HMS Royal Caroline kit ZHL 1/30

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Again a brief update. Finally the last piece of the molding is ready. As with the previous first I cut it partly in shape followed by grinding it to fit with a cutting disc.
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After waxing dry fitting the mouldings and I am quite happy with the line they are following along the hull.
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Now I fit the treenails in the top planking followed by cutting them, sanding and waxing, after the the mouldings can finally be fitted in place, but thats for this weekend.
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This evening I finalized the SB side up to the great cabin except for the wale which I will fit when the first gunport carving is fitted. The last items to finalize were the treenails of the great cabin planks as well as two small ornaments fittedt before the first window and between the first and second window. See below the pictures of the finall result and as mentioned without the top wale where still the temporary plank is fitted.
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And as a ship has two sides it is now time for the ps side, so most probably not a lot of posts the rest of this week.
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See you next time and thx for watching.
 

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Today and some other evenings this week I worked on the PS side and finally after today both sides are finished up to the great cabin. When working on one of the last very small carvings I had a big boo boo, while thinning on my pre war belt sander it slipped my fingers and went away into thin air. I have been searching for it but it disapeared so I decided to make a new one from a small piece of scrap boxwood.
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I taped a piece of boxwood on plywood to work it with rotary tools to its finall shape and finally fitred in place.
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Now tge PS side is also finished.
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Now it is time for the deck. I cut away all the remaining frames and now first have to thicken the bulwark to proper thickness and tapering. Then the deck can be fitted, I won t use the strakes supplied with the kit which are to dark to my taste but will fit a bass wood deck. Caulking I will do with a soft grey coloured pencil and final finish with shellac. But before that we have plenty space on deck.
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G'day Maarten
I havta echoe all the others comments.
But I'm a bit confused about your photos regarding the treenails on the grand cabin wall.
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Here you show us you are doing the treenails.and there are no carvings between the windows.
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Here are the carvings but no treenails.
Am I missing something?
 

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G'day Maarten
I havta echoe all the others comments.
But I'm a bit confused about your photos regarding the treenails on the grand cabin wall.
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Here you show us you are doing the treenails.and there are no carvings between the windows.
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Here are the carvings but no treenails.
Am I missing something?
Hi Greg,

The lower picture is just dryfitting the carvings, after that I started the treenailing.
See here both in the finall situation.
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Thanks Maarten
I knew something wasn't right, but your dry fitting throw me, is looked like it was vertical to me so I presume it was glued already.
Dumb me.
 

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I've only been a lurker so far but I can't take it any longer! What a beautiful model! It seems you've taken a museum quality kit and made it fit for a royal presentation. Thanks for taking us along with you and for all of your insights along the way. Your replacement carving worked really well btw. It fit right in with little to tell it was a replacement.

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Thx gents for your nice comments. Unfortunately for the time being no carvings anymore but plain construction work.
Currently working on creating inner bulwark. I have cut away all frames and thickened the inner bulwark first by adding vertical strips which I grinded into a wedge formed shape to create the tapered bulwark shape.
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These wedges are fitted next to the gun ports and between these at regular spaces, above and below the gun ports I also added filler pieces to enclose the preliminary gun port shape.
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Then the inside planks are fitted and the correct thickness and shape is nearly reached. The last layer will be veneer planks finishing the inside, but before that the gun ports will be trimmed to correct size and place and lined with veneer planks.
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Brilliant work!
A truly authentic bulwark, and an inspiration to any future builder. Your add on's will help me a tremendously when I'm at your stages.
Keep them coming please.
 
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Hi Greg,

Thx again, I am not following the manuals supplied with the kit, so my building order can completely defiate from the kit version. So if you want to follow the order as mentioned in the manuals then my blog can be confusing. Guess you are also making your own plan for building it and you dont look at the Chinese paperwork either?

Hope you DYI is progressing quickly and see some work from your hands in a short period of time.
 
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