Thursday, July 28, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Fore Yards Installed)

Over the next few days will be the construction and installation masts yards.
After that will be the installations of the anchors, launch, more rigging, yet even more rigging, some more rigging, gun port doors, rigging,flags and finally the display stand.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Rigging Continues)

As expected Artesania Latina again has failed to provide enough raw cotton thread to complete the running rigging. I would estimate that I am 1/5 complete as regards the running rigging and I'm already out of raw cotton thread. So off I go to the local craft store to try and find some crochet thread that will hopefully match. They have however supplied a whole slew black cotton thread for the standing rigging and ratlines that I am already finished with. I have 4 roles left! Another error as regards the plans is Artesania Latina's complete failure to provide information as to what belaying pin goes to what running rigging. This is common information provided in every model ship kit I've seen... until now. Fortunately I have enough information on this from other ship plans that I shouldn't any real problem. I've also noticed a failure to indicate measurements as regards certain yard parts. What are they smoking down their?

Also I have decided to rig this model without sails as all the other Surprise models I have seen on the interweb are all rigged with sails. This will be a bit tricky as rigging a ship without sails (as they are seen in dock) is done differently and the plans for this model are drawn out for rigging with sails. The beauty about rigging a ship without sails is that the viewing of the ship's detail are more obvious and easier to see plus one sees the rigging more. Sails as beautiful as they are have a tendency of hiding detail. To each his own I suppose.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Bowsprit Installed)

Now that the Bowsprit is installed and the Bows Watercloset is complete, continuation of the stay rigging can carry on.

It is often thought that rigging is the most difficult part of model ship building however I never found this to be so. It just appears that way when the rigging is completed.
I've always found that the most difficult part about model ship building to be the planking of the Hull.

Friday, July 22, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Rat Lines Completed)

Now that the Rat Lines (pronounced ratlins) and the back stays are completed (whew!) work can now continue on the completion of the bows water closet and the construction of the Bowsprit.

Monday, July 18, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Masts Installed)

Now that the Fore, Main and Mizzen masts are installed work can now begin on the installation of the ships rat lines. This is a very long and tedious procedure and at times cause ones neck to seize up.
So keeping that in mind we'll see you in a few days.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Mast Construction Continues)

Now that the lower parts of the masts are constructed the construction of the small top and foretop part of the masts can begin. This part bothers me a bit as there is no real way to know where to place the crosstree supports. So what I am going to do is determine the placement distance by taking the size of the crosstree supports and estimate. I hate doing this but I have no other choice. Thanks a lot Artesania Latina "pinheads".

Friday, July 15, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Life Boat/Launch)

Now that the life boat/launch is complete work can begin on the masts.
The first part of the masts to be built will be the crows nests.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Stern Completed)

Now that the stern and most of the fittings are completed work can now begin on the lifeboat and masts.
Building the masts are going to be difficult because those gibbering pinheads at Artesania Latina somehow figured that measurements as to where one places parts onto said masts are not necessary. All three masts are of a different size but they only give you basic measurements for one of the masts, then tell you to refer to the drawings for the others. When you look at the drawings there are no measurements plus there are no part number indicators. I will be able to build them though by cross referencing the indicated part numbers to the ones the are not mentioned in the back of the book. From there I can determine positions by part size. I shouldn't have to do this but it is my only choice.
Needless to say this will be the last Artesania Latina kit that I will build. There quality in some areas and attention to plan detail has seriously degraded over the years. A mere shadow of what they once were in my opinion.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Side Fittings Continue)

Now that the Chainwales and the Davits are installed work on the Bow's Water Closets can begin.
As you can see the basic structure of the water closets has begun however completion will not be done until later on.
Next will be the the installation of the Hammockholder net and the Rudder chains.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Top Deck Fittings Completed)

Now that the top deck fittings a basically finished the side fittings can begin. First up will be the instalment of the chainwales for the rat lines. Unfortunately due to the lousy so called brass wire supplied with the kit I will have to use a black metal wire that I happen to have as its replacement. It's more accurate anyway.

Friday, July 8, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Fittings Continue)

I can say unabashedly that I am glad the installation of the cannons is complete. Now I can carry on with the top deck fittings.
One disturbing thing I discovered is that the so called brass fittings and brass wire are not made of brass. I first noticed this when I tried to straighten out some brass wire. To straighten brass wire all one has to do is with two pairs of pliers grab each end of the wire and pull and it will become straight as a ruler. With this wire it doesn't do that. In fact it also sometimes snaps. So I decided to take closer look at the wire and "brass" fittings. Yep a type of brass coated white metal. Has brass become that expensive?
Needless to say I am very disappointed in Artesania Latina. Why they did this is anyone's guess. In the past all of their brass fittings were made of brass.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Top Deck Fittings Begin)

Probably one of the best things about wooden ship building is getting to build all these neat fittings that go on the deck. They are like little models onto themselves. This is where the detailing of a ship in my opinion really begins. Plus as you can see more work has been done on the stern and forecastle though by no means finished. Next up more cannons.

Monday, July 4, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Upper Deck Planking Completed)

With the completion of the upper deck planking and the gunwale covers the major planking of the ship is now completed. the drilling of the mast holes so they match the lower deck mast holes was difficult.
Next will be the continued construction of the stern and forecastle.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Upper Deck Planking Begins)

Now that the lower deck is completed the the upper deck planking can begin. I think the most difficult part about this process is the lining up of the mast holes to the ones on the lower deck. A little hair raising because if I get it wrong...

Friday, July 1, 2011

H.M.S. Surprise (Lower Deck Completed)

Installation of the cannons, gratings, stern transom, etc are now complete. Next begins the installation of the upper deck frames and planks so for the next little while the lower deck will be obscured until the access holes can cut.