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HMS Victory by Patrick Haw - Caldercraft - Scale: 1/72


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A question, since I've been away for a while...is it possible to reply directly to a post someone makes on my blog?  Maybe I'm getting old, but I don't see a "Reply" button on posts people make on my log.  All I seem able to do is quote the message and respond to that.  

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7 hours ago, Patrick Haw said:

A question, since I've been away for a while...is it possible to reply directly to a post someone makes on my blog?  Maybe I'm getting old, but I don't see a "Reply" button on posts people make on my log.  All I seem able to do is quote the message and respond to that.  

only by the quote button as you did with my post, or multiple quotes in one post or private message

 

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Not a huge amount of progress to report.  I've spent some time getting the shipyard back into some sort of shape and am waiting on a shipment from Cornwall Model Boats so I can get on with and complete the quarterdeck...I think CMB must have shipped the stuff in some slab-sided, Dutch-built lugger as it's taking forever!  Someone should invent a flying machine you could put parcels in and send them across the seas!

 

Spent a lot of time on clean up/repairs of work already done.  It's amazing how stuff un-glues itself sitting in bubble wrap for 3 years!  I did get the stern and quarter galleries done with the panels between the windows and I got the rudder chains installed...so it's some progress!

 

Patrick

 

 

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Not a whole lot of progress, but a little.  I'm scheduled for rotator cuff surgery in a couple of weeks so thrying to get as much outdoor stuff done as I can...before I can't!

 

I finished the last two quarterdeck canons and started playing around with gun port lids.  I didn't mount the forward-most canon in the cabin, so that one is closed.  So we have a closed one, a half door one, and an open one!

 

So much to do, but finally my supplies arrived from CMBSo I'm ready to get a move on with the finishing the quarterdeck.  First up is the main companionway which anyone who's gone through my build log will know has been my nemesis!.  Lost ladders, broken pillars, etc.  Hope to have it done in a couple of days!

 

Patrick

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14 hours ago, Wallace said:

Good luck with that surgery sir. That will hold you up for a while I would imagine. Hope all goes well. 

Thank you.  I had the same surgery on the same shoulder a year ago, so I know what lies ahead!  Maybe I can do some off-ship stuff that doesn't need me to move my shoulder too much.  Maybe ship's boats?

 

Patrick

 

 

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Well I did it!  I finally vanquished the dragon and am now the proud owner of a completed (and sturdy) main companionway.  Put it together, took it apart, put it together again a few times until I'm finally happy with it!  Will try to get the waist ladders and stanchions in before surgery!

 

For those yet to build the main companionway I'd strongly advise you to build the entire thing off the ship and then install it as a unit as others have done...it'd be a whole lot easier!

 

 

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9 hours ago, Wallace said:

Duly noted Patrick. You did a fine job on it. That finish looks great, what did you treat the wood with (and, in case I missed the info earlier in the build, was that the wood supplied with the kit or did you scratch build it)?

Thanks Mark,

 

The wood, stairs, and balusters are supplied with the kit.  You have to build the stairs from the parts supplied.  The railings and hand rails are made from 1.5 mm x 1.5 mm walnut that you need to reduce to 1 mm x 1 mm. The balusters are (I think) 16mm that you need to reduce to 14.75 mm and square the rounded edges.  So basically you have to build the companionway yourself from the wood and balusters supplied in the kit.  I finished it with walnut stain and a coat of clear satin varnish.  A digital caliper is invaluable for measuring and cutting the railings.

 

My companionway is not the best I've seen but after several attempts at it I'm pleased with the result.

 

Patrick

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Some progress today.  Got the forward waist ladders in place, along with waist stanchions and hand ropes.  The hand ropes will be tightened up once connected to the aft waist ladders.  Close up pictures really show the need for a good dusting and paint touch-up!!

 

Patrick

 

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Greeting Patrick  

                      Four years on and still no dam dust !!!!!!! Welcome back. I have only just returned with my Diana. Well there’s not a lot to say is there?? It’s all been said.

Simply Brilliant.  Only one concern, slow down a bit, don’t rush it!!

                                 Best regards DAVID

 

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Hi Mark,

 

I've got the canned air spray and it works.  Trouble is that after sitting in mothballs for a few years some of that dust takes some shifting!  I use a medium soft paint brush to stir up the ingrained dust and then blow it away!

 

Patrick

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3 minutes ago, Shipyard sid said:

Four years on and still no dam dust !!!!!!!

 

Oh there's dust David!  We're just four years older and our eyesight isn't as good!  Just found your Diana log and will be following closely.

 

Best,

 

Patrick

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I got all the waist ladders in and rigged.  Pretty pleased, although some touch up and finishing to do.  I'm happy and feel like I'm closing in on finishing the quarter deck.  Poop ladder hand rails still to finish but I have the wooden hand rails already done so it's just a question of installation.

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Well, it has been a long, long time. My resolution to get back to Victory lapsed for a couple of years and it stayed wrapped in plastic.  In June this year I had a sort of epiphany moment following a life-threatening illness and surgery and I resolved to get back to the build...and to finish it!  I've been working on it almost every day since July and am closing in on finishing the hull and just need to to finish the gun port lids, then it'll be on to masts and rigging.  A few pictures of where it stands right now...and more to come soon!

 

 

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Progress from the last couple of days. Port side middle gun deck port lids are all installed. I started out with the gun port lids building one at a time, then 3 at a time, now I'm juggling 8 at a time and it goes much quicker. As is always the case with the repetitive jobs on the build, you start of shaky and get better as you go along. When you finally get good at it, you've pretty much finished the job and don't need those skills any more!

 

Patrick

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We grow...in more ways than one.  Just for laughs here's a picture of my entire workshop/workbench when I started this project so long ago, followed by a couple of more pics of what it looks like today. I need a bigger garage!  Mind you, when I see some other builders' custom-built workshops I salivate...and then I think of Gil Middleton who built his amazing Victory on a table top in a condominium!

 

Patrick

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Well, we're moving along now with gun port lids. I now have 15 of them under various stages of assembly/painting. Once these are finished and installed I only have seven more to build...whoopee! As each lid is custom-built and fitted to its respective gun port (to allow for building up wales and slight variations in size) I number them and then place them on sticky side up masking tape so they don't fly away or get mixed up once they're painted inside and out. I use the sticky side up masking tape on the painting bench too so the lids don't get blown away by air pressure from the air brush!

 

Patrick

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Nothing posted lately, but I've been busy working on gun ports and finally have finished them all.  As always, there's touch up here and there to do, but I think I'm pretty much finished with the hull now and can move on. Started tapering the bowsprit today!

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