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About JpR62

  • Birthday 03/13/1962

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    Valais - Switzerland
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    Historical figurines, Music, Golf

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  1. The treenail job is done. I followed the method used by Chuck Passaro for his Revenue Cutter Cheerful build : the holes were filled with some Minwax wood putty (a mix of Golden oak and natural pine with a ratio of 50%). For the schema, I was inspired by two pictures found in the excellent book 'Modeling an armed Virginia Sloop of 1768' by Clayton A. Feldman. This book is a great source of inspiration. and the result on my model I will work now on the ship's wheel and the catheads.
  2. When I need to use my Minwax wood putty to imitate the treenails, I found the putty that had hardened in his box. After some research on the web, I have found this video that contains a solution : https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=minwax+wood+putty+soft&&view=detail&mid=48DA9105B2B16B26D88C48DA9105B2B16B26D88C&&FORM=VRDGAR So I buy a small box of petroleum jelly (in Europe that product is named Vaseline) and it does his job : the putty has a second life
  3. The kit is perhaps terrible but the result is beautiful. Congratulations on this handsome model. I am amazed at your work and hope that you will have fun again on your next project. Best regards
  4. Wonderful job on this gun Jason ! I also prefer the 0.3mm line version that fits better with the breeching ropes. Thank You for sharing your beautiful work.
  5. Thanks Dave, Bruce and all the 'Likes'. Dave, as this is my first ship, I focus on building techniques. I will test the weathering techniques during future builds. But it's true that I prefer to avoid painting the wood and prefer to play with the different types of wood. Bruce, finally I used the basswood strips provided in the kit. I have ordered some maple wood but when I received the strips I realized that the strips were too wide (a mistake in the conversion from inch to mm 😯). Since I do not have a table saw, I decided to use the basswood from the kit in order to be able to respect the deck plan. It's been a year since I started this build log and I must say that it was really very interesting and full of challenges. I would never have arrived at this result without this forum that contains a wealth of information and advice. A big Thank You to all who share their techniques and tips 😊
  6. Thanks Dave for this kind comment and thanks to all the 'Likes'. I just finish today to plank the deck. I continue to simulate the caulking with black cardboard. The margin plank was a little tricky and took me several hours of work to find an acceptable fit. A blank test with the deck structures and finally I could not wait to test the setting of the guns. The installation seems to me correct. Now it's time for a little sanding and for the treenails. There is still a lot of work but it's really exciting to guess the final result.
  7. The planking of the deck started : first step with the quarter deck. I simulated the caulking with black cardboard I'm currently working on the treenails : I drilled the holes (0,6 mm) and simulated the treenail with Minwax wood putty (Golden Oak). Work is not finished...
  8. I always appreciate your judicious choice of woods. I will follow this build with interest. 😊
  9. Merci Jean-Philippe pour vos voeux. Toutes belles fêtes de fin d'année à vous aussi ! Thanks to all the 'Likes'. I started working on the deck and it's pure pleasure. The cabin wall planking and doors have been added to the quarter deck. The poