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I originally got the idea from "Virtual Scratch Builder site http://www.virtualscratchbuilder.com Using the Airfix HMS Victory in 1/600ish scale you can make just about any ship from a 28 gun Frigate to a 130 gun ship of the line.
After "getting" your ships, first assemble parts 1, 2 and 3 this is the two sections of the hull and the deck. Using standard plastic model glue, let it set for a few hours to become hard.
Use a few rubber bands to give some pressure so the parts will set up tight.
Then take a fine tip marker and mark were you will make your cuts. Once marked make all of your cuts. You may use a hobby knife, or as like me I use a "DREMEL Moto-Tool."
Bringing the ship down to water line is the easy part. Simply cut 1/16th of an inch below the gun ports that are closest to the water line leaving about 1/16th of an inch space. This is done if you are building a 1, 2 or 3 decker.
In the area of the stern of the ship you will make a cut out of the hull were the rudder would be. I used piece #16 (nameplate for the stand) and cut it and place it in that location so you have the area below the stern windows filled. You do not have to do this on a 3 decker as it cuts perfectly as per the original kit. "In the photos below you can see how the there is an L shaped space below the stern windows"
To make a ship shorter or longer than the original kit you must remove or add a section from the hull. These changes are best made before the ship is cut to water line.
To make a ship shorter remove the section between the Cargo Hold and the Middle Mast. Then glue the two sections back together.
To make a ship longer make a cut behind the Middle Mast. Then insert a section from a ship that was made shorter by putting it behind the Middle Mast. Then glue the three sections back together.
Below is a list of different numbered gunned ships and what you need to make them.
Once the ship is reassembled give it a good primer coat then finish assembling, painting, rigging, flags and mounting your ship on base.
As per painting and rigging your ships there are many good references out there. On the "Yahoo groups" "WoodenWalls" ; in the files section there is a very good file "NAVAL.xls" a Napoleonic Ships Painting Guide by Roy Trochim
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