HMS Warrior 1781

October 13, 2008

Wing transom

Filed under: misc,The beginning,Vol. 1 — admin @ 10:17 am

The wing transom sits on top of frames 52 and the inner sternpost and defines the upper limit of the stern hull framing.  It has a series of mortices cut into it for the upper stern frame timbering.  I bought a little millling machine a few years back and decided to (finally) use it to cut the mortises.  Not really knowing anything about milling I jumped in…… it didn’t turn out so well.  So I decided ‘nuts, I’ll just cut  them with the table saw’, this worked perfectly.  Here’s the first one I did, with the replacement ready to be cut:

With mortises cut:

Finished wing transom from the top:

and the bottom:

And installed. I had to flatten out the middle portion a little bit to accommodate for the sternpost rabbet.  The overhanging ends will be trimmed down with the next hull sanding:

February 4, 2007

The plans

Filed under: The beginning — admin @ 7:33 pm

Unfortunately the plans for the Warrior do not come with the practicum, you need to order them separately from Harold Hahn. What’s more they aren’t even the plans for the Warrior, but rather the plans for the HMS Alfred – another 74 gun ship in the same class as the Warrior. Fortunately the framing and basic construction is the same so the plans work well. The Warrior has different carvings and decorations, but Rev. Romero provides those later. Make sure to ask Mr. Hahn for a copyright waiver when you order them so that no one will question you if you want to enlarge or copy them.

When the plans arrived, I unrolled them and laid them out on the floor. They are drawn in 1/8 inch scale and my first impression was, “hey that’s pretty small”. So I ran down to Kinkos and enlarged them by 150% up to 3/16″ scale. Wow, what a difference that makes, as my son said, “now those are real man sized” Here’s a pic with the original 1/8″ plans laid on top of the 3/16″ plans (with a 12″ ruler thrown in for scale) :


The large format copier at Kinkos did a great job enlarging the plans, I made 1 inch vertical and horizontal marks on the originals and they were exactly 1.5 inches long on the enlarged copies.

3/16″ seems to really be the perfect size for this ship model. 1/8″ is too small and 1/4″ would be absolutely HUGE.

Oscillating Spindle Sander

Filed under: The beginning — admin @ 7:13 pm

I picked up an oscillating spindle sander on sale for $89.00 at Harbor Freight tools today – can’t beat that price. It looks to me to be identical to the Ryobi model. I hooked my shop vac up to it and it is essentially dust free in use.oscillating spindle sander

February 3, 2007

Tooling up and securing the wife’s blessings

Filed under: The beginning — admin @ 10:36 pm

After reading through volume 1 of the practicum, I realized that 1. Holy Crap this is going to take forever. 2. Holy Crap this is going to be expensive. 3. I don’t have near enough tools.

Whenever I want to get something expensive my usual modus operandi is to start whining, a little more each day until my wife finally says, “OK, shut up and just get it”. This method has worked the past 17 years and I was gearing up to start my weeks long assault on her, but the first time I brought it up she just said, “I think that’s great, you should do it, the boys can help too.” so clearly my wife either had a stroke some time just after Christmas or she wants jewelry. I’m not sure which it is, but I have had her complete support in this project so far (and let me tell you, I have spent some money over the past few weeks). She’s a great woman and I love her more every day.

So with her blessing I ordered a Byrnes Saw and Thickness Sander, bought the Acra Mill from Vanda-Lay (didn’t really need it but boy is it cool) and bunch of other tools I needed. Here’s some pix;

Brynes saw

Byrnes saw and Accra mill

I already had a nice scroll saw that I bought about 15 years ago (but never really learned to use) as well as a 10″ table saw and a disc sander. I’m still looking for a deal on an oscillating spindle sander (the Ryobi one looks about right), but if anyone has any recommendations I’m all ears.

That big black thing sticking out of the side of the saw is just the hook up attachment for my shop vac.


Filed under: The beginning — admin @ 6:22 pm

It’s always been about ships for me. Even when I was a kid and all of my friends were building plastic models of airplanes and tanks, I always built ships, of course they were plastic models, but they were always ships. We took a family vacation up east and went to Mystic seaport one summer and I found a book on building ships in bottles. As soon as we got home, I built one and 30 years later it is still sitting on my parents mantle piece. When I was in college in about 1987, I found an advert in Smithsonian magazine from Model Expo, for a plank-on-bulkhead model of a Virginia pilot boat. I bought it and started it. It turned out crap, but I learned a lot from it. The next one was the Artesania Latina kit of the Harvey, a topsail schooner. Basically I chose it because it was the biggest ship in the catalog that I could afford. I have to admit, I did do a good job on her. Unfortunately, she has been in a crate in the basement for the past 13 years. The last time we moved -when I got out of the Navy (did I mention I spent 6 years in the Navy after college?), she didn’t fare so well and got beat up pretty bad in the move and she never made it out of the moving crate ever again (besides, I was informed by the better half that she no longer fit the decor). Here’s a pic of her now:

Hrvey 2006

As you can see, she’s a mess. the anchor is broken the standing rigging is sagging, the running rigging and the sails are in a shambles, the bowsprit is broken, she’s dirty etc…. You can also see the carcasses of few other unfinished models tossed in there. I keep the Willie L. Bennet and a model of a cat boat in my office (I need to take some pix of those). I really enjoyed building these, but they are all kits, and as such are slightly unfulfilling to me. I always admired the folks who made the plank-on-frame admiralty style ships from scratch. Those really speak to me and I’ve wanted to make one. But you know life happens and wife, kids, career all came along and ship modeling fell by the way side. About 3 years ago I discovered Rev. Romero’s Warrior practicum while surfing around on the net one day after seeing Master and Commander. I toyed around with the idea of building it but always found a reason not to. Well this year, I finally said “nuts, you’re 42 years old pal, it’s Christmas and your wife has absolutely no idea what to get you for a present.” So I called up Pier books and ordered volume one of the practicum. She was off the hook and I haven’t looked back since.

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