Friedrich Wilhelm Zu Pferde 1/48 scale by Euro Model

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I was chatting with Brian and he mentioned he had built one of these kits, so I thought I would post my build log of it that was deleted on another forum,

I have put it in the kit section although it is mostly scratch using the kits castings.

This is a Euromodel kit of The Friedrich Wilhelm zu Pferde, I believe it translates as Fredrick William on Horse back, I started this kit quite a few years ago, and due to many things I am only just getting round to finishing it.
When I received the kit and checked it over, there were a few things that did not seem right, the four middle bulkheads were approx 4inches apart, which seemed to much, also when I dry fitted the bulkheads to the keel and ran a strip of wood along to check the alignment there was an obvious bulge where bulkhead four was, when I checked the plans and line drawings I found that they had drawn and cut bulkhead five twice, so after re cutting one of them to the size of bulkhead four, the strip of wood then ran fair, but I still did not like the spacing of the center bulkheads, so I decided to scratch build the hull with full frames, this was my first attempt at lofting and cutting frames so you will probably pick out a few mistakes, these early pics were pre digital camera so I only took a few because of the cost, see following pics,


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View of the hull in frame. Luckily they gave a good set of drawings including the body plan and water lines, so I tried to place the frames between the ports to make things a bit easier, I decided on my frame thickness and drew the lines between the ports taking the lines down over the water line plans and with the help of the body plan I redrew the frames.

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another view

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Bow shot

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Looking down on the orlop deck, I must emphasize this is scratch built, not boasting or anything, just want to make sure so you do'nt buy a kit thinking this is what you get.

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Full length overhead

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Transom, in hind sight the timbers are too large, wide.

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view through the transom.

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This was my objective to build a fully framed hull with cut aways so that you could see inside of the ship


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The lower gun deck being planked.

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In the top left corner, these parts make one double frame, and below these will make four frames.



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Close up of the orlop deck


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Looking in through the side, I made a rudder and was not happy with it but could'nt bear to throw it out so I stowed it in the hold, they would have a hard job getting it out

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main hold.


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main hold again.


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The cable tier.

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And the poor old cook, he looks a bit worse for wear, probably been on the grog.

When I was in the Merchant Navy, one time there was a shortage of beer due to a strike or something,
and beer was rationed to two cans a man per day, so everyone was pretty sober except the baker,
who was drinking a lot of what we thought was Coke, turned out it was Coke but he was adding
Vannilla Essence which is used in cake making and highly alcoholic and which he had plenty of.


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Cant frames and hawse pieces



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John,
a huge improvement over the standard kit with heaps of scratch building I see.

I have a soft spot for Italy, and I wish Euromodels would update their kits. They seem to be stuck in a time warp of 40 years ago when they were first produced, and they have not kept up with new technology of other model ship manufacturers. Having built Friedrich Wilhelm zu Pherde and H.M.S. Royal William, I feel I can speak from experience.
 

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I agee Brian, they do make beautiful models but as you say they could do with a bit of an upgrade, the plans are pretty good.
 

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John,
the plans are dated from 1975 when they were drawn, and I reckon thats when the kit was produced.

Seems to me its remained in production all these years without modernisation. For example the awful cast metal gunport hinges and rudder hinges just don't cut it against other manufacturers with superb photo etch.
 

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John,
your FWzP looks very good! High time to continou!
At one stage I was thinking of buying a Euromodel kit but at the end I did not - fortunately!
Yes, those European and American kit builders are stuck in the past. They still think that they can sell those models which they developed 30-40 years ago, without any modification and unfortunately they still manage to sell it in lack of any real competition. Now they can start scratching their heads as some really nice kits are on the market. Amati (Victory models) have some better kits thanks to Chris Watton but otherwise everything is the same as it was in the 80's!
Janos
 
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Another fine build.

yes you are correct with the translation"Friedrich Wilhelm zu Pferde" does mean "Friedrich Wilhelm on horseback.

Cheers
Geoff
 

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First job after the cleaning was to locate the positions of what was left of the cast decorations,
so I took photo copies of the areas that had to have decorations attached, I'm only showing
one but I did do several, this is one of the bulkheads.


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The painted decorations in place over the drawing

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Now this is what I mean about showing one thing on the plan and giving you another, big difference in size
and also with the capstan


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same with the capstan



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Now for the up side of things, these are the cast decorations for the lower beakhead, I think the top casting is from the other side, as it looks kinda flat to the lower casting, if you see what I mean, my mistake.

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and sitting over the plan

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Some of the castings for around the quarter galleries were not too good, so I made a casting plaster mould of a good one and cast some more in white metal, which the original ones are made of
 
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G'day Geoff and Janos, I'm sure I put in a post thanking you for your visits, must not have submitted it properly , so thank you both for taking the time to respond to my build log,

best regards John.
 

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these castings are not bad at all (not talking about those which you had to replace) - probably the best cast decorations attached to a kit which I have seen. The next level up what the kits are concerned are the CNC pearwood carvings from the ZHL kits.
Janos
 

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yes, I can see what you mean about the differences between the drawings and the reality of the kit. Unfortunately commercial interests win!
Janos
 

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First up was to repair the coat of arms badge and the Lanthorn
which were both loosened and damaged by a knock on the transom awhile ago.



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I removed the lanthorn for repair and while it was off I repaired the Coat of arms]

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To repair and make it stronger I cut a thin piece of brass to the size of the total coat of arms



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I then CA glued the top broken part onto the brass piece and glued the brass piece with the top part back onto the coat of arms

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After the repair.

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after this part is gilded again you wont even notice the repair


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The lanthorn back in place after replacing two of the stays
 
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Next job was to re varnish the whole ship, view of framing after re varnishing.


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view along the decks


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The two forward cannon

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She looks a lot fresher now



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I have started planking the main deck, I had some nice Australian pine which was very good grain wise so I used this for the planking



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Closer view

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View along the deck


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and another


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nearly finished.



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Down low.



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The forward Knights head ready for attaching.These knights heads I cut from some wood
and just drilled and shaped with files to obtain the shape of the sheaves.


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Turning up the mast coats


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another view




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Mizzen mast coat in place



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The mizzen mast and the coats for the different decks, these are not glued yet so I can slip them down into place as each deck is fixed in place



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Turning up the main and fore coats.


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main in place.



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Fore in place




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Looking down on the main mast knights head




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