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HMS Bounty by Samuel I - Constructo - Scale 1:110 - First build

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Hello, my name is Samuel and this is my build log. 

 

This is my very first build, and I am super excited about it.

 

Like I said in my introduction post, I was gifted a wooden kit of the HMS Bounty 1:110 (Constructo) a few years back and never got around to building it because I was scared of messing it all up.  Now as I am a little older I started it as an "end of summer project" and I think I am about 3 weeks in and the ship looks good so far.  There is still a lot of work to do, and I know I will not be able to complete it before I head back to school in the fall. 

 

I plan to post photos of the ship after every addition that I add, and will probably ask a few questions about how to do a particular step(s) and look forward to the day that I can show my friends the work that I put in on this ship. 

 

Attached you will see some photos of the ship once i decided to start documenting my work, and you should be able to see a very slight progression as time passed. I will also be posting a photo of the box and ideal finished product. Let me know if you would like any more photos and I will do my best to post them and answer and questions that you all may have for me. 

 

Here is the link to my "new member post" 

 

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Not sure If I should edit my original post, or add a comment every time I do something.  Anyways, this morning I sanded, drilled, and glued on the Foremast, Mainmast, and Mizzenmast channels.  The plans said to use a 1mm drill bit, but I only had a 1/16 inch (1.5mm) drill bit available. I don't think its that much of a difference as the deadeyes will not be able to slip through the holes either way.  The instructions now tell me to sand the whole assembly, apply two coats of varnish, and paint the bottom of the hull white, and the upper half black.  I also  plan to paint the cast iron windows and the cabin windows in the back at the same time.  

 

If anyone could give me advice on what type of varnish to use, how to apply it, and what kind of paint is best for this project that would be greatly appreciated.  Another question I have is do I also apply varnish to the masts and the deck hatches when i finally add them to the ship? Do I do that before or after I have glued them in place and built up the masts with the connectors. (im not sure of the nautical term) The instructions are not very clear on these "details".  Any and all help is appreciated, Thank you.

 

Here are the photos of my attached channels. A close up, and a birds eye view. 

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8 minutes ago, Samuel I said:

Not sure If I should edit my original post, or add a comment every time I do something. 

Add posts as you go.

 

9 minutes ago, Samuel I said:

what kind of paint is best

Whatever kind you prefer. I prefer acrylics because they can be cleaned with water.

 

9 minutes ago, Samuel I said:

Another question I have is do I also apply varnish to the masts and the deck hatches when i finally add them to the ship? Do I do that before or after I have glued them in place and built up the masts with the connectors. (im not sure of the nautical term) The instructions are not very clear on these "details".

Definitely do as much as possible off the model, then touch up afterwards. Trying to do this on the model will be messy.

 

Cheers!

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1 hour ago, Samuel I said:

If anyone could give me advice on what type of varnish to use, how to apply it,

Samuel, I use matt polyurethane varnish. And Samuel, remember that you can use your build log to ask for advice as you just did. MSW is a very friendly forum.

 

Regards

 

Henrik

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1 hour ago, ccoyle said:

Definitely do as much as possible off the model, then touch up afterwards. Trying to do this on the model will be messy.

4 minutes ago, Henke said:

Samuel, I use matt polyurethane varnish.

Thank you ccole and Henke for the advice.  I will head to my local hobby shop and look for acrylic paint and polyurethane varnish.  Will update when I have some results. 

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Hello quick update to anyone out there, 

 

I went ahead and built my deck hatches, the mizzenmast pin racks, as well as the windlass uprights and sides. They look pretty good, in my opinion, but I do feel some finishing touches need to be done on the hatches. Im not sure. 

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I was also able to go to the hobby store and buy some polyurethane varnish and some acrylic paint for my ship.  After looking at some various paint schemes I think I like ones where I can still see most of the wood on the ship.  Linked below is a build that I really like for its style and the details. 

 

I think I would like to do something similar, however, my ship does not have a darker wood beneath the lower wales.  Is it possible for me to stain that wood and then put the polyurethane on it? If that is not possible, I asked my girlfriend to make some Photoshop mock ups of what my ship would look like should I choose to paint the hull white. 

 

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I think I like the look of the blue more, but i have read that black may be more historically accurate. I do realize that at this scale accuracy is going to be very hard to do correctly, but I want my ship to still look the part, even if it is my first go at this thing. 

 

Any advice as far as varnishing, painting, drying, and style would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all, I will update you as more of the ship is complete. 

 

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Your planking job, looks great so far. When I plank solid hulls, I usually used contact cement. I measure out my planks, smear on the contact cement on both the plank and the hull and then lay on the plank. But I also color or stain the solid wood hull a dark color so if there is any minute gaps between the planks, it will not stick out like a sore thumb. I use a low shine varnish and usually rub the finish with steel wool to give it a waxed appearance.  

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