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Poop Deck – Part 1

When installing this Taffrail… I installed a little 5mm x 2mm stock behind it in order to being back the rear end of it.

I then am putting in these Walnut strips in order to make the Taffrail appear Vertical. Or that’s the plan that is.

(I won’t mention that I kind of messed up with the Taffrail…)

Gluing in 1st of Walnut strips
Making the front part of Poop deck

That piece above?… When I was first opening the kit up, I inadvertently broke it. It’s the front part of the Poop deck. The part that drops down from the Poop deck to the Quarterdeck.

What I’m doing now is gluing two 5mm wide strips together to get 10mm… Then, I’m going to paint it Black and glue it “behind” the Poop deck Strip. Then, I will bolster it some more with a couple of other pieces before gluing it on to the Deck. This part will be the front of the Poop deck.

Gluing in support behind the Quarterdeck Windows

I used the Titebond Translucent Glue for this.

Taffrail

I’m staring work on the Taffrail above the Transom.

Right now, I’m bending it using the bend of the Taffrail as the Jig. Probably will have to keep it there a long while until it’s nice and dried and has the Stern curve in it.

Bending Taffrail on Stern as Jig

Mamoli – Missing Instructions!!!

Okay… I’m happily plugging along. I’m on Step #9 and finishing it up. Onwards to Step #10 Correct?…. WRONG!!!

This kit company Mamoli shorted me the Instructions from #10 through #15!!!… Well, the Instructions are there, in part I suppose. But only in GERMAN!!!

So, now I’m stuck doing Google Translate to Translate all of Step #10 from German to English. There’s some words that didn’t translate over either!

Very annoying.

Translating the German into English! Ugh!
Here’s my translation…

Different Parts of the Decks on Sailing Ships

A ship has a number of different types of decks which are located at different levels and places on the ship. Needless to say, every seafarer working on a ship should be aware of these decks.

Moreover, as there are various names to a generalised concept, it’s necessary for sailors to understand what each deck name and interpretation entails.

1. Poop Deck: Originating from the Latin term for a vessel’s stern-side – Puppis – the poop deck is located on the vessel’s stern. The poop deck is basically used by the vessel’s commanding superiors to observe the work and navigational proceedings. Technically, it is the deck that forms the roof of a cabin built in the aft part of the superstructure of the ship.

2. Main Deck: As the name suggests, the main deck is the primary deck in any vessel. The main deck however is not the topmost deck in a vessel which is referred to as the weather deck. On sailing warships it is usually the deck below the upper deck.

3. Upper Deck: The deck that covers the hull of the vessel from its fore to its aft is the upper deck. It is the topmost deck on a ship. In all vessels, the upper deck is the biggest deck amongst all other decks.

4. Lower Deck: The deck located below the primary or main deck is the lower deck. Generally the lower deck comprises of more than one deck. It is just next to the lowest or orlop deck.

5. Promenade Deck: Promenade refers to taking a lazy stroll in a feasible place like a beach or a park. In a vessel, the promenade deck serves as a place for the voyagers to take a calming and enjoyable walk on the ship, while enjoying the beauty of the oceanic vista. It is generally the area around the superstructure. It can have open railings or can be enclosed in a glass.

6. Tween Deck:  ‘’tween’ is a colloquial abridging of the word ‘between.’ In a ship, the tween deck actually means an empty space separating or between (tween) two other decks in the hull of a vessel.

7. Flush Deck: The deck that extends without any constructional breaks from the frontal part of the ship to the aft is referred to as the flush deck. On such decks there is no raised forecastle or lowered quarterdeck.

8. Weather Deck: A deck that is not roofed and thus is open to the ever-changing weather conditions of the sea is referred to as the weather deck. It is the uppermost deck on the ship which is exposed to the environment.

Main Deck Planking – Midship to Stern

Starting to do the Main Deck from the Midship area back to the Poop Deck on the Stern.

Starting from the middle

As I got to the edge, these Planks that needed custom cutting to fit became more difficult.

Edge Planks

What I normally do is to hold the Plank against the edge and make a Mark at that point. Then, I taper the Plank from that Mark all the way to the end.

I filed out the Main Mast Hole halfway through planking
End cut on Starboard side… This one went in perfectly after the 1st cut!!!
Ugh… I went and covered up the Mizzen Mast Hole forgetting to file it out first!!!

Good thing I remembered it before the glue dried!

Saturday Feb 8, 2020 – 4:35 a.m.

I just completed all the Planking for the Main Weather Deck.

Main Deck Planking – Midship

I decided to create 3 different Posts for the Main Deck Planking.

What I did for the Planking is to divide the Ship into 3 different sections… Forecastle, Midship and the Poop Deck.

It sure makes it easier when you’re trying to line up the Planks having 3 different sections.

Anyway… Here’s the Midship Planking so far…

Notice the Midship aligns differently from the Forecastle… 🤔🤭😲

Notice that I have one long Strip of wood on the Port side of that set of Planks next to the Hatch? I cut it with my Mini Table Saw.

Micro Mark Mini Table Saw

The Glue that I use for Deck Planking is Titebond II and occasionally SuperGlue for repairs.

I find that these Planks in the middle… You can’t really mass produce them as others. Well… You can, but I find that often you have to do a custom fit job so those mass produced planks need to be cut one way or the other.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that I Measure, Cut & Scribe each plank individually.