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And now some other important steps in life :-)


Applied a very thin layer of paint to judge the situation ...




... and realised immediately that some steps were applied a bit crooked. So taking them down carefully, reglueing and filling the gaps.


Prepared the doorway of the port ...




... carved the panelling ...




... and it looks already more friendly than some days ago :-)






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Thank you!!!


Painted the side parts of the entry port, first yellow ochre ...




... added the gold ...




... starts to look quite noble :-)




Then the old question about closing the port:


Just for discussion: once like a gunport lid solid ...




... and once painted sailcloth on a wooden frame like the bulkheads.




Both Versions ...




... on the backside once a solid board, once as a frame, both with eyebolts to hold.




And now again the question - how was the side entry port closed?!?


Asked Karl Heinz Marquardt, he knows of no system, even speculates on leaving the port open. I believe there must have been something as there were sleeping hammocks just beside. As all doors or other permanent fittings were sooner or later represented in models, I guess upon a flexible solution, a board or a frame with sailcloth, logically fixed on the outside like a gunport lid but held towards the inner side by eyebolts and rope.


So any idea or even better proves how it was fixed ?!?


Cheers Daniel


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Thank you Mark, i think there are no proves for a sliding door in this area. I had a small discussion already here:


And as I was on the gooooooooooooooo, the old paneling on the other side ...




... was thrown out too and replaced.


But as a goody ...




... I fixed the ropes to help to go aloft :-)



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there was never a door for the entry port, simply because the was never an entry port. i cant find one single painting or photo before she was restored in dry dock with one.  if anyone can find a painting or photo of victory with a entry port pre dry dock please post it

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This artist’s impression from about 1779 shows Victory’s original appearance a few years after launch. There are some significant differences from how she looks today. The artist has described her as His Majesty’s ship Victory, a First Rate carrying 116 guns and a crew of 960. She is shown sailing by the White Cliffs of Dover.

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The side entry port is seen on all the pictures after 1870 - just one port more aft :-)


Vic was planned with a side entry port of the old fashion. Until then it is widely seen in models, drafts, painings and drawings. In about 1760 it disappears on paintings (painters convention?) and also drafts (unimportant detail?) perhaps a side effect of the war of independence and others? 


But on the other side, the reported armament of the Vic always is one gun per side short, so one "good" gunport always was to stay empty.


By 1800´s the side entry port reappears in drawings and models, so it is pure speculation if or if not she was fitted with one in 1803 while the great repair. But it is a toooooo nice detail to build so I take this place of liberty :-)


Cheers, Daniel

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Thank you Kevin, did not know this one. The only one of this time is the famous painting from Monamy Swain with no port, but this was the other side of the ship.


So this leaves the question: port or no port or just one sided? You have the choice :-)



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After the second side entry port here another "unfinished business": One of the 4 rows of draughtmarks was still missing.


After some fights with the other rows I tried  a new way ...


... glued the parts face down on both sided tape ...




.. and sprayed the back with spray glue. Then cut loose ...




... flipped up and grabbed with pliers (no tweezers!) ...




... placed it and pressed in place with some tweezers. 




Still can be moved around and be turned in peace and quiet ...




...and applied some very thin CA with a pointed wooden stick for permanent fixation. 


Better result than the other ones and in record time and no part flew int nirvana :-)





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Still to do this, so thanks for showing Daniel :rolleyes:.


Great to see you back on deck again with your ship.


I have been trying to find some Information on the side ports.


I believe as I think you do that there must have been a cover of some sort for bad weather and in action.


I have seen on the real Victory, a canvas door that rolls up and seized with ropes.


Also it protrudes out to let any rain/water deflect back into the sea.


Again On the Victory there are partitions that hinge up to the beams, this also could have been the method for securing the side port entrance's.


Again lovely detail and thanks for showing the way.


Frank :piratebo5:

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  • 2 weeks later...
And here I go again.


Wanted to do something easy for once ...


... took some sheet and made the lids for the stern ports ...


... rememberd not to do a rabbet on all sides ...


... after having done it si cured it with 05 mm x 5 mm Evergreen.




Was happy mac to finally use some of my etch parts on my own build :-)


Made 0,7 mm ringlets ...




... mounted them on the eyebolts, blackened them, mounted them , painted the lids ...




... fixed them on the appropriate place and put the lanyards.




And what can one already see on the picture? Break, Intermezzo, short review


Sometimes in spring 2011 (it was April 11., at 14.41 o´clock) I pimped my rudder ...




... but what has it to do with my actual build?


Ok, here we go. Nicely into the groove, I wanted to do the rudder pendants. Realised that the eyebolt to hold them - fixed somehow years ago and now hidden underneath the port lid and therefor inaccessible - and replaced it beside the port on stemwards. Fixed the pendants as seen on the Vic in P., taking care that the sweep of the rudder is not limited by it ...




... und gleich den fehlenden oberen Beschlag des oberen Fingerlings entdeckt und ergänzt.





One can guess, troubles were already waiting to strike!


If one looks close, one can see three things: Why is the pendant dragging the waters? Why is the end of the tiller pointing out that far? And why did me stupid make the rudder blade that high for that now canvas cover can be fixed ?!?


Questions over questions ...


If you look at the picture before the intermezzo, one can see already the shortened tiller - no easy task as the rudder cant be taken out any more and is only hanging on the fable pintles - and also the rudder blade was shortened by some 5 mm - one can guess also no easy task as the rudder cant be taken out any more and is only hanging on the fable pintles.


Both me and the model survived and the pendants were fixed with some freshly repositioned eyebolts as seen on contemporary models and also as described by Lee.


The ropes leading to the channels are not the real ones yet - those should have 11 inch (after Steel) as they should hold some things in case of emergency. By the way the same size as the buoy rope!




So are these enough hints for the question?


Cheers, DAniel
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Hello Daniel,


I have a question for you. How can the rudder pendants be used for emergency steering as shown ? In your photos here and the ones you posted of models (and the Victory) in the other thread all show the chains lashed to eyebolts thus preventing the chain from moving. It stands to reason that there should be ringbolts here to allow movement of the chain  :huh:  Unless of course some hapless matelot was hung over the stern to cut the lashings in an emergency to allow movement and the ship to be steered :D  Or am I missing something B) 


Kind regards and keep up the good work :)


Dave :dancetl6:

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Still owe you the solution of the "What the hell is this":






It is simply the wooden lock to avoid the unshipping of the rudder!


Here in place ...




... and as it looks too nice, the whole ensemble :-)




Cheers, Daniel

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To commemorate Trafalgar Day my little display was featured on the daily german model makers blog Modelmarine :-)





Cheers, Daniel

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