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Tim Curtis

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  • Birthday 11/21/1972

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  1. By the way, in the midst of discussion about rope weights, I think we forgot to say your model looks absolutely stunning. Love seeing photos of the whole thing. Your finishes are very very clean. And the limited, consistent palette of colours you have chosen to use, is very pleasing to the eye. It gives your model a classical quality. I really admire your work. Tim
  2. Great build. Impressed by the quality of the kit. Impressed by how you built it. Just splendid! Tim
  3. Oh my goodness. Just amazing. Your skill as a bas-relief sculptor at minute scale is unique. There cannot be many people in the world who can do what you do. I watch in awe. Hope your troubled times don't last too long. I pray for you. Tim
  4. I have used vellum tracing paper with good outcomes. I stain it with tea (earl grey works best as it is not too red) and then dry it pressed inside blotting paper in a big book. Here is a recent one (dry mounted). It has the slightly translucent quality of sailcloth, but also holds its shape well. I scratch on the seams with the back of a scalpel. Also, I pit some fine steel wire in the edges, where the paper is folded over to help it hold its shape. Also works quite well if you wet it, and furl it. Apologies for photobombing your build log!
  5. Slowly progressing to finish line. I created a Red Ensign on 50gsm tracing paper...two sheets laminated together with CA, with ensign printed on each, on my home printer. Probably a bit large....but I like it that way. Then added rope trim using 0.5mm thread. Furls are quite easy to form without any special treatment. Happy with result. Photos of it temporarily attached to model.
  6. I have completed the pumps, which are now installed. Also mounted her on a proper base and pedestals. I am going to leave her half rigged (foresail only) for the moment. So a few repairs of chainplates and deadeyes to do, and pendant flag to be hung, and then I will be finished....definitely in the final furlong.
  7. Thanks Timjina. You are very kind. Tim
  8. Thanks Piatnik. Helpful. Their website also has quite a lot of high quality blocks, ships boats and other bits and pieces. I did not realise you can order directly. Next time I will do so. Tim
  9. I got it on ebay. I think this is it. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F223141956397
  10. Really enjoying your build. Looking great. This is one of the more interesting kits out there. Look forward to seeing your expertise in action making it. Tim
  11. Great work. Well done in being patient. They look superb. And remember you only have 150 or so tiny blocks to strop and seize for the breaching ropes etc. #gottalovetheguns Tim
  12. Warnerade, Definitely recommend this kit to a beginner. You will learn lots if the whole thing is new to you. You will get good results. The quality of the kit is great. Tim
  13. I have made the decision that I am not going to build this model as the Phoenix, but instead I am going to build her as a typical late 18th century British brig of war. The kit is brilliant, but its not, as far as I can tell, actually based on drawings of the real Russian Brigantine Phoenix. Furthermore I am going to call her Rosalind, after my wife. So, I found I found a little pear wood caryatid online from VHobby on ebay that I have adapted to be her figurehead. You can see the original here. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F202325451573 I confess to being very pleased with the result. Way, way exceeded my expectations. The front of the body was already CNC carved as bought, but her sides and back I had to do with a tiny dremel carving attachment and a scalpel. Feel like I accidentally created a little 30mm high Rodin or Degas! Apologies for scrappy photos taken on my phone.
  14. Really superb work. Thanks for sharing. Question. How do you get such a neat, smooth finish on your painted areas? Are you using an airbrush? Thanks, Tim

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