HMS Guadeloupe (ex french Le Nisus), Brick de 24 by Jack.Aubrey - 1:48 scale

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

After having spent a couple of hours sanding the hull, exclusively by hand with sanding blocks, I can, at this point, consider this hull, at least at 90-95%, fully ready for future tasks.
I remember that it is planned a second planking, but before to start this new trek, there is still some work to do to 100% finish the hull, including the installation of the keel, the stern and the stem.
I don't want to dwell anybody with details, as they will be addressed adequately in a near future.
For now some pictures of the result of this main sanding activity.

Sincerely, Jack.

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Another "set" of images, this time with the model in its normal position.

I especially like the first two, where it is possible to appreciate the fine lines of the hull.

Jack.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Before the second planking, as I wrote, there are some things to do.

First I applied the keel and the whole stem and breakwater.
I planned to build these particular with MDF, 6mm thick, but now I found in my "personal" warehouse some plywood of the same thickness, five layers and I used it.
These pieces are glued to the hull and I inserted, at regular intervals, some steel pins to ensure that everything was "strongly" fixed.
I remember that the keel will be additionally covered with 0.4mm veneer. This will increase the overall thickness to near 6,8mm, close enough to the thickness in the design that is 6.5mm. Probably the final smoothing approach this adjust further.

An overall photo . .

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A detail of the stem and breakwater . .

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To fix the stem/breakwater at the bow I had to cut the bow railing . .
This task was performed with the coping saw and a small sanding block . .
In the future this particular will be the bed for the bowsprit. .

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Other images from various viewpoints . .

I forgot: I decided to make a new pedestal, because the building slip used until some time ago, with the completion of the hull planking was no longer usable.
This pedestal is certainly not for exibition: its purpose is to keep the model straight and stable . . not certainly to be nice.
A profusion of table saw tasks . . .
For the shape of the hull I made use of an ANCRE plan containing the bulkheads with the dimensions and the external forms, more precisely the bulkheads no. VII towards poop and no. III at prow.

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Photos were taken with a smartphone, so they are not very in focus . .
That's all for today, let's hear something from you soon, Jack.
 

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Additional images I forgot to publish last week. no further work have been done till today.

I wish to all of you a wonderful, relaxing, fantastic, amusing Easter & Easter Monday 2015 !!! Jack.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

In this week of Easter days my hobbyist resolution to work was really gone, I "shot the shi-t" with the pedestal in the vain waiting that my will to work will come back . . .

First I painted the piece in solid camel color . .

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Then my wife seized it to apply some special effects . .

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Cheers, Jack.
 

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dusty day today: I decided to finish the sanding of the hull, after the installation of the keel, in the area where the latter is connected with the hull. The bulk of the work was in the bow and stern area. Now, except for few last tasks, everything is ready to go with the second planking.

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At poop, in addition to levelling the hull to the keel, I sanded the area close to the transom in such a way that, with the second planking, it will take the rounded shape this ship had.

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Now only a last activity must be done before the second planking: apply the sternpost and open a proper hole in the transom for the rudder. . maybe tomorrow I'll perform these two steps.

That's all for today. . Regards, Jack.
 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Once I concluded the preparatory activities useful for the installation of the second planking (sanding the hull, keel application, preparation of the sternpost, etc.) I finally started this new long term task.

I am currently working on the top of the hull, the outside bulwarks, from the wales up, then I'll address the remainder. The material used is mainly Tanganyika wood, in the form of strips 1mm thick plus self-produced strips, in various sizes, starting from sheets of veneer with thickness 0.4mm.

Before applying the second planking I proceeded to "close" the speep ports on the outside, by inserting into the hole a piece of wood 4 x 6, 2 mm thick. Once installed the second planking, in due course I will reopen the speep ports that, I want to remember from a previous post, on the external side have a different shape from that of the internal side.

The images below show the "work in progress", with planking already partly implemented and partly not. This work took me about three working sessions of three hours each.

An overall view . .

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Some details where the speep ports are shown closed outside.

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Detail of the second planking applied over the wales. .

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Cheers, Jack.
 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Both sides of the bulwarks, from the wales up are terminated . .


I was impatient to see the true color of the wood I used for the second planking, so yesterday evening I applied a coat of oil for wood in the newly planked area. Today, the oil has already been absorbed and then the hull was again manageable for other works.

Obviously, at first I resumed the works equipped with a digital camera and I took a lot of photos, also thanks to a proper daylight.

