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tenderfoot
#221 Posted : 04 August 2021 02:34:03

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The first part of Pack 11 has us building the winch. Nothing really special in assembling this thing except to say you need to pay very, very careful attention to part numbers. The pieces that make up the main winch shaft slowly get larger and larger as you move from the axel towards the middle of the winch - the taper from larger at the central gear to smaller at the axel. If you get these parts out of order your winch will not turn out well. Also, it is actually better to not try to remove the char from these same pieces until you have them all in place. This way you can ensure a perfect transition from piece to piece. The images attached below illustrate this much better than I can explain. In the end, do what you feel most comfortable with doing, these suggestions are just based off my personal experience when assembling this winch.

Once I had the winch assembled a decided to apply some black wash to the central gear as well as the two axel braces. Finally, I went back in with some lighter metallic paint to pick out some of the edges so they are more visible to the naked eye. I think this makes the model much more enjoyable when viewing as the highlighted paint spots help folks see all the detailed work that goes into a ship like this.

One very slight modification I made was to glue in some brass nails on the axel braces to give it a more finished look. I also painted these to match the rest of the axel brace.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#222 Posted : 04 August 2021 02:48:29

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We finally get to add some structural support to my best friend - the stern posts (not sure of their official name but they are the little beggars that I kept breaking off accidentally).

The direction have you adding the stern planking in a very simple manner, just cut and glue. However, there is a significant curve to the stern area and I decided to bend my planks before I attached them. I used my standard procedure with the travel iron and a bit of patience - you can view my earlier posts on how I do this.

Once I had the plank bent in a way that they naturally fit the stern I then went to attach the first (lower) plank. However, this plank needs a bit of trimming before it can be attached. The instruction do not mention this and instead show that you should just glue the plank into position, but I don't think this possible. At least, not doable and end up with a decent result. Instead, I placed the plank in place on the stern and marked it with a pencil so I knew how to shape the bottom part of the plank. The image below shows the small curve I carved into the plank. This took several minutes as I slowly shaped and tried the piece against the stern multiple times. Once I had it how I wanted it I went ahead and sanded a slight bezel to the bottom of the plank. This will help ensure the outward facing side of the plank sits nice and tight to the deck beam.

Once I had the first plank in place, the other three attached fairly easily. None of these needed any trimming - at least not at this point. When I finally had all the planks in place and the glue had set I came back and sanded the outward edges to match the hull and ribs. The instructions also call for shaping the top plank into a nice curve. However, I am not sure how much of a curve and decided to leave it be for now. Once I get to a point in the instructions where I need to attache a pice in this area I am hoping it will provide some guidance on the curve at the top. This will also help ensure that I have a nice tight fit between the curve on the top plank and the piece that will attach to it.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#223 Posted : 05 August 2021 00:57:55

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Before I started working on Pack 11, I had actually taken a photo of what is included in the pack. But look at me...all eager to get started and I forgot to post that image. Pack 11 contains several wood templates that we will need to build the railing, the winch, and decorative pieces for the exterior of the great cabin (the room with all the pot holders).
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#224 Posted : 05 August 2021 01:03:25

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Next up is the pieces to start forming the railing. Pay careful attention when you are removing these and gluing pieces together. Be sure you are connecting pieces in the correct sequence and facing the right direction. If you get this wrong, your railing will go really bad when it comes time to start putting in the rail posts.

Once I had the pieces for the starboard side assembled I went ahead and hit them with a bit of black primer...did a bit of touching up in the areas I wasn't quite happy with, and finished up with a bit more primer.

Things were looking good, but when it came time to put this on the ship, as I was working my way down the port side the top of the ribs take a slight dip. It was at this point, as I needed to slightly bend the bottom of the railing, that the pieces separated. I had let this dry overnight, so it was not a case of trying to do it too soon. So I decided to continue on and would attache the rest of the rail while making sure I had a nice tight gap where the two pieces came apart.

The separation of pieces occurred again toward the stern. It was at this point that I decided, for the port side I would simply glue these in place piece by piece instead of as one very long piece that insists on falling apart. Attached are some images of the port side. Wish me luck on the starboard side.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#225 Posted : 08 August 2021 23:18:38

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The starboard side of the bulwarks went well. Recall I decided to install these piece by piece as opposed to try to do an entire piece the length of the hull. In the end, not much difference...either way the effort was about the same and the end result was about the same.

Also, in my previous posts on these pieces I referred to them as the lower rails. Well, I guess I should stick to proper nautical terms and therefore, as we work forward in Month 11, I will try to remember to call them bulwarks since that is what they truly are.l For those new to the hobby, the bulwarks are the extensions of the hull above the weather deck. And just to make sure we are all on the same page, the weather deck is the deck that has no overhead protection and is exposed to the weather. I actually really enjoy these little tidbits of the nautical language. They have specific names for everything and I guess that makes sense as you would not want there to be any confusion during a storm or battle with a captain calling out orders. The terms they use make the commands pretty straight forward.

