Bireme - Greek Warship, Amati, scale 1/35

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Re: Bireme - Greek Warship, Amati, scale 1/35

Post by moreplovac » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:20 am

Was working on main mast (actually the only one) today and here are some highlights.
First, following Amati's plan i draw the template for a mast.


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I started to work on mast; protected the end of the mast and here is my setup..


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Looking at the template and actual mast provided by Amati. Something was not quite right..
The size of the mast from a plan looked to me a bit bigger than the pole that comes within the kit..


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So, digging up on some left overs from another project was able to find out an pole that might be better in diameter than the one form the kit..
Started to work on it and end result was quite satisfactory..


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Worked on the top peace of the mast which will hold rigging by gluing 4 small left overs together, spare parts from the exercise of making oarsman sits.
Sanding them to the shape and to correct size, drilled a 3mm hole in the center and two small holes, as indicated on the plan plan. The diameter of those two holes is 1mm. Looked like Thor's hammer but in small scale.. :-)


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Then i noticed at the back two holes are not as accurate as in the front. They do not line up correctly as they should; i will go back to make another version of mast top. Not today, i stayed late tonight, it will be interesting tomorrow when clock rings...



More to come.

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Re: Bireme - Greek Warship, Amati, scale 1/35

Post by moreplovac » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:59 pm

Back to the shipyard after some time dedicated to real work and daily routines..
Today i attacked a part i did not like last time... Cut down a block of poplar, 1cm x 2cm so i have some room to hold the `patient` while drilling ( :-))

Some old basic geometry skills helped to mark down place for a hole and for pilot hole..

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Back to bench drill press and made a hole..

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Now this part has to be shaped to the correct size and form..

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There are two holes, very tiny and close to each other that are used to hold some rigging so i decided to make them ahead of time and with some extra wood i can use to hold it while drilling.. I ordered few chucks that can hold the small size drill bits but, unfortunately there are not here yet. So. back to basics, i covered a 0.5mm drill bit with plenty of masking tape, make it a big fatter so it can be used with bench press drill. Just to show the perspective..

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Managed to make those small holes, here is brief fitting test on the mast..

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After some quality time with rasps, different sanding blocks and paper size, here is end result.

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Happy with it, glued to the mast and tested on the ship..

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At the end, i collected all attempts i was not quite happy with and here they are; some wrong size, some wrong wood, wrong hole, etc..

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But they can be reused somewhere else so will keep them in a spare parts box.

Then i was thinking of treenails and what to do with them. The ship kit comes with 200 metal nails that can be used but for my taste they looked a bit out of the scale and too long.

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So i decided to either make my own treenails or to fake it with wood filler. Here is my test attempt with wood filler:

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Made a few holes, filled them up with wood filler and sand them - the beige colored one is called `natural` (red circle). For my planking it looks a bit to white-ish..
The second is walnut-colored filler (blue circle) and it looks much more acceptable. Since the whole point of treenailing the planking is to just add some details to the model and not for a structural strength, most likely i will go with walnut filler. I also like the fact that walnut colored filler will provide less visible treenails which would not drag attention from the model to treenails. There are few other techniques for making/faking treenails but i think will leave those for some other models.

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During research i did not find correct answer how many treenails this ship requires. I still need to make decision how many treenails to install: should i just cover the upper part of the ship including place where oars will be installed or to cover the whole ship, including the complete hull.. Not sure yet, TBD.

This is the one i will go with in case i decide to do the treenails at all..

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More to come soon...

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Re: Bireme - Greek Warship, Amati, scale 1/35

Post by moreplovac » Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:24 am

It is time to drill some holes for oars. First i made a copy of a plan, cut it and mark it on the hull.

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Make the marks for a drilling...

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It is time to do some drilling...

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Once the holes are drilled, i used needle file to reshape the hole. It supposed to be in kind of a egg shape as the oar movement is in front-back direction. This process is a bit repetitive but it was completed in a few hours, no problems there..

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Holes completed.

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Then a test run of setting up oars was done, just to feed curiosity of how it will look at the end.

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Tomorrow i will start working on ridding but need to visit local shop to get few roles of good cotton threads. The one that comes with the kit is a bit too shiny and too polyester-ish for my taste..

Happy modeling..

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Re: Bireme - Greek Warship, Amati, scale 1/35

Post by Graham » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:52 pm

Nice work, I am enjoying watching this build come together.

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Re: Bireme - Greek Warship, Amati, scale 1/35

Post by moreplovac » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:44 pm

Thanks Graham, no much to submit, fairly busy at work... Hopefully will slow down during Christmas time...

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Re: Bireme - Greek Warship, Amati, scale 1/35

Post by Graham » Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:52 pm

Will you be fitting a spare on your model?

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Re: Bireme - Greek Warship, Amati, scale 1/35

Post by moreplovac » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:48 am

Looks like this picture is from reputable source so I would definitely try to find a good spot for a spare... :)

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Re: Bireme - Greek Warship, Amati, scale 1/35

Post by Aginvicta » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:03 pm

It's coming along nicely and the oars certainly add a new dimension to it. Do you get a large drum and a bloke to beat it to keep time for the oarsmen?

Cheers Andy

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