HMS ALERT 1777 cutter POF by Uwek

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So I am the one starting the first building log of this interesting vessel and model kit.

But before I really start to show the work, I want to summarize the data and information about the ship, available documentation and the kit


Available Documentation about the HMS ALERT 1777:

Book Review of the Anatomy series book


Ships History of the Alert Class


The kit released by TRIDENT MODEL:

Kit Review here on SOS


Development of the kit with photos of test kits etc.

and if you are interested in the purchase of this kit
 

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Due to the fact, that this is the first building log of the kit, I will show even more photos, for some maybe a little bit boring to see the same construction step from different sides etc. , but for others following later on, it will be a good guideline of How to do it (or even How not to do it)

The very first highlight of this kit is the construction jig or maybe better to say YARD.
To summarize it in one word "Outstanding" - but take a look by yourself

A sketch showing this Structure - looking a little bit like a spaceship in Star Wars
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The five sheets or boards for the temporary Yard are these (already shown in the kit review)
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Construction Sequence

medium density boards are all laser cut - very exact cuts, so the slots are easy to open and the not necessary parts can be taken out easily
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On two sheets no part numbers are written - so do not forget to transfer the numbers from the manual to the boards
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The first three elements - worked well, all parts fitted well into the slots - tight but no big forces necessary
I strongly advice to follow the information "Fix with Glue", and where is nothing written in the manual not to use glue
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Now Star Wars construction started
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Both parts mounted on the base board - still everything fitted well into the slots - like a Meccano construction system
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and the view from the top
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The next work step shown in the manual - everything self explanatory and easy to understand - my handwritten notices are small info missing but absolutely easy to find out
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this working step done
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to be continued ....... Many Thanks for your interest
 

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To continue

The construction of the four supports at the outer edges of the Jig

parts prepared for one of the supports
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The four supports at the final places
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Now we change the movie and "Alien" started

six additional elements are prepared to take over later on the individual frames
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The parts are easily moved and pushed into the slots of the vertical supports
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The element in the middle to be installed first, fixed in three slots
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an the others following in slightly higher slots
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This is approximately the view with overlapping slots for the frames
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all six elements installed
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with such small clamps the six elements are fixed to the supports - here no glue is necessary - so you can remove it later without problems - very clever idea
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all elements fixed with the clamps visible in top view
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to be continued .....
 

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In this post I will show the finalization of the main jig

There are two additional elements at the stern to be installed, later as a base for the frames
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one side installed
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Now the final board on the top - BTW: no nipple for the frame spacing is breaking when you prepare these parts - the board material is very friendly to the modeler and the laser cutting very accurate - the material has a much better behavior than plywood - maybe an idea for other kit manufacturer ...

on the top of the photo you can see the longitudinal stiffener with it six supports - on the lower side already installed
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the top board installed and fixed with the clamps - not glued
the construction jig is finished
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in the following several views to get an impression of this interesting and promising construction
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All together a very interesting small project in the project - well prepared and everything fitted very well
The future will show, if the model parts will fit also in this quality ....... the jig was already promising fun for the rest
 

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Can't wait to see the first elements istalled in that jig. Looks like a straightforward lofting of the frames since they will be "forced" in the right position, maybe only slight sideways adjustments will be needed?!
Many Thanks for your comment.
If the keel and the notches of the keel is of the same accuracy, than it will work extremely good. In addition, knowing the additional jigs for the preparation of the frames, that they hopefully also will fit well in the width of each frame......
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very promising
 

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A model build completed before starting on the model itself! Masterful design with removable parts for disassembly around ships frames when fully assembled.

What is the outside measurements for the ship yard structure?

Now I can't get out of my chair while waiting on the start of frame work.
 

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Fantastic jig, and a superb set of assembly photos - They are going to come in very useful!
Thanks, Uwe.

Ted
Hallo Ted,
many thanks for your interest and your kind comment.
For some it is maybe a little bit boring to see some relatively similar photos, but the main intention is to make also an additional guide for other modelers which will follow.
 

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Uwe, Congrats on your first milestone on the journey of Alert building! It does look like you are having fun with the jig assembly. Did the instruction guide descriptive enough to follow?
Hallo Jim,
many thanks for the interest - For this part definitely the manual was very helpful and described the individual working steps - especially with the helpful sketches...
 

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A model build completed before starting on the model itself! Masterful design with removable parts for disassembly around ships frames when fully assembled.

What is the outside measurements for the ship yard structure?

Now I can't get out of my chair while waiting on the start of frame work.
Hallo Kurt,
many thanks also to you for your interest in this log.
The total length is appr. 58 cm, visible at the steel ruler visible on the photo (length of 50cm)
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The other measures I have to take in the evening
 
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In this post I will show the finalization of the main jig

There are two additional elements at the stern to be installed, later as a base for the frames
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one side installed
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Now the final board on the top - BTW: no nipple for the frame spacing is breaking when you prepare these parts - the board material is very friendly to the modeler and the laser cutting very accurate - the material has a much better behavior than plywood - maybe an idea for other kit manufacturer ...

on the top of the photo you can see the longitudinal stiffener with it six supports - on the lower side already installed
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the top board installed and fixed with the clamps - not glued
the construction jig is finished
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in the following several views to get an impression of this interesting and promising construction
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All together a very interesting small project in the project - well prepared and everything fitted very well
The future will show, if the model parts will fit also in this quality ....... the jig was already promising fun for the rest
innovative, ingenious and bloody clever.
 
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