Now, on to the main deck; or, as we just learned, the weather deck.

Start with planing the center line. It is critical, super critical, that you take your time with the first strake of decking and make sure it runs down the center of the deck. If you do not do this, by the time your planking reaches the port and starboard sides it will be off with more planks needed on one side than the other.

Following the instructions, complete the first three strakes of deck plans and cut openings per the instructions as well. Again, another nautical term - strake. A strake is a a course of planking that runs from the ship's bow to the stern.

Once the first three center strakes are complete it is time to attach the belaying posts at mid-ship and towards the stern. It is important to install these now as the need to be in place for us to properly cutout the openings for them in the planking.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#226 Posted : 08 August 2021 23:25:23

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Then it was time to work on the rest of the center strakes of planking on the weather deck. Again, take your time and when cutting for around the belaying posts and other opening be sure to get it as nearly perfect as you can...it you be happy you did. It is not uncommon to waste a piece or two here and there...I know I do. On the port plank that wrapped the balling post mid-ship and also needed to be notched for the belaying posts near the stern I had spent a good 15-20 minutes getting things just right. Wouldn't you know, on the final test fit I noticed something that I hadn't noticed before and that I had created a gap between the plank and the belaying post at mid-ship. 14-20 minutes of careful, tedious effort down the drain. I put that piece aside and tried again with a new plank. This time getting it just right.

Towards the bow there is a belaying post of sorts (I believe the rigging for the bowsprit will tied down here). This one slips through a hole in the deck and the legs go all the way to the lower deck. The instruction call for glueing this in place, but I have chosen to only dry-fit it for now. I wan't to be able to remove it to allow me better access for sanding the bow area of the deck once the planking is complete. There is also one other reason I did not yet glue it in place, a reason I will expound upon in a near future post.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#227 Posted : 08 August 2021 23:29:26

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I then finished up the planking for the bow area. Note that my opening in the decking are rough at this point. I want to be sure that when it comes time to attach the deck furniture that the opening are nearly exact. The only way to do that is when you are actually ready to attach the piece to the deck. For that reason, rough opening are all I have for now. Over the course of the next several weeks you will see plenty of posts where I come in and clean things up precisely as needed. Or, at least, as precisely as I can get them.

Also, I have not gone into great detail on my method of planking since I did this in earlier posts on the orlop and lower decks. Please, revisit those posts for the methods I use and of course, PM me if you have any additional questions.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#228 Posted : 09 August 2021 00:01:49

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Okay, as promised, the secondary reason I did not glue the foremost belaying post in place - I had actually missed a step in Month 10. Yep...I sure did. Thankfully, I noticed it as I was installing the center planking and prior to glueing the belaying post in place. Had I glued that in place, things would not have been impossible, but they sure would have been much more difficult as that post would have prevented clear access to the bow. And I needed clear access to the bow because I had missed the step where we were to install the bow planking.

I can recover from this mistake fairly well, but it would have been soooooo much easier had I installed the inboard bow planks when the instructions instructed me to do so. At that point the lower parts of the bulwarks were not in place, and the deck planks were not in place, so installing the bow planks would have been rather easy and straight-forward. Even trimming them to the proper shape would have been very easy as this could have been done once the pieces were on the ship, similar to how we did the stern inboard planking.

Oh well...gotta move forward. Since I had started the planking it was not necessary for me to complete the entire bow area planking. And to ensure I could sand things fairly well on the bow planks I needed to get at least a rough sanding of the planks done - just enough to ensure all the planks were even and there were no ridges from plank to plank.

There was also an issue with one of the ribs toward the bow. In the image below you can see where I highlighted in magenta the one rib that is a bit misshapen and actually protrudes toward the inside of the bulwark cap. There needs to be at least a 1.5mm space between the inboard face of the rib and the inboard face of the bulwark cap to ensure the planking is completely beneath the bulwark cap. So I needed to do a bit of work in this area.

I used a new blade to begin cutting away the bad part of the rib until I had it 1.5mm from the face of the bulwark. After a bit of cleaning up it was time to but the planks and install them. Please note, the bow has a serious curve to it and you will need to bend your planks prior to glueing them in place or they will break. I used my standard process for plank bending and took my time shaping the planks as needed. Also, since I wanted a full plank on the upper course of bow planks I decided to trim back the lower plank 1.5mm. The instructions actually call for a full width plank at the very from of the bow, so trimming the 1.5mm makes up for the fact that I have already installed deck planking that is 1.5mm in thickness. In the end, the starboard bow planking turned out well and I just need to touch up the paint on the bulwark a bit.

