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  1. If you want to stay with Caldercraft I'd recommend the bomb vessel Granado. A little less complex and smaller than Agamemnon. My build log is in my signature. I made a number of changes to the kit, including substituting boxwood for the hull planking. Bob "rafine" has just completed a very nice build of her as well, if you'd like to see another example of what can be done with the kit. It's a neat looking vessel, with just enough complexity and decoration. Highly recommended.
  2. No problem using the photo Doug. If you decide on PDN first and have any questions, just ask.
  3. Well, clearly I've built the PDN, photo above... The kit is generally good. I took some liberties with the carronades in terms of the carriages, and I added some extra details based of the original plans, as well as ship's boats. As you found the instructions are not nearly as good as what Chuck wrote for Syren, and Syren is a newer more comprehensive kit, but not everyone has been pleased with Model Expo's execution of some parts (carronades, quarter badges). There are obviously far more Syren build logs to learn from and ask questions of the builders. The PDN has a little easier rig if that's an issue. I think it's a coin flip. Either way, you'll get a ton of help on here if needed. At the end of the day technique is the same no matter the kit.
  4. Chuck: Add tan/sand type color to red to make it lighter and keep from going pink. Keeps it to the yellow side.
  5. Yes, it is really pee... All in all it's not a bad experience doing it (differing sources say urine is sterile). It works rather quickly and there is no residual odor. I clear coated mine with Testor's dullcoat. Make sure the copper is very clean before application to avoid an inconsistent finish.
  6. Here's my take: Model Expo copper tape with nail pattern made from very small hypodermic tubing, so it is not raised, but rather shows the nail outline. Weathered with the "bodily fluid" method. There's more pictures of the copper and the stamping jig in my build log.
  7. Thanks for the photos Jason. The brig model had been acquired, but wasn't displayed yet the lest time I visited the USNA museum. I found that article awhile back in my research of the class. Interesting read and really shows the lack of hard information, as well as the changes that occurred over time in such a large class of ships.
  8. With the size of the class, and their designed purpose, particularly at a time when the RN was in massive build mode, the likelihood of am economical to build design seems to make sense.
  9. Alert with a square tuck from earlier in this very thread:
  10. I'm very intrigued now with the square vs. round tuck information, as like Jason, all the plans I've seen have the square tuck. This includes the Chapelle drawings in The History of the American Sailing Navy of the captured Epervier.
  11. Charlie, This is the stern of the Irene model at the US Naval Academy. I should say, I can't be sure the model you have the photo of is Scorpion or Irene, but it is clearly based off the Irene plans, due to the mid-ship lowered bulwarks,, raised forecastle and poop ( even higher than Cruzier class), deck layout and changes to stern.
  12. Charlie, That Epervier model has some issues, and they aren't limited to the figurehead, at least based on my research, so take that whole build with a grain of salt. The Irene model below it includes some of the changes after she was captured, which are documented in the Irene book, including the changes to the stern and head.