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Hello everybody,

My first project I'm willing to share with you. I've been some time away from this forum bu hey, maybe I can help someone with this project of mine and so let me introduce myself "again" properly.

My name is Peter and I'm 26 years old at the moment. I live in The Netherlands near Rotterdam.
When my girlfriend decided to take more than just one boyfriend, I needed some time to set my mind on something else. In this period 2 years ago I started with this new hobby. In this period I've build 3 ships, 2 wooden and 1 plastic.

The first is Constructo's Albatros


The second is Revell's H.M.S. Beagle


The third and most recent build ship is Amati's J-class Yacht Endeavour.






So I really liked the quality of Amati during the build. The ship was a real challenge for me, especially the planking of the hull. The sails however, they were really bad. The result is seen on the model. A thorn in my eye.

So, that was a bit of history, now go with my new project!

Building the San Juan Nepomuceno 1765

Kit from: Artesania Latina
Length: 960mm
Hight: 750mm
Width: 400mm
Scale: 1:90
Level: Probably very difficult!

Historical Notes: The San Juan Nepomuceno, 2700 tons, was constructed in the Royal Shipyard at Guarnizo (Santander), Spain, and launched in 1765. During the same period, the San Pascual, the Asis, the San Lorenzo, the Santo Domingo and the San Agustin were built as twin ships. The San Juan Nepomuceno was a solidly built ship of proven seaworthy qualities. It was outfitted with a total of 74 cannons (28-24 pound , 30-18 pound, 8-12 pound, and 8-8 pound), and was manned by 8 officers, 11 midshipmen, 19 leading seamen, and 492 able seamen. It's supply capacity was for 60 days victuals and 80 days water. It rendered numerous important services to the Armada (Fleet), some of them in the Caribbean where it participated in several sleges and was distinguished in 1779. The battle of Trafalgar is the historical feat in which it participated and of which we have the best account. In spite of being unmasted by Admiral Nelson's artillery on the 21 October 1805, it achieved glory in this battle under the command of the celebrated brigadler Don Cosme Damian Churruca and constituted for the Spaniards a handsome example of the heroism of their race and the bravery of their sailors. While the wounded Admiral Nelson continued to direct the battle, the Brigadler Churruca, whose leg had been torn off by a howitzer, the deck of his ship covered in the blood of his wounded and dead, continued to voice the command "Fire!". However, unable to break the circle of fire formed by the six enemy ships, which counted among others with the famous Defiance, Tonnant and Dreadnought, the San Juan Nepomuceno yielded with over 400 dead and injured on board. The English obtained the victory but paid a high price in lives and


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Before we will start, I have to warn you because this will be a very very long reed...

The build, day 1

Off we go....The preparation!

First thing I did was cleaning my workbench and place the huge box on it.
You see, the workbench is a bit on the small size...oh dear...
I placed my Amati's keel clamper on it and have to say, this piece of equipment is wonderful. It helps me to work properly on the model and you can turn it in all directions if you want.

So, let me tell you a bit what I have in mind for this ship. I know that kitmakers often choose the easy way by making a model. For instance, the planking of the hull is not what is should be and so on... So I decided for this model that it was time to put some "Katsumoto-style" elements in it. Yes, scratching time!!!
For a novice like me, I have Little knowledge of period ships. So please be gentle with me if I don't do it "correctly"
I try to build as accurate as I can and try to use as much historical data as I can find for building a ship.

I have some great ideas already but that will show during the building process. So stay tuned!



Well, something I saw on this model, are the sternquarters. These are in the kit included of course, but they are metalcastings or something. Really ugly. So I found a company in the USA that makes some aftermarket stuff. It's from Double O laser Services. Let me show you:


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Building the frame!

I opened the box and inspected the parts. I took out the parts I needed for building the frame. These are the bulkheads and false keel. I numbered them so it is easier to place them correctly on the false keel.


I placed the false keel in the keelclamper and dryfitted the bulkheads in the slots.




The first thing I saw was that there must be something wrong with it or I needed as soon as possible a appointment with the nearest optician.
After persuaded myself that my eyes were fine, I cursed the d*mn thing and started to fix it. Excuse me for my swearing words to the little ship, afteral it's not her fault...
So, after a short inspection and some sanding, it looked a lot better:


I placed a red line on the keel, because I was not sure if it was straight.

