Tuesday, 8 September 2015

BUILDING A BOARD

I build very slowly. 

This has a lot to do with the dual nature of my HMS Terror project, which aims to create both an accurate model and a complete set of 1845 era plans. The latter has consumed hundreds of hours of my spare time and has led to some interesting side projects. It’s necessary and rewarding work, but it keeps me out of my workshop.  

Another reason I build so slowly is that I enjoy the process of building; figuring out the steps and making the templates and jigs to build accurately. My most recent sub-project was constructing a “building board,” essential for accurately aligning the bulkheads with the false keel of my model. The board needs to keep the false keel perfectly straight and perpendicular, while providing a flat surface for gluing the bulkheads at right angles to the keel.

I started the board by cutting a 1/4“ groove into a 32" long piece of MDF sheet. The groove is just slightly deeper than the false keel on the model, providing a full view of the rabbet, and fits tightly so that the keel remains perfectly straight.

Marking the groove on the MDF sheet. The board is 12" x 32 ". 

I cut the groove into the board with a table saw. MDF is brittle, so care is needed at this stage. 

The stern and stem of the model also needed to be kept perpendicular to the board. To achieve this, I designed two supports, one for the stern and one for the stem, which would slot into the building board groove.  I used a laser cutter to make these from 1/4” MDF sheet; they fit together somewhat like a piece of Ikea furniture.

My custom plans for the stem and stern supports. The idea for the interlocking pieces came from children's toys.  

Cutting the pieces from 1/4 " MDF. My local library provides a 60 watt laser cutter for public use. 

The pieces after cutting. 

The finished supports (stem on left, stern on right). 

It's hard to see, but the support has a rail designed to fit into the groove for proper alignment. 

The supports were glued into place, and their alignment was double-checked with a square. 

I lined the groove with painter's masking tape to prevent damage to the model's keel. 

I lined the supports with masking tape as well. 

The finished building board. 

Instead of using set screws, which might damage the model, I used rubber bands to secure the model in place. In practice
the fit was tight enough that rubber bands weren't really necessary. 

The bulkheads fit tightly and relatively squarely, but it was necessary to use a carpenter's square to
ensure that they were at perfect right angles to the keel. These stainless steel squares from Lee Valley
were perfect for the task.  

The second-to-last last bulkhead is put in place. 

The completed superstructure. It's hard to see here, but two of the forward stations have
alignment issues at the area of the chock channels and bulwarks and will need to be sanded and/or modified with
 trim.  I double checked the plans, and the errors, around 1.5 mm off, seem to have crept in from my
original measurements. These errors weren't large enough to force me to re-cut the stations. 

I'm quite happy with the alignment (the stern looks slightly twisted here, but it's just a trick caused
by the camera angle). 

Midships bulkheads at the position of the rabbet. 

A view of the bottom of the ship. Again, I'm quite pleased with the alignment
(the stem and stern are still little wobbly and will need some filling blocks). 

Mini-Crozer stands on his deck. It's been a long time.  

Mini-Crozier inspects the stern, noting that work is needed on the bearding line.
Though Terror was small by Royal Navy standards, a 102 foot ship was still a
substantial vessel, as this image indicates.  

Mini-Crozier stands at the Captain's sacred spot on the quarterdeck.  

Now that the bulkhead of the model is finally assembled, I can move towards planking it. A significant amount of fairing (sanding to ensure the fore and aft edges of the bulkheads match the ships lines) is necessary, and I hope to finish that shortly. Meanwhile, I've almost completed the "Phillips' Patent Capstan", and I hope to reveal my plans and model here soon. 

13 comments:

  1. So exciting to see how the ship is beginning to take shape! Superb work.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

      Delete
    2. FINANCIAL BREAKTHROUGH

      Life indeed is GRACE, I'am Daan Sophia currently in California USA. I would like to share my experience with you guys on how I got a loan of $185,000.00 USD to clear my bank draft and start up a new business. It all started when i lost my home and belongings due to the bank draft I took to offset some bills and some personal needs. I became so desperate and began to seek for funds at all means. Luckily for me I heard a colleague of mine talking about this company, I got interested although i was scared of being scammed, I was compelled by my situation and had no choice than to seek advise from my friend regarding this very company and was given their contact number, getting intouch with them really made me skeptical due to my past experience with online lenders, little did i know this very Company "PROGRESSIVE LOAN INC. was a godsent to me and my family and the entire Internet World, this company has been of great help to me and some of my colleague and today am a proud owner of well organized business and responsibilities are well handled all thanks to Josef Lewis of (progresiveloan@yahoo.com).. So if really you are genuinely in need of a loan either to expand or start up your own business or in any form of financial difficulty, i advise you give Mr Josef Lewis of Progressive loan the opportunity of financial upliftment in your life Email: progresiveloan@yahoo.com OR Call/Text +1(603) 786-7565 and not fall victim of online scam in the name of getting a loan. thanks


