- Mar 16, 2021
Hi everyone back in december of 2020 I decided to have a go at building a model ship. I have never built a model before and I don't know why I decided on this fools erand. I thought buy the kit stick the bits together, job done. I looked in the box and at the drawings and wondered where all the bits where, and why there was just a big bunch of wood. It appeared to me that the instructions only made sense to someone who didn't need them. I looked on the internet for some help and ordered the book The Anatomy of Nelsons Ships by C Nepean Longridge, but while I waited for it to arrive I thought i would try to stick some bits together. I will start with something simple, the carronades, there is only two how hard can it be. I opened the bag of bits, both barrels are drilled differently and none of the bits fit in any of the holes, I thought never mind it will all come clearer a bit later on. Putting them back in the bag I had a look at the canons and glued a few of the sides and base together and thinking I was making some progress until I looked at the canons themselves to find the pivots comming out the sides of the barrels where not at 90 degrees to the barrels and didn't fit in the grooves in the carriages. Never mind It will all become clearer later, I put them all back in the bag. I looked at the false keel, which was bent but glued the frames in position as per the drawings and following the instruction planked the lower decks. Guessed at the gun rail positions because there is no labelling or indication in the plans as to which is which. Why not try a mast next, the main mast would be best, the fore mast would have been a better choice. But I did make progress. I made the main mast deck. My book arrived and I knew I was on my way to building this boat. So I thought.