After seeing the picture, I wasn't really believe it was straight. From certain angles it looked a bit wobbled. It could be that my eyes tricked my mind...but...............................
I checked it one more time and saw a little curve just in the middle of the false keel. I pushed on the right spot to see if it was true and of course, it was off line.....So a Little bended after all. Grrrrrrr!

I had no idea to solve this problem. I thought of soaking the false keel in water and all but in the end it did not fit in the largest bucket I could find in the house. Second option was use the bath in my parents bathroom, but my mother was afraid to get a splinter in her bump...so that was no option eighter.

Difficult, difficult........

So staring at the darn thing...I saw one of my woodclamps lying on the workbench and a thought flashed trough my mind. If I can change the clamp a bit, than it can push the false keel straight. The clamp: A. After changing the beaks of it: B.


That did the job.....




To see if the keel is straight now:


Oh yes!!!!!

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The build, day 2

Correcting the bulkheads.....

Like I said the false keel is straight now and the bulkheads are straight in their slots but some of them are to deep in the slots.
I started with the last bulkhead at the stern:


The question was, do I have to take some off the top or must the bulkhead sink a little bit deeper in the slot of the false keel?
I saw that the openings on the side of the bulkhead were not lined out with the ones on the bulkhead in front of it. To solve this I needed to lower the bulkhead a little bit and not take anything of the top.


So, much better now. Time to check if the openings on the bulkhead are lined out now before gluing the bulkhead on the false keel.


Well, this is the case, so now it's time to glue the bulkhead nicely on the false keel. Before doing so, I had to place some little part between some of the bulkhead. (see red arrow) The blue arrow shows that some bulkhead are lowered to much in their slots. This I will change when I glue them on the false keel.




It all starts to come together nicely I think.


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Changing the sternquarter....

Well, it's time to change the sternquarter on the back of the frame.
The part which form the sternquarter is of a sort wood. It's very soft and has two open spaces in it. This will come in handy when I place the parts of Double O lasers services on it.


I decided to open the rearcabinet. First I checked if I could do this with this kit. Making sure that I did not make a crucial mistake.
It was tricky but I decided to do so....and I started by make 2 windows in the part.




I had to place some reinforcement pieces of wood into the open spaces. This did the job for a solid structure.

Origional Part:


Scratched Part:


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The build, Day 3

Making the rearcabinet part two....

I placed some more reinforcement parts into the window openings and opened the whole backside.


The green stuff is filler, I took to much wood away there... :oops:


I dryfitted the part on the false keel to see if it looks Ok..


From the side:


Looks acceptable to me.

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Glueing the bulkheads......

This is a very nasty part to do. It took me some hours to align the bulkheads correctly. One offline and your ship will be a disaster later on!
So I started with the middle 3 bulkheads and worked my way from there to the back and to the front. This to ensure that all bulkheads were straight and on a 90 degree angle to the false keel.

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Placing the decks.... (part 1)

Before I go on with my, (seems to be, never ending story) I have to say something about the manual......



IT S*CKS!!!.......

So, that's better....had to get that off my back!!

In the beginning I checked all the parts in the box and the first thing I saw was this:


The same wood, same shape, same thickness and so on. But these were combined in one big roll of wood. So as you can see on the picture I separated the 2 different colors.
I decided to use the light colored planks for the decks and the darkbrown for the hull.

Placing the first small planks...







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The build, Dag 4

Placing the decks (part 2).....

First place the part on the bow of the ship.


I placed some planks on the just placed part on the bow of the ship.


After sanding and shaping:


This I do also at the backside and I put some parts on it just for a second impression! These are of course not glued yet!


Now it's time to start on the lower gun deck.
In the manual they show a picture of a complete deck. The planks were nice and straight placed but there was something wrong. They used full planks. What the heck??? Did you ever see trees grow so big if you calculate to the right scale???

So of course I had to change this part.
I searched in one of my books and saw that Spanish galleons of that period had a specific type of decks. The planks were placed like bricks of a house but in 4 different steps with a kingstroke in the middle.


So I want to place the deck like that but I noticed a problem. Calculating that the width of one plank is 5mm, this would be on scale 1:90 a real plank of 45cm. Pretty big don't you think?? :?
If I want to do this the correct way, then I have to reduce the width to almost half size. To do this properly I don't have the right tools, so I decided to accept the standard width.
Then I had to accept that a 4 way planking method would not be very nice looking on this scale. So I choose a 3 way planking method.

For the lenght of the planks I did the same and choose a lenght of approx. 10cm.
Time to cut some planks and dryfit them on the frame!


