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OcCre 1:90 Santisima Trinidad Build Log   page 01





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I. BOX CONTENTS

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December 17, 2008

Hi everyone, this is Donnie Driskell here again with another Build Log of OcCre´s 1/90 Plank-on-Bulkhead (P.O.B.) Santisima Trinidad. Their website can be found at htt://www.occre.com So with much anticipation here is my build log. The image is seen with all contents. This image is very familiar with those undertaking the task of building this ship. But, for those that might want to see the latest box of contents, it is here below. I received this ship December 21, 2008. Thanks for joining me in this build.

Santisima Trinidad Box Contents

Box Contents





II. THE FRAME

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December 17, 2008

Started Gluing up the frames. It seems that it might be overkill for alignment using the clamps, however, I figure that this is the most important in making sure the hull frame is square.

Santisima Trinidad Frame

Plank on Bulkhead Frame Assembly





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December 17, 2008

One part of making the alignment of frames square, I almost overlooked making sure that the Frames were of equal distance of port and starboard as well. The circles show that I made some marks on the False Keel and Frames to make sure this part is made with good alignment.

Santisima Trinidad Frame

Plank on Bulkhead Frame Assembly





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December 17, 2008

I thought I would mock up the fitting of the upper deck to see how the frame is going to line up. So far, not too bad. I will fit the deck onto the frame, but not glue it. Then I will glue the cross beam that runs thru the frames and then the frame should be complete. With the deck temporarily secured to the frame, this will assist in making sure that the deck will fit nicely later. Then when I remove the deck, the deck should fit good. The directions do not indicate this. As a matter of fact, the instructions want you to lay the frame on its back and then glue the cross beam in. This would complete the frame assembly. However, I choose another route in that is the fore mentioned of temporarily securing the deck "while" I finish gluing the frame.
The image showing the red circles indicated that this area seems to be a little more difficult to make alignment. Everything else falls into place nicely. I can not overemphasis that making the frame as square as you can will pay off. And even then, there may be areas that might not be so square.

Santisima Trinidad Frame

Plank on Bulkhead Frame Assembly





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December 17, 2008

Mocking up the deck again after gluing all the frame pieces and cross-beam.
All seems well at this point.

Santisima Trinidad Frame

Plank on Bulkhead Frame Assembly


Santisima Trinidad Frame

Plank on Bulkhead Frame Assembly





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December 17, 2008

I did a little more work in alignment of frames. I added the last frame piece 18 and supports. The images with the mast are only in there for alignment purposes. I am just doing this so that there will not be any unpleasant surprises when I start adding the deck for real. The False Deck is still not glued for the moment. I still followed the instructions about turning the whole frame upside down and gluing the cross-beam in place. It is really important to stay diligent in making sure everything is square and aligned. It will really make the ship build better if the foundation is done correctly. I am hoping that all of this work will pay off soon. This is the first large advanced project I have done.
BTW - the small anvils were bought from Harbor Freight tools. There were only a few dollars a piece and they really come in handy holding things in place. The mini clamps were bought at HF as well.

Santisima Trinidad Frame

Plank on Bulkhead Frame Assembly


Santisima Trinidad Frame

Plank on Bulkhead Frame Assembly


Santisima Trinidad Frame

Plank on Bulkhead Frame Assembly


Santisima Trinidad Frame

Plank on Bulkhead Frame Assembly





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December 17, 2008

I think that I am satisfied with the alignment. I tried to take a shot showing looking down the deck frames. The camera was a little off is the reason for the False Keel is a little off center about mid way. But this is the camera not being exactly centered. The only thing left to do at this point is to add the support beams for the lower deck and then moving on.

Santisima Trinidad Frame

Plank on Bulkhead Frame Assembly





III. DECK PLANKING

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December 17, 2008

I hate making decisions like this about deck finishing but the deal is this. The Deck Planking is only 1mm x 3mm. As you can see by the photo, these strips do not have any false caulking on them. (they are not glued down just yet) Everything is natural. I am thinking that putting pencil lead on each side of Planking strips (of which I have done before) on this model, might not look so good. The reason is that the Planking strips have such variation of colors - you can see the planks separately anyway. Now, if the Planks were of the same texture and color, they would need that separation using the false caulking.
I am asking the opinion of others that has been this route before many times as to if use the pencil caulking technique on such a small scale or not. I do plan to use a tiny pin vise to make some false treenails and that should alone suffice. My concern is making the deck "too busy" looking and too distracting. I don´t really mean to go overboard as really, I like to keep things simple. once it is done, its done.

Santisima Trinidad Lower Deck

Lower Deck





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December 17, 2008

I finally made the decision and go with the pencil. I used a pinvise to make the treenails. I will now move on to the installation of the lower deck and then on to the main deck. I guess it will be a while before I post again due to the fact that there will not be much to post until I get the main deck planked.

Santisima Trinidad Deck Planking

Decking





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December 17, 2008

Well, I have come across a decision that I am going to have to make soon. And that is the Cannons. I am not too happy with the kits Cannons. So, I guess either I will buy some from Model Expo´s lazer cut cannons (which could be a generic style that would fit just about any error or period OR I could just scratch build my own of which I am not sure if I am up to that or not.
The Cannons with the kit only have limited rigging. Only one rope from bulwark thru end of cannon back to bulwark again. No other rigging. Even though this would simplify things, the realism and authenticity is not there. Does anyone have any suggestions about cannons for the Trinidad?
I have studied Charles Cross section and also Andrea ST build and I am gathering ideas. Are the Model Shipways Cannons ok? Or are they out of history and scale?

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