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Dave3092

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  1. Thanks for your comments. If you are doing this model, one thing I would particularly tell you to watch out for is preparing the deck fixtures and mast tops for rigging ahead of time. Both belay pin racks for the masts required holes to be drilled in a couple of the vertical posts, which would have been easy before I installed them but very difficult afterwards. The same was true with the mast tops. Overall, check the rigging diagrams before you start on the deck fixtures or masts to determine what might need to be drilled before you actually get to the rigging. Good luck! I t
  2. I used shellac for the wood finish. I debated between that and a more matte finish, but I ended up using that because I liked the way it brought out the colors and grains of the wood. The backdrop is made of canvas painted blue and stretched on a PVC pipe frame. My wife uses it as a backdrop for taking photos of birds, particularly hummingbirds, here in AZ, USA.
  3. H.M.S Beagle: Built around 1817 Barque class vessel Charles Darwin circumnavigated the globe in this ship Model 1:64 scale Built over 2 years 8 months elapsed time Built over 607 hours work time
  4. December 19,2020 Finishing Touches This build log entry covers the completing the last finishing touches on the H.M.S. Beagle. Anchors The wooden anchor cross members were, unfortunately, cut with the grain across rather than lenghtwise, so both broke when trying to fit them to the anchors. They were, however, easily glued back together. The anchors needed to be filed down (and the holes in the cross members enlarged) to get the pieces to fit. I added metal strapping to the cross members as was indicated in the drawing, although it was not mentioned
  5. October 29, 2020 Rigging This build log entry covers the installation of rigging on the Beagle. Before starting the rigging, I put a finish on the masts, yards, booms and blocks. For the yards I chose to use a dark walnut stain. As I worked through the rigging, the aft railing came to harm a couple of times. I, therefore, decided to lash together the four corners of the railing to provide additional support until the rest of the ship is finished. They will be removed when the ship is complete. In doing the rigging I de
  6. January 18, 2020 Masts & Yards This build log entry covers the preparation of the masts and yards and assembly of the masts. However, before I started on that there were a few items remaining to be done on the hull. The shroud supports had been glued to the hull, and now the deadeyes had to be installed. This is when I found out that the shroud supports for the foremast and mainmast were not symmetrical (see 3rd picture below). The deadeye slots were closer to one end than the other, and the way they were manufactured and labeled caused them to be off
  7. January 18, 2020 Masts & Yards This build log entry covers the preparation of the masts and yards and assembly of the masts. However, before I started on that there were a few items remaining to be done on the hull. The shroud supports had been glued to the hull, and now the deadeyes had to be installed. This is when I found out that the shroud supports for the foremast and mainmast were not symmetrical (see 3rd picture below). The deadeye slots were closer to one end than the other, and the way they were manufactured and l
  8. Allen, As it happens, a duplicate copy of the plans were included in the kit that I purchased. I would be willing to send them to you. Send me a private message. Dave
  9. September 18, 2019 Last Touches to the Hull This build log entry covers the remaining items to be attached to the hull / deck. Before I start, however, I wanted to mention two things that were useful during the last build, but I forgot to mention. To hold down things being glued to the deck, I created 3 sandbags, which had sand double bagged in plastic zippered bags. They were very useful in applying pressure to the deck fixtures while the glue was drying. Also, I decided to update the wood inventory to
  10. July 12, 2019 Deck Fixtures This build log entry covers the fixtures (or deck furniture as Fernando calls them!) on the decks. Given the conflict between finishing the deck and attaching the fixtures, I decided to build all the fixtures attaching the ones that I could where it would not create a problem when it came time to finish the deck. For example, I attached the anchor davits and cleats to the foredeck, but I did not attach the ladders to the foredeck, as I needed to finish behind them. Since I was doing so much work on the deck, I decid
  11. Hi, Fernando! Yes, the deck fixtures are next. There are a lot of pieces, but it seems pretty straight forward (famous last words!). Looking forward to getting started. PS I like your emoticon! Dave
  12. February 18, 2019 Complete hull, decking and hull attachments First, I want to give credit to MSS for the deck plank cutting jig. I should have mentioned that in the previous blog. Also, the use of a compass for drawing cut lines on the edge deck planking (mentioned below) was suggested by the article, A primer on planking by David Antscherl, that I found in the database of articles on Framing and Planking. I continued with completing the main and fore deck. I used a compass set to 1 or 2 board widths to provide an initial cut
  13. Thanks to everyone for their comments. This gives me options to consider.
  14. I am at the point in my build of the HMS Beagle that I need to start thinking about finishing the wooden planked hull. I am looking for suggestions on the best products, finish and application technique to do this so the wood is shown to best effect, yet it is easy to maintain after completion (i.e. doesn't attract dust, etc.). Product - Tung oil, shellac, spar varnish or other Finish - matte, satin, semi-gloss or high gloss Application - brush, spray, cloth or other Also, I understand that is hard to glue the detail work to the deck or hull after it has been
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