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  1. Thank you all for the likes and comments. They are much appreciated as they encourage me to keep me going especially when I encounter certain problems on how to proceed. That is the beautiful thing of being in a forum, when you are stuck you can search on other builds, ask, and get new ideas from other builders. Its also nice to share your ideas with others. James - True having so much cannons sometimes it tends to get monotonous, but in the end you will be glad to take the time to finish them to your best abilities. When you take short cuts you are always disappointed later on. Thank you for your nice comments. Michael - Not always the best, but I try my best. You yourself are doing a very good job on your Victory build. Kevin - Thank you, I follow your build with interest. Very nice work. Ronald - When I started on the cannons I was quite confused on how to do the rigging. In the kit instruction manual there aren't much details on how to do them. It gives you the position of the eyelets on the bulwark and there is an image of a completed cannon which is not so clear, on other build you find different ways how they went about it. To be honest I did not take the details from just one source, I sourced images of the HMS Victory cannons on the internet, Richdsjjs had also posted some diagrams on my log, and sort of tried to do the best I could from what I gathered. I can point out some points how I went about it. The kit does not mention anything on the ring at the back of the cannon for the breaching rope. I decided to add this detail, and found some good ideas from other builders on this forum. I also added the side rings for the breaching rope which I noticed in actual images on the internet and also noticed that some builders added them as well. They are a nice detail. For the tackles the instruction manual tells you to use two single blocks. In reality it is one single block and one double block. Also there is a ring attached to the eyelet on the bulkhead and the tackle is hooked to this ring. I tried to make it likewise but the problem was that by using a double block, which is larger, the ring and a hook, the two blocks at each end of the tackle were going to be too much near each other, hardly any space between them. In my opinion it did not look good and most of the details against the bulwark will be lost anyway once the quarterdeck is installed. I decided to just add a hook on the side of the tackle that hooks to the eyelet on the side of the carriage. On a large scale it would not be a problem to add all this detail, but on a small scale it is a bit difficult and of course it also depends on the ability of the builder. Other builders might not find it a problem to add more details. As for the tackle behind the cannon I still have to decide as again it depends on what space I am going to remain with between the two block. In my opinion sometimes it is better to omit some details then try to cram them all in a very small space and don't look good at all. I have noticed that some builders omitted the tackles completely except for the once directly under the quarterdeck opening, which I understand as it is true that you are hardly going to see anything once the quarter deck is fitted, and it is quite a lot of work. But since I am having lights in there I thought I better make them to make sure that if anything shows through the cannon ports it will look better. I might have done them for nothing, only time will tell. Ronald, when you come to them if you want details that I can help you with feel free to ask. Wallace - Thank you for your nice comment. Unfortunately at the moment I do not have any updates as I had to slowdown on the build because of some work I have to finish, but hopefully I will soon have hands on deck again and be able to post an update. Robert
  2. Really nice detailed work Dave, just had a quick look into your log and I will definitely keep visiting again into more detail. Although I am building a different ship, the HMS Victory, I find your log very informative and can steal some of your ideas for my build. Thanks for sharing your impressive work with very good images. Robert
  3. great work on the cannons I must say and your knowledge of rigging them may I ask where did 

     you acquired the information on the correct rigging 

     of the cannons  thank you 


  4. A quick update, more work on the cannons. No wonder Robert22564 in his build log once referred to them as the frigging carriages, there is so much work on them. Prepared the breaching ropes with an eyelet and passed through the eyelet at the back of the cannon. Fitted trunnion brackets to carriages. Marked pilot holes for each individual bracket. Drilled holes for pins on drill stand. Fitted brackets with pins. All 30 cannons (one missing , it is rigged on deck to check the lengths for the breaching ropes) ready with breaching ropes passed through rings of carriages. The eye pins were small enough to pass through the rings. You have to be careful when rigging the eyelets to the breaching rope to have a neat knot that passes through the ring as well. Next step are the tackles. Have to experiment a bit with the size of the hooks. Robert
  5. Blackened the upper gun deck 30 cannons with Birchwood Casey Black Brass. Found very good blackening hints on Graham's (Charter33) build log. Cannons cleaned in acetone Drying after blackened in Birchwood Casey Brass Black and rinsed in water. The three cannons on the left are already wiped with a cloth to remove the black dusty residue left on the cannons after drying. All 30 cannons wiped clean and polished with Carnauba Car Wax. For the carriages that are going to be under the skid beam assembly I added some more detail to carriage wheel shafts. I didn't like the squarish shaft protruding from the wheels. Bought some eyelets (C83506) from CMB, widened the hole to fit the shaft and cut off the eyelet leg leaving just a short piece. Blackened them, glued over the shaft and painted end of shaft black. Fitted eyelets to carriages, except for the once with the ring to take the breaching rope on the side of the carriages. In the image they are only dry fitted. These will be fitted later on when fitting the cannons to the carriages. Cannons will be fitted to carriage with the brackets, with the breaching rope already fitted with the eyelets and passed through the breaching ring at the back of the cannon. Robert
  6. Hi Graham, great idea for using eyelets 480 for the hooks. Tried one and they are the perfect size. Very kind of you to offer to send the jig, but don't worry I'll hammer a few pins in a piece of wood. If I run in any problem I'll let you know. I've already used quite a few of the eyelets for the rings to take the breech rope at the side of the carriage, but as you said if we run short of them we can always order from CBM. Robert
  7. Very nice work Graham, I really like the rigging on the carriages. I am still trying to work out my way around the rigging on the carriages. Did you use the hooks supplied with the kit to to rig to the 2mm blocks? I made some hooks myself which came out quite good, but I am thinking they are a bit too big. Once again thank you for your hints on blackening. I blackened the cannons and I am quite pleased with the result. Robert
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Nice work Dave, beautiful rigging. Robert
  12. Don, Just gone through your build, beautiful work, very detailed and great skill. Robert
  13. Hi Derek, Was wondering if you had finished the Victory!!! Robert
  14. Hi Graham, Thank you very much for your suggestions, when I come to it In will let you know how it went. Robert
  15. 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

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