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HMS Bounty by UncleDuck - Scientific Models - First wooden ship build

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This is my first wooden model. My dad purchased the Scientific kit many years ago and never built it. I recently found it and have stared building it. It is a solid, mostly pre-carved hull. Not real fancy or super detailed. No scale given, but the overall length is 13 1/2 inches. I thought it would be a good first build kit.


This has been quit the learning experience. The instructions are very basic and leave a lot to be desired. They even contradict themselves at times. (The directions state to trim the hull, then glue the deck to the hull. The image has a note to glue the deck first and use it as a guide to trimming the hull.)


With the help of the Internet, and especially this site, I have been able to figure out how to the steps glossed over or completely ignored by the kit's instructions (such a bending wood).


The kit



The instruction page



An example from the instructions



UncleDuck (because someone else has already taken Chuck :-/)

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I have carved the hull (didn't take a before picture) and glued the main decking to the hull. I followed the written directions and carved the hull first. I missed the note on the drawings that said to glue the deck first, then carve the hull. I don't think it would matter, because the deck was about 3/8 inch wider than the hull.




I got a little careless trimming the deck to fit the hull, and carved too deeply is several places. I had to splice in some scrap wood to fix the mistake. All part of the learning process :-)




Lots and lots of sanding to make the hull smooth as a baby's behind. Eventually I figured out what the "Hull Lines Sections" drawing was for. I cut some paper templates to match the sections, and check my work on the hull. I was pretty close just eyeballing it, only had to do some minor adjustments. Then, more sanding!

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Thank you Anja.  :)  I only wish that I had thought ahead and sanded my basswood before cutting out the parts. That would have saved some sanding time.



My posts have now caught-up to my build progress.


Bulwarks, stem, keel, and rudder have been installed, trimmed, and patched. 




The instructions said to glue the stem first, then keel, then rudder. That seem backwards to me, so I did rudder, keel, and stem. Allowed me to get a better fit. Still had to patch the keel to stem joint a little (glue and sawdust worked fine).


I trimmed too much of the hull away on the bow, so I needed to add a filler strip to the stem before attaching it to the hull. Worked fine.




Pedestal cut-out made in the keel




Hull fully sanded and sealed, ready for paint. The lower portion of the hull is going to be white. I read somewhere that regular white does not look correct on a model. They suggested adding a little grey or something to darken the white a bit. (I can't find the page where I read that unfortunately.)


Any suggestions on painting greatly appreciated.


Uncle Duck

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Since I like old solid hull kits, I will be following your build.  Looks like you are going on along quite well.  These kits can be quite challenging in getting the shape and scale right.  Yours looks great.



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Scott and Max, Thank you


Scientific Models quit making kits some time ago. A number of them are available on eBay and elsewhere. 


Yes, the hull took a while. Hull Lines Sections helped a lot, also a lot of eyeballing and sanding. :D


Uncle Duck

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  • 2 weeks later...

Been busy with other obligations, and have only had a couple of hours here and there to work on the Bounty. Major accomplishment has been the painting of the lower hull. Took several coats of white to cover. It is now masked off to add the stripped lines near the deck.




While waiting for the paint to cure, worked on the next parts to be attached. The miscellaneous fittings as the instructions put it.  Here are the metal fife rails;




I don't know if I am being too rough with the parts, or if the old basswood (the kit was purchased 20+ years ago) is more brittle than normal, but I have been breaking lots of little parts. 




Well, it has given me lots of repair practice!  ;)


All fixed and painted, ready to install. Now to finish painting the hull.



Uncle Duck



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Hi Uncle Duck

Well I'll be! I bought a ship model hull a few years back in an online auction. I'm sure it is the same kit. This is as I bought it (pictures attached) for (NZ) $75. Mine is definitely a solid hull and all the bits look the same. I have no plans to restore or change what I have - I kind of like it just the way it is. It has some of those white metal bits floating around too. It sure looks like the same kit - what do you think?


BTW - you are doing great work with it and I'll follow your progress.





P.S. Uncle Duck - I just took the pictures off this post so people don't get confused about which model is yours. If you want any of them for reference I can send by PM :).

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Finished painting the hull, time for the great unmasking. Not exactly what I was hoping for.  :o



Lots of paint pulled off. May not have given the paint enough time to cure before putting on the tape. Live and learn, touch-up time.   :(


Uncle Duck

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Thank you Bindy and Anja, but I am afraid I have joined "The Club:(




I guess the good news is that it did not splinter, and the stem fits clean and tight. Just another oppertunity to learn a new skill.  ;)



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The snail is back! (Just look at that figurehead and tell me it is not a snail)


Clamped the figurehead up. I know, the clamp is bigger than the ship. :(



After the glue dried, the great unavailing. While the piece dry-fit just fine, I had a little trouble getting the figurehead seated perfectly while applying the clamp. You can see where the two pieces almost come together.



However, a little filing and sanding and all is good. You can still see the line, but it is perfectly smooth. After painting no one will ever know the what happened. (unless they read this post :D)


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