HMS Beagle Model Ship Project
Week Eight: The rudder (December 6-12)
Testing begins on what type of paint and waterproofing to use. Coated an oak plywood board with Titebond III wood glue on one half and Olympic Waterguard on the other. Then glued several basswood strips and copper tape on each side and placed in water several times. Then tested using black acrylic paint before and after applying more Waterguard. The ends of the copper tape definitely needs glue in addition to its own adhesive to stick. Also gave the hull its first coating of Waterguard.
Made the rudder from 1/4 inch basswood and an 5/16 inch oak dowel. Drilled the hole for the rudder assembly into the deck. Decided to make the rudder extra large since the real Beagle's rudder was going to be an itty bitty little thing at 1:36 scale. Hand carved a wooden guide piece to attach to the sternpost. The bottom of the rudder post will sit inside and (hopefully) keep it inline.
Covered the rudder with copper tape. Painted the rudder and transom with black acrylic paint. Painted the gunwale strips white and black for either side and glued together before gluing to the hull (Theresa's idea).
Added a top piece to the stem post to make it level with the deck. Had to "improvise" the clamping tool... seemed appropriate.