Tom's HMS Victory

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Tom's HMS Victory

Postby tomganc » Wed Nov 17, 2021 11:57 am

Hello everyone!

Let me introduce myself. I’m Tom based in Manchester, UK. I’ve been modelling since I was teenager. I have started with plastic models of aircrafts as it was quite easy one. Then I moved to paper models – this gave me a chance to really work on the details and creativity. I’ve been building WW2 ships and planes for some time.
Then it was a break wen I went to the university, started the family, etc. About 10 years ago I came across the DeAgostini HMS victory partwork and that was me hooked. I bought 1st issue, started reading the forum and that was it. I was loving it very much. I had completely no experience with wooden models, I was learning everything on the go. I started following other’s kit bashing and I started doing some mods myself. The build went for quite some time, and I had to put it on hold. I kept all the magazines and parts knowing that I will get back to it sooner rather than later. She went into the loft, survived two house moves and the time had come to get things restarted
After about 7 years I finally got myself to finish it.
During original build I added custom copper plating kit, instead of using a copper tape we were supplied with around 4000 copper tiles which were more to scale. It took absolutely forever to get the hull covered. I had to finish few things regarding copper tiling right now so it is slight difference in tiles tarnishing on the model.
Please have a look at some pics from when I started cleaning the hull and coppering the rudder. There are also pics from the overall state when I left off. The deck planks are made off individual pieces instead as per instructions. More realistic look for sure.
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Week had past and I have some updates to my build. I'm finally up to speed with everything I've done and what I have missing. Right now I'm concentrating to get all the bits finished off and I got some nice progress recently.

Copper hull/rudder

As mentioned in last post I managed to get the hull and rudder finished off. There is a little difference in copper tarnishing as you can imagine as rudder is around 8 years younger :) I hope it will get less obvious after some time. Managed to attach the rudder, I have used the brass hinges provided but I got them blackened so they look better. Overall I'm happy with the result so far - see below

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The gun port lids

Another thing that was long overdue was first 20 gun port lids to fit. I have decided to do some mods as I wasn't happy with what the magazine offered.
There is few thing I managed to do.
1. Magazine explained to use just 20x2mm plank and cut the squares. Well don't forget that hull has a different thickness and I needed to follow the shape of the hull so I glued strip of the 1mm thick veneer plank to follow the line of the hull.

2. Next thing that was bothering me was the rigging of the lids. The magazine wanted to drill hole through the lid and feed the thread - well not for me. I used the hinges supplied but instead of sticking it flat to the lid i bent the eyelet 90 degrees so I can feed the thread through it. Then i used very fine one to tie it there so it looks similar to real thing.

3. Last thing needed adding were eyelets on the inside of the ports to pull them shut. This is very nice detail that cannot be missed in my opinion. Well it was easier said than done as I had to make something small enough. With my chunky fingers I'm super proud of myself for achieving this. It was nice exercise before customising my cannons. I used 0.4mm brass wire and 0.5mm cable ferrule. I wrapped the brass wire around the ferrule and then using fine snips I cut them one by one. This gave me nice small rings (around 1.5mm dia). The eyelet was little more tricky as i was using fine tweezers to wrap wire around it and make the eyelet. I guess everyone has its own method and this worked for me. Last part was assembling them together. I've done it - two fine tweezers and tons of patience and eye strain and it's done. No magnifying glass or specs either so I think my eyesight is still strong [biggrin]
At the end I got it all blackened and it was time for the assembly.

Important note for everyone when dealing with small wooden parts. I always used shellac to seal the wood before sanding and painting. It makes all the difference as wood stays smooth. In terms of painting don't use too much paint as you will cover up all the details. Thin paint and couple of layers and it's done.

Ok enough talking - have a look at some pics...

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I managed to get some work done again and I thought I'd share something with you. I'm making the 6 top deck cannons now and I'd like to add some details to them.
I will be using 2mm blocks for the proper rigging so there are some details required too ;)

First thing I found somewhere it was the wheels. Real cannon has much thicker wheel shafts than proposed brass ones and I managed to find just the right way of doing it. I can't remember where I saw this method but it works great.

Instead of using the brass rod I used tooth picks but you insert them from the outside of the carriage which means the spike goes into the wheel first and then comes out and into the carriage. This gives you thicker diameter on the outside which you can trim. I went a step forward and decided to show the metal strap on the wheel hub. Using method described at the gun port lids I made some eyes of the diameter just big enough to fit on the toothpick just outside the wheel. Then I cut the toothpick off and secured it all with tiny drop of super glue.
It looks really good and I'm pleased with the result so far.

Tonight I will be putting everything together; as you can see on the last pic there is quite few extras on each cannon ;)

My aim is to get started on the rear gallery this week, and probably do the carronades.

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Last night was quite time consuming as I was assembling the guns and preparing the rigging blocks. I used 2mm single blocks from Cornwall Model Boats as the supplied ones are way too oversized. I know that originally cannons have double blocks I think but the 3mm ones would just look too big. I will use double ones for the back of the carriage.

It was a fiddly job getting all the little hooks and attaching the string but it's done. The only thing I have left is the thick rope that holds the gun itself.

Have a look :)

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Sit tight for another update ;)

Regards
Tom
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Re: Tom's HMS Victory

Postby royjess » Thu Nov 18, 2021 9:35 am

Welcome to the forum Tom :text-welcomewave:

Your ship looking good. Will look stunning when finished
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Re: Tom's HMS Victory

Postby number1 » Thu Nov 18, 2021 10:43 am

Thanks for posting your Victory pics, looking forward to more :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Tom's HMS Victory

Postby Mark » Thu Nov 18, 2021 8:43 pm

Welcome to the forum and thanks for posting your build. Top job on the copper plates! Must have taken an age!

Looking forward to the next instalment.
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Re: Tom's HMS Victory

Postby Morris » Thu Nov 18, 2021 10:37 pm

That copper plate work on the keel is something!
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Re: Tom's HMS Victory

Postby tomganc » Fri Nov 19, 2021 2:12 pm

Thanks guys

It has taken me I don't know how many hours but who cares. As you all we take pleasure from the build process ;)

At the moment I'm just finishing off rear gallery so I hope to post some updates this weekend. She is looking better and better :)

The ultimate aim is to start on the rigging this Christmas but time will tell... Let's not plan too much and enjoy the ride ;)

Have a great one

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Re: Tom's HMS Victory

Postby tomganc » Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:17 pm

Hello again

As promised another update on my build. I decided to get cracking with the gallery and gosh it was tons of work to get it nicely done. I'm almost there, just need to do some painting of black strips and little touch ups but it looks impressive already.

I couldn't resist to dry fit the masts and WOW I forgot how beautiful she is with them on :)

Have a look ;)

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Net up will be fitting chainwales and little bits and pieces on the deck. Once done I'm off to making bowsprit :)

Have a great and productive weekend all

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Re: Tom's HMS Victory

Postby Morris » Tue Nov 23, 2021 3:54 pm

Very nice!
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