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  • Member since
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Building the Santa Maria
Posted by Having-fun on Thursday, September 28, 2023 3:43 PM

 

Hello!

 

After completing my last ship, the HMS Beagle, I went looking for my next project, I finally settled on Columbus Santa Maria by AL. Today I started working on the hull assembly following the photographic instructions that came with the model, so far there has been no problems since all parts are numbered and the numbers matched the main hull ( I may be using the wrong name, this is the part that holds all the ribs).

 

I finish gluing the ribs and waiting for the glue to dry to go to the next step.

 

I have included a photo of the part I just finish. Being a AL kit, I hope I won't run into problems due the fact that there is no written instructions, I will have to follows the photographs that are included.

 

Until next update

 

Joe

Hull

 

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, September 28, 2023 4:18 PM

Nice work. Get this step done accurately as you have and the rest will be a lot easier.

 

Call it whatever you want- spine?

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Friday, September 29, 2023 8:07 AM

I read a great book about 20 or 30 years ago.  I don't remember the exact title but iit contained the terms "Columbus' ships."  It was written by a Spanish Naval officer who was somewon in the history  office.  Excellent reference!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Having-fun on Monday, October 2, 2023 7:36 PM

 

Here is an update:

 

I have completed the building of the ribs, I also installed 2 large components that are part of the side of the ship, and the installation of the lower deck, I am now in the process of installing the second deck ( see photo ) which required me to go to my garage a get a large adjustable clamp so I can secure the side of the ship until the glue dries. I have ordered a bottle of Titebond White all purpose glue that, according to another member of this blog, dry faster than Elmer's glue. I ordered this glue due to the situation were there are some parts that can not be held long enough for the glue to dry and they are almost impossible to hold with clamps, etc.

 

So far the installation has gone fairly smooth, I do not know if is because I have more experience building these type of ships, if the instruction are easier to follow, or a combination of both, but, the building is coming along.

 

Well, until next time

 

Joe

 

second deck

 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 6:52 AM

Oh Boy?

      You mean the Keel? This is interesting. Ships of this era were so different from builder to builder. They didn't draw plans. A model was built. A board was convened and then it was decided by a consortium whether to grant the money to build one. None were alike so That era of shipbuilding will always contain a great deal of conjecture.

      As to her actual appearance, While many have gotten close, Still no Cigar! Why? Well, consider this. Many of the ships back then "Plowed" through the water. They did not sail well and had a tendency to broach in heavier that normal seas. Bluff(Rounded) bows detracted from speed and handling. Tall sterns caught the wind like a Cliff of wood.  

      So the question. Did the Santa Maria really look like some think or? are they all based on artists conceptions of what we think the ships of her type looked like back then? Build on . I am curious!

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Posted by Tj43 on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 5:13 PM

You might want to try super glue for wood. It dries just like the regular super glue we use for plastic models. Thin us super fast and thick which it looks like what you need dries faster than any of the "white" glues. 

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  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Friday, October 6, 2023 2:33 PM

I have started to plank the sides of the ship and it is coming along. As you may know, planking a ship is an art all by itself, an art that I am still in the process of learning, so I go very slowly and measure every plank to make sure it fits were it is supposed to seat.

 

To bend the planks I am using this tool ( see photo ) which basically is a modify soldering iron, it has made the work a lot easier because allows me to bend the wood exactly to the shape I need.

 

See attached photo of the progress I have made so far.

 

Until next time

 

Joe

Planking

 

 

 

 

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  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:45 PM

 

Well here is an update, sorry it took a while but I am getting lazy in my old age.

 

I have completed the planking and finished with the the "furniture" on the deck, all of the "furniture" had to be fabricate with the exception of the barrels and the cannons, the life boat gave me the most problems because, for some reason, the glue would not take and the planks keep getting unglued. Expend over a week on the life boat.

 

I am now working on the masts an getting ready to start the rigging, so far the boat is come along fairly well, for some reason I have made more errors in this boat than in the HMS Beagle even when it is considered that the Beagle is a more complex boat.

 

Here is a photo as the ship stands now.

 

top of ship

 

The items at the button of the photo a components of the masts awaiting to be installed, I probably will have this task dome by the end of the week

 

Well, until next time:

 

Joe

 

 

 

 

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 6:37 PM

Beautiful work there Joe! She's coming along nicely. Yes

Those AL kits do make nice models but they are a little bit of work. Check out my AL build of the Bluenose II that is 2 posts down. She's coming along but giving me a few problems along the way. My avatar is also an AL kit of the Scottish Maid I built quite a few years ago.

