Theresa Marie Model Ship Project
Week 57: Deck fittings (Sept 23-29, 2013)
Deck fittings. It's been almost a year since I assembled and painted most of the ship's deck features. This week I cut the black plastic that goes inside the three hatches to make it look dark through the grate, and glued them in place.
Next I drilled and epoxied in brass pins for the hatches, gallows bitts and capstan. After very carefully measuring I drilled holes in the deck and glued everything in place using epoxy for the pins and wood glue for the wood. To finish I applied epoxy on the underside of the deck to each slightly protruding pin.
Nice to see the deck looking more like a ship and less like a dance floor.
Forecastle lock. I made a simple jury-rigged looking locking mechanism to keep the forecastle in place with some screweyes, wooden bolt and rubber band. To any non-expert it should just look like some ship's rigging.