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I've finally decided to start on my model after doing some research on this website as well as on other sites. As is custom attached are a couple of photos of the package I got from modellers shipyard which appear to be in good condition and all there. I also bought the "How To Build" dvd and have watched it to get an idea of what I can expect over the coming months of the build. One question I do have already is what do other builders do to "blacken" or "age" the brass fittings that come with the kit (ring bolts etc). Is is better to paint them (if so, any suggestions on what paint to use) or dip them in some solution(mix of vinegar etc). SO here goes......! (PS. I'm not brilliant on technology so apologies in advance if I make a mess of my uploads!)
Hi all, Thanks to the generous help of MSW member "lister" (Dave) who had saved my entire Build Log of the Norfolk Sloop before the Great Crash of February 2013 I've been able to reconstruct this build log. I haven't included all the comments from the members who were following it, and for that I apologise - that would have been impossible as the posts can only be made by those members. I thank all those who followed my build at the time. I have included a few pertinent quotes that changed the course of how I built the model. My thanks go out especially to John (Jim Lad), Anton (perthshipbuilder), John (Neptune), Jan (amateur) and David (hopeful) for their contributions in making this model as accurately as possible. Below is an "Index to Points of Interest" for those who wish to see a particular stage of the build. Index The Kit Gluing Bulkheads Bow Fillers Pedestal Mounting Nuts Mast Support Blocks Stern Filler Blocks Sheer Strakes Garboard Strakes - 1st Planking Plank Taper Calculations Plank Battens Hull 1st Planking Bending Bulwarks Deck Planking Margin Planks Deck Treenailing Fitting Bulwarks Stem and Keel Dummy Frames Hull Treenail Marking Hull 2nd Planking Garboard Strakes - 2nd Planking Making Treenails Treenailing Hull Making Grating Cap Rails Scuppers Gunwales Channels Grating and Surround Companionway Hull Lacquered Elm Tree Pumps and Windlass Barrels Rudder Mast Bowsprit Gaff and Boom Catheads Fitting Bowsprit Deadeyes and Chainplates Mast Hoops Shrouds Backstays 1 Forestay Topmast Stay Backstays 2 Bowsprit Shrouds Ratlines Fitting the Gaff Boom Stop Sheet Cleats Tiller Throat and Peak Halyards Sheet Horse Boom Sheets Boom Cheeks Jib Rigging Railings Anchors Making Sails Bolt Ropes Robands and Reef Points Fitting Gaff Fitting Jib Model Finished Making the Stand
Hello Everyone, I have finally got around to start to reconstruct the build log for the Norfolk I had on the old site. I have done a search on this site and found that there are no current or completed build logs for the model on this site, that is if I have done the search right . I will endeavour to make this log as comprehensive as possible and hope it asssits anyone wishing to or currently building this model. I also wish to declare that a lot of the techniques and ideas I used were taken from an excellent and very instructive build log of this model, on the old site, by Dan Vad who also offered me a lot of advice during the build . Alright now for a little bit of history of the Sloop. She was built on Norfolk Island in 1798, designed probably on a decked long boat from HMS Sirus, she was subsequently confiscated when she sailed into Sydney Harbour as it was against Governor Hunter's orders to construct boats on Norfolk Island that Convicts could sieze and escape in. She was then fitted out, on the Governor's orders, and given to Lieutenant Matthew Flinders, accompanied by George Bass, to explore south to see if Tasmania, then Van Diemans Land was an island or not, having proved it to be an island she returned to Sydney to prepare for another voyage to the north, reaching as far as Hervy Bay in Queensland. She ended her days in 1800 after being wrecked in the mouth of the Hunter river in a storm after bieng siezed by Convicts in the Hawkesbury River, how ironic!! I started this build back in March 2011 and ther have been a few breaks in the build but I am happy to say I have been back building now for a couple of months and hope to continue until the completetion of the model. Following are some photos of the kit. Please excuse the quality as they were taken on a mobile phone as my digital camera at the time was having issues with my computer or visa versa Sorry about my foot in the first photo I will post some more photos of the start of the build tomorrow