Monthly Archives: May 2020

Building a Himi Tenma in 1/10 Scale – Part 6 (Final)

The Himi Tenma model is complete. Here’s the final post on the construction of the model.

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One of the features of this model is something that appears on many Japanese wooden boats, and dealing with it has been on my mind since this project began. I’m talking about the mooring bits, called the kanzashi. On this boat, they are tapered square posts with a faceted knob at the end.

On the real boat, these were made of honiki, but for a 1/10 scale model, I decided to use a harder wood that I have on hand, some Castello boxwood, which I use in ship modeling all the time, as there is no grain, has a nice tan color, and carves beautifully.

As it turned out, these were pretty easy to make. So much so that I made a pair and decided they were too short and quickly made another pair.

These were large enough that, rather than trying to carve a post to fix them…

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Building a Himi Tenma in 1/10 Scale – Part 5

With the stay-at-home situation continuing here in the Bay Area, I’m finding it a bit difficult to stay motivated on some ship modeling work. But, given that this one is a commissioned project, and it’s simple in the greater scope of ship modeling, I’m driven to move forward with it.

This model is nearing completion and sometimes feels like it’s the only thing that is. I’ll be on its way to its new home soon, and I’ll turn my attention to the finishing up of one of my other projects that’s close to completion.

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Since we’re still under the stay-at-home order and I have time, I’m plowing ahead with the Himi Tenma. I did manage to get some measurements from Douglas Brooks, but mostly, to verify that my beams are fairly close. Not all exactly like the boat built last Fall, but close enough for this project.

With the beams, or funabari, in place, I went ahead and added the decks at the bow and stern. I don’t recall off hand what the term is for the stern deck, but the bow deck is called the kappa. I fit both decks by first making a templates that I cut to fit as best I could in place of the planks.

I cut three planks to make up each of the decks. For the stern deck, I installed a simple strip of wood onto the transom, or todate, to serve as a shelf…

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Building a Himi Tenma in 1/10 Scale – Part 4

Ran into a snag during the build with the bending of the hull planks. Managed to work something out and move on. This bumps up my completion timetable, and I’m hoping to have the is pretty much wrapped up in 10 days or so.

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I started working on planking the hull of the Himi Tenma shortly after my last post. The first thing to do was to cut a cardboard template to the approximate shape of the hull plank.

This was done by taping a piece of cardboard into place on the model. The bottom edge was traced with a pencil onto the cardboard. The shape at the bow was approximated, and the stern end was cut off a little bit long. The top edge was derived by marking the top edge at the ends of the model. I then used a thin wood batten to create a fair curve and traced that shape onto the cardboard template. The template really does not need to be very accurate. It just has to be big enough to work, and a bit oversized is best.

The template can now be used to help select the wood. I…

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Building a Himi Tenma in 1/10 Scale – Part 3

This project is moving quickly during the COVID-19 crisis. Hoping to have it complete and delivered to its new owner by the end of May.

Wasen Mokei 和船模型

I’m making decent progress on the Himi Tenmasen model and am now working on the kanjiki planks. These are the bottom planks located either side of the heavy, central bottom plank, called the chyou. As I mentioned before, my model will have two kanjiki planks on each side, much like in the tenma drawings, though the boat built last fall actually only used one plank per side. But, this way allows me more efficient use of my wood supply, and if I screw up a plank, I lose less wood. And, while it means more mortises to cut, it also means there is more detail on the model.

Measurements of mortises given are at full size.

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European Ship Model Manufacturers Re-Opening

Good news for us ship modelers during this COVID-19 crisis. It seems that all the European manufacturers are opening up their businesses. This means that your favorite hobby dealers will soon be able to restock the kits they’ve been running out of.

This mostly affects Italian manufacturers Mantua/Panart, Corel, and Amati, and Spanish manufacturers Constructo and OcCre.

HMS Beagle And HMS Terror are two of the more popular kits from OcCre Models of Spain that have been unavailable in the U.S.

So, if you’re looking for a specific kit that’s been out of stock, keep watching the websites of your favorite sellers, or check with them to find out when they expect to be restocked.