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16 hours ago, Mike_H said:

You seem to be going great guns. Keep it up!

 

Mike

Thanks Mike, really hoping to finish this one!  I'm enjoying following your Snake build closely, as I have one of those in stock!  😉

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Seemed to do a lot of faffing about tonight with not much progress to show, except for the replacement Binnacle from Vanguard installed, it's quite a bit wider than the the CC one, hope that doesn't cause issues down the line.... 🤔

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Nice, are this part of the kit or did you make it your self?

I haven't got to this stage yet. But since I don't have this in my kit, but it's described in the Armed Transport Bounty, I will use your nice built as a guide.

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4 hours ago, Trond said:

Nice, are this part of the kit or did you make it your self?

I haven't got to this stage yet. But since I don't have this in my kit, but it's described in the Armed Transport Bounty, I will use your nice built as a guide.

The new Binnacle is from Vanguard models, they do them in 1/64th and 1/72nd scale, sorry not your 1/50th scale!  However the McKay AOTS book you have just got does show the Binnacle, so maybe you might try building one from scratch if your kit does not provide one?

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Had a frustrating few evenings tying eyes to blocks and doing the rigging for the Tiller/Wheel.  Got there in the end, but wish I had waited for the brilliant advice I got from John @JRB9019 who talked me through his method and sent me a wonderful word document on stropping blocks! 😁 - Thank you John! 👏

 

Also had  a mini disaster when threading the thread through all the blocks and wrapping around the wheel when one of the blocks popped out.  ☹️  Took most of this evening to redo.

 

Off to practice with Car sponges / rope & gaffer tape rolls!  (will let John explain that one! 🤣

 

 

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More block tying today for the cannons, also made some ring bolts for the breeching rope, used some wire wrapped around a cocktail stick.  Blackened with Brass blackener,  then I cut off "split rings" to thread onto the eyebolt in the cannon carriage.   Hopefully the "split" bit of the ring can be hidden under the breeching rope.  Mock-up picture attached.

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6 hours ago, AJohnson said:

More block tying today for the cannons, also made some ring bolts for the breeching rope, used some wire wrapped around a cocktail stick.  Blackened with Brass blackener...

 

 

How are you keeping the blackening from wiping off?

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3 hours ago, LyleK1 said:

How are you keeping the blackening from wiping off?

To be honest some of it does, getting better at blackening metal parts, I used to assume that more blackening = darker metal but it just flakes off / goes crusty.  So I'm now more patient and use diluted blackener for less time (a minute or two) and dip the parts more often if I want a darker tone.

Still it can wipe off a bit, so a quick touch up with thin black acrylic paint is all I use when I have finished messing about with the part, but mostly it looks okay.

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What are you using for blackening? I that if one uses gunmetal it was something of an acid base(ish) chemical that changed the copper color over to black/dark blue color, or am I way of?

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Yes I’m using Birchwood Casey Brass Black, seems to work quite well if you follow the guidance and tips here on MSW. Trick is cleaning the parts and diluting the blackener and not trying to get a jet black finish in one dip. Certainly teaches you patience this hobby of ours! 😂

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I use Jax Blackener... It does an ok job but it does wipe off pretty easy. I tried putting a clear coat over it but it makes it shiny.

Not good!

Patience is definitely being taught in all aspects of this hobby!

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Well, the cannons are in place this evening with their breeching ropes.  I soaked the threads in water so they would lay as desired and brushed over with thin matt varnish (MIG Ammo ultra matt.) so hopefully that will keep them in place on the deck.  Next up the tackle, I have stroped the blocks and added hooks, so need to rig them next.

Note to self for next build - add cannons and ropes BEFORE anything else on the deck!  What a pain trying to do this with the Binnacle/capstan etc. in the way! Doh! 🤭

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Bit more progress to report, finished rigging the Cannons, well I say "finished" more like left alone before make things worse!  Clearly the blocks are over scale, I used kit supplied ones, but think they should have been smaller.  I tried to do it right with hooks and stropping/seizing etc. but for such small cannons at 1/64th scale, it left very little room for the tackle ropes with all the over scale blocks/eyes/hooks.  Lesson for the future, maybe just the breeching ropes on small guns? - sometimes less might be more perhaps, or learn to be more dexterous and use 2 - 1.5mm blocks! 🤣  I was however happy with my first rope coils!  Snooped about on MSW and copied other peoples ideas to produce a jig using 1 inch plastic counters and push pins.

 

Next up the ships boats!

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2 hours ago, AJohnson said:

Bit more progress to report, finished rigging the Cannons, well I say "finished" more like left alone before make things worse!  Clearly the blocks are over scale, I used kit supplied ones, but think they should have been smaller.  I tried to do it right with hooks and stropping/seizing etc. but for such small cannons at 1/64th scale, it left very little room for the tackle ropes with all the over scale blocks/eyes/hooks.  Lesson for the future, maybe just the breeching ropes on small guns? - sometimes less might be more perhaps, or learn to be more dexterous and use 2 - 1.5mm blocks! 🤣  I was however happy with my first rope coils!  Snooped about on MSW and copied other peoples ideas to produce a jig using 1 inch plastic counters and push pins.

 

Next up the ships boats!

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Great idea for the rope coils and they love amazing. Mine were a complete mess and I think I used too much rope. I really could do with doing them again and use those counters. I had the same problem with the blocks on the cannons but eventually got away with using 2 mm .However i must of used twice as many extra ones . I was really glad when I finished the Cannons and moved onto something else. You are doing great and look forward to your progress.Best of luck Dave

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Not much progress this last few days; work getting in the way 🤨 

 

However this has given me some time to pause and think about the next steps before I charge on like the proverbial "Bull in a China Shop". 

 

Anchor cable, just where does that go!?! 🤔  The instructions from CC (see picture) suggest coiling it up just aft of the winch barrels, but that can't be right, AOTS by McKay states Bounty's cables were 100 fathoms long / 600ft /180ish metres, no way that is going on deck easily! Why would CC suggest something not possible?

 

I have seen on other builds a few variations on where the cable enters the hull for stowage:-  in the main hatch, with variation of at the leading or trailing ends, or down some holes in between the main hatch and forward hatch, or the forward hatch even....

 

I'm guessing this is one of those "unknowns" that was not recorded, just wondered if the good and knowledgeable folk on MSW had any suggestion on the most likely?  Think I need to resolve this before tying on the ships boats though.

 

Thanks,

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