First time Wooden Ship model - 1:64 HM Granado

ron0909

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Joe, I needed that bit of encouragement, Thanks!! I'm going to keep plugging away at this one but I need to save the pennies and buy a good starter kit. That way I can put all the good advice and theory to use and see how these things should really be built.
 

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hello Ron0909, this is a very interesting project that you are making, first I did not understand exactly what you were doing, I think this was because of the photo of shipyard (I first thought it was a cardboard kit) but by rereading your first post too good I saw that it is a wooden scratch construction (sorry but I'm a bit slow in understanding jajajajaja).
Unfortunately, I will never be able to make anything like that, because I do not have the slightest idea of how to do it from Corel drow or anything like that.
and to my knowledge there is no company here with such a lacer printer.
I will keep track of your project because it looks very instructive
Greetings Ron
Willy
 

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Willy, thanks for watching :) As long as you have a scanner and a regular letter size - a4 printer, it will work, The way I did it was to trace the formers (bulkheads in ship speak) in Corel Draw after scanning the original. You can use any vector based drawing program such as Adobe Illustrator or the free Inkscape as well. Once you have the bulkheads traced, you can enlarge or reduce them to any size you like without loss of quality. Should you have access to a laser cutter, it can read those vector based drawings and then you are only limited to the size of the plywood sheet that the laser can handle. If you wanted to give it a try I'd be more than happy to help out.
 

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Here we go my friends, the continuing saga of 'How not to do things and especially, not 3.5 times over'
It's been a long time since I glued that pile of strips to Bellona and for some reason I had a hard time getting this wee ship planked. The first side
was done literally 3.5 times before I got it only OK. Thankfully the second side went a lot smoother. Excuse the images as my lighting is terrible
and I'm a really bad photographer!
planking1.jpg planking2.jpg planking3.jpg

Before I finished the first side, I had decided to lay down the wales using the same veneer strips I was using, only painted black and 3 layers deep.
This I think really looked terrible so off it came. Here is a pic of what it was about before that got ripped away.The picture doesn't look so bad but can you remember that old saying 'nice from far but far from nice'?
old-wales.jpg

Anyways, long story short I created the wales from a single sheet of basswood. I know it isn't really correct but to me it looked better. I have some small burnishing tools that I might use to 'draw' in the plank lines. The following is a 'shoemaker's wale bending apparatus'. Surprisingly, it worked out ok :)

walebending1.jpg walebending2.jpg walebending3.jpg walebending4.jpg

And finally, wales on! (but still in need of a trim). I wish my son would get rid of that darn dummy! Every time I turn around I see that thing in my peripheral vision and it makes me jump!
waleson1.jpg waleson2.jpg waleson3.jpg
 

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It's looking good Ron, I like your idea of using Mugs (Tea Cups) to bend planks, if you filled them with boiling water it might help dry out a damp plank and hold the bend.

Cheers Andy
 

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Thanks so very much for the kind words and encouragement! The last couple of days have turned this little bit of wood into something that is starting to resemble a ship (sort of :)). I've rebuilt that silly curved bulkhead again. I think I got it right this time as the curves in the ladders (yet to be installed) match up pretty well. The trim running down the length of the ship was made of some walnut and painted black after abusing it a tad with my new Microshapers.
I am happy to say that those little scrapers hold up well and they do a really nice job. When I get the mortar tubs in I am going to follow Jim's tutorial and make some of my own mouldings to close them in nicely with the deck. Just a few more pics to say yeah...I'm still grinding away topdown.jpg profile1.jpg Bow1.jpg
 
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