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HMVS Cerberus 1870 by Dan Vadas - Paper Shipwright - 1:250 - CARD - FINISHED


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Hi all,

 

With my small distraction (the Concord Stagecoach) finished and out of the way, it's time to get back into SHIP modelling :D .

 

I've decided to go in a new direction, both in the Period of the Ship and in it's Construction. I've decided to try my hand at Card Modelling, something I haven't done since I was in my early teens when I built a number of Card models of buildings for my model railway. It was fun at the time, the models turned out OK, and it will hopefully be the same again :) .

 

For my first I've downloaded a freebie from Paper Shipwrights of the HMVS (Her Majesty's Victorian Ship) Cerberus. A pre-printed version is available for £8.50 plus p&h, but I had mine done at a local Photocopy shop for around the same price. They used the equivalent thicknesses of paper needed, and I got two copies of each page to cover the inevitable Oopsies.

 

I also have a Swann-Morton scalpel handle and 100 blades on it's way. The rest of the tools needed I already have :

 

A small steel rule, a cutting mat (although i might update that, I bought it 10 years ago and it's seen a bit of work :D ), good tweezers, Q-tips, a glue bottle of PVA, CA Glue for the PE, small side-cutters, pin-vices and micro-drills, a mechanical pencil, hairclip clamps, headband magnifier, a small awl and Tamiya masking tape :

 

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Beats the hell out of the thousands of dollars worth of tools and machines I've accumulated over the years for Wooden Ship Modelling. And .... there's NO sawdust :D .

 

If I make a success of this one, I might try my hand at something a little more difficult - either a Bismark or a Yamato :D . The Build Log starts in the next Post.

 

:cheers:  Danny

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I will be watching with interest Danny.  Your post prompted me to read up on HMVS Cerberus. A very interesting story. I did not realise it was still visible and recognisable after being scuttled in 1926. My stepson trained at HMAS Cerberus and now serves on Collins Class Subs in Perth. I now know the origin of the name of the base :) 

 

cheers

Steve

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Thanks Hornet, John and Slog.

 

A reasonable afternoon's work, after puzzling for an hour or so about what goes where, and what to cut etc :D . The bulkheads are glued to the base, and all tabs are scored and folded. I'm going to glue some balsa between the bulkheads along the edges to make gluing the sides on easier. I can forsee that I'd have a few problems with getting a sharp fold on some of the deck tabs otherwise.

 

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:cheers:  Danny

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Welcome Grant and Rick :) .

 

Folding and gluing the tabs took me 2 hours on the base. I let it dry overnight. The deck only took me an hour, maybe I'm getting better at it :D . They look rough in the closeup pic, but it's only shadows - they are all perfectly flat, which would have been impossible or at least VERY difficult without the balsa fillers.

 

When the deck dried there was a very slight amount of "hogging" - with one end flat on the table the other end was about 1.5mm high. Very easy to bend flat, I'm sure that when I fit the side panels it'll all be good :) :

 

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:cheers:  Danny

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8 hours ago, Canute said:

Interesting ironclad there, Danny. I'll pull up a chair, too.

 Be my guest Ken :D .

 

The sides of the hull fitted up pretty well, but there's a fair amount of thouching-up to do where the stark white edges of the paper join the black of the sides of the deck :

 

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The damage to the paint here was caused by attempting to get a hollow out of the superstructure deck :

 

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I'm using an Archival Ink pen to fix the problem. I've done a bit around the top of the stern bulwark and it looks like it'll do the job :

 

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Most of the Superstructure fitted :

 

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:cheers:  Danny

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Thank you John.

 

Now we're getting ridiculous :o . There are 13 Ventilators to make - these consist of two 2mm circles with a 1mm circle sandwiched between them. The one I've made so far took me about 15 minutes, not counting glue drying time. I've got to come up with a better way of cutting them out. I've checked the Interweb for precision hole punches, but the only set that would do the job is from Waldron and costs £55.60 ($AU97.00) :o . There's also this lot from Historex (UK), couple of Pounds dearer. I'll probably get a set, but not until I win Lotto :D :

 

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:cheers:  Danny

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2 hours ago, Dan Vad said:

Thank you John.

