Stateroom, Coach and Great Cabin Partitions

NOTE: This is an addition to the kit plans. Please read carefully if you wish to proceed.

It can be seen from Figure AD1 that the model bulkheads for the partitions do not exactly match the original ships plans, but they are close. It has been advised by the National Maritime Museum that there was a degree of flexibility regarding the dockyards following the ships drawings, so this author will be following the model bulkheads for the partition positions.

Figure AD1 - Model bulkheads in relation to H.M.S. Fly’s original plans
Figure AD1 - Model bulkheads in relation to H.M.S. Fly’s original plans

The partitions were constructed of “’Deal’, which is the term given to unspecified inexpensive softwood, usually pine. There are no real characteristics that define deal; anything that is cheap, soft, and generally nondescript would qualify as deal.” Source - www.quora.com/What-is-deal-wood

Note: - When planning the partitions 1mm is taken from the base of each partition to allow for Pt. No 28 – Main Gun Deck and planks.

The partition for Bulkheads Nos.10 & 11 have been drawn within the bulkheads, and this can be seen in Figure AD2 and Figure AD3.

Figure AD2 – Partition for Bulkhead No.10
Figure AD2 – Partition for Bulkhead No.10

Figure AD3 – Partition for Bulkhead No. 11
Figure AD3 – Partition for Bulkhead No. 11

The full size partitions ready for printing are shown in Figure AD4 and Figure AD5; ensure that the printer settings are set to print at 100%. Please use the PDF's below.

PDF Partition No. 10 & 11 template shown set in the deck support frame (print at 100%)

Figure AD4 – Partition No. 10 template shown set in the deck support frame
Figure AD4 – Partition No. 10 template shown set in the deck support frame

Figure AD5 – Partition No. 11 template shown set in the deck support frame
Figure AD5 – Partition No. 11 template shown set in the deck support frame

Please refer to the details of how the forecastle bulkhead was constructed at: - FlyForecastleBulkhead (this will open on a separate page).

To ensure that the templates fit into the model they are printed, mounted on thick card and positioned into the relevant deck support frame as shown in Figure AD6.

Figure AD6 – Partitions for the bulkheads are mounted on card to ensure they fit
Figure AD6 – Partitions for the bulkheads are mounted on card to ensure they fit

The techniques used in the Forecastle Bulkhead are very similar, except for copying the template design onto the ply. This was done by drawing the design directly onto the 1mm ply, but this author has discovered that a quicker method is to transfer the printed design directly onto the 1mm ply.

For doing this the following link should first be viewed: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zq2O66QGCwg

This author is using excess ply from the kit; for the partitions it was found the 1mm ply from which parts number 29, 30 and 31 on plans ‘Sheet 3’, just provided sufficient ply, Figure AD7. (Note: - The Coach / Stateroom partition will also be made from this sheet).

Figure AD7 – Excess 1mm ply from which the partitions are made
Figure AD7 – Excess 1mm ply from which the partitions are made

The positioning of the partitions on the ply shown in Figure AD7 is a tight fit with little room for error when transferring the template design onto the ply. For this reason, if a larger piece of 1mm ply is available then this would be easier to use however, transferring the partition image to the ply will be explained below.

The templates shown in Figure AD4 and Figure AD5 when fitted onto thick card do fit perfectly into the bulkheads as can be seen in Figure AD6. A mirror image is created of the partition templates as explained in the YouTube link above; depending upon photo editing and manipulation software being used, the mirror image is simply achieved by flipping the image horizontally. For convenience the above templates have been ‘flipped horizontally’ in Figure AD8 and Figure AD9.

Figure AD8 – Mirror image of the partition template for Bulkhead No. 10 (set to print at 100%) Note: Location tab is shown on the right hand side of the template
Figure AD8 – Mirror image of the partition template for Bulkhead No. 10 Note: Location tab is shown on the right hand side of the template

Figure AD9 - Mirror image of the partition template for Bulkhead No. 11 (set to print at 100%) Note: Location tab is shown on the left hand side of the template
Figure AD9 - Mirror image of the partition template for Bulkhead No. 11 Note: Location tab is shown on the left hand side of the template

Both templates are printed onto plain paper; the three lines around the location tab are precisely cut around, whilst the remaining three sides of the template are approximately cut-out as shown in Figure AD10.

