I found some time to create some additional components for the improvised schooner – and once again I thought that woodworking lathe & mill would be most useful. Unfortunately not possessing either, I have to resort to trusty Proxxon tool, drill as a lathe and some vigorous filing to make some of the hardwood bits. Recent progress includes some things that every ship needs (according to the little shipowner) like catheads, belfry, fife rails to name a few. Main stay bitts (not really sure how the mount point of main stay is called in any language…) will be mounted to the frame to provide proper support for the mainmast. Same goes for the fife rails and in lesser extend to the catheads.
I thought back and forth about the head of the ship and after much contemplation ended up building it in 19th century style. Head is probably the single most fragile part of the whole boat and hopefully the construction is solid enough (albeit a test trial did pass – e.g.. the boat hitting a floor bow first without ballast;)). Anyway, bow may not exactly in par with the durability requirement I’m afraid.
Bowsprit and foremast are also well underway and turned out quite all right I think. Because it’s not much of a model, some things are not intended to be in scale, nor perfectly accurate.
Additionally, I had to resort Amati to supply some of the hard to make bits (hard to make without mill and lathe, that is) such as blocks, deadeyes, deadeye chains, the bell, wheel and anchors. One of course may wonder what all those bits are doing in a sailing model that really isn’t a model, but we’ll see.
Functional tiller and a rudder should be done (to be connected to the wheel), as well as the deck hatch gratings. Since vessel is smallish lake schooner, there is no need for stern windows, or skylight.
Water test was success, she goes in straight line and with ballast of ~459 grams, she’s very solidly upright and snaps right with vigor. Waterline is where it should be so we’re ready to go forwards. Little shipowner was very, very exited and happy testing the boat in the bathtub (and that was far more thorough testing than I had in mind).
… until the next part…