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  1. Thanks very much for all the likes. Mark - the "highlights" concept is something I've been thinking about. Seems like colors on the sides of hulls typically ran into the stern as well. I had posted a few weeks ago (and you kindly had replied and helped me think through some of the issues) of inner bulwark planking - e.g., if I go with red, do I have to do both the main deck and the gun deck to match (as well as the port sills)? If the bulwarks are red, do the gun carriages have to be in red? Etc. What I might do instead is go with blacks and golds (using washes, etc. to bring out the details) for the decorative pieces. The Kenji Nakajima model below took this approach and I really like it (he added blue in a couple spots of the decorations on the stern). Where I will deviate from him is that he used the kit cast pieces - I'm likely going to scratch my own because while I think they are pretty good, I don't think that they fill out the teardrop shape of the quarter galleries the right way and some of the lower decorative elements are not in the right scale. So, it will be a bit different and hopefully look half as nice as his model. Pete - The Age-It is water-based, and goes on very nicely. I tried a bunch of the General Finishes stains but the Age-It looked nicest to me. It turned the gratings a nice golden bronze, which complemented the dark walnut coamings when tung oil was used. Unfortunately, it looks like the best time to apply is after the gratings are completed because of all the gluing and sanding of the camber that you need to do to assemble them. I tried to apply glue only to the bottom of the gratings so that it didn't penetrate too far at the top so that the stains will take. Will see what happens. I agree about too much color. It's nice, but I almost like the more simplistic 3-color scheme you see being used by folks in Europe (pear/boxwood/ebony). Here's a model on one of the websites that uses a lot of color - nice, but not really what I'm going for (the sails are fantastic though). Jason - yeah, the gratings are a bit tedious, especially when you have to do as many as are on this ship. But, they provide a nice detail I think. I figured I would knock them out at once since I was already cutting wood for the coamings, and making them at the same time would make it easier for consistency of dimensions. As usual, I grossly underestimated the amount of time it would take to put them all together. I have to say though that the Byrnes table saw with sliding table and the Byrnes disc sander make the job much easier, especially to get straight lines and uniform dimensions. The painting with wood thing isn't too bad. I probably could have built this straight from the box as the wood quality is very nice, but the color of the wood used for the keel was way too blonde relative to the stem. It just wouldn't have looked right to me, and I struggled for a while with whether to just stick with it or buy new wood for consistency. This is not a Euromodel-only issue of course. Caldercraft and Amati stock their kits with different walnuts and walnut ply which is all over the place in color variation. My Corel Unicorn wood was quite consistent, and MS kits use basswood so the color there is pretty consistent. It seems like some of the newer European kit makers are using more consistent wood, so maybe that will carry over to the others I mentioned who otherwise put out really nice kits. You just have to plan ahead. It's been quite tricky in places on my Morgan build where one side of an item may be black and another in a different color, so you end up laminating different woods together. I like the challenge though. It also forces me to work more precisely knowing that I can't rely on wood filler and paint to clean things up. Probably the big thing is the added cost of the new woods, but on my current builds, I bought the kits off eBay or MSW members at prices low enough that even replacing the kit wood still makes me pay less than buying the kit retail. I also like the fact that I feel like I'm doing real "woodworking" and not just model making in using various tools, finishes, etc. It's been a lot of fun learning these things and playing with all the toys - almost as much fun as the model making side. I've recently learned a lot from Vossiewulf and his posts on tools - that is a man that knows and loves his tools!
  2. Happy 2019 everyone! I’ve made some progress over the holidays and last few weeks. In getting ready for the second planking, I built the stern post and rudder using walnut from Crown Timberyard. Since I’m not planning on painting the lower hull, I was a bit uncomfortable using the kit wood which had different woods for the rudder and stem versus the keel, leading to a pretty big color difference. Kit manufacturers really should as a matter of course stock a kit with consistent woods or at least colors/shades. I added brass rod to the stern post to help position it when running the second planking so that it ends up nice and flush. I built the rudder using in three sections, though the wood is dark and despite marking the edges with pencil, the edges may not show up when the wood is oiled. I’ll finalize the rudder once the stern post is installed, including adding the bottom sole (the kit rudder is in the right): I spent some time working on the various hatches for both the gun and main decks. I originally thought the kit didn’t provide enough grating material so went to buy more but the cost on the Euromodel site was awfully high. So I went with some gratings from RB Models. You can see them in the piece on the upper left side of the picture below - really nice quality, but unfortunately the grating openings for the ones I bought ended up being slightly too oversized I thought. After building the three sets of gratings for the gun deck using the RB Model gratings, I realized that I miscounted the the amount needed relative to what the kit provides. Stupid me, I double counted the gratings on the gun deck under the opening in the waist, which are also shown in the main deck plans. Turns out the kit barely gives you enough to complete all the visible gratings, so I went with the kit gratings which are more in scale. The one piece using the RB Models material is completely hidden so the disparity won’t be noticed. So, crisis averted but it would be nice if the kit provided more material to be able to construct all gratings (visible and hidden) in the kit, and at least to have some extra in case of mistakes, poor material, etc. In the RB Models piece, you can see the gratings look darker than the kit gratings. I used the brown Age-It from Micromark and really like how it darkened the gratings, which typically seem too light for me. So, l’ll likely use this to darken the other gratings as well. I’m still mulling over the ultimate color scheme. I’m leaning towards keeping the colors simple in browns and black, but have thought about adding reds and/or blues (blue seems to have been used in Swedish ships) for more color. I’m already using reds and blues on my Pegasus, so I might just stick with browns and black. Since I’m painting with wood, that would enable me to use the kit cannons and not have to scratch them in redheart, etc. Thanks for looking in!
  3. Hey Spyglass, did you sand down the first planking too much? It certainly looks very thin. You can always try strengthening it from the inside by coating it with a lot of PVA, using wood filler, etc. Also, what are you using to secure the planks the the hull while the glue is drying? If you spile or pre-curve the planks, you might not have to exert as much pressure on the hull. I usually use pins where the pin goes through the first layer, and the shoulder of the pin’s head keeps the plank in place. I’m not a big fan of CA, but CA might help you avoid needing to keep the plank pinned to the hull.
  4. Great work Frankie! Are you still on bottledshipbuilder? I haven’t been on there recently but was wondering if you had posted your recent SIBs there.
  5. Looks great Doug. Should be the box cover pictures!
  6. Landlubber Mike

