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HMS Victory 1765 by Gif_Hasie - Artesania Latina - 1:84

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Greetings!

 

Yip, that is right - another build log for the famous  HMS Victory. With that said, I am not going to post any details about the actual ship itself, as there is a ton of info available already.

 

I bought this kit a while back from a second hand site for good price below retail. After building two ships, and busy with another at the moment, I feel confident enough to start with this project.. This is quite a big model kit ship, from AL's website, the following specifications are given:

 

Dimension: 1230 mm long, 825 mm high and 450 mm wide.

Scale: 1/84

 

As can be seen below, the box comes with all sorts of goodies - actually - a lot of goodies.

 

The are a few interesting stuff included with this kit that I haven't encountered before with other AL kits:

  • They actually supply you with tweezers
  • A baseboard you can assembly (see later) when you are done with the false keel.
  • A feedback form in the back of the Manuel where you can rate the kit, instructions etc. and give comments. 
  • A CD and booklet with extra info on it (I still have to see what is on the CD)
  • An addendum sheet of corrections to the instruction manual.

The above is a welcome addition to their kits - just wish it would extend to all of them in the future. The addendum sheet has three points of correction, I am still trying to figure out the last point, since the English grammar used is very confusing ( I have read better manuals translated from Chinese than this).

 

At this stage, I am not sure if I will paint the model or leave it in the natural wood colour. At this stage, I am leaning to painting it, and adding copper plates to the hull.

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Right, so lets get started!

 

First off I assembled the false keel. It comes in three parts which must be glued together, and then added supports. Fortunate, the parts are cut to 'hook' into each other, so it's very difficult to pull apart lengthwise. I used a flat table with clamps to make sure the keel parts where flush with each other.

 

The keel is made up of 6mm plywood, which is strong and sturdy to work with. After the glue dried, I added extra glue to fill any gaps and sanded down each service after the glue dried. I added the support pieces, one side at a time.

 

Whilst that was drying, I assembled the keel holder that comes with the kit.

 

After the false keel was assembled, I added the corresponding bulkhead slot numbers on the keel, as well as draw guiding lines on both sides for each bulkhead keel. This will make it easier later to make sure each bulkhead is 90 deg in line with the keel. 

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After assembling the false keel, I added the front part of the false keel as per the instructions.

 

To add some additional support to counter bending of the piece, I added balsa wood stop blocks.

 

After the part has dried, it is time to add the bulkheads.

 

 

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To assemble the bulkheads, the first thing was to cut loose all the parts from the laser cut plywood. This is also 6mm thick, so again strong and sturdy to work with. Then, each part was filed smooth where the joining part was, furthermore, before cutting them loose, I added the bulkhead number to each one, since AL does not have the number laser cutted onto the bulkheads themselves..

 

The manual says not to glue the bulkheads yet, since the first false deck sheets have to be fitted on them. However, I added support beams from balsa wood in order to see how everything would pan out. Each bulkhead was added to the corresponding number slot on the false keel.

 

All the bulkheads have been added, next step is to add the first false deck sheets.

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Before assembling the false decks, I added the stern sections and filed it down to be flushed with each other.

 

The false deck sections were then nailed to the false keel and bulkheads. The false deck sections for the stern was too long and therefore had to be trimmed accordingly.

 

Once the false decks were in place, the bulkheads were glued to the false keel and false decks for added support. I used paper folder clips to ensure that the bulkheads were flush with the false keel. The lines that I drew on the false keel before hand greatly assisted with this task.

 

When the glue was dried, I filled down the bulkhead sections that extended over the false keel, and added wood filler to the bulkhead sections to raise them to the false keel (these where also filed down once dry).

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The thick side rails were added to the bulkhead frames.

 

I started adding the sprits to the bulkhead frames, which is needed to add the second false deck. However, it seems that AL did not include enough strips (1.5 x 6 mm). Unfortunately, since I bought the kit second hand, I don't have a recite to request more strips.

 

In order to finish this section to continue with the build, I glued together the remaining strips, and for the last bulkhead I used a scrap wood.

 

Fortunate, this wood will never be seen, i.e. used for structural support, so different wood can be used, as long as the thickness is 1.5 mm.

 

I am going to order more strips, since I will need them to assemble the other false decks.

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Hi Paul

 

Thanks for the info.

 

No, I haven't looked at the Agostini videos, will definitely have a look at them! :)

 

Funny, I initially wanted to save up to buy the Santa Ana one day, in order to build a big model kit, however, as stated, this victory kit came at a good price to pass up.

 

Let us know when you want to start it one day, would definitely want to see it.

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Greetings

 

The second false deck has been added. A bit of filing was required to make the decks fit. I also had to make the mast holes bigger in order to align the mast dowels to be centered.

 

After the glue was dry, I painted the space between the decks black. 

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The next step requires that a certain section of the second false deck be planked. This is mainly for the acess opening which will be located on either side.

 

I decided to practice by doing a 5 plank layout. Furthermore, I wanted to test out using a pencil on side of each plank, to simulate caulking. In the past I have used a black ink marker, while obtaining the desired result, I felt that the final effect looked too artificial.

 

So first of I measured and marked the sections on the deck. Thereafter, I added the first "nr 5" plank with its left and right friends.

 

The deck laying completed, I sanded it down with very fine sand paper. I used a pencil to make the nail holes and then applied a layer of matt varnish. Overall, I am pleased with the effect and will use the same layout for the other decks. :)

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Thanks paul and Coleman!

 

I initially wanted to drill holes to simulate nails, but the wood is very soft so the end effect I tested did not look very nice. But the pencil worked out just  fine.

 

However, with that that said, I am going to see the effect of using a black pencil for nails and caulking. :)

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Finally got time to sand down the ribs as well as the stern part. Used a dremel for these task, and fine sandpaper to finish off.

 

Used a chisel to reduce the stern portion to about 2mm as required, and then used fine sandpaper to finish off.

 

Next step is planking.

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Make sure you have the brass sheet with the hammock stays. I was short that particular sheet in my Latina kit and had to contact the company who sent me out some replacements. It took about a month to get them. Great start by the way.

 

mike

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