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USS CONSTITUTION by Watto - Revell - PLASTIC - 1:96 Scale


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hello all

 

lets rebuild this log.

 

The kit in all its glory, awaiting a fool to play with her

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SPrues were washed to clean off the releasing agent. Noting the size the bath was the easiest option

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I started with the tedium of building all 55 guns

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Hull was cleaned up and clamped together. Little warping was evident and it came together nicely

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Onto priming and practice with the airbrush. I am using citadel and Vallejo paints, as I like working with acrylic.

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TA DA!

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Following most peoples lead, I clamped the deck pieces together to remove the seams

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Some detail work whilst the deck dries. I am really trying to force myself to allow the glue to dry completely for critical areas. Good thing theres heaps to do

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Rudder was then installed

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I have decided to clad both decks with basswood strips, it looks alot better than the etched in wood grain

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I used Ogryn flesh was for the stain, came up nicely

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Bulking out the hatch comings

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Adding shot racks to the gun deck

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Some deatil work on the rudder and chainplates

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Following Force9's lead, I ordered some PE plates from Bluejacket.inc. Its a pity the stern plate doesnt actually fit to scale.

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You can't have a Conni without her famous stern chasers

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Laying bricks for the Camboose platform

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Sternplate was installed and detail started

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Ordered an Amati ropewalk to use for all the lines needed, including making my own shrouds and ratlines

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I reinforced the rudder tiller with some scrap brass to ensure smooth turning

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Grain of rice bulbs were installed to light up the gun deck

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The gun deck goes in, and it fit! used some of the Admirals hairbands to squeeze the hull together

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shot racks were filled

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Captains cabin was painted, trimmed and installed

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I'm glad you have this back up - my husband got this kit for Christmas from his father so I keep looking for other Constitution for him to use as reference. Question, what is the purpose of the parts in the bath?

 

The build is looking nice.

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I am going to be joining the ranks, and start a USS Constitution build soon, i saw you  washed all the parts off in your bathtub, i would never have thought of that.  Shes looking very beautiful by the way, but a question for you, what was your process for that? just let it soak in the water or did you soap the water up a tad? Silly question, but id rather ask a silly one than not ask the question at all.  Any other tips you have for me before i get started?  The anticapation is building but i want to make sure im prepared.  I love the history of this ship and want to do it right.  You and the other builders on this forum have been an inspiration and given me proper motivation to do something ive always wanted to do.  Thanks!!!

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Soak in luke warm water, washed with soapy cloth and rinse and dry.

 

Other tips. Plan your modifications and kitbashing early and order your parts in Well before they are needed.

Good tools make a difference too. Heaps of clamps, files, drill bits, sandpaper, emeryboard. A rotary tool is a good investment.

Revell needle point glue is a must.

I havent started on rigging, but the supplied thread and shrouds are crap. Im making my own with an amati (model shipways) rope walk

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Time for another update.

 

Lets turn this ship into a warship!

 

firstly, needed some 60" lengths of rope, time to find out the limts of the rope walk

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After that it was a simple but tedious process to mount and string up the guns

 

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I used some barrels to camoflauge the lights as lanterns

 

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I wanted to extend the great cabin to closer to the prototype, so a chinese container was canabilised and liad with basswood strips

 

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And once you have a new cabin you need to furnish it, in this instance with some HO scale tables and chairs

 

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Glad to see your build.  I love seeing your wood planked decks.  That is the most important thing I would have changed on my model, but unfortunately I was way past that point when I thought of it....duh!   The other thing I would have done is replace the plastic belaying pins with brass ones.  That would have made rigging much easier and better.  Mine is finished now, but I'll be following your build.  Good luck and keep up the good work.

John

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Hi all,

 

sorry for the lack of updates, been slow at the shipyard with raising a very active baby.

 

Firstly, @Vacotton = I Ebay-ed HO scale furniture, closest thing to 1:96 scale.

 

Now onto the update, its amazing what you can get done with a week off sick.

 

Firstly, mainsail sheets were fitted

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Time was to add some life to this model, in the form of some crew!

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Next was to add some light to the wardroom in the form of a skylight

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The Spar deck was then clamped together and laid with basswood

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Then stained, this time with Devlan mud, as it isn't called the weatherdeck for nothing. Note shot racks were added.

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Then the deck was finally fitted to the hull

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Finally, some MOAR guns!, plus other fittings such as the WORKING wheel and fiferails

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Stay tuned for more (but don't hold your breath)

 

 

 

 

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