      Delete
    3. BEST AVAILABLE WAY TO FINANCEIAL FREEDOM {upstoxfunding@yahoo.com}
      Are you looking for financial freedom? Are you in debt, you need a loan to start a new business? Or you collapse financially, do you need a loan to buy a car or a house? Have you ever been rejected by your bank in ever finance? You want to improve your financial? You need a loan to pay off your bills pay off? No more looking, we welcome you for an opportunity to get all types of loans at a very affordable 3% interest rate for others. For information, contact us now by email at: {upstoxfunding@yahoo.com}

      Do you have a bad credit? Do you need money to pay bills? Is it necessary to start a new business? Do you have an unfinished project due to poor funding? Do you need money to invest in any specialty that will benefit you? And you do not know what to do. We offer the following loans;both Personal loans [secure and unsecured], Business loans [secure and unsecured] ,combination loans ,Student loans,Consolidation loans and so many others.

      Company name: UPSTOX FUNDING
      Company Email: upstoxfunding@yahoo.com
      Text/Call :(302) 273-5794

      Delete
  2. This is beautiful work, really painstaking. I'll confess I misted up a little at mini-Crozier on the quarterdeck.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LIBERATED FROM DEBT, NOW PROPERTIES OWNER WITH THE HELP OF PROSPER LOAN: prosperloanfirm@yahoo.com

      Share this to help a soul right now, Ya'll will agree with me that the rate of online scamming is increasing by the day. I'm also a victim of it as i was scammed about 25,000usd all in the quest of seeking for an home loan. I actually gave up until a government official directed me to PROSPER LOAN FIRM, Despite the fact of my plight i had to give it a try since it was coming from a top government official. All comment ya'all see online are crap, I know the pains i went through just because i was looking for a loan i had to keep on selling valuables to keep paying unforeseen fees. I and some great personality have started a movement to end online scam because people are dying everyday, losing their homes, selling their property just because they need a loan. Apart from been a beneficiary of about 295,000usd in PROSPER LOAN FIRM lending scheme , We have also made a research to see that they are the best around the globe as far as online lending is concern, They have proven their self trustworthy and reliable back to back without failing. To end people debt, financial burden and been victimized here is the details of prosper loan firm. Email: prosperloanfirm@yahoo.com OR call +1(816) 366-8769 to put an end to your financial needs now. I'm Heather Patrick from Georgia, United States. It doesn't take you anything to share this great information and good news. Email: prosperloanfirm@yahoo.com OR call +1(816) 366-8769 and celebrate financial outbreak for the rest of your life.

      Delete
    2. BEST AVAILABLE WAY TO FINANCEIAL FREEDOM {upstoxfunding@yahoo.com}
      Are you looking for financial freedom? Are you in debt, you need a loan to start a new business? Or you collapse financially, do you need a loan to buy a car or a house? Have you ever been rejected by your bank in ever finance? You want to improve your financial? You need a loan to pay off your bills pay off? No more looking, we welcome you for an opportunity to get all types of loans at a very affordable 3% interest rate for others. For information, contact us now by email at: {upstoxfunding@yahoo.com}

      Do you have a bad credit? Do you need money to pay bills? Is it necessary to start a new business? Do you have an unfinished project due to poor funding? Do you need money to invest in any specialty that will benefit you? And you do not know what to do. We offer the following loans;both Personal loans [secure and unsecured], Business loans [secure and unsecured] ,combination loans ,Student loans,Consolidation loans and so many others.

      Company name: UPSTOX FUNDING
      Company Email: upstoxfunding@yahoo.com
      Text/Call :(302) 273-5794

      Delete
  3. Well, this is a slow but unstoppable work, like the conquer of the Northwest Passage itself!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thank you for all of your comments!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hello.

