Santa Maria - Mantua - scale 1:50 modified kit semi scratch and diorama

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Hello fellow ship model builders ,this is my new build log for the ship Santa Maria.Updates are coming soon.

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Hello everyone,before I start my build log I have a few interesting pictures for you.My last year visit at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton,Alberta,they have a Santa Maria replica inside the mall,here are a few pictures of the ship.

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The instruction booklet has no written instructions whatsoever just pictures,they are good for guidelines but in my case, that means nothing because I will heavily modify the kit.

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Thank you very much Denis for looking in ,I have plenty of sitting area for the followers. :D

I am sharing the rest of the kit supplies, the blocks, and the rigging lines are gonna be replaced for sure,the rest just don't know yet.

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After removing the laser cut bulkheads and the backbone and two part special reinforcing parts securing the bulkhead I did dry fit test.

The backbone/keel

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As for the simulated planking,I will use it as a subdeck and going to plank it with real wood as the title of the log says "heavily modified".

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WOW !!!
Very impressive on all of it !!! Seems like a well designed kit to build. Can't wait to see this one come to life !

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Installing the bulkheads was a little bit interesting, first I had to slide into one of the reinforcing parts one by one each bulkhead, the interlocking slots must facing outwards and after the second reinforcing part slides in with interlocking slots facing also outwards just the opposite side.Here are a few pictures I took from the instruction booklet showing these steps.The instruction manual free to download.

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With this method no need for more reinforcement between the bulkheads , the whole structure really sturdy and not even glued in yet.

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Hello again, started to install the first few bulkheads with the help of two square ruler to keep everything square, adding bulkheads, now number 4, I started with number 3.

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Fitting bulkheads continues.​

Bulkhead number 5

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Bulkhead number 6 and 7

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Bulkhead number 1,2 and 3A also fitted, 3A supports the quarterdeck

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Bulkhead number 8 fitted and glued in and the whole reinforcing structure with the installed bulkheads is mounted on the backbone/keel and glued in, bulkheads number 9 and 10 also fitted and glued in on the keel.

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Stern frame fitted and glued in


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Time to do some fairing, looking through the bulkheads I realized that bulkhead number 2 needs some shimming on the port side.

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After finished installing the bulkheads and some initial fairing and shimming I decided to add little more reinforcements at forecastle and stern area.

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And at stern between bulkheads number 1,2 and 3.

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