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 11:24 AM

fox
Those AL kits do make nice models but they are a little bit of work.

Pawel Nikitin in Ukraine just released his 1/48 kit--price is not for the faint of heart, though

http://shipsofpavelnikitin.com/details?id=64

Nearly every part is laser-cut and just needs fitting.

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 12:49 PM

Joe!

 Please do this. Remember the Santa maria was a SHIP. The boat is the one that troubled you before you got it on the deck.

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  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 4:49 PM

Tanker-Builder

Joe!

 Please do this. Remember the Santa maria was a SHIP. The boat is the one that troubled you before you got it on the deck.

 

You are correct, I tend to call anything that floats a boat, but, the correct word would be ship

Thanks

Joe

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 8:36 PM

CapnMac, I just checked out that site. Those are great looking kits. The Viking ship came out to about $240. As you said, "Not for the faint of heart", but looks like a nice one. His blocks and fittings look pretty good too. Have been checking out Viking ship and Chinese Junk kits for a while. Would like to have one of each someday, if I can ever afford them. Wink 

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, December 8, 2023 11:35 AM

fox
Would like to have one of each someday, if I can ever afford them.

LoL--I need a new electrial panel for the house, and that gets priority.

Now, a person wanting to see those Pawel kits built, vicariously, check out:

https://www.youtube.com/@OlhaBatchvarov

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, December 8, 2023 3:16 PM

Wow Capn, that site is going to keep me up late for quite a few nights checking out all that info. But, as Johnny 5 says "Input, Input."

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, December 9, 2023 11:16 AM

fox
Wow Capn, that site is going to keep me up late for quite a few nights

Came across that one by accident.

She's a Civil Engineer in CT, originally from Ukraine.  Her husband is a professor of nautical history (and has a fascinating YT clip on just what we know about Columbus' ships).

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    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Sunday, December 17, 2023 10:56 AM

 

Hello!

 

Here is another update on the Santa Maria. I have installed the 3 main masts and done with the shrouds and the rat lines, next step is going to be the installation of the anchors followed by the sails. The model is almost completed, I should be done in a month or so.

 

The ship is coming better than I expected due to the many errors that I made during the construction, I was able to fix many of then, but, there are some that can not be corrected without the disassembly of the ship, since the ship is all glue together, disassembly is out of the question. The good part is that is hard to see the errors that I could not fix, I am sure that some modelers with ship construction experience could spot them, but the casual observer would not see them.

 

Here is a photo of the ship as it stand at the time of the photo.

 

Ship side

Until next time

Joe

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, December 17, 2023 2:26 PM

Very nice work Joe! Love the neatly done rigging.

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    March 2020
  • From: South Florida
Posted by Having-fun on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 3:15 PM

 

Here I am again with my final update on the Santa Maria. I have been aflicted with a bad case of laziness, I should have written about the completion of the ship a month ago, finally, I decided to go ahead and issue this update and here it is:

 

I have completed the building of The Santa Maria, the ship came out pretty decent, I made several mistakes due to the conflicting instructions ( This is a AL kit after all) which forced me to redo some of the components that allows such repair, but, there are some defects that I was unable to fix because those parts were already glued and would have been very difficult to take apart.

 

Well, the attached photos give an idea on how the ship came out, I hope you guys like the result. For my next model built I have yet to choose the next one, the reason for these is because I have several projects that need to be done around the house, plus I designed a working table that is still under construction that I hope will make the building of my future models a bit easier. Once he table is completed, I may post it here for your consideration in case some one would like to copy it.

 

Attached see the photos of the completed Santa Maria, please feel free to critique. The comments offered by you guys are always welcome because allow me to get better at this hobby.

Thanks

Joe

Ship rear

Ship midle

ship front

 

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 4:12 PM

Nicley done.  She's a beauty.  Someday... maybe I do something like that.  After my stash is empty Stick out tongue

Thanks,

John

fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, February 22, 2024 9:19 PM

Well done! She looks great to me. Toast

Stay safe.

Jim Captain

 

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench: Artesania Latina  (aka) Artists in the Latrine 1/75 Bluenose II

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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