I am not sure why the instruction do not have us take the lower plank all the way to the centerline, but I am not going to question it at this point. It is bad enough that I completely forgot this step so I am just going with what the instructions say and trust they know what they are doing. They did in fact design a wonderful model, so they know quite a bit more than I do. Now, onto the port side of the bow planking and then I can return to finishing up planking the main deck.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#229 Posted : 12 August 2021 01:27:08

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Finishing planking the stern area of the weather deck. For this entire main deck, once the center strakes were in place, the bow and stern areas were really straight forward. Just a repeat of mark, cut, dry-fit, adjust, darken edges, glue in place.

Although I have still left the openings as fairly rough cut, I did go ahead and clean up the visible edges where the bow and stern planking end. Then I did my standard sanding, smoothing the planks with a rougher grit sandpaper and then coming back at them with a finer grit until I was satisfied with the results.

I also took the opportunity to clean up the lower bulwark plate and touch-up some areas of the bulwark with black paint.

Here are some shots of the deck with sanding complete. Next step...apply poly to the deck.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#230 Posted : 12 August 2021 01:30:34

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Before applying the poly I wanted to be sure I had things as good as they would get. So I dry-fit the winch, adjusting the cutouts in the deck ever so slightly, until I had the winch sitting nice and flat on the deck. I think it looks good. Will remove it again for now. I may not permanently attach it for a while as I wait to see what else needs to be done to the bow area of the deck. The winch slides in fairly easily, so I will just be diligent and check periodically. Once I am at a spot where I think it must be in place to move forward, I will glue it.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
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#231 Posted : 12 August 2021 08:43:49

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All looking very clean and tidy. Well done.
Chris
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#232 Posted : 13 August 2021 20:26:38

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All looking very clean and tidy. Well done.
Chris

Thank you Chris! Getting towards the end on this build and starting to get excited about how it will look.
COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#233 Posted : 13 August 2021 20:31:26

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Time to continue with the bulwarks and start building them up. Following the instructions, I sanded the first 13 bulwark beams/posts and got them fitting nicely. Only dry-fit at first. I then read ahead in the instructions to get a solid understanding of what comes next for the bulwarks and found that there should be 3 full width exterior strakes of planking on the outside. That meant that each post needed to rise 3 full plank widths above the lower part of the bulwarks.

To ensure I got a nice even install from stern to bow, I made a simple little jig out of some scrap planking left over from the weather deck. I glued three pieces to simulate the height of the bulwark planking and also made the jig long enough so it would span 4 - 5 posts. This way I could ensure each post was the correct height and that they all lined up smoothly across the exterior. This way, once it is time to attach the planking I can be assured that everything aligns and the planking lays down smoothly.

Once I was satisfied with the fit of everything, I took the 13 posts out and stained them. Once dry I glued in place using my jig as a guide. Also note, I made sure that each post was in line with the nearest rib using a machinist square. Not too long afterward all 13 were in place and things are looking good.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#234 Posted : 13 August 2021 20:39:37

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Next were the bulwark posts for the midship area. There are only four of these per side, so not quite as intense as the previous posts. I followed the same process in regards to sanding to fit, staining, and installing. However, for these there will be no planking from what I can tell. However, there will be a top-rail, so it was crucial that the tops of these posts align.

To achieve this, I went ahead and assembled the top-rail per the instructions a bit further on in Month 11. It was a simple matter of glueing two pieces together and ensuring they were in straight to each other. I then installed all four posts with a tiny bit of wood glue. Before the glue had a chance to set, I used the top-rail as a guide and made sure that the post lined up across the top from stern to bow. At the same time, I checked to ensure that I did not recess the posts too far into the lower bulwarks. From what I could tell, the top of the top-rail should be flush with the top of the top-rail on the stern posts.

Once I had everything in place I went ahead and stored the top-rail in a safe place so I can easily access it when it is time to glue it in place.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#235 Posted : 14 August 2021 22:44:01

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For the bulwark posts I followed the exact same process on the other side. Basically, sand and dry-fit, then stain, then glue in place using my jig as a guide. For the mid-ship bulwark posts I used the same top-rail that I used on the other side to ensure the post all aligned nicely along the top.

Said it many time before and will say it here - take you time, sand a little at a time and test fit, then sand a little bit more. It is real easy to get too aggressive and sand too much. When I started working on these posts I noticed that the kit comes with one extra post per side.

"No way I am going to need that", I said to myself.

Well, I sure did need it. Found that I had just tried to do too much to a post. It was after a few hours of working on these and I just started to get sloppy/lazy. I got too aggressive with the sanding and when I went to dry-fit it the darn thing slipped straight through the hole without touching a thing. Guess it was a good thing the kit came with an extra piece. Thank you kit manufacturers!
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#236 Posted : 14 August 2021 22:49:25

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Next were the little posts at the bow. There are only 6 of these per side, but they require a lot of slow and careful work as they are really small and need some carving.

