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  1. Your calculations seem fine but i still think there is something strange in the matter. The ladders supplied by mamoli would contain about 11 steps to get to the upper deck/bridge which i think is a bit too high considering the rather low decks of the victory. Moreover the large plan of mamoli which is 1:1 shows only 7 steps in these ladders. I also checked on some actual photos of victory as per below and all seem to have around 8 steps but definetely not 11. Moreover ladders all seem to be open type at the back and not closed as supplied with mamoli. Anyway its only my view. 😊
  2. Hi YT. Just for curiosity, are the ladders supplied with your model like the ones in the photo? They are out of proportion and contain too many steps. I had to discard them and make my own with only 7 steps. More appropriate i believe. I did 2 so far and another two for this weekend 😊. Time consuming but rewarding. Still require some fine sanding though. What do you think?
  3. Yes you are right. Malta once was linked to africa but then was seperated by huge earthquakes. In fact this was evidenced by some fossils and animal skeletons found here which today only exist in african countries.
  4. Yes good idea. Do you intend to close some of the gun ports? I will be closing mine for the ones on the rear and the front. From some photos of the actual victory i notice that the ones on the rear have a window frame although they also have a gun lid. By the way its almost midnight here and i'm off to bed cause tomorrow for work early. ☺
  5. Malta is a very nice place and if you like history its vast and goes back to more than 4000 years. Its a mediterranean climate and quite hot in summer. I recommend spring as the best time to visit as it is less hectic and less hot. Its a very small country also with nice beaches.
  6. Just a small remark. I notice that some gun ports in the middle row are protruding from the planking. Not sure whether its the photo. They shld be flat i believe as they will create you some problems later on after the second planking. Regards.
  7. Hi YT. Nice work indeed. You are progressing quite fast. I like it. Yes you are right i might need to create a log but unfortunately i dont have much time at my disposal.
  8. Hi zeppto. Thanks for yr remarks. I started this model some years ago and it is quite complex but interesting indeed. If you need to ask for some advise i am happy to assist. 😊 regards, david
  9. Hi YT and all. This weekend i finished my work on the poop deck at last. The deck is in place ready for fixing. Unfortunately some details on the inner cabins will be lost when fixing the deck but at least a small opening on the side will reveal some of the hours i spent on this section. And obviously some photos for the record. In due course i will be working on the skylight and other details on the deck.
  10. Hi YT Some kits do have eyebolts attached to gun port windows as correctly stated above. However this is not the case with mamoli. I believe most of these eye bolts are needed at the rigging stage for attaching pulleys with them. This is clearly shown in the instructions at least. Moreover you will also need some for the cannons and to tie them to the bulwarks. I used six bolts per cannon in total including one on the deck after each cannon. You would need to buy extra eyebolts as the ones with the kit are not enough since cannons in mamoli are left stand alone and not rigged. Hope this helps.
  11. Hi YT. It is more clear now from the photo. Actually when i was looking as to how i would have to rig the cannons i came to a photo of a model similar to yr procedure. To tell you the truth i do not like it alot since it is not very realistic with the length of rope not being the same on both sides. However its only my opinion and if you are happy with the results go ahead. But pls do think carefully before proceeding as it will be difficult to arrange once you fix the bridge. As regards the blocks i suggest to leave these out since the scale is too small. The cannons will become too clustered and wont look neat. I will only inlude some eyepins on each cannon for detail and do some rigging without blocks. Most of the models at this scale at least adopt this system. Regards.
  12. Ok but as far as i know the cannons need to be tied from both left and right hand sides. Not sure whether i understood you correctly though.
  13. Hi YT. Do you think you have enough space for the eyerings on both sides of each cannon? These are essential for fixing the rigging. In my case i had removed the entire bulkhead and fixed the supports at a later stage to hold the bridge connecting the two sides of the deck as shown. I believe this is the way victory ship is constucted at least from photos i found. Unfortunately mamoli does not consider the rigging aspect of cannons.
  14. Hi YT. I believe that the procedure you described is similar to the one suggested in the model's instructions. It shld provide good results but i wld still try a small test before. In my model i tried several attempts before reaching a conclusion, even with the copper tape itself. I was not sure whether to cut in individual pieces or in one whole length and make creases at a later stage. I chose the latter since it is impossible to cut all pieces the same size and it looks neater. Anyway i am sending you some close up photos of my model as agreed and also of the 4mm tape. If you change yr mind tell me and i will try and find you the part number of the product which i bought online. Regards.
  15. Also note that by time the copper tape takes on a natural weathering effect as it becomes less shiny. This becomes very realistic and this effect unfortunately cannot be achieved with the wood pieces supplied with victory. If you want i can send you some close up photos of my coppering work which i finalised last summer. Regards

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