Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

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Re: Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

Post by Graham » Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:36 pm

Thanks Denis and Brian, I greatly appreciate your comments.

The hatches are now all finished -
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The hatches (as opposed to the gratings) have pieces of 2mm x 2mm strip glued on which I pre-stained with dark oak colour and then a coat of matt lacquer. I assume these strips were for the rowers to brace their feet against.
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Time to fit the bench seats. My calipers and dividers were not long enough to measure between the hull sides, so back to the gauge I used to fit the stringers -
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Benches shaped and lacquered. I was going to paint them black, but the natural colour looks OK (a little darker than the photo shows) so I'll leave them at that -
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A turned post sits on top of a small block and will support the benches underneath at mid-point - five in all. The turned posts were well made -
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Trial fit of the benches -
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I needed to do the benches in order to line up the cannon slide assembly because it sits on top of them. A problem is that I have glued the hatch too high up on the fwd bulkhead and it's on with CA, so there it will stay. As such, the carriage slide frame will not drop into the slot as required -
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Some fettling later -
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On to the cannon carriage. There are no dimensions given for the 10mm x 10mm lengths at the bottom of the carriage, so I 'guesstimated' it. Also shown is the slider block and elevation wedge -
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Slide frame now built and you will have figured out that the red carriage sits inside the black slide frame; first coat of paint on all -
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Re: Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

Post by zoly99sask » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:14 pm

I like your nice ,clean and sharp work.Good job!!

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Re: Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

Post by Graham » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:54 pm

Thanks very much, Zoltan.

Finishing off the cannon carriage. The brass lock plate did not fit very well around the cannon trunnion -
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- so I got to work with a rat-tail file -
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Carriage finished. In the end I painted the barrel matt black and then gently went over it with some fine wire
wool -
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Back to the slide. It rests on the first three bench seats and, as you can see, there is an increasing gap running towards the bow -
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I don't know why this is because everything measures up exactly. Whatever, I didn't like the look of this, so I glued on a strip and then chamfered it down -
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It now sits down well and looks OK when painted. I don't think anyone will notice and you are the only guys who know, so don't tell anybody.
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Various other bits glued on and the slide is now finished. The four red bits of dowel are the trunnions and note the two brackets towards the front on which a bowsprit could be mounted; this is not yet made and will be strapped to the side of the ship later in the build.
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Time to put the two assemblies together -
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As I was building the benches and main cannon it set me thinking about the manning on this ship and I came up with:-
12 sailors to row
4 sailors to steer/handle the sails
4 sailors to man the main gun
4 sailors to man the two carronades
24 marines

That's 48 people at least; what's your view? Whatever the actual numbers were the boat would have been packed and one thing I do know for certain is that when they fired that big gun I would be the one standing as far away as possible thinking 'I hope that bloody thing is well bolted down!'

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Re: Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

Post by Donnie » Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:23 pm

Ok, I have thought about it. No, my planking is not going to look this good. you got me beat !!! :D
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Re: Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

Post by Graham » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:48 pm

Thanks Donnie, but I think you do yourself a dis-service!

This week has been a lot of bitty but time consuming elements, so here's what has been going on.
There are 6 bench seats and 4 end brackets on each. I wanted to cut them from a length of pre-shaped wood section but the choice was very limited at the DIY shop this time around. So, I got a length of triangular balsa (left) and got to work with some sandpaper to get the profile I wanted (right) -
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Then I made a jig to cut them to size -
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... and this is the result -
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They painted up OK, but being balsa they really soak up the paint so several coats were required -
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On to the parts which fix on the handrail - the fwd rope guide and the oar mounts. These are made by clamping two sections of wood together, drilling through and then quite a bit of work sanding and filing. I seemed to have been fiddling with these for ages -
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Now the handrail. In the instructions it is made up of seven different pieces. That just sounds like a headache waiting to happen so I got some thin ply and marked the rails out -
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I left it clamped to the bench to sort out the inner profiles with the sander as it's easier to handle -
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Trial fit -
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Mast mounting. The mast passes through a hole in the third bench and locates in a shoe which attaches to the deck. I shaped the shoe on the chop saw - it is screwed to a piece of sacrificial wood in order to save my fingers -
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... and now the bench -
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... and this is how it comes together -
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Re: Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

