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H.M.S. Cruiser by Thunder - Caldercraft - 1:64 Scale

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As second planking completed down to the lower position of the wales I am expecting things to get more difficult from here. It is obvious that too plank the next section down the planks would have to be tapered more than half its width. Consequently drop strakes will be needed at the bow. I decided to drop one in straight away.



First strake tapered to 2mm.


Next strake down ready to fit. 2mm wide at end and then 2mm where the first strake ended.


Take a look at the stem. This design has it flush with the termination of the second planks above the wale position. I can find no evidence for this being correct. Also, it would look a lot better if I added a section of timber here. 

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Second planking working down. One full strake and then another drop strake




Started working up from garboard and down as well. One strake left on each side and stealers to do.





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Not posted anything for a while. To be honest not thought that there was much of interest to anyone. Anyway since last post have:

  1. Completed second planking
  2. fitted Wales.
  3. fitted entry port steps
  4. completed the deck planking
  5. fitted cat heads
  6. Bulwark capping
  7. timber heads


I broke both of the for timber heads, (are these knightheads), so these are very weak.


You can see the timber head in place above the starboard cathead. I could not get happy with the positioning of this as these are supposed to be an extension of the ships frames and as such would not pass through the cathead. I have cut the larboard one off and then filled it.




I have since re-installed these aft of the catheads as in the plans at the NMM.


I have since completed the head timbers and Hawse holes as well as the gun port gun tackle eyebolts and rudder brackets. Not photographed yet.

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6 hours ago, Thunder said:

To be honest not thought that there was much of interest to anyone.

Can't speak for others but I always find your builds interesting and well executed.


For some reason there are a number of older posts on this build that have not shown to me when I look in. I don't know why this happens but I have noticed it with other postings that I may have followed if I had seen them.

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Lou, Thank you for taking an interest, Below is another view of the deck showing the nibbling strake and planking.


Gun port eyebolt positions were drilled through a simple jig made out of two layers of scrap ply. The larger layer had the jig holes drilled through, the smaller layer is the exact size of the gun port. Has a planking screw through the centre so can be passed through the port and held from the outside whilst drilling for the eyebolts from the inside.


Take a note of the hawse hole positions as predetermined by the kit. They are too far from the stem post. Any anchor cable would rub on the cathead brackets when running in a direct line too their access to the cable tier. If you look to the next photos of the outside of the hull you will see they are too far out compared to the cheeks.



Funny our good the kit looks to you photograph it.


View of headrails etc, Not much like the kit, I managed to shape the grating / marines walk by soaking for hours and then shaping with a hot iron.



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Gratings in place on the deck. None are these are true to size of the plan. I cut the deck back to the apertures on the false deck. Big mistake, not only are the grating parts provided insufficient in length to cover the holes the subsequent built size are not to plan.


My advice would be to plank the deck completely and apply the gratings over the top. Not correct to real manufacture which is the opposite way round. The over issue is the small gap between the gratings and between them and the companionway. The planks are too small and to easy to keep breaking away. Hole for the companionway ( still visible above) is also too large. I have this ready to put in place and have had to run a plank round the bottom edge to make it wide enough to cover the hole.

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