Building HMS Wolf – Shipyard’s 1/72 Scale Laser-Cut Card Kit – Part 8

After taking something of a pause on this project while deciding on the color scheme on deck, I did manage to do a bit of work on some various sub-assemblies. But, as far as the color scheme goes, I’ve decided on red gun carriages and wheels, as well as red hatch coamings. The kit instructions call for just about everything else on deck to be painted red, including the ship’s wheel, but I’ll make a final decision on that and on the binnacle when I get to their construction.

Riding bitts and hatches temporarily fit into place, but showing my final paint scheme.

The main work at this point was in the construction of the gun carriages and the many eyebolts and ringbolts this required. The carriages themselves were pretty easy to construct, though they did consist of 16 pieces each, including the wheels. These parts are all made of medium thickness cardboard, so after gluing the parts together using tacky glue, I gave everything a touch of thin CA to stiffen them up and to firm up the glue joints, then painted them red.

The hardest part is really the making of all the necessary eyebolts for the gun carriages. Each carriage needs 5 eyebolts and 2 rings, making a total of 50 eyebolts and 20 rings. I’m making them because the kit provides only spools of wire for the metal parts, and because commercially available eyebolts are too large.

The kit actually has you using thin copper wire that they provide. But, I found the copper to be too soft for my liking. I’ve always made my own eyebolts out of black annealed steel wire, so that’s what I went with here.

Long ago, I learned to make the eyebolts the hard way, and still do it, forming a closed loop in a end of a piece of wire with the aid of a drill bit to form the loop. There are easier ways to do this, but this is how I did it here…

I’m going to try to make myself switch to the simpler method of forming an eye in the middle of a piece of wire, twisted around the drill bit. But, old habits die hard. Anyway, after making some split rings for the ringbolts, I added the parts to the completed gun carriages.

Next, I want to get the guns finished and get them mounted with tackle and breeching ropes in place. It will be far easier to do this step now, while the deck is clear. Once the deck furniture starts going in, there’s too much likelihood of damage if I try to rig the guns afterwards. So, I’ll be making more eyebolts and ringbolts for the bulwarks and deck.

Also, since i’m in production mode of this small stuff, I’m going to make a bunch extra to complete the cannon carriages for a wood model I’ve had sitting around for a long time. But, I’ll talk about that separately later.


1 thought on “Building HMS Wolf – Shipyard’s 1/72 Scale Laser-Cut Card Kit – Part 8

  1. agesofsail

    Reblogged this on Ages of Sail and commented:
    Progress continues on this beautiful 1/72-scale model of the 10-gun brig-rigged “snow” HMS Wolf, built from Shipyard’s laser-cut card model kit.

    Seeing the cannons coming together is always a fun part of any ship model kit. And, like with any ship model kit, there is some work that must be done with fine wire, but the results look pretty awesome here.

    This post also shows one way to make eye bolts from wire, but it is not the only way.

    Do you have a favorite method to share?


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