Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

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Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

Postby rdsaplala » Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:26 pm

Hello to all,

I've been building this kit (my 3rd ship) for some time now, I'm already a bit far into the build but I thought I'd share my progress here. It's better late than never right? ;-)

For some historical info, this model is based on a captured American Brig in 1777, whose original plans can be seen at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich as shown in the link below:

http://prints.rmg.co.uk/image/767573/un ... adger-1777

Comparisson of their lines showed Jotika's kit to be spot on for this particular draft so kudos to Jotika for that :cool:

The company however went a step further in their marketing gig, stating that this particular kit represents the first command of Admiral Horatio Nelson, of Trafalgar fame, but this particular bit was later proven untrue after our lengthy discussions in another ship modelling site :geek:

So suffice it to say that my kit represents the NMM drafts of an American brig captured in 1777... Period.

Anyway, enough history and on to the fun part starting with completion of the hull :)


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As can be seen, she's a bit messy now with all those wood dust, but further sanding and some varnish will take care of that :)
-Aldo

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Amati HMS Pegasus
: http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=261

Finished Build:
Caldercraft HM Brig Badger
: http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=205
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Re: Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

Postby popeye » Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:47 pm

looks like a real nice build aldo....you've done very well to this point of the build. :handgestures-thumbup:
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Phylly C & Denny-Zen / AmericA
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Re: Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

Postby rdsaplala » Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:54 pm

Thanks very much for the kind words Popeye, I've been sorting out my pics and loading them into photobucket as recommended :)

Finally been able to upload all significant pics, I'm sneaking in some internet time while at work, hope they don't notice :techie-typing:

Anyway, here are more pics:

Start of fitting out
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Working on the guns: in the kit, the trunion caps are supposed to be held down by 2 dome shaped pins:
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Comparing this to an actual cannon of HMS Endeavour, the pins look way oversized :shock:
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To closely match the original, I decided that I would need to do some modifications. Below is a close up picture of my Badger's prototype cannon showing all the modifications I have added :)
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I ended up applying these modifications to all 12 cannons, except for the scratchbuilt chain, which was nearly microscopic at the scale involved :shock:
I also decided to completely rig each gun :)


Here she is after installation of all the fittings and guns:

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Last edited by rdsaplala on Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:15 am, edited 2 times in total.
-Aldo

Current Build:
Amati HMS Pegasus
: http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=261

Finished Build:
Caldercraft HM Brig Badger
: http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=205
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Re: Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

Postby GaryM » Wed Mar 28, 2012 11:24 pm

Looks like you are doing a real nice job on this model. Yes, I believe that the pins seem extra large. I would think that brass round headed nails would have looked more realistic. But, remember, this is a learning process. The Caldercraft kits seem to be well made and have a lot of detail. I have 4 kits in my closet awaiting me. I have Mantua's "Soverign of the Seas" to build after finishing my current build of the "La Soleil Royal" by Mantua. Eventual, I would like to try Caldercraft's Victory.
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Re: Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

Postby popeye » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:24 am

she looks much better all dolled up! yepper! you learn little things as you go along. don't try to cram info.......you'll get a headache. your build looks superb....keep up the good work! ;-)
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Half Moon
Boulogne Etaples
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Titanic
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Re: Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

Postby rdsaplala » Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:33 am

Hi Gary,

Thanks very much for the encouraging words, they are much appreciated :)

I had some flat head pins from my HMS Cruiser and was indeed planning on using them, however, since I will modify the cannons, I decided to go all the way with a complete hinge and locking mechanism for the trunion caps as seen in the close up of my prototype cannon :)

I have seen your build of Soleil Royal, you're doing a great job on her Sir, she's coming along beautifully :cool:
The Caldercraft's Victory is an excellent choice, Caldercraft really puts a lot of research into their work and their Victory is the best so far. I will build the HMS Pegasus after this, then hopefully also move on to a "ship of the line" if everything goes well :handgestures-fingerscrossed:

Hello Popeye,

thanks very much for that tip, I'll put it to good use and try to break down my posts into sub-assemblies, just like the real model ;-)

So, on to the build..of course after fitting out starts the work on the masts.

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Here she is after completion of the masts

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Work on the yards begins
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Yards after completion
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Here's my high-tech method of shaping the footropes :lol:
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Yards dry-fitted to check if everything is square
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Thanks for watching, more pics coming up :text-thankyouyellow:
-Aldo

Current Build:
Amati HMS Pegasus
: http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=261

Finished Build:
Caldercraft HM Brig Badger
: http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=205
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Re: Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

Postby rdsaplala » Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:21 am

OK, we have fitted out our ship and gave it some masts, time to put on the threads to this little critter ;-)

Starting work on the shrouds
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Futtock staves cut oversized and glued to the shrouds (No knots for now)
My hi-tech cardboard spacing jig is used to make sure the staves are angled symetrically athwartships
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Planks are also glued forward and aft of the staves to make sure they remain in place when I start to lash the futtock shrouds and catharpins
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Now for everyones favorite part of the build, the Ratlines :grin:
Note my hi-tech spacer jig: a 5mm plank held in place by clothespins :lol:
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Shrouds and ratlines complete :grin:

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Alignment check on the futtock shrouds, staves and catharpins... I guess the jigs did their work rather nicely ;-)

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-Aldo

Current Build:
Amati HMS Pegasus
: http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=261

Finished Build:
Caldercraft HM Brig Badger
: http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=205
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Re: Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

Postby barba » Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:23 am

She looks wonderfull. Line, color, masts! Great job.

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Re: Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

Postby rdsaplala » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:09 am

Hello Barba,

Thank you for the kind words, it means a lot to me, coming from an expert modeller like you :)

And now for some more updates, here she after all standing rigging has been lashed on:
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Standing rigging done, time to start some work on the running rigging :banana-dance:

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The last 3 pictures above reflect my Badger on her current stage of build, about 1 1/2 years in the making :oops:
Partly due to work, other hobbies and a 2 y/o child getting most of my time, but mainly because I'm quite a lazy modeller :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thanks very much for watching :text-thankyouyellow:

More pics to come, once I have some substantial progress to show. 'Till then, rock on mates! :music-rockout: :music-rockout: :music-rockout:
-Aldo

Current Build:
Amati HMS Pegasus
: http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=261

Finished Build:
Caldercraft HM Brig Badger
: http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=205
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Re: Build Log: Jotika/Caldercraft 1/64 HM Brig Badger

Postby barba » Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:25 am

I have a daughter, 3,5 years old. She start to help dady in shipyard :angry-banghead: , but world remains to younger.

Barba
Completed builds:
Trabakul:http://shipsofscale.com/gallery/iradosevic/trabakul/index.html
Pasara:http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=39
Bracera:http://www.shipsofscale.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=82

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