about 30 inches actual or 3/32” on the model.  Not very large, but certainly some tumblehome.58db1d570aa27_2d-stationlineswithtrimlines.jpg.905c71178bde3ef11c3b9c8df487110c.jpg


But when I lined up the station numbers I found that it only affected the center 20% of the length of the ship.  Both ahead and astern of that area the hull either came straight down or started to curve the other way.  In essence, what the hull has is not really tumblehome, but a pair of bulges amidships and just at the waterline.  Saddlebags, really.  Were these to get some more ballast lower down in the hold?  Were they to artificially lengthen the waterline and increase speed?  I have no idea. 


Nonetheless, this was noted and I tried to get the wood to take that shape in the carving process.  Here is the hull taken down very close to final dimensions.58db1d57cfbce_3-laiduphull.thumb.jpg.1ca8095ea744a717a61fe9757c42c8b3.jpg


At the bow you can see how the lifts had to be cut and pieced to achieve the line of the sheer.  The third one down is that wedge that was mentioned in the last segment.58db1d58b4b3c_3a-laidupbow.jpg.d17d5565f4ce470c1db05bb26db3dad2.jpg


At the stern the upper lifts have been cut short and pieced in.  This block is secured with a screw and is removable.  It holds the place of the deck houses and open decks that will be fitted later.  I had an idea that I could drape form some plastic around this plug for the window units of these stern decks.  Ultimately this did not work.  I will discuss it and my solution in the next segment.58db1d59853c0_4-laiduppropshafts.jpg.c6c271bfa0b51dfc4e91d0f22cc62e7d.jpg


The tapered propeller shafts and their webbing are being pinned in place. Having the black glue lines between the lifts was a particular help here near the rudder, where it showed me problems with symmetry as wood was removed.58db1d5aa2d7d_5-laidupstern.thumb.jpg.8be22d68afdefcbb1bd2fc09441fc133.jpg


During breaks from sanding and shaping the hull I roughed out the superstructure.  The plans were attached to basswood sheets with the photo spray adhesive as before and rough cut on the band saw.   Deckhouses are cut from ¼” thick basswood, while the decks are 1/8”.  The total from deck to deck is 3/8”, or just under 11 feet.   58db1d5ba0953_7-roughcutdecks.thumb.jpg.f84cae7761b7574b5a7b8de02f43651a.jpg


Stacked on each other where they fit, there is a palpable feeling that a ship is starting to rise from the building board.58db1d5c94e10_8-roughcutlayout.thumb.jpg.e210268b4f78a341025d4084c8426a10.jpg


Next I start the final finishing of the hull, and contrive a solution to the problem of the open decks and windows at the stern.469107734-pilot-vessel-michelangelo-ship-ocean-liner-maiden-voyage.jpg.cf29aa43fd351730795a6d2158a285df.jpg


Be well



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Hi Dan


You just can't beat beautiful hull design when you see it, can you?  This hull is just utterly beautiful; from the fine lines at the bow, to her curavaceous stern.


They knew how to design them in those days, didn't they?


Very nice!





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nice progress Dan,


the propshaft arrangement looks nice, quite a task at that small scale, well done !



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