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H.M.S. Triton 1:48 scale cross section (COMPLETE)

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Greetings to all,

Many thanks to everyone who’s looked in on my build and have given me inspiration to constantly push myself into this great hobby.

Here’s a quick update on my Triton in order to keep everyone abreast on what is going on in my neck of the woods. When last I posted, I had incorporated the lower main mast with trestle tree and top. I have since then added the following items and I’ll tell you that this beast is getting quite large. I’ve added the top and topgallant mast along with its trestle tree; the main, topsail, and topgallant yards; and I’ve also incorporated the stud sail booms for each yard. I’ve lashed the main and topsail yards temporarily to the mast until the blocks and deadeyes I’ve ordered come in. Once they arrive I’ll start permanently lashing and securing items to its perspective area.

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Gasp!   The mast and spars really do change the whole look, but also give a much better idea of just how big your HMS Triton is!

 

It really is looking terrific though and I am glad that Woody's singing hasn't distracted you and caused you to make any mistakes  :P

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Greetings to all,

Wouter,

Thanks for your comment about liking the way My Triton is coming along. Hopefully soon I’ll be on the sidelines admiring your Triton.

Tim,

I really appreciate your words. Out of everyone that has “Liked” and/or made comments on my forum, you are by far the most motivated person who actually looks forward to my updates. Once again, thank you.

Bindy,

I totally agree with you in that the mast and spars have significantly changed my Triton’s overall appearance. With the base I’ve made for her today, she stands at 29” high (736.6 mm). As for Woody, what can I say other than he wants to take our act out on the road. LOL.

To All,

While I was waiting for my deadeyes and blocks to arrive, I decided to finish the main topgallant yard which I was avoiding due to the fact that the components were much too small for my hands. Happily I can say that I was able to complete it. I also went ahead and painted the trestle trees and top plus the yards (with the exception of the stuns’l yards) black to give my Triton more personality. The following photos will show you how she looks.

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Greetings to all,

During this Memorial Day weekend I’ve been working on my Triton and enjoying the heck out of it. This past Friday I finally received the blocks and deadeyes I’d ordered and decided to tackle the dead eyes. I have successfully added the deadeyes and installed the main mast shrouds with ratlines tying clove hitches every 5/16” to represent 15” in height. Upon completing the main shrouds I went ahead and installed the top shrouds with the exception of tying the ratlines due to the fact that my butt was starting to hurt from all the sitting. After I rest awhile, I’ll tackle the top shroud ratlines followed by the topgallant shrouds. The following photos will show you what I have thus far.

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Did you have a spider working for you on that rigging or what. Wow you work so fast. And it looks good also. Way to Go!!

 

Later Tim

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Dang it Ray!!! You keep raising the bar on me  ;) , now I have to make my own blocks & dead eyes because of this big scale size I used..... LOL Love those ratlines, always wanted to do that!! Tims right..... you are fast on the build!!.. ;)

 

AL

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Greetings to all,

Tim,

No spiders Buddy unless you mean me going at it like a Spider-Monkey on a banana. Actually, Woody and I are tag teaming the heck out of the ratlines.

Al,

I have to keep you on your toes Buddy now that you’ve literally brought out the “Big Guns”. LOL. Joking aside, from the very beginning of this build I had planned on making a cross section with mast and sails but I like the aspect of her without the sails. What do you think?

To All,

Now that I’ve completed all the shrouds (to include all of the ratlines) I turned my attention to the main yard. I first added the stirrups ensuring that they were ¾” from the spar and proceeded to add the footropes. As I was looking at the spar with footropes, I placed it upon the mast and visualized how it would be held in place via blocks and secured to the belaying pin when it finally slapped me in the face. I had the belaying pin rack but it was not drilled to accommodate the belaying pins. So I had a quick Pow-Wow with Woody and he suggested I use a drill bit on an Xacto and carefully twist the new hand powered drill until all the holes were made for the belaying pins. It worked like charm. I then worked on the triple blocks that are attached to the hooks on the head just above the top but below the cap. I then added the double blocks to the spar and also added the truss pendants. The following pictures will show you how she looks thus far.

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Looks great Ray!! I have thought about doing the same as you have done by doing the rigging of ratlines, sails etc.... but at the size of my cross section.... I'm not sure if my room ceiling is high enough to allow it.... LOL ;) 

 

AL 

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Greetings to all,

Mark,

I did not know there was an option for "rigging spiders". They sound very exotic. LOL.

 

Hey Al,

Just a suggestion, but did you consider only rigging the main mast and main yard only up to the tressle tree and top. I saw a picture of it over on MSB and it looked pretty sharp. It had just enough detail to make her very interesting.

 

Christian,

I've used nothing but bass wood for my build with the exception of poplar dowels for the mast.

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Greetings to all,

I’ve finally completed the standing and running rigging for my Triton. I added the truss pendant, nave line, and another pin rail on the QD rail and the top’s rail. I still have to dress up the lines a bit. I also have to add the other components together in order to say my build is complete. These items include, ballast, barrels, ½ boat, crates, spare timber, and lines. Upon completion of my Triton I’ll move ahead and construct a display case for it. The following photos will show you how she looks so far.   

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Greetings Christian,

Thanks for your words of inspiration and the fact that you like my interpretation of the Triton. I thought it would be nice to cross section with a mast section. I have not decided if I want to give the full build a try yet. I have been thinking of another cross section, such as the USF Essex.

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Greetings to all,

Well like the old adage says, “All good things must come to an end”, I am here to report that after four fun months of working on my H.M.S. Triton, I have finally completed her. Today I have placed my Triton in her permanent home as the following pictures will show. Please enjoy (as much as I do) and I sincerely hope that a few of my fellow model ship builders will be able to take something away from my experience on my Triton.

I would like to thank everyone who has looked in on my progress and have given me words of encouragement and or likes and I would also like to thank the nay-sayers who have graciously kept their comments to themselves.  

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Sweet work, Raymond.  And the case just sets off the display perfectly.

 

Do you have another build planned?

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Thanks Mark,

I really appreciate the fact that you've enjoyed my take on the Triton. I currently have the New Bedford Whaleboat which I am getting ready to look over and go over the plans in order to see what SNAFU I may come across. I guess this one would go in the "Kit Build Logs" wouldn't it?

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Great work Ray!! I'm happy for your success at completing your Cross Section!! :cheers:

I'll be watching for your next build to start!

 

AL

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hELLO RAY!!

 

You started this log on February 9th... today it´s June 9th... four months Ray!!

 

Trully amazing. Excellent job.

 

Yes you did it! Congratulations!!

 

Best wishes!

 

 

Daniel.

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