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Progress has been slow, partly because I keep thinking about what to do, rather than doing it.

 

I masked the hull, mainly to provide bare wood to which the trim strips will be glued - I have a dislike of gluing anything to something that has been painted. I’m never confident of the glue adhering well to the paint. The hull was painted and the trim strips glued in place.

 

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The two lengths of bare wood can be seen.

 

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The strip that runs through the gunports was applied in one length then trimmed where it was in way of the ports. (The patterns visible on the copper are reflections, not tarnish).

 

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Also visible in the photo is the quarter light, in place but not yet fixed. This was previously located using a card template, and two holes for thin dowels were drilled to ensure later accurate positioning. I didn't notice at the time, but the quarter light is slightly too high - so much for accurate positioning - and had to be moved down a couple of mm.

 

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The next major job is the guns. Like many, I was dissatisfied with the barrels that were supplied in the kit, and I bought new ones from RB Models (thanks B.E.). The kit barrel and the RB barrel.

 

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These were dressed with monograms from Syren. The monograms came in a sheet of black laser board (I believe it’s called), and the scrap was cut into small squares and glued to the barrels to represent the touch holes. Admittedly neither the monogram nor the touch hole is visible from any sort of distance, but I know they are there (they're not on the barrel in the above photo).

 

The carriages were built as per the kit with some additions. At the moment the cannons are still being assembled, so no photos yet. Except for the trial cannon, that I have been using to sort out various things. I’m going to rig the cannons with breech ropes and I’ve decided to rig the training tackle as frapped. This will be done off ship. A simple jig was used to hold things while I seized the breech ropes to the ring bolts. The photo shows the trial cannon with the breech ropes, and my first attempt at frapping. It also shows the monogram and the touch hole (somewhat off-centre, unfortunately). The breech rope is 0.88mm from Syren (no longer available of course), the training tackle rope is 0.10 (Amati), the blocks are 2mm from Vanguard and the hooks are 2.5mm from Crafty Sailor.

 

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So that’s it for now.

 

Cheers

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Edit. Photo was in wrong position.
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The quarterlights. These were assembled as per the instructions. I decided to glaze the windows, but was not especially happy with what would have been a black background behind them. So I decided to put a coloured backing behind the glazing. I tried pale blue and pale yellow, and settled on the pale blue. I then had a happy thought. Instead of a piece of coloured paper, then the acetate glazing (supplied in the kit), I would print the colour onto gloss photo paper and just use this, the gloss finish giving the appearance of glazing.

 

The painted, brass, window frames glued in place on the wooden patterns.

 

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The quarterlights with black, pale yellow and pale blue backgrounds. The latter two were trialled with pieces of paper, there is no glazing in any of the three.

 

 

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The completed quarterlight in place.

 

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Cheers for now.

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10 hours ago, Kyak said:

Hi Richard,
Very nice job so far. What colour of blue are you using? I like it very much...

Hi Tom,

 

Thanks for the comment. The blue on the hull is Humbrol #96, RAF matt blue, lightened slightly with some white. The blue behind the windows was just selected on the computer.

 

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Just a teeeny point - because I remember having so much trouble with them - the " swags " under the light you have painted blue - i think they are supposed to be part of the gilt gingerbread.   They are so delicate i had to fit a small support under. 

  I had great fun with these windows - i quite liked my curtains.

 

side windows

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Hi Spyglass,

 

18 hours ago, SpyGlass said:

Just a teeeny point - because I remember having so much trouble with them - the " swags " under the light you have painted blue - i think they are supposed to be part of the gilt gingerbread.   They are so delicate i had to fit a small support under. 

  I had great fun with these windows - i quite liked my curtains.

 

Those little “swags” as you called them are noted as being painted blue on the plan. However, they are basically unseen against the black background, so I’ve repainted them ochre, to match the other decorations. And yes, they are very fragile - I actually lost one due to a slightly too brisk stroke with the paintbrush. The chances of finding it were zero.

 

The retouched quarterlight.

 

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The guns have been completed and installed on the deck. I have however ignored the instructions that suggest mounting only the carriages of the guns that are under the fore and quarter decks, and later gluing the barrels onto the carriages by pushing them through the gunports. I know the guns are now somewhat vulnerable to being knocked, but I’ll take that chance.

 

As described in a previous post, I’ve added the monogram and touchhole to the barrels, and have done both the breech rope and the train tackles, the latter being frapped. The breech ropes needed a little PVA to make them lie naturally. If I were to do this again, there is one thing I would alter - use eye-bolts instead of ring-bolts to attach the breech ropes. The latter is correct but space on the model was very cramped with the ring there - and it’s not visible anyway.

