Basic cleaning and organising of all the parts.
How the hell should that curved part ever fit to the ship?
All parts have been cleaned, sandpapered flat and washed in warm water with some dish washing soap.
Now the serious work starts: glueing the main two part rib. As all parts are resin, only a good two-part epoxy glue will be the tool of the trade! That means a lot of hardening time in between, so it's also time for the one or other glass of good scotch ...
After gluing all the (many) ribs together, the sides of the ship were glued and then carefully clamped together. A highly delicate proceedure as resin is very fragile and will break easily. But it worked ...
After glueing all the rather largish gaps had to be filled and partly resculpted with Milliput.
Still working with Milliput.
Connections betwen the back part and both the sides had to be filled with heavy amounts of Milliput and and carved afterwards to regain the wood structure.
All ribs were reinforced with another amount of two-part epoxy glue.
You can never have to much glue at the joints of resin ribs!
Main build finished, now on to the details ...
Between sides and all the three deck parts filler pieces were glued and fixed with needles during curing.
The rather simple rails were replaced with wooden parts from a shipmodeller's supply. All wooden parts were pinned and epoxied to the resin, as this is a wargames ship and will see a lot of handling on the decks.
First detail parts from my grandfather's ship model; everything was cleaned with my motor tool and a small nylon brush. Looks nice ...
Main ship's body ready.
On to the guns. The resin cast pieces were hard to clean and several of the cannons were miscasts and beyond any repair. So I choose the hard way using the old wooden guns of my grandfathers ship and added wheels cut from round wood strips.
A lot of work would have to be done to get some decent guns out of these castings.
The finished pieces with hand-turned brass cannons.
Two pieces for a wheel, four wheels for a gun, 12 guns on deck ...