    Miniature Hand Tools

    Sorry, I have their miniature chisels and a few of the miniature planes and spokeshave you can see here: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=72391&cat=1,41504 I assume I can use the waterstones (I also bought a couple of diamond sharpening pads in different grits today) to keep the miniature planes and spokeshave sharp? The Veritas jig is going back. Now I can go shopping for some of the items you mention. I've bought the $10 hobby files before, and you're right, they are crap. I'll go back to your earlier posts and look for your recommendations on needle files and riffler files. Thank you! The micromotor looks like I great investment. I'd love to get to the skill level of putting in nice decorative carvings on my models. Never thought the Dremel would be a good tool for that (I have an older, heavy plug in model). I'll look for your recommendation there as well. I believe I bookmarked some of your recommended suppliers. A big thank you again - really appreciate it!
  7. Landlubber Mike

    Miniature Hand Tools

    That's really helpful guys, thank you! When I was at Woodcraft, I bought this Flexcut slipstrop for some of my bonsai carving tools (gouges, etc.). Looks like that is similar to what Jaager was suggesting: https://www.amazon.com/Flexcut-Slipstrop-Polishing-Deburring-PW12/dp/B00FX9MHIG/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1547086645&sr=1-2&keywords=flexcut+gold Vossie, it was reading your Lady Nelson build on tools that really got me thinking that I should try to add toys -- I mean tools -- to the workshop and take care of them by sharpening them, etc. I have a Sherline lathe and mill, and am not intending to do any large turning or milling work (I could see doing something like pen blanks or like-sized things). In the past when I've used the lathe, it was to make masts, and even then I just used sandpaper, not actual tools. I figure I should try to pretend I'm a real woodworker. Right now I have the Veritas mini chisels and a bunch of the miniature planes. It sounds like I can just get away with a watchmaker screwdriver sharpener and those small waterstone files to keep those sharp? I have a bigger waterstone that I bought to hone some bonsai tools that I own and need to sharpen, but those small ones look like good options and aren't going to break the bank. I bought these on a whim a few years back as well https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KIAE08/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 They aren't expensive, but can I just use the waterstones to sharpen them, or do I need something else to sharpen them? Those big bench grinder wheels seem to be way overkill. I suppose I'm trying to figure out if I should return that Veritas Mark II honing guide since it seems like I don't really have (or use) any tools that would benefit from it. I don't see myself needing many expensive tools for the lathe, etc., but I eventually would like to get into carving decorative elements for my model ships and have thought about ordering a set of chisels from Mikhail that folks here have liked. Many thanks for any advice.
  8. Landlubber Mike

