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Building a model of an eighteenth century man of war #1

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Blog entry by ScaleShipWright posted 517 days ago 1587 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Part 1: Intro

the building of this ship model kept me busy in the last 12 years (mostly during week ends). The subject is a British sailing ship of the line, called Bellona (name of the Roman goddess of war), launched in 1760.
The project is not too far from completion, considering that I will not make masting and rigging.
I will start from the current state of construction, to see more of earlier stages one can check my web site at:

www.arsenalotto.it

Here are a couple of photos:

Some more technical notes: the model is built (loosely) according to the so called “Navy Board” style, partially omitting the planking of the hull and on the decks, to allow inspection of the internal structure. The framing is stylized; in real ships the ribs formed an almost uninterrupted wooden wall.
The scale is 1:72 or 1/6th of an inch per foot and is about 80 cm long (31 1/2 inches).

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shipwright

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#1 posted 516 days ago

Beautiful work. Complimenti signore !

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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ScaleShipWright

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#2 posted 516 days ago

Thanks my full size colleague!

Just spotted your website, looks awesome.

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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jap

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#3 posted 516 days ago

great job

-- Joel

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 516 days ago

Remarkable work. I have eye strain just looking at the pictures.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Jim Rowe

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#5 posted 516 days ago

Beautiful craftsmanship. This is maritime museum quality! Did you develop your own plans or did you have access to original naval drawings?
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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ScaleShipWright

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#6 posted 516 days ago

Thank you all for the comments. You are too generous, if you search through the web you are going to find much better works.

Jim, I have developed the plans from original Admiralty draughts preserved in the National Maritime Museum – Greenwich UK; their site is also quite interesting:

http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections.htm

I also have al lot of documentation reference (books, articles, photos…)

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Jim Rowe

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#7 posted 516 days ago

I have seen many of their models and am always amazed at the skill with which they were made so many years ago when hand tools were the only tools. In my youth, a long time ago, I was given a copy of Ships in Miniature by Lloyd McCaffrey. Some of the examples and techniques show in there are just incredible. He uses dentist drills and burrs for a lot of his work. I am assuming that you also use similar techniques.
Keep posting the progress.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 516 days ago

This is superb and the detail is amazing.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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Dakkar

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#9 posted 516 days ago

That’s magnificent. Your long work really shows. It’s almost a shame to cover that beautiful framework.

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ScaleShipWright

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#10 posted 516 days ago

Thanks again guys

Charles, I really like your web site, beautiful tools and works there!

In my youth, a long time ago, I was given a copy of Ships in Miniature by Lloyd McCaffrey. Some of the examples and techniques show in there are just incredible. He uses dentist drills and burrs for a lot of his work. I am assuming that you also use similar techniques.

I have seen some works of Loyd McCaffery and I have to say he’s one of the most talented and skilled ship modeler; most of his models are made in very extreme scales (like 1:192) and has developed very personal techniques to achieve that level of detail. I have some small scale power and hand tools, but also use regular size tools for some tasks, like chisels for paring or razor and copying saws. Much work is devoted to resize scale lumber, since I like to collect and season wood for my projects.

-- God exists... But relax, He's not you!

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