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6 october 2019

In the meantime we are another month further and I have taken a big step forward. In the meantime, the first capstander is already in the middle of the Middle Deck construction. The heights are correct and when I apply the deck construction of the Middle Deck I make the bearing in which it turns. If I build it now, I can't take it out anymore.

Occasionally I'm very busy with the electricity. With the deck construction I now get to the central point of the cables that lead to the first "Inductive Charging Set - 5V". The hold, the Orlop Deck and the Lower Deck are connected to this first set. All decks above are connected to the second set. I regularly check if all lanterns are working and I prefer to do so in the dark as well. I have to admit that at such a check almost the entire evening is not built, purely because it is too much fun to see the lower decks.

Meanwhile the grids have been placed in the hole where the anchor rope runs down. I'm still investigating the question of how many windings the Messenger now has around the rear capstan. The operation of the Chainpumps I only want to apply to the closed side and is entirely made of brass. The parts for the controls are ready and can be easily attached to the frames.

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Greetings,
Henk

 


8 september 2019

Because of the heat in the summer holidays I haven't really been building. So there is a big period between this blog and the last one. During the summer holidays I focused more on the production of stocks. For example, the wood supply has been replenished, enough lanterns have been made and there is a large supply of pillars.

The design of the Lower Deck has really started up again since last week. In the meantime, 10 of the 15 cannons have been placed and a large part of the Middle Deck construction, including the operation of the shutters, has been built again. I have placed a lot of pictures below. Enjoy it.

 

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Greetings,
Henk

 


13 july 2019

 

The installation of the Lower Deck is progressing steadily. It is now a matter of placing and fixing guns. Now 8 of the 15 guns have been placed. Most of the work is  making the tackles and the controls of the shutters. I just have to spend 3 to 4 nights a week on that. In the meantime a lantern has been hung again. According to the lighting plan there will be 8 lanterns on this deck.

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Greetings,
Henk

 


16 june 2019

Two gun gates are available for the front cannon. I have simply equipped the front gun gate with a control, but with the hatch closed. After that the work consists mainly of putting down cannons, preparing hatches and installing the deck construction of the 'Middle Deck'.
In the meantime, a lantern has been hung and tested on frame 22. The wiring of the lantern will be hidden in the frames and behind the deck construction.

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In my previous Blog I indicated that a correct Messenger had to be made. Meanwhile the good rope has arrived and is ready.
I have already indicated that I do not make the required rope myself. I buy my rope at Modellbau Tackelgarn in Germany and it delivers nice rope for a reasonable price. Now herr Marx delivers standard rope up to 3 mm thick, but can also deliver on request. I asked him if he could make my anchor rope. Last week the rope came in and I let it hang for a couple of days with some weight on it. The latter I do with all the ropes so that the rack is always out.
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Greetings,
Henk

 


19 may 2019

Before I can proceed with the installation of the guns, etc., I want to have the middle part of the Lower Deck ready. That's why I first installed the support for the front mast. The bowsprit is placed on the Middle Deck against a construction of beams that is attached to the deck construction of the Lower, Middle and Upper Deck. I couldn't find the real name of this structure, but Longridge mentions it in his book 'The Bowsprit housing'. This one is now in place as well and after that the capstans are placed.

Now the anchor rope of the Victory is so thick, so' 19.4 to 20 cm, that it can't walk around the capstans. A thinner rope, the 'Messenger', runs around the capstander, which is always attached to the anchor rope with Seizings to pull the anchor rope inwards. This 'Messenger' runs around two 'Rollers' at the front. Now these 'Rollers' are on the drawings, but they are not really detailed. It took a long time to find pictures with these 'Rollers' on them.

 

 

In the meantime, the two capstans have also been placed. These continue to the 'Middle Deck' and are supported on all sides in the deck construction of the 'Middel Deck'. In this way, the capstans cannot tip over. Just to be sure I measured the heights again and everything should fit now.

 

 

Then two Roller Fairlaids had to be made. The 'Messenger' will be raised to the required width by these 'Fairlaids' and kept at the required height. I made this one out of Black Walnut' wood and the rollers are made out of brass. I couldn't resist trying everything out and made a 'Messenger' to see if everything works. In the end it runs around neatly and everything works, I'm satisfied.

In the coming weeks I will continue to finish the middle part of the deck. There are still gratings, clambs, etc., to be made and placed. There is also a good 'Messenger' to be made, the temporary rope is twisted from the right and this must be twisted from the left.
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Greetings,
Henk

 


28 april 2019

The rear part of the Lower Deck is almost ready. There are now 4 of the 15 cannons placed, three hatches are ready, anchors have been placed and the 'rail stanchions' are around the first stairwell. I haven't made all the carlings between the deck beams yet. I want to be able to adjust the hatches a bit more and sometimes I need to be able to reach a cannon to structure things better. If I apply these beams now, I can hardly reach them.

 

First I'm going to place the capstans. We have decided to place the anchor and anchor rope anyway. This means that I'm going to get some extra work with the installation of all the necessary ropes, making anchors, making the Roller Fairlaids, etc. Next to that also the other cannons have to be placed. A lot of work, but nice to do.

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Regards,
Henk

 


31 march 2019
Before the deck frames 122, 118 and 11 could be placed, a number of guns had to be placed on their place. This means that I often work in different places. For example, I am making tackles one evening, next time I am working on the deck again or pillars have to be turned on the lathe.

The production doesn't seem to go fast this way, but it takes a lot of time to make everything. Meanwhile, the ropes of the rudder have been placed and I can also show that everything really works. Today I made a short video together with my wife to show that the hatches really work and that the rudder can be neatly operated by the ropes.

 

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Regards,
Henk

 


17 march 2019

I want the hatches of the 'Gun ports' to be really working and I have found out that this takes a lot of work and time. After attaching the ropes to the hatches I put everything under pressure for a few days by attaching a pair of pliers to the hatch. After that it is a matter of adjusting and fixing the ropes. If necessary I can always adjust a hatch slightly.

 

Opened hatches increase the risk of breaking off a lot. Now these hatches can endure a little bit, but to be on the safe side I have placed a removable shield. Vic is always under a sheet to prevent dust. This way I can keep using the sheet without breaking a hatch.

 

After that it was time to place the first cannon. Before it can be placed everything has to be put in the oil. After placing all the hoists and the belt are attached. The tackles, the breeching and the ropes for operating the hatches I make at my other workstation. Meanwhile these are already ready for the second cannon.

 

First I want to prepare the ropes for operating the rudder and that means that I will first place a few frames (number 126, 122, 118 and 113) to the bow. I also have to take my lighting plan into account and that means that truss 126 will be fitted with a lantern. Now my stock of parts for the lanterns was exhausted and so I first started with the production of the necessary parts.

 

On request I will show you again how I make my lanterns. The basis is that there is a LED lamp in a plastic tube that is completely enclosed in a 6 mm brass tube. In this tube I mill the openings of the lantern and the top and bottom are covered with an ebony lid. If everything is put together, I have an 11.5 mm long lantern with a diameter of 6 mm.

 

Before I close frame 126 completely, the lantern is tested again. Then I can continue with the knees and deck construction.

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Regards,

Henk