 

A gun ready to be installed on the deck.

 

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Installed.

 

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The completed deck.

 

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Cheers

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6 minutes ago, Blue Ensign said:

Nice set up on the gun rigging Richard, I bet you're pleased that repetitive and fiddly exercise has been completed.

 

B.E.

You're not wrong B.E.. The actual assembly of the guns was spread over several weeks, so not too bad. But getting the guns fixed on the deck was an exercise in patience. Getting the ringbolts/breech ropes in place wasn't too awkward, but those frapped train tackles.....

 

Anyway, the next task is the chain pumps. Then the rest of the deck furniture.

 

Cheers

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The chain pumps were the next task. I assembled the two-piece pumps as supplied, put them on the deck and immediately realised there was a significant problem. Specifically, the axletree was too close to the deck, so close in fact that the winches may not have had clearance over the grating over the hatch. It would have been very difficult, to say the least, for the crew to operate the winches. I measured the height of the axletree from the deck on the kit plans and it was 9mm, compared to 17mm for the same measurement on the NMM plan. So what to do. Kit bash of course, and this was going to include the aft winch which is not shown on the kit plans. The jeer bitt was also going to be moved from the front of the pins to the rear, as on the NMM plan.

 

I tried to modify one of the already assembled pumps, but stuffed this up, so decided to scratch build two new ones. These were based on drawings in TFFM.

 

The two new pumps with some embellishments compared to the kit versions. Scoring was used to simulate individual planks.

 

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The pumps in place with wooden pillars at each end to support the winches. These were notched to fit onto the hatch coamings, and the ends rounded to fit into holes drilled through the deck. A length of brass rod was used to align the pillars and the pump.

 

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The pillars shaped and painted.

 

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Port and starboard done.

 

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The axletrees and winches were made primarily of 1mm brass rod, while the actual cranks were made from some brass fittings left over from a previous kit. They just happened to be the right size after being trimmed to length. Left over brass fittings (plus wood spacers) were also used for the rhodings (bearings) that are on the pins of the main topsail sheet bitt. Epoxy was used to join the pieces, as final assembly was going to be on the deck. The various parts ready for final assembly.

 

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All complete, and yes, for those who are wondering, the winches do actually rotate.😊

 

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Cheers.

 

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Hi Richard, that looks really good. I finally managed to finish my second planking below the main wale and am looking at your build log among others to see how best to proceed. Do you recommend planking the inner bulwarks before doing the outer planking above the main wale? I didn't really understand your explanation regarding the cannon eyebolts.

 

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starlight

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Hi Starlight,

 

Yes, I would have planked the inner bulwarks first. Then I drilled the holes for the cannon eyebolts from the outside and through the inner bulwark. Then finished the second planking. By doing it this way, I avoided the hassle of trying to drill the holes from the inside with the drill  (pinvice, whatever) just above the deck, and in particular, not drilling all the way through the second planking. From the  outside, before the second planking, the drill hole can go all the way through; from the inside, after the second planking, the drill hole has to stop short - this can be tricky. Hope this makes sense.

 

Cheers 

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The stove needed a chimney. The one supplied with the kit looked a bit ordinary, so a new one was made. A wooden dowel was used, cut at an angle and the two parts rejoined. The baffle plate is a section cut from the handle of a very cheap paintbrush, it just happened to be the right diameter, and the slides for it are brass wire.

 

This photo shows the kit supplied one and the new one.

 

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The stove and its chimney.

 

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The false fore and quarter decks were next fixed in place. The two breast beams were thinned and their undersides curved to improve their appearance. The ladder, gratings and the capstan were added to the quarterdeck. The capstan was made using the same technique I described in Post 27 for the one on the upper deck.

 

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The kit provides a skylight (the companion top) to go just aft of the gratings, but Antscherl in TFFM suggests that this was unlikely and that a clerestory cover over the hatch was more likely. So I built one using the diagram in TFFM as a guide. Good quality 1mm ply was used, the four sides were cut out, and a series of holes drilled. These holes were then opened out using square and triangular section needle files. The ply had been oriented so that the face grain ran parallel to the window frames, and splintering was thus avoided. “Glazing” was added with gloss blue photo paper as I did for the quarterlights.

 

The four sides and base, and glued together.

 

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The finished companion top in place. The corner of the roof looks odd, but it’s the camera angle.

