Lots of fiddling here. Somewhere something went wrong here but managed to get the sterncastle to this point. This is not what the model maker intended. Those familiar with the model will notice that the sides (particularly the back) is a lot thicker than the single plywood shape intended by the instructions. I had to pad it with balsa wood and then had to frame the inside of the windows with 0.6mm veneer to clean up. Also then used 1mm planking strips then on top of the balsa to plank the sterncastle (which was also not intended by the plans). All this because I cut the upper hull planks to short and at the wrong slope.
The sterncastle will be painted which is why I used wood filler here which really looks ugly on these pictures. It was (is?) worrying times - concerned that I messed up a reasonable model at this stage. Still some concern - but hope to be able to save the look - the window frames will be out of scale - but there will be many other items to focus on on the completed model
Protective varnish & Polish (0262 cd)
Side on view - Varnished and polished for hull protection. Started on Sterncastle. Went wrong somewhere in the beginning at the stern. Lots of fiddling and adjusting to get to this point on the sterncastle.
Starboard Side view
Milestone reached with hull planking done and sanded.
32 months elapsed since start, but only ~210hr spent building according to build log. one more light sanding next time out of cupboard followed by clear varnish and then on to sterncastle; cannons and deck furnishings...
Planking done & sanded
Hull planking done, stern fixed up, keel and bowsprit support fitted.
Picture shows the patchwork needed in the stern (next to rudder post). Upper part (light wood) will be trimmed back when sterncastle is built so not an issue there.
Almost done with the hull planking
Hull planking almost done. The stern still need some attention (Lots of it).
Rough sanded the hull only.
After fixing the stern, the rest of the keel needs to be fitted, followed by a couple of hrs sanding and then finished off with some protective varnish. Then the work on the stern castle can start...
Continued planking. No sanding done yet on new planks.
Getting a little concerned how the two halves will meet with respect to the "run of the planks".
Maybe I should have followed the manuals proposed sequence...
Managed to do another 3 or 4 widths.
Also decided to do a first pass sanding - even if only to convince myself it would 'clean up OK' - Glad to say it does clean up quite nicely with sanding.
I do find it difficult to keep glue stains off the outside of the wood - especially now with the clamping of planks between the bulkheads very awkward at this stage using the clamps I used to date.
The stealers and half stealers highlighted here turned out OK. Pity not all of them look like this. Also the edges of the bow planking as it terminates against the freeboard planks looks very nice.
Started planking again. Made some good progress over the last 2 weekends. Not sure whether my fitting of the planks with half stealers to compensate for the curvature of the hull and to prevent planks curving upwards is correct but will see how it ends up.
Reasonably satisfied to date. There is a lot of cleaning up to do (especially in the stern area) and some sanding in the future but the fit of planks looks reasonable.
I should have cleaned up the glue stains at least before taking the pictures I guess...
First planking bands done (1631)
The result of about 16hrs work on the hull planking. No cleaning or sanding done yet. Next planking band tackled will be the one below the freeboard working towards the keel
Stern & Half Stealers detail
This came out reasonable well in the end. Made use of half stealers to increase the number of hull planks from 5 to 7 towards the stern in the planking band next to the garboard planks. After realising I can use my floor mounted sander in my garage to shape the half stealer it went much faster with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th ones... (There are two half stealers ports side and two stealers starboard side in the first planking bamd)