Now this is acceptable and it's time to glue it on the frame


For the expert between us, you will notice that the end of the planks are not aligned above a bulkhead. I had no other choice in this matter. There are not enough bulkheads to get is "the way it should be".
So I have to fake that there are more bulkheads on the frame than are shown.

I use a lot of clamps. These are very helpful along the way!


A pincet to place the small pieces.


The lower gun deck starts to get shape....


And after 5 hours of cutting, gluing and cursing.....a complete placed deck!


Well, this looks a bit rough to me. As a delicate guy, I like smooth things.
So, the next thing to do is sanding the deck!


I also placed the planks on the sides of the bulkheads so a "wall" has been created. These have to be sanded yet!

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The build, Day 5

Placing the decks, (part 3)....

Where did I left you the last time...right...sanding the wallplanks.


After doing this also on the opposite side, it's time to make some holes in the deck!!
Aaaaaarggh.......if I mess up, I will ruin my deck.... :o

First I draw ed the lines on the deck with a pencil.


Then cut out the planks and made the hatch.


Spot on and right in the middle....Whohoooo!!!

Then I had to place 4 pieces of the same wood to make the edges of the hatch. In the manual they described that you just put 4 pieces in and glue them together but then you will see the ends of the pieces. This is not very nice, so I decided to try a mitre cut. (45 degree cut on the end of a piece)

I dryfitted the parts and look:




I was astonished by the result. What a difference. This I have to do with all corners and angles on the ship.

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The build, Day 6

Placing the decks, (part 4)....

At a nice Sunday morning, I saw the blonde wooden frame of her!
Be it so, that I like brown haired women more than blonde ones, I had to give her a different look.


........much better!!! :twisted:

The thing I treated her with, is called "nutwood pickle". It's like a nutwood varnish and gives the frame a real authentic look, if I may say so.
The reason why I did do this is simple. When applying the gunports later, you will see a little bit through them. So if you see blank wood, that won't be very nice. So this is the reason why I soaked her with this stuff.

Time to start placing the upper gun deck. These has to be placed in 3 parts. The piece at the bow, the piece at the back of the ship and the section in the middle that put the 2 decks together.
I've started with the frontpiece.


After that the part at the back must be placed. This is a real challenge, because it must be aligned precisely with the part on the front...






So, now the walls have te be placed. In the manual they choose the quick way: Horizontal!


This is not correct. The rest of the ship must be planked vertically so this must be to. As you see on the last picture there is a lot of space between the bulkheads there... I had to make something that will support the planks there. So made some wooden blocks and placed it in the spaces.


After checking, I saw I made a tiny mistake op top of the reinforcement strip that goes trough the bulkheads. I took to much of the top, so I have to fill up the area I cut away. I do this by placing 4 strips and cut them to the right width.


Then I sanded the pieces in a nice line:


Now I can place the planks to the wall. At the red arrow I show you that the plank is cut in mitre again.


The planks of the wall has to be shaped to the right hight, but this is for later!


Lets see how she is looking now:


So, time to place the wall on the opposite side too.


After this I dryfitted the bulkheadbarrs to see how it's going to be. I can't place them yet because I have to put the decks in a protection substance.



I will use Tung Oil for this. I had to order this because I did not have it at home.
The Oil is not delivered yet, it will take a few days I think, so that's why you'll have to wait for the next update.

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Update Day 7

Connecting the two decks together....

Before connecting the two decks, I first had to soak the lower gundeck in the oil. After this easy task was done, I could connect the two decks together.
The time of truth....If I did not align the two decks correctly, the planks that connects the two decks will show a gap. So.......time to pray....


Luckily it fits like a glove.
Time to place the last deck. First thing to do, were the planks that go across the deck. This way the deck will be supported by these two planks.


When gluing the two planks on the bulkheads, It was better to soak the whole deck with Danish Oil.


After just putting it on, it gives a nice shine!! But 5 minutes later when I used a dry piece of cloth, to remove the excess oil. It gave the result I was looking for....


Beautifully.....

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Day 8 and 9

Finishing the poopdeck....

I've started to lay the first planks on the poopdeck. I have to find the middle again so the last deck will align with the upper gundeck.






So, after almost finishing the poopdeck, I decided to place the upper windows of the stern-quarters.


It looked a bit empty to me, so I placed to little statues beside it. The hold the deck! ;)


So, while the glue of the poopdeck was drying, I could make the hatch-frame for the upper gundeck. This was easy to put in place and after some sanding and some oil the result is like this:


After this, the glue on the poopdeck would be hardened by now, so I could remove the clamps and make a picture of the whole deck.


