Santa Ana 1784 AL by PaulV

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Santa Ana was a 112-gun three-decker ship of the line of the Spanish Navy, built to plans by Romero Landa. She was the prototype and lead ship of the Santa Ana class, also known as los Meregildos, which were built during the following years at Ferrol and Havana and which formed the backbone of the Spanish Navy - the other ships were the Mejicano, Conde de Regla, Salvador del Mundo, Real Carlos, San Hermenegildo, Reina María Luisa and Príncipe de Asturias. Her dimensions were 213.4 Burgos feet long, 58 feet in the beam and a total tonnage of 2,112 tonnes.
History

The Original Plan

the Santa Ana

This is an image of a watercolor by Ange-Joseph Antoine Roux titled Frégate La Thémis Comandee par le Capne de Vau Nicholau Jugan, 1809. The watercolor is in the collection at The Mariners' Museum.

She was launched on 28 September 1784 at the Reales Astilleros de Esteiro. She was tested at sea on 28 February 1785 under the captaincy of Félix de Tejada, who reported the test to his commanding officer that the ship "kept the battery in good use [even] in a fresh wind and heavy seas". The success of the trials led to a royal order that subsequent three-deckers would be built to the same plans.
Thémis with Santa Ana in tow in the aftermath of the Battle of Trafalgar.

From 1803 to 1804 she was captained by Dionisio Alcalá Galiano. At Trafalgar she was the flagship of Alava and captained by José de Gardoqui - she suffered 97 killed and 141 wounded, with Alava himself seriously wounded, and was captured by the British. However, two days later, a squadron under the command of Commodore Cosmao-Kerjulien succeeded in recapturing her and getting her back to Cadiz.

At the start of the Peninsular War in 1808 she was undergoing repairs at the Arsenal and so could not participate in the capture of the French squadron under Admiral Rosily. She and Príncipe de Asturias moved to Havana in 1810 to avoid capture by the French and sank in its Arsenal in 1816. In 1834 she could still be seen next to the Príncipe de Asturias (which had also sunk) in the mud in front of the Arsenal.

Class and type: Santa Ana-class ship of the line
Tonnage: 2,112 tonnes
Length: 213.4 Burgos feet
Beam: 58 Burgos feet
Sail plan: Full rigged ship
Complement: 1,102 (at Trafalgar)
Armament:

On launch:
30 × 36-pounder cannon
32 × 24-pounder cannon
18 × 8-pounder cannon
At Trafalgar:
30 × 36-cannon
32 × 24-pounder cannon
32 × 12-pounder cannon
10 × 8-pounder cannon
10 × 48-pounder obúses (howitzers)
2 × 32-pounder obúses
6 × 24-pounder obúses
4 × 4-pounder pedreros (swivel guns)

This build is the first part of my Trafalgar SOL selection.

The kit is by Artesania Latina and is the second largest kit they make alongside their Victory Kit.
This is the second most expensive Kit I have at $900 AU. ( The other is the Caldercraft Victory which was err a bit more....)

I expect this build to take quite along time .( The build manual is 120 pages)

It is a Expert level Kit and my first at this level.

The hull is a single plank on bulkhead design with full sails

The final model size is L 1180mm x H 870 x W 480 or 46in x 34in x 18 so she is a beast. Te kit weights in at approx 8KG

I intend to do this build a little differently.

As well a\s the normal log & photos , I hope to video each stage and put on you tube.
I warn you now, I'm not an expert so any video will be my way of doing what I did, no necessarily the right way. My fahter said there was normally 3 ways to do things. The rightway, the wrongway & the Navy Way. But I had a forth way...

Anyway, I will be back soon with an unboxing....
 

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that will make a great vessel. AL makes some nice kits. I like double planked vessels better, since the second planking seems to be easier and make up for any irregularities that occur when doing the first planking. This should be a great journey and I will enjoy watching this build. Enjoy.
 
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Thks all, and so it begins, well sort of

I did a video of the un boxing and parts, but as bad luck would have it, the SD card decided to give up the ghost.
So here are the contents of the box, with a few bits removed ( already built).

The box, The hull, The other bits. Sorry About the bad images but thats All I could recover. Anyway onward we go
 

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Hi Paul

Looks like a great kit. I will be following on. I need a few more deck chair so I have one reserved in the front row. I may need a few more eskies to

Cheers
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Thks Geoff

Here's the next bit

Okay so the false keel comes in three parts and is a total of 700mm long on its own.