 

Now we're getting ridiculous :o . There are 13 Ventilators to make - these consist of two 2mm circles with a 1mm circle sandwiched between them. The one I've made so far took me about 15 minutes, not counting glue drying time. I've got to come up with a better way of cutting them out. I've checked the Interweb for precision hole punches, but the only set that would do the job is from Waldron and costs £55.60 ($AU97.00) :o . There's also this lot from Historex (UK), couple of Pounds dearer. I'll probably get a set, but not until I win Lotto :D

Look into a Japanese Hole Punch.  If you build card, this tool becomes a good friend.

I will admit....a tad pricey, but worth it.

Enjoying your build.  I have a copy of their Bismarck with the laser cut detail set and a full set of turned barrels.  Just have not had the nerve to start this monster.  But will admit, of my card kit collection, it is the top dog.  Look forward to more.

Rick

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Dan, did you re-read the V108 tutorial? There's a few tips and hints in there. :rolleyes:

 

Seriously, though, if you click on this page and scroll down a little, there's a demonstration on how to cut out very small circles without using a punch. Punches are wonderful tools, but if you can't afford one and/or don't want to mess around with the sharpened brass tube trick (which is a good trick), you can try the short-cut from the tutorial.

 

You are making some rapid progress!

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2 hours ago, popeye the sailor said:

great start on her Danny........have you tried to sharpen the edge on brass tube the size of your circles?     may help you out......I dunno. ;) 

Popeye - hah :D . I thought the exact same thing while I was driving home 10 minutes ago. Soon as I got home I checked what little brass tubing I have left - out of luck. Smallest is 3.0mm ID :( . I'll buy some smaller tube next time I'm in town.

 

Eddie - I checked out the punch set, beyond my price range at the moment but on the wish list :D . Seeing the pic on the site gave me an idea though, which WORKS for the 1mm pieces (actually 1.2mm because I'm also out of 1mm wire ;) ). I used my Byrnes Drawplate to punch out a piece, only a dozen to go :

 

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Chris - some great tips in your Log, I'll read it all shortly. I'm going to use your technique for the 2mm circles.

 

:cheers:  Danny

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Thanks Popeye, I've used nail clippers on the odd occasion before.

 

I've made the two Gun Turrets. I used a piece of scrap Castello to make a support for the base. This is slightly smaller than the finished diameter as I want to wrap the sides under the top for a better finish on the join :

 

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I cut two slots into the timber to house the gun barrels, which I made from some aluminium tubing I had lying around. These were painted matt black after this pic was taken, and then glued to the base with PVA :

 

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After gluing on the side and top I trimmed off the slight overlap using a variation on Slog's method whereby I rested the TIP of the blade on the cutting mat and chopped off tiny slivers while rotating the turret. It was a bit easier to do this way as I couldn't see the piece I was cutting with the BASE of the blade on the mat due to the height of the turret :

 

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Not too bad at all :D . Note the Vents have been fitted UNDER the top for a bit of depth :

 

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One turret fitted to the deck. The ventilators etc will be fitted next - they would have been badly damaged if fitted at an earlier stage :

 

 

 

 

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Here's a question, probably for Slog - I've used a Faber Castell PITT marker to edge colour the sides of the hull/deck joint. It all worked fine until I got just over one side done and the tip dried up. Any tips on getting the ink running again?

 

 

:cheers:  Danny

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I had another 12 tiny circles to cut for the Turret Vents, so I tried Slog's Method. It works really well - you are in total control of exactly how much to take off with each cut :) . Thank you Slog, I'm getting a lot of good tips from yours and Chris' Build Logs (so much still to learn :rolleyes: ).

 

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I also made and fitted the other six Vents (I'm calling them that for want of a better description. I think they may actually be Viewing Slots) :

 

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:cheers:  Danny

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