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#1 Posted : 01 July 2015 21:04:08

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Ok, lets start this build. Have my kit for couple of weeks and I was studying the plans and looking on other members dairies for really long time.

As this is my first wooden ship build I want to test my skills and patience before I move in to some bigger builds. From what I can see following other members diaries the biggest problem could be hull planking and rigging but we will se as ship will start coming along together.

For the moment my plan is to add some flickering lights, dummy cannons on lower decks and some additional details on decks.
This is definitely not going to be quick build as my time and working space are limited but will try update my progress regularly.
At the end I want to say sorry for my bad English.

So here we go
I'm putting together "electric installation" for my SF so in meantime I was working on decks.
Decide to use cocktail sticks for tree nails imitation. So the decks are ready just need some varnish, have to say that I really enjoyed that part.

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#2 Posted : 01 July 2015 21:09:28

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Deck looks great, will be following this with much interest

great start
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BigGrin Hi Arek

Nice job on the decks and the trenailing, just be careful when you sand the cocktail stumps as they are grain end on and harder than the planking.

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Decks are looking very nice indeed, great work Cool
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#5 Posted : 01 July 2015 22:51:04

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You've done a great job on the planking. Your tree nails look good too. Look forward to your next update.
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Off to a great start Arek, decking looks fab. Great to see someone else using cocktail sticks, I used them to treenail the hull planking on my SOTS. Long job but think the results really paid off.... Cool Cool .. Will be following your progress on this one....

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#7 Posted : 02 July 2015 07:36:32

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Thank all for stopping by and kind comments.

The tree nails were really time consuming but the final effect is really rewarding. As I mentioned I'm about to modify my kit in some points just to test my skills.
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I forgot to mention about pleasant surprise that happened to me when i opened my kit.Drool

Browsing other members diaries I noticed that all San Francisco II kits have cast iron cannon carriages. They are in my kit but additionally I have wooden cannon carriages which I never seen before.Blink

Of course couldn't resist to assemble one of them,LOL just have to add wheels as they not included in my kit.
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BigGrin Nice find an they will look much better than the metal carriagesCool
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Hi off to very good start there.decks look great.cheers mick. BigGrin BigGrin
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#12 Posted : 04 July 2015 00:29:11

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Today I started work on "electric installation " of my SF.
This is only a try without any mounting. As you will see on pictures light from LED need to be diffused I decide so I use simple white card as a diffuser. Card will match grating colour so is barely visible in daylight. Have to say I'm quite pleased with the results.Cool Cool

My plan is to use LED lights under every grating, in captain's cabin, deck house and lantern. Also I'm considering to add a window beside the dor on the front of the main deck.

I think I should have about 9 LED lights so I will connect them in three separate circuits just to have chance turn off some of them in case ship will look like a Christmas tree.LOL

Comments and suggestions as always more than welcome!


LED without diffusing



With white card under grating



view from "inside"



and some of the plans....







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It will look good lit up. But be careful on how bright the led's are. The lighting on ships was very dull.
The defused light you show is good although a little bright. You might also consider having the light slightly to the side of the gratings, so as to not see the source of light.
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#14 Posted : 04 July 2015 08:55:24

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magpie1832 wrote:
It will look good lit up. But be careful on how bright the led's are. The lighting on ships was very dull.
The defused light you show is good although a little bright. You might also consider having the light slightly to the side of the gratings, so as to not see the source of light.
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Hi Chris,
Thanks for taking your time for the comments.

Picture abowe show light brighter than it is when you actually looking at it but you are right anyway. This are the smallest LED lights I could find, later this evening i will try double diffusers or reposition LED. Other option probably is to change resistor but my knowledge about that is really close to zeroConfusedBlushing . To create my lights I just simply followed tutorial.
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arek wrote:


Picture abowe show light brighter than it is when you actually looking at it but you are right anyway. This are the smallest LED lights I could find, later this evening i will try double diffusers or reposition LED. Other option probably is to change resistor but my knowledge about that is really close to zeroConfusedBlushing . To create my lights I just simply followed tutorial.


If you increase the resistor size, then the LED brightness will reduce (higher resistance, lower current). What resistor have you got in there currently, and what power source?
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WildRover wrote:
arek wrote:


Picture abowe show light brighter than it is when you actually looking at it but you are right anyway. This are the smallest LED lights I could find, later this evening i will try double diffusers or reposition LED. Other option probably is to change resistor but my knowledge about that is really close to zeroConfusedBlushing . To create my lights I just simply followed tutorial.


If you increase the resistor size, then the LED brightness will reduce (higher resistance, lower current). What resistor have you got in there currently, and what power source?


Hi WildRover,

Thanks for offering your help

This is a schematic I followed
Hope this is helpful.

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The 100k resistor is the key here, the 47 ohm ones will make naff all difference because of the huge one in there(The 47 ohm ones are there to help with voltage regulation to stop the leds going pop). If I were doing it, I'd replace the 100k resistor with a variable resistor, then you have control over the brightness, get say a 500k ohm one.
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#18 Posted : 04 July 2015 22:24:21

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Hi WildRover,

Thank you so much for helping me with that. Will try this as soon as I get one!
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It took me some time but wiring of my SF is almost over!BigGrin

I used a variable resistor for the entire system and now I have a complete control over LED brightness (again thanks to WildRover for advice). When resistor is set at a minimum my camera was not able to catch the light so I'm happy. When I was looking for resistor I came across a remote control switch and I decided to use it as well . The problem is that to many elements have to be installed in the hull and yet I have to make room for dummy canons so the battery holder, variable resistor and sensor for remote switch I will to install in ship stand.

I have to admit, the building becomes more complicated than I thought.Cursing It looks like I'll have to build the boxes around some of the LED lights that the light is not leaked by some parts of the ship and plan carefully placement of the dummy cannons.

It will be a long way before I even start planking the hull .....but seeing all this adds-on working is very rewarding.Cool Cool
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You certainly have a good end result. is the intention to see the light from the gratings?

If you are adding dumb cannons you will have to build boxes for each one, so as long as you carefully seal them that should stop any light leaking through.

Following with great interest

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