Jump to content


NRG Member
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by Sceatha

  1. Is there any movement in the separated joint? If you put slight pressure on one of the planks near the crack does it move inward, even slightly? In this case you will need to glue them back, either from the inside, or by injecting glue behind the crack with a needle. have done this in the past with very good results. You can drill a tiny hole on the crack if you need to. Make sure you apply pressure after injecting the glue and carefully clean any surplus that leaks. If there is no movement around the crack this is probably wood shrinkage. What conditions do you keep the model in? As @catopower asked, is it used for RC? Wildly changing humidity can do that to wood over 6 years, even painted wood.
  2. The impressive bowsprit is now in place. Too impressive in fact if you ask me. Lateen rigs do not usually have need for a long bowsprit unless they rig a fore staysail, which this one doesn't. Could it have occasionally been used for ramming? Ramming attacks by pirate vessels have definitely been reported in the Aegean at the time. A bit of rigging also visible in the photos, more on that soon...
  3. Welcome to the forum Jose! Looking forward to reading your build logs.
  4. Normally I think the same way Thanasis. Now with the lock down though, spending much more time at home, I find ways to kill time. 😄
  5. One of the golden rules: when building any type of galley it's never too late to start working on some oars, otherwise you will end up with a complete ship and then have to build all the oars at once. I happened to have several 3mm beech dowels hanging around, so I started with those.
  6. Beautiful work Maurino, looking forward to watching your progress. One question, are you using the plans from the Velle Italiane della Costa Occidentale? Thanks, George
  7. Not much excitement today, just made a couple of belaying pin racks made of walnut:
  8. The rake of the masts in Amati's plans seems to be correct, so I copied it for my build. Then I started shaping the masts out of Ramin wood:
  9. Aaah, now that is a good one! I guess I did a version of that, blamed the Amati plans I was supposedly correcting...
  10. Trying to get used to that Mark, for some reason a mistake in the plans can sometimes "mesmerize" me and I end up following the plans, even against common sense. 😄 Good thing with our hobby is that everything is fixable if you have the time and patience. Meanwhile in the build I spent a fun day cutting and soldering brass rings:
  11. Hello Mike and welcome to the forum. Never too late to start a build log, just start from where you are in the build. It's a great way to get help when you get stuck. regards, George
  12. Hello Jose and welcome to the forum! As Mark says it would be great to see a discussion on the relevant section about the new historical info. Looking forward to seeing your build logs. regards, George
  13. Seems to be progressing great Steven. I always get a bit disappointed with my planking just before sanding, then sanding seems to make everything fine. Quick question: do you select your subjects by the number of shields you will have to make?
  14. Progressing with more scale corrections on the plans. The plans give a ladder to the raised poop deck where every step would be about 7cm tall in the real ship. Corrected the plans and building a ladder:
  15. That is a great idea Thanasis! Though I am afraid if I had to "rescue" every one of my own failed attempts in this manner I would soon run out of walls. 😄
  16. Thank you Druxey, don't feel like a true ship modeller yet, as I feel a true ship modeller would measure correctly the first time, but hopefully I am on the right path. 😄 I know exactly what you mean Bob! What I find helps is reminding myself that (luckily) this is my hobby, there is no deadline and all the standards are set by myself. So I can remake the same thing a million times until I get it right. I am not making less mistakes, the models just take more time to finish. 😄 It's an awful feeling, looking at a finished model and only being able to see that one mistake that only you remember.
  17. Since the time I worked with plastic models there is a lesson that I have failed to learn again and again. My obsessive character will not allow me the rest if I do not fix a mistake, so I should not ignore things that my gut feeling tells me are not OK. Such a time came in this build with the rudder hinges. Since the time I cut them off the brass sheet I knew they were oversized for the scale. I went along with them, but it kept eating me inside. Then a friend (Thanasis from this forum) was kind enough to point it out. That was motivation enough to go back and fix it. Only issue was that this "late" fix caused a bit of damage on the surrounding wood (as was to be expected) which I will have to address later, nothing major though. Totally worth it! Both for the model's appearance and my sanity 😄 A photo of the resized hinges before the damage to the wood is addressed:
  18. Moving along with bits and pieces made of walnut. Amati suggests a small at the back, and indeed the shape of the hull allows some space for a tiny cabin. And the rudder:
  19. There has been a lot of comparison between the Aubrey and the Hornblower series. To me, being a Aubrey fan, it has to do a lot with what one happened to read first. Both are prime examples of literature and have a very immersive atmosphere, to the point that one feels a kind of sadness when they find out they've read the entire series and there is nothing more to read. I feel that most people discover Aubrey or Hornblower during this bittersweet aftertaste period shortly after finishing the other one, while looking for something similar to read, and thus judge it unfavorably due the two writers' very different styles, which is, of course, unfair. In any case, I agree with Steven that the Hornblower series, while enjoyable, fell very short of the books. Same goes for the Master and Commander movie which oversimplified the plot (especially Maturin's very interesting and complex character).
  • Create New...