I have read the instruction booklet and several other sources pretty thoroughly, and delayed the inevitable as long as I could. It's time to take a blade to this beautiful block of balsa and see if I don't just make myself some much needed kindling. I suppose, being the new guy, everyone else would be bored to see a photo of the laser-cut block supplied out of the box, so I won't post that, but I suspect it's probably as beautiful as it will ever be, poor thing. As I pick up my knife, and steady my hand, and get one more sip of Merlot, it looks like a sad stump. However, in my mind, she's the Wasa!
It seems more difficult than I anticipated just getting the time to sit down, focus, and touch my poor, neglected block of wood. Mostly, been working and battling the snow up here in the Northland! Tonight, my goal is simple; I want to make the templates and get a mounting block ready. We've had 12" of snow in the last 24 hours, so first I'll go snowblow, shower, help make supper, and pour wine. Wine seems to ease the build, or at least make the block of wood look like a great Ship-of-the-Line
Aye, aye, Senior Chief!
I have the templates cut out. Yup, sure enough, they don't match the plan lines too awfully well. So, I think I can handle fixing that, but, what are the little hash tags for on the templates?
And, so, next, as you ALL know, and I'm just learning about, I think I have to mark the ship lines on my poor, neglected block of wood. That sound right? As far the "wood flying," Senior Chief, I'm not whittling a yard gnome here, Sir, I'm going for a delicate lady, a colonial ship with sensuous lines.....time, patience, planning, thinking, visualizing, and gallons of wine, are required......so, obviously, I'm starting with the wine. Finally, I wood post a picture, but i'm afraid of boring you all to death, before your time, as it were. I'm sure you've all seen a block of wood, and, if not, just say the word, and I'll send a photo.
How do I know which twig to select from the supply bag for ship parts, specifically, for the keel, stem, stern post, and in general for future reference?
My wife is headed to Florida for five days, so I'm looking forward to a marathon model session!
Usually, the parts list will say that the plank (twig) or whatever, is being used for the keel, planking, etc.
For instance, the parts list might say something like:
2x2x 200 mm basswood _______________ Rabbet Keel Piece
1x4 x 100mm basswood _______________ Deck planking
2x4 x 200mm walnut __________________Hand Rails
of course, the parts list show the part, but you must cut the wood to length per instructions.
I have the decking on now. I used the sheet supplied with the kit, because it doesn't sound appealing right now to cut single, individual planks. Also, as the deck glue is drying, I'm reading about the next step here.......I have to do something about the bulwarks. I had decided after a lot of reading that I wanted to cut off the bulwarks as they were when the hull came. Now I realize that there isn't material supplied in the kit to make new bulwarks....ugh....this is stressful. Tonight, I'm going to look into butterfly collecting.
Well, building a wooden ship (even in kit form is almost from a scratch anyway - mostly it is a "process" to build a ship). A lot of people including myself take a break and re group when we see problems. Is there a hobby shop around that you can buy some scrap basswood from or balsa strips ? I would have to go back and look at my sultana to see what steps I encounter.
Did you visit my build log to see how I did things?
I actually found a great supply of wood strips at our local hardware. I have no clue why they carry it, as I am the only one in hundreds of miles building a wooden ship model.
I'm looking at resources now for ideas, and I'll check your website, too. THANKS!
I'm going to try your can form for bending bow wood! Very clever of you! It's a LOT better than the jig I've been preparing
Bending wood like that requires the wood to be wet and hot water. Of course there are many other techniques like steam and a hot iron. But I have found soaking in hot water WHILE bending slowly works well. Hair dryer speeds up process once wood is shaped like you want it.