Upper Deck & Planking


Cut off the ears (tabs) of the bulwarks.

As before finish off the central decking working from the middle out. Any small gaps on the outer edges will be covered by the 1mm thick inner bulwark planking.

You should have made and also fitted the ladder (A),

hatch combings (B, C), and Capstan/pump.

Fabricated ladder bits Ladder Fabricated Ladder
Ladder made from spare outer planking Finished Ladder (A) Fabricated Ladder

The ladder I fabricated from some left over outer planking. A good idea is to sand a dip in the middle of the step to give the impression of weare and tear over the years. (Something I found out after I had done mine but I think a nice touch.

 

Hatch Combings Capsum & Pump
(B) Hatch Combing (C) Riding / Capstan/Pump ..

(See below for more info)
Capstan

 


 

 

 

 


I also painted the upper deck supports at this stage. Once happy glue the two upper decks and plank as before (D, E ,F)

The Capstan was made acording to the instruction, but I found mistakes in the text. For a detailed look go to the Capstan Page.

Completed Pump Assembly
Completed Pump Assembly

The Pump Assembly pictured above can be found on the Pump Assenbly page.

NOTE: I fitted the hand rail's later as they are very easily damaged whilst working on the build.

Capsum and pump fitted Aft Upper Deck Bulkheads Removed
Capstan & Pump (D) Aft Upper Deck Bulkheads Removed
Middle Gun Deck Stern Upper Deck Bulwarks
(E) Middle Gun Deck (F) Stern Upper Deck Bulwarks

Varnish the decks and let them dry, for a really good finish sand with a fine paper and varnish again.

For a more detailed section on Deck Planking try the "Detailed Deck Planking" page.



Below Lloyd has given a detailed loook at the Riding and Main Mast Bit Assemblies:

 

Riding & Rear Main Mast Bit Assemblies

 

Riding bit assembly - Identify Pt. Nos. 46, 47 & 57 Figure J1; remove any rough edges.

Figure J1 - Parts for Riding Bit Assembly
Figure J1 - Parts for Riding Bit Assembly

When assembling the riding bitts, they will need to be square to each other and the supports are located central to the bitts. There are many ways to achieve this, but this author choose to use a block of wood between the bitts, and a clamp, to ensure they were square to each other Figure J2.

Figure J2 - Block of wood used to ensure the bits were square to each other
Figure J2 - Block of wood used to ensure the bits were square to each other.

The support's Pt. No 57 can then be positioned central to the bits Figure J3 & J4.

Figure J3 - Plank butt's used as a guide
Figure J3 - Plank butt's used as a guide..

Figure J4 - Supports positioned against bitts
Figure J4 - Supports positioned against bitts.

They are then glued to the bitts and held in position with sticky tape Figure J5.

Figure J5 - Supports glued to bitts.
Figure J5 - Supports glued to bitts.

Once the glue has dried the block of wood can be removed Figure J6.

Figure J6 - Supports glued to the bitts
Figure J6 - Supports glued to the bitts.

The fwd part of the deck is gently sloping upward so the supports will not sit at right angles to the bitts Figure J7.

Figure J7 - The supports are not at right angles to the bitts
Figure J7 - The supports are not at right angles to the bitts

It was found that the bitts cross beam was a loose fit in the bitts, so a thin piece of wood is used to reduce the gaps Figure J8.

Figure J8 - Thin pieces of wood glued into cross beam
Figure J8 - Thin pieces of wood glued into cross beam.

Rear main mast bitts - Identify Pt. Nos. 41 & 71 Figure J9; remove any rough edges.

Figure J9 - Part for rear main mast bitts
Figure J9 - Part for rear main mast bitts.

As planks were fitted below the main gun deck, the mast bits need to be adjusted by the thickness of the planks Figure J10.

Figure J10 - Depth of step is increased by thickness of deck plank
Figure J10 - Depth of step is increased by thickness of deck plank.

Ensure that the mast bitts will fit under Pt. No 38 Deck beam for bulkhead Figure J11.

Figure J11 - Ensure bitts fit under deck beam
Figure J11 - Ensure bitts fit under deck beam.

Regarding the colouring of the bitts, this author has chosen to paint them with a Walnut wood stain; research on the internet will show that the bitts are shown in different colours, so this decision is one of choice.

The completed assemblies loosely placed in position Figures J12, J13 & J14.

Figure J12 - Looking fwd at the ridings bitts
Figure J12 - Looking fwd at the ridings bitts.

Figure J13 - Looking aft at the riding bitts
Figure J13 - Looking aft at the riding bitts.

Figure J14 - Looking aft at the rear main mast bitts
Figure J14 - Looking aft at the rear main mast bitts.

Lloyd Matthews – September 2013 ©

Thanks Lloyd, a really good finish here with evrything nice and tight.

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