    I'm a painter and most of my paintings are of or about the Franklin Expedition. I'm pretty excited you're building the Terror as it housed one of my favourite sailors on the expedition {Petty Officer John Torrington}. I'll be following your work closely, it looks really cool so far. Mini Crozier is adorable.

    -B.

    ReplyDelete
  6. FINANCIAL RESTORATION THROUGH THE HELP OF JASON RAYMOND OF FUNDING CIRCLE LOAN INC: (fundingloanplc@yahoo.com OR Call/Text +14067326622)..

    I'm Nathan Davidson a businessman who was able to revive his dying business through the help of a Godsent lender known as Jason Raymond the CEO of FUNDING CIRCLE INC. Am resident at 1542 Main St, Buffalo, NY.. Well are you trying to start a business, settle your debt, expand your existing one, need money to purchase supplies. Have you been having problem trying to secure a Good Credit Facility, I want you to know that FUNDING CIRCLE INC. is the right place for you to resolve all your financial problem because am a living testimony and i can't just keep this to myself when others are looking for a way to be financially lifted.. I want you all to contact this Godsent lender using the details as stated in other to be a partaker of this great opportunity Email: fundingloanplc@yahoo.com OR Call/Text +14067326622


    ReplyDelete
  7. LIBERATED FROM DEBT, NOW PROPERTIES OWNER WITH THE HELP OF PROSPER LOAN: prosperloanfirm@yahoo.com

    Share this to help a soul right now, Ya'll will agree with me that the rate of online scamming is increasing by the day. I'm also a victim of it as i was scammed about 25,000usd all in the quest of seeking for an home loan. I actually gave up until a government official directed me to PROSPER LOAN FIRM, Despite the fact of my plight i had to give it a try since it was coming from a top government official. All comment ya'all see online are crap, I know the pains i went through just because i was looking for a loan i had to keep on selling valuables to keep paying unforeseen fees. I and some great personality have started a movement to end online scam because people are dying everyday, losing their homes, selling their property just because they need a loan. Apart from been a beneficiary of about 295,000usd in PROSPER LOAN FIRM lending scheme , We have also made a research to see that they are the best around the globe as far as online lending is concern, They have proven their self trustworthy and reliable back to back without failing. To end people debt, financial burden and been victimized here is the details of prosper loan firm. Email: prosperloanfirm@yahoo.com OR call +1(816) 366-8769 to put an end to your financial needs now. I'm Heather Patrick from Georgia, United States. It doesn't take you anything to share this great information and good news. Email: prosperloanfirm@yahoo.com OR call +1(816) 366-8769 and celebrate financial outbreak for the rest of your life.

    ReplyDelete

  8. We Facilitate Bank instruments SBLC for Lease and Purchase. Whether you are a new startup, medium or large establishment that needs a financial solution to fund/get your project off the ground or business looking for extra capital to expand your operation,our company renders credible and trusted bank guarantee provider who are willing to fund and give financing solutions that suits your specific business needs.

    We help you secure and issue sblc and bank guarantee for your trade, projects and investment from top AA rated world Banks like HSBC, Barclays, Dutch Ing Bank, Llyods e.t.c because that’s the best and safest strategy for our clients.e.t.c

    DESCRIPTION OF INSTRUMENTS

    1. Instrument: Funds backed Bank Guarantee(BG) ICC-600

    2. Currency : USD/EURO

    3. Age of Issue: Fresh Cut

    4. Term: One year and One day

    5. Contract Amount: United State Dollars/Euros (Buyers Face Value)

    6. Price : Buy:32%+1, Lease: 4%+2

    7. Subsequent tranches: To be mutually agreed between both parties

    8. Issuing Bank: Top RATED world banks like HSBC, Barclays, ING Dutch Bank, Llyods e.t.c

    9. Delivery Term: Pre advise MT199 or MT799 first. Followed By SWIFT MT760

    10. Payment Term: MT799 & Settlement via MT103

    11. Hard Copy: By Bank Bonded Courier


    Interested Agents,Brokers, Investors and Individual proposing international project funding should contact us for directives.We will be glad to share our working procedures with you upon request.



    Name: Muhammed Emir Harun

    Contact Mail :info.financewizardltd@gmail.com

    Skype: info.financewizardltd@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete