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Even if the hatches are barely visible, and I think they will be, I would still want to do better here than just paint the deck in walnut brown.

 

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I started working on my Diana early December and I still haven‘t reached the end of the first chapter in the instructions manual yet 🤪

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First the idea was to plank the deck. Then I thought, I might just as well do the hatches too.  Then I read about the Evergreen Fir outside of the Binding Strakes. Then I thought I‘d try caulking...

But really this is also a test prior to planking the upper decks

chris

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4 hours ago, Gregory said:

I'm no expert, but I think the cardboard between planks looks a bit wide considering the scale..

I think I‘ll try dark grey paper next, see how that looks. My brother also agrees that the cardboard is too wide.

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Hi Chris, think its definitely worth planking the lower deck, I think the only hatch that will only be slightly visible is the lower fore-hatch, the center one in your layout.  I did add this myself, even painting black it takes some craning to glimpse it once the companion ladder is in place.  The lower main hatch is totally obscured by the main hatch ladder.  Definitely agree with the lighter caulking.  Starting to come together now, looks good.

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Thanks for your comments Beef and Teloo, very kind. I‘m not sure yet if I‘m heading the right direction. A few lessons learnt on this latest sample: first, the deck planks must be sanded smooth before planking and the caulking paper strips must stand proud of the deck planks before sanding everything flat otherwise things just get too uneven. So, the caulking is a lot less conspicuous than before which is good, but I had to give the sample a few light coats of grain filler with an airbrush but now I‘m getting a slight shine which I would rather avoid. Is a wax layer and honing a solution?

 

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I think I finally might be heading the right way.

Third sample: first of all, dark grey paper caulking stands proud of the deck planking.

 

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After I had trimmed down the caulking I had realised that the planking strips were of a different thickness. The wider strips which should represent the king plank and the binding strakes were thinner than the others. Just an oversight on my side. Mental note for the next time, or real planking: check the planking strip thicknesses before glueing!


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The wood here is oiled. Looks much better than the airbrushed grain filler and is much easier to deal with. 
So, I‘m happy with the caulking and the oiled planking strips. Might be getting there soon after all.

Chris, in Germany

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1 hour ago, Vane said:

Why darker planks in the middle?

Tosti writes in his Naiad books that the planking outside of the Binding Strakes was done in Evergreen Fir, but only on the lower deck as there wasn‘t much wear there as it was where the crew slept and there were no heavy cannons to move around.
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Today I spent the whole evening sanding the deck planks smooth. Although this isn‘t right. I think the strips should only need some light sanding prior to planking but the saw marks are quite noticeable.

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tomorrow I can start glueing and caulking.

Thanks for stopping by,

Chris, in Germany

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The rest of the Fir planks have been added, at least as far as I want to go with them.

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Test to see how it all fits.

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The first layer of oil (or wax or whatever it is) has been applied.

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On the bottle it says: apply one layer with soft brush (did that), wipe away excess with clean cloth (did that), repeat three times. Leave one day between each coat/layer.

Ho-hum...

...I think I’ll go and watch Master and Commander

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Yes! Getting close now!

The cardboard strips were cut down to the deck planks with a small narrow Stanley knife, but still had to be sanded down to get them really flush. In the end I used 40 grit wet’n’dry stuck to small square pieces of three ply as everything else was just too tedious. Yesterday I applied the first coat of oil and let it set for 24 hours. I found a blog on the internet (in German) where someone really went into the details of using this stuff and wrote that using 240 grit towards the end leaves a matt and 360 a shiny finish. So today I used 240 grit and I‘m happy to say that I‘m very happy with the results so far. It‘s easy to see (maybe not on thevpictures) that the sheen actually comes from the wood and not just a varnish or lacquer that was slammed all over it. I am getting very close to that surface finish I‘ve been hoping to find. Tomorrow I‘ll try 360 grit to remove some last blemishes and (hopefully) get an even smoother finish.

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Good night,

Chris, in Germany

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I think the caulking looks good, but I do think that the dark planking in the middle looks odd, regardless of whether it is historically correct.

On 2/16/2020 at 6:48 AM, CTDavies said:

I‘ve had that Coldplay song in my mind all morning: “Nobody said it was easy...”

You don’t have to thank me for the ear worm 😁

I don't know any Coldplay songs, so no problem. 😉

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I know what you mean ccoyle,

but the darker wood (oiled or waxed pear wood) is actually more authentic as these ships were built from oak. I like the look of the darker wood as it is just as I would imagine that oak would have looked back then. The gun deck will also be done in waxed pear wood with dark grey paper caulking.

I‘ve seen so many nice looking models with lovely box wood deck planking which actually isn‘t authentic. Also, the hatch coamings are then done in walnut to make the whole thing look like a gorgeous furniture piece which is IMO totally wrong. IF I am correct everything was done in oak back then so I‘m going to do everything in oiled pear wood

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Update!

The sides of the other hatches have been lined with thinned pear wood strips to conceal the ply deck which was nearly white. The main mast partner was made from one piece of 3mm pear wood. I use a technique from the plastic model guys here, panel line scribing, to make it look like several parts. This will probably work here as it will be hardly visible tucked away in the catacombs of the lower deck. One or two more coats of oil are still needed here.

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This is when disaster struck. The wood oil had settled down to an even but matt finish after a week so I decided to give the deck one more coat. Without really looking I grabbed the can of grain filler and only noticed it when I had finished. Duh! The whole deck was sanded down again but the filler had still penetrated the wood to some degree, so after another coat of oil the finish was not as smooth and even as it used to be. I‘ll leave it for another week to see how it looks then.

Going through Beef Wellington‘s thread I saw the deck beams, parts 7a, 8a and 9a. These are shown on the drawings but not mentioned in the text so I nearly missed them. They are, however, not all the the correct locations. They should line up with the ends of the hatches and two need to be added at the centres. For this new attachments needed to be made. I‘ve ordered 5mm pear wood to replace the plywood beams.

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Some tweaking is still needed here

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Thanks for looking,

chris

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