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  1. We got there on a cruise ship that was crossing from the US to the area for the summer season, so I guess we beat the crowds.
  2. When we visited the museum a couple of years ago we took the hotels advice and bought tickets ahead and arrived right as the museum opened. We had been warned / advised to prioritize those exhibits we really wanted to see so the ships exhibits were first on our list. There were a number of multimedia presentations that I believe represent the best promise for a future for displaying modelers work. The half model mentioned above was an amazing. To watch these tiny actors performing their tasks deep within the ship was very cool. FYI, by midmorning, the museum became so full of tourists, you had to wade seas of people to get to specific painting/exhibits so the advice to arrive early worked extremely well for us. The Rijksmuseum is very highly recommended. It is Netherland's version of the USA's Smithsonian, albeit in one very large facility rather than many. As we left the museum later that afternoon, the weather had turned cold and rainy. The lines to get into the building both for those with prepaid tickets and those without, streamed for many blocks away from the building entrance and promised hours of very cold wet waits to get into the museum. So go early and get in line to be there when it opens. I also would be remiss if I didn't recommend the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. This museum had far more exhibits of ships and maritime artifacts on display and was much less crowded than the Rijksmuseum. Here is a photo of the stern carvings. However there is also another model not to be missed, the huge model of the William Rex.
  3. Thanks You. The ship's kit was Mamoli, and heavily bashed. The case was my design, The build log is on the forum. It can be found here.
  4. Thanks. As I was getting to the end of the Connie's build I started looking for a case. I could not find one that I liked. So I designed this one in DeltaCAD. I wanted the case to be wood but not so heavy of framing to feel heavy. Hence having the glass notched into the base and top rather than a traditional frame. For lighting I wanted LED lighting but was concerned about the lumens as color. SO many LEDs seem to be dim or too blue. I found a study done my the Getty Institute for Museums looking to switch from traditional lighting to LED. The recommendations were high CRI >90, and a temperature of Warm White (2700k to 3000k). I found a company, FireFlex that produced LED strips that met the requirements. I just had to assemble them and install them into the cabinet. I ran the wiring by cutting the slot for the glass on one of the corners deeper and slightly narrower in the back. Then I glued a thin strip of walnut over the narrower slot that effectively covered the wiring slot. I did the same in the top to take a wire from one side to the other. The LED is installed in aluminum channel that is inset to be flush with the top. The case design could never have been done if I did not have the CAD software to test everything. It allowed me to look at sight lines. Thanks again for all the kind words. I do like the way the case came out.
  5. Thanks. I wanted the case to add to the ship and I think it does. I certainly am seeing things on it that I never really noticed. That sounds funny since I built it all, but seeing it in a great light overall, I can pull back and see the systems, or more how the ship's boats compliment each other. I am enjoying looking at her. I think until now, i either looked at her through a magnifing lense, or was looking at one particular area i was focused on. I am learning to see more of her at once now. The case is substantial without the weight of the table. The glass weighs in about 100 pounds. So 150 would be a conservative guess. Given where it is, I also wanted enough heft that if someone bumped it in passing, it would not be a disaster.
  6. Constitution Build Ships Boats 2

    Thanks. I enjoyed building her. It was a Mamoli kit build. I did a bit of bashing. Also I do have a build log. There is a link in my signature and also at the top of this gallery.
  7. Thanks! The ship was actually begun in 1992. However, right after getting the external planking done, I put her away for 20 years. Let January I pulled her out of storage and started working on her in earnest. She took about 13 months of work. The case took me an additional 4 weeks, not counting the design which overlapped with the ship build.
  8. USS Constitution (1:93)

    This is a heavily kit bashed Mamoli USS Constitution. Details of the build can be found on my build log. http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/5514-uss-constitution-by-bill-robnbill-mamoli-193-kit/
  9. Constitution Build Ships Boats 4

    Thanks Nils. I decided early in the process to scratch the Mamaoli provided boats and build my own POF based upon the line drawings in the AOS. I redid them in CAD and scaled them for use.
  10. IMG 7691

    Great look. Very well done. How did you do the sea?