Back to the inside, first the planking of the forward bulkhead above the hawse holes.
And as the devil is in the details I decided to also fully treenail the inside bulkwarks also, to start with the forward bulkhead.
Followed by drilling plenty 0.7 mm holes in the inside bullwark to be filled with tooth picks after blackening the holes with a 2B pencil.
You can imagine that our local supermarket does not understand why they are selling this much toothpicks at the moment.
And yes we need more.
Next time cutting off all these and sanding them down. Then I have to consider to varnish it with my transparent red varnish or to just oil the inside bullwarks. Choices choices choices pffffff.
There's a saying in Australia 'it is like closing the paddock gate after the horse has boltered'. Another words best to have it before that type of work.
I love your extra eye for details, and as you said 'as the devil is in the details', I agree with you 100%.
The only problem that I can see with your workmanship, my mate, is that you are making the bench mark for us, mere mortals, almost impossible to reach.
I for one will is dreading the thought to 'try' to keep up your exceptional hight standards when I do my Royal Caroline.
Sorry Jim just to late, see progress after today. Time will tell the effect of it, I mixed it myself it is an acrylic type of paint mixed with a matt acrylic clear coat, when dry I wil finish it with a top layer of beewax.
But first I cutted of the wooden dowels this leaves a very nice contrast between the dowels and the surrounding planks.
Allthough the great contrast it is now time to file the dowels down followed by sanding course and fine.
Next step is my mixed red varnish, this is colouring red but will keep the grain and colour differences in the wood visible, as well as the dowels.
Also the gun ports are now red like they should be.
After this is fully dry, I will first polish it with some very fine steel wool and finish it with beewax. After that the deck receives its last coat of oil.
After the red varnish I sanded the bulwarks with fine steelwool followed by two layers of oil. Surface is now as soft as a baby skin with a nice satin look.
And a detail.
Now time for the deck beams which I cut from 8 mm pear and sanded down to 6,5 mm according to the aots drawings at scale 1:30.
In between the deck beams I added the same layer of planking to lock the beams in place.
This surface will then be covered with veneer.
Next time I will add the beam supports and the knees.
Hi Uwe thx for the compliments.
Sometimes I even zoom in with the camera to see if it is ok. The camera sees more then the bare eye so hope to improve it like that because sometimes you are startled when you check a picture in detail.
Now I am working on the anchor (in Dutch beting) and the chimney.
For the chimney I still need to know if this was an iron pipe or terracotta.
Did you made this form of the chimney, or was it delivered already like this with the kit? - very special form!
Until now I did not hear about terracotta chimneys on ships - I know, that they were often made out of copper, but also earlier out of wood.
Did you check already our mingle-mangle information in the topic "Stove, galley, oven, firehearth, chimney - tech. details and development over time at different navies" ?
Yes this chimney is part of the kit and is according the aots drawings correct.
Seems Greg did already some research and contacted the RMG in Greenwich so thanks to him I have now the info that this chimney was copper plated with a terracotta insulation ring for the main deck passage sealed again with a copper plate.
So I will copper plate my chimney which wil become a nice experiment.
Every time you put a new post in your building log, I learn something new. But no matter what you do, it is clean, accurate and well made! In Russia, we call it (Битенг) bitteng, Perhaps most, if not all nautical names came from Dutch anyway.