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Hello all, So I've managed to get back to somewhere near where I was last time. The frame work is of a slightly thicker Ply (1/4") The Keel is straight, frames are all 100% level and I've now used balsa block for the Bow and Stern to give the planking a bit more support and to assist in getting a better shape at both ends. Fingers crossed I will have the hull build in the next few weeks, I can then get on with Sanding and filling before applying fiberglass and Resin to make the hull solid. Uploaded a few photos to show where I'm at. Good luck with your builds. Dave.
Hello Dave, Thank you for the advice, have you written a book as you are the oracle :) I was using 4mm balsa for the walls but I think when applying I've not had the frames back in a solid / secure support? Lesson learnt now, the frame is staying in their secure mounts until I am satisfied it's not warping. One thing I did notice with you models of Titanic and Olympic was the lack of stringers, I take it the frames were thick enough and the Balsa thin you did not need any lateral support? Again thank you for your advice on this one. Regards Dave
Hello all, I've had to start the hull from scratch. I went away for a week, I came back to see the hull bent in all different shapes, no amount of sanding or filling would rectify that so I've had to start again. This time it's out of any direct sunlight! Regards Dave
Evening Dave, I've attached three images, no instructions on oiling were in the instructions, I could ask the supplier (Maritime Models) he's been very helpful and quick to respond to other questions I've had. Looking at the box again I could create something that would hold (and hopefully) contain a small amount of Gear box oil. Best regards Dave
Hello all, in the pursuit of trying something to make my ship sail at a more realistic speed I've purchased a 3:1 gear box. This came in the post yesterday and its size is perfect for the slender lines of my ship (Build Blog HMS Curzon) I was now wondering if I need to construct an oil sump for this gear box? it's brass and Aluminium construction. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks Dave
Hello Doug, Apologies for not responding but thank you for the tips in your response. I'll note them when it comes to the Motor install and see what else I can squeeze in from a functionality point. Best regards Dave
Hello all, Hope you are well? It's taken a while to get to where I am but I can start to see some real progress. I've managed to get the main superstructure complete, they are at a stage where they could be connected to the deck if it was ready. The Hull is now covered in a layer of Balsa, it does now need a lot of rubbing down so I can then look at applying a layer of fiberglass. I've not ordered this yet but I have seen it advertised at Cornwall Model Boats. If anyone has any suggestions on how to fiberglass I'm happy to hear any advise as this will be my 1st time. Good luck with your builds Regards Dave
Hello all, I've been busy with the Bridge build, this has proved a little tricky as the forward structure is at a slight angle when not on the ship. I've used a combination of 1/8 ply and 0.75mm plastic sheet. I needed the ply in this section as this will be where I will have hull access for batteries and needed the strength. The walls of the upper structure are plastic sheet which I think have come out well. There is still more to add (look out wings at the rear of the bridge need walls etc) I can the start to connect this to the decking before adding finer details. Coming on slowly is the hull, I will spend a bit more time here over the coming weeks to get it ready for sanding and then fibreglass coating. Good luck with your builds. Dave
Hello all, I've made a start on the Superstructure, they are basic ply with blocking to support. I've split the sections into 3 as I want to have the middle superstructure secured to the decking but have the forward and rear sections removable to allow access to the motors etc. I've also made a start on the planking for the hull, this is balsa which I will look to cover in fiber glass once it is ready. slow progress and I'll update more when I can. Good luck with your builds. Dave
Hello all, I've finished leveling the Sections and added the top stringer to firm up the structure. I need to now make sure the sections are running in line, I've taken a tip from a good build article on Warship Models Underway: (http://www.wmunderway.8m.com/cont/hullcont/hullcont.htm) I'll use a single baton to run down the sides of the ship to either smooth off or add to each section until I'm happy that when I add the hull sides it will be 99% straight. I've also realized how small this ship will be in 1/96 and it may have been better in 1/48, so will need to start thinking about maybe using one Engine and looking to create a gearbox that allows two shaft output? If anyone has any suggestions please let me know. Regards Dave
Hello, This is my second attempt at this model, I tried this many years ago but had to admit defeat as I did not have the time or patience as a 20 something. Anyway, older wiser and with a lot of lessons learnt I am giving this another go. She was originally a Buckley Class DE from the US and transferred under the Lease Lend scheme to the RN in 1943. This was my Granddads ship in the war so I have a connection to her and have always wanted to have this as part of my fleet. I've uploaded an image of the plans I have from the Model Dockyard (US Buckley DE) and will modify it to fit the photo I've also attached. The final picture is my start on the keel and forward sections tacked in place. I'll upload more when there is progress. Good luck with your builds. Dave
Hello all, I know this thread has probably run it's course, but wanted to advise if you use Cornwall Model Boats you get a fantastic turn around on your orders. I've placed 2 in the last month, both have been turned around in one day and out the door. Delivery via standard Royal Mail post has been within 5 days. I'd recommend / trust them if you are ordering from anyone online. Regards Dave
Morning, Thanks once again for the response, had a look at the Forts can Parks and they are similar. I'll see if I can find some hull lines online and adapt them as best I can. Thanks once again for the guidance. Best regards Dave
Hello, Thanks for the response, I've uploaded what I have. There are only 2 imaged (Bow and Stern) that show any form of regression down to the keel and that is only from the shelter deck to the main deck. I've also uploaded an image of the over all plans (again nothing to show any hull lines) an image of the ship herself. I think my best option is to see if I can find any plans online for a similar looking ship and use those hull lines and Modellers license ( I think that what you said on your build blog 😊 ) to build her? Unless you can advise any further? Either way thank you for taking a look. Regards Dave
Hello all, I'm looking into my next build, I've gone for a Tramp Steamer (SS / HMS Clan MacNaughton) I'm managed to get the plans from the Nation Maritime Museum which show the profile and over head view, problem is no Hull lines. Has anyone had any experience in figuring out the hull lines? Specifically around the Bow and Stern? I'm fairly sure I can get the bulk of the hull sorted as looking at the plans it kind of looks like a box in water 😊 If no experience then any thoughts / ideas? I had planned to get the keel and bow / stern cut out then a few mid sections and then just trial and error the bulk head down to the Bow and Stern. If anyone has a better idea I'm more than happy to listen. Best regards Dave
Hi, I initially was going to use a small 30RPM motor to directly drive a radar in my model but when it came to the mast and setup I realised I could not fit it in (shame) but if you look at RHBakers build blog of HMS Bulldog / Beagle he has posted a very good example of a radar setup that may help you? Regards Dave
Hello all, I've managed to start work on some of the detailing, it's going to take a while to get the ship looking right. There are a few pieces that I've managed to re-use from an earlier attempt at building a warship and I think they will help make it look more authentic. Anyway onwards and upwards, hopefully I will be able to get her ready for the Spring and join up my local Boat club 😊 Regards Dave
Thanks for the responce Mark, I'll take your advice on thr RH rotation, does it have much effect on the motion of your ships? Or only for the initial forward momentum and then it settles down? Regards Dave
Hello all, Like most question they seem daft at the time but I wanted to check, my next ship is going to be an auxiliary cruiser with a single shaft and prop, are there any center drive prop if that makes sense? Or are all propellers either left or right bias? Thank you for any responses Regards Dave