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HMS Victory by Submarineman - Constructo - 1:94 - first wooden ship build


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Hi Guys,

Well after moving house last year, I have eventually made progress on my man cave. Whilst this was happening I have had loads of time to research the finer point of HMS Victory (I served on her in the late 70's as buffers party for two months).

 

Have come to the conclusion that Constructo kits are not that detailed; hence more and more research into how I want my model to look.

 

Initial Changes I intend to make are:

Fibre optic lighting

See through gallery

Make all ropes on my own Ropewalk

 

Well that's plan!

 

Talking of plans I came across a wonderful website "Myhobbystore.com". And purchased a set of six plans for £27.50, well worth it. See attached photos.

 

Progress thus far is cutting out plywood hull components: will keep updated as and when I get time to do more

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  • 2 years later...

It never rains but it pours, since I started this topic I was just about to start the model Victory - then wham lost all feeling in my left arm, surgery, physiotherapy and a lot of pain and learning to cope have taken its toll.  Luckily I am now back to where I feel I can carry on, so expect a lot more posts in the coming weeks.   

 

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Dry fitting the bulkheads before drilling holes for fibre Optic light routing, got to be a little methodical here as it'll probably be the only chance to get it right.  Observations that some of the pre-cut bulkheads are not symmetrical and a little loose, I've set myself two years to build so no rush (Especially when I have had the kit for over four years).

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Whilst  thinking about where on the Vic I want to have lighting (Fibre Optic) I have realised that I will have to open up some of the bulkheads, especially at the gallery area!  Then thinking ahead once again the question in my head was how do I want both the weather deck and gallery to look like when complete?  I absolutely hate the Constructo kit with the stick on brass accents and decorations - so they are a no go, 

 

so the question is what to do? Resolution is more work than I had planned and go off track and carve the decorative gallery, starting with laminating the vertical stern window post and build out the gallery, then focus on the Balustrades with my trusty Dremel.

All this And I have only physically started the dry fit of keel and bulkheads - am I over thinking this?  Has anyone had this dilemma before really starting?

Is this going to be a constant - thinking 20 steps ahead and seemingly not moving forward?

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2 minutes ago, Katsumoto said:

Very well organized sir! Good luck with this beauty and hopefully everthing is going better with your arm.

 

 

Thanks for the comments, very much appreciated.  Had a great deal of down time to read forums, plan ahead and micro manage what I wanted to do - had the kit for nearly 4 years, and lots of stops and starts.  Just got my teeth into it only to find out that I am having more surgery on my shoulder on 15th March, but this shouldn't limit my progress.  Don't want to rush it, just build methodically and learn from others.  Thanks

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5 hours ago, Submarineman said:

Planking jig made

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Now the deck planking jig has been tested, the additional jig to drill the treenails (trunalls) has been made to fit - simple brass strip 5mm wide with locator pieces glued so that I can get consistent results - so the tedious process of cut, drill and caulk until all are needed.  Luckily, I can practice on the lower decks which won't really be visible to hone in my skills.

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Update, laborious process of treenails continues, to break the monotony I have started the preps for the scratch build of the stern gallery as I do not like the kits method.  Started by gradually narrowing the 8 uprights (they get thinner at the top of the gallery), then applying laminate pear wood, the next step will be to route out the areas that sit behind the actual stern decorations - best laid plans

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HI.

A nice man cave And a load of tooling to get the job done :)

A good start on the Victory.

Are you using any books for reference ??

Will be interesting to watch the lighting with Fibre optics.  Not tried this yet.. So will be watching with interest.

Will follow along and I have the kitchen stool on the right booked as my front row seat.

One assumes you were a submariner ?? with the Name and the bulkhead door.

 

Regards Antony.

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9 hours ago, AntonyUK said:

HI.

A nice man cave And a load of tooling to get the job done :)

A good start on the Victory.

Are you using any books for reference ??

Will be interesting to watch the lighting with Fibre optics.  Not tried this yet.. So will be watching with interest.

Will follow along and I have the kitchen stool on the right booked as my front row seat.

One assumes you were a submariner ?? with the Name and the bulkhead door.

 

Regards Antony.

