|Brian Clark's - Susan Constant - 1/24 scale
Just a line with a few photographs, of the No. 2 ... Model I have just started - H.M.S. Killingworth - 1/24 scale. ( You can see H.M.S. Killingworth in scale here)
After ironing out problems of control & operating " H.M.S. Killingworth " I wanted to build a true plank on frame model in same scale ... 1/24th. But make the mechanics simpler yet as positive for lake sailing.
The Model Ship chosen was called " Susan Constant " A merchantman of 1505. Its the historical ship that took the colonists to start " Jamestown " in America 1507.
Using Hi-Tech servo winches with home made toothed belt drums, These will power the large pulley's
that drive shafts mounted ( inside ) the masts ... (The toothed belts & drums plundered from model Helicopter tail rotor drives ). The Idea is to sort out & build all accessories and complicated parts before hull construction ...
When building the Hull one cannot get moved in a small shed. The drawings and templates were cut first, For checking installation & travel of working parts ! ............To be continued.
With me just starting the
second sailing model "Susan Constant " I thought there might be some
interest in the book that gave me the Drawings - Plans - Information for
the build. All you require if looking for a new modelling subject ! The
copy goes into great detail of the ships History - Layout - Fittings &
I have now completed the Six off Sails, Fitted with the Bolt Ropes &
Cringles. The Bolt ropes do give the sails a nice curve when hung. Masts
are finished with 50% Satin Poly Varnish, Then sanded with wire wool to
get rid of the shine. Then black rope bands fitted. Finally a matt
white paint band round the Tops. Mast footings are now fitted to the Servo
Plates with the large drive wheel turning the yard. When driving the yard
it works in a nice slow & smooth scale speed.
Hi Martin ,
Just a line to let you know how far on I am with the building of "Susan".
Thought Model Boat Mayhem might want an update on the Killingworth ?
Since starting modeling again over the last 3 months I have re-fitted better Hi Tech R.C. Making control much easier. Since my Son Philip running ( www.helicam.asia ) gave suggestions & advice before sailing her last week, for the first time in Thailand. She is quite a job to launch, because all lakes here have very steep sides And I have to use the launching trolley which has been modified with a carrying handle at both ends. The under keel ballast tube weighs 45 lbs. Now the controls are only Rudder Engines Jib Sails And Driver Sail. Main mast Sails are linked to Fore mast Sails. She has Lights on Main Mast Cabins & under the Cuddy. She is fully scaled down on all controls even the turning of the ships steering wheel & tiller move in scale.
still working on how to get a better White Smoke on firing the guns
in Thailand they are very much into fireworks & easy to obtain., So there
is another option !
One Question I was asked while in England . Why did I not take pictures from a very low angle to make it more life like? The Reason was . With having a camera in one hand & Learning to Sail her by myself took full concentration
I will keep Mayhem in touch as the build continues.