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HMS Surprise by Palladio - Scale 1:48, as she may have appeared 1805 -1810


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  • 3 weeks later...

Thank you all for your comments, as you well know, this is very encouraging in the ups and downs of such a long lasting build.

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Typical for a scratch build is the absence of a masterplan, at least concerning the little decisions you make, which may result in many weeks of additional work.

One of this crazy ideas were the workable gun lids.

Most "HMS Surprises" show the traditional one piece gun doors, simple and reliable. My (about) 1810 Surprise had to feature the two-parted version the trio Lavery, Hunt and Marquardt demand. Believe me, I didn`t know what was coming about.

A horror trip:

 

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Finally, one clear cold morning the hull was completed.   ... and another decision had to be made: Rigging? Sails?

 

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post-23096-0-17446300-1455826937_thumb.jpg Well my wife decided imperiously: "Rigg and sails!" ...and here we are, serving countless ropes...

 

 

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Well, there she is, in full size and something like a weird memorial of the beautiful sailing frigate she may be, when finally finished.

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First thing that had to be replaced was the carefully "tail docked" ;) bowsprit I used in the earlier stages of the build.

As a working mast it had to be done completely new.

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It may not be the easyest thing to start with, but it´s quite servicable. In the end you have to invent a convincing "look" for the rigg, something like a "used look" in my case.

 

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The lower foremast in comparison to the drawing of the massiv 36gun mainmast.

 

In scale 1:48 at least some parts are exposed to permanent stress which could cause significant damage in the long run.

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One of this fragil looking elements are the fighting tops. This is the maintop and the smaler mizzentop.

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The "mouse" of the forestay as a workpiece and in action

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Well, there she is, in full size and something like a weird memorial of the beautiful sailing frigate she may be, when finally finished.

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First thing that had to be replaced was the carefully "tail docked" ;) bowsprit I used in the earlier stages of the build.

As a working mast it had to be done completely new.

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It may not be the easyest thing to start with, but it´s quite servicable. In the end you have to invent a convincing "look" for the rigg, something like a "used look" in my case.

 

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The lower foremast in comparison to the drawing of the massiv 36gun mainmast.

 

In scale 1:48 at least some parts are exposed to permanent stress which could cause significant damage in the long run.

attachicon.gifDSC07805.JPG One of this fragil looking elements are the fighting tops. This is the foretop and the smaler mizzentop.

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The "mouse" of the forestay as a workpiece and in action

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im convinced you just invented time travel and a shrink ray, went back in time, shrunk the HMS surprise, and brought it back. then "disassemboled" select parts to put back together to tease us. all kidding aside, seriously amazing work, i wish there was more descriptive words for this but i am at a loss.

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Thanks everybody !!

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Once hull and the standing rigg are completed, there are two major challenges left.

 

Sails and flags.

 

There may be some 500 or even more pulleys of different size and shape, but in the end this is a question of diligence. :-)

 

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Most models are shown without sails because sail making is painstaking and often the final output doesn´t look like sails at all...

 

Even the thinnest tissue has the appearance of corrugated cardboard or worse. That rises the obvious question: is fabric tissue the ideal material?

 

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It´s definetly not! But....

:-) Well, there are certain conventions in the honorable business of historic model ship building....

 

So I humbly took the thinnest fabric available and started with the gigantic Spanker.

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As sail making is awfully time consuming, I had to overcome my concerns to bath the precious thing in ordinary potato starch before giving it a stiff breeze with the hot hairdryer...

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.. witch resulted in swelled sails which concerve their form.

 

post-23096-0-77834000-1457732293_thumb.jpg meanwhile the main course is ready for action. I replaced conventional seams with liquide fabric glue to avoide stiff multi layers of fabric.

 

But when it comes to flags, even the thinnest fabric doesn´t work. The texture of a flag is destinctively different from a sail.

In this case, I didn´t give a damn on conventions and looked for an unconventional alternative.

 

In the end thin copper foil proofed very effective. It was prime coated, using white enamel paint, was fixed on a sheet of paper and send through an ink-jet printer.

 

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You just look for a beautiful "white ensign" in the net, download and print it on the copper foil, which is the ideal material to bend and twist it to a convincing "Flag". The wrinkles of the real flag (which are extremely difficult to achive) are simply printed on the plane surface and look quite realistic.

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Capt. Jack Aubrey: "Do you see those two weevils doctor?" 

 

Dr. Stephen Maturin: "I do." 

 

Aubrey: "Which would you choose? "

 

Maturin: "Neither; there is not a scrap a difference between them. They are the same species of Curculio." 

 

Aubrey: "If you had to choose. If you were forced to make a choice. If there was no other response... "

 

Maturin: "Well then if you are going to push me, I would choose the right hand weevil; it has significant advantage in both length and breadth." 

 

Aubrey: "There, I have you! You're completely dished! Do you not know that in the service, one must always choose the lesser of two weevils!"

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Capt. Jack Aubrey: "Do you see those two weevils doctor?" 

 

Dr. Stephen Maturin: "I do." 

 

Aubrey: "Which would you choose? "

 

Maturin: "Neither; there is not a scrap a difference between them. They are the same species of Curculio." 

 

Aubrey: "If you had to choose. If you were forced to make a choice. If there was no other response... "

 

Maturin: "Well then if you are going to push me, I would choose the right hand weevil; it has significant advantage in both length and breadth." 

 

Aubrey: "There, I have you! You're completely dished! Do you not know that in the service, one must always choose the lesser of two weevils!"

maturin; "he would pun would pick a pocket"

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Hendrik,

 

wunderbar !!!!

an exciting build, love the pics in your post #3, and the following......the aft-view is fantastic, also sails, rigging and ensign look great, very inspirative and providing a lot to learn....,

Thanks for sharing this build log

 

Nils

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Thank you all, I´m proud you got this flattering impression, but in fact the guys from the late 18th century were simply better and by far more experienced !

 

Well, I "choose the lesser of the two weevils"...  :-)

 

By the way, in the german translation of this famous dialog, they choose the term "bug/beetle" instead of "weevil". Believe it or not, a "pretty/cute beetle" is in german the equivalent of a nice girl.

 

So Jack Aubrey says: Didn´t you know, in the navy we allways choose the prettier beetle...

 

"Wifes and mistresses, may they never meet!"

 

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