This is some painstaking work making these Tiny Bitts…
The Pieces the kit gives you are these 4×4 Mansonia pieces which I have to round out the bottom and use a Razor Blade and File to shape into the Bitts.
The Bottom is what they gave me.
I first used a Square File and rounded the square to a small dowel.
Once you Razor in around 1.5mm from the bottom, you Razor in from the top down at a slight angle, holding it with some Parallel Grip Pliers at an angle and use the X-Acto like a Plane and slice down being careful to stop as you approach the Razored in line…
At least this Manzoni Wood is pretty strong for the Bitts.
Can you believe that the Kit gave you only EXACTLY 34 3x4x15mm pre rough cut pieces?!?!!!! .. I’m surprised they didn’t just give you a piece of 3x4mm and tell you to cut your own pieces!!! .. 🤔🙄😲
I’ve had to keep making new ones. It has taken me nearly 2 weeks to make 34 of them I am ashamed to say!!! .. I keep striving to have them even!!! .. 🤔🙄😲
This is my third try with the Upper Rubbing Strake and Channel combo.
First time was with the Walnut 1.5x3mm Stakes, next was with the 1.5×3 Basswood but with the Gun Ports. This time it’s my last 1.5x3x650mm Basswood Strakes. I might have to buy some more. Although I still can cut down some 1.5×5 Basswood Planks I have lying around on my NovelLife Mini Hobby Table Saw …
UGH… I STILL screwed up when I broke it while trying to attach the forward Chain-Wale to the Rubbing Strake. I repaired it with SuperGlue.
Also channel.A broad, thick plank that projects horizontally from each of a ship’s sides abreast a mast (distinguished as the fore, main, or mizzen channel accordingly), serving to extend the base for the shrouds, which support the mast. chains Small platforms built into the sides of a ship to spread the shrouds to a more advantageous angle. Also used as a platform for manual depth sounding.
I would normally make these two separate Blog Posts however, the Channels go right over the Rubbing Strake, so they are pretty integrated.
The Planks I’m using are 1.5x3mm Basswood. I started using Walnut, however I ditched that in favor of the Basswood.
After a lot of hemming and hawing, I decided to paint both the Upper Rubbing Strake and Channels a Flat White Color.
That Ruler is so I can see exactly where the 1st Line of the Shrouds will go…
While I’m here, I might as well talk about what a piss-poor job of Laser Cutting that Artesania Latina did for these Pre-Cut Parts!!! .. I mean, you are basically PAYING for these parts to be thoroughly cut! .. Else, you would go out and buy the wood yourself and cut all the pieces!!!