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Found 11 results

  1. I started my Lady Nelson in 2012 but I’m a little bit slow. Build Kit logs are really inspiring for me, so after reading lot of topics I decided to post my build log.
  2. Hi, I bought a model 25 years ago, the Baltimore Clipper Sidmouth 1815 by Constructo. Started on the keel, bulkheads and false deck and then got stuck. Having no internet in those days that was the end, but I was good and kept everything in theirs packets. So hopefully have not done to much damage and will be able to finish it later. So I realised that the model was to difficult for me and having read information here decided to start on a easier model, the Lady Nelson which I do like the look of. So I've bought the various tools and model and starting my build log, as I know I'm going to need help. I also had an attempt at building my own keel clamp, which after a couple of modification seems to work. Now time to read the instructions, study the plans and look at few build logs and we're off.....
  3. Hello everyone, This is my modest attempt on the excellent HM Cutter Lady Nelson kit. At this stage, the hull is almost ready. Inspired by some outstanding examples in this forum, I decided to add some nice little details. I do not have much time to send many posts to show all progress. So, the next post will take a while... Enjoy the pictures! Peter
  4. Hi everyone! Been doing some research on Amati's Lady Nelson, a beautiful kit in my opinion that I think will offer me some nice experience down the line. My question is looking into the history of the Lady Nelson is seems that the kit is not based on the Australian vessel with two masts (that has a series of modern replica's) but is of an English cutter design. The kit does look accurate as a cutter so was wondering if it was based on a plan of some sort (maybe something in one of Chapelle's books). thanks! Charlie
  5. My previous attempt – The Albatros by Constructo – was just that, an attempt. Because of pure ignorance and inexperience, I made many fundamental mistakes not helped by lack of proper tools, and what I now know were less than good instructions and merely adequate materials. But I don’t regret it, it was so instructive, and has encouraged me to go onward and upward rather than be discouraged. Not that my current effort is going to be fault free, far from it I expect, but at least I’m better equipped, mentally and physically. First off the Lady Nelson is a better piece of kit, mind you it should be, it cost upwards of £40.00 more, but the superior quality materials and documentation became immediately obvious as I opened the box. Having said that the ‘Building manual’ has less detail than the one with the Constructo kit, but its better written and additionally has not one, but five 70 x 50cm ‘Assembly Sheets’ which are beautifully produced and so helpful. Well I say helpful, there are actually not one but two errors in the plans, on Sheet One bulkhead part numbers 2 and 3 and the two sets of plank termination patterns, part numbers 16 and 17 are transposed which could lead to disaster, but fortunately the errors are obvious when you present the parts to their supposed locations. Note that much of what I write in this build log is going to appear naive, in-experienced and even wrong. Helpful observations would be appreciated. The Build The hull construction was completed relatively easily. I made two big mistakes which could have had awful consequences; I managed to snap the ‘walnut prow’ (part no. 21) in two pieces extracting it from the laser cut sheet! Gluing the two pieces back together seems to have worked, but it’s bound to affect its tensile strength. Secondly I completely forgot to glue the last and smallest bulkhead (part no. 10) in place before I glued the false deck in place. Thankfully I was able to tap it into place after. Ensuring the bulkheads are correctly aligned which is vital of course, is actually made much easier by dry fitting the false deck in position as the bulkheads ‘set’. In this way the deck acts as a jig. The (infamous) walnut prow, keel and rudder post were then fitted and left to dry before the false deck was finally glued in position – temporarily held in place with pins until dry. The fiddly stern counter frames were glued in place, each set allowed to dry before the next was fitted (not shown in the photos). There remains the two bulwark strips to fit (they are currently soaking in warm water to facilitate easier bending), then after a thorough sanding is done and I can say the hull construction is complete. I am under no illusion; this was the easy bit. The planking of the hull now follows, and I am approaching it with trepidation as I consider this the trickiest part of the build, which can make or break the whole endeavour!
  6. Captain's Log, star date 06 February 2017. So, we are off. The 101st build of the cutter, "Lady Nelson". The kit has now arrived from those wonderful people down in Camelford, along with the tools I thought I would need. I am now happy in the knowledge that I have done my bit to keep the Italian economy afloat. I should say at the outset that this will be a "basic" build, with little variation from the kit, unless you guys advise me otherwise. Reading through the logs of other first time builders, many of them seem very modest about their skills and experience, and all credit to them for that. I have to state that I am an absolute beginner. At present I don't even know which saw to use for which job (No cutting comments please). I will not be revealing reconditioned tools that I have rescued from a decommissioned nuclear submarine. So, my apologies in advance for what I am sure will seem like very naïve questions. However, I am very much reassured by the quality of the Amati kit, now I have it. It looks amazing. This is my work area a.k.a. "The broom cupboard". The admiral has commandeered the rest of the house. One tool I did buy was a set of Model Shipways "Hull Planking Clamps". Does anyone here use these? http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/model-shipways-planking-clamps-MX104.html These come flat packed, just like a ship kit. They are advertised as working with bulkheads of 3/16" or thicker. Inevitably, when Lady Nelson arrived, her bulkheads were only 3mm thick, which is nearly 2mm too slim. So, I immediately had to modify these clamps by adding some cuttings from the sprue that surrounds the wooden clamp parts to the inside of the clamp jaws, in order to narrow the gap. I also found that, on trying to tighten a clamp with its wing nut, the bolt just rotated. A spot of superglue inside the bolt head of each clamp helps to keep it in place. Incidentally, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the various adhesives were to work with. There is hope for me yet.
