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HMS Victory – Imai or Heller 1/100 Page 2

Posted by Paul On January - 31 - 2017

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1/31/2017 Today I've taken a breather form rigging the Victory and worked instead on a 1/100 scale 20 oared ships boat that I got from Russia.  The cost was $29.00 includeing shipping.  It's a very nice kit, but it measures out at about 130mm when finished.  That's really big, bigger than I thought; I'm really not sure how I'm going to use it.  I started out using wood glue, then switched to thin CA as it just works better in the close spaces that I had to deal with.  Here are the pictures of how far I got today.



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Next I have some updated photos that show a little more rigging done on the bow.






2/6/2017 I've finished the shrouds and ratlines on the foremast, and have added one backstay which I used to the foremast alignment so I woudl line up with the mainmast and mizzen mast.  I've also included another pic of the bow spirit to show the latest rigging there.

_DSC3663 _DSC3661 _DSC3662 _DSC3663 _DSC3660 _DSC36582/7/2017 I've come to the point where I need to start thinking about attaching the sails.  I have more standing rigging to do, but the sails will be in the mix pretty soon.  With that in mind I'v been researching how best to stain sails.  I've read that tea is not the best way because of the acids in it that may cause deterioration over many years.  To that end I went out and bought some tea (just to experiment with) and some Minwax wood finish stain – specifically "Pickled Oak" as that seemed to be the lightest stain they had.  I tried the tea first on a piece of scrap and it seems that you need to leave the material in a long time for the staining to take effect – I'm just not that patient.  Plus there is that acid effect.  I then tried the Minwax stain that that seemed to work much better.  I soaked the sails in the stain then blotted them really well and the result was a nice muted effect – just what I wanted.  I then hung them all up to dry in my model room.  I have the spray booth running to filter out the fumes.  I wanted to get away from the bright white original color.  So here are the pictures.


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2/14/2017  I've finally finished the upper ratlines on the main and fore masts.  I've also started rigging the sails specifically the fire course sail.  I've attached a 2 inch rope (thread) around the perimeter using Aleene's No-Sew Fabric Glue.  It works quite well and forms a strong enough bond (I hope).  I've also made earrings as per Steels book mastmaking sails and rigging.

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2017_02_14_22_11_58.pdf0002/18/2017 I've done some more work on the fore course sail.  After giving the sail a wash of GOLDEN GAC-400 and letting it dry over the supplied plastic sail it became much stiffer. I then added the reef lines using a needle and DCM #100 thread.  By weaving the thread back and fourth I was able to stitch each row of the reef lines.  I used tape on the sail to make sure each line was at least 15 mm long.  After each row was done I put a little Model Master flat clear lacquer at each point that the thread passed through the sail.  This secured the thread, after the lacquer was dry I trimmed each reef line to 15 mm length on both the front and back of the sail.

At this point I looked at the sails and they just seemed too yellow, so I airbrushed this sail with Flory's Weathering Wash.  I used the grey color, this gave the sail just the right aged look – there is a picture of the aged sail next to and untreated one.  I then used DMC #100 thread the stitch the sail to the foremast lower yard arm.  The final result is shown below.


_DSC3700_DSC3693_DSC3697_DSC3698_DSC36992/20.2017 Ok – let the insanity begin.  I realized that the initial method of bending (or attaching) the fore course sail to the yard arm was not correct and just didn't look good.  When I did it I must have been a little brain dead because I had looked at the data from HiSModel (company that I ordered the sails from) which clearly shows the different methods to attach sails and my method is not correct.  Of course I had already attached the yardarm to the fore mast – I always have to make things as difficult as I can.  I was now faced with modifying the attachment while the yard arm was even more encumbered with lines.  It took a few hours but the results were worth it.

Here is where I started from with old attachment method:


This is the result after changing:

_DSC3721_DSC3720_DSC3724_DSC3723_DSC3722_DSC3727_DSC37282/23/2017 Ok – I seem to have run into a problem with the fore top sail.  It seems to be too long.  To make it fit properly I will have to lower the bottom yardarm a lot – way too much it seems.

_DSC3730 _DSC3731 _DSC3732 _DSC3733I've finished adding the two sails on the bow sprit.  They were a little touchy to attach but all went well.

_DSC3734 _DSC3735 _DSC3736 _DSC37373/1/2017 I've added two jib sails on the bow.  The rigging is gitting a little crowded up ther now.

_DSC3759 _DSC3760 _DSC3761 _DSC37623/3/2017 It's been a few days, but I've finished the last bow spirit sail for a total of six so far.  There are 18 sails so I'm now 1/3 of the way finished!

_DSC3763 _DSC3767 _DSC3768 _DSC3769 _DSC3770 _DSC3772 _DSC37744/2/2017 After a short break I've started up again.  I'm now working on more sails as the corrected ones arrived last week.

_DSC3820 _DSC38214/5/2017  Here are some images of the installed fore topsail.  Some areas of the rigging are getting really tight, and hard to get to.

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Posted by Paul On October - 10 - 2016

The Fairey Swordfish was a biplane torpedo bomber designed by the Fairey Aviation Company. Originating in the early 1930s, the Swordfish, nicknamed "Stringbag", was operated by the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, in addition to having been equipped by the Royal Air Force (RAF) along side multiple overseas operators, including the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and the Royal Netherlands Navy. It was initially operated primarily as a fleet attack aircraft; during its later years, the Swordfish became increasingly used as an anti-submarine and training platform. The type was in frontline service throughout the entirety of the Second World War, however it was already considered to have been an outdated design by the outbreak of the conflict in 1939.

Despite scepticism, the Swordfish achieved some spectacular successes during the war; notable events included a flight of the type sinking one battleship and damaging two others of the Regina Marina (the Italian Navy) during the Battle of Taranto, and the famous crippling of the Bismark, which contributed to her eventual demise. By the end of the war, the Swordfish held the distinction of having caused the destruction of a greater tonnage of Axis shipping than any other Allied Aircraft. The Swordfish remained in front-line service until V-E Day, having outlived multiple aircraft that had been intended to replace it in service.

This model was built in September to October of 2016.

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