Builds Royal Research Ship Discovery 1901

the bridge fitted at Dundee was a flat platform and railings, odd, but the airfix kit features it, even though it was boxed in at Portsmouth long before she set sail for cold climates. So Ive scratch built the Bridge walls out of plasticard. Hard enough having an open bridge, let alone one of just railings.
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the bridge weighted down so that it sits right.
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railings fitted to holes drilled in the foc'sl deck
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the bow sprite mast with deadeyes fitted to take the foremast stays.
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fitting out the deck houses and the Helm.
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the figures and Huskies are quite well sculpted considering their tiny size
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the boiler room and base of the funnel
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and under any other weather conditions would have stank.

the raised deck at the stern.
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the ships boats, boat covers made from tissue soaked in diluted PVA glue, allowed to dry overnight and stretch tight as a drum.
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early stages of the build, loads more to go on, but it's not too early to start to plan the ice base, that needs doing before any vulnerable rigging.
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again using the hull as a template, cutting out a piece of Emerald green card to represent the water under the ice.
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the ice is made from foam board, covered in pva and soda crystals.
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making the cracks in the foam board ahead of the bow.
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building up the ice debis, watching Ice breakers, the ice that break off either goes onto the side or under making way for the hull to pass through.
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the plastic sails look a bit stiff and unrealistic, not due to the details molded into the sail, but just because of the unbending material they are cast from, so taking advantage of the sail details, I make my own out of several layers of plain un- patterned tissue paper, soaked in the inevitable diluted PVA glue, allowed to harden overnight using the kit sail as a mold, peel off, trim with a pair of scissors and it's ready to fit.
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the sail attached to the Gaff Booms.
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the Box top Art shows the main top gallant sail is part reefed into a gull wing, looks like an unmade bed.
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trying to reconstruct this complex arrangement using tissue soaked in pva.
left to dry suspended between two paint tins.
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Just out of interest, have you been watching Terror?

BBC 1 drama on Franklyn's doomed expedition to find NW passage?

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