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Armed Virginia Sloop By captain_hook - FINISHED - Model Shipways - Scale 1:48


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Thank you all for the nice comments and the likes. Did the gaff, boom and the yards today. Also prepared two anchor buoys from a scrap part of the spar I made the mast of. Will add all the stop chocks and the boom jar rest tomorrow. I put it all together for a test dry-fit.

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Today I added all stop chocks, the boom jar rest and simulated the Iron bands on the gaff and boom with stripes cut from black card paper. Added some eyelets too. I will paint the masting parts just before I will begin rigging. As the masting material is almost finished I have no more reasons to postpone deck treenailing. Will start with that tomorrow ... or next week. 

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Yesterday I started treenailing the deck. First I used some 2mm tape to line up the holes. Then I used a I pricker to pre-drill the holes. AND THEN I started drilling.......  and more drilling ... and even more. Took me about 4 hours yesterday and another 3 hours to position and drill all the holes by hand. Hard to estimate how long it would last to completely treenail a quarter scale swan class sloop. Used a 0,6mm drill (that would be about 3 cm for a real treenail). Lucky me, no broken drills.

 

I will start inserting toothpricks tomorrow, because my battery is more than empty for today...... After that I have to paint some areas again.

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Nice looking job on the trenails.  I cheated and figured that they wouldn't be exactly perfect in the real world, so I used tape like you did, but stuck a drill-bit in a dremel tool and just started drilling holes.  Lots of time saved, but not nearly as sharply lined up as yours.  

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Finished the deck. The toothbrushes are made of basswood so the treenails don’t contrast the boxwood too much and are rather discreet. I had to fix up some paint. Started to make the cannons so the crew won‘t have to throw stones at enemy ships any longer...

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4 hours ago, captain_hook said:

Started to make the cannons so the crew won‘t have to throw stones at enemy ships

You could do it John Rathbun style!

In 1779, he assumed command of the 28 gun frigate Queen Of France and in July cruised off Newfoundland with Providence and Ranger. On the 16th, the ships sighted a convoy bound for Britain. Fog closed in, but when it lifted, Queen of France was next to a merchantman whose crew mistook the American for a British escort vessel. Rathbun took advantage of the situation, exploited the mistake in identity by going over in his ships boat and informing the British captain that he and his vessel were captured! He did this a total of four times and eventually Ranger and Providence not wanting to be left out on the prize money followed suit. eleven ships in total were cut out of the convoy, their total value over 1 million dollars. This was over a time span of three days and within full view of a British Ship-of-the-line and three frigate escort ships! It is pretty obvious that not a shot was fired!

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Wow, Captain Rathbun was very lucky indeed. But it is nice to have some guns available - in case you need them. I completed the 6 ones for the AVS. I used Syren 1/64 6-pd guns with carriage in exchange for the 1/48 3-pd casting barrels. They look a little thinner than the supplied ones but have equal length. Need to rig them but I have to do some more work on the hull first.

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Thank you for the kind words and comments. I made a special boom sheet traveller and the anchors. Finished the timberheads too. The anchors supplied in the kit seem to be very small in comparison to the ship size. So I decided to use some bigger ones, about 4 cm length. 

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All parts finished except the rudder and the cabin ladders. But the painting of the hull is more difficult than expected, so I cannot access the deck to install the items and to add the eyebolts. Have to paint more thin layers of paint to have some colour to sand flat. Should have used water based acryl instead of emaille. So I have to wait 6 hours before I can add another layer. Next time I will use my airbrush. 😏

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Finished the painting downwards the whale, all white. In the end I used my airbrush to get an equal colour layer that covers well. Added a profile strip left and right to the stem at the end of the whale to separate the colour from the wood.

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I hope everyone had a merry christmas. I prepared the rudder and attached it on the hull using the supplied brass stripes and 0,8mm brass rivets, which I epoxied into the pre-drilled stripes. The glue has to dry 12 hours and the support strips to keep the rudder in place are shown on the photos. 

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Happy new year 2019! I finished the painting, there is only some clear varnish left. I made two ladders for the cabin front and installed the catheads. The plan shows the catheads installed near the first gunport but a lot of contemporary plans of smaller vessels show catheads installed rather in front of the vessel, so I fitted them between the first two timberheads as I am going to use anchors larger than the kit-supplied ones. Drilled all the holes for clamps and eyebolds. I will install them later this week. All deck items are dry-fitted, nothing is glued yet. I will rig the guns before I install them on deck. 

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