KingDavid

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About KingDavid

  • Birthday 02/18/1979

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    Jerusalem, Israel
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    traveling, hiking, music , books, reading, woodworking, wood restoration& curving, ship modeling
  1. "your love give me such a thrill but your love don't pay my bill"

  2. Welcome to Model Ship World ! and the best of luck!
  3. Great work on the new forum! i wonderful work is so much appreciated, and the new interface is so user friendly! make you want to stay logged on constantly.. David
  4. welcome to the MSN buddy ! wish you much successes with your 'Bounty' !, David
  5. Thanks for your comments and contribution, at first i wanted to write down the process in full detail, but it seemed to lengthy for a first post...but what you say is true...and there is a lot more that can be added to this topic such as.. (i.e burnishing process , kind of gold that could be used, controlling the reflection...)
  6. Hello all and how you doin? OK, so I've been reading many discussions here regarding the quality of the fittings provided in various kits, especially those relating to Baroque era ships, such as the Vasa, Sovereign of the seas, Soliel Royale Etc, made them look just wonderful (which probably didn't do any good for their stability on the high seas) as most of us know, the ships of that era were magnificently decorated and probably looked like a piece of art! done by first rate wood carvers and carpenters, the stern& bow sections were painted, decorated, and gilded. looking close on the stern&bow decorations of some of the models here, I came to think of a new approach to these fittings. imagine any model decorated with real gold leaf ! so i was thinking, why not following those masters by gilding your own model? The process of gilding is a complex one, and there are various methods existing. it is a process that i am a little familiar with, so i wanted to share it with you here. ok, so it should be as follows: 1. materials: some kind of hard wood to curve the decorations, (either pear, walnut, cherry etc), a finely ground gypsum called "Gesso", real gold leaves (thin sheets of gold) costs around 50$ (usually comes in very thin foils in a kind of a 'booklet'), rabbit skin glue, few fine brushes. 2. applying process: 2.1 first of all, it is best that the fittings are re-made of wood 2.2 the wood decorations must be well smoothed and polished. 2.3 then the Gesso powder must be mixed with water, in order to create a viscous paste/solution. 2.4 the Gesso, should be applied directly on each fitting, with a fine brush, applying it gently until each piece is totally covered, but still shows its original features. 2.5 let each part to dry COMPLETELY, and then smooth it with send paper until it's super smooth! 2.6 ok, we are now close to the actual gilding! it is better to dye each piece with either yellowish mixture ( in order to improve the gold reflection) 2.7 applying the rabbit skin glue and immediately afterwards applying the gold foil on the piece. this process if done correctly is promised to create a shiny and glossy outcome. this process was brought to you in a very shortened and summerised way, just for sake of introducing it. Now, i know this idea is extremely outlandish..but maybe someone would like to try it... David
  7. hello everyone, and excuse me for my belated response.. thank you for your kind greetings! i am truly happy to be here in this forum and hopefully make some contributions as well...as of now, my lovely dear kits will have to wait patiently on the shelf (i do not have a fixed working place at the moment...) but i promise to try and be present here on MSW nevertheless.. Thanks, David
  8. I would like to thank you all for your greetings for the holydays. and your warm welcome...thanks to this forum, and after a thorough research im now the proud owner of 3 kits which represent different building methodes and periods.... the endeavour, the Lady Nelson, and Emma c. berry all are waiting for me patiently on the shelf...hopeing to start sometime soon with one of them, havn't descided yet which one should be the first. maybe i should consult first with captain Haddock David
  9. Thank you so much Robert, i am truly excited to be here!
  10. Hello everyone, My name is David and i'm an Israeli guy living in Jerusalem. even though I've been following the NRG for about 4-5 months now, only now i finally introducing myself here. a few words about myself: i'm a tourist guide in my profession living in Jerusalem which is away from the sea... and apart from that i share a deep passion for woodworking, wood restoration etc, but probably from an unknown reason my deepest passion belongs to maritime issues starting from historical matters like the age of discoveries or the steamship era, or maritime incidents and safety in the seas in the 19th century, going through maritime archaeology and just about anything that connects itself somehow to the blue oceans... to try and pinpoint when it all started was when in the age of approximately 12 i read the abridged version of the "Mutiny on the bounty" by Nordhof and Hall...which made me hooked forever. and so my personal history with ship modelling starts when i was about 15 ! i i happen to travel with my family to the Nederlands, and on a family visit to the maritime museum in old Amsterdam i bought myself with the little money that i had a model ship kit. when i got home opening the box i felt like a fool ... so many tiny bits and pieces!!! more than i could cope with.. so i left it for a couple of years on the shelf until i grew up and rediscovering the box a couple of years later i started to built it with great enthusiasm! it was a very demanding task but very addicting,,,given the fact that i was 17 , 20 years ago I'm still amazed of my determination back then. BTW, the kit was really terrible i apologise if im too blunt, im sorry to say,,it had no instructions, it lacked so many parts, and i had to improvise most of the build also since there was noone to help me around nor NRG or internet or books at all..in Israel concerning maritime issues,,,, the kit was the "Fair American which back than was from solid hull...so this is the end of part one! Part two! so after 1997 or so i had other issues in my life and the ship kits hobby was discarded for many many years.... this all changed last April in a vacation to Venice, Italy just wandering around this lovely city, i happened to enter a shop which wasnt just another typical souvenir shop but was all dedicated to naval history, gifts and models! i was soooo happy to find such a shop that i returned there a few more times ... before returning back home, i decided to buy myself a model kit, " 1934 endeavour world cup yacht" by AMATI and since that moment i felt like returning back to my childhood hobbies...i found this wonderful forum which was just like finding gold... reading so much about ship modelling world helped me to learn a great deal of things, and its never ending....i hope i will be able to contribute some things myself... thanks, and have a great weekend, David