the H.M.S. Bounty
Step By Step
I didn't have a good digital camera
during the initial building of the ship so I don't have any good pictures
of my progress during that tiem. However, I do remember exactly
what gave me trouble and where to give the pointers. so lets proceed.
Upon opening the kit which comes in a huge box I was immediately impressed with the quality of the kit. All the pre made parts were in several plastic partition trays neatly laied out and all the wood strips were neatly tucked away. I really love that fact that the sails are pre made and don't need much work at all before there ready for mounting when we get to that step. After opening all the plans and studding them for a while I did realize that many steps would require intense study of the plans do to the lack of them. As is usually the case with wood kit's half the hobby is understanding and perfecting each elusive step. Being eager and ready to go I started to pluck out each of the frames and the Keel and began to for the general structure.
This step and all the general buildup of the hull is pretty simple, just a good sanding of the parts and the careful measuring of 11-14. Make sure each are measured because there's a chance that the frames could be out of shape a little and these cross pieces will insure the width of the ship is correct.
Now when you're building step 2 make sure you don't glue the mast stand 19 and 20 to the keel because you will want to insure a straight fit. Once the decks are built you can insert your mast dowel through the three decks and make sure the mast rests on the exact center of the stand.
Building the lower decks is really fun because it's so rare to have a wood kit of this quality that shows the lower decks. I found when I built the lower decks you can either use the supplied nails with the heads cut off and sanded flat or use smaller nails. Just use fingernail clippers to cut off the heads but make sure you wear eye protection or close your eyes because those pin heads fly like crazy when you cut them. You can even use a pincle and mark in the nails and get a very realistic look. Just make sure you do your final sanding with 240 or so super fine sandpaper before you make the nails because sanding will remove them.
I wouldn't use the supplied nails with the large heads still intact because you will need to sand them down and with the plank strips so thin, you will almost certainly sand through them. If you choose nails make sure you drill a pilot hole first with a hand drill because the wood will certainly split with all those nails.