This afternoon I started applying additional strips below the wale, for now only on the right side. . of course, from now the work gets longer.

I have other images to display . . see you tomorrow with a new message. Jack.

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Very nice work.
Thank you very much for your positive comment, Jack.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

other images dating back to yesterday. . from different viewpoints.

Regards, Jack.

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In the next two pictures, due to the rather flattened viewpoint, we can see how the deck planking is anything but perfect. . In fact, the strakes don't have a constant curved shape and tend to straighten amidships. This obviously cannot be noticed if you look at the model from other viewpoints. All this is originated by errors that, if I should repeat the same experience, I will now be able to avoid. Unfortunately this is the price to pay when you have to build an experience never done before.

Of course I'm relatively not worried because with the deck fittings and the ordnance installed the line of each strake will be often interrupted and then you will not notice these imperfections . . which, anyway, remain such.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

The implementation of the second planking, from the wales downwards, continues. . Till now I'm focused on the right side of the hull only.


The area below the waterline will be covered with copper plates while the area above, I believe from the waterline to the lower wale or perhaps even the wales themselves, should be painted black. So the accuracy in the installation of the second planking may have a relative importance.

But personally I'm trying to do a job as good as possible because I believe that the more you know about this matter the more it is better . . in this case I'm experimenting some techniques new to me that at the moment I feel useful to consolidate my skills for the future.

The particular shape of the bow of this hull not certainly makes things simple, in particular the difficulties are concentrated in five or six strakes positioned below the lower wale. This implies an abundant use of the so-called "drop planks" although from the photos you probably see little.

Cheers, Jack.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Two days ago I completed the planking on the right side of the hull
. . then, I had two days with some health problem and did not progress further.

Now it remains to plank the left side, then finish the keel/stern/stem/breakwater. And finally a nice final sanding/smoothing.
In view of my experience with the right side, I estimate in four, perhaps five sessions of three hours my efforts to finish.
I do not think that I will post new messages or images until the end of the left side, except to answer to messages from other users: I would not have anything new to show, only a inverse photocopy of these images.

And then I have another very important commitment: I must setup a plan on how to proceed further with this model, both as a sequence of tasks to be carried out but also as choices of presentation/colour scheme. Everything by studying in depth the ANCRE plans. So far I have proceeded almost with improvisation, now it's time to change the method.

Cheers, Jack Aubrey.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Today I have finished the application of the second planking on the remaining side, the left side. As I expected it took the time previously estimated.

For the moment I haven't pictures to show but I'll arrange for asap.

At the end of the day I also started to cover with veneer the keel and I'll continue with the stern and the stem. These will be the upcoming activities that will bring to completion next days.

Sincerely, Jack.
 

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

As promised Thursday, I took some photographs of the brick with the second planking completed. Also part of the keel, the stern post and the stem are in an advanced stage of completion. Although it may seem unnecessary when you consider that the underwater hull part will be covered with copper plates, I differentiated the wood that finishes the keel using mahogany instead of Tanganyika.

Images are set in a rural agri-ecological or eco-agriculture environment, where you can even see wild strawberries . . . Power of biodiversity (but anyway it's now time to mow).

Other images from different viewpoints will follow soon.
Regards, Jack.

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Strawberry fields forever . . . . (in memory of the fab four John, Paul, George e Ringo !!)

Other images belonging to the same day of the yesterday's message.

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First of all thanks to everybody for the "moral" support . .

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Yesterday and today I worked on planning and building of the gunwale.


I discarded the idea of using a wooden strip to be bent, which is rather difficult in my case, so I opted to crop the various segments that make up this element using a birch plywood, 2mm thick. The piece will be painted black, then this plywood, of very good quality, is probably the best solution for my task.

Using cardboards properly prepared I took over the external shape of the gunwale tracing with a pencil the outline of the hull.

Then I scanned the cardboards on the computer and I used the images as background for Autocad. I traced over the outside shape of the gunwale, I refined the curved line in some areas, although for only a few tenths, and then I got the internal gunwale shape, 9 mm internally of the external line.

Finally with the Autocad "mirror" function I reversed the pictures and I printed them.

At this point, it was enough to crop the parts to be glued onto the plywood and start cutting. Operation currently ongoing. The process seems in practice, so far, very good. . we'll see if this is true also for the remaining pieces to be cut . .

Meanwhile I submit you four other images, greetings, Jack.

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