Hms Alert 1777- Trident Model 1:48 by Submarinerblue

Jimsky

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I have placed the keel in the jig and it was a REALLY tight fit. Has anyone else had difficulty getting the keel in place? i was surprised since the keel parts are precisely cut and they only fit together one way. Perhaps I did not put the jig together as accurately as I should have or the cardboard (MDF ?) material does not allow for the same stability as plywood?

I had to enlarge a few of the slots in the jig and at least one small piece of the jig broke off. I found that if a piece of the soft jig material does break it is very difficult to glue back together. You need to reinforce the break with wood or it will never hold.
You are correct, and the keel should go tight in the berth. Remember, the keel is the most important element of the ship. It has to stay 90 degrees against the bottom of the berth, firm, and stable without any movements when you will glue the frames. Looking close to your photos, I see the laser char on the keel parts. It is suggested to use a 'plastic wrap' to avoid those marks, also I suggest lightly remove the char from all of the berth parts, specifically for the notches of frames holders (top and middle supports). Frankly, the top notches must be enlarged to accept 4.00 ~ 4.1mm frame width. *NOTE! do not make them too wide, they will be served as a clamp when gluing the frames to the keel. ;)
The part was accidentally broke, very important for the Transom parts assembly. Don't lose it.
 
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Good to know it wasn’t just me.

I put that transom part back together and glued it back in place, reinforced with strips of wood and plywood in the back of it. And fixed with cyano glue. It‘s there to stay.

When the time comes it won’t be easy getting the model out of the jig. But, by then the jig will be expendable.
 

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HI, yes the berth is very tight, sometimes a little adjustment is req, but it is meant to hold everything ridgid and in place where its supposed to be.

Once you add the footwales, lower floor beams, and the keelson,the hull becomes very ridgid. ( At that point the lower rib supports are removed anyway).
 
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Hi Submarinerblue, Been reading your entries over at Paulv's log.
Mate, you are not alone in your frustrations .
As I said in my log get into "scratch build mode"...refer to anything relevant that you can get your hands on, consult the large plan sheet provided with the kit and almost ( but not entirely)disregard the printed word in the manual..
I found that with the illustrations ,plans and photos of other builds(not necessarily of this vessel)things fall into place without the confusion of the wording in the manual.
I do like the concept of an open frame on one side...It eliminates the ribs issue but gives a result that will be different from a lot of other builds.
Anyway keep at it! :) Anchor
 
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