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HMS Victory by GrandpaPhil - Mantua - Scale 1:98

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I decided to make my own gunport lids because I didn’t particularly care for the metal ones that came in the kit.  They don’t look right and in order to make them historically accurate I will have to install two eyebolts.  This means drilling two half millimeter holes which doesn’t work well with metal fittings.  I am using basswood and I made a jig out of scrap wood.

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I started cutting the top pieces of my gunport lids.  So far I’m 210 pieces in.  I need a total of 288.  I’m building them IAW Wolfram Zu Monfeld’s Historic Ship Models.  I’m making them out of 1/32” basswood.

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I’m trying to develop my scratch building skills.  That is part of my objective with this model.  I am fixing anything that is not historically accurate.  I am also replacing a fair number of the fittings in the name of learning.  My next build will be the HMS Triton.  That will be my first ever scratch build.  I am leaning heavily on Wolfram zu Monfeld’s Historic Ship Models.

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I have also printed out the gunport lid strapping on cardstock.  I scanned the picture from Wolfram zu Monfeld’s Historic Ship Models.  I resized it to scale and then duplicated it 250 times.  This gives me a few extras.

 

Cardstock is the right thickness, is easy to work with and is going to get painted anyways.  I’ll let y’all know how it turns out. 😀

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I am impressed with your tenacity, Grandpa Phil. Your Victory is really shaping up nicely.

I must shamefully admit that once I got to the "coppering" of the hull, I backed off and have never picked back up on construction of my HMS Victory.

Following your build thread may give me the encouragement needed to start mine back up. 

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I have two prototypes.  Next, they will get pounce wheeled to simulate the nail heads on the strapping.  Eyebolts will then be installed.  I will be using model railroad HO scale eyebolts from Tichy.  I have 200 of them.  Then I will paint the underside red and the top black prior to installing them.  They will be fixed in place with steel pins to prevent breakage.

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