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HMS Victory by dafi - Heller - PLASTIC - To Victory and beyond ...

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After doing the maintop, just wanted to smarten up the foretop to make some castings, as I still need several of them for some tests ;-)
Then realised that my standards improved since the top was first done. So when trying to dissemble the top it proved not a useful base any more, so a fresh construction was a must - at least for me.

Perhaps one remembers earlier posts. The top Heller supplies is quite ok, just an old version, that was only used until 1802 (and displayed on all models I know since the 1920ies). An admiral order from 1802 states to fit a top of two halves on big ships, as they are easier to replace. As the Vic was rigged in 1803 and could be considered as a big ship, so I dared fitting one, better saying two halves ;-)

Based on Lees and other sources, there should be sleepers on the top of the top with half the thickness of the crosstrees, reinforcements on the rim and a different scheme for the battens.

So got the Heller top naked, reinscribed the planking and fitted the missing bits and made new and slimmer holes for the irons.

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To cut the crosstrees and the sleepers, I used a vice and with a single cut it was done.

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And then a small orgy with Evergreen and the new top was done and a bit more crisp than the old version :-)

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Anyway, Heller keeps surprises me, as on the "original" top the complicated planking scheme, with up- and downside looking different, was faithfully done :-)

XXXDAn

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Finally finished the step. 

Small tip in between: If all sides are stabilised with CA, one can cut 0,25 slices with the resin saw from a wooden 4 mm batten :-)

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What that for? For the sheaves in the mast :-)
And that brings us back on the track. Foretop and fore topmast done.

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And here compared with the "original"

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Especially the wrong angle is corrected :-)

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And the new detailing. The cheat in the heel is corrected, sheaves and a decent lock are fitted and the cap is made smaller, as it was the same size as the main cap.

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XXXDAn
 

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You are going to laugh, you are not the first one to ask this and actually there are already some left-overs spread in several builds around the world :-)

 

Cheers, Daniel the destroyer!

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