Hi Antony,

Thanks for the comments, yes I was a submariner for 26 years on both Diesel and Nuclear RN submarines, actually served on HMS Victory on Buffers party in the late 70's.  My decision to include LED Lighting came about when thinking how best to improve the crap Constructo Stern Gallery, but with decisions like this comes lots of forward planning and thought process - a great deal of chicken before the egg;  This is the most challenging aspect of the lighting to tell you the truth, tha actual lighting is very simple - couple of LED's lighting some 1mm fibre optic cable - just drill 1mm holes to place the fibre optic.  But as mentioned - thinking ahead is why I am focussing on the stern gallery scratch build so that the lanterns, captains, admirals quarters and lower gun decks are lit.    One step forward ten steps back.

reference materials - so many, I'll list them later in this build log, what I do find useful is the Excel spreadsheet with all the part numbers and descriptions (see one of the earlier posts).

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Update, laborious process of treenails continues, to break the monotony I have started the preps for the scratch build of the stern gallery as I do not like the kits method.  Started by gradually narrowing the 8 uprights (they get thinner at the top of the gallery), then applying laminate pear wood, the next step will be to route out the areas that sit behind the actual stern decorations - best laid plans

 

At the first attempt the stern gallery has not come out as I would have expected, so it's a matter of starting again - I am sure that this will not be the first time

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Hi mate

So glad you are back and able to build whats going to be a beauty, First wooden ship and you are pre thinking Fibre Optic, brave man.

I have to confess I have never been on your site, Sorry, I just never seam to surf the site of other builds especially from a mobile, so I am on my laptop and thought its time to look around. (this site is humbling and makes me realize I have a lot to learn, stunning ships) I remember you were prepping for the build and whaaaaaaaaaat, prepair you sure have, love the man cave that's on another level, tool station will be borrowing your stock. Very clever approach to the stern Gallery, I had a nightmare with mine. I have tagged your build and will be getting notifications on your post to keep an eye on how she is progressing. I have just passed year five of my build, I could see without glasses when I started. 

keep up the good work  

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8 hours ago, Paul0367 said:

Hi mate

So glad you are back and able to build whats going to be a beauty, First wooden ship and you are pre thinking Fibre Optic, brave man.

I have to confess I have never been on your site, Sorry, I just never seam to surf the site of other builds especially from a mobile, so I am on my laptop and thought its time to look around. (this site is humbling and makes me realize I have a lot to learn, stunning ships) I remember you were prepping for the build and whaaaaaaaaaat, prepair you sure have, love the man cave that's on another level, tool station will be borrowing your stock. Very clever approach to the stern Gallery, I had a nightmare with mine. I have tagged your build and will be getting notifications on your post to keep an eye on how she is progressing. I have just passed year five of my build, I could see without glasses when I started. 

keep up the good work  

Hey Paul,

thanks for the kind comments, yes I've had a lot of time to prepare for the build, what with house moves, illness and partial disability I feel I am ready to commit.  Have followed your build for the full five years during my ups and downs and am totally impressed with the standard of workmanship, in actual fact your ethos of adding items that are not supplied with the kit set my mind to doing some elements of scratch build in certain areas - such as the Stern Gallery and LED / fibre optic lighting.  But as I have mentioned in this build log, this decision has led to thinking ten moves ahead to ensure the fibre optics are aligned and identify where I want the lighting to maximum effect. This is why I am focussing on the Stern area, at the same time cutting treenails and decking.  

 

I am am just about to make a bending jig so that I can curve the stern, plan is to soak in hot water and place into the homemade jig / press - hopefully it won't fall apart - main concern is the Titebond glue losing adhesion during the soaking process.

 

It's going to be a long journey but one I am looking forward too.  

 

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  • 10 months later...

Hi 

Well its 3 months into 2020, and actually my birthday today and I have'nt touched the Victory in many a month, generally ive lost the interest in it since loosing my mother inlaw who I used to joke about her housing the finised model. Also my wife, who is training to go to Jet 2 having been made redundant from Thomas cook when they went under. Normally when she is flying I do the model but otherwise my time is spent with her when she is home, Summer is a big game changer too as we want to be out there living and not cooped up in a room building.  Your post have also stopped, have you chaned your buid or having a break  ? 

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