  7. Now that I am largely retired, I have the time and inclination to get back to my long-neglected in-progress models. I am working on the Victory Models' Lady Nelson. I am nearly done fairing the hull but have encounterd a problem I could use some advice on. The LN is double-planked and the kit includes 1 mm X 4 mm limewood strips for the first layer and 1 mm X 4 mm walnut strips for the second. I am at the point in the fairing for drawing a bearding line at the stern and tapering the false keel to create a rebate (correct term?) for the plank ends to rest in. The problem is that the false keel and the sternpost are both 3 mm thick, but the thickness of two layers of planking is 2 mm on each side. Obviously, 2 mm of rebate on both sides is not possible. The sketch shown below illustrates the problem. I'm a bit stymied on what to do. I do intend to replace the kit's 2nd plank walnut strips with boxwood which I wll cut myself. One possible solution would be to replace both the limewood and walnut with thinner strips, say 0.5 mm. That would allow me to carve a proper rebate and still leave 1 mm of thickness in the false keep (and have the added benefit of making the strips easier to bend). My concern with this is, would losing 1 mm of planking thickness on each side of the hull degrade the accuracy of the hull shape? (Assuming the kit was designed with such accuracy.) Has anyone else encountered this problem? Suggested solutions for addressing it would be most welcome.
  8. This log will document my progress as I build the Amati/Victory Models Lady Nelson. I've always wanted to build a wooden ship model, but I've never had the time. Now that I'm finally out of school, it's time to get started! I've done a good amount of research before starting this build, but I'm sure I'll have some questions for the experienced and knowledgeable members of this forum as I make my way through the build. Thank you in advance for your help! I'm going to do my best to take as many closeup photos of the process as I can. Perhaps they will be helpful to other modelers in the future! So, let's get started! After taking a look through the kit and getting acquainted with the instructions (which are basic), I sat down at my workspace with the sheet containing the bulkheads: First, I numbered all of the bulkheads, based on the plans. Then, I cut them out using my X-Acto. The cutting left some rough remnants of the tabs that held the pieces into their sheets: So, I sanded these smooth with my sanding stick: The final bulkhead/transom sits at an angle in the center keel: This piece had to be beveled to match the angle of the center keel: Here it is, sitting flush with the center keel: Next came the fairing of the fore and aft bulkheads. I did this before I glued anything in place, as it made the process easier. I fit the bulkheads in the center keel and bent a plank around them to get a feel for the required curvature, then filed by hand: Here is the second bulkhead fitted in the center keel, with its bevel on the forward edge: Here is the foremost bulkhead, with its extreme bevel: I test fit each bulkhead, marking each with the letters "F" and "A" to represent the fore side and aft sides, respectively:
  9. Another model, the last one, but probably will be the first to be finished. The model is based on the Cris Watton's (Victory models) drawings. I reduced the drawings, and .. I was convinced that the right scale is the one indicated on the model (1:64) but I was convinced that was 1:54 so instead the planed 1:100 i realized 1:119 I started in the usual mode, copied and reduced the drawings of the structure, glued it on tin plywood (aero 0,6 mm) cut it with scissors and with normal cutter, glued on another sheet of same plywood and cut again. The keel is made from 0,8 mm ply, double layers. For the first planking decided to substitute the classic wooden strips with blocks of balsa, and made some arrangement inside of the hull, so I slightly modified the structure creating the open spaces. In this way maybe I will leave open the hatch with the ladder and the litle portion of interior will be visible. (maybe) One little appoint, as this is in fact a generic cutter, not the real one, decided to change the name , I found few similar cutters on lists of Admiralty and probably I will make some small modifications on the deck arrangement, on base of other cutters. Ok, with balsa created the filling, after sanding added a strip of tin balsa for fine adjustement of hull sharpes.
  10. I just ordered the Lady Nelson kit from Amati/Victory Models. This will be my first model, and I'm excited to get started on it. However, I have a question about the plans for this kit. Do they include any sort of diagram or pattern for the bearding line and the shape of the rabbet joint? I seem to recall seeing a set of plans for another Amati kit, and there was no mention of this feature... I know that I can just look over the plans when the kit arrives, but in the meantime, I'm curious! So, if you've worked on this kit before, please let me know. Thanks!
  11. The HMS Lady Nelson (1799) My interest is in British Maritime explorations vessels from the late 18th century onwards. And as an Antipodean, that means ships such as the Endeavour, Beagle, Investigator and Discovery II. I want to work in 1:64 scale because all the boats I'm interested in are available in that scale. In addition to the the above there are other famous Australia related boats such as the Cutty Sark and the Bounty, Then, out of left field, because of the important support role this ship played at Trafalgar, is the Pickle. But I've decided to start with the Lady Nelson because: It had a major role in the exploration of Australia. It was built as a cutter (although rigged as a brig); so is a "relatively" good beginner project. I just love the pictures of the completed models - and, I figure, mostly this should be about passion. But: There are a two 1:64 scale wooden kits of the Lady Nelson. By Victory Models and Amati. Although, I saw one reference that said that Victory Models is a subsidiary of Amati. So are they one and the same? Or are there differences between the models? Looking through all the forums there are 6 references to Lady Nelson kits: 5 Victory and 1 Amati. But no comparison. Would be grateful if anyone can shed some light. I have already picked out a hobby desk and a spot to put it. Not that I'm eager ... much. Robert

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