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Stern Quarter Gallery

The Quarter Gallery consists of 2 pieces that I have to glue together before putting the windows in.

Here I’m gluing in the first piece…

First layer gluing in
Outer layer gluing in

The instructions want the name to go below the Quarter Gallery but I like it the way it is so I’m leaving it.

Right now I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to make the angled braces that go below the window columns in the Gallery.

I tried out 3×3 Walnut but it kept splitting on me so I’m trying to glue some Beech together to make them.

Gluing Beech wood together
Stern Quarter Gallery unpainted

Instead of putting those triangular braces under each Window Columns, I used my Micro-Shaper and shaped this piece of 1.5 x 4mm Beech wood and stuck it underneath it. It still looks really good and it gave me a chance to finally use my Micro-Shaper, of which I’ll do a review soon.

Stern Quarter Gallery painted

Gluing in all Deck Pieces / Gallocce

Everything is now all glued in. Nothing is going anywhere.

Glued in
Just glued in the Metal Cleats on Catheads and Deck

I got the Metal Cleats I ordered from Modelers Central… All the way from Australia. . . 🙄 . . I wasn’t aware I could also buy them from Model Expo… Although the flat-rate shipping is actually about the same either way.

Gallocce they’re called. I didn’t even know that until now.

Ship’s Wheel

Started work on the Ship’s Wheel.

I swear, this is a delicate process because this Wheel is very small.

Here’s a picture of the Parts cutout.

Gluing outer ring on to Ship’s Wheel
Making a Dowel for a shaft small enough to fit through the middle.
One Ship’s Wheel
Finished the 2 Wheels and the Barrel
Ship’s Wheel done…
Steering Chain installed

The steering gear of earlier ships’s wheels sometimes consisted of a double wheel where each wheel was connected to the other with a wooden spindle that ran through a barrel or drum. The spindle was held up by two pedestals that rested on a wooden platform, often no more than a grate. A tiller rope or tiller chain (sometimes called a steering rope or steering chain) ran around the barrel in five or six loops and then down through two tiller rope/ chain slots at the top of the platform before connecting to two sheaves just below deck (one on either side of the ship’s wheel) and thence out to a pair of pulleys before coming back together at the tiller and connecting to the ship’s rudder. Movement of the wheels (which were connected and moved in unison) caused the tiller rope to wind in one of two directions and angled the tiller left or right. In a typical and intuitive arrangement, a forward-facing helmsman turning the wheel counterclockwise would cause the tiller to angle to starboard and therefore the rudder to swing to port causing the vessel to also turn to port (see animation). On many vessels the helmsman stood facing the rear of the ship with the ship’s wheel before him and the rest of the ship behind him— this still meant that the direction of travel of the wheel at its apex corresponded to the direction of turn of the ship. Having two wheels connected by an axle allowed two people to take the helm in severe weather when one person alone might not have had enough strength to control the ship’s movements.

Midship Capstan

Just finished the Midship Capstan.

Capstan and the Bars in front of it

The capstan consisted of a timber mounted vertically through a vessel’s structure which was free to rotate. Levers, known as bars, were inserted through holes at the top of the timber and used to turn the capstan. A rope wrapped several turns around the drum was thus hauled upon. A rudimentary ratchet was provided to hold the tension. 

I found that I may have needed a bit more room on the deck but that’s ok.