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HMS Snake by BenD - Caldercraft - 1:64

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I was looking at the ship one morning and had a "OH God what have I done to her!" moment.  The varnish on the copper was ugly and needed to be removed.  600 cotton swabs and a whole 500mL bottle of 99% Isopropyl alcohol did the job.  Alcohol really does just melt acrylic varnish away.

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After removal I used some more polish and shes bright and new.  The batens need some paint touch up's but aside from that I think I have redeemed her. 

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On 8/9/2018 at 9:42 AM, BenD said:

This setup right here is paying dividends!  I set them up like this then use a blow dryer... 4 minutes later you have a laterally bent plank.  this needs to be known by all.  This is Chuck's method... Thank you man!

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I am going to try this technique for my build!

Thanks for posting such a great and detailed build log. Your work looks super neat and tidy and something to aspire to. I look forward to following along for the rest of your build.

(I’ll also be checking out your Sherbourne build too)

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The Great Guns 

 

I'm working out the configuration for my Carronades.  I've deviated from the kit a fair bit by adding eyelets for inhaul, outhaul, and taverse tackle.  There is also the addition of the deck block and rings for the breach rope. The rope is .75mm and looks a bit small so I will make some 1mm and see where that goes.  I may put the eyelets with the beach rope on the side instead of on top of the carriage.  The 1.5mm wire given with the kit is to small for the Trunnion bracket which is 2mm in diameter.  Add 2mm brass wire to basket... My Cornwallmodelboats order grows... 

 

Over all the guns are going to be an amalgamation of all the pictures and info I've been gathering.  I will probably only rig the breach rope and the out haul tackle but it's nice to have the rest of the hardware add detail.  

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I upgraded my workstation once again.  This time I got a new desk and some cheap Ikea lamps that can use 800 lumens bulbs.  I now have more desk space than I know what to do with. 

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So many hours have gone into prepping parts and painting for the Carronades. I can't even begin to imagine doing all the guns for a frigate or a ship of the line.  Anyway I tried using a black deckblock to see If I liked the contrast or not, backed out of that pretty fast.  

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Used a brush. I added 5 ml of water to the Caldercraft paint pot to thin it out and did 3 light coats.  They came out almost like airbrush, If you get really close you can see a bit of brush marks.

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Carronades continued. 

 

I made some .95mm rope for the guns and think I may move up to 1.10mm and see if that looks closer to scale.  The length needs to be increased also as you can see it can't haul in very far.  Fiddling with all these tiny parts makes me nervous about adding outhaul tackle.  

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Made the Ships wheel and capstan as a break from the guns.  The wheel may be changed out in the future if I can find a reasonable replacement.  The parts came off the sheet all hairy and chipped but they turned out okay regardless    

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Those pictures of the carronades are really beautiful! It looks much bigger then it really is! Nice!

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I just received some of Chris Wattons binnacles.  They are really detailed for their size.  I guess that's what you get when you buy a state of the art laser cuter.

 

Both sizes could work but I think I'll have room for the 1.64th one.  Honestly an 18 gun sloop of war probably wouldn't have one of these but it's going on anyway!

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