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Santisima Trinidad by GTM - OcCre - 1:90 - (Kit Bashed)

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I decided to add 2 things to my buildlog.

  1. An updated "picture & Link" in the #1 post of the build log (so everybody can have an immediate peek and go to the current state of the build)
  2. An "Link Index" so visiters can quickly go to the different stages of the project without browsing through the complete log



The Current status of the build and the link to the Last post of the buildlog is right here




Link Index:






Start of the original Post #1 :


”After some considerations” I decided to start  publishing my current build of the Santisima Trinidad on MSW.

(Thanks Sjors !! for the motivation :) )

It’s not difficult for me to understand that MSW has been accidently “erased”  after an recent update and it has lost a lot of

valuable information without any chance of recovery.

As I have not seen MSW before this “update” I  don’t have any idea about the value of the contribution of my  build log.. I  hope I can and will contribute positive to MSW and  get responds/advice  from the followers,

The Santisima Trinidad is my second build and I’m open for any suggiestions/improvements


Unfortunately, My current job (and other duties) doesn’t allow me "the time" I would like to spend on the hobby.

Be patient with me on the updates 



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Thank you for the kind words and the warm welcome on MSW.


Before I start posting the actual build log I think that it is nice to show some pictures of what is actually included.

I ordered this kit in 2012 on a Spanish web-site. Everything went very smoothly and after app. 1 week I already received the kit  The only “issue” worth mentioning was the included instructions: they were in Spanish only ..

After contacting OcCre support, they send me the English instructions without any delay and wished me luck on the build 





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So here it is the very beginning of the project,..

Starting simple with assembling the false keel, I used as suggested by the instructions  white carpenter glue 





Next was dry fitting the bulkheads and only minor sanding was needed to have them fit perfectly





During dry fitting of the crossbeams I discovered an production error, in one of the bulkheads the holes for the crossbeams was forgotten



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the last time i saw this problem on msw 1.0 the hole was then cut and the build proceeded, only to find out the bulkheads had been placed in the incorrect order, please double check - if im wrong - i appologise - not trying to panic you

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Thanks Kevin   :)

I couldn’t believe it either but after double checking and fitting the decks (see underneath) it must be true..

Before gluing the bulkheads in place, i wanted to make sure that all the decks or bulkheads didn’t needed any additional adjustments.



Everything is a perfect match so far, and I’m very pleased at this stage



In the lower and main deck are some cutouts, 3 small “cheating decks” have to place underneath these cutouts.

However there are more than 3 cutouts, so visible later on or not,  decided to use some scrap wood and created 3 more cheating decks”



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I tried some different techniques, to simulate caulking, but decided in the end to use black cardboard (0,2 mm thick, as this was available to me…)

I must admit, it is not the easiest way to simulate caulking, but I think it is worth the trouble.

I used one of the "cheating" decks as my first prototype and at this stage it is "as build", no sanding or anything like that has been done yet, further down below a visualization of the production line.



Cutting deck planks in the appropriate length



I used white carpenter glue as it will give me enough time to place the planks  



Positioning of the pre-cut planks, make sure they are placed side by side but without moving them around too much



Apply some (not too much) pressure until the glue has dried



By using a thin/sharp scalpel blade it is not that difficult to cut through the cardboard between the planks


This will be the result 



For gluing the cardboard on the end of the planks I found it the easiest to push a plank (with glue on the end) firmly down on a small piece of cardboard and cut away the cardboard around the plank with a sharp scalpel.

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Hi Theo,


You are in a hurry…..

For the caulking of the planks i'll use a pen.

Make them black at both sides and after that I sanded the planks.

It works for me but if this work for you continue with that.



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Hej Sjors,

Yes most of the time I’m (at least) trying to be in a hurry, but this time I have cheated and I actually started the build the end of last year, so I’m actually app. 2 month behind with my posting  :)

I also tried with a pen and pencil and indeed the results are also very good ,the main reason I choose for cardboard was the consistence of the sharp edges it produces 

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So next thing is treenails, i decided to try-out a drawplate for creating these.

But for some reason they are not so easy to find in Denmark, so I started to try to make my own.

I used a piece of scrap metal from an old car radiocover and drilled holes from 1,5 mm to 0.6 mm and sanded the holes with grit 600. 


I used bamboo skewers as material for the treenails itself, I cut them in as thin stripes as possible with a sharp scalpel blade.

Next I selected the finest ones and pulled/pushed them through the drawplate until I reached my goal (0.6mm)

Actually this was not as bad as I thought it would be, a bought drawplate might even be better, but this one works as well.



After fitting the first nails I was disappointed because the nails were difficult to see as they were almost the same color as the plank itself.

After some brainstorming I decided to try to give the bamboo a coating with a black marker, this gives a nice contrast with the surrounding wood.




Underneath again my cheating deck but now with some treenails samples in it, some of the bottom ones have the black  coating as you might be able to se



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So after the cheating decks I gave it a try on the second gun deck




Next thing on the list is the finish..

I decided for an “antique” bee-wax polish, it is easy to apply and it gives it an realistic & aged patina look.

But as it turns out, it is not that easy to catch the effect on the camera




Still a few things I could pay more attention to, but I’m pleased with the result  

Note: at this stage I still haven’t glued the bulkheads in place. 



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I think I remember seeing a few different builds by others who had also used construction paper technique to simulate the ships caulking and it seems to come out really great I may consider doing the same in the future.  I can't wait to see a whole deck done this way.  Get to see your posts.



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Thank you all for the encouraging reactions, i will continue with posting the main deck assembling and planking


I drilled the holes in the deck just slightly bigger than the treenail stick itself, pushed it all the way down and cut them in length.

I didn’t even used glue to keep the treenails in place 




Here’s the complete result sanded and ready for some wax.




Here  a close up picture where wax is applied 





Still dry fitting so you have an impression of how it will look after this stage.
I even used a drill template for the treenail holes however not all of them are perfectly positioned, if I could change  something at this stage I would have found an even more accurate methode for drilling these holes.. 



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Hello Theo,


I thought I might join in and follow your build of ST.


The deck is looking great with the treenails and the wax finish.

I'm looking forward to your progress.


Take care,



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Thanks Sjors and Hello to you Anja,  please join and follow the build  :)


Enough about planking and treenails and dry fitting for a while.

I started to glue the bulkheads and made very sure that everything is glued square






After the bulkheads it’s the turn for the stern support




And the decks





Somehow I managed to create a gap between the main deck and the first frame, I’m not sure how and when it happened




After some consideration I decided to bridge this gap with an extra plank and some cardboard to give it some extra contrast




Looking ahead in the instructions I found out that all this will be covered   :huh:

Well anyway, visible or not it looks much better until it actually gets covered ..



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Yes Kevin I think you’re right, everything else seems to fit perfect, learned a lesson: next time I will double check.


I planked most of the decks, the only deck remaining is the quarterdeck




some creative pictures..






Again, but now with installed bulwarks



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