Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Granny Grating, Boat's Booms and some Paint.
Not the most complimentary of terms to denote this product, it is better known as plastic canvas. It is a plastic mesh used for embroidery projects and comes in a number of counts (i.e squares per inch) and colours and stiffness.
To make up the ship's gratings, I used a 10 count white mesh from a company called Darice.
It cuts really easily and once primed with a plastic specific primer such as Dymark or Rustoleum make, takes paint very well.
Above you can see the method I used to make up the gratings for the conning tower/wheelhouse and for two Wash Deck Lockers for the upperdeck.
A frame of the same thickness as the mesh, in this case .40 x .156 thou strip, was prepared to the required dimensions and then a subframe of 10 thou and 1 mm wider than the main frame was glued to the bottom. The plastic canvas was then dropped into the frame being attached with some superglue. It pays to work out the dimensions of the mesh and frame in conjunction so that you do not have a row of half squares or such on the finished product.
The completed conning tower/wheelhouse deck gratings and the two wash deck lockers.
Were made up from 6mm dowel. The Gooseneck fitting was made up from styrene shapes and rod as were the Boom Crutch, End Caps and Spider Band. The Gooseneck and Boom Crutch actually work.
A Coat of Paint (hides a multitude of tins)
I undercoated the ship with Dulux Quick Dry Metal Primer and once that had dried overnight, she was painted with British Paints Flat White all over. Tamiya Full Red was used for the boot topping trim and all of this was left for a week to harden. She was then masked off with what seemed like a mile of masking tape (the blue stuff) and then the Flat Black and the Deck Tan was applied. Any overspray was taken care off and a day or so later she was given a coat of Satin Varnish.
A view of Gayundah's stern. The ladders leading up to the Boat Deck were made up from Cafe Bar coffee stirrers. These seem to be a better quality than your stock craft sticks i.e. they are very uniform and have a rounded edge. They do have a waxy coating but this is easily sanded off. The treads were cut on the NWSL Chopper to ensure uniformity. Steel wire was used for the hand rails.
The Boat Deck.
Still to be added are the Funnel Vents and of course, the Guardrail Staunchions.
Other details will be the Compass Binnacle, Ship's Wheel, Voice Pipes etc.
Anchors, Cables and Slips still to be added.
In the next post I hope to deal with two things a Gunboat needs......A Gun and some boats.
Friday, 16 October 2015
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.
Sunday, 4 October 2015
Looking like a Boat!
Construction of 01 or the Boat Deck started with a half circle template made up from laminations of .20 thou sheet to the desired radius. This was glued to the deck for'rard.
Internal braces and spacers were added and a piece of .20 thou (to form the bow embrasure) was checked for fit.
The actual embrasure opening was cut and two pieces of .2o thou were cut to size, laminated and applied to the template and the braces.
The for'rard mast was stepped in using the same method as the after mast.
This will be braced a little more substantially in due course.
Before any of this work had been started, I had made a paper template of the lower part of the deck which would correspond to the actual deck above. This made it easier to cut the Boat Deck to size fairly accurately. The Boat Deck itself was made up as per the other wooden decks, i.e 2 pieces of .20 thou sheet laminated, the top one being scribed to represent planking. Once the Boat Deck was cut to it's final size, bracing pieces were added to the underneath. Waterways were added to the top.
The funnel was made up from a length of 30mm PVC pipe, cut to the required angle so it assumed the rake.
The funnel base was made up .40 thou sheet and strip. A base plate and funnel base collar were made up from laminations of plastic sheet, drilled out with a 25mm Speed Bore bit and then opened out with a Dremel and sanding drum.
Above you can see the completed Boat Deck in situ along with the Funnel assembly and Galley Skylight in place.
In the next post, I will hopefully deal with the turtleback foc'sle and the boat davits.