Post by GaryM » Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:17 pm

That is a lot of work for a small vessel. Great job. You are approaching it as if it was a scratch build.
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Re: Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

Post by Graham » Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:48 pm

Second post of the day; I must have maxed the last one out with too many photos.
I got to thinking yesterday that I had not yet seen the cannon balls for the two types of cannon. I had a good look around and even went through the waste bin - I have always started a model with an empty bin and never empty it until a build is finished, just in case anything gets thrown away in error. No joy there, either. In the end I called Cornwall Model Boats where I got the kit from and explained the situation. They rang me back an hour later to say that they have checked and Mantua no longer put the cannonballs in the kit as a cost-cutting measure. Can you believe that?!
Oh well, guess I'll mic up the barrels and get some on order but I'll wait a while until near the end of the build as I wonder what else is missing? On with the build and time to finish off the exterior of the hull so that I can stain it; a couple of jobs left to do.
Firstly planking the remaining dead keel area -
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There is a rubbing strake on the lower side of the hull (port & stbd). This is made from 3mm x 5mm strip and needs to conform to the curvature of the hull. I soaked the strip in hot water for an hour and then went at it with the heated iron. I achieved some curvature, but not enough, because I'm trying to bend 5mm. After some thought I put the strips in one of my large woodworking clamps and ran it under hot water whilst tightening it slowly - somewhat nerve-wracking! It is also braced across to stop the strips skewing -
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It was a bit of a guesstimate on the curvature needed, but when I got what I thought was the correct bend I left it for an hour then went over it with a hairdryer to set the wood. The above photo looks like quite a contraption, but I think we got away with it -
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Time to think about stain colour. After several mixes (I prefer oil-based stain) I will go with the shade on the right -
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Re: Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

Post by Graham » Mon Sep 04, 2017 5:50 am

Thanks Gary. I hadn't thought of it like that and, yes, there are quite a few parts which you could reasonably expect to be laser cut from teak but have to be made from scratch.
However, I fear that progress on the build will slow down for a while due to our new arrival. Everyone please say hello to Evie -
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Re: Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

Post by neptune » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:08 am

Beautiful work Graham and a beautiful little dog as well, enjoy,

best regards John.

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Re: Build Log: Panart Armed Pinnace

Post by Graham » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:40 pm

Thanks John - on both counts!

Evie has settled in really well, so I have managed to get some ship work done.
This is the external hull now finished, all necessary bits stuck on and ready for staining -
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Stained -
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After three coats of acrylic lacquer (that will be enough) -
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While the lacquer is hardening off I'll make the cannon loading equipment and boat hook. First problem is that the boathook end has a ball bearing jammed in it! -
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Strange, and it won't come out, so I guess I'll just put a recess in the shaft and hope the CA holds. First the barrel swab. I used some felt-like material stolen from the sewing room. The following photos tell the sequence -
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Put a dab of CA on the shaft as you slide up each square; roughly trim to shape with sharp scissors, then rub on sandpaper to fluff up, then a bit of weathering powder.
Powder scoop next. I decided to make sets for the two swivel guns as well, but there is no brass tube for these so I used plastic tube -
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Worm screws are made from brass wire wound around a drill bit appropriate to the size of the cannon bore. Here's the finish, all three sets painted up -
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On to the rudder. The tiller arm is supposed to be bent from one piece of wood, but from my recent experience with the rubbing strakes there is no way to get those severe bends into that size wood. So, since it is to be painted anyway I decided to laminate it -
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I think that turned out OK. The tiller arm attaches to a block which sits over the rudder at an angle, so in order for this block to slide on the rudder you have to cut a square hole on an angle. This did not go too well, but since it is to be painted I got away with using filler. Quite a bit of filler.
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I did not take a picture before I used the filler because you will talk about me.

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