KennyH78

H.M.S Triton Cross Section by KennyH78 - FINISHED - 1:48

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I saw the topic for the H.M.S. Triton cross section build and thought to myself that I should be able to handle this build.  So I downloaded the first part of the plans and went to work.

 

First thing I did was glue to pieces of scrap together to get the correct diminsions for the keel and keelson.  Then I cut them out (by hand, I really need to invest in a scroll saw) and did a rough sanding on the three pieces and cut the rabbet in the keel.  I'll finish sanding them tomorrow since the Admiral is wanting me to spend some quality time with the family.

 

Anywho, here are the pics:

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Welcome to the cross section. Looks like your off to a good start. Looking forward to more pics and progress

 

What type of woods will you be using?

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Thanks, the keel, keelson, and false keel are made out of basswood. Going to use basswood for the frames also. Haven't decided on the planking and decking and what not. I'll have to do some research on that.

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If you are set on basswood then go ahead. I personally would not use it for frames/load bearing components of the ship as it is too soft. Carving is its main use to my mind.

 

(Just an opinion though...)

 

Joss

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Joss, thanks for the advice. I have to go to Dallas this weekend to pick up my mother-in-law at the airport, so I may make a stop at the Woodcraft store for some cherry or something similar. Havering to wait is not a big deal for me since I have three other projects I can work on.

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Well, I decided to take my chances and go with basswood for the frames.  I think it'll be alright, but time will tell.  The main reason is funds and availability.  I already got 2 of the 9 frames put together and getting ready to cut out the third.  I'll sand all the frames fair once they are all put together and installed on the keel.  It's a slow process since all I have is a jewelers saw to cut the pieces out with.

 

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Looking Good,  With a little care, proper sanding and pre preping before any staining, basswood can make a fine model

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Just wanted to post a quick update, I got all the frames cut and put together. I just need to do some final sanding on them and then I'll post some pictures. Hoping to get them attached to the keel by the end of the weekend, put I need to work on Fair American some as well ( I think she is starting to feel neglected).

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I spent most of the day Saturday putting together my build board.  Today, I dry fitted all of the frames to the keel and keelson and started gluing them in place.  I must say, the build board makes is so much easier to keep them straight and level as the glue dries.  So far I got frames A, B, C, 0, and 1 attached.  I think I may be able to get 2 and 3 on before I call it a day (got that lovely thing called work in the morning).  I am hoping to be able to start the fairing process by Tues or Wednesday of this week.  So without further adeui (spelling), here are the pics:

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Looking really good...nice building board...

 

Are you putting wood spacers in as you raise the frames?

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Thanks, Pete. I am putting wood spacers in as each frame is raised. Just seems easier that way.

 

I decided to make this building board because I figured it would come in handy when I decide to build the full model of the Triton and I plan on building the H.M.S. Naiad following EdT's books as well.

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Well, stayed up longer than I should have, but I got all the frames raised with wood spacers in between the frames and the keelson attached. 

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Tomorrow afternoon I should be able to start the fairing process of the frames.  I am glad to finally see this model come together.  :dancetl6:

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Very nice...Now comes the "FUN" part...

 

sanding...sanding....sanding   :)

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Thanks, Pete. The sanding is something that I am not looking forward to, but it must be done. At least I have my Fair American scratch build to go to when I get tired of sanding.

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Figured it was time for an update; I got all the frames faired and have started planking the inside and outside hull. It is being done with some poplar I had laying around. I will post pics when the planking is completed up to the lower deck and wales

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I have finished planking the inside of the hull up to the lower deck clamps with poplar and am in the process of treenailing all the planks to the frames.  I also started the planking on the outside hull, but will wait until the inside is finished before finishing the outside.  I am using bamboo for the treenails.

 

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Hello Kenny,

I've just went over your post and you're doing an excellent job. I'm also working on the cross section as a means of understanding and getting a feel for how these marvelous ship were constructed back in the day. I look forward to seeing the rest of your build.

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Wow that was fast. I still remember the good old days of Chach86 who would take 6 months to lay one plank down...

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Thanks for the likes and comments. The treenailing of all the installed planks is now in full swing. I'll post more pics once that is completed.

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I got the treenailing completed on the starboard side and have started drilling the holes on the port side. Once the port side is done, I will sand all the planks smooth and apply some wipe on poly. Then it will be on to building the lower deck.

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I am using bamboo for the treenails, and I guess they will stand out a lot better once the finish is applied.

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I finished treenailing all of the planks up to the lower deck clamps with bamboo treenails. A single coat of finish has also been applied to the planks. I really like how the poplar turned out for the planks. Hopefully I'll find some time to start on the lower deck frame tomorrow.

 

Anyways, here are a couple of pics for your viewing pleasure.

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Got the frame work started for the lower deck. I still need to make and install the ledges and knees. Right now I have it fitted to the hull, but will glue it in once the frame is complete. The deck planking will be done with some nice maple that I have and then I think I will move on to planking the outside hull up to the wales.

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The frame for the lower deck is completed and currently dry fitted into the hull to dry.  I am going to give it some extra time to dry, want to make sure that it is good a dry before sanding to make sure all is flush for planking.  I also need to make and install the hanging knees as well.

 

Speaking of planking, I am undecided on if I should plank the whole deck or half of the deck.  I am going to use maple for the planks and I still need to cut those out of the piece of maple that I have.  So I guess I have a little time to figure that out.

 

Anyways, here are the pictures as she sits now, with the frame dry fitted into the hull.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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That is looking very nice. Plank as much or as little as you  want on the deck. Your frame work looks great and would look nice with one side left open (just my opinion) your build.

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