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HMS Fly by vths - Victory Models - Scale 1:64 - Second wooden kit build

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Time for rudder gudgeons. According to the kit plans, their pins should be created using 1mm wire drilled right into the rudder and bent 90 degrees. That would be hideous, so I decided to solder them to the outer side of the gudgeons creating a gentle toe like this (Proxxon butane torch rules)

 

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But then the pin appeared to me too thick, so I replaced the 1mm wire with thin brass nails. 

 

I don't have good experience with blackening brass, so I painted the parts using metal primer, tamyia acrylic and semi-matt Nelson varnish to protect the paint. There is a bit of silver paint to add the shiny metal effect, but not on the photo. 

 

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Almost finished rudder

 

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Thanks Martin, much appreciated. 

 

 

There was one more delicate piece to be made, the spectacle plate for the rudder chains. I used 1mm copper sheet and again solder. 

 

 

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Then I could finish the rudder and put in in place. 

 

 

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And then I was thinking about the way how to bend the stern decoration. Alistair chose to break it into a few parts and glue it together again, but I wanted to work with one single part. I aimed to create a plaster stencil and then cast a brand new piece made of tin. In the end I took the risky approach, grabbed a torch and the piece in tweezers, heated it and let it bend slowly part after part. It looks unharmed now and suprisingly well follows the stern of my Fly. 

 

 

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Very nice work. The rudder looks spot on. A very clever idea for bending the stern decoration - I wish I'd thought of that!

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Beautiful work on the chain plate!  I think I'm going to have to study metallurgy!

 

You've also done a fine job of making the detail of the decoration visible.  I like that white line and the white of the horns.  So, in making the plaster cast, how did you get the detail?  I ask out of complete ignorance of any kind of casting technique.

 

Cheers,

 

Martin

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Thanks for the kind words.

 

Martin, that is a misunderstanding, I didn't cast a new piece, I just used the supplied one and bent it using torch. But if I were to cast a new piece, then I would simply lubricate the stencil (=supplied piece) with oil or something, put it in a plaster, let it harden, put the stencil out and then use tin and lead solder to cast a new one. That would be also flat, but much softer and bendable. 

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Hello folks, after a long time (I've rediscovered Baldur's Gate 2 and Throne of Bhaal :) ) a small update.

 

The aft furniture is basically finished with rudder and helm in their places as well as their rigging. 

 

 

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But then I remembered that I haven't created scuppers yet, well, more likely I've been postponing it for far too long. So I grabbed a 2mm brass tube, cut it into pieces, drilled holes above the wales and the rest was easy. 

 

 

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Hello folks, after a long time (I've rediscovered Baldur's Gate 2 and Throne of Bhaal :) ) a small update.

 

 

 

Man, those are games from a long time ago, aren't they?  As in like 25 years ago?  I think I remember playing them in high school :)

 

Very nice work on your Fly!

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Well, you guys are a different generation -- I thought those must be novels.  :o

 

I like those scuppers, Vitus.  I don't think I'd seen those on the plans.

 

Cheers,

 

Martin

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Thanks, they are not on plans. I was inspired by Dan's Vulture. 

 

Now, I was not completely satisfied with the supplied blocks, so I've decided to create a small sanding jig. It is most useful attached to a high-speed grinder. 

 

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The result (original and sanded blocks):

 

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And finally the almost finished forecastle with funnel made of wood and its pot or flap or whatever it is called is made of metal. 

 

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Welcome back Vitus. My Fly is still on hold - just no time to spare. You are well past me now and it is looking great as well.

 

Cheers

Alistair

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Welcome return !

 

 I however was forced to get my Pegasus out of its box to think about re-starting as well.  After a crisp word from the Admiral though I put her back and got on with Pickle !

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Thanks guys, good to see you as well. Hope you'll find a way back to your Swans soon. 

 

A small update. I did not want to alter the chain pumps, but simple bent 1mm wire handles looked just ridiculous, so I grabbed my solder torch and made these. Finally I blackended the parts. 

 

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Thanks B.E.  I'm watching your progress in creating cable stoppers, that will help me a lot, so thanks for that in advance :) 

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Your lovely lovely work  on Fly continues!

 

Just a quick query - what finish are you using on the "plain" bits on the hull -  and did you just paint the wales ?

 

I am trying to do a "minimum paint / nicer woods " build on my Pickle and am just getting to decision point  so all input helps.

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Thanks guys.

 

SpyGlass: the wales are painted (dull black) and varnished. Plain parts are just varnished with Lord Nelson semi-matt. More and more I realise that for the next model I will need to buy proper wood of the same colour. Combination of tanganyika and differently toned walnut looks weird unpainted. 

 

I've finally added the second pair of seats of ease as well as boards to give the crew some privacy. Again, Dan's suberb Vulture was the model. 

 

 

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