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Hi Harlequin,

I am building the Bellona as well, this is my first build and I am enquiring as to how you have positioned the planks at the stern of the boat. Please could provide photographs of the stern showing the planking detail and how you have covered the keel

 

once I have made a half decent job of my planking I will post some photographs.

 

regards

 

Bill24

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Thanks Harlequin,

I think I am a little wiser on how to do the planking, am I right in thinking that you have modified the planking method from how the plans show it? I have completed the planking above the gun ports, so I am ready to complete the rest of the hull, will try this week and then post some photographs of my efforts

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Hi bill24,

I am not overly concerned about how the first planking runs out as long as it is smooth with no hollows, so to that extent I have not followed the plans. The second planking however will be more accurate. Its just the way I do the planking. I am not bothered about the normal rules for planking being the first layer as it is going to be covered anyway. The next couple of days should see me complete the first layer then the real build starts. Post some pics soon bill so I can see how you are progressing.  

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First planking now completed. Not much filler needed to produce a clean smooth hull. The outlines of the next gun ports have been marked out. Now the fun begins. That's a lot of the prep work out of the way. I always find the first planking annoying simply because of the amount of work involved but will ultimately be hidden from view. Some of the deck planks will be added next to the bow and stern transom.

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Realy nice tidy looking ship harlequin, she is a beautiful looking ship, I too have been abit destracted but in my case due to another hobby, I will take a seat and follow your build If I may as I think she will be a beauty. :10_1_10:

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Looking great Harlequin! Maybe you answered this question elsewhere, but did you make a gun-port template to transfer the positions from the plans to the hull or did you use the plans or did you do it "free hand"....? Not that I'm going to be starting on my Bellona any time soon! But....better to ask now while you're "in it"....

hamilton

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I did it freehand using an oxford compass and just transferred the measurements from the plans. Some of the ports need a final finishing off which will be done when the second planking is applied.

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some deck planks at the bow and transom area. At the bow are the beginnings of two doors and at the transom the yellow ochre paint will be the same colour as a photo etched bulkhead doors and windows which if I ever get it painted correctly will be fitted to the bulkhead frame.

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photo etched bulkhead fitted. Incidently I coloured the windows using a HB pencil after first painting the yellow ochre frames. I am reasonably pleased with the effect the HB pencil has given. It also has the added bonus of not creeping onto the window frame as they are only approx 2mm square and using normal paint and brush is a tedious operation.

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Hi Harlequin,

 

great job, you are motoring along with the build,  I will start my build log over the weekend and enclose a couple of photographs

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Hi Harlequin,

 

A quick question, I am now at the stage of fitting the Transom but am a little unsure of how it should look, is the Transom curved across the width of the ship (plans appear to show it curved) and if yes how did you curve it, the ply is very stiff.

 

 

Bill

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Hi Harlequin

 

I have attached the transom, but unfortunately work is now taking up a great deal of my time, so not a lot of progress to report

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Hi

 

Just wondering how you are getting on with this build and would you recommend it as you've progressed.

 

Thinking of taking up this hobby after a 30 years gap and this ship is top of my list

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Hi Harlequin

 

So I went ahead and purchased the kit as a retirement hobby 

 

I have made quick progress with it and nearly completed the first planking but I have the same question as Bill about the Transom 

 

I have curved Part 29 so it is proud of the stern as shown in the diagram. This stops the Transom from fitting flush without a curve and I wondered if that is correct 

 

Doug

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Hi Doug,

 

I made a former to curve the transom from the scale drawing. I clamped the transom to the former and left for 24 hrs, this curved it and the I fitted to the model. hope this helps

 

Bill

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Bill

 

Thanks for that info. Did you soak the plywood first or does it delaminate if you do so?

 

Doug

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right after several false starts I am again continuing with Bellona.......I will have to strip back several bits of second planking as they have faded to a slightly different colour to the originals.........watch this space..................again. 

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right after several false starts I am again continuing with Bellona.......I will have to strip back several bits of second planking as they have faded to a slightly different colour to the originals.........watch this space..................again. 

 

 

Hello Harlequin, welcome back

I also want to do the HMS Bellona of corel

Follow your tred with interest.

please, put many image !!!

 

cnemo

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will do cnemo....................my young son (14) is also having a go at Pandora by constructo...........not the best kits by a long way but great to practice on.

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second planking has started again on Bellona.....pics to follow...........took me the best part of today to dust Victory down as well as HMS Greyhound.......all ready to collect dust again. 

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