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XI. WALES, RUBBING STRAKES, and CANNON PORT LIDS

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January 01, 2010

This section begins the construction of adding the Wales, Rubbing Strakes, and Gun Port Lids. You will see that I installed the Gun Port Lids first. Some modelers do not do this, however, my approach may differ and this is the creative part and the essence of building the ship. Even though most steps require tried and trued methods, there are some elements of ship building that the builder can diviate on.

I decided to add my Gun Port Lids as I go along first. The main reason is that the Gun Port Frames offer a good boundary to butt my Wales up against. Therefore no measuring. As I go along I will add my uppermost wale to each row of gunports and will make a notch on the wales as to allow for proper fitment. You will see later.

Thank you for your visits !

Donnie





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January 04, 2010

Here you can see that I have already added the Gun Port Frames and Lids. You will also see that I have started the process of adding the Wales and Rubbing Strakes.

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January 05, 2010

The final addition of the lower Wales. The Wales are made out of African Walnut.

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January 06, 2010

This is not the best picture in the world. I was lazy and did not set up my lightbox. It has gotten late and it has been a long day. At any rate, I am just revealing why I went ahead and installed my Gun Port Frames-Lids. Not only did I have a lower edge to butt up against, now I can insert that 3rd plank and have it notched out. It seems that all of that work in getting those openings lined up correctly a long time ago is just now paying off.

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January 09, 2010

Continue to add the Wales and Rubbing Strakes.

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January 11, 2010

I have finally got all the Wales and Rubbing Strakes done on one side of the ship. Now, on to the other side.

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January 31, 2010

It has been a few weeks since I posted any info. I have been busy organizing and starting a Contributors Gallery, plus working on my own Trinidad. I have finally got all the Wales and Rubbing Strakes done on BOTH sides of the ship. All the Cannon Port lids, frames are done. I had to order some extra From OcCre and they were very good about sending more. It only took about 2 weeks. Their were several in the package that did not have a good mold, but things like that are expected. No worries with OcCre. I think they are an outstanding company to do business with.

As you can see from the following images, I was able to mount the Stem and Stern Pieces along with the keel. These pieces have been stained with Model Expo American Walnut. I applied about three coats. I desired to have a heavy coating, but you can still see the grain of the wood.

The knighthead is not shown in these images, but I had to do some shaping to it so that the bowsprit would fit nicely. My desire for the gun port lids is to fashion a rope to the lid and bring that rope into the wales. The under lids will be painted a dark crimson as well.

Also from the images, you can see that I finally had to build a cradle for the ship, because now that the keel has been laid, the ship wants to sit a little sideways and is now difficult to work on satisfactory. The cradle is a working cradle and is obvisouly not what I plan to use as final mounting.

I guess there is little else to say, other than now that I look back from this point, I wish that I had used some balsa filler blocks, at least on the bow, where it is difficult. The Bluff Bow can be a difficult measure.

The nails are brass, and as I started out with installing the nails, I was pleased with it, however, now that the entire hull is completed with the nails, I have mixed feelings about it. I think that if I had to do that again, I would either leave the nails off or go with a treenail that is some simular color. The nails do not offer any scale application other than as someone said to assist the modeler and to give the ship some type of false sense of treenails I guess. All in all, I am satisified with my build so far. It will not be long and I will be adding more details on the deck.

Thank you for your visits !

Donnie

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February 7, 2010

Stem Decorations. The Stem decorations has several interpretations from different sources. It seems as if even the instructions and box art seem to differ even slightly. So, I gather all my research and developed the stem decorations as the best I could.

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February 9, 2010

Start to add Bow Samson Post. I also made provisions for the anchor Davits.

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February 13, 2010

I decided to improvise some things about the samson post along side of the upper railing on port and starboard. It seems to me that the very small post would be delicate to break. So, I created a base about 1mm thick to the top most post. Then I used a pinvise to make a small hole in base on bottom. I used a toothpick cut off to glue to bottom. This assembly then can be glued into railing. It is much easier to handle is one of the main reasons. I also used a pinvise to drill hole in railing. This way, I can put a droplet of glue into hole on railing and get my samson post lined up without worry about post sliding everywhere.

Enjoy!
Donnie.

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