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Hi Everyone,

 

I’m Frank from Massachusetts.

 

I have been working on my Corel Wasa for about 2 years now. My parents visited the ship in Sweden 2 years ago and brought me back some books and plans of the ship. I selected the Corel kit for my build, and  I have been so inspired by the fantastic work of other Wasa logs that I thought I would create my own log for your review. I will skip the pictures of the keel and framing photos and start in on the gun port construction and slowly build my log to where I am currently. (Just finishing the bow section!) Let me know your thoughts!

 

I cut and enlarged the width of the gun port channels supplied with the kit, in order to accommodate the framing of the gunport openings. Then I made a full set of false gun carriages for the guns to sit on. slotted the backs of the gunport frames, so the guns could be inserted and then glued down onto the false carriages. Then I glued a "floor: to the frames so the carriages can sit on them at the correct height.

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First set of planks with the gun ports set at the correct height.

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Both rows of gun port openings completed with 1st layer of planking

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Frank,

 

Welcome to MSW. You will have a lot of friends here including the Vasa builders. Very excellent idea to pre build-in the gun carriages into the lower and upper gun decks. Your pics look great (excellent size) It will be a pleasure to follow along.

 

Regards,

 

Michael

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My attempt at the decking went as follows:

 

I found a nice piece of Eastern White Pine at the local lumber yard. I cut it down into 2 to 3" wide strips (So it would fit into my thickness sander). Once I determined the width my planks would be, I ran the strips through the thickness sander and made the thickness the dimension for the width of the plank.

 

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Then, using flat black construction paper, I glued the paper onto 1 side of the strips (using Elmers Rubber glue). I let it dry overnight.

 

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Now I cut the width of the strips to the thickness I wanted to have for the planks. Then I filed the corners of the plank strips.

The result is planks with black paper on one side ready for laying on the deck.

 

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When laying the planks, I inserted small pieces of the black construction paper on the ends and butting up the next plank to it.

 

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For the tree nails I used the following method:

 

A few years ago, I bought a set of wood dowel cutters from a company in California.

Vanda-Lay Industries

Running Springs, CA

(I don't know if they are still in business)

 

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The cutters came in 3 sizes (.026, .031, and .038 Dia.) and they attach to a cover and onto my dremel tool.

I cut some walnut strips square, using my table saw, close to the dia of the cutter. (For the Wasa I used the .026 tool).

When I turn on the dremel, I run the square walnut piece into the opening and it turn the end round to the correct dia.

 

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I pre-drill the planking and insert the now round walnut dowel, cut and sand flush.

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After final sanding, I stained the deck with a light oak finish and put a coat of Satin Poly as a sealer.

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Frank,

 

Your deck work is setting the standard, and raising the bar very high. Perfect....Thanks for the detailed "how to". Your weather deck is really a work of art.

 

PS: what thickness sander and saw are you using? And to think that I was all done buying tools (:-)

 

Michael

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Michael,

Happy New Year! I hope all is well.

 

The thickness sander I have is from a company called "Ship Ahoy Models and Miniatures"

Website is  www.shipahoymodels.com

It was started by a good friend of mine (and a former employee of mine for many years) Bob Prezioso.

I bought his 6" thickness sander and it works beautifully. Well built. I also own the disk sander with the tilting table and the seizing and serving tool. You can look at everything at his Web site.

 

Hopefully I will be able to post more picts tomorrow!

 

Frank

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Michael,

Happy New Year! I hope all is well.

 

The thickness sander I have is from a company called "Ship Ahoy Models and Miniatures"

Website is  www.shipahoymodels.com

It was started by a good friend of mine (and a former employee of mine for many years) Bob Prezioso.

I bought his 6" thickness sander and it works beautifully. Well built. I also own the disk sander with the tilting table and the seizing and serving tool. You can look at everything at his Web site.

 

Hopefully I will be able to post more picts tomorrow!

 

Frank

Frank,

 

Thanks for the link. Hmmm they sure have beautiful ships there. Re: sander I have one that also has a sanding belt on one side. I was not aware that these tools were also known as thickness sanders. I will have to learn how to do that.

 

Michael

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Continuing on with the deck items!

 

The Corel kit comes with metal door pieces. I was able to grind away all of the middle parts of the metal, leaving the decorative frame. I then made the doors out of wood and inserted the decorative frame around the edges. I later take these off and gold leaf them along with all the other fittings later. (I'll get into my gold leafing process (why and how I did them in future posts)!

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Working on the bow section.

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Before going too far with the ship build, I thought it might be prudent to get the ship on a stand. I was worried that if I went too far in the build, I might damage something trying to get the ship fitted on a stand.

 

I made a Mahogany base for the stand.

I had a Pegasus stand kit, given to me by a friend, and I thought it might work well with the ship.

 

I thoroughly cleaned the Pegasus figurines and then I gold leafed them. I mounted them on the 4 pedestals and then mounted the ship to the completed stand. I drilled 2 holes in the keel of the ship and then pinned the ship to the stand. This way, if I had to, I could easy pull the pins and remove the ship from the stand.

 

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