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    HMS Diana(38) Heavy Frigate
    by cormorant ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Lieutenant Commander)

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    ๐Ÿ“ Gun Deck and Gun Deck Walls
    10 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Instructions give me two choices as to when to plank the 0.8mm false gun deck.
    'It can be pinned and glued into place, then planked, or planked prior to fixing. The easiest way is the latter but the deck will have much less spring to get it past the top deck supports on the bulkheads.'

    I was unable to get the deck anywhere near past the supports prior to planking, without fear of breakage, so I had no choice but to choose the latter. This involved cutting the deck in half along the centre line, then planking each half, starting at the centre line and working outwards
    To get the two centre planks butted up as close as possible, I pinned both halves of the deck on the workbench prior to gluing.
    However, as you can see in the photo, I was not careful enough when gluing the two halves in the hull and the join is visible, particularly at each end.
    The jury is still out as the whether I should fit a 'centreline' plank, or leave well alone, as the top deck and ship's boats will hide most of poor workmanship.
    Any views?

    Prior to fixing and matt varnishing, I used a fine pencil and ruler to represent the caulking.

    Planking of the inner gun deck walls was quite straightforward, using 1.5x6mm lime wood. Another anomaly in the instructions variously describes it as 5mm and 6mm. It is in fact 6mm, so another note for Jotika.
    Although the width would have made no difference, 6mm brought the planks just under the top deck supports, which is where they should be. I had to cut them to size between the middle bulkheads, to attain the correct level, but found no difficulty with a sharp Stanley knife and a straight edge.
    Once finished, I was instructed to "paint the outer side of the wall with watered down pva where they are glued to the bulkheads. This will reduce the chance of the planks splitting when cutting out the gun ports."
    Then sand the inner side smooth.

    The next job is to prepare for first planking.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Diana(38) Heavy Frigate
    30 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Some two years ago I built HMS Cruizer, a 1/64 scale brig sloop from the Nelson's Navy series made by Caldercraft, aka JoTiKa. Some of you may have followed the build blog.
    This was my first attempt at this type of model and I was so satisfied and pleased with the result, that I decided to up the ante and have a go at HMS Diana, a 38 gun heavy frigate, also from Caldercraft's Nelson's Navy.
    My plan is to learn from the experience (and mistakes) from Cruizer and put it to good use in the building of Diana.

    I found the kit to be of the usual high standard in both materials and CNC plywood parts (I have made a video uploaded to YouTube which I can't seem to upload to this site ).

    The first stage was to make a building board for initial hull construction.
    I first of all found that the 8mm square hardwood strips were too high and some of the bukheads would not fit down far enough onto the keel. A more realistic height for the strips would be 5mm.
    I also found that parts 19 appeared to have been wrongly orientated on the drawing, not allowing the lower deck to fit down far enough. I needed to cut then down accordingly. However, having looked a the drawings again, perhaps it was me?
    Once sorted I was able to dry fit the 15 bulkheads, deck, and various templates prior to gluing in position.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Diana(38) Heavy Frigate
    30 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant Commander)
    Thanks Graham. Yes, I do intend to feed back any issues to Jotika.
    I have just come back onto the site with the intention, (as you have already suggested), to copy and paste the YouTube link:-
    Should have thought of that - it's me age you know!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Diana(38) Heavy Frigate
    30 days ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
    Hi Cormorant,

    Good start to the build. Are you going to feedback all the issues you find to Caldercraft so they can update the kit?

    If you paste a link to your YouTube video into the text section, it will allow everyone to take a look.

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