Twelve strips down...
And twelve strips down.
One learns as you go along - I am now not using a single long strip of veneer down the length of the planks as in the beginning, but veneer pieces that is approximately the same length as the deck planks. These are spaced with some offset from the plank joints, allowing the last plank laid down to act as a "support" for the next veneer whilst gluing down the next plank...
The problem with the long veneer strips and the gentle curvature of the deck can be seen at the joint between two of the planks just behind the rear mast hole in this image - when trimming the veneer to the deck level - the whole strip pulled out as it was "suspended" just below the top of the planks rather than all the way to the bottom - so some "surgery" will be needed here. Also means that the lines of the planks will not be 100% straight in this part of the deck and some adjustments will have to be made with the next rows to straighten it out.
So we learn.. fortunatley this will not be too visible on the completed model and serves as a good 'training ground'
Detail of veneer 'caulking' (9787)
Cropped image of deck planks with veneer 'caulking'. This is with little sanding with too coarse a grit of paper. I expect (hope? :) ) it will look better when all completed and sanded down with fine cabinet grade sanding paper and varnished with a varnish that will darken it ever so lightly...
Gun Deck Planking - Day 2 (9786)
This is going to take some time. I trimmed down and rough sanded the 'veneer caulking' to get an idea what it would finally look like. Took me about 6 hr to get to this stage of the deck planking - this takes into account cutting the individual planks (about 200), as well as the veneer strips seen to the right of the picture.
The longer strips are glued length wise and then the individual planks layed next to the strip with short veneer strips positioned between the plank ends. This row has to dry completely so that the end bits can be trimme down to the plank widths before the next long run of veneer can be placed.
I am sure it will speed up as my fingers learn to contol tweezers, (not too much) glue and planks at the same time...
Even though much of this deck will be covered by the upper deck, one will be able to look down through skylights and open sections on to this deck. Anyway - still remain good practise for the top deck to be planked probably 1 year down the line...
Gun deck planking (the start ) (9785)
Another view of the first line of planks. Also seen in this picture the "saw base/guide" I made for cutting the 120mm length planks.
The steel rule also clearly shows the size of this model. The gundeck is nearly 800mm long.
Gun deck planking (the start 2) (9784)
Laying down the first gun deck planks against a clamped down steel rule.
After a couple of experiments, I decided to complicate life by using 24 scale feet individual planks rather than the longer length planks as called for by the instructions.
Life further complicated by deciding to use 0.6mm walnut veneer between individual planks to simulate the caulking, rather than marking with a pen.
The picture also shows the filler pieces of 'supawood' I formed and fitted in the bow. Hopefully this will help when the hull planking start.
Different views of frame & Bulkhead
Composite of different views of the frame & bulkhead to date.
I notice from the front on view there is still a slight twist. Should be able to fix that when I fit the shaped bow bulkhead.
Frame & Bulkhead (nearly) done (9757)
Deviated from builiding instructions. Bow and sterncastle bulkheads to be fitted still. Want to put filler blocks in and shape whilst off the model.
The keel warped after joining two (very) flat pieces. Must have happened during the clamping of the strengthening pieces. I noticed this only when I started fitting the false decks. The aft frame/bulkhead was OK so I completed that part first.
I only then built the keel frame and decided to do it almost full length to be able to straighten the frame. Front false decks lines up. Small mismmatch in foremast position hole through false deck into frame. Nothing major (he says with confidence :) )
Keel frame (9746)
Who says 4lb hammers aren't modelling tools?
How It All Starts
I expect it will ake me 2 years or so to build...
This is going to be fun :)
This is a big model
This is a big model. when done 1.3m long, nearly 1m tall and nearly 1/2 m wide. Included in the box is a 1:1 (full scale) poster of a completed model.
This is it - with our Labrador, Daisy used as scale reference. :)
Finally, 11 weeks after placing the order, I received my next project.
Artesania Latina's model of the HMS Surprise.