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  1. Graham, I used the Birchwood Casey Brass Black on some small items and it worked like a charm. I still have to do the cannons. Thanks for your help. Robert
  2. Ian and Darrell thank you for your nice comments. Cannons, cannons, cannons ...... never ending. I had tried blackening some small pieces and nearly gave up as it did not go so well but after looking into Graham's build and seeing the result I decided to give it another go with a different solution 'Birchwood Brass Black', same Graham (Charter33) used. I tried it on the small brass items for the cannons, trunnion brackets, eyelets and pins, and it worked like a charm. I cleaned them in acetone , dipped them in the Birchwood Brass Black and in 30 seconds they were ready. Wanting to add the rings on the side of the carriages I ordered the rings from CBM, part no. 36750, which included the ring and the eyelet for the ring. The actual rings were ok but the eyelets for the ring (on the left) in my opinion were too bulky. I used just the ring and inserted them in the eyelets (480) supplied with the kit. Finished item on the right. The hooks supplied with the kit were too large for the cannon tackles, so I decided to make smaller hooks myself. To make the hooks I used the same eyelets which I got from CMB and did not use. Robert
  3. Still working on the cannons. After removing the wheels from the sheets I put some super glue on some of the wheel edges as some of them were easily splintered. Inserted them in a toothpick and sanded them together. Marked the wheel bolts and varnished them. I decided to solder the trunnions to the cannons. Since I intend to blacken the cannons I thought that any solder on the outside might give me problems when blackening so I used the following method. Grinded a small notch in the middle of the trunnion Filled it with solder, let it cool Inserted the trunnion in the cannon and heated the cannon with a gas soldering gun to melt the solder inside. Then I came to the trunnion brackets. To shape them by hand one by one was very difficult to keep them uniform and time consuming, so I thought of a jig. I found a piece of small metal angle and fitted two pieces next to each other in a piece of hard wood as shown, leaving a groove between them just a bit more then the diameter of the 1.5mm brass wire to be used for the trunnions. Took a piece of a dowel and at one end I made a small groove and glue in it a piece of the 1.5mm wire, leaving half of its diameter protruding out. Cut the trunnion bracket from the brass sheet, trim it and place it across the groove. Place the dowel with the brass rod facing down on the bracket along the groove and just give it a slight tape with a small hammer. The brackets are very thin and soft so a small tap is enough. This is the result. Quite neat and quite easy. Hopefully I will soon be putting the cannons, carriages, brackets, eyelets all together. Robert
  4. Nice work Dave, beautiful rigging. Robert
  5. Don, Just gone through your build, beautiful work, very detailed and great skill. Robert
  6. Hi Derek, Was wondering if you had finished the Victory!!! Robert
  7. Hi Graham, Thank you very much for your suggestions, when I come to it In will let you know how it went. Robert
  8. Hi Graham, cannons look great blackened. I blackened some eyelets using a a product called 'Krick', but didn't have much luck. The instructions with the bottle says that it should blacken after about 30 minutes. They do blacken but after over a day dipped in the solution. Now I managed to get a bottle of Birchwood Brass Black but I haven't tried it yet. After blackening do you varnish them or treat them with something else or just leave them as is? Robert
  9. Thank you Michael for your nice comments, I took a lot of ideas from other builders in this forum, so I'm glad that sometimes I can be of a little help to others. I am preparing items that go on the upper gundeck. There is a lot of work on this deck that unfortunately will hardly show once the quarterdeck is fitted. My only consolation is that since I am fitting the lanterns they might show a bit more, hopefully!!! This is the finished lantern. I prepared a few of them which I will install and wire just before I fit the quarterdeck. I decided to add the breach rings on the cannons. I am using the eyelets (480) supplied with the kit. Drilling the holes on the cannons was quite straight forward, I thought it was going to be more awkward due to the very small size of the eyelets. All cannons are drill but I still need to fit the eyelets. Also started work on the carriages. Removed all upper gun deck carriage parts from sheet, cleaned and prepared the holes for the eyelets to go on them. I think it is much easier to drill them now then when the carriage is assembled. This is the jig I made to assemble them, quite crude but worked really well. Painting the carriages. Given them two coats, still another coat to go. I intend to blacken the cannons after I fit them with the breach rings. Hope all goes well with the blackening. Robert
  10. Thank you Michael, and thank you for the likes. Another small update. I started work on the canons for the Upper gundeck, but I decided to add the breach at the back of the canons, tried one of the eyelets supplied with the kit, but I think they are just a bit too small. I ordered some eyelets, just a bit larger to try them. I will put up photos when I receive them and fit them. Whilst waiting for the new eyelets to arrive I started some work on the lanterns I am putting on the same gundeck. This is the way I am making them. I am working them on my Proxxon drill and stand I bought lately, found it really good. I had put up a post about this lantern earlier, but at that time I did not have the Proxxon drill and stand, I had cut the slots with a saw blade. This way it is much quicker and more accurate. First 'cut' in the brass tube Second 'Cut' Third 'Cut' Fourth 'Cut' Cut Off Clean Try Fit I will make a few more of them, quite quick to make, then I will paint them black, seal the bottom and finish the top. Robert
  11. Great work Michael, very neat planking and precise. Robert
  12. Thank you for your nice comment Michael. And thank you for the likes. I have another small update. Today I finished the black bands on the side of the hull. Robert
  13. Really nice work Michael, very detailed. I'd like to build a cross section kit but first I have to finish the Victory I am currently building. Your build inspires me even more to build one. Robert
  14. Hello Friends, It’s been a long time since my last post, some work had cropped up which took priority over my hobby. Here is an update of the work I managed since then. In the meantime I also did some changes to my hobby room. Hobby Room I made a new 3 meter work top with three drawer units for storage. I share half of the work top with my son who is presently studying electrical engineering. Now I must invest in a more comfortable chair. Inner Bulwark I added some more detail to the inner bulwark. Added the beam shelf and the stringer. Then I added the waterway which I made from 1mm x 1mm walnut strips, rounded one edge and painted black before fixing. I made a quick jig to mark the position on the bulwark for the eyelet arrangement for the canon tackle. I drilled all the holes ready to take the eyelets later on. I also experimented a bit with blackening the brass eyelets. I bought a bottle of blackening staff, mixed it with water as per instructions, cleaned the eyelets in white vinegar and according to the instructions after 30 min they should turn black. Nothing happened!!! I cleaned the eyelets in white spirit and after 30min still nothing happened. I left the eyelets in the blackening liquid for the night and next day they were black. Basically, to turn really black I had to leave them a couple of days. Why, I don’t know, maybe the material. Now I ordered the Birchwood Brass Black and will try that as I intend to do the canons as well. Gratings Prepared the gratings for the upper gun deck. The coamings for the gratings which are hardly going to show I mitred the corners. For those which are going to show more I dovetailed the corners. .. Ladders When I came to the ladders and took out the 2mm Walnut Sheet 3 for the ladder sides I was very disapointed the way they were splintered. There was no way I was going to use them. I sent an image to JoTiKa and asked for a replacement. I immediately received a reply from them confirming that thay posted a replacement and not only that, the new ones were made of solid walnut instead of plywood which were much better. I received it in just a few days. Very good service from JoTiKa, really helpfull. I made a jig to cut the treads for the ladders all equal lengths. Hull Painted all the gunport linings in red ochre and the hull sides in yellow ochre. Next step is to mark and paint the black bands. Hope not to take long for more updates. Regards Robert
  15. Great work Michael, very neat planking. Robert

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