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HMS Speedy by Vane - Vanguard Models - Scale 1:64 - Master Shipwright (limited edition)

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First planking done and I have just had the kit abit more than a week. What I like about Speedy is that Chris have made many new design solutions that really make it easier and faster to build. A few observations so far:

1) Pre-made rabbit to support the first planking. 

2) Laser cut holes from "the wrong side" so you dont need to measure

3) The precut walls comes in 2 pieces 

4) MDF skeleton with many very close bulkheads

5) Only identified weakness so far are these 4 very fragile pieces that easily break during assembly. The would perhaps be made in a different mtrl than MDF?

 

Now its time to start with the 2nd planking in boxwood. Here he has also clear markings on where the first board should be placed so nothing to measure... 🙂

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Looking good Vane!

 

Those fragile stern frames were a headache for me. I didn't want to make them so thick that they would draw the eye from the rest of the model, but also needed to be robust enough to take the stern and side patterns. I could not use any kind of wood due to grain problems, they would break even easier and more often. This is why they are MDF, and also why I made sure in the instructions to tell the modeller to glue the stern patterns to the frames ASAP. The original designs for the 4 stern frames was a lot more robust, but found their oversized protrusions too out of kilter with the general fidelity and scale of the model overall - kind of like putting a 48th scale capstan on a 64th scale kit.. But, they are fragile, but just on the right side of acceptably so, I think.

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Well, they turned out ok and the proportions looks great. Just need to be very careful here. The MDF design is very different from all other kits I come across. It would be interesting to try it out for a much larger ship. The skeleton of your 1/64 Victory looks really impressive. I guess you will have that design for your upcoming Bristol as well?

  

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I can't believe how fast you are - it'll take me at least 3 months to get as far as you have, and I'm retired! How much does Chris's innovative design help in that regard? Everything certainly seems to fit together really well.

 

Keep up the good work. I'm really enjoying your log and can't wait to get my Speedy at Christmas.

 

Derek

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Thanks. Well its a design that dont require that much fitting.  Its also a small ship. Planking Victory in the same design would take alot more time just due to size. And i am also abit devoted at the time. I Will be travelling over Xmas and NYE so the build will take a 3 week break soon...

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This is optional according to the manual. But I decided to attach the keel elements before starting the 2nd planking simply because its kind of a slippery hull when everything is sanded  smooth. With the keel my fingers gets something to grab when holding the ship. We will see if it was a good decision i guess...

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When i did this the first time I used boiling water, PVA and pins. That is ok if you will paint the hull completely and can use woodfiller afterwards. Nowadays, especially on models when the wood will be visable, I have upgraded my technique and go with the "Chuck method". Instead of bending and pinning down the plank, I spend much more time on preparations. This involves two things: i prebend the plank in the "wrong direction" using hot air and clamps. I also spend some time on sanding to make sure it will lie flat against the previous plank. The final result is an S-shaped plank.

 

 

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To fix the plank  i put CA on the first 10cm and press it down for just a few seconds until it sticks.  

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Thereafter I use a toothpick or some pointy scrapwood with CA on top of it adding more on the plank and press it down. Repeat a few times and finally the whole plank is fixed. 

 

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Hi Vane

 

Lovely build. I did exactly the same thing with some of my second planking but spaced out the CA so that I could add normal wood glue as well. That should give a stronger bond to the first planking.

 

My two pennies worth anyway! 🙂

 

Nick

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Interesting, I have to try that too. there are many ways to do this. But i Think the gamechanger for me was when i bought my heatgun from Proxxon and started prebending the planks sideways. Everything fits so much better.

 

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Thanks 4 the support.  Since this is the first buildlog on Vanguards  Speedy, I try to explain  more and also review the kit as i work on it. 

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Yes I know, this looks ridicurlos! 

However, by using leftover walnut strips on the areas that will be coppered i will save at least 25 strips of boxwood. I am also not that carefull on the details here. Pins, Water and PVA!

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Just a comment - its amazing how one can overlook that areas are hidden.

First planking is a prime example is going to be covered - so use pins - ditto areas to be coppered as Vane says

 

And my favourite is pinning the second planking where it sits under the wale  - its such a great assistance  to have  the strips there pinned and really lined up.

 

And doesnt that stern wood look great !

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Thanks alot. Boxwood looks really flat and precise once its sanded. Some people just use Walnut and hardly sand at all. I have started to pay more attension to everything nowadays. It will be really intresting to compare my Tanganyika Granado hull with this Boxwood hull once things start to be finilized.

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Really enjoying your build log Vane, as you spearhead the speedy builds.

Can you clarify for me your technique for bending the planks with hot air and clamps. Do you just heat them up bend then clamp or do you soak them first?

 

Phill

 

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