Captains Cabin- Stateroom Cot

Admiral Nelson’s cot shown in Figure AJ1 will be used as a guide for the Captains cot on H.M.S. Fly. The dimensions of the cot which suits the Stateroom are: -

Dimensions = depth x width x length
Inches = 12.6ins x 25ins x 70ins
Millimetres = 320mm x 640mm x 1792mm
1:64 scale = 5mm x 10mm x 28mm

Figure AJ1– Admiral Nelson’s cot onboard H.M.S. Victory (© - A Bavarian Sojourn)
Figure AJ1– Admiral Nelson’s cot onboard H.M.S. Victory (© - A Bavarian Sojourn)

http://www.thesojournseries.com/bavaria/hms-victory-portsmouth

The base of the scale cot will be made from film that was given to this author and originated from “Folex Film Systems”. Modellers interested in using this film should contact www.folex.com telephone: 0121 733 3833; they are a firm who only supplies films for printing! The clear sheet used is 4 thousandth of inch [0.1016mm]. Alternatively, acetate film could be purchased from a hobby store or the window of some packaging could be experimented with.

The cabin partitions were assembled and a Gun Carriage was loosely fitted into the Stateroom so the space for the cot could be seen. On this author’s model the underdeck height of the aft Stateroom is 27.5mm and the forward end is 27mm so a height of 26.5mm was allowed for the hanging of the cot. The width available for hanging the cot is 15mm when the bottom of the cot is 12mm from the deck. Figure AJ2 illustrates the space available in the Stateroom.

 

Figure AJ2 – Space in the Stateroom for a cot
Figure AJ2 – Space in the Stateroom for a cot

The plan for the cot is shown in Figure AJ3 and is printed scale 1:1 on copier paper; 3M Craft Mount Permanent Spray Adhesive is used to fix Figure AJ3 onto the film. Whilst the design is not a replica of Admiral Nelson’s cot, elements of its design has been taken from the drapes designed by Lady Hamilton for Nelson.

An enlarged drawing is shown in Figure AJ4 to illustrate the care which must be taken when cutting and creasing.

Figure AJ3 – Outline of cot (print scale 1:1)
Figure AJ3 – Outline of cot (print the PDF below at scale 1:1)

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Figure AJ4 – Enlarged outline of cot to illustrate the care when cutting and creasing

Figure AJ4 – Enlarged outline of cot to illustrate the care when cutting and creasing
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It should be noted that the shorter creases as indicated in Figure AJ4 should only have 3 ‘dash cuts’ otherwise there is the likelihood that they will break when folded as illustrated in Figure AJ5.

Figure AJ5 – Make 3 – ‘dash cuts’ at ends of cot and hanging strips on cot side
Figure AJ5 – Make 3 – ‘dash cuts’ at ends of cot and hanging strips on cot side

Once all the ‘dash cuts’ have been completed the image is cut out using an
X-ACTO Z series #11 paying particular attention to Figure AJ4.

To enable the cot to be easily pulled from the acetate sheet, cuts are made from the cut corners as illustrated in Figure AJ6.

Figure AJ6 – Cuts are made from the cut corners
Figure AJ6 – Cuts are made from the cut corners

The cot creases are folded to make them less stiff and the ends of the cot need to be folded firmly using a pair of tweezers as illustrated in Figure AJ7.

Figure AJ7 – Cot is creased and the two ends are folded firmly with a pair of tweezers
Figure AJ7 – Cot is creased and the two ends are folded firmly with a pair of tweezers

The ends of the cot are glued one at a time; superglue is applied either side of the end tabs and the cot end is folded close and held with two self-closing tweezers as illustrated in Figure AJ8.

Figure AJ8 – Two self-closing tweezers hold the cot end whilst the superglue dries
Figure AJ8 – Two self-closing tweezers hold the cot end whilst the superglue dries

The assembled cot is seen in Figure AJ9.

Figure AJ9 – Assembled cot
Figure AJ9 – Assembled cot

The inside of the cot is painted using Humbrol MATT 34; TAMIYA masking tape is applied to the edges to prevent paint accidently spoiling the printed image. Prior to doing this, two coats of a Flat Matt Varnish is applied which will prevent the image spoiling when the masking tape is removed. Masking tape is also placed at the end of the side hangers as these will eventually have glue applied to them so it will ensure a secure adhesion. This is all illustrated in Figure AJ10.

Figure AJ10 – Cot with masking tape
Figure AJ10 – Cot with masking tape

The interior of the cot is painted, Figure AJ11.

Figure AJ11 – Inside of cot painted
Figure AJ11 – Inside of cot painted

The cot requires to be fixed as close to the under side of the poop deck as possible and also to clear the rear end of the cannon barrel so the cot will be able to ‘swing’ port to starboard. The side hangings are held together with self-closing tweezers on a centre guide as illustrated in Figure AJ12.

Figure AJ12 – Side hangers are held central on a centre guide
Figure AJ12 – Side hangers are held central on a centre guide

Whilst the side hangers are being held, a 4mm gummed strip of cigarette paper fixes the top of the side hangers together. Flat matt varnish is painted onto the gum and this is then laid over the end of the hangers; varnish is painted over the cigarette paper and is allowed to dry. This process is repeated at the other end with the finished result, Figure AJ13.

Figure AJ13 – Cigarette paper fixed over the ends of the side hangers
Figure AJ13 – Cigarette paper fixed over the ends of the side hangers

A micro brass tube 0.8mm x 0.4mm, length 31.5mm is glued using ‘G-S HYPO CEMENT’ beneath the cigarette papers over the side hangers, Figure AJ14. This adhesive has a precision applicator which is ideal for applying the adhesive.

Figure AJ14 – Fixing the brass micro tube beneath the side hangers
Figure AJ14 – Fixing the brass micro tube beneath the side hangers

Figure AJ15 illustrates the arrangement for the cot hanging to enable it to swing whilst in situ in the Stateroom. The measurements shown are for this author’s model and other builds could be slightly different.

Figure AJ15 – ‘Swinging’ arrangement for the cot using tubes and rods
Figure AJ15 – ‘Swinging’ arrangement for the cot using tubes and rods

Figure AJ16 illustrates the assembled swinging arrangement for the cot.

Figure AJ16 – Assembled swinging arrangement
Figure AJ16 – Assembled swinging arrangement

The cot is positioned in the Stateroom to ensure it misses the end of the cannon barrel and there is room for it to swing. Great care is taken over this positioning and once fixed masking tape is used to mark the centre of the micro tube, as shown in Figure AJ17 on deck frames supports 10a and 11a.

Figure AJ17 – Position of cot marked in Stateroom with masking tape
Figure AJ17 – Position of cot marked in Stateroom with masking tape

A 62-gauge drill is used to drill the holes required in the deck supports, however they are not drilled through the support. A mini drill stand is adjusted so the drill tip stops approximately 0.2mm before going through the deck supports as illustrated in Figure AJ18 and Figure AJ18.

Figure AJ18 – Set drill tip to stop approximately 0.2mm above drill base
Figure AJ18 – Set drill tip to stop approximately 0.2mm above drill base

The drill is positioned on the edge of the deck beam as shown in Figure AJ19.

Figure AJ19 – Recess for cot swinging arrangement made in deck beam
Figure AJ19 – Recess for cot swinging arrangement made in deck beam

The Captains cot assembled in the Stateroom can be seen in Figure AJ20.

Figure AJ20 – Captains cot in the Stateroom
Figure AJ20 – Captains cot in the Stateroom


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Lloyd Matthews - August 2019 ©

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