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HMS Enterprise - CAF - By Kevin - 1/48 - August 2020

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HMS Enterprize was the lead ship of the Enterpize class of 1770.  The class was designed by Sir John Williams with a gross dimensions and tons of 120’6” (gun deck), 99’6” (keel),  33’6” (beam),  11’ (depth of hold) and to carry 200,men.  Armament was 24 x 9 pound guns on the upper deck, 4 x 3 pound guns on the quarter deck, and 12 swivel guns.   She was ordered in January 1771, Keel laid on September 9, 1771 at Deptford, launched  August 24, 1774; hulked in 1791.  Twenty-seven ships composed this class.

 

A pair of paintings of the ship by Joseph Marshall in 1775 is held by the Science Museum in Kensington and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

 

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Enterprise served as a cruiser and convoy escort.  Her most notable action occurred on June 7, 1780 whilst at Gibraltar when her crew spotted six Spanish fire ships drifting into the harbour toward the fleet at anchor.  A warning salvo was fired to alert the fleet and the Enterprize’s cables cut to allow the ship to drift away from the hulks and opened fire on the hulks in an attempt to sink them.  The Spanish fleet lay outside the harbour for any British ships trying to escape so the British seamen boarded the small the fire ships to attach lines to away from the fleet and burn themselves out.

 

On April 27, 1782 near the Leeward Islands she captured the 22-gun American privateer Mohawk which was later taken into Royal Navy service.  Mohawk was sold in1783.

Enterprize was decommissioned in May 1784 and from 1790 she served as a receiving ship and hulked in 1791.  In 1806 she was taken to Deptford and broken up in 1807.

Lines, profile and decoration drawings of Surprize as built can be purchased from the Royal Museums Greenwich (National Maritime Museum).

 

The Kit

 

CAF MODELS of Shanghai, China has created a stunning 1/48 scale Admiralty model of HMS Enterprize.   Before reviewing the kit a few words about wooden sailing ship kits from Chinese producers is warranted because they are not all created equal.  In 2001 China was allowed to formally join the World Trade Organization (WTO) which meant the country had to abide by international trade agreements and practices such as copyright protection.  Prior to 2001, China was the largest source of counterfeit goods that focused on covered luxury goods, cosmetics, sportswear, and appliances.  As a result of joining the WTO, far fewer counterfeit goods are no longer produced or available in China, but remains a problem because copying has become a way of life and normal practice for many manufacturers.  This problem is endemic among many wooden model kit producers in China who readily use copyrighted drawings to produce their kits without acknowledgement or licence, and these kits are readily available on shopping websites.  They will continue to do this as long as it is profitable so do not buy these unlicensed and counterfeit kits.    

 

A concerted effort by Model Ship World and the Nautical Research Guild to highlight these practices and alert model makers to the counterfeit products is having success and has gone further to lend an open and willing hand to any Chinese producers who wish to abide by the WTO and international agreements.  One of these companies is CAF MODELS located in Shanghai, China.  CAF MODELS first came to attention for producing unlicenced kits of French vessels from the ANCRE collection of drawings and monographs.  With the help of members of the Model Ship World community, proper agreements between ANCRE and CAF MODELS are being negotiated and to CAF MODELS’ credit, has stopped selling any models based on ANCRE material until an agreement is signed.  These kits will return once the agreement is finalized and signed.  

 

In the meantime, CAF MODELS has a number of original kits for sale such as HMS Enterprize, with several more under development.  CAF MODELS kits are designed and manufactured by Mr. CAO Feng, or in English -- Tom Cao.  Tom is an engineer by profession and used CAD to design kits from Admiralty drawings and other references.  His CAD designs have become very precise and is able to detect and correct draughting errors in commercially available plans and well-known sources.  I had the pleasure of meeting him and his lovely family in Shanghai in 2018 where he kindly took me to his home to show me how he designed model kits and his extensive reference library. 

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good evening everyone, welcome to yet another new start something new to me, a POF kit, although im not sure it is a kit, but certainly aint a scratch, 

 

the parcel arrived this morning 10 days after ordering, 7 of them in transit, 7.5 kgs 

inside is 4 well packaged boxes, with lots of laser printed bits for the keel, outer hull, and most of the weight and volume comes from the jig to keep it all togehter

 

i will be building the jig first, as im frightened to start the frames 

 

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8 minutes ago, Grunhertz said:

Good god! that'll keep you busy through the winter nights and into the summer ones! 

and of course there is a lot more lasered wood than the photo suggest, (how do you spell lasered) 

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Looking forward to seeing you put this together Kevin. Funny enough I was reading the review of this kit on MSW at the weekend when I noticed you were getting it.

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37 minutes ago, Invictaag said:

Looking forward to seeing you put this together Kevin. Funny enough I was reading the review of this kit on MSW at the weekend when I noticed you were getting it.

let me know who you are then on there (i wont block you) lol

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2 hours ago, Kevin said:

let me know who you are then on there (i wont block you) lol

I'm not a member yet, although I am thinking of joining, just been reading things as a guest.