 

 

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Cheers

 

 

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I’ve started to plank the quarterdeck. All the planks, except the king plank, are tapered. None of the planks is joggled into the margin plank but but some have  hooded ends. The plank pattern is based on that given in TFFM.

 

The first few planks in place. I decided to cover the two scuttles at the forward edge of the deck with solid covers rather than gratings as suggested in the instructions. My reasoning was that gratings provide light and ventilation through the deck and as these scuttles are very close to the forward edge of the deck, gratings here will do little, if anything, to provide additional light and air down to the upper deck.

 

 

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The next photos show how I marked and cut the hooded ends of the two planks that needed these. The piece of strip wood in the photos was a demo only, and not the actual plank. The margin plank (cut from some sheet) was held in place and the strip offered up. The width at the end was marked (A), and the point where the width of the strip became less than the gap between the margin plank and the already installed plank was marked (B).

 

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The strip was trimmed to these two points.

 

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At B, the plank was marked with a point 2mm in from the outer edge, the plank here was 5mm wide. An angled cut was made and the plank was tapered from here forwards, as shown in the photo.

 

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The actual plank is shown trial fitted.

 

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The margin plank has two hooked scarph joints. The underside of the margin plank with one of the scarph joints marked out with a pen.

 

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A sharp knife was used to cut the plank into three sections.

 

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The margin plank glued in place.

 

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Cheers

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Hello Richard44, your planking looks great! What plans are you using for the planking that I see in the 2nd to last photo in your most recent post? I myself have been trying to plank my Fly similar to the way you are.

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5 hours ago, mehdi.bj19 said:

Hello Richard44, your planking looks great! What plans are you using for the planking that I see in the 2nd to last photo in your most recent post? I myself have been trying to plank my Fly similar to the way you are.

 

Thanks for the comment.

 

The plan I'm using as a guide comes from the books The Fully Framed Model by David Antscherl & Greg Herbert, a very complete description of Swan-class sloops. The books are available from Seawatch Books (seawatchbooks.com).

 

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On 7/19/2021 at 5:54 PM, Richard44 said:

 

Thanks for the comment.

 

The plan I'm using as a guide comes from the books The Fully Framed Model by David Antscherl & Greg Herbert, a very complete description of Swan-class sloops. The books are available from Seawatch Books (seawatchbooks.com).

 

Cheers

Thanks Richard,

 

That's what I figured they were from. I know there are quite a few volumes of that series. What book is it exactly? Looking to pick one up.

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12 minutes ago, mehdi.bj19 said:

I know there are quite a few volumes of that series. What book is it exactly?

Ah...., I actually don't know what book 😚. I have the original 12 part Practicum and I have no idea how this relates to the books, but one of the authors, Greg Herbert, is a member here (dvm27) and you could ask him via a pm.

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12 hours ago, Richard44 said:

Ah...., I actually don't know what book 😚. I have the original 12 part Practicum and I have no idea how this relates to the books, but one of the authors, Greg Herbert, is a member here (dvm27) and you could ask him via a pm.

Will do! Thank you and I'll be keeping an eye on your build log, love your work!

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On 7/22/2021 at 7:05 AM, Beef Wellington said:

You have a beautiful model coming together there Richard, nice attention to detail and great execution.

Thanks for the comment Jason, much appreciated.

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On 7/19/2021 at 7:29 PM, mehdi.bj19 said:

Hello Richard44, your planking looks great! What plans are you using for the planking that I see in the 2nd to last photo in your most recent post? I myself have been trying to plank my Fly similar to the way you are.

 

You will find it in Volume 11 page 188.

 

B.E.

 

 

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The planking of the quarterdeck was completed. I made one mistake - one of the hooded ends abuts the hooked scarph in the margin plank, and it shouldn’t 😖. I did think about tearing up the planking and starting again, but decided against it. Not a big deal as it’s not going to affect the build, and I can always dump a coil of rope over it later 😁.

 

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The foredeck was then planked. Again, tapered planks, hooded ends and no joggling. The TFFM plan shows the margin plank as one continuous piece. I made this in two pieces simply to keep the grain running roughly along the length of each piece to avoid splitting. The two pieces were just butt joined and the join was located where the cathead will be and thus hide it.

 

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I did think about using the technique for tapering planks that Jason (Beef Wellington) described in his build log of HMS Jason, (link here) but I used a sharp knife and a straight edge instead.

 

 That’s it for the moment.

 

Cheers

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