DeAgostini’s “Sovereign of the Seas”, Installments 2 & 3

Living dangerously, I built installments 2 & 3 simultaneously. #2 gives us two frames that go behind the forward frame, and one more cannon. #3 provides yet another frame, a keel section, and an anchor.

Below are the frames from #2. The side parts fit nicely with dovetailed cutouts. Glue each into place and clamp or use weights to ensure the joint is flush. The center sections are also likely to suffer from some warpage.

Frames

Frames

#3 provides a keel section which also fits with dovetails.

Keel

Keel

After fitting the keel section, the joint is reinforced with “sister” plates; again, use weights to keep the joint flat.

Gluing the keel sections

Gluing the keel sections

As with the cannon, I’ll tackle the anchors as a set, when the other one arrives.

Anchor

Anchor

The instructions provide info on how you can optionally use a building board or keel clamp unit to assemble the model. Depending on the method used, you may wish to NOT glue the frames in place yet. I haven’t yet, because I am unsure of their alignment. Looking at the “knees” which support the upper decks, I see a curiously staggered alignment, even though each frame is solidly pushed into its slot in the keel. Is this drooping sheerline correct? Or is it something that requires correction? Again, with no overall plan, I can’t tell. So I’ll play it safe and leave the frames unglued for now.

Alignment?

Alignment?

#3 also provides a temporary support tool that fits into the forward bow formers (see above detail from the manual). It apparently is intended to hold the hull squarely upright in lieu of using a larger building board. We are instructed to build the support itself squarely… but, yes, it is warped like many of the other plywood parts! I may or may not use this… if I do, I’ll add reinforcing parts to straighten it out.

Warped bow support

Warped bow support

BTW: You do not have to build in a vacuum! DeAgostini has a forum at their website, so you can ask fellow modelers what they think of any given issue, and hopefully offer some solutions of your own!

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