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HMS ROYAL KATHERINE 1664, 1:55, scratch build

Hello dear friends,
At first, excuse please my long absence here. I had a hard period in life and was not able to devote any hobbies.....But nothing lasts forever and I have started working on another project.
A few years ago, I finished my most beautiful ship - Sovereign of the Seas and I wished to find another similarly beautiful sailing ship which I would be able to build. There are plenty of glorious boats, but only for a few of them there are avalialbe good plans and exact information. I decided to create and build a card model of Royal Katherine from 1664. I do not have exact plans so I will proceed according to other plans of ships from 17th century - HMS Sussex and HMS Prince and use information from professional literature as well. I like great challenges and connection of fun and education, so I am looking forward to this project very much. The model will be created in the scale of 1/55, so there is an oportunity to create many details in a higher level of quality.
During creation of previous models I have received many valuable and professional information about sailing ships, their construction and fitting from one of the greatest experts - Captain K.L. who has taught me a lot and I will also use his advice here.




The main build log you can find here:
DiskusnĂ* fĂłrum modelářů • Zobrazit tĂ©ma - HMS ROYAL KATHERINE 1664, vlastnĂ* projekt, 1:55
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Hull construction
All parts are made of card and glued together to the appropriate thickness.
The shapes of bulkheads are based on HMS Sussex's plans, but I found there many inaccuracies and mistakes!!
DiskusnĂ* fĂłrum modelářů • Zobrazit tĂ©ma - HMS ROYAL KATHERINE 1664, vlastnĂ* projekt, 1:55
So it was necessary to modify proportions and make correction. Other parts of the hull are taken from plans HMS Prince.






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There was necessary to modify some bulkheads on the bow and redesign it to a larger type of ship:






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Hull planking - first layer - all is made of 1or 2mm thick card:








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Hull construction and gunports placement:













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Here you can see the complete stern of the model, some gunports and other details on the hull were changed to be more accurate and corresponding to the position in the painting of the real ship.




And here I have started with lower deck and center part reinforcement. The hull -
although it is made of cardboard - is very solid and heavy - it weights more than 3 kg.













The deck in the central part of the ship is covered by tapes from plastic foils, that I use on all my card models to imitate wooden look..

The inner parts of the model are already covered with a second layer of carton and bases for the upper decks.

I have also a handsome helper who makes me a companion during model-builing.
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Here you can see the finished second layer of planking, made of card as well.I use various thickness of this material - from 0,5mm to 2mm.





And in following pics the hull is oversprayed with acrylic paints and body spray + primer used for cars. After grinding I will start to change it into a wooden look using strips of various types od foils. I have already written many details about this technology, so if you are interest in that, please refer at my building log Royal Caroline.




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Wooden-look planking on underwater part of the hull:



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Amazing craftsmanship. Thanks for showing your construction techniques.
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First off welcome back, Doris. You have been missed.
This ship looks like another work of art by you. It is always a pleasure and very educational watching your construction of a ship model.
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