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HMS Terror; together with HMS Erebus were modified Royal Navy ships that attempted to find the North West passage through the ice packs of King William Islands in the Canadian Arctic in 1845.Terror was the first Royal navy ship to be fitted with screw power from a locomotive engine. The expedition failed and unfortunately all the crews of both ships perished. The wreck of Terror was discovered in 2016.

Shaped the hull from some Alder wood and cut and fixed the bulwarks with styrene, overlapping at the bow end with super glue.The prow of Terror was reinforced with metal plates and I have  tried to imitate these with strips of styrene.Added bowsprit and she's ready for painting.

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I like to use matt black spray paint as it dries in just a few minutes so you don't have to wait around for it to dry for an age.Marked out the deck and drilled holes where I want the masts and bowsprit to go.The veneer deck will go in as one solid piece. Will carry on with the construction of the masts and slicing the hull into four sections so that all the pieces will be able to go through the bottle neck without any struggle.Masts and bowsprit constructed with a little help from styrene.They will be sprayed matt white.

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Cut the hull up into four sections on a small hobby bandsaw that will allow it to be assembled together inside the bottle later on. I make sure that the pieces of the hull can fit together easily and without too much effort and that everything lines up and that the join lines are not that noticeable. Use cut cocktail sticks as pegs for joining, making sure that everything aligns.

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Painted the masts and bowsprit and added some ratline rigging to the masts. Fashioned a couple of catheads out of some thicker styrene and also used styrene for the lifeboat supports at the stern.Of course I could use wood but as these pieces are going to be white; then it is much easier too fashion them out of plastic.

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More of the rigging completed,sails cut and glued in place.Constructed lifeboat hangers and fashioned a small lifeboat. (The crew dismantled the other lifeboats to provide shelter 😉 )

Made a rookie mistake on measuring the inside height of the bottle ( a 750 ml whisky bottle) and found that the masts would be touching the top of the inside of the bottle and as I did not want to cut down the masts or sand down the bottom of the hull; I switched to a larger 1,5 L bottle. Now the problem was to fill the extra space, so made a tent,shed and other store supplies to give it a bit of a diorama feel and fill up the bottle a bit.

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3 hours ago, Bruce Foxworthy said:

Onni:

Very interested in trying some Styrene but have no clue as to where to buy it?? Does it come in different thicknesses and what thickness do you use??

Thanks Bruce

 

Hi Bruce,

As I stated earlier on in this build, I use 0,3 mm for the hull and 0,5 mm for areas which need more strength. Living in Finland I buy my styrene from a hobby shop in Helsinki but  it can be purchased online in different sheet sizes and thickness from various sources.

For glue I am using instant glue (super glue) which bonds  styrene very well with wood and also with other styrene. Don't find any adverse reactions using this glue with styrene but keep the glue off your fingers! Styrene is  also great to spray paint or paint by hand using enamel paints or an air brush (which I don't have!) Hope this answers some of your questions.

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Onni:

Thanks for the info on the Styrene. I will hunt some up for sure.

So are you Finnish? My wife is half Finnish. We belong to a private club here called Finn Camp. We spend a lot of time there as events are always going on. There is a sauna house and a lake to swim in. I go sauna most every Wed. and Sat. I've come to really look forward to sauna days. Sisu!

Bruce

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2 hours ago, Bruce Foxworthy said:

Onni:

Thanks for the info on the Styrene. I will hunt some up for sure.

So are you Finnish? My wife is half Finnish. We belong to a private club here called Finn Camp. We spend a lot of time there as events are always going on. There is a sauna house and a lake to swim in. I go sauna most every Wed. and Sat. I've come to really look forward to sauna days. Sisu!

Bruce

No,not Finnish but British. I have lived in Finland for the past 30 years so I'm just getting used to it 😀

 

 

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The first two quarters of the starboard side of the hull are in. I did not  glued them together because they are already a good tight fit without glue.When the port side is glued together with the starboard side they will support each other (hopefully) For lifting the hull pieces together in place in the bottle, I use a piece of twisted iron ( as used in reinforced concrete) with some blu tac on the bent end to position them and then tap them together. The iron rod is heavy enough to act like a mini hammer. Steamed the deck veneer and got it through the bottle neck in one piece so that the deck does not show any cuts or joins. I just glue these all with ordinary white wood glue. The completed hull will be glued down with clear resin so that it will be a solid platform to erect the masts etc..

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