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Caravella PINTA – 1492

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The Pinta keel at my shipyard was laid down on July 1, 2019, shortly after Victory was completed. After big projects, I just want to relax and pamper myself with something good and that is how Columbus Pinta has become for me. The project was suspended on September 5, 2019 indefinitely, since the model is in Kiev, and I changed my place of residence and physically took away the entire workshop with models at one time failed, but I hope to finish this beauty next year. Therefore, I will just show the process in order from unpacking the box to full readiness with a demo showcase. Unpacking the box and reviewing the kit and bundling I demonstrated in detail in the video review on my Youtube channel, so as not to take many photos with boring comments, so I invite you to view:

Boat hull assembly:


Power set, as always in such sets, is represented by plywood. So I glued the ends of the keel with veneer so that all visible parts of the ship looked like they were made of solid wood. The body parts themselves are laser cut but the grooves come in very freely even too much, which is very easy to fall out, so to stabilize the frames I filled the spaces with the remnants of a foam insulation. So even the contours of the hull were easier to form when shooting small but it is much softer than the plywood so it is easy to make the blockage but under the rails of the roughing it all disappeared and the hull turned out perfect!

In addition, she arranged the death of the deck, because of course the set is calculated as simply as possible, but I do not like to go the easy way - you need to do "as it should"! She just trimmed the rails into the beams and got a plywood bend under the future deck decking. After adjusting the floor of the stern superstructure and leveling it with the unbuttoned body - I went to the first layer of the housing casing.

She temporarily fastened the rough covering with small nails, which after drying the glue completely removed. Since I will sheathe a clean veneer from the set, and metal nails under the action of PVA have the property of rust, so that rust in the future does not become a problem, it is better to immediately pull out all the nails. Sheath belts arranged alternately left and right, as I already know this property of the housing after drying the glue - can lead ...

Of course, having properly sanded the roughing, she began to arrange a clean one from velvet. They were also temporarily fastened with nails, which were then removed and replaced with wooden nails. Then again she arranged the belt trims left and right.


Back in the process of assembling the hull, some plywood parts (36 and 38) were replaced with walnut rails. And a re-set threshold (37) which essentially creates an obstacle for water to drain from the deck. Therefore, the cladding of the bulkhead was made prior to the arrangement of deck decking, and not in the last batch, as in the instructions. The model did not have any scabbards at all, so they were also added and fitted with brass tubes, although they could have been wooden at the time. In addition, anchor bits are arranged, instead of incomprehensible rectangular cutouts under the flywheel in error. Detail (28) has become a form of board stitching.


The fenders on the model are also redesigned - made of solid wood, instead of offered glued veneer veneer finish. By the way, the finishing lining additionally has nailing, both on the sides and on the deck deck. Also, the plywood details of the keel, the forst and the aperture in the color of the finishing panel were completely sunk to give the model a logical appearance of a real vessel. And the bulkhead elements on the deck were made. Windows are incised, not glued on top, and made full-fledged doors, not just glued shutters, as instructed. Yes

and the rudder feather was also trimmed because the hinges did not fit in size. At this stage, it is time to make a temporary work stand so that it is convenient to mount all the little things until I come up with a Pint demo and a permanent stand. All the details of the work done at this stage, as always, you can watch the video on my YouTube cannula:

Installation of parts:


The first thing is - I replaced the scary cast metal boat and made a new one out of wood, along with the hardware for it. It was also suggested to set her keel to the mountain, which is not correct at all, and therefore this part of the set was completely replaced.


I did the same with cast carriages. Completely replaced, making new ones from the anatomy Xavier Pastor:

AotS - The Ships of Christopher Columbus

It was necessary to refine and install the channels, as they are absent from the instructions, although in reality at that time all masts that had direct sails were mounted on the chanels and only sails that could be changed (to be turned from left to right, depending on the wind), made on detachable wooden Toggles (wooden element, but later these elements will come ... Unfortunately, to install the channels on the Fore-mast failed, because of the wrong form of the hull in the bow, the manufacturers made the Pinta very sharp, that it is impossible to put the shrouds overboard - they rest on the planksheer and simply refract through it. Therefore, the deck masts, as well as the Mizen, will be fitted with removable deck rails. But the use of triangular deck on the deck is not logical, because for the rigging used blocks, because those that were in the kit for casual rigging - great for a removable guy. Standing rigging units were also installed at this stage, as this would then be difficult to do when the deck was filled with parts. I came to this option after analyzing all the variants of Pinta's interpretations. The set gives her a snap, like the Xavier Pastor anatomy about Nina. But I also found my situation in the Martinez-Hidalgo drawing ...


(Martinez-Hidalgo "PINTA" design 1963)

AotS - The Ships of Christopher Columbus

NINA design by Xavier Pastor


After collecting all the elements and details of the boat with all the finishes (basically taking into account the destruction of the deck, which I arranged in the first stage), I began to install them on a pint. Of course, I twisted the ropes independently for the carriages and for the anchor rope as the threads from the set of the image I did not like. The most enjoyable moment is when you start to mount it and put it in place - I shot on video to convey the most incredible feeling when everything is ideally adjusted and just flows into place. As before the cadaver - I set the boat down with the keel, not the other way, as instructed (adding an anchor cat and paddles for the full picture). At this completed the second stage of construction and did a small photo session before the production and installation of mast and rigging ...

All the details of the work done at this stage, as always, you can watch the video on mine YouTube channel:

Standing rigging


The third stage of construction was the manufacture of mast and the installation of standing rigging. I added sheaves and pulleys on the masts by the anatomy. And of course I made the above mentioned Toggles, as it was - I filmed and edited the video, as it is better to show than to try to explain for a long time.

I installed shrouds and stays, of course I made ropes in advance and replaced blocks of her own stays. The posting of the Fore-stay is also shown in detail in the video.

Not to do a separate post on the construction of the caravela about sewing sails - just share the technology with photo examples in the section "secrets and tips" creating a page, as I am often asked how I sew, paint and shape, this is a long process with its nuances so I did not want to hammer this information into the process of assembling a pint ... So at this stage I completed the stage of the mast installation and prepared everything for the raising of the sails and the breeding of the incidental rigging. Even the flags were hung up to estimate the entire size of the vessel and to start thinking about making a showcase. I think it will be a glass aquarium on a massive wooden base with a print at the bottom that will list short boat reports, scale and short history but I'll tell you about it when it's time to do ...

On October 5, 2019, work on the model was discontinued due to my move to the United States. Therefore, I will continue to make running rigging, sails and showcase when I can come to Kyiv again. In the photo you can see the result of a three-month work - by the way I did it at 4:00 am before leaving for the airport ...

All the details of the work done at this stage, as always, you can watch the video on mine YouTube channel:

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