HMS Blandford POF

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The ship is taking shape! With the addition of a few more of the cant frames, the lines of the hull are now beginning to show themselves. The next step will be the hawse pieces. These are made on a separate jig outside of the main jig and fixed in place when completed. I will show the details of this next time

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I have started the first stage of constructing the hawse pieces. I have sanded to shape the first and second frames on both the port and starboard side and dry placed them onto the foremost rib in the jig to check for fitting. They look pretty good so far and when they are all sanded and glued into place, the final sanding should have them fitting nicely. Lots of dust!!

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All parts are now finally shaped and all but the last piece are fitted to the foremost rib to form the hawse pieces. Just the final sanding to clean up and then it will be fitted into the cradle. l have done a dry run and it seems to fit nicely

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The last frames on both sides of the hawse piece gave me some problems but eventually got them to fit and when the glue sets, it is ready to fit onto the keel inside the building cradle

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Great progress, Keef. I can see you are having fun putting together the kit. Since you already assemble some of the frames what is your opinion about the difficulty level? Who would you recommend this kit for, skill-wise? Many modelers have difficulties choosing the POF kit. What is your experience thus far? Would it be good to know...
 
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Great progress, Keef. I can see you are having fun putting together the kit. Since you already assemble some of the frames what is your opinion about the difficulty level? Who would you recommend this kit for, skill-wise? Many modelers have difficulties choosing the POF kit. What is your experience thus far? Would it be good to know...
 
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Thank you Jimsky for your comments. l am now 6 weeks into this project and, yes you’re right, it is a good idea to discuss this kit as well as just showing the progress of the build. I have built a few wooden ship kits over the past 40 odd years but this is my first attempt at a POF kit and as for my opinion on the difficulty level, I myself have not found it too hard so far, although this is undoubtedly being down to the quality of the materials and the accuracy of the laser cut parts. Having said that, l would not recommend attempting this kit without at least some experience of building a wooden ship kit. Not just because of the basic woodworking skills needed, but because of the lack of actual written instructions, a knowledge of some of the building procedures of a wooden ship kit is needed. This is quite a general statement as there are many levels of skill and abilities.
There are many reasons leading to a modeller’s choice of a kit and this is mine. l did not want to mention this but it is quite relevant to the subject. 5 years ago l had a major stroke, which for 2 months left me completely paralysed on my left side. Slowly over these following years since, l have gained enough movement to be able to continue with this hobby which l love, having maybe 75 to 80% use of my left hand. I was able to go as far as finishing the standing rigging on the build l was working on but was struggling with tying the knots and small blocks. I saw the posts in SOS of the Blandford kit. It looked perfect and because of the relatively large scale and the fact it is all woodwork and no rigging, l decided this was my ideal next build and certainly have no regrets. Congratulations to Victor and his team at Modelship Dockyard on producing this great kit
 
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Thank you Jimsky for your comments. l am now 6 weeks into this project and, yes you’re right, it is a good idea to discuss this kit as well as just showing the progress of the build. I have built a few wooden ship kits over the past 40 odd years but this is my first attempt at a POF kit and as for my opinion on the difficulty level, I myself have not found it too hard so far, although this is undoubtedly being down to the quality of the materials and the accuracy of the laser cut parts. Having said that, l would not recommend attempting this kit without at least some experience of building a wooden ship kit. Not just because of the basic woodworking skills needed, but because of the lack of actual written instructions, a knowledge of some of the building procedures of a wooden ship kit is needed. This is quite a general statement as there are many levels of skill and abilities.
There are many reasons leading to a modeller’s choice of a kit and this is mine. l did not want to mention this but it is quite relevant to the subject. 5 years ago l had a major stroke, which for 2 months left me completely paralysed on my left side. Slowly over these following years since, l have gained enough movement to be able to continue with this hobby which l love, having maybe 75 to 80% use of my left hand. I was able to go as far as finishing the standing rigging on the build l was working on but was struggling with tying the knots and small blocks. I saw the posts in SOS of the Blandford kit. It looked perfect and because of the relatively large scale and the fact it is all woodwork and no rigging, l decided this was my ideal next build and certainly have no regrets. Congratulations to Victor and his team at Modelship Dockyard on producing this great kit
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