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Lower Gun Deck Gun Ports Starboard Side

Started work on the Lower Gun Deck. These Gun Ports have a Faux Cannon that I stick into those Basswood blocks that I made before.

Bits ..
I temporarily stuck a Gun into the Basswood Block
Fitting Block behind Gun Port. The Block should be 17″ from the edge of Bullhead
Gluing in the blocks

I use a combination of Dap Weldwood Contact Cement and SuperGlue for this.

All the faux-Cannon backs installed
The faux back painted

I found that around 17mm from the edge was the idea distance for the Cannons to protrude.

The Kit didn’t specify using blocks behind the Gun Ports. They wanted the builder to figure it I suppose. I had some spare 25mm Basswood Blocks lying around which I used for this.

I used Titebond Translucent
Clamping them in with Titebond

Gun Ports Starboard Side

I was just thinking to myself that I’m going in a semi-assembly line process instead of each door seperately.

What I mean is… I first sprayed all the Guns…

Black Spray Paint

Then I drilled all pf the upper rope holes for the Doors.

2 Holes above each door
First 4 Guns installed

I use Aleene’s Rapid Dry for this. Apply it to the Carriage and to the Gun. Waiting time is 2 minutes.

It has a rubbery feel at first, but once it sets, it sets strong. It’s rubbery so you have a bit of wiggle space.

Really, not much of it is visible. ..

Here is my review of it… Aleene’s Rapid Dry Glue

First one…
First 7 done on Starboard side…

So these Gun Port Doors. They require custom work on all of them because I first have to adjust the Widths so that they’re the same as the Gun Ports.

I figured out that if I make the “Hinges” the little slat that I glue on the end and put 2 wires to simulate Hinges. I taper these 2 Slates so that when I insert them into the Gun Ports, they slide right in.

Last 2 left on Starboard side…
Gun Ports Starboard side done…

Opening Gun Ports

I forgot to mention that when I was closing up these Tanganyika Planks across the Gun Ports, I planked over the holes along the tops resulting in these half Gun Ports which I’ve been cutting out with a Xacto Razor.

I find that using a shaving motion across and with the grain gets the best results.

Gun Ports… The 2 after ones still haven’t been cut out
All the Port Gun Ports still need cutting out
My favorite Xacto Blade for this work

HMS Surprise – Thoughts

Up until yesterday, I was doing pretty good with this Ship.

Then I realized that the misalignment that I did with the Gun Port placements has got me into a real bother.

It’s not that it doesn’t look good the way they are, it’s just I get a really bad nagging feeling about it not being as “perfect” as I would have liked it to be.

Anyway, yesterday I went through a whole gamut of emotions trying to figure out what to do about it. Everything from scrapping the Ship all together… to perhaps planking over all the Gun Ports to hide all those Guns and to make this ship into an armed Merchantman or something to that effect.

I suppose I can just leave it alone and just continue on… After all, no 2 ships are exactly the same.

I even went as far as watching Master & Commander to see what that ship looked like… Hmmm…

More on this later…