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About ccoyle

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  1. ccoyle

    Model Shipways Constitution

    I partially agree with that statement. I think it is more accurate to say that MS instructions tend to assume some degree of prior experience on the part of the builder and therefore tend to offer less in the way of a step-by-step process.
  2. Has there ever been a better time to be a kit builder? The new manufacturers such as Disarmodel, Master Korabel, Marisstella, and Syren (apologies if I forgot anyone) have really upped their games -- and soon Chris Watton will have an oar in the water, too! Great review, Dirk, and I look forward to seeing more subjects from this company.
  3. Shouldn't the answer be self-evident? Start the next model! 😉
  4. My avatar approves! One thing I notice on your model is that the steam pipes on the forward funnel appear to be on the outside of the grab rails; is that correct? I have a partially completed 1/200 HMV version of this model, and I couldn't tell if the pipes went to the inside or outside -- I ended up putting them on the outside only because I could not figure out any way to put them on the inside. Cheers!
  5. ccoyle

    Greetings to MSW from Maryland

    Chain plates are the metal straps that secure deadeyes to the hull. Twisting them from wire is one way to make them for a model. But as the name implies, chain plates on real ships were once made out of links of chain; later they were made from metal sheet. Either way, they're not wire. But -- as I said previously, you can make them from wire. Just get yourself some annealed brass or blackened wire. The plan sheets probably show how to twist them somewhere. Good luck!
  6. ccoyle

    Greetings to MSW from Maryland

    I'm uncertain about what the first three items are supposed to be -- perhaps you could show us from the plans what they are? Sounds kind of like they are referring to head rails. As for chain plate wire, forming those from wire is a short-cut method for making those parts -- they look okay, but the technique is not really true of the original. If you choose to use that method for making chain plates, you can replace the kit wire with annealed brass wire of the same gauge -- you can even get it pre-blackened, if you so desire. Look for it online at hardware suppliers. Cheers!
  7. ccoyle

    Model Shipways Constitution

    That depends. There are, to be sure, first-time modelers who have completed projects of that magnitude, but honestly they are rare. Most new modelers find there's a bit of a learning curve for sailing men-of-war, even if they have prior modeling experience (I know I did). I always try to steer beginners toward something relatively simpler for a first project. There is, of course, a large number of kit subjects available of smaller vessels from the same time period as Connie, so you may find one of them sufficiently interesting. Cheers!
  8. Beautiful work, Isidro! I modified your title to sound more like how we would say it in English.
  9. This sounds like the correct explanation to me.
  10. ccoyle

    HMS Surprise kits

    Juhu is correct. If you're looking to model HMS Surprise because you like the film or the Aubrey/Maturin novels, then you're in a bit of a quandary. Surprise in the film is played by the real-life HMS Rose; if you look closely and count the gunports, you'll see that HMS Rose is pierced for 24 guns, not the 28 of the fictional Surprise. The real HMS Surprise, upon which the fictional ship is based, began life as a French frigate, L'Unite. After her capture by the British, she was classified as a 28-gun frigate but rearmed with twenty-four 32-lb carronades. So, your options are to either build one of the not-really-HMS Surprise kits (which resemble neither the real Surprise nor HMS Rose, of which there is no kit), scratch build a model based on her admiralty drafts (which do exist), or wait for the Caldercraft kit (which has already been a very, very long wait).
  11. Thanks! I feel inspired now to maybe actually finish the model (been sidetracked with some honey-dos for a couple of weeks). That last draft looks more like the kit model.
  12. I have this image saved on my PC for reference; it is, however, not quite the same vessel, differing from the kit version on several points.

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