Figure AD10 – The mirror image of the template is cut out.
Figure AD10 – The mirror image of the template is cut out.

In the above figure the location tab is shown on the right and the excess paper on the left is used for holding and positioning the partition template when it has been printed on the shiny surface of the A4 address label. Remember, the area above the redline is not used and is only representing the top of the partition.

The paper template is placed face down onto the ply positioning it as shown in Figure AD11; the perimeter of the location tab is drawn onto the ply. If a larger piece of ply is being used, then the precise positioning of the template will not be required.

Figure AD11 – The template location tab is drawn onto the ply
Figure AD11 – The template location tab is drawn onto the ply

This author found that holding the ply and template Figure AD11, against a light source, the printed outline of the template could be seen ensuring it fitted fully onto the ply.

Figure AD12 – Printed A4 sheet and address label sheet are placed together
Figure AD12 – Printed A4 sheet and address label sheet are placed together.

When the printed template is placed onto the address label sheet Figure AD12, only the sticky labels that are beneath the printed template are removed from the address label sheet. The part of the label that is below the location tab remains; it could mean that only part of a label is removed. It is important the location tab is printed onto part of a label as it will be handled when positioning the template onto the ply. The idea is that only the template is printed onto the shiny surface as shown in Figure AD13. NOTE: DO NOT TOUCH THE WET INK ON THE SHINY SURFACE!

Figure AD13 – Mirror image of template printed on the shiny surface
Figure AD13 – Mirror image of template printed on the shiny surface.

Holding the end opposite the location tab with one hand, the location tab is positioned precisely where it was drawn onto the ply. From this point on, the template is lowered and firmly pressed onto it. It is very important that the template does not move, otherwise the image will be blurred. Figure AD14 illustrates the printed template on the ply.

Figure AD14 – Template is transferred onto the ply
Figure AD14 – Template is transferred onto the ply.

The templates are cut out remembering the red line is where the top of the partition fits into the deck supporting beams. These are adjusted so they will fit into the appropriate positions as shown in Figure AD15.

Figure AD15 – Partitions are loosely fitted into positions
Figure AD15 – Partitions are loosely fitted into positions.

The 4 doors in each partition will be opening, so the same process for cutting out the doors that were followed for the Forecastle Bulkhead are used here, link: - FlyForecastleBulkhead (Figures T32 - T39).

Once the doors have been cut out of the two bulkheads they are each numbered on the reverse side and are fixed back into their original positions with Tamiya Masking Tape. Planks are cut and glued onto the printed outlines on the bulkhead.

Figure AD16 – Bulkheads with doors cut out and planks fitted
Figure AD16 – Bulkheads with doors cut out and planks fitted.

The door hinges are made; whilst 16 hinges are required for the cabin doors, 20 were actually created as they are very easy to lose. Having now made them for a second time three improvements to the forecastle bulkhead guidance notes are suggested. Firstly, a ceramic tile is used to create the template for soldering the rod onto the tube, (Figure AD17), secondly 0.3 mm rod is used instead of a 0.2 mm rod as described in the forecastle bulkhead, and thirdly when the barrel of the hinge is fixed into the bulkhead, the rod is bent over and superglued to the reverse side of the bulkhead as shown in Figure AD18.

Figure AD17 – A ceramic tile is used to create a template for soldering the barrel of the hinge
Figure AD17 – A ceramic tile is used to create a template for soldering the barrel of the hinge.

Figure AD18 – The 0.3 mm rod soldered to the barrel of the hinge is bent over and superglued on the reverse side of the cabin partition
Figure AD18 – The 0.3 mm rod soldered to the barrel of the hinge is bent over and superglued on the reverse side of the cabin partition.

The fore aft partition between the ‘Coach Cabin’ and the ‘Stateroom’ is created; Figure AD19 is the size for this authors model and the dimensions can be used as a guide. This has been made from the same sheet of 1 mm ply that the bulkhead partitions were made of.

Much thought was given to the internal colour of the cabins. When visiting HMS Victory at Portsmouth, UK, the “H.M.S. Victory 1765-1812 (First rate ship of the line) Owners’ Workshop Manuel – ISMN978 0 85733 085 7” was purchased for reference during the building of H.M.S. Fly. Looking at the internal photographs the colour white was generally used for internal painting. The reverse side of the partitions and doors are painted white, but this is only the colour used by this author. The Coach / Stateroom partition is painted white both side; it was considered to plank one side of this partition but as it is hardly seen it was decided not to do this.

