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HMS Victory by rkwz - AIRFIX - Scale 1:180 - First plastic ship build

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On 6/12/2020 at 4:36 PM, dafi said:

Very enjoyable build 🙂

 

Some options to think about:

 

- Rudder hinges not black as iron would rust fast away. A little bit more yellowish copper or the same color than the copper would be more suitable

- If you still look for options for the hammock netting, have you considered showing them with their sail cloth cover on? Take a core of foam, give it a bit a shape with the marks of the stanchions, a slag in between for gravity reasons and the ripples for the covered hammocks, and cover with paper-hankies diluted with PVC and paint.

 

All the best, Daniel

Thank you for your tips, Daniel. Your Victory has been a treasure trove of ideas for my humble beginners build! The kevels were painted with toothpicks for the fine details which I learnt from you :)

 

I know I've been procrastinating getting the hammock netting in. The forecastle and slope of the poop deck to me is going to be a challenge for this step.

 

I could shape some copper wire to represent the stanchions and CA them on, then add the netting after using your method of pressing tulle with paper and sticks.

 

Noticed the Heller model has a thinner channel above the deadeye channels for the stanchions to attach to, so I could try attaching black plastic card 🤔

 

Forgive my ignorance, but I can't find any images of the netting covered with sail cloth for reference. I still like the look of the exposed netting though, which allows a glimpse of the details on the topdeck...

 

Thank you also for enlightening me about the rudder hinges. I will redo them with copper paint later. I did notice someone raving about Revell Aqua copper paint which has a better sheen and not as dull looking as the Humbrol paint I used. 

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Or I might even try weathering the hull below the waterline but having had no experience in this, I will have to do some test runs for practice first before I make a total mess of it!

 

 

 

Will we be seeing more of your Victory now that you've settled in to your new man cave? :piratetongueor4:

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Coming. it´s coming 🙂

 

here some hints for the looks: Trafalgar companion (poop deck with boarding), a note from a Trafalgar midship man and a contemporary painting. A very elegant way ist to cover most of the hammocks and have one section with the cloth opened to show the details underneath.

 

XXXDAn

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Thanks, Daniel. Not sure if my skills are up to that challenge, but definitely still playing out in my mind how this can be done.

 

I've chickened out and opted to push on with the rigging first before doing the netting around the deck. 

 

 

Main yard partially installed and dangling haphazardly.

 

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Yard sling seized around the main mast.

 

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Manipulated some 0.5mm copper wire for the bow netting.

 

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Waiting for the paint to dry before cutting the tulle to fit.

 

 

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An overall progress pic. 

 

 

 

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Cheers

 

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Wow. This order from Europe took about 3 months to arrive due to COVID-19! 

 

I'm glad I slowed down the build and now can be a little less stingy with materials like eyebolts and hooks. :piratetongueor4:

 

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Although it seems I've under ordered the 1mm diameter eyebolts for the gunport covers. Can I afford to wait another 3 months? 🤔

 

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Netting test for the bow section. Looks a tad underscale and could do with a little dirtying wash, so I've left it as a removable piece in case I change my mind later.

 

 

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WOW! This gets more impressive each time you post. Considering the scale, I'll say you're making a fabulous job of this, your first ship build! It does highlight what can be done with the venerable Airfix kit. This is the best build of it I've ever seen (and I've been looking at them since it was introduced).

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On 6/26/2020 at 6:20 AM, shipman said:

WOW! This gets more impressive each time you post. Considering the scale, I'll say you're making a fabulous job of this, your first ship build! It does highlight what can be done with the venerable Airfix kit. This is the best build of it I've ever seen (and I've been looking at them since it was introduced).

Thank you, shipman. That is high praise indeed, but there are many many superior builds out there which simply haven't been posted online yet :). Hopefully others can learn to love the olde Airfix kit, learn from my mistakes and see what is possible from this blog.

 

Hackney's manual breaks it all down so it is easy for a novice like me to build this ship. Also the fantastic support and advice from MSW members like you!

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(Part) fitted the rest of the yards on the main mast. Broke the mizzen topgallant mast again in the process but luckily was able to CA that back.

 

The plastic kit spars are flimsy indeed...

 

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Deep in contemplation for the next couple of running rigging steps.

 

 

 

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More lollipops made and some colour corrections for the mizzen topsail yard.

 

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While waiting for the paint to dry and nothing much else to do, I painted the rest of the gunport covers. Seems a little too glossy, but they'll be facing down so may not be too obvious.

 

 

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Now finding more work to do in between rigging the yards, I turned my attention to the netting.

