Sovereign of The Seas 1637 - Heavily modified Mantua kit

Joined
Apr 9, 2013
Messages
230
Points
18

Location
Newmarket, Ontario Canada
WilliamMorrison post_id=24426 time=1510764184 user_id=4847 said:
Simply stunning! Most of us would never try to do that which you are doing. I know that it is beyond my current skill set.

Bill
Thanks for your kind comments Bill. When I embarked on this journey to build SOS I didn’t think I had the skills to do it either but determination kept me going and I tried to develop new skills. It is still evolving but very satisfying.

Regards,
Bill
 
Joined
Apr 9, 2013
Messages
230
Points
18

Location
Newmarket, Ontario Canada
Well, after reading my post in the "Time for coffee" forum, you will know that I have lost a completed carving in The Modellers Abyss and after a complete workshop cleaning including vacuuming with a nylon stocking over the vacuum hose, I failed to find the carving. It is gone forever.

I started a new replacement carving today and the following picture showing it in progress is proof that it actually exists just in case the Abyss swallows it as well.

It is one of the dividers that section off the hull to frame more carvings to come. No doubt, that after I complete this carving, the original will show up. Murphy's Law I think.

SoS116.JPG

More to follow...........
 
Last edited:
Joined
Apr 9, 2013
Messages
230
Points
18

Location
Newmarket, Ontario Canada
In a previous post I illustrated the method of scraping a piece of Boxwood with a straight edge razor blade to obtain a profile. As an alternative, you can use diamond and rifler files to create a profile. The following picture illustrates how a profile was formed using a round rifler file, a triangle rifler file and a flat diamond file. All the shapes shown in the profile were made with these three files.

SoS118.JPG

It is an acceptable way of producing these intricate dividing sections for the hull.

More to follow..........

All comments gratefully received.
 
Last edited:
Joined
Apr 9, 2013
Messages
230
Points
18

Location
Newmarket, Ontario Canada
As a break from dividers I started the fabrication of two oblong window frames from Boxwood that go in a space on the port side that is near where the dividers go. First I cut them to size on the table saw and angled the ends to suit the rake of the hull. Then drilled holes in the inside corners of the window area and removed the interior wood. Next the interior window edges were filed flat. The following shows the window before and after removing the interior wood.

SoS119.JPG

More to follow................
 
Last edited:
Joined
Apr 9, 2013
Messages
230
Points
18

Location
Newmarket, Ontario Canada
This photo shows both window frames ready for glazing. I used plastic window screen mounted on a Teflon sheet and pine board with push pins and stretched to form diamond shape panes. The area I will use for the windows is coated with white glue and let to dry. The screen will not stick to the Teflon sheet.

This gives a realistic looking glass look to the diamond shapes. Then you can cut out the pieces to mount to the back of the window frames and then onto the hull.

SoS120.JPG


More to follow................
 
Last edited:
Joined
Apr 9, 2013
Messages
230
Points
18

Location
Newmarket, Ontario Canada
Next, I cut out the pieces of screen to form the windows and glued them to the back of the frames as shown in the next photo. The next step is to attach some small pieces of ebony to create two panes of glass in each frame. The piece of Boxwood below the windows is for a carving which goes under the windows on the hull.

SoS121.JPG

More to follow............
 
Last edited:

Canoe21

Lawrence
Joined
Mar 31, 2017
Messages
521
Points
93

Location
Sutton. Ontario, Canada
Hi Bill

Just discovered your build log on the Sovereign of the Sea. What a great job you are doing on your ship. Just love all of those great carvings, sure do wish that I had a bit of your skills but alas this skill seems to have alluded me so I do take the more plane kind of a look. Keep up the great work and those great pictures coming, ENJOY.

Regards Lawrence
 
Joined
Apr 9, 2013
Messages
230
Points
18

Location
Newmarket, Ontario Canada
Canoe21 post_id=24794 time=1512226360 user_id=4705 said:
Hi Bill

Just discovered your build log on the Sovereign of the Sea. What a great job you are doing on your ship. Just love all of those great carvings, sure do wish that I had a bit of your skills but alas this skill seems to have alluded me so I do take the more plane kind of a look. Keep up the great work and those great pictures coming, ENJOY.

Regards Lawrence
Thanks for visiting my log Lawrence, I really appreciate your comments. It is a long journey making all the carvings that go on this ship but I enjoy the work and the end result is most satisfying to me.

Bill
 
Joined
Mar 31, 2017
Messages
521
Points
93

Location
Sutton. Ontario, Canada
Hello Bill

I have been looking over your carvings and do believe that I should give it a bit of a try, can you recommend a good wood that I can try and not get into the expense of boxwood or is wood a must in order to achieve a good finish, ENJOY.

Regards Lawrence

PS - My Admiral [ Bernadette ] and I wish you and your family a Verry Merry Christmas and an even Happier and Better New Year To Come.
 
Joined
Apr 9, 2013
Messages
230
Points
18

Location
Newmarket, Ontario Canada
Canoe21 post_id=24983 time=1512952974 user_id=4705 said:
Hello Bill

I have been looking over your carvings and do believe that I should give it a bit of a try, can you recommend a good wood that I can try and not get into the expense of boxwood or is wood a must in order to achieve a good finish, ENJOY.

Regards Lawrence

PS - My Admiral [ Bernadette ] and I wish you and your family a Verry Merry Christmas and an even Happier and Better New Year To Come.
Hi Lawrence,

Hardwoods are best for carving as tight grained woods are easier to get crisp clean cuts.
That said, if you want to give carving a try, basswood, often called Linden wood, is what bird carvers use for their carvings. It is not close grained but in larger carvings it is very popular and available at any wood carving source. All you need is a pen knife and a block of Basswood to give it a try.

If you want to carve ornamentation for ship models, Boxwood, Pearwood and similar hardwoods are best. Hope that helps,

Regards,
Bill
 
Joined
Apr 9, 2013
Messages
230
Points
18

Location
Newmarket, Ontario Canada
Good day everyone,

I apologize for my absence these past couple of months as we have been searching for a new home closer to our family and will be moving to Newmarket Ontario at the end of May. This process has closed the workshop as Newmarket is two hours drive from our current home and has consumed a lot of personal time looking for a home and selling our current one. We will be doing some DIY renos at the new property in June and I expect that my workshop will not surface until the fall of this year. In the meantime, I wish you all happy modelling and smooth seas.

Regards,
Bill
 
Top