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

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Thanks for all the likes...it’s about this time on a build that I start thinking about my next one...Right now I’m thinking about something at 1:35 scale like the Amati America’s cup yacht Endeavour, or perhaps a fishing or working boat like a tug or icebreaker at similar larger scale if there is anything out there. Never done an Amati, don’t know about their plan quality as compared to AL? Also not sure where I can get their kits up here. I usually support local, but honestly the Canadian hobby shops seem ridiculously overpriced. I’ve also always wanted to do the 1:200 HMS Hood given the history of that I’ll fated battleship. Having seen Yves fabulous rendition of the U Boat going on here though I’m not sure I can live up to the challenge of plastic and the bar he’s set. Don’t know about you but typically I like to alternate between completely different types and vintages of ships in my builds.

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Bonehead move while finishing the masts...I had finished the foremast some time ago and forgot I used an acrylic satin finish since I was working inside the house...just finished the main and mizzenmast and forgot about that, and used my usual oil based finish. The oil deepens the walnut tone so end result was the foremast was way lighter than the others. looked like completely different wood. Thought about sanding it all down and starting over but I mixed a few drops of ebony+chestnut stain I had lying around with some of the oil varnish and applied it over the foremast and it seems to have matched it up with the others so the difference isnt noticeable. 5 minute job as opposed to hours which is sort of my strategic approach to ship modeling and life in general.
Perfect is the enemy of good.

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So the masts are all fitted and now finally installed with all the block and tackle attached. Nothing too earth shattering to report as the work is sort of repetitive. The most time consuming task hasbeen deciphering the AL mast drawing. I create a lead for the blocks by tying the block in a basic square knot, twisting the open leads a few times and rubbing a little CA on the twist before tying off the blocks to the mast. I rubbed the blocks with a little chestnut stain to make them look a little more in keeping with the rest of the ship’s patina. Got some of those cheap opthalmic scissors on amazon to snip thread, and I have to say they are going to be invaluable for the rigging, much better than the razor blade or nail clippers I had been using. Now on to some of the fixed rigging and ratlines - I’m going to fashion and install the yards and booms later. 

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Fun with the Bounty rigging...there is supposed to be a zigzag lacing between the two stays on the mainmast...tried two times to tie a zigzag pattern using 0.15mm thread between the two 0.80mm stays using simple knots...very difficult to get it looking consistent so pulled it all back off for now. There’s got to be a clever way to do this - if anyone has done it and has a method please let me know.

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looks nice really nice. it's a delicate process but it's fine. i painted the preventer stays with elmers school glue - diluted white glue - and used a hair drier to accelerate the drying in order to make sure they stayed straight.

 

keep up the great work.

mort

 

 

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Thanks Mort... I’ll try that. I made a proper job of the second crows feet at the mainmast. After doing it I realized I’d made a hash of the first one on the foremast, so Ive now pulled that mess off and redone it properly. Much better. 

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Thanks Matt. It is, too bad AL is out of business. The Bounty is a big build to work on, almost a metre long when finished.  Overall it’s a nice bit of kit.

Ok, I knew there was something off...so third times a charm, now these are.... finally.... proper crows feet I think. Hey, every build can be a bit of a relearning process. Piece of cake once you realize how it’s done.

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Thanks Yves...means a lot coming from you...

The shrouds are all in now, just starting the ratlines. I’ve tried different techniques, including clove hitches at the ends and at each shroud line. What I find is, it’s more important for final appearance sakes to keep from distorting the shrouds with all the ratlines install finagling - so now I just install a square knot one end and simple loop de loop over each shroud after. I squeeze each junction with tweezers to get the beeswax to hold everything, then a drop of glue. I can do them pretty quickly this way without messing up the shroud alignment. It’s also easier than a lot of knotwork given I only have two functioning fingers to work with.

The most critical part of ratlines though is selecting the appropriate brand of scotch to get you through this strangely satisfying but interminable process. I’ve just opened a bottle of Te’ Bheag which seems effective. The bottle label also coincidentally gave me inspiration for my next project, which I ordered from ages of sail last night.

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Tim,

Clever solution for the ratline knot problem.   Perfect choice of lubricant.

Good to see a Bounty kit posting being rigged and well on the way to being finished.

Some on MSW seem to fall by the wayside.

 

Sam

 

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Thanks Sam...fixed part of rigging is well on the way to completion, just one more set of upper shrouds and the upper ratlines to go. Good job for a cold February here. My next project just arrived in the post... decided this lovely little fishing boat would be a nice change of pace after the rigours of the big Bounty. I’ll maybe do a build log if no one has done one by the time I start on the Fifie. Looks like a really nice and substantial  kit.

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