Week 10

This week the focus has been on the deck of the model, with work on canons, anchors, and small boats.

Overall view of the model

Overall view of the model

All canons have now been completed and fitted to the hull. I gently airbrushed the wooden deck around each to create slight shadow under the guns.

Close-up of canons

Close-up of canons

The anchors were easy to make, but hard to install, as there are many ropes and chains holding them in place!

Close-up of anchors

Close-up of anchors

The Beagle has a total of seven smaller boats. I carved each hull in chemi wood, then used my small vacuum forming tool to create plastic card replica as shown in the image below. The process involves heating a sheet of plastic card until it is soft, then use of the vacuum cleaner to suck the plastic over the master.  If you want to learn more about vacuum forming, drop me an email.

Vacuum former

Vacuum former

Three of the boats have wooden layered boards on the outside, achieved by sticking on lengths of plastic strips.

HMS Beagle's small boats

HMS Beagle

In the next week, I will finish painting and fitting the boats. The carronade will be next on the list, then I will start on the Beagle’s masts. Contributed by model-maker Mike Bass.

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