Artesania Latina Scottish Maid
1/50th Or Thereabouts Scale
It's wooden and supposed to be a ship...
Works For Me!
Welcome to this severely abridged WIP log for the Scottish Maid Clipper Schooner.
Now to get it out the way, this log is not in depth as usual as it was never intended to be.
This is getting scribbled up mainly so the potential buyers when I plaster this up on ebay can get a better idea of the work done on this here lass.
Also, I say 1/50th or thereabouts scale as measurements of the real ship are hard to come by.
Some of the ones found around the net state some 94 odd feet in length but it doesn't say whether that's just the hull from stem to stern,
or the full length with boom and bowsprit included.
Either way, it's somewhere between 1/40th something and 1/60th or the like so take ya pick there.
Also this is being scribbled up about a month or so after the fact for the sale of this ship so none to in depth.
The original pics and test were just used in a thread on a message board i'm a member of.
So without further off topic waffle, let's be at it!
So this was a VERY early issue of the Artesania Latina kit under the Humbrol label.
Purchased for about half the usual cost from ebay would you believe.
As such being an early issue, the quality of the timber left a lot to be desired.
The deck and outer hull planking particularly.
This was all the right length but had a variance of almost 1/32" in width between the widest and narrowest planks.
Not very good so that lot was relegated to the spare timber tubes pretty damn quick.
Some lime wood planks for the deck were bought in and some walnut planks for the outer hull from the spare timber tubes.
So to begin, the precut plywood bulkheads and false keel were assembled and left overnight to sort themselves out.
The primary layer of planking was then glued and nailed on next day along with the bulwarks.
Then when all cured and stable, the lot got the living daylights sanded out of them.
The deck planking proper was then laid over the false plywood deck.
This was done with 6" strips of lime wood.
The strips all got a thin line of black paper along one edge and one end.
When laid down this would simulate the pitch calking between the planks.
After a good sanding down, the treenail marks were placed on the deck.
These were just shallow 1/64" holes made with a drill bit in a pin vise.
The waterways added and the lot was then given two coats of lightly stained wax.
My own make up by dissolving beeswax in turpentine and adding some spirit wood stain to small amounts.
Brushed on, left for a short while to soak in then buffed up.
Once all sorted, then to the outer hull planking.
This was done using 8" strips of walnut al steam bent to shape.
Each had the same black paper to simulate the pitch caulking deal done unto them.
And much gluing and taping didst happen.
When done, the stern bulwark was added and the keel and stern post parts placed where they should be.
Then all sanded smooth.
A good wipe down with a spirit soaked rag to rid the hull of the dust.
The side strakes attached.
And then the treenail points all marked in.
The same drill and pin vise deal done, the lot filled with some light mahogany colour wood filler and sanded smooth.
When satisfied, two coats of stained wax applied.
Then the bulwark inside paneling, bulwark supports, stern thwart and capping rail added.
Well by all means get thee hence to page 2 by hitting that very same number button below me hearties!