Category Archives: HMS Surprise

Ladders to Poop Deck

I suppose I should get caught up. I installed these Ladders going up to the Poop deck.

Ladders going up to Stern Deck

I used six 3mm x 3mm Walnut Strips for this, angling it at the Bulwark with my Sander.

In naval architecture, a poop deck is a deck that forms the roof of a cabin built in the rear, or “aft“, part of the superstructure of a ship.

The name originates from the French word for sternla poupe, from Latin puppis. Thus the poop deck is technically a stern deck, which in sailing ships was usually elevated as the roof of the stern or “after” cabin, also known as the “poop cabin”. On sailing ships, the helmsman would steer the craft from the quarter deck, immediately in front of the poop deck. At the stern, the poop deck provides an elevated position ideal for observation.

Poop Deck – Part 3

This Poop deck is taking a bit more work than I expected. There are a lot of details that need to be right.

Gluing in sides
Making Bollards and Caprails

Making the Gun Ports while making the Bollards and Caprails.

Just discovered that Weldwood Contact Cement works great for this work.

Bulwark and Gun Ports

Starting work on the Bulwark which will continue down from the Quarterdeck and ending at the 1st set of Gun Ports Port and Starboard.

The instructions say for them to be 9mm wide.

It begins with these Strips of 3mm x 1mm Walnut Strips that line the bottom of this section.

Ok… I’m not even sure that this is the way it’s supposed to go… But I’m just doing it like this because I think it’s cool looking.

I cut the Gun Port out with an Xacto blade
Bulwarks and Gun Ports done

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.

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…