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  • Birthday 11/09/1956

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  1. Thanks for stopping Dave and for the information, in just a matter one day I have learned so much about carriages
  2. Thanks Elijah, it is a well thought out kit, as you say, no filler blocks were used
  3. Thanks Elijah, I am hoping it will be fun
  4. Thanks E.J., I'm also ready to learn. So I think I'll also pour a drink and hope Dan sticks around with more information for us!!
  5. Thanks Steven, I am also getting to have a real like for these style of ships
  6. Thanks for your comments Dan. We were also unsure where this style of carriage came from but decided to go with it as the plans showed this. To be honest I have never seen where the breaching rope went though the carriage like that, I am certainly no expert on armament, you have completely surprised me with this. I will defiantly give this some thought. If you happen to stick around longer with this build you will notice more things that are not necessarily correct in actual ship building that we did not bother to change from the plans. I am thinking Jeff designed this plan for novice scratch builders, such as myself, not so much for historical value but more for "getting your feet wet" in the world of scratch building. In saying that I am not really sure why I am here as I am learning neither, being that all the pieces are pre made!! I am having fun though if that counts. Again thanks for your input, it is because of your information I have now learned something today👍! Hope you stay on board
  7. The following is my build log for MarisStella's Liburnian Novilara. MarisStella has recently re-designed this kit somewhat and has added new instructions and step by step drawings to help guide you through the build, it also still comes complete with detailed plans. I do not have pictures of the box opening as it did not arrive in a box as such but I can assure all material is of top quality and up to the usual high standard MarisStella has set for itself. I would rate this kit as a junior plus or possibly even an intermediate . The hull is single planked as is the deck (no plywood), planks are all walnut. Keel and bulkheads are laser cut from plywood and posed no problems fitting together. One of the many features of this kit is the partial carving of the figurehead. MarisStella does supply the pieces for you to get the basic shape but the final shaping is done by hand which proved to be lots of fun. Rigging is fairly basic, however quite different from the ships of later years. For instance rather than shrouds there are three back stays on either side, no rat lines to tie!! There is also a sewn sail included which adds to the rigging but is not that difficult to install. Overall this was a real enjoyable build and I would recommend it to anyone, especially for those who are looking for something a little different from the normal battleship and want a completion in a relatively short time. I hope you enjoy the build even though I am lacking detailed pictures as I was not planning on doing a build log. If you have any questions please feel free to ask, and all comments are always welcome. Here the two piece keel has been put together, bulkheads installed and the rabbit cut. The spacer blocks are included and can be left in or taken out after fairing and planking have been completed. There really is no reason to remove them as they will not be seen after deck planking is done. Notice the extra bulkheads at the bow and stern, this is one of the improvements on this kit. Just a close shot of the bow and my not so good rabbit😁 And the stern area Planking has begun using 1.5 x 5 mm walnut planks. the top planks at the bow are left till a little later in the build. Planking is relatively easy with not too much twisting and bending involved. Each plank after the first two top ones require tapering. As I mentioned most planks require tapering and I later corrected the rise at the stern Planking finished, not yet sanded. Here is where I am lacking pictures, the bow is now completed and I wish I could have shown you the process Waterline masked off and ready for painting Showing the waterline painted with a few coats of wipe on poly Making of the oars Each of the 30 oars consists of five pieces, although not shown here there is one more piece that goes into the end. It is hard to see but after gluing the blades on filler is used to fill the gap where joined to the dowel. Oars sanded to shape and given a paint job. This is far as my artistic abilities go!! Bulwarks painted and oars completed. Thanks for checking things out, see you soon
  8. And the last few pictures for now: The carriages completed Bolts, rings and cannons added Partially rigged sitting on the cherry wood base I intend on using. Thanks for having a look and if you want to see more please visit Doc Blake's log as he is much further ahead with his and is doing a beautiful job. I would place a link here for it but I am not sure how do do that
  9. This will be my log on building the 17th Century Battle Station based on plans by Jeff Staudt. This was a joint effort by three of us to develop this model and they are Mike Shanks, Doc Blake and myself. Doc did all the milling work on the wood, Mike supplied the expertise and skills on the cnc and laser machines and I did the turnings and whatever metal work that was required. The model is not entirely historically correct, however, does make into a nice model for display. We did do some minor changes to the plans and things, such as the grates, we did a little out of the norm but it was all out of fun and experimentation. Doc Blake has a log already started here so if you haven't visited his yet you may want to as his has a more detailed description of the process. His writing skills are much more advanced than mine, I am finding that with everything else with my body and mind the writing skills are also slipping away. I am not using spell check for single syllable words yet but I am sure it is not too far in the future!😉 I must also apologise ahead of time, I did at one time have extensive pictures of what I have done(such as turning the cannons) but seem to have misplaced them. If I do ever find them I will post, in the meantime I will continue beating myself. So let's start: Here is a rare shot of one half of my shipyard, I say rare as it is never this clean. I am starting my build a little different while I wait for parts to come from Mike, I will be doing the cannons and carriages first. Another rarity, and that is a picture of the cannon turning. Unfortunately I have none of the actual brass cannons being turned. With the 1/2" brass rod being over $30/ft I made several ( around 😎 of these first out of wood first, carefully documenting all steps and measurements. The process I finally used was to first drill the trunnion hole on the mill move to the lathe mount in chuck face the blank and drill out the bore. From this point on it is a good idea to not remove the blank from the chuck until completion. Next is to set the angle of the headstock then start turning as per the determined steps and dimensions. Here are some pictures of Mike's laser and cnc machine. I had the opportunity to visit Mike this summer in North Carolina to see these in action, they are just incredible what they are capable of. Mike's wife has a home business called "Well Written Gifts" where they are etching everything from wine glasses to cutting boards and numerous other items, to watch these in action is a real treat. Mike sent some prototype carriages to try with the wooden barrels And here is the final result, there are two different sized barrels both on the same sized carriages, not historically correct I'm sure but will work for this model as that is what the plans called for Now for the real thing, cut from boxwood Here I am drilling the quoin for the handles And drilling the axles Drilling the back bed that supports the cannon, this should be drilled completely through And drilling the front support, which also needs to be drilled completely through. I did not realise until too late but I should have only drilled halfway through then flipped it and completed the drilling, these tiny bits tend to wander. I am at my max fifteen pics so I will be right back!!
  10. Simply beautiful Dave!! Your taste and skill in "painting" with wood is truly artistic. Congratulations!!
  11. Thanks for your quick reply Chuck. I had a good chuckle when I seen this one, obviously there IS no honour among thieves!! With any luck they will cut their own throats and all be gone.
  12. Is this a banned supplier https://www.ebay.com/itm/31-Wooden-Black-Pearl-Ship-Assembly-Model-DIY-Kits-Sailing-Boat-Toy-Gift/263659092185?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649, probably just junk as it seems much too cheap to be worthwhile. Possibly a Chinese rip off of a Chinese rip off!!
  13. Very nice build David, you certainly can be proud of it. With all the problems you had I am a little surprised you are going to another MS kit again so soon, however, I know you will do just fine. I'll be watching for your next build log
  14. She looks much better with the full sail Messis, great work!! I recently finished the Liburnian Novilara by MarisStella(no build log) and achieved the same effect by installing wires into the edges of the sail. Very nice build!!
  15. Wonderful review on another fine kit from MarisStella

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