I’ve decided to get back into building wooden ship models , haven’t done anything since I stopped working on my HMS Pegasus from victory models , a 1:64 scale model of a Swann class 14gun Sloop of war ,going to finish her but decided on an “Easy” build to get me back into it…
obligatory box shot
Full sized plan view , model ends up around 75cm tall
Half frames joined and keel and keelson added
building board and progress
after i laid the 1st strakes I decided to go back and remove the 1st strake and add limber boards - It’s how water moves to the pumps in the bilge and is pretty obvious , I’m also adding the Pump Well and Shot Locker for the same reason as the limbe boards
A purveyor of fine wine in my old home town has a built-up one of those on display in their shop, it looks the business.
HMS Victory currently lacks her lower main mast as it has been removed for inspection. It was installed in about 1894 to replace Victory’s wooden mast which had rotted. The replacement mast was made from wrought iron, which had the advantage of being lighter as well as stronger and thus less of a burden for the old ships structure. The lower Fore and Mizzen Masts were similarly replaced, all three masts coming from the decommissioned iron (but unarmoured) frigate HMS Shah. This latter in 1877, along with the wooden corvette HMS Amethyst, fought the rebel Peruvian turret ironclad Huascar. Huascar was captured by the Chilean Navy in 1879 and is still in their possession, a memorial ship with similar status to HMS Victory.
Orlop decks done , so is the Pump Well and Shot locker - used Beech for the deck planks instead of the kit Walnut to break up the “Browness” of the kit but not sure if I like it , might get some Limewood to compare!
Plodding along , interior plankings done to the top of the Orlop/bottom of the Gundeck and exterior plankings done to the bottom of the Main Wale.
And another change of plans😎 , I didn’t like the look of the hold pillars , way too spindly for something supposed to hold up under multiple decks so quick google for some pictures and replaced them with something that looks better👍
Point of no return and the scary part of the build , started to cut out the gunports and entry ports.
I’ve always loved the look of these kits and am definitely following this build. Looking great!
Thanks for taking the time to share and document the work. I’ll be looking forward to your next “installment”!
Main Wale done , going to stain it black with ink - my plan is splashes of colour to contrast with the wood instead of fully painting and covering it!
I may or may not add copper tape to the lower hull but haven’t decided yet.
Hurray another issue with the plans and instructions , this time it’s the main wale , couldn’t figure why the wale and the gunports didn’t line up - I would have had to cut into the wale by one full plank which doesn’t happen till the bow and stern on Victory! ,turns out there’s 1 run of thickstuff too many in the plans ,(not the 1st time this has happened , had the same issue with too many planks in the hold and the bottom planking up to the Wale), got pointed out on a model ship forum I’m on and the plans and references I have confirmed it
Luckily I’ve been using white glue so soaking the plank let me remove it.
start and finish of the process after a few words were said…
Not much progress ,been mainly figuring ways of dealing with the multiple issues that are cropping up - all based around either the wonky half frames or the plans which get worse the further I get in the build
Did get myself a new tool though! , A Veritas miniature block plane ,works exactly like the full sized one but 1/3rd the size , it’s a wee baby
cuts beautifully and is capable of some very fine shaving