HMS Beagle Model Ship Project
Week 18: Gun port doors (February 14-20, 2011)
Re-planked the deck now that I don't have access panels to deal with. Looks much better.
Cut 30 gun port "doors" from basswood sheets. The Beagle had seven real and one fake gun port on each side. Since I've decided to only have the forecastle carronade fire, the Beagle's eight cannons will all be stowed lengthwise along the deck (she was a crowded survey ship) and the doors won't actually open. Maybe for my next model...
Cut a groove across each gun port door to simulate the edge of the half port lids. Then I glued on some strips of copper tape to simulate the metal hinges and added a few pricks with a pin to make some rivet marks. Then glued on two 4.5 mm "chain mail" rings I bought from a craft store. Finally a little black paint before gluing to the outside of the bulwarks. The two fake doors were made a little differently.
Painted the other half of the simulated doors white and glued along the inside of the bulwarks, minus the two opposite the fake eighth gun port.
Also made two anchor linings, painted black and white. Can't forget the anchor linings. She's finally starting to look like a brig.