I’ve spent most evenings this week sketching and sticking various bits of card on trying to work out what I’ll be adding to the deck. These sketches give an idea of how I want to extend the original wheelhouse. The wheelhouse will have two tiers, the bottom tier will extend forward on to the deck. The main feature of the port side will be a huge twin barrelled cannon.
One of the major obstacles has been the curvature of the deck, which cambers across the width and has a concave curve along the length towards the bow. Cutting anything to fit to this means some careful measuring and guess work.
Below is the beginnings of the deck structure. As the wheelhouse is removable to allow access to the workings, the extension is glued to the deck but not the wall. With some careful positioning of armour plate and other details this join should eventually be all but invisible. Note how the height of the wall reduces the further forward it gets, although the top remains parallel to the waterline.