Sunday, 4 October 2015
HMQS Gayundah Part 4
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.