ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

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ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

Post by neptune » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:17 am

I bought this kit off ebay just after last Christmas, after buying it I found out it was a ZHL kit and I now feel impelled to do a build log just to show model builders what you get in these kits, and it is not about saving money, because some of these kits are not cheap and most certainly the wood and fittigs are not crap, so here goes, I'm not going to say anything else or get down in the gutter with them, I just want to build and enjoy sharing the build with the crew.
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Re: ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

Post by Aussie048 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:27 am

Hi John

That looks like a great quality kit and I will be following along.

I have seen one other ZHL kit and the quality is superb and so is the build.

I know you will do the Royal Caroline build proud as all your works are of a very high standard.

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Re: ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

Post by neptune » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:36 am

I must add that this is not all that you get in the kit,
it arrived in two box's and weighed approx 12 - 13 kilo.
in the top box were the plywood frames and all the necessary ply and wood to build the hull, also included was a piece of board the size of the bow in length and width with a qaulity timber surround and also the blue velvet with which to to cover the board.
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Re: ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

Post by neptune » Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:38 am

Thank you Geoff for your very nice comments, I am going to enjoy this build,

best regards Jihn.

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Re: ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

Post by neptune » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:02 am

This is the keel set up for joining the stem and keel piece, very nice plywood and a very secure way of locking the parts to-gether
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Stern joint
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Then there is another two pieces, one each side, which lock the joint really tight
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stern pieces.
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Re: ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

Post by neptune » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:39 am

the bulkhead sections are laser cut and along the edge on the bulkhead is a laser line to show how much the bulkhead has to be beveled,
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Using a very sharp knife and watching my fingers I pared back the front edge making sure not to cut into the back edge
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I then rolled up some sandpaper and used that to finish off the shaping.
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From memory I think it was the four or five middle bulkheads had a dead flat and did'nt need any sanding, this view is from aft, all the cut slots were ok with only a light sanding necessary, at this point all the bulkheads were dryfitted.
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view from forward
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Re: ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

Post by Aussie048 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:58 am

John

I really liked the way the false keel was joined in the Kit. The bevel marking is not a bad idea either
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Re: ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

Post by neptune » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:03 am

Thanks Geoff, it all worked out great, you do not get any plans, but everything is marked, I would'nt recomend this one for a beginer though, you would have to have some builds under your belt, so to speak.

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Re: ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

Post by neptune » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:37 am

view from head on. Once I had all the bulkheads lined up I clamped a piece of timber along each side of the keel to keep it straight while I glued the bulkheads in place.
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The joints on my RC fit so well together that when I first joined one and went to push it down into place it would;nt go the whole way because the glue coudn't escape, so I marked the bottom of the slot on the keel piece and the top of the slot on the bulkhead and lightly tapped them till they were fully in place. See next pic
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Fully seated in place.
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Next up is the bow blocks, these are the only pieces not supplied in the kit, which I do not mind as I prefer to use Jelutong for them, this pic shows a block of Jelutong clamped to the first bulkhead for marking to size, I have also clamped a plank along the side so as to get the correct line for cutting to.
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I removed the clamp when marking the back of the block, I also used a template taken off the plywood piece that was attached to either side of the stem.
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The block marked top and bottom.
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both sides after cutting.
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starboard block being carved to shape
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checking for fit
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view of both blocks after carving
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Port side glued in place.
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overall view of the build so far.
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Re: ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

Post by neptune » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:47 am

I think thats it for tonight, but just a little teaser of what is to come, I hope you are enjoying the build so far, its a little drawn out but I know new comers to the hobby have a lot of questions and I try to show how things go together,


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