Daily Archives: May 7, 2020

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.

Wasen Mokei 和船模型

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.