Saturday, 28 January 2012

Painting the main mast

When the ochre had dried , I glued with white glue the sub parts of the construction . After masking the appropriate areas , I painted  them black . I used oil colour of Winsor & Newton  No 24 . After research on the shade of ochre , I decided to mix the Winsor's numbers 44 and 8 , until to get the right shade according to the available photos . 

Two days later , I wiped the colour with a clean brush , to illustrate the coated  wood .

A week later , was sprayed matt varnish. 

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Continuation of Main mast

Based on Corel's plans and photos of the real , I made the cup of the main mast and various other items.

 Then , by a sheet of copper , constructed the bindings of the mast . These masts were made ​​by a group of five or six sections of wood . This results in stiffness of the whole.
Once  they taking the form , they tied  with metallic clamps.

Once I finished gluing , began the research and effort to find appropriate shade of ochre , which will not only painted the mast , but also other parts of the ship.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Making low main mast and top cross tree

Αt this point, the problem was the type of wood which I would use for the main mast . The reason is that, the mast sould not bent by passing time , because its length.

 So finally decided to use a piece of a common curtain rail. When it got the octagonal  shape , I made the cheeks of it and the bracket of  mast cap.

 The top crosstrees are made from ajuz .
 From the same material was created the tree. The individual parts  glued together with carpenter's glue.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Making main's mast top

 First of all , I placed strips of  oak veneer thickness 0,6mm onto shaped according to plan plywood thickness 2mm. The perimetric timbers of mast top , sank in boiling water. After five minutes immediately , formed easily ,using thin nails and stayed for thirty minutes.When they took their shape , glued using carpenters glue...     

...on next step , I opened twelve holes , that will recieve on  the deadeyes and I marked the positions of  stiffeners...

...and I placed the cosstree on the bottom side of topmast.

On the end I glued using CA glue the stiffeners on the top side of mast top...

 ...and spaying the whole with black oil painting.

I decided to paint the entire model wih oil paintings , because they will better shows the surface of wood and  will last for longer time.

Start of construction works

The  HMS Victory, is one of the most famous ships of the global naval history.
It is the favorite theme of  the shipmodel builders, all over the world. I think this is the best seller of the wooden ship models.
Twenty years ago , I built the plastic model of Heller in 1/100. It was a pleasant experience , but was a plastic one ! So, now it's time to start the real thing.
The very first thing , who I have to do, is to clean up my workplace, and create space...
Space for a part of the ship in scale 1/32 .

As refenence Ι will use the plans of the book "Anatomy of the ship". The planned dimensions  of model , are  lenght 500mm , width 500mm and height close to 2000mm (2 metres!!!)
The large scale , requires carefully salection of materials .The real ship is made mostly of oak wood.
In 1/32, with specific intersections of wood , it's not easy to work with oak. For scales sake , I decided  to work with ajuz. The color and the look of ajuz , for my opinion , are very similar to oak. Furthermore , it's very soft and light , thus facilitating the process. Certainly selected timber drying.

After carefully study and recording of the parts I would need , cut the necessary pieces for each part to be used in the model. 
To save space, it was decided to manufacture the first sub-parts and finally to build a section of the hull, where it will accept them  per deck.
So basically the construction starting from the main mast...

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Lancia of HMS Victoy in 1/16 scale ( 1230 w.h.)

This model represents one of the boats used by HMS Victory , which lifted the anchors...

 ...the specific boat has been manufactured from scratch , based on the plans of Panart...

...materials used in : Greek walnut , beech , plywood  and veneers of european oak, sapeli and european walnut...

...dimensions of model : length 630mm , width 180mm , width with oars 380mm , maximum height 480mm.

Cargo ship in 1/48 scale ( 970 w.h.)

This is a  model  builted from scratch, based on blueprints of Brockley Combe .

The ship was build in 1938 , was under the UK flag and sank 15/12/1953 under unclear circumstances.

 For reasons of personal aesthetic , painted in different colors  and given a Greek name "ΕΛΕΝΗ".
Her length is 1.255 mm ,width is 260 mm and maximum height is 490 mm.

It's a wooden model , coated metal sheets, at certain points.