Build Log: HMS Snake

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Graham
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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Post by Graham » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:11 pm

Hi Eric. Thanks for following my log and I hope you enjoyed the ride, your comments have been welcome. I looked up those pics you took in SA; a sad case indeed and in need of more than just TLC - hope you are not comparing that to my own build! Yes, the next build is already decided and a start made - see the log for Panart Armed Pinnace. Regards.

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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Post by zoly99sask » Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:10 pm

Congratulation,you built a nice model!!

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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Post by Donnie » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:16 pm

Well, I think it is obvious that you did an outstanding job on this, especially it being your first wooden build. Congratulations on it !!

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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Post by Graham » Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:57 pm

Time to build the case. I wasn't sure where to post this as it isn't strictly part of the ship build, but I thought I would share the experience with you.
I bought the 5mm acrylic from a UK company called plasticsheets.com. I did consider buying the sheets and cutting it myself, but -

a. I would have had to buy a different blade for my table saw because you need a special one for cutting acrylic sheet.
b. I would have had to buy a router to get the edges smooth after saw cutting, and
c. Something would have inevitably got scratched during the cutting process.

So after some careful measuring of the ship I ordered the pre-cut sheets and paid a couple of pounds per sheet for polished edges (see later) - total cost was £115. When the sheets arrived they were well packed, the box wrapped in yards of bubble wrap, sheets unmarked, well cut and the edge finish was good.
I started by building it upside down and firstly taped the edges of the three sides -
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Time to glue it. I did quite a lot of reading on what to use and quickly ruled out mastic (messy and too long to dry) and CA glue (causes hazing of the acrylic) There is a good vid on Youtube which recommends this -
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but they were only building small cases nowhere near the size of mine, but I need not have worried. This stuff has lots of warnings on use health-wise but I don't think it is any worse than, say, cellulose thinners. That said, proper precautions should be followed. I got it on Amazon for £22, £8 of which is shipping, I guess because it is hazardous? I also could not get less than a pint, so I suppose it will keep me going for quite a while yet. The adhesive is water thin and is applied with a syringe and fine needle and then travels into the joint by capillary action - hence the need for very well finished edges. It does not so much glue the mating faces as melt them and results in a very strong bond. I gave it a couple of hours to dry and then taped on the last side and laid it down to help the adhesive run into the mating edges better -

Then stand it the proper way up -
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- and after an hour remove the masking tape - I like to get masking off as soon a possible as it has a habit of sticking really fast and leaving traces if left on too long.
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I'm quite pleased with the end result which gives me the look I wanted and it is as solid as a rock. The finished case is (in centimeters) 90 wide x 64 high x 39 deep and it cost me £115 for the acrylic + £22 for the adhesive (I only used a fraction of it) + £7 for syringes/needles (I only used one of each) - that is a lot better than the £1,100 I was quoted for one the same size with a base.
If you are thinking of making your own case then give it a go - it is a lot easier than you may think!
Still pondering the base finish - stained wood? coloured? something else? We'll get there soon. Regards.
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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Post by Graham » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:44 pm

Time to put the ship in the case. The base which comes with the kit is good and solid and was very useful during building, but I wanted something a bit smaller, so I started out with this...
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... and after five minutes on the chop saw ended up with this....
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After a bit of fettling to more closely pick up the hull curvature I painted it...
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...and put the ship on it -
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Luckily the front windowsill is wide enough to take it and I like the look of it as it is without a base, so until the day it has to live somewhere else this is how she will look -

She is finally finished. Thanks to everyone for your inputs, encouragement and for following my log.
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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Post by Graham » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:10 pm

Thanks, Omnius, it was an enjoyable build and I learned a lot. Regards.

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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Post by zoly99sask » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:11 pm

I have to build a case exactly the same way for my AVS ,just too lasy.Nice case!!For such a nice finished model a case is a must!!

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Re: Build Log: HMS Snake

Post by Graham » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:46 am

Nothing new, just photos reloaded.

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