Thursday 16 November 2017

It's Becoming Ship Shape...................

It’s all coming along at pace at the moment, with the T030c Modern Cargo Ship from Scalescenes. I’ve managed to get a great deal done, with having a week off work. 

The next stage to do was the hull sections. I was a little nervous with this hull, as all of the previous ships/boats that I’ve built have used light weight card stock (200gsm) for the hull sides, which forms to the base underneath really well, but this one has the hull made with 1mm card. Well worry not! As long as you take your time to gently coax the hull side with a pen, you can achieve the perfect form. And unlike the light weight card, you get a smoother finish.

Don’t worry, that gap at the bow, it’s supposed to be there.
Do the stern next, and do exactly the same as the bow. Take your time and gently coax. To relieve the stress on the stern section, it’s made up of two sections.
“Top tip” make sure you carefully sand down the joint between the two sections. It’ll give you a better finish when you apply the cover layer.
The mid ship sides are next.
Now you go around and cover all of the joints with the relevant cover layers.
Time now to add all of the Bulwarks around the ship. These give extra strength to the sides as well as finishing off the interior of the hull.
You can never have too many spring clamps at this stage.
The Bulwark for the hull is made up of three pieces, laminated together to achieve a slight permanent curve.
Now time for some fiddly detail. The breakwater, the winch, escape hatch, bollard bases and the anchor. 
The chain on the winch is made from a cheap costume necklace. I think I paid about £2, and there must be about three feet of chain. 
Once all of the fiddly bits are done, it’s time to fit all of the bulwark top edges. These cleverly cover the raw edges of the bulwark and hull.
Well that was a huge update for you, that’s where I’m at at the moment, almost a finished hull. The next stage is to construct the accommodation structure. 
Until Next Time............


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