    Miniature Hand Tools

    Sorry to resurrect this thread. I bought the Veritas Miniature Chisels mentioned at the start of this thread a couple of years ago, but never really used them. I also have some of their miniature planes that I also haven't used yet. How do you sharpen the chisels? I went to Woodcraft today and bought the Veritas Mark II honing guide for narrow blades, but it looks like the guide can't accommodate very short chisels like the Veritas miniature chisels. The blades are so short that the guide can only clamp on the handle of the chisel, which are round so you can't lock the chisel into place on the guide. I have some longer chisels that I need to sharpen (from PSI Woodworking I think), so I will probably keep the Mark II honing guide I suppose. How are you guys sharpening your Veritas Miniature Chisels? Is the Kell Guide listed above the only one on the market that works for these (link is here: https://www.garrettwade.com/kell-british-made-deluxe-honing-guides-gp.html) ? Also, for the miniature planes, how do those get sharpened? Sorry, I'm a total novice when it comes this kind of stuff. Thanks in advance!
  9. Amazing work as always Igor. You are a true master! Thank you for sharing with us. One question - did you wait a while to cork it to allow the resin to dry? Just wondering if you’re experience has shown that it’s best to keep the bottle open for a few months before forming.
  10. Thank you! It’s been harder to find research in Swedish warships than one might think. I suppose I could try writing the museum in Stockholm but I think I’ll just go with the more simple color scheme. Thanks again for the info! I always learn so much on here, no matter what the question.
  11. Thanks guys this is all very helpful information. Still not sure about adding “colors” to the build. I’m already adding blues, reds and whites to my Pegasus build, and not sure I want to take a similar approach here. There is a simple aesthetic elegance of working in as few colors as possible, as seen in the work by the European masters. For now, I think I’ll go with brown for the gun deck bulwarks and port sills - that will make things much easier. I can decide later as I move up to the main deck whether to add redheart or not.
  12. Not sure if this is the right section to post this, but here goes. I am trying to finalize the color scheme on my Euromodel La Renommee build. I'm trying to avoid paint where possible, and right now I'm using walnut and cherry for dark and light brown, and will use black/ebony stains for black. I haven't fully decided what to do with the ornamentation, but I might break down and use gold with various washes. I'm considering whether to add other colors to the build. I have a little redheart that I could use for a touch of color. I could use it for a stripe on the upper outer hull, inner bulwarks on the main deck, and possibly the colors for the cabin walls under the quarterdeck. I wouldn't want to use a lot of red though, so, for example, would not make the bitts, capstan, other deck items, and gun carriages out of redheart. The ship has 40 guns, so 40 gun carriages is a lot of redheart. Then again, the kit included carriages are overscale and need a bit of work to reduce their dimensions - it can be done, but probably the same amount of work in the end as it is to just build new carriages in redheart. That leads me to a couple of questions: 1. If the inner bulwarks are red, would it look odd if the gun carriages are in brown? Do the carriages have to match the inner bulwarks? 2. If the inner bulwarks on the main deck level (which would be visible) are red, would the bulwarks on lower deck levels also be in red? The reason I ask is that it would be a bit of work (and I probably don't have enough redheart) to line the gunport sills, inside face of the gunport lids, and inner bulwarks on the gun deck in red. Typing this out, I'm wondering if I should drop the idea of adding redheart at all and just keep the model in brown/black/gold. But, in case I change my mind and want a little color, I just want to make sure that I understand the paint schemes on ships of the period so I end up with something that looks good aesthetically as well as is generally historically accurate. For what it's worth, I think the kit actually represents a Swedish ship, and I can't find much out there on color schemes except for some Gota Lejon (and the models and pictures I've seen have used various color schemes). Thanks in advance!
  13. I have the Amati Pegasus/Fly practicum. I have to say it wasn't really worth it. He took a lot of shortcuts in putting it together, including using pictures from other models. He also rushed and did a lot of errors like gluing photo etch the wrong way and probably another half dozen errors he freely points out. A bit odd to buy something for instruction that essentially says "don't do as I do." I'd also note that he doesn't have anything on rigging in that practicum. Some really basic stuff came in handy when I was working on my first build (which wasn't the Pegasus) and had no clue what I was doing, but I probably could have gotten better answers posting here. Some people say the Constitution practicum is pretty good. Maybe it's a lot better than the Pegasus one, I don't know though.
  14. I like them also Martin - very nice!! I'm a little curious where you come out on how to install them. I think we had discussed this on your log a while back, but it's hard to tell from the plans how they sit. They almost seem (at least on the Pegasus) to angle at like a 45 degree angle outward, so not fully square with the stern or fully square with the side of the ship, but sorta in between. Pinning would probably be the safest thing, but maybe you can run a pin from the figures' backs? Or pin them into the lower decorations which themselves are pinned in securely?

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