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Scottish Maid by Tim Curtis - FINISHED - Artesania Latina - Scale 1:50

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This is my second ever build so I am a learner. I am busy working hard and have three kids so build progress will also be slow. I chose the Maid because it seemed like a pretty simple cheap kit to cut my teeth on. I am going with a slightly unhistorical colour scheme, inspired by Clayton Osterling's Experiment

(See here: http://www.shipmodel.com/models/experiment-full-hull-nav).

 

I would welcome feedback, encouragement and advice. Thanks!

 

But despite being new to this, I am totally hooked.

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So here are a few pictures of where I am up to. Taken in very bad light....

As you can see, I am going with an unhistorical colour scheme, but I like it.

I am pleased with the patina on the copper plates...used drybrush.

 

I would welcome historical info about how to rig it more accurately than the AL instructions. I am using Petersson's book on Rigging Fore and Aft Period craft, but this uses an 1815 ship the Experiment as it's example. I am assuming the Maid would have used quite different rigging. Any ideas?

 

 

 

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Good Morning Tim

For a 2nd time builder you are very neat and precise. 

Finely detailed work on the hooks.

Sorry can't help with the history side, I am new

to old ships and model building myself.

Cheers Chris

And PS welcome to MSW

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Hi Tim,

I checked your build log because I too am new to building model wood ships.  I also chose the Scottish Maid for the same reasons as you, however, I have not yet started...I'm reading a couple books on the how to first.  Additionally I am building up the courage to start as I would like to do as well as you have. Your build looks very nice to my newbie eye.  I'll check back on your progress and dive in soon!

 

Cheers,

Gary

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Thanks for the encouragement. I am currently trying to work out how to sort out my blocks. Have worked hard at stropping and am beginning to be satisfied after about 10 attempts. Also I am dropping a bit of brass into the loop or eye of the strop which is super fiddly with a 4mm block but does work, and gives authentic feel. See detail below.

 

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Merci Jean Pierre. Could you explain what you mean a bit more? Also whats a #2 pencil? Is that a thickness or lead hardness? Tim

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To date I have been painting hooks and eyes with oil based paint pens. However...it just scrapes off so easily. So resigned my self to purchasing proper brass blackener. Will be slower, but a much better result I hope.

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De rien, mon ami. It's just that commercial blocks usually come with 2 holes (like yours. The area between those holes simulate the wheel. . With your pencil, you just tint this area in metallic grey which is fairly the same as a metal wheel. You could also round this area off but that is a far more important job.

 

Besides, tinting brass with blackener is a pretty fast, efficient and good looking method to prevent the issue of paint peeling off. Just make sure that the copper is well cleaned off before.

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Have made a bit of progress on the standing rigging. Shrouds for foremast are in place.

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Also forestays, served and spliced in order to loop around foremast trees.

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Finally created the guys for the bowsprit. This was tricky. First had to create a collar with eyelets either side. Collar also needed the deadeye for the bobstay to be attached to it.

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Then made the the bowsprit guys themselves, which are then lashed to the collar. Both collar and guys have eyelets and thimbles. First go at this, but managed to get the hang of making little thimbles, by pushing a dremel head into some small sections of silver coated brass beads (from a bead store). This gives them a bit of shape. Then created a false splice around them. Finally make the little lashing and there we go.

 

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Its 2am, and I have a busy day with kids tomorrow. My wife is going to kill me... Bed time. Happy new year!

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I have adjusted the stern of the model. The kit and plans show simple square frames, which I have adjusted to something more authentic. Photos explain. I made an error in splaying them to follow the curvature of the stern, which is a shame. Will know for next time. This is a simple upgrade made using wood from the kit.

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Hi Tim, just found your build log. I built the Scottish Maid a while back. Always been one of my favorite ships. Love what you are doing with your build! I'll be following along!

 

Jesse

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Have been slowly plodding along on my Scottish Maid.

Here are a few things that have happened.

 

Firstly, here is my first attempt at a Cranse Iron, which I will use on the lower yard on the foremast. I don't know how to solder, so it is made with a few strips of brass, some brass wire and a brass pin and a bit of CA. The armof the iron rotates but not quite as much as it should!20170225_194520.jpg.8c89fb11169d329c1cbff4d3f554078a.jpg20170225_194354.jpg.d9e355cec04e38104bc02b9a620bd2d7.jpg

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Next  I have created an iron sling for the lower yard on the foremast.  Davis says this is likely  to have been used rather than a rope sling after about 1820 (in his Ship Model Builders Assistant). Its just a bit of blackened brass wire, and a chain, and a home made hook. 

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Finally I have bought a little lifeboat kit online (don't worry - its not from one of the banned manufacturers - I checked) and I am in the midst of putting it together. Its probably a couple of decades too old in it's design. But I found it hard to find a good quality little kit of the right size. This was as close as I could find. About $18 AUD. I like it. Not finished yet, but making progress. Its about 80mm long, so the planking is quite tricky. 

I have been using the steamer on my coffee machine and a bit of CA (no pins) and a few miniature clothes pegs to bend the planks - and it seems to go pretty well.

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Hi Tim I have just found your log and I am very impressed I will be following along I like your colour scheme very much and the detail you have shown in the rigging is fantastic

 

thanks

steve

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Hi Tim,

For a second build, what can I sy?

Fantastic!!

 

(There is nothing wrong with the colour scheme at all and the Plating loos good too.)

 

My Partners Son had started this some time ago but the unfinished article is languishing in my "Ship Room" awaiting his attentions.

 

Cheers....HOF.

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Yup,

That was my Boy, Sudamo.

Unfortunately passed away a few years ago. (His Sister outlived him by three years.

I now have Phoenix and Shewa.

 

I'll never be without an Abby!! :)

 

(I'll Post a couple of Photos if you wish.)

 

Cheers....HOF.

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HOF. Love to see the cats. We had two growing up, Archie and Mehitabel. But send them to me via a message rather than posting on the build log.

Thanks! Tim

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