This week the project comes to its official halfway point! I feel that I am on schedule, having now completed most of the gun deck detail during the past few days.
The 6lbs and 9lbs cannon were all turned from pieces of PVC rod, with the shape achieved using a mould of silicon rubber and resin as a molding substance. I will be putting further detail on them before next week. All the skylights and hatchways are now painted and stuck on. I created the wood effect on the hatch ways by using a wire brush on plastic card and then scoring in the hatch doors.
Looking towards the bow of the ship, the latest addition is the anchor winch and anchor chain. The winch itself had to be made and positioned very carefully, as that particular area is now getting very busy. Before sticking these parts down I deliberately airbrushed the deck around their intended position to give depth and break up the ‘clean model look’. Anchors will be attached to the anchor chains in the next couple of days.
By next week, I hope to have all the guns, anchors, and boats completed!
Contributed by model-maker Mike Bass.