Where this partition is going to be glued between the bulkhead partitions number’s 10 and 11, Tamiya Masking Tape is cut to 0.75 mm width and placed in the correct positions before the reverse side of the partitions are painted white as shown in Figure AD20.

Figure AD19 – Coach / Stateroom Partition dimensions (guide only)
Figure AD19 – Coach / Stateroom Partition dimensions (guide only)

Figure AD20 – Masking tape is placed where the partition ends will be glued to the bulkhead partitions
Figure AD20 – Masking tape is placed where the partition ends will be glued to the bulkhead partitions

The cabin doors have been fitted so they will easily swing open and shut if the hull is moved. To achieve this great patience is required to adjust the door sizes so this can be achieved. Diamond needle files were used to reduce the door sizes so they would easily swing when fitted into the model. The picture shown in Figure AD21 is the completion of this process with the all the partitions having been loosely fitted in place. Note the wooden wedges that are used to keep the deck beams and partitions in place.

Figure AD21 – The partitions are all loosely fitted into position and the doors are able to freely swing open and shut
Figure AD21 – The partitions are all loosely fitted into position and the doors are able to freely swing open and shut.

It can be seen in Figure AD21 that pin heads are used for the bulkhead partition door handles; the forecastle bulkhead had door handles fitted to the outward facing side of the doors and little thought was given to the internal door handles, probably because the forecastle doors would be closed. In this situation it was felt that the door handles should be placed on both sides of the door.

Viewing Figure AD22, in can be seen holes are drilled using a 74 wire gauge drill in a piece of 3 mm x 1 mm wood so the sewing pins need to be pushed firmly into them. The pins are reduced in length with a pair of wire cutters then this piece of wood is clear sticky taped to a piece of thicker wood to provide support for the pin heads.

A hobby drill and a grinding piece is used to reduce the pin lengths to the thickness of the 1 mm wood. The door handles are removed and kept in a small container.

Figure AD22 – Sequence of events to make the partition door handles
Figure AD22 – Sequence of events to make the partition door handles.

The door handles are very small and it was found that wrapping a piece of two sided sticky tape around the end of a tooth pick makes them much easier to handle as shown in Figure AD23.

Figure AD23 – Two sided sticky tape and a tooth pick is used to handle the door handles
Figure AD23 – Two sided sticky tape and a tooth pick is used to handle the door handles.

For drilling the holes for the door handles a drill stand is used. The first hole is drilled using a 79 wire gauge. This ensures that the door handles will line up either side of the door. The next hole is drilled using a 74 wire gauge drill, and this is done either side of the door. Before drilling the actual doors experiment drilling on some scrap wood so the drill stop can be adjusted preventing the 74 wire gauge drill going through the door. Ideally one is trying to drill a counter sunk hole as shown in Figure AD24.

Figure AD24 – Holes drilled for the door handles
Figure AD24 – Holes drilled for the door handles.

The door handles are loosely fitted into the doors; in could be that the holes will need to be made a little bigger to accept the pin head and this can be done be inserting a full length pin into the hole and moving it around in a circular direction. Using the tool shown in Figure AD23 it is relatively straightforward to fit the door handles.

‘LOCTITE 60 sec. all purpose glue’ was used for fixing the handles into the doors. A small amount of the adhesive is squeezed into a plastic tray and a pin is used to place a small drop into the hole. Using the tool shown in Figure AD23 the door handle is dipped into the glue so there is just a small amount of adhesive on the end. The door handle is pushed into the hole. It is definitely worth to practise doing this on a scrap piece of wood before using the actual doors.

Figure AD15 illustrates the completed partitions and Video AD1 show the doors opening and shutting as the hull is tilted.

Figure AD25 – The completed bulkhead partitions with opening doors
Figure AD25 – The completed bulkhead partitions with opening doors.

See Video clip below for how it all works!
See Video clip below for how it all works!

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Thanks Lloyd, I had no idea about your printing technique using a label page to produce a stencil. Thanks for sharing.

Lloyd Matthews - June 2017 ©

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