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HMS Bellona 1760 by SJSoane - Scale 1:64 - English 74 gun, as designed

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Thanks so much for the kind comments, Gaetan and Steven.

 

I have now completed the starboard channel wale, which is as far as I will go with planking for a while. I need to catch up inboard, and get the remaining decks in place before planking the topsides. I don't want to risk errant drill holes coming through from work inboard.

 

Here we can see again the dramatic resolution of various curves at the stern, as the tumblehome twists upright for the stern works.

 

I think it is now on to spirketting on the gundeck, and perhaps proceeding with the cheeks and hawse liners at the bow. Once those are done, I can finally drill the hawse holes, something I have been looking forward to for many years!

 

Mark

 

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Thanks, Gaetan, and I am also thinking about how to build a little jig to ensure that I drill the pilot hole at exactly the right angle. Getting this wrong will put the hole in the wrong location inboard. Or, do you straighten the hole up when you finish shape it with files?

 

Mark

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Have to agree with you 100 percent Gaetan. When I got to about 75 percent of the hole I stated filing up to the finally size. Work great. Also if you drill the holes make sure you have a piece of wood inboard so you don't break  out the wood. Don't forget Mark, the holes are slanted up from the outside to the inside. Of course am sure most of this you all ready knew. ;o) Gary

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Hi Mark,I've been following your build since you started.Exemplary carpentry and dedication indeed. A little fix you may find useful when drilling hawse holes. Drill about 2/3 of the diameter required then open out the holes using a tapered reamer of the req size then ream from the other end.Then run a straight  reamer through to remove the slight constriction in the holes centre. You wont get any tearout and really smooth hawse holes,no filing marks. Just a thought,anyway it worked for me.

 

Dave :dancetl6: 

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I take an alternative approach and file out the half-holes almost to size in the hawse timbers before assembling them on the model. This automatically puts the holes at the correct upward angle and parallel to the long axis of the model. Also, there is zero risk of tear-out by drilling. Ah, well - on your next model!

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Thanks, Gary, Dave and druxey for thoughts on the hawse holes. I will definitely drill undersized and fill to the correct diameter.

 

Druxey, I was many years into this build before I realized that the hawse hole were related to the location of the hawse timbers! I had faithfully followed the stylized construction methods of the original dockyard models, which used symmetrical hollowed shells at the bows, bearing no relationship whatsoever to the actual framing construction. For a long time I pondered how big, and in what location, they would be drilled, trying to eyeball dimensions in photos relative to other things whose sizes I knew.

 

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Finally, after reading about this in David Antscherl's Fully Framed Model series, I was able to construct in a drawing where the hawse timbers would have been had I constructed this accurately, and therefore where the hawse holes would be drilled. Indeed, in the next model.....

 

 

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On another topic, I just received the micro chisels I ordered from Mihail Kirsanov in Russia. A number of Model Ship World builders recommended these, and they are indeed the premier micro chisels of all time. Exquisite craftsmanship, sharp as anything, and all of the shapes needed for ship ornamentation. I highly recommend them. They took more than 3 weeks in the mail, surviving the uncertainties of mail delivery during the pandemic. Now I just have to do them justice and carve something at least as beautiful as the chisels themselves.

 

Sharpening these will definitely be a challenge, there are some so small it is hard to see the surface needing sharpening! Mihail sent sharpening instructions which I will try to follow to the letter. Google Translate is our friend here!

 

Best wishes,

 

Mark

 

 

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5 hours ago, SJSoane said:

Thanks, Gary, Dave and druxey for thoughts on the hawse holes. I will definitely drill undersized and fill to the correct diameter.

 

Druxey, I was many years into this build before I realized that the hawse hole were related to the location of the hawse timbers! I had faithfully followed the stylized construction methods of the original dockyard models, which used symmetrical hollowed shells at the bows, bearing no relationship whatsoever to the actual framing construction. For a long time I pondered how big, and in what location, they would be drilled, trying to eyeball dimensions in photos relative to other things whose sizes I knew.

 

zOBJ_Bellona_20100410_70.thumb.jpg.346376444954a80b0094996e4be6a1f1.jpg

 

Finally, after reading about this in David Antscherl's Fully Framed Model series, I was able to construct in a drawing where the hawse timbers would have been had I constructed this accurately, and therefore where the hawse holes would be drilled. Indeed, in the next model.....

 

 

2033396503_ScreenShot2020-08-01at8_33_52PM.thumb.png.35d14e9e3a45805554aadeda0f69429f.png

On another topic, I just received the micro chisels I ordered from Mihail Kirsanov in Russia. A number of Model Ship World builders recommended these, and they are indeed the premier micro chisels of all time. Exquisite craftsmanship, sharp as anything, and all of the shapes needed for ship ornamentation. I highly recommend them. They took more than 3 weeks in the mail, surviving the uncertainties of mail delivery during the pandemic. Now I just have to do them justice and carve something at least as beautiful as the chisels themselves.

 

Sharpening these will definitely be a challenge, there are some so small it is hard to see the surface needing sharpening! Mihail sent sharpening instructions which I will try to follow to the letter. Google Translate is our friend here!

 

Best wishes,

 

Mark

 

 

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Those are very nice Mark. Do believe that druxey was talking about these when they first came out a couple years back. I have been tempted many times but never pulled the card out. ;o) Gary

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