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Schooner Germania (Nova) by KeithAug - Scale 1:36 - 1908 / 2011

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Beautifully laid deck Keith; looks great on the model (the holystone crew should be given an extra issue of their favourite tipple ;) )  Are you going to put trennels in?

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Greg, Druxey, Paul, Phil - thank you for your comments.

9 hours ago, BANYAN said:

Are you going to put trennels in?

Pat ---- It is a good question. I have had a good look round all of the photos and they don't appear on any of the planks.

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3 hours ago, KeithAug said:

they don't appear on any of the planks

One wonders how the planking was attached? Maybe screwed and plugged but there is no evidence of plugs, at least none that I can see. A very sweet job of planking to look exactly as the original. 

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Must have used 'Jeffrey's compound (marine glue) or the like?  Either that or a very talented carpenter plugging the 'nails' with very tight plugs with grain oriented in the same direction.  Either way the deck looks very 'clean'.

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Having finished the deck planking I have now commenced making it look like it has a bad case of woodworm. The deck is covered in a multitude of fittings all of which require holes of various small diameters.

I am making a start on the holes which take the lower ends of the bulwark struts.

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There are about 50 struts per side. The positions of the struts are indicated on the plans but careful checking against photographs revealed a couple of discrepancies.

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Noting the discrepancies I attempted to validate all the positions from photographs. This proved to be quite a forensic task - enjoyable but very time consuming.

The holes to take the struts are all equidistant from the deck edge. I made a small gauge with a stepped profile to mark them out.

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Then I drilled them out using 3 drills of increasing size. The final size was 3/32 inch.DSC09277.thumb.JPG.465ffa158bd57db9ea1e0d9a6936e2e7.JPG

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Thank you all for your congratulations. I did finally get a bit of time in the workshop today.

I made a concerted effort to get a lot of the deck fitting positions established - I prefer to mark the positions on templates and then to transfer the positions to the deck by pricking through. As previously discussed I did a lot of checking of the positions using photographs.

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The deck has several hundred fittings which have to be checked and marked out. I colour them in on the plan as I go.

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The most difficult holes to position are those for the hawser pipes. You may remember that I pre-cut holes in the frames to take these pipes. Holes were cut in the hull and deck to align with these pipes. I checked the hull hole positions using folded card to make sure both sides were identical.

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I cut out a card template to show the angle the hawsers make with the hull as a precursor to making the hawser pipes / flanges.

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The hawser pipe is made from tube and a .315" (8mm) bar is turned to take this tube.

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The bar is then set in the mill at the angle of the template pre-determined earlier. The end of the bar is cut off at this angle using a slitting saw. The hawser pipe is then soldered in position.

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The slitting saw was then used to slit off a flange .050" thick. This was finally shaped with a file.

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The fitting against the hull was then checked before polishing and final checking.

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Keith, 

 

Still amazed how fast you work and can turn out exquisite hardware, superior deck furniture and righteous planking.

 

That being said I compared your markings for the hundreds of fittings on the deck with the crime statistics for the City of New York's 5 boroughs for the month of August. The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Staten Island were color coded according to the different crimes committed against the people of New York.  Strange that.:)

 

 

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