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H.M.S.Victory Construction Process (1)
From April 2002 to May 2003

Date Photograph Memo
This kit was bought from "Wooden kits shop MicroCraft" through the internet on April 8th.
The keel and frames were assembled.
Alignment of the keel and frames was harder than ever before because of the complex structure of the keel consisting of three pieces.
The first planking for the hull was on progressing.
The half-gun supporting plates were attached with an adhesive between each frame and they were painted black before the first planking. Some half-guns were supposed to be mounted directly on the frames not on the supporting plates. The frame edges at these portions were chopped off to be recessed.
According to the drawing, the bottom of the stern gallery was supposed to be made of wood block, i.e. "chock". I thought that it was not easy to get an accurate shape. So, I made this part by combining plates.
The gun-ports were opened.
After the hull planking in the area covering the half-gun supporting plates, all of the gun-ports were opened. As I was afraid, several half-gun supporting plates did not meet the gun-ports. To make up for this gap, additional plates were attached to the half-gun supporting plates.
In order to check the extension length of the guns from the hull, all of the half-guns were tentatively attached on these supporting plates. Some supporting plates, where the extension length was too long, were scraped to line up the muzzles.
The first planking was completed.
The first planking was finished at the beginning of June. The uneven portions of the first planking were filled up with wood patty.
The stern gallery in this kit was made of "pressed wood". I thought that the "pressed wood" mouldings did not have enough strength. So, I changed the "pressed wood" mouldings to metal mouldings. The metal mouldings were obtained from "Wooden kits shop MicroCraft".
The second planking was on progressing.
The second planking of this ship was harder than ever before because both the bow and stern have a large curvature. Insertion of thin wood strips into gaps was necessary to get a smooth surface.
Looking hard at the stern structure and the metal parts of the gallery, I was tempted to construct the inside of the gallery much more realistically. I ordered a book entitled "The 100-Gun Ship Victory (Anatomy of the ship)" to learn the structure of the gallery.
The second planking was completed.
The upper deck (this deck is named "lower deck" in the manual as I described at Memo2) was on progressing.
In the drawing, there is not middle deck in this model ship. But, in order to fix the stairs between the upper deck and the middle deck, a part of the middle deck relating to the stairs was added . The gratings on the upper deck were made of wood different from the drawing instruction where the "pressed wood" is supposed to be used.
The upper deck was completed.
The book "The 100-Gun Ship Victory" arrived on August 21st. I learned the deck planking and the gallery structure from the drawing of this book and I started the deck planking for the upper deck.
The upper parts of the frames are not supposed to be removed according to the drawing in the kit. However, I decided to remove them because they are not found in the drawing of "The 100-Gun Ship Victory".
The guns were fixed on the upper deck.
According to the instruction manual and the drawings, the next step to the upper deck planking is the construction of the quarter deck. But I thought that arranging the guns on the upper deck would be difficult after attaching of the quarter deck over the upper deck. Therefore I decided that the guns should be arranged before attaching the quarter deck. However, as I described at Memo3j, the guns on the upper deck in the kit are not the same size.
In order to solve this problem, I decided not to use the half-guns, instead the guns on carriages were used for all of the guns on the upper deck. The half gun supporting plates I had already fixed were removed by using pliers. Additional deck boards for the additional guns on the carriages were attached.
The inside of the gallery was re-made. The number of decks is now the same as in the original ship.
The quarter deck was constructed.
The metal stern gallery plate was fixed.
This was painted in black and gold using acrylic paints for plasitic models.
The frames of the windows were made of beach and the lattices were made of paper. Transparent plastic sheets instead of sheet glass were glued behind the lattices. I expected to see the gallery inside structure through the transparent sheets. However, the inside structure is next to invisible through the window.
The poop deck planking was completed and hull painting was started.
After planking of the poop deck, I started the painting of the hull. The painting of alternate bands of black and yellow-ocher is very difficult. It seems as if the ship in the photo were well painted. But the real ship on my desk is miserable. I am now repainting to improve the coloration and the shape of the bands.
The ram was constructed.
According to the manual, the head rails for the ram are made of the pressed wood. In the construction of the ram, I confirmed that the pressed wood moldings were very fragile. But I found these became flexible after coating the acrylic paints as described at Memo5).
The sperstructures are under construction.
In January 2003, I started the construction of the superstructures. The skylight was constructed by using beech and paper for the mullions and transparent plastic for the panes of glass.
It proved to be difficult to install all of the belaying pins on the belaying pin racks, because the pins in the kit are too thick. But it is difficult for me to make these pins thin. So, I extended the belaying pin racks.
The binnacle and the steering wheel were fixed.
In order to place the steering wheel under the poop deck, I made the smaller steering wheel.
I also modified the binnacle in order to show the lamp and compasses.
Details of these are described at Memo7 and Memo4 respectively.
The boats were made.
According to the plan of the kit, two boats of the same size are hung on the boat davits. However, the original ship carried four boats, ie., 34ft launch, 32ft barge, 28ft pinnace, and 18ft cutter. I decided to make these four boats and put them on the skid beams.
I fitted a windlass and a davit in the launch.
The chainplates were fixed.
Straight bar chainplates in the kit were too short. So, I exchanged these for longer ones.
Though I wanted to use double loop chainplates which were fitted to the original ship, these were too expensive for me.

The stanchions of the hammock nettings were attached.
The hammock nettings were completed.
In the plan of this kit, the hammock nettings on the poop, quater and forecastle bulwarks are omitted. But I attached all of the hammock nettings.
All of the gunport lids and half guns were attached.
In this kit, metallic gunport frames and lids are contained. I used these metallic parts. It was difficult to attach the ropes to these metallic gunport lids. So, the port tackle could not be fitted as shown in the photograph of Memo8. I am sorry for using these metallic parts. "One is always sorry after the event."

The carronades on the forecastle deck were fixed with the ropes.