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HMS Snake - 2nd build After picking up my modelship building hobby again (after many years of dorment) I decided to buy my second kit to have something to alternate with when doing the rigging on my first build Corel's HMS Victory in 1:98. It took a while to go through various brands and to decide which one to invest in. My first choice of doing the Victory was kind of naive and a typical newbie mistake. Dont get me wrong, I really love it and it has turned out ok. But I never finished it and modelling is learning by doing and everyone should start more easy is my recommendation. After discovering Caldercrafts Nelson Navy series it become a choice between several ships I found very beautiful. First I was tempted to go for the Diana or even the Agememnon but eventually i decided not to do the same as before and doing something too advanced. In the end it become a choice between the two mast HMS Cruiser or the slightly more advanced HMS Snake. I settled for the latter. It is basically the same model but the Snake is some kind of "special edition" of the Crusier with 3 masts and carronades. History According to Wikipedia, HMS Snake was launched in 1797 as the only member of her class of 18-gun brig-sloops. She captured or destroyed two French privateers and one Danish privateer. She also captured numerous small merchantmen, but spent time escorting convoys to and from the West Indies. She was sold in 1816. The Snake was the sole vessel of her class. This class was very business like with a flush deck and nine cannons or carronades each side, they were very fast and seaworthy. As originally built Snake had a full ordinance of 32 pounder carronades. Carronades replaced the carriage guns because at close quarters the short range carronades proved devastating to their opponents. Class dimensions were: length 100’; breadth 30’6”; displacement 382 tons with a crew of 121. Her designer was Sir William Rule. He produced two designs, one for a ship-sloop (Snake), and one for a brig-sloop (Cruizer) that differed only in their rigging. His designs were in competition with those of John Henslow, who produced the ship-sloop Echo and the brig-sloop Busy. Rule's brig-sloop design won. The Admiralty ultimately ordered 106 Cruizer-class brig-sloops. In 1811, the Navy converted Snake to a brig-sloop, making her indistinguishable from the Cruizer-class brig-sloops. The kit I order it from Cornwall model boats who shipped it quickly to Sweden. My first impression of the kit is really Good. Lots of details and pre fabricated wooden pieces. Caldercraft seem to have quite alot of different design solutions than Corel. The plans where more detailed but at te same time they come in huge size making them abit difficult to handle in my small kitchen "workshop". Two things on the negative side. The box was full of sawdust, perhaps not a major issue but it kind of gave a non quality impression. The second issue was that some of the Wood especially the walnut was not great. Very rough and edgy. A couple of the sticks were basically 50% of the material they should had been. This comes as a surprise considering that Caldercraft seem to be at the high end of kit manufactureers. The rest of the material seem to be fine.
This is my first attempt to build a Caldercraft kit.
Back again after a nearly four year break with my snake build. Moving house meant everything got put away (on the plus side I now have my own man cave in the basement) and I recently been getting my modelling mojo back by doing some plastic modelling. Before we moved I'd got as far building the hull and coppering and I've restarted again, I've put the rails on and some of the deck furniture. Now I'm getting to the wheel rigging and I'm wondering what the best way forward is on this? For those wondering where it is I need to reattach the tiller for the third time which is annoying (the last reattachment didn't really work!). I assume the blocks should attach to the deck with the eyelets, so should I rig this before glueing eyelets & blocks to the deck? The instruction aren't being very helpful on the subject.
Well It took me a while to get the energy to even rebuild my build log. i`ll give it a try. Unfortunately the most important part of it, all the helpfull hints and tips of other forum members that helped to motivate and push me along will not be there anymore. at least i can bring back the pics After building several quite successfully sailing RC square riggers with either carved out solid hulls or bread and butter style built up hulls, i thought it high time to start and try a proper planked model (my first!). Searching for a suitable model i fell in love with the Caldercraft/Jotika Ltd. HMS Snake kit in 1/64 scale. I like the hull lines a lot, she is beamy and has a not too shallow draft hull to give you some displacement to work with for a RC conversion. I was torn between the Cruiser (like SC&Hs Cruiser class Brig) and Snake which share the same hull, and only differ in their rig (Brig vs. ship rigged) but the Snake kit has been updated recently and so the decision fell for Snake A direct conversion of the Tonnage of the real ship to scaled down to the scale of the model gives a rough estimate of the displacement of 1,4kg total that should be do able. She will have 3 channels: rudder Fore and Headsails winch servo (all sails forward of CE) Main,Mizzen and spanker sheet whinch servo (all sails aft of CE) The RC equipment weight about 250g using a 2 cell Lipo to run the RX and a UBEC, I want to have a ballast weight of at least 500g so i`ll have a weigth budget fo the rest of the ship of about 700g. Pretty tight, but we will see. i have reduced all the bulkheads to frames to save weigth and the keel part also got reduced for gaining space and also weight saving. I have assembled the basic hull skeleton and am going to place the hatches for access between Fore and main mast and 1 between main and mizzen. The rudder servo will be hidden under the poop deck and accessible with the poopdeck removed. below is the state of the build so far.. unfortunately my buidling stalled out in 2011 as my focus shifted again to RC Heli flying, so she is waiting patiently laid up in ordinary on my workshops shelf until i come back for her