Friday, 16 October 2015
HMQS Gayundah Part 5
Construction was started on the turtleback foc'sle. I had originally wanted to do this in one piece but gave up and did it in two. A cardboard template was made to facilitate the complicated curves that make up the rear end of the foc'sle. i.e. it curves from side to side as well as having a curve in plan view to fit the embrasure.
Formers from scrap plastic were cut and glued into position and the foc'sle in two halves were glued into place. The photo below shows the starboard side in position.
Once both sides of the foc'sle had been attached they were left to dry and then puttied and sanded to a smooth finish. The photo below shows the completed foc'sle and two Hotchkiss 3 Pdrs in roughly the position they will occupy on the boat deck.
The Gayundah carried two whalers, a lifeboat and a dory. She also had two davits for her anchors. This adds up to a total of 10 radial davits to be made up. For these I used knitting needles. They were tapered using a file and then cleaned up with emery paper. I then hammered them into shape (literally) using a hammer and a bench vice. To be truthful I was dreading doing these, metalwork is not a strong point, but they turned out all right. I was careful to get them in a uniform shape and a template copied from the internet was a great help. A flat was hammered into the end to suspend the boat falls from. These will be made up in conjunction with the ship's boats.
The davits themselves were located in brackets, two per davit, on the ship's side. These were made from from .60 thou sheet, drilled to to take the size of the davit. You can see the sequence used to make them up in the photo above, starting from the top and working down. Once completed, the upper bracket was pinned and superglued to the ships side and two small pieces of quarter round strip were added to each side to strengthen them.
Starboard side Davits fitted. These have to be cut to their finished length, but I want to complete the ship's boats first.
Ship's funnel completed with ventilation gratings either side. Galley Skylight just fwd.
Aft Bollards. These were made up from a short length of plastic knitting needle, capped with a piece of 40 thou sheet and turned to shape in the hobby lathe. They were then attached to a piece of 40 thou sheet for the baseplate.
Foc'sle Bollards and Bow doors. These were made up in the same manner as the aft bollards.
Looking fwd. Wardroom skylight, companionway and engine skylight and companionway.
Uncompleted capstan, hatch to below decks and unfinished conning tower/wheelhouse.
The boat deck has also been painted in Tamiya Deck Tan.
The capstan was turned up from a wooden cotton reel, the whelps are little strips of 20 thou.
The ladder to the conning tower was cut from an old cutlery basket from a long gone dishwasher.