William J. Romero Publications

HMS TRITON

Another nice feature for the Triton Practicum is the fact that the author has redrawn the drafts of the ship which is available from Greenwich, England.  The reason for the redrawing is the fact that it was extremely difficult to interpret some of the original drawing due to either poor printing quality or the aging process taking a toll on the drafts.  Especially so is the interpretation of the stern and gallery areas of the ship, especially with regard the carved figures.  For the most part, your author had all the original drafts put into PDF computer files and saved on a CD.  The next step was to download all these files into Adobe Photo Shop® and by enlarging the images, cleaning out all the digital debris, it became clearer to properly interpret each and every figure. The third step in the redrawing process was to insert the cleaned-up drafts into AutoCAD and over the course of two years all the drafts were redrawn with the accuracy of the AutoCAD drawing tools.   It is a tedious process but one which results in a fine set of drawings for the construction of HMS Triton.  

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The Practicum Approach

A second unique feature with this practicum is that once the hull frames are given a preliminary sanding and the hull is faired smoothly, the Wale planks will be installed, and upon completion, the hull is immediately cut away from the construction board which means that the remaining construction of the model can be done with the hull in the upright position and no longer upside down.  Perhaps this is the main criticism of the Harold Hahn method of construction, but at least for the framing of the hull, we take advantage of the accuracy of the construction board method for the basic hull.

 There are several unique things with this Practicum that differ from previous ones such as the United States frigate Confederacy, the Royal Yacht  Fubbs, and HMS Warrior.  The Triton model is built in 1/4” scale as is also the case of the Fubbs.  This new Practicum still uses the Harold Hahn method of a construction board for the framing of the hull as was done for the Confederacy and the Warrior.  However, with the Triton hull, there are three different thicknesses of frames and only the thickest 1/4” ones are inserted into slots cut into the construction board, thus at a considerable saving of time spent in cutting the notches.  The remaining two dimension of frames, 7/32” and 3/16” are cemented to a ‘shelf’ portion of the construction board.  Between each and every frame small spacing blocks are cemented at various places around the frames (corresponding to the joints of the futtocks), and this will yield an exceptionally strong hull.  An interesting feature for each frame is the ‘cut-off’ line.  The hull framing is brought to completion with the installation of the stern knees and gallery timbers.