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  2. Update. I have been working on Nulli's quarterdeck. The plan is to build up the bulwarks including supporting beams. Later I will cut out at least two gunports, maybe I'll install caronades. I made a railing on the front of the deck. After dry fitting I found the supports totally out of scale (6mm for an estimated 1:100 scale is a bit heavy ...) so I am going to change these. Gunports on the main deck are finished. Decks are roughly sanded and will be scraped. I won't put on varnish until I've glued everything in place. Cheers Pieter
  3. Ferit - yes I have also seen how to make barrels visiting a log over at Scratch Ship Model - I may play around with building one barrel for the main deck attaching it much as you did on your Berlin. Not sure that I can add the spicket as you did on yours - brilliant work. Patrick - thanks indeed, Thought I did intend on "opening it up" as I had seen so well done with other cross sections.
  4. Thanks Roger, I will check Ed’s posts out for sure. And the fishing line idea sounds very interesting thanks. And quite the contrary Captain. I’m using a little cell phone .Maybe it have an inferiority complex 🤔 LoL.
  5. Good evening gentlemen and ... thank you for your encouragement! Finally, after a few tests, I tried the adventure and ... I won !!!! I was satisfied with a simple little "first price" blowtorch, some paste and a little refractory stone, and here is the result : The base is not fixed yet ... I'll see for the windows and the candle before. I even managed to close the ring by brazing it. I think I understood how to braze, finally I made myself a "mountain" when in the end it is not very complicated. Even during my tests I did not manage to melt my pieces (others of course : I did not want to start all over again ! ) To be continued ... Good evening to you ! Patrick
  6. Well, this should be a truly fascinating project, and one that several others have expressed interest in attempting. Whether one plans to build a representation of the Monarque of 1667, or the Royal Louis of 1668, I think the principal difference, there, will be in how one presents the number and arrangement of guns. From the standpoint of the Heller kit, what I think would be interesting to experiment with would be a lowering of the forward sheer of the wales, and a corresponding relocation of the decks. Making these adjustments will enable you to lower the knees of the head and create the lower sweep of the headrails. The issue of the bowsprit entry point and step is tricky because I believe it is also lower than depicted in later century portraits of French ships. Cedric L makes mention of this in his build-log for La Reyne conversion project. Moving aft, I would be interested in increasing the sheer of the wales to some small, but noticeable degree. Ultimately, this will require adjustments (built-up) to the upper bulwark sheer line, and the number if sheer steps, but I think that these adjustments will provide a closer facsimile of the RL/Monarque silhouette. Then, the rest is mainly a layering of ornamentation.
  7. hey there gents! thanks for the good word you know J........I looked up where to buy these engine kits. I was surprised to find that they also have the Chevy Corvair engine! rear engine......hmmmmmmm, may be in the horizon that would be cool! there were kits that had this much detail....but not many. to me, I think this was aimed at garage dioramas.........showing a torn down engine, or in the process of repair. it was probably a huge selling point. for a modeler, to have visionary and creative ability would be a huge plus.........likely the main reason why there are so many modelers assembled here to see how this model is looking at this moment........I'm feeling more comfortable that this isn't just a weird thought...more that I cared to chew. the big hurdle is coming up.....to align the frame with the body, and get it so it looks halfway decent. though PE is aimed mainly at planes and ships.....I'm quite sure that it will creep into the model car market soon {if it's not already here }. update soon........likely the reason why I haven't much progress on the General
  8. Bowsprit (it will be red painted and glued with two unvisible brass shanks)
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  10. I suggest that you review Ed Tosti’s build log of the ship Young America in the Scratch Built models section of the forum. Ed is a master of using and blackening miniature fastenings. Another trick learned from Ed is the use of black monofilament plastic fishing line to simulate iron fastenings. Roger
  11. The two escorts in the photo both have four 5" mounts, single funnels, and round bridges, which are all characteristics of Sims-class destroyers. There were five Sims-class vessels in Destroyer Squadron 2 constituting Task Force 17's (Hornet) screen at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 Oct 1942, Morris (DD-417), Anderson (DD-411), Hughes (DD-410), Mustin (DD-413), and Russell (DD-414). Perhaps the ships in the photo are two of these?
  12. The next time you need to put screws in by hand, just remember to pre-drill a hole slightly smaller than the screw and coat the screw with a lubricant like wax or even bar soap. In the states we have a product called screw ease that comes in a metal tube which is specifically made for this, any hardware store would probably have a similar product. The screw can be driven with much less effort and as an added benefit the screw can more easily be removed if necessary.
  13. Looks fantastic, Frank. Clean with beautiful detail. I sometimes envy the larger scale. Bravo. Ed
  14. Starting to work through the below book as it has only practical exercises to do. After this, I will attempt uploading a ships plan and try to loft it. Still need a little bit more practice to understand the concepts better. Basics Tutorial.bmp
  15. Those are DE's not DD's in the above photo, no Fletcher's in it. Now this is a Fletcher getting setup to bury her bows, square bridge but I suspect that the Fletcher's bridge was upgraded after entering service. The one I rode was the Ammen DD 527.