This was the last picture of this day.
To be continued!!

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Day 10

Shaping the bulkheads for planking....

Today I devoted myself by writing a little "How-to-do" story about shaping the bulkheads. In this little article I hope it will all be clear for the people who does not exactly know where to begin or how to get there.
The way to get the result you were looking for is different for everybody. By this I mean that I'm not going to learn you how to do it, but in a way what the principles behind this delicate task are. Things you need to know before scraping away half a bulkhead!

The first thing are the tools. I like to use non-electrical tools because of the feeling I like to have with the material and the tool I use. With power tools you risk to take to much of the material at once. And then there is no way back!!

Tools:
- half-round file
- Sandpaper
- Pencil
- Strip of wood

We begin by looking at the shape of the hull and the bulkheads. I use a strip of wood to see how the strip behaves on the bulkheads and where the bulkheads need to be corrected.


You see very clearly the open spots underneath the strip of wood. This is not correct. If you place your hullplanks on the model without correcting the bulkheads, the next problems will occur:
1) your ship will get a strange form in the hull,
2) the planks have not enough wood to stick on to,
3) the form of your bulkheads will show through your planking because the planks will buckle on the bulkhead.


We need to get some wood of, but the one million dollar question is, how much??
We have the shape of the hull in our mind and we need to know that a strip of wood must flow nicely from stem to stern.
When we know these facts, it's time to get some wood of those bulkheads.

We take the file and place it on the bulkhead area where the strip touches.
(the sharp edge of the bulkhead)


We file off the excess wood over the whole length of the bulkhead (from keel to deck) without deforming the shape of the bulkheads. Some bulkheads needs to corrected more than others. This depends on the model of the ship and the place of the bulkhead.
By using our strip of wood between filing and sanding, you can see if the bulkheads come in the correct shape or not.
This is correct:


Now you see that the strip of wood is completely been supported by the bulkheads and follows a nice fluently line.
When you are finished with one side, it should look a bit similar to the following pictures:








I use the sandpaper to get rid of groves the file left in the wood. These groves can be a problem when applying the hullplanks.

So, the other side is to be shaped too, and then you'll get a result that should look like this:




When you are wondering for what I used the pencil? I'll tell you...I use it to mark the bulkheads where I must stop filing of the wood. When one side is completed, I place a mark on the other sides of the bulkheads to get a similar shape.

So, this was yesterday evening and I have to correct / finetuning the final shape.
Also I have to shape the false keel yet, but this is for the next update.

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Day 11

Preparation, preparation and preparation....

Hello everybody! Before I'm going to tell my progress of the SJN, I like to warn you that this is going to be a long read.... :oops: I've took about 30 photo's for this update so...off we go!!!

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Finishing the decks

This weekend was an excellent weekend here in Holland. Nice weather lots of sunshine and a 18 degrees temperature. Perfect conditions to make some progress on the build!
Last Saturday was my shopping day for the SJN. Mostly clamps, tools, glue and that sort of stuff I bought. I'll explain later why.... ;)

With the previous update, I placed the poopdeck and sanded the bulkheads into shape remember? So today, Sunday morning it is, I start were I left you last time.

I sanded the poopdeck into the right shape and placed the first wooden strip so the deck will be nicely finished. With a pencil I marked the place were the cut has to be made:


To complete the deck, the other two strips has to be placed to. Of course again cut in mitre.


And so it looks like from a little distance:




And of course finished the deck with the Danish oil:




The same I had to do for the lower gundeck. The fist step was to cut the strip. Placed it and glued it on the deck.


After that, I sanded the strip so the deck and the outside of the bulkheads are on one line. This in mind because of the hull planking later.


Of course when completed, I used the oil again.


Ok...so this gives a nice progress so far...were back in business!

In the previous update, I showed how I sanded the bulkheads in shape. Today I'm going to finish the process. The rough work is already done, but there's still some fine-tuning stuff to do...

Remember this picture...


...You see here that my finger is pushing down the strip of wood in the middle. This looks nice, however is not correct. Here the planks will get a dense that I don't want in the hull. There are other spots like this on the bulkhead area. So this I have to solve before I can start with the planking process.
It took me about 2hrs to finish all the Little corrections I had to make. Lots of measuring and sanding to get the result I needed.
During this process I cut the rabbet so the gardboard will nicely place in the keelson.


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