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HMS Victory by Paragraf – Shipyard – Card – 1:96

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Coppering the hull.

 

Before coppering, using a highly specialized tool:D, I marked the waterline, which is also the upper border for copper plates.

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 Despite of the primitive method, it goes straight.

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 The belt between the waterline and the lower border of the main wale (which will be laid in the future) I’ve painted black.

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Coppering is made from Ventura Tape copper foil, with black adhesive.

 

Before cutting the strips imitating copper plates, I fastened a longer strip of copper (about 135 mm) to the cutting mat using a masking tape. Next step  was to make an imitation of nailing; I used Trumpeter's rivet maker with densely spaced teeth (by Trumpeter marked with letter „A”) for nailing on the edges, and for nailing in the middle with less frequent teeth (marked as No. „D”).

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So prepared copper strips I cut - using a small jig – to plates of the correct length, specifically 13 mm.

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Edited by Paragraf

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Very interesting build. It's hard to imagine that it is card. Love the nice sharp lines of the coppering. Great job. 

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Today, the thing is not about the progress in building, but about why sometimes you need to destroy something to make it good.

After gluing the plates I realized that I had started laying the copper cover too close to the stern. The copper strips should run here more or less according to the layout of the planks. In the picture below, I marked the correct layout with violet lines.

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Continuing laying of plates in this way, would cause their improper arrangement on the stern and in the bottom part. In the picture below you can see, that in the central part of the hull there is still enough space for 20 rows of plates, while in the part closer to the stern there is space only for 15 rows of plates. This way of laying would cause, that copper plates in the bottom part, at the keel, would be laid diagonally (lines of navy blue color), despite that they should be parallel (red lines) to keel, like planks.

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Therefore, I removed a large piece of copper plates (something about 200 pieces) and I'm gonna lay them again. Plates, according to a new calculations (I hope this time correct) I will start to lay from the point marked with a red arrow; I also marked the previous point from which I started laying - using a violet arrow.

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To be continued....

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will look a lot better with the change in the direction of the plates.

 

Keith

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Posted (edited)

State of works for today.

Copper plates on the port side.DSC_1579.thumb.jpg.26476a96d08ea71c6095c10315d45428.jpg

Copper plates on the sterboard (arranged the upper belt of plates).DSC_1577.thumb.jpg.fa0ff05c08a1a9d94e546861c4ee1ef6.jpg

Bow part of the port side.

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To arrange each rows of copper plates precisely, I marked their identical course on both sides.DSC_1578.thumb.jpg.f2c796c4c8a005f65e1df201b3bb9ee6.jpg

A few stealers need to be laid in the aft part of the ship.

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I've made a kind of "shirt" to protect arranged copper surface.

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To be continued...

Edited by Paragraf
My mistake

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