Next came the first bulkhead assembly and bow former.

Total time 4 hours including numbering parts. The wood is 6mm ply and is of good quality

Here is the first video

[youtube]mDMkvngxLbY[/youtube]

See you soon.
 

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Hi Paul

I have just watcher the YouTube video. Great stuff

I have ween using stainless steel blades. I think they are a number 21 from Hobby Tools Australia. I will check and keep you updated in the next few days.

They are stronger an last longer than the normal number 11 blade

The heavier knife in Australia is called a Stanley knife. Am I correct there?

Cheers
Geoff
 
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Hi Geoff

I use a Stanley ( or utility knife on the big stuff only (8-4mm ply). I got used to it on the Caldercraft ply with the CNC cut stuff.
For the 3-1mm and other I use an exacto or Aldi set I got cheap and slowly cut. Nothing special.

cheers Paul.
 
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Tks Bill, MIke, Andy.

Its all good so far.

Andy We'll see how it goes with the bulkheads, they are 6mm ply and have no knots or blemishes. and are fairly sturdy. Bu there is the sleeve factor.( Note to self no long sleeves/ jumpers)

The kit instructions are typical AL. But a bit better than normal. The only issue I had was the labeling of the bulkheads. AL got then A bout face ( or I did) It took a bit of re thinking, but all is good. now.

Bulkheads added ( No sanding req, the fit slightly loose.

Thee instructions at this point say DO NOT glue.

They suggest adding the lower decks first then gluing. We will see how that goes shortly.

Here's the 2nd video. ( I will get better at this)

[youtube]22B-7dvNbKQ[/youtube]
 

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HI all

Okay so I glued the front rear bulkheads and associated bow and stern former's to the False keel only and left the rest of the bulkheads loose.

The first deck was added and after being glued and nailed in place the loose bulk heads tightened up and most were relatively square as a result. If I had glued and aligned as you do in most kits first then the decks would have been harder to fit.

After allowing the decks to set a little, the ship was turned over and the bulkheads adjusted and pva glue at 30% diluted wss brushed into the joints and left to dry overnight.

Deck Glued & nailed into position ( Glad I had a nail pusher) . Then lightly hammered to ensure they were secure.

turned over for gluing.

So far all the parts have fitted well and instructions accurate.

Wat is nice in the kit is that AL decided to color code all the parts list so the shading represents the color of the wood parts. Makes sit easy to know where to look for the correct wood size.

Hours so far 24 working hours. Page 9 of 120 part 40 of 630

Now weights 4KG on its own.

The Videos are at :

part 3

[youtube]SCk61Hhs7QM[/youtube]

&

part 4

[youtube]0Lbda4EjJsc[/youtube]
 

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Next up the waterways & 2nd deck supports.

The waterways were cut from 2 lengths using the measurements provided in the manual. They were accurate and needed only minor sanding to fit. Whilst they could have been fitted as one continuous length on each side, cutting them made the bending and fitting easier.

Each was cut and painted prior to fitting. The nails provided only just held the waterways in place, but were sufficient to hold it whist the glue dried.

Once dry ( again over night), the second deck supports were measured individually and fitted & glued.

The lower mast components were tested and the holes slightly adjusted to allow them to sit correctly in the false keel slots. As this kit is 4 & 5 decks, the mast holes must be aligned at each stage.

Once again the parts assembled easily.

Decks with mast base added to verify postioning.


Waterways placed on lower deck

2nd lower deck supports measured and cut with chopper II

Suppports glued and allowed to dry

Build videos at:

Part 5

[youtube]RG1fvR0aKCY[/youtube]

Part 6

[youtube]CRsllc_kgAM[/youtube]
 

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I always like to see these models take shape. I have been inundated over the years with negative comments about these kits on another modeling site, but I have yet to see someone post a ship that doesn't look great! Yours is coming along very nicely.

Bill
 
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Thankyou Bill, Mustafa.

Bill

The AL Kits are good for what they are. I have built 3 from them ( not including this one). The only negatives I have is the Doco in some instances is a bit lacking ( you can always work it out) and the scampy-ness of the Thread. The wood supplied is very good. None of my kits have had parts missing or broken.

I have built now from 6 providers and I can't really complain. They all make cost saving decisions and are all different in how they approach a kit ( which makes it fun ,a challenge, & a learning experience, which is what its all about for me).

And YES all the AL kits look great when finished.

Paul