To get the concave cut into each top area I used a half-round needle file and just took it nice and slow. As with the other posts, if you get too aggressive you will end up over doing it.

Once all the posts were to my liking I went ahead and stained them and finally, glued them in place.

That's it for the bulwark posts. Admittedly, it did get a bit tedious at one point (when I got sloppy and ruined a piece) and I should have taken a break. I typically do take breaks when I find myself thinking more about production and less about quality. Thinking production typically ends up with me messing something up and regretting the decision. Thinking quality has never let me down. Pretty certain I am not alone in this and don't know why I fall into this mode every so often. At least this time around the result of a production mind-set was just a small error.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

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• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
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#237 Posted : 14 August 2021 22:57:04

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Time for some of the exterior bulwark planking. Following the directions and they said to use a full piece of the planking for the first strake. However, a full length of planking ends up being about 10mm too short. I checked, double checked, and checked again and not matter how I looked at it, the plank was 10mm too short. I tried other planks thinking maybe I just had one that was manufactured a bit shorter than the others. Nope, same result.

I am not sure if the instructions are wrong or if I am wrong. I went back and tried to determine where I went wrong with the stern area of the ship, but in all honesty, I could not figure out anything. The ship fits exactly as it should in all the places it should. If someone else encounters this same issue, please let me know so we can confirm the instructions are wrong. On the flip side, if someone finds that I erred, please let me know as well. Anyone reading this log can tell you, I certainly make my share of mistakes.

To rectify the issue, I simply added another plank to the first strake of bulwark planking. I took a short piece of planking from the stern to the fourth bulwark post. When I installed it I made sure it rested at mid-post so the next plank in the strake could glue against that post as well.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#238 Posted : 14 August 2021 23:04:08

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The second plank in the first bulwark strake required a fairly significant bend so it would rest nicely against the lower bulwark plate. I used my standard method to bend the plank - pinch of water and a travel iron. This particular bend took three separate repeating processes of wet the wood, apply heat, bend - each refrain adding a bit more bend to the plank.

Once the plank fit against the lower bulwark plank and followed the curve nicely, I went ahead and put it in place temporarily so I could mark the openings per the instructions. To do this, with the plank in place, I used a sharp knife and created a very slight notch on the plank where it met the bulwark post. I did this on both sides of the opening, being sure to mark the inside edge.

I then removed the plank and marked a very faint line 3mm from the top of the plank. This should end up being mid-plank as these are 6mm planks. I then, very carefully, but away the notch for each opening. I dry-fit the piece to ensure it was what I wanted, trimmed the mid-ship edge so it was about 5mm longer than I needed, and then glued the piece in place.

I then followed up with roughing the planking on the next two strakes. The longer planks toward mid-ship all required a little bit of bending to ensure they rested nicely. Believe me, it is better to take the time to bend them than to try and force them into place. The former makes life easier while the later is sure to cause you some serious frustration.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#239 Posted : 14 August 2021 23:08:08

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With the rough planking in place it was time to cut away the excess for the gun-port openings. I used a hobby saw blade for this and simply let the blade run along the bulwark post as a guide. I am not concerned about marring the post since these openings will get framed a few steps later.

Be very careful when cutting away the excess so you do not accidentally saw into something else. Also, use a very light thought and let the bulwark post guide the saw blade. There may be other methods out there for doing this, but this method is what I find works for me. However, always open to new ideas and techniques, and especially new tools, so if you have another, more effective way of doing this, especially if it is a method that results in some really nice quality results, please let me know.
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
tenderfoot
#240 Posted : 14 August 2021 23:12:16

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The camera does not lie! While I was reviewing the photos for my previous post I noticed a gap in my planking (circled in green below). This is because I did not give enough bend to my plank and I should have been more carefully when dry-fitting the piece.

However, glad I noticed it now so I can fix it. I won't take it off, but will instead use a dab of 50/50 glue and water along with some sawdust to make a fine wood putty that I can apply to the gap. Once that dries and is sanded, no one but me and you will know. And I trust you won't tell anyone. Huh
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COMPLETED:
• HMS Victory (DeAgostini Subscription) - if you haven't got it, get it...what a beautiful build. This was my first attempt at this stuff and what a great experience. The instructions were spot on for those new to the hobby.

IN PROGRESS:
• USS Constitution (DeAgostini Subscription) - currently finishing up the standing rigging before moving onto the sails and wrapping this one up.
• HMS Bounty Admiralty (DeAgostini Subscription) - follow the active build log

IN NEED OF MY LOVE AND ATTENTION:
• HMS Sovereign of the Seas (DeAgostini Subscription) - promise myself I will get to this after I finish the USS Constitution and the HMS Bounty. Need to maintain balance in my marriage.
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