So, back in 2011 I posted a build log of my then current ship model project–a 1/72 scale HMCS Summerside model–on the ModelWarships.com forum.  Just recently I stumbled across those postings and thought it would be an easy way of generating more blog content if I copied it over here as well (for posterity sake or something).  This is Part 2; Part 1 can be found here.

The original can be found here: http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=72158 .

Just to riff on what’s already been said regarding errors, it really does test, and push your modeling skills to the edge taking on a project like this. Throughout the process I’ve been sharing the build with friends and members of one of the local hobby clubs, and sometimes it was hard to take the criticism–I had a vision of what I wanted, and I could see that even when all anyone else could see was a collection of badly-glued wood pieces. The constructive criticism though was of great value, and so long as you take some of it with a grain of salt, have faith in your vision and your skills, and then make the needed modifications I believe the build will be a success. Having worked my way through this project, I’m very proud to be able to call myself a modeller, rather than just a kit-builder

[…] I’d forgotten there was another shape issue with one of the bulkheads–I have no idea how or why, but one of the bulkheads ended up too wide at the top, causing a weird undulation amidships. I re-profiled it, cut new stringers, added a new bulkhead in-between to smooth out the profile and prayed to the gods of wood putty and sand-paper that I could make it smooth later

The following two photos show Summerside after the work on the bow and amidships:

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At this point, once I’d reshaped the amidships bulge, added a 1″ plug just forward of where the Bofors would mount and re-shaped the bow block with generous helping of wood putty, I sanded the living hell out of it and sealed the wood with several coats of acrylic varnish.

I initially planned on coating the wood with a thin layer of Bondo, but my good friend Dennis Kaye (an amazing ship-modeler in his own right, and someone who has been like a mentor to me on this project) suggested I use lithoplate. In an attempt to replicate the actual hull plating, I marked up the hull with panel lines and numbers indication what plate goes where–hence the weird look of the hull.

As can be seen in this photo as well:
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I’ve planked the deck the same was as the hull, and overlaid thin styrene sheet, using Bondo to fill the seams. The superstructure, mast, fun mount and stacks are under construction, but the bridge is only mocked up with cardboard–I’d hoped to get the shape right using cardboard for a master before cutting clear acrylic sheets for the bridge deck bulkheads, but that didn’t go quite as expected…

Here is a similar shot after the litho was glued, a skim coat of Bondo applied and the whole hull sanded down and primed:
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The stacks have been sheeted with styrene, and I’ve replicated the dished, stressed-metal effect common to Kingston-Class stacks, by drawing a curved scalpel across the sheet in parallel and perpendicular lines. The effect came out a little overdone, so as construction continued I mellowed it out using some Mr Surfacer and my good friend sand-paper

Another shot, from the bow this time. Still some sanding left to do:
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The hawse-pipes were drilled out and brass tube fitted. I’m using a Billing’s Boat winch, but it’s being modified as it’s not exactly the same as what Summerside has. I still have the cardboard bridge as I was still having trouble getting the angled-outwards part of the bridge right. These photos were taken by my Dad who was out in Calgary visiting. He was heading back to PEI the end of May 2010 (around when these photos were taken) and wanted to approach the Charlottetown Naval reserve, HMCS Queen Charlotte, about the possibility of me donating the completed model to them–lord knows I don’t have room in my house to display it properly. Being an architect, my father wanted some good scale photos to take to the Queen Charlotte.

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So this was the state of proceedings last May when I took her to the Western Canadian Regional Model Contest in Nanton Alberta. There was still a lot of work to do, but I was happy with how it was coming–especially in light of being able to–in my mind successfully–deal with the shape issues I’d run in to. It was becoming to look like the ship in my vision–even if only I could see that.

Cheers,

Sean