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V. UPPER BULWARKS

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January 27, 2009

This is showing the start of dry fitting the Bulwarks. I am also trying out my plank holders for the first time from http://www.micromark.com. The Fourth (main) Deck has been glued down. I decided not to add cannons to the Third (waist) Deck.

Bulwark Dry Fit 01

Bulwark Dry Fit 01





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January 29, 2009

I have started shaping the Hull to accept the Bulwarks. (No photos yet) Now I was reading far in advance and found that PHOTO #45 wants me to line the "inner" upper most Bulwarks with the 1mm x 3mm RAMIN wood strips. Now, it seems to me, it would be easier and more manageable to do this "before" I glue the upper most Bulwark in place. I can also prepare and add the Ring Bolts to the inner upper Bulwark since it will not be installed just yet. I was wondering if anyone has done this step this way or considering it? It just seems more difficult to add the inner upper Bulwark strips "after" the upper most Bulwark has been glued in.





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January 29, 2009

I added more information about what I am referring to here. I was thinking that if I did this in advance, it would be easier than adding the RAMIN strips AFTER the bulwark is in place. This demonstrates the possible idea of adding the RAMIN strips now and the Ring Bolts as well before the upper Bulwark is glued in. Any comments welcome. The photo at the bottom is an image from the instruction book at step #45

Bulwark Dry Fit 02

Bulwark Dry Fit 02





IV. CANNON FITMENT

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January 29, 2009

Ok Friends,
I have a problem that I am faced with. It is the dreaded cannon problem. I am getting frustrated with my attempts to find a solution. I have already spent about $100 USD on sample cannons, first from Bluejacket and now I ordered some samples from Model Expo.
It was requested of me to post the images of the Bluejacket cannons that I received yesterday, but I have not done so. The cannons are ok. There is nothing wrong with them per usage, but as far as putting them to use on my project, I might have a problem. First of all, all the cannons, carronades, carriages that I bought from BJ are of some type of whitish metal. I guess it must be britannia metal, not sure. But BJ, if I remember, does not specify on their website store about this. I am after wooden carriages and brass cannons carronades. BJ´s also do not have any rigging ring bolts on the carriages either. And besides, the cannons are not brass !!

My requirements:
1) Find BRASS cannons that match the cannons that came with kit. 2) Find carriages that have the rigging ring bolts added to it. 3) If I can not find a match, then I would then need to replace all upper deck cannons. Then those would not match the other lower deck cannons.
My dilemma remains at just building the kit as per instructions and not add cannons to the lower deck. Maybe the designers of this kit thought that the cannons for lower waist deck would not be seen from above, so they just used a false cannon instead. I was slightly disappointed when I saw that the kit did not include waist deck cannons. Even if I scratch build my own carriages, I would have to buy upper deck cannons to match the lower ones. I guess I am being too picky about things. I will wait and see what the Model Expo Cannons carriages look like. They have provisions for the ring bolts. I guess I could drill holes for the ring bolts to the kits carriages.

Bulwark Dry Fit 04

Bulwark Dry Fit 04


Bulwark Dry Fit 05

Bulwark Dry Fit 05





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January 31, 2009

I am trying to figure out the arrangement for the ring bolts to be placed on the inner Bulwark. I want to put two pairs. One pair for the breaching line and one pair for the block and tackle. One some research (of what is very limited) I have seen the Ring Bolts horizontal side by side and some found to be vertical side by side.

Ring Bolts in Place

Ring Bolts





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January 31, 2009

Working on Port Holes. I used CA glue (cynoacrylate) on inside of port holes. This way, when I file the openings after cutting them out, the wood will not splinter. So far no splinters. So this technique worked pretty good. This images shows the "inside" of the Bulwark. I have decided to put four Ring Bolts to the Port holes. There is a lot of guessing out there as to what is going on with how the cannons are rigged. I will paint and rig the Ring Bolts last. Otherwise (in my opinion) it would be giving me a neck ache to try to do this afterwards. Hey, I did say that I was lazy didn´t I??

Port Holes 01

Port Holes 01


Port Holes 02

Port Holes 02


Port Holes 03

Port Holes 03





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February 01, 2009

Just to recap. The instructions call for you to glue the top Bulwark on first, then follow with the next, etc. After studying the situation, I decided to do something different which is not like me to venture off from the instructions. I am the kind of go by the instructions guy. Well, I decided to dry fit the Bulwark and then removed the Bulwark and proceeded to plank the entire length except for the aft of ship under the most upper Deck which will not be seen. Then as you can tell, I had to carve out a small section to make the upper deck fit well. When I get all the upper Bulwark (2) pieces completed fitted which I am basically complete, then I will remove the Bulwark, and use a template to drill holes for the Ring Bolts. I plan to use 4 Ring Bolts per carriage. They will be spaced vertically on each side. The Ring Bolts will be painted Black with the Bulwark anti-fowling red. (it isn´t the name as much as the color red has a deeper color and not a bright red.) In further thinking ahead after the Ring Bolts installed and everything is painted, then I plan to rig the Breaching line and leave enough line so that I can locate the center of the line and form a loop to make it around the end of the cascabel. My plans are also to rig the single walnut block to the Ring Bolts as well. I have seen a post that someone actually had their cannon completed rigged and then glued the cannon/carriage/ring bolt assembly onto the bulwark. I think that I would have to have a Jig Station to do this. I don´t think at this point, I will do it this way.
But at any rate, enjoy and thanks for reading.

Bulwark Dry Fit 06

Bulwark Dry Fit 06


Bulwark Dry Fit 07

Bulwark Dry Fit 07





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February 07, 2009

This has been an ordeal in some ways trying to make sure several parts are going to all fit together. The False Cannon pieces, main deck at aft, upper deck at aft and Bulwarks all have to come together and fit nicely or there could be a problem down the way. I jumped ahead of the instructions to do this, but anyone building this kit would not necessarily have to do this. I wanted to get the painting and dry fitting done. I have already drilled out the holes to accept the cannon rigging, but they will be added later.

Bulwark Dry Fit 08

Bulwark Dry Fit 08


Bulwark Dry Fit 09

Bulwark Dry Fit 09





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February 08, 2009

Trying to do some more dry fitting. I have ventured way away from the original instructions by planking the inside of the Bulwark first. Then I realized that reading further into plans that I had this wall to build with the doors. I am almost ready to glue down the Bulwark and then after this, the so called dreaded Hull planking with "one" layer of planking. The Quarter Deck will get the false treenail and planking treatment next.

Hull 03

Hull 03





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February 12, 2009

Finally after a few weeks, I have got the first set of Bulwarks on the Port and Starboard side. Here is my progress so far. I am basically lazy and I used the doors that came with the kit that get installed on the Quarter Deck lower wall. I did use some gold testors paint, to paint the hinges and also the directions did call for me to add a Ring Bolt to the door with an additional ring fastened. So, I followed the directions. The doors seem to be finished with some type of bronze finish.

Hull 04

Hull 04


Hull 05

Hull 05


Hull 06

Hull 06





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