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HMS Bounty by Tim Moore - Artesania Latina - 1/48 - with exposed interior

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Seeing this has made me rethink buying the rest of the long boats for my Vic, maybe I should just scratch build them. Nice work Tim. 

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Thanks Mark. The shipwright was laid up for a while after getting a wisdom tooth removed, which didn't go well. Back to constructing the Bounty's launch and jolly boat. Nice little mini models actually. Rather than pinning the hull planks as suggested which I think could be a mess at this scale, I instead drilled the nailing pattern on the jolly boat using a 1/32" bit, pasted the hull with walnut wood filler and sanded. Think I'll maybe paint the launch and leave the jolly boat more au natural. Still a bunch more to do on these though before finishing.

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1 hour ago, Tim Moore said:

The shipwright was laid up for a while after getting a wisdom tooth removed, which didn't go well.

Been there Tim, more than once. Hope your face didn't swell up too much. 

Good call on the nail pattern and a good solution too. I agree that pinning would have looked a bit off. 

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Just tried out one of these collapsable eye needles to use for rigging - wow they are genius and work incredibly well. No more drilling out holes or struggling to find a tiny hole and push finicky thread through blocks. This will cut the $&!&#$@&$! rigging time considerably. 

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Morning Tim,

I have been looking for more refined rigging tools (been using artery clamps for years)

and saw your latest post.  Have just ordered some on ebay.

Thanks for the tip.  Never too old to learn.

Your build continues to be impressive.

 

Sam.

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The good thing about these particular ones is the 'needle' is very bendy so you can easily use them in tight spaces, as compared to a straight needle. It's basically two interwoven fine wires. The eye grips the thread at the end so it never comes out when you pull it through the block. Here's a closer shot.

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1 hour ago, Tim Moore said:

I picked mine up at Michaels

Good news - I get some of my supplies there too. Off we go to Michaels then........

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Heading back into the workshop after a long hiatus - have been busy over many months building a cottage for my brother in the north here, looking forward to getting back to finishing the Bounty over the winter. First step is to reacquaint myself with the kit and where the heck I left off. Hope my skills haven’t left me and that I don’t make a hash of the completion. 

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Could have used some rigging building that cottage actually, one end of it is perched 40 feet over the edge of a cliff.

Just finishing installing the dead eyes on the respective channels. The 1mm wire supposedly used for the chain plates in this kit is really too thick to work so I used some thinner wire, and an eyebolt instead of wire for the upper stiffening links. I’ll apply gunmetal to the lot after it’s done as with all the other brass. 

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Thanks Mark! and everyone giving the thumbs up. So the base Bounty is now all finished, except for a little detail trim painting fore and aft that I’ll take care of when I get a chance to pick up a few paint colours. Pretty nice kit when all is said and done. Now it’s on to the bowsprit and mast assemblies. Going to need my drill to do the tapering I guess, which stupidly is still up at that cottage so may be a slight delay. Unless I can think of someone with a lathe or drill press can drop in on. 

 

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First time I’ve had the pleasure of using a drill press to taper the masts, bowsprit etc. Man it sure makes it fast and easy. I used a step drill bit from my Dremel for the lower spindle, drilled a hole same size as bit shank in a piece of wood and clamped to the drill press table. Bit of oil on the shank. Created a shallow hole in the dowel to seat the spindle and raised the table so it is set. Drill on low speed and a couple of sanding blocks with medium paper and it’s done less than a minute, ready for final fine sanding etc by hand.

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Had a few days at the cottage construction project, now back with the Bounty. Been perusing the mast and rigging details. They’d be relatively straightforward for Mr. Spock of the enterprise but to me they look about as easy to follow as the wiring diagram for a nuclear control room. Fitted the bowsprit and its apparatus without any real trouble. Followed my usual theme of spar varnish on the walnut, with the centre section stained ebony.

Haha Now that I see it in place I think that damn ball at the top of the spike just looks way too big - Think I need to replace that.

On to masts and spars.

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Bit of a slowdown on the shipbuilding front owing to a back injury while building that cottage. Hard to concentrate on tiny details with the sciatica raging down my leg. Finished the bowsprit and now working on the foremast assembly. A bit cranky at the moment over trying to determine the correct form of the various wood parts that go into parts of the masts. A 3D drawing or picture of the base structure prior to rigging would help with some of the educated guesswork. But that’s probably just the leg talking. Just dry fitted the foremast on the ship and thankfully it fits perfectly through all the decks and into the slot in the keel. Just dumb luck really, I should have checked this much earlier during assembly with the 10mm dowel in case anything was out of alignment. 

 

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I've had this on my wish list for many years. Seeing your magnificent build  has really wet my appetite.

May I make a further suggestion for threading rigging-GUM® Eez-Thru® Floss Threaders. Very useful and cheap

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Thanks Stuglo. Working on the masts, which are substantial little projects on this Bounty. This is my rendition of the foremast assembly before some final trimming, sanding and staining/finishing, after which I will attach all the associated doodads. Nautical term.
The instructions peter out rather abruptly in this kit, almost like they ran out of gas or just lost interest down at Artesania Latina HQ. There is a ludicrously detailed and unnecessary explanation about how to fashion the grating, then ‘good luck finishing’ more or less. Doesn’t really matter since a good set of plans are what’s essential.  

 

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Foremast and main complete, working on the mizzenmast. No real issues, just a bit repetitive. Thankfully they are all true and in line above deck and fitted nicely through those multiple layers of holes through the lower decks. Think my goal is to fabricate, finish and attach all the paraphernalia to the masts and all the yards etc, this winter. I’m working on construction up north this spring for a few months then I’ll pick up with the rigging after the summer. At least that’s my plan. 

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