  16. Thanks John. I just noticed you're from Mobile. I used to visit there in the 70's and early 80's when I worked for International Paper and I always enjoyed your town.
  17. That is a very Nice Build you got going Dick!You do very precise/clean and a well thought out piece of art/work Kevin
  18. Take a look at this Apply PE parts is easy ..... (for some of us)
  19. Looking very good! And the brass guns are clearly superior 🙂 Thomas
  20. Just go on Youtube dot com and search "the great train chase". You'll find similar videos on the history of the General.
  21. Quick update. Just for the sake of comparison: Original color: Stained color: (For some reason, they look much better in person. The actual color is a bit darker.) Here you can see the first sail already sewed to the yardarm and furled.
  22. Yes, Eberhard is right, the problem is solved with the help of a template. First cut out of paper pattern of the inner contour. Then I scanned this template and put it on a computer in a vector program. Now it remains only to draw the part and solder it from brass.
  23. There were on the transom three cote of arms and two highest two orders as ornamental additives. The ORDRE DE SAINT ESPRIT ORDRE DE SAINT MICHEL Both gives some colourfull spots in this desert of gold and figures. Here a printing. There are several versions of the both Ordres (and classes rangs) so I'll try to figure out what appearance the 1660th version in the "1eme rang" had had. Here the light blue colour of the background of the cartushe for the Ordre de Saint Esprite and the black morion ribbon band of the Saint Michel. So I'll write some lines to the "International Commission on Orders of Chivalry" to ask for some helpful hand.
  24. Doris, thank you for your kind feedback about my work. Do not cease to admire your gorgeous model Royal Katherine !!! And I remain a fan of your talent and golden hands.!!!
  25. thanks for the kind comments and to those who checked out the progress these trucks were terrible Ken........for the tender, I'm hoping to use the axles to level them out. the wheels are slid on and them the axle is cemented into the holes made for them. the pony truck wasn't as bad though...just some very minor warpage. I wish I did know someone with a garden layout.......that would have been something cool to do. I did something similar with a Fokker D VIII, a Guillow's plane that I had built when I first moved to Florida. the place I was staying at had a cement slab around the back of the home......I suppose it was for a shed or something. grass had grown up along the edges, so I laid down and looking through the grass, I had snap some pretty neat pictures. I have no idea where they went.......I only have a few memories it was my best flyer too.......funny story...... I had built the plane.........when it was ready, took it down to Lake Mac, since there was a huge round area with picnic tables. Lake Mac was a circular man made lake......a dirt road ran by it and then circled around the picnic area. .......pretty cool place to bring a lunch and relax, but don't try and party out there at night! Michael told me there was a guy on the other side that will shoot first......then ask question later at the end, where the road takes it's turn, there was a barbed wire fence, with a marshy field laced with saw grass and scrug brush beyond. to the right of that was another field, barbed wired off and just as unkept. I launched it from the circle........climbed nicely and very straight........gained speed well for a rubber powered model. after it ran out of rubber, it glided, banking right slight enough to send it over the first field. then a gust of wind banked it again to the right, and it veered over the second field!. seeing it go down, I started the trek to retrieve it. what a mucky place it was ! I was almost up to my waist! it had gotten skewered by a couple of shoots of saw grass, but it couldn't have picked a better landing spot....no damage at all really coming out of there was just as nasty.......especially when it came to getting through the fences. as I came out to the opening, I saw an old truck clanking up the road.......thing really should have been scrap....but at the time, all one really needed was a dune buggy tag, and you can drive anything around the entire state {here with agricultural plates, it's only 20 miles from the residence}. this old fellow got out and hollered over to me, "hey! did you just go in those fields?" I told him I did.....going after my plane. he was pretty stern when he told me that I shouldn't go back in there........snakes and gators are in there! then he asked me where I was from..........when I told him New Hampshire........he just looked at me I never went back in there again. I forget what happen to the plane........I suppose it crashed at one point and was too far gone. R.I.P. I have another story about a De Havland mail plane........I still wish I had a video camera for that one........it was so cool! I thought about lighting it.......but with my past track record with lighting, I opted not to. thanks for the good word Ken thanks for the good word as well CDW........I've yet to look up videos on this train. I was pretty sure there is something out there....I just haven't had the time. I'll have to look now not too much done at the moment.......just some painting and assembling the headlight. should have something soon though. you know.......one thing I never gave thought about.......was the grab handles. I could have added them before paint........pretty sure that they'd be the same color as the body, rather than chromed or any color that would stand out. I also need to get those part out of the brake fluid.......I think they've been in there long enough
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