HMS Bellona 1760 1:75 Timber

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This forum looks like a good place to create a build log and to share progress and to learn and to share problems and solutions.
After a couple of kits, the second being HMAT Bounty which was significantly kit bashed, the scratch build bug bit and a 1:75 HMS Surprise model has been completed.
For a bit of a challenge I have decided to attempt a 1:75 scratch build of HMS Bellona, the complex decks and intricate carvings should keep me occupied for a while.
I have acquired the "Anatomy of the 74 Gun Ship Bellona" in both pdf and hard copy and internet searches have provided lots of images.
Drawings in the book have been scaled up to 1:75 to give a base for construction. The hull profiles have been fixed to 6mm marine ply to form a skeleton with a false keel and bulkheads.

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A PC was used to transfer drawings to Word for Windows where they were scaled up to 1:75.

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Hull profiles and the false keel were glued to 6mm marine ply to form the basic structure.

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Work continues.

Cheers,

David.
 

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I am very happy, that you started this building log of your Bellona.
I will follow with big interest - a very interesting project.

For everybody interested, with the following link you can find the review of the mentioned anatomy of ship book written by Brian Lavery
 
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The decks are the next step. The gun deck will be permanently fixed in position but all other decks will be removeable so that finishing work can be done to the outside of the hull and to the decks concurrently. I will be framing up the gun ports before the hull is planked. To ensure the gun ports are correctly positioned I have made up prototype gun assemblies. The barrels are from my friendly parts supplier, creating these is way above my skill level. The carriages are made from 2mm birch plywood. I'll have to get an assembly line going, there are 28 x 32 pdrs, 28 x 18 pdrs, 16 x 12pdrs and 6 carronades. The lower sections of the masts have made roughed up so that I can track the shroud and chain locations so they don't get tangled up with gun ports.

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The gun carriage for the 18 pdr is a bit long, it will be shortened in the final version. and the wheels for the 12 pdr carriage are a bit small so will be enlarged.

Cheers, David.
 
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The gun port frames have been fitted and the stern structure is progressing.
I think I am at the point where I can start cladding the hull. It will be 2 layers, initially a softish pine and plywood which can be shaped to the final contours then a 0.5mm mahogany.

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Cheers, David.
 
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