 

After much thought and based on my limited resources currently, I opted to try copper wire bent over a spanner, lightly hammered and squeezed with pliers to mold around the square edges 

 

 

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Trimmed to shape.

 

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And now to test the product claims made by Gorilla Glue. Small drop of the CA and gingerly balancing them on the rails whilst waiting for it to set.  I chose the poop deck rails to test this out, as they were the easiest to access. 

 

 

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Success (?) The scale seems a bit off so will need a trim and adjustment. 

 

 

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I decided to leave out the eyebolts on the ends for this step. Hopefully it won't be too noticeable when complete🤞

 

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Did a little test of the Parrel beads for the driver boom. I sourced some 2mm beads (couldn't find anything smaller, 1mm would have been ideal) from the local craft store. Maybe tiny styrofoam balls could work better? Anyway, here goes...

 

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I felt it was too risky to drill into the boom so I opted for a simple overhead knot on both ends. One end cemented and the other left as is in case I need to remove it if I change my mind later.

 

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Finally attached all the yards on the mizzen mast although the yard lifts haven't yet been rigged.

 

Snapped the mizzen topgallant mast (yet again) :default_wallbash: while rigging the yard tie. Again Gorilla glue came to my rescue...

 

 

 

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I wasn't happy with the deck colour (a little bland and unrealistic), so I decided to take the plunge and attempt to weather it to simulate wood on plastic.

 

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The hammock netting supports fell victim to the paintbrush. 

 

Lesson: Get the painting done right before rigging 😭

 

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Still needs a Matte coat to bring down the glossiness.

 

This is my first attempt at weathering so any advice would be helpful! I used 2 shades of brown acrylic paint as I figured they'd be easy to wash off with water if I stuffed something up. Maybe a little extra dry brushing of black to define the planking lines?

 

 

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Also temporarily added the driver gaff with parrels which is a few steps ahead of Hackney's guide but I didn't want all the tie offs from the running rigging to get in the way later.

 

Cheers

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7 hours ago, rkwz said:

Maybe a little extra dry brushing of black to define the planking lines?

Be careful with black. I had no good results with it
Quite a "hard" color difference for a deck.
It is best to try on another piece of plastic first and not directly on your deck.

 

Looking at the photo. I would leave it as it is, it already looks good

7 hours ago, rkwz said:

Lesson: Get the painting done right before rigging 😭

I have also learned this lesson :blush:;)

 

(You may find painting ideas in post 93 of my Bounty project)

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17 hours ago, Backer said:

Be careful with black. I had no good results with it
Quite a "hard" color difference for a deck.
It is best to try on another piece of plastic first and not directly on your deck.

 

Looking at the photo. I would leave it as it is, it already looks good

I have also learned this lesson :blush:;)

 

(You may find painting ideas in post 93 of my Bounty project)

Thanks, Patrick. Time to revisit your Bounty log for inspiration :)

 

Also, another head banging realisation... There are no flemish horses on the fore and main yards :default_wallbash:

 

 

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A flemish horse on a ship??

Needed to google this...

Here. A flemish horse is a horse, a pub, beer... 😅

 

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4 minutes ago, Backer said:

A flemish horse on a ship??

Needed to google this...

Here. A flemish horse is a horse, a pub, beer... 😅

 

😆 Dr Google reckons they look like this:

 

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Although in terms of period ships, this is probably more like it....

 

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Just don't ask me to do a google search for a poop deck.

 

 

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Work begins on the driver boom, but before rigging, the stern lanterns have to be installed (reluctantly - I can just see my fat fingers knocking them off very soon).

 

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Also square cross piece made of styrene installed across the centre pair of end standards to rest the jackstaff on later.

 

Applied Humbrol Matt Cote to give a matte finish to the upper deck.... 

 

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Evidently not the result I was expecting... am I doing something wrong here?

 

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So I guess I may have to do some more light dry brushing with enamel paint and pray it works this time. 

 

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Driver boom and gaff mostly rigged. 

 

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Hackney recommends 1/32 inch single blocks for the gaff "vangs" 🧛 (that's a 0.8mm block!) ... I've tried my best to avoid any shortcuts so far but this will be one I'm happy to skip and stick to a simple knot to represent this.

 

Now to tackle the crows feet which I will refer to Patrick's (Backer) excellent method for his Bounty 😁.

 

Although I am approaching the end of the running rig (more like 75%), I am beginning to feel a bittersweet mixture of satisfaction and sadness at the conclusion of each step. It has been a fun project so far to maintain my sanity during the pandemic...

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, rkwz said:

Now to tackle the crows feet which I will refer to Patrick's (Backer) excellent method for his Bounty 😁.

 

Thanks

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