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good evening everyone

 

day 1 project Enterprise

 

Building frame

this are most of the bits for the frame, in very good quality ply

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i started this yesterday, but with little success, it was after a good nights sleep that i got my head around the project,

but first the moans, the overlap baseboard are not working correctly,

nothing fits,

and non existent instructions

 

made up from two layers which overlap, and top one should line up with lasered slots on the bottom one. they are then meant to be screwed through to a decent bench 

however, it took me ages to line mine up, not all the base boards are cut at 90degs and as a result not all the lasered slot match the ones in the lower boards, but some are spot on, so it is not something i have done wrong

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not everything is cut at right angles

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straight keel line, but as a result some of the slots are not matching the lower ones

 

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things then started to go wrong then, as i was working blind, i was making the assemblies up and putting them in place but everything is about .5mm to large, and requiring far to much force, and as the slots were off set,as well  i was fighting a loosing battle

 

 so went bed

 

Day 2

 

after some thought over night i made a plan

 

check the base again for alignment 

remove all the sub assemblies and sand everything on the bench sander, including removing the laser burn with my dremmel and all of a sudden i had a different building frame, not much i could do with the slightly  offset slots (about 20) apert from remove a bit of wood which has worked fine

 

i have a set of photos now for anyone wanting to follow the build progress 

 

 

 

 

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It looks like it's going to be a large ship when you get it finished. That's always been a problem with laser cut stuff that it is not a right angled cut but has a slight chamfer on it. Modern kits seem to have more and more parts laser cut, my St Gabriel is about 95% laser cut and it is a pain removing laser char and getting very small parts to look right and sit right.

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1 hour ago, Grunhertz said:

thats great progress

 

28 minutes ago, Invictaag said:

It looks like it's going to be a large ship when you get it finished. That's always been a problem with laser cut stuff that it is not a right angled cut but has a slight chamfer on it. Modern kits seem to have more and more parts laser cut, my St Gabriel is about 95% laser cut and it is a pain removing laser char and getting very small parts to look right and sit right.

 

thank you

im hoping that this is just an issue with the frame plywood, if the problem is with the ship itsself, then i can only see a bag of worms lol

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When you have to build a drydock before you start the model! xD 
I'm now wanting to build  a Star Trek spacedock with Enterprise in 1/48 but I haven't got a gravity free room in which to display it, sooo...

It's great to see these wooden ship models being built, so cool.
Good luck, not that you need it ;) 
 

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DAY 3 COMPLETION OF FRAME AND START OF THE KEEL

good evening everyone, and welcome to the end of my day 3

the frame was completed without any further issues and all lined up, the only glue used was on the connection plates  
 

 never realised just how many items make up the keel, and each item is made up from 2 half 

 

i bought some recommended glue titebond quick thick it is not so wet as my normal PVA glue

 

the two half's are glued back to back after having a very light sanding 

 

the plan sheet has been covered in tracing paper to protect it, and allows me to put the items in a rough position, as they need to be sanded, to square the ends off 


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kevinarisa minute ago · Edited

day 4 keel assy

good evening everyone

 

all the keel pieces have been glued and have set

i have tracing paper over the plans held in position

 

but i now need to make it all fit,

do i make up the false keel as per the plans, mark it off and build upwards, i presume like a real vessel,

Everything is over sized lengthways by about 1mm, i presume i hand sand it down to remove the burn and slight angle from laser cutting

well anyway imade a start and 2 became 1
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good evening everyone

 

day 5 keel and a frame 16

well after a slow start, i am getting a bit more confidence now, i have made a few mistakes, and as a result the gaps look wider than they are due to sanding with paper and not the bench sander as a result the edges are rounded off, but surprisingly it is all very tight and square

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i looked through the wooden bulkhead sheets and picked number 16 at random

looking through the drawings i identified all frame 16 parts, as they possibly have a couple of bits from the previous frame (15) and possibly from the next(frame 17) and marked with item number

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all mating surfaces went against the bench grinder

 

Parts A and B were separated

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found the corresponding paper plan, tracing paper laid on top and secured

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all B items were turned upside down, 

 

in this case item B4 was secured to the tracing paper with UHU glue stick, the rest of B items had wood glue added to mating edegs and again had UHU added to keep them in position 

 

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then all A items were laid on top in a overlap

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weighted for a couple of hours

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Great stuff, Kevin. I thought that there were a lot o’ parts for the keel - then saw the number of pieces for one frame! Well done! Nice and flat, too 😃.

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3 hours ago, Dr Loopy said:

Great stuff, Kevin. I thought that there were a lot o’ parts for the keel - then saw the number of pieces for one frame! Well done! Nice and flat, too 😃.

i think it is 60 of these to make

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29 minutes ago, Kevin said:

i think it is 60 of these to make

There isn’t a ‘shocked’ ‘like’, so I had to ‘like’ this instead 😱🤣

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Well i nearly fell off me chair when i saw 1/48th and Enterprise, ' (how the hells he gonna fit a aircraft carrier that big in 'is shed....)

Clearly i should pay more attention 😁

Excellent work so far Kevin, love watching these wooden ship builds of yours. 

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good evening everyone

thank you for comments and likes

 

Day 6 keel and frames

i have a little routine going on now

all the frame parts have been identified and bagged

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doing a few at a time they have been removed from the frets and the ends have met the bench sander

as required the required plan is found and frame built up

 

so far 6 have been completed

the top two in the photo are going back uder the weights as they are just out for the photo

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2 hours ago, Mad Steve said:

Well i nearly fell off me chair when i saw 1/48th and Enterprise, ' (how the hells he gonna fit a aircraft carrier that big in 'is shed....)

Clearly i should pay more attention 😁

Excellent work so far Kevin, love watching these wooden ship builds of yours. 

http://www.coastalkits.co.uk/newstore/1-48-scale-uss-enterprise-deck-lift-display-base.html

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I have seen that you like a challenge Kevin, but you have indeed surpassed yourself this time. This must be in the same difficulty range as the SD14 paper cargo ship? The engineering put into this kit is really very impressive. The building jig looks great and is the key to a successful build. With that right and then good frame building I think you will have it cracked.

It will be fascinating to watch and I applaud your bravado. I think it’s probably the ultimate “patience” build. 

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