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Imperial yacht Standart (1893) by AlexBaranov - Scale 1:48

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Dear colleagues. Today, April 8, 2016 start construction of another ship model, the imperial yacht Standart. To begin with a brief historical background, drawings, historical photographs.and photos of the model of the Naval Museum in St. Petersburg.






It was founded October 1, 1893 at the shipyard Burmeister and Wain in Copenhagen.
Launched Aug. 4, 1895. It entered into service in 1896 as the Imperial yacht.
Delivered to the port in May 1918. In 1933-1936, it converted into a minelayer.
He participated in the productions of mine, the evacuation of the base Hanko garrison, fire support of ground forces.
April 3, 1942 awarded the title of Guards. In the 1950's converted into a plavkazarmu,
and in 1961 - into a floating target for tests of missile weapons. Scrapped in the early 1960s.
Displacement 5480 tons. The dimensions of 112.2 x 15.4 x 6.6 m.
Voruzhenie 8 - 47 mm
Gears 2 steam engines 12000 hp 24 boiler, 2 screws
The speed of 22 knots Cruising range 1400 miles at 12 knots. The crew of 16 officers and 357 sailors
After conversion into a minelayer
Displacement 6189 tons. The dimensions of 122.3 x 15.4 x 7 m.
Voruzhenie 4 - 130/55-B 13, 7 - 76 mm 34K, 3 - 45 mm 21K, 3 - 12.7 mm machine gun (2 DSHK and Vickers 1)
Booked conning tower - 12 mm
Gears 2 steam engines 11426 hp 4 boilers Yarrow 2 screws
The speed of 18 knots cruising range of 2260 miles at 12 knots. The crew of 29 officers and 361 sailor






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Hi Alex,


the "Standart" emperial yacht is a beautiful and interesting ship. :)

Also very nice Photo documents that you have. I am amazed that she`s going to be in 1:48 scale. That will turn out in appr. 2,33 meter model-length !!

Am eagery looking foreward to your keellaying to watch this project under way and growing at your shipyard



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work started a little moving. This ship will be built on non-conventional (non-classical) technology. The lion's share of work is the creation of three-dimensional models, followed by the manufacture of the milling machine tool CNC. Most of the metal parts will be created by casting brass lost wax investment casting.


I have not yet thought about whether or not the interior. It makes sense to make the lights and fill the details Imperial Salon (aft) and the suspension bridge.






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So (as I said), this project is built with a significant use of digital technologies, using highly skilled labor assistants (Carpenter, caster - a jeweler). I usually use a 3D-modeling, which will create parts with high accuracy, the most approximate to the original.

Something that is already created.

We have created a 3D model of the ship's hull. This model is cut into pieces in order to adapt to the capabilities of CNC machine.

The shell is made of two halves, which in turn are divided into pieces. Then, the finished parts are assembled with glue.

With age, more and more difficult to work with cases of large size vessels, the use of machines is another advantage in facilitating labor.


Slowly but surely create a 3D-model details. Some items will be created with a vacuum molding on wax investment casting (lost-wax)


Other (wooden) parts are processed on CNC machines. For the body I use alder. Of the many types of wood is the most suitable properties. Details for additions, interior, flying bridge is made of pink alpine pears.


















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It's time to materialize virtual development.

Thus, in the construction of two identical spacecraft to the body size of 2350 mm (between perpendiculars)

I ordered the joiner bars for housing, because at home (without equipment) to make this work is not possible. I used alder wood.

Total (for two vehicles) 20 parts (with the largest size details 9000H300H900 mm). I rented my friend big CNC milling machine.
















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Along with the main work on the body of the device, prepare brass sheets for covering the underwater hull. I bought the usual paper guillotine but replaced the knife and a table on a solid carbon steel. The sheet thickness of 0.3 mm. Guillotine blades with new cutting very precisely and as a hot knife through butter.












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Hi Greg.

Yes, of course, professionals (my friends and colleagues) which is not very much, often used method for the simultaneous construction of two ships of the same type. The fact is (and this advanced modelers know) that there is 60% of the work on which the model is not finished. Before you make the item, you need to create tools, tools, software, etc.. To work was justified, it is necessary to do very small wholesale. Very small wholesale, we have two models. However, these two models so you can make a unique (use a different style for the same item).

A simple example ... in order to start production of guns (say 100 mm), I diverge a lot of work and money. However, to create one or 100 guns, the amount of labor will be the same.

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So why are you building two?  Will one (or both) of them be sold?  I understand that the 2nd one is much cheaper in the sense that the research and development was already done.


Amazing model so far, really big!

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So why are you building two?  Will one (or both) of them be sold?  I understand that the 2nd one is much cheaper in the sense that the research and development was already done.


Amazing model so far, really big!

I would like to leave one of the ships for me . However, if a lot of money to seduce me, I'm selling.
Yes, you are absolutely right. The second copy is significantly offset the cost of production of the first-born.

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     Should the Standart be built to the very high standard of the HMS Cumberland, and I have no reason to believe otherwise, this will certainly be a build log worth following.



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Hi Tom.

In the past, I built three similar models of the imperial yacht Standart. Includes (1: 100) model for Peterhof Museum. And the two models in the scale 1:75. However, these models are far from perfect. I now have the technology and experience. I pretend to build the best and most detailed model of the ship (as possible). Small scale does not allow us to show the details in detail, moreover, the viewer does not perceive the environment (healthy eyes with good eyesight). Let's not talk about people who have poor eyesight. Scale 1:48 is really quite good. The ship looks not a toy and very solid. However, the larger model would be excessively large.

As I mentioned, the quality of the model will try to make perfect. In this topic, I will show the progress of construction and technology in more detail (more than Cumberland).

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Hi Alex,


guess the technique you are using for the hull made in CNC milled sections and then fitted together is like the professionals do for "builders models", or for the watertank drag test hulls...... ;)


The models look fantastic !!



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My wife did not even believe that this ship is being built in the apartment, but the old Soviet radiators to convince her...

Yes indeed. This is the old Soviet-style radiators. However, it is not flat (in a building). This is my workshop in my villa. The area of the workshop is almost 30 meters. Places will be enough for two ships such as the Standart.

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