I wanted to start a thread for a somewhat long-term building project that just hit my bench; Model Space's Sovereign of the Seas.
Recently I finished a review of one of the sections of the ship for Model Shipwrights. Model Space offers this kit, and others, in subscription form where sections of the kit will be sent in a Pay as you go" format; which as you know on wooden ship kits of this nature can be to the expensive side, the subscription makes that cost more manageable.
So the trick to reviewing a kit where separate sections of the kit are delivered once a month for about one year, is to make small, individualized reviews, a build blog as well as some videos to show the kit and the processes in building it.
In the coming days I will begin actual construction of this section of the kit. With some luck there will be some downtime before the next section arrives next month and I will review that section.
As you can see, as well as in my review, there is a pile of parts for the construction of the false keel and bulkheads of the ship.
I did manage to play a little and started cutting out a few of the laser cut pieces to the bulkheads.
If my quick dry-fitting of the bow section is any indication on how this kit will construct, I an in store for a fun-filled an easy ride to this build! The parts slip into their corresponding slots with a snug fit! :-)--<
As I mentioned above, this will be a LONG-term project for me. I should have a progress report soon...and maybe even a shot video for some that enjoy that sort of thing!
Thanks ER!! Glad to have you on board!! I had the exterminator swing by nd check things out....seems to be okay for the moment!!
Thanks Chaos!! She is a beauty...if I could get here to look half as good as the finished demo, I might be tickled pink!!
Hey John! Not sure how deep they can go now, but 3/16 looks like it was cutting through butter! Warping was one of my first complaints, I had some with a Constitution I scratch built a few years back. The gun deck key-wedges itself into the frames quite nicely though and that deck will be nailed and glued in place. Should handle any twiting on that end of things. The false keep will go into a keel clamp I made soon.
This will be fun to follow along with especially since it's a 'getting back to your roots' type of project for you Todd! I was tempted to try their Millenium Falcon studio model but once I tallied up the full price AND figured out how big the sucker would be when completed I came to my senses.
Hi Fellas! Thanks for the kind words!! Most appreciated!!
Andy...no, nothing to do with the trip other than it put a crimp in the bench time for me!!
Bill, still glad to have you along!! I hear you on the MF....I was liking it myself...but the price was steep. I guess after you add the size and features it comes with? Still up there...no rigging either...LOL!! I followed some links to find the gangway door that works. I guy on YouTube is building one and the working door is killer!!
Okay....well, I am at the end of Pack one now! The frame is assembled as well as the launch and two cannon. Not much left to do but wait on the next section...except maybe look to update my ship building tools...LOL!! I put together a short video review for the Model Shipwrights forum (which I run ) of the first pack as well as some of the footage from construction. I will ad some pics below just in case you on't have time for the 8:33 seconds of video!
The metal parts have all been blackened. Instead of painting, I used Uschi van der Rosten's Burning Fluid. Parts go in white metal...come out a few seconds later just like this!!
The rough framing of the hull is complete. As I said, she is long! But things are pretty true at the moment. I will fare things out on the frames soon.
The ship's launch went together nicely as well....
The planking went down and things were sanded.
Finally the finishing touches..well almost all of them as the ring is not black yet, were put to the ship's anchor...
That is that for now!! I was thinking of adding the eye bolts and maybe some bolt heads to the trunnion clamps on the cannons...should keep me busy until the next delivery!