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Sovereign of the Seas 1637 by modelshipwright (Bill Short) - Sergal - 1:78 - Port "as built", Starboard "as presented to King Charles I for approval"

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On 3/2/2019 at 9:22 PM, jimbom said:
i recently purchased the complete building plans at estate sale in so california, he was a dentist and donated most of his completed ship collection to a museum in Ventura, ca. plans- Dromedary Ship Modelers Center sovereign of the seas . jim 9494219456 for pictures and cost. jim

 

I am familiar with that plan and have a copy of it.

 

bill

 

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As a diversion from carving, I moved to making grates for the deck openings. The first photo shows a jig for cutting the openings in a piece of boxwood. The imbedded strip in the plywood is the same thickness as the saw blade, 3/32" which relates to 2 1/2 " at 1"78 scale. The saw blade protrudes through the plywood jig. The depth of the cut is slightly deeper than 3/32". You start by making a cut with the block of wood against the guide strip as if it was a fence. Then saddle the strip with the first cut and make the second. Continue until you have cut all grooves required. Then rotate the piece 90 degrees and repeat the process. This creates a grid of tiny square protrusions.

This photo shows the jig with a block of boxwood in process.

 

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More to follow..........

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After creating the grid, I cut strips 3/32" wide and a little larger in height which will complete the grid formation. I lightly glued the bottom of the strip and layed it in the groove across the piece. Continue for all remaining groves. This is a very delicate operation as the tiny square protrusions are easily broken off if you are not careful. The piece with most of the strips in place.

 

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As the piece is thicker than the depth of the holes, it creates the illusion of holes going right through when the light hits it. All that remains is to sand down the top surface to the level of the protrusions and trim the edges.

 

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More to follow...........

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The next grate is now completed after edging and sanding. This is the grate shown being fabricated above and is to be located on the Mizzen deck. The sanding must be done across or at 90 degrees to the inlaid strips to prevent the tiny square protrusions from breaking off. There is one protrusion that broke in the larger grate that I had to glue back in place. Being 1/32" square, it was not easy to get it back. I rubbed a very light coat of tung oil on the grate being careful not to let the oil get into the holes. It darkens the grate slightly.
 

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More to follow...........

 

 

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Next I decided to prepare a strip of boxwood to form the profile of sculptures on the sides of the hull separating sections that will contain more carvings. The profile is created by using a single edged razor blade and creating the desired profile in the blade so that when it is scraped along the boxwood strip, eventually you get the desired result.

This photo shows the blade on the strip so you can see the profile being scraped into it.

 

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This shows one of the sculptures cut off on my table saw. Further finishing will be done to enhance the look of these pieces.

 

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More to follow...........
 

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Unfortunately the direction of your gratings is wrong 😞

 

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It should go with the centerline of the ship (see the green line)

 

cheers

 

Dirk

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32 minutes ago, Dubz said:

Unfortunately the direction of your gratings is wrong 😞

It should go with the centerline of the ship (see the green line)

 

cheers

 

Dirk

Not sure I know what you mean? Could you explain it for me?

Thanks,

Bill

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Your gratings should have the direction shown with the green line. The continuous woods (red line) should be NOT orthogonal to the middle of the ship but in line.

 

Dirk

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Thanks for the explanation Dirk. I should mention that the method I used when making these gratings is meant to simulate a real grating when viewing the model from a distance of about 3-4 feet at 1:78 scale and not to represent actual building practices of the period. A simulation only, if you get my meaning. If I was building at a bigger scale I would have built them differently.  The theme of my model is to present an artistic representation of the Sovereign from my minds eye. Thanks for catching that as it is an interesting point.

 

Bill

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Bill it is simply wrong, sorry :-), it is not about how you simulated or built them, the Orientation of the gratings needs just to be turned by 90 degrees. 😉

 

Here is another picture as I might not able to express myself well 🙂

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Well, I have temporarily stopped work on gratings while I await the arrival of my new Byrnes Table Saw. I think I will make a new fixture using the new saw when it arrives to fabricate the remaining gratings. Meanwhile I have been cutting off pieces from the strip I scraped in an earlier post and finishing them with decorative additions. The following photo shows them assembled to the port side upper gun deck gun ports. I had shown a few of them on the hull in a previous photo on the gun deck below this one. I was in error on that as these decorations are only on the upper gun deck.
 

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The next port side divider carving is underway. Boxwood is the wood of choice.

 

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At this scale, it is hard to get the detail necessary to replicate the form but at viewing distance, about 3 feet, the brain accepts the image just like when a painting is viewed at a distance. Up close you see imperfections.

More to follow...................
 

 

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