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HMS Victory by nickedw - Caldercraft - 1/72nd Scale - First wooden Ship build

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..., the Arizona is that plastic?

Yes it's the 1/200th scale Trumpeter kit with the KA models deluxe accessory set (laser cut veneer deck and lots of photo etch) it also has correct brass props added.


The photo etch set costs about the same as the kit. Well worth it though.



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Well Winter is here, so time to dust the old girl off. Lots of progress, but not many photos during construction I'm afraid.


Here's where I'm up to:-


Finished Glazing all of the gallery now,



Scratch built the compasses and lantern



Scratch built the scroll work for the mouldings by forming lead wire into a D channel and curving onto a plasticard backplane.


23126281685_2a10a8629c_b.jpgbuilt all the chainplates, soldering the links for strength, and fitted the first one.


22521714643_380f27dc16_b.jpgCaronades rigged.


More to follow.



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I've decided to compromise and partially rig these six guns, as the training tackle won't be visible under any circumstances I've decided to omit it. Pictures to follow.

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Hi Nick


Great to see a catch up.

She's looking good, a real credit to you.

I love the work you did on the lathe for masts, I'm a sucker for jigs and fixtures (in my DNA)

I expect you're looking forward to rigging and the fiddly work?

That's were I'm at with my Vic.

All the best



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Just discovered your Victory Nick. Looks great. You've given me some excellent tips and lots of things to think about for sure. I will be following the rest of your build with interest. I'm way behind you on mine.


Best, Ian

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Hi folks, bit more activity and I thought I would show how I made the scrolls, as I have more to make for the second side of the ship. I had considered making resin casts but as 6 of the 8 required are unique I decided it wasn't worth it.

Anyhow, here' what I do:-

Firstly I use an excellent rolling tool designed for forming cylinders from photo etch material. This is one of those expensive modelling tools that you agonise over buying but then proves invaluable on the times you need it so never regret purchasing.

It's a nicely machined alloy base with a set of rollers that match each half cylinder cut-out, I formed a couple of test pieces to show what's it's really designed for.
So what I'm doing is using some lead wire (solder actually in this case)

dropping it into the smallest C channel,

then using the largest roller to compress it into the form

like this
and ending up with a nice D section
There is excess material, flash, on either side, just scrape off with a scalpel
I use the wooden kit item as a template for plastic sheet
and carefully form the D section onto the plastic template with the flat to the back of course
I then use plastic rod as the centre piece and form the second rail in the same way, hot CA when happy with the curves and intersections.
Finally I heat form some plastic strip (chamfering the end) to fill the void and with a sanding board, reduce the height of all the plastic to match the lead work. Tamiya thin cement takes all the 'noise' out of the plastic - scratches, nicks etc.
Lastly, Mr surfacer is your friend to ensure everything is smooth and blemish free

And that's it. MAtches the prfolie of the brass section fairly well I think and an improvement over the kit item

Here's the real thing
and the model
Hope this may be of use to someone!

thanks for all your support with the build,



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Whilst I'm at it, here's how I make rings for the many eyes on the vessel.


I use black coated florists wire and form around the shank of a drill bit for varous sizes as appropriate




I find cutters fail using the extreme tip all the time, so I have ground down the top jaw of some cheap flush cutters designed for printed circuit boards (the bottom jaw is still full length to locate it the wire)


This gives me rings (more or less) with a handy gap the right size to insert into kit eyelets



Just flatten them when inserted, and close up the gap with pliers. I then re-spray with matt black to remove any scratches and marks caused by assembly..


Here they are in use








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Been doing some work on detailing the poop deck ladders - it's looking very dusty now I look at the shots!





Added some plastic sheet profiles to the cheeks of the ladders and frames, chamfered the edges and dry-brushed (a bit too much looking at it) to pop the detail.




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Nice work Nick.  I like the way you finished the glass panes with a rippled effect. I think I will try that on my build when I come to it.



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After a very long lay-off, I'm back on the horse now and enjoying my build.


I've never been happy with the turned brass buckets provided in the kit and the real items are very distinctive with the GR coat of arms.


Nobody I can find seems to make a decent after market replacement for these, which is surprising as I think they are very noticeable and unrealistic  if left plain.


So I've been considering 3D printing or making some Photo Etch, both of which I've done in the past for other projects, so I have some experience in this area


In the end, I've gone for the simplest solution of ink-jet printed cartridge paper, and I think, they look OK:-



I've attached the illustrator file I created in pdf format, if you want to use it - PRINT AT 10% OF FULL SIZE, max dpi your printer is capable of and use good quality matt cartridge paper, not gloss photopaper.




When you have everything cut out, paint the back and all edges matt black first, leave a tab on one end  to make the joint, like this:-

Form the curve, by rolling around a metal rod about 60% of the diameter of the finished bucket.


For the bottoms, I used the smallest size on my rotary punch tool to punch out cartridge paper disks, paint the paper black first as it's difficult to paint the inside of the bucket bottom!


The handles are just thin strips of cartridge paper, again painted black. on all edges. This is easiest to do when attached at both ends it turns out.

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Made a start on the rigging now (Eeek!) so took a few shots of general progress today. Also cracking on with the hammock netting which I have really been putting off.




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Been cracking on with the much-dreaded hammock-crane netting today.


Turns out it wasn't too bad. I developed a technique that uses a paper pattern cut and then folded to the shape the net needs to be. I then cut my tulle slightly larger than this, drop the both into the opening and weight down with a scalpel which is heavy enough and just the right shape to make the net conform. I then stitch one vertical end as belowIMG_1677.thumb.jpg.c7afcc135af788e29cd3ec877df2d55c.jpg

Once a vertical end is stitched, I then fold the top edge of the tulle down and stitch the rest as below:-


Finally seal everything with watered down PVA and trim the edges. I haven't trimmed the one in the photo yet in case you're wondering)


The paper makes it conform to shape, gives a high contrast (and isolation of the work) and acts as a guide for the needle. So it turns out a job I've been dreading wasn't that bad in the end. I've also discovered how useful draping a tissue over sticky-out stuff is to prevent snags when sewing stuff like this is!


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