H.M.S Fly Hints & Tips


Take loads of time to study the plans and instructions, looking beyond where you are as there are several areas on the plans that show additional items on other sheets.

  • Each Stage: Treat each stage as a separate project.

  • Cutting: When cutting any parts out ensure they are laying flat and you have a sharp blade.

  • Deck Planking: Faults here will stand out! Take your time. It is a good idea to simulate the chalking between the planks. (I found this out after I had finished the deck planking). Be careful not to end up with caulking lines that look oversized or prominent. My best tip is blackening one, or both edges of the strip with a black felt tip pen. Try a tester piece first as different woods will soak up the ink. It is recommended that if the planking is less than 0,6mm - 0,5mm thick strips it is best not to try as the finished wood will probably be to poor. There are many methods for chalking and a look over the internet will produce more than a few results.

  • For a Very Detailed look at `Deck Planking` See our

    ``Detailed Deck Planking Techniques` `

    page. developed by fellow modeller Lloyd Matthews.
    • Hint: White PVA has a tendency to warp deck planking.

      Hint: For a good deck finish butted planks work really well.

  • Bulwark: Inner Bulwark Planking: It is a good idea to paint the first plank before seating it onto the deck, this produces a very neat finish with no paint spilt on deck!

  • Etchings: Use a primer for brass etchings before painting as this will help to stop the paint from chipping off.

  • Gun Carriages: Rub the gun carriages on some sandpaper to produce a flat surface on their wheels. This will ensure they are seated well onto the gun deck.

  • Cannons: I highly recommend that you do not fit the actual cannon until you finish your model as a knock could dislodge the carriage which could spell disaster! Yes I caught one while moving the ship and it came loose inside, this took several hours to remove and re glue - Not fun!!