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  • Birthday 08/11/1973

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    17th Century Naval Architecture, furniture design and construction with an emphasis on the Art Nouveau period, 20th Century architecture, wood carving, muscle cars, the Knicks, and early American longrifles.

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  1. Also, just taking a quick glance back at your earlier posts - the carving castings look to be of a pretty decent quality. Will you use some and remake others, or do the whole ornamental scheme from scratch?
  2. There have been some very nice builds of this model, here, on MSW! Per usual, you are off to a brilliant start, EJ, and I know your willingness to upgrade and experiment will propel this build into the next level. I look forward to following along. This kit is 1:90. Is this the same scale as SR and La Couronne?
  3. No worries, Patrick. The extreme detailing has been going on for a long time now, and it all started with the lower hull.
  4. Hi Patrick! You are absolutely correct that there are alignment issues with the lower hull, when you build the kit straight out of the box. That is, in part, why I decided to cut away the lower hull altogether, below the waterline (which I raised by a solid 1/4”, BTW), and make the project a waterline diorama. Ever since I saw photos of Richard Romaniak’s SR - which I had assumed was also cut down, but was actually photographed on her waterline in actual water - I had thought that the Heller model looked much better balanced without her abbreviated lower hull. If you go back to somewhere around page 8 of this build log, you will see that cutting her down was the first modification I made. Doing this was the only way that I could possibly broaden the ship’s beam enough to include the missing sixth stern light. I took great care, while fitting these new bow extension pieces (which were salvaged from a donated (Thx again Popeye2Sea!), damaged hull) to ensure that the alignment fore and aft was true, and that the stem halves were square to the centerline. At the time, this involved some fiddly heat bending of the thick plastic over an open flame, but luckily the extension pieces didn’t collapse into molten pools of uselessness. The hull is fairly large and cumbersome to paint when assembled, though - especially details like all of the gun port linings, where it is advantageous for the work to remain flat while painting. On the other hand, when I am trying to cut-in the top edge of the wales, in black, it will be particularly handy to simply stand my hull halves up on the table, so that my brush hand can ride along the table, as I pull my strokes.
  5. After several months of effort, I have finally completed the frieze on the starboard side, at least. I’m still ornamenting the port quarter. Here’s one last comparison shot: Taken as a whole, I think this experiment in stretching Berain’s frieze downward and forward is a success, even though it is not what was strictly drawn. I happen to think that the acanthus escutcheon carvings are just too large to exist between the quarter deck guns, and that their presence, at that location, cramps the frieze. There are certainly many things wrong with the Heller kit, but their decision to move these ornaments down to the main deck level was a sound one, in my opinion, and one that was grounded in documented practice among SR’s contemporaries. A closer look: And, I think, a pretty fair run with the drift rails: While this particular phase of the project represents one of the most dramatic alterations to the kit, and the process of creating it was very educational and satisfying - it was also extremely fatiguing. I love it, but I’m kinda’ sick of it. While I still have work to do on these upper bulwark pieces - the upper amortisement of the quarter galleries, and the bow and stern angels - I will soon put these parts away for a while, after I have cut and framed the two small octagonal windows at the poop-royal level. Following that, I will focus on getting the lower hull halves painted so that I can mount them and begin actually building the model. I bought a sheet of 3/32” styrene sheet that will serve as the base cap of my waterline diorama. Dan Pariser once suggested using brass, instead, out of concern that a styrene base would warp. Styrene to brass sheet would be a purely mechanical bond. My thoughts are that styrene to styrene would provide a welded joint and I plan to gusset and epoxy the hull interior like crazy, for extra lateral stability. Does anyone out there have additional thoughts/experience on this point?
  6. I’m sorry Mark, but I have to call you on your modesty. Yours is approaching Amalio standards of flawless execution. He’s in a class, all his own, but you are not far behind. Recently, I saw the Kriegstein Collection model of the Royal James at an exhibition of the Dutch maritime master painters in Washington, D.C.. Now, this is an amazing example of the model makers’ art, of the period. Yet, when compared with much of the work being done today, it seems positively crude by comparison. Of course, the circumstances under which these models were made dictated that they speed up their process a little, and take certain shortcuts in their representation and/or omission of various details. Nevertheless, the models being made today are much more complete and meticulous records of previously obscured and forgotten knowledge. Your efforts and the efforts of everyone else that is dedicated to their process should inspire the next generation of modelers to jump down the rabbit hole. Just incredible! Take a bow, my friend, because you’ve earned it!
  7. Life challenges have done nothing to diminish your talents, Doris. As always, the work is superb, and I really appreciate your willingness to make alterations for authenticity, as your understanding of the ship evolves. Your efforts are what this site is all about, and we are all beneficiaries. Here's to better days ahead
  8. I love your 74 kit-bash, above, and the work on the Sovereign, so far, promises equally excellent results. I will gladly follow along with your build. The version of the Sovereign that most interests me is the 1660 rebuild, pictured above. I think that, someday, it would be fun to attempt modeling her, at this stage of her career. But, really, all stages of her career were exquisite.
  9. Hubac's Historian

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    You are very welcome, here, Dave! MSW is a terrific place to be and share. I look forward to seeing your Terror.
  10. This is really an excellent build, and an interesting model. I will be following along with great interest. Really terrific work!
  11. Hubac's Historian

    New way to mount your mast

    Really interesting tip - I love this idea!
  12. Shaping up nicely, Dan! I look forward to seeing her next week.
  13. I am very excited by the release of the St. Philippe. As with L'Ambiteaux, this new monograph should provide a very necessary bridge between the First and Second Marines of Louis XIVs navy. The two models that were on display at Rochefort were extremely impressive.
  14. Yes, on my Pinterest page, I have seen this stern image tagged for Soleil Royal. But, then, the connection of this stern view to the starboard quarter view is un-mistakeable, and that image is almost always labeled as the Monarque. The signature on the portrait seems to answer that question, but it is easy to see where the internet leads us in various directions. I have often seen what looks like a pretty amateur line sketch of the Monarque's stern, that is labeled as the Royal Louis. I have yet to find an attribution for that line drawing. That both ships were built in the same yard, within a year of each other, lends credence to the possibility that both ships would share similar architecture and ornamentation, even if they were built by two different shipwrights. Well, this build-log began with a bunch of open questions about what context in which to place all of this imagery. There are some things that I think I can reasonably say identify a particular vessel, or characteristics that fit within the evolution of 17th Century practice. I don't know whether I am right, or not, but I believe I'm closer to the truth now, than when I started. Just gonna' keep on digging.

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