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Ship Board: Part 2

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

In our last Ship Board: Part 1 article we left off having made significant progress in building two scale ships for our “Ship Board”.  This article will start off where the last one left off and it will take you another large portion of the way through this process.  It has honestly turned out to be a huge undertaking and I don’t think we knew what we were in for.

Large Steps where added to get up to the top of the captains quarters

We opted for large block steps that are functional in terms of miniatures rather than make actual steps that match the scale of the ships.  This is something we strive to do with all of our terrain, make it usable.

Foam Core used to help build a sturdy hull on the ships

In this case we used foam core and slit the inside to give it the right amount of bend so that we could fit it to the front of the ship.  We used two of these pieces to create a proper front end to the ship.  This was an easy way to cover up the somewhat uneven foam surface that we cut.  Plus this will go a long ways towards our final product having a somewhat armored hull.

Applying liquid nails to hold the foam core hull to the ship

Smoothing out the liquid nails to an even coat

Using the slit foam core to help bend to fit the front curve of the ship

Tape to hold the foam core in place, not pictured are the boxes used to help hold them in place while the liquid nails sets up

As you can see in the pictures, this gives the ship a more definite shape and a smooth surface, this is what our goal has been and it looks pretty good thus far.  Something we also didn’t consider was the weight of each ship, it grows every time we work on them.  Liquid nails adds a good amount of weight, and their size is also a factor.

Finished product on the front end

Same process on the back of the ship

This article is best shown with pictures, there isn’t a whole lot of explaining I can do, but it shows our ships essentially in finished built up form.  We are pleased with the results thus far and we have two identical ships up to this point.  In the future articles we some plans to make them each slightly different to make each ship unique.  At some point we’ll need ship names too…..this could be interesting…..

Click here to see Part 1

Ship Board: Part 1

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Every so often we decide to go big with our terrain projects and when that happens, something strange happens, we decide to plan stuff out!

Early sketched plans for our ship board....we pretty much stuck to this design on this one.

Early sketched plans for our ship board....we pretty much stuck to this design on this one.

This project and series of articles will make it look like we are only building one ship, when in reality we are building two of them at the same time.  We are going big, because we can, and we like the idea of having a board that has some flexibility.  A couple of examples of setups would be as the diagram shows above, as a single ship with a dock attached to a beach, and as two ships with a pier in between the two and a beach on one side (for a larger scenario).

A freshly cut stack of polystyrene ready to be made into to large ships

A freshly cut stack of polystyrene ready to be made into to large ships

One of the major components to construction of these ships was the fact that we decided to use a different type of adhesive from what we’ve used in the past.  We’ve decided to use liquid nails in combination with a couple of toothpicks to help hold these large beasts together.

Bottom layer of one of the ships

Bottom layer of one of the ships

Freehand curve on the bow of one of the ships

Freehand curve on the bow of one of the ships

The Trick to the “freehand” is to do one really well with a pen and then after cutting off the scrap, use that scrap to draw the other curve so it’s symmetrical.

Rather than add more foam to these ships, we opted to build just the walls to the box

Rather than add more foam to these ships, we opted to build just the walls to the box

More of the framing for the captains quarters

More of the framing for the captains quarters

Finishing the first layer of the hollow shell of a captains quarters

Finishing the first layer of the hollow shell of a captains quarters

Finished Captains quarters (the rough part of it anyways)

Finished Captains quarters (the rough part of it anyways)

The reason we decided to make a hollow captains quarters is because we weren’t going to model the inside, and we will be putting steps that will accommodate large models rather than look accurate to scale.  We also where making a bit of a consideration of the amount of foam used to build this, and we were running short at the time!

Raised bow of the ship being trimmed up to fit

Raised bow of the ship being trimmed up to fit

Completed front end of the ship

Completed front end of the ship

One ship roughly built

One ship roughly built

In the next article we will be showing off a few more of the building aspects of the ships.  We will be showing how we achieve the armor plating on the outside of the ship, the steps to get above the captains quarters, and possibly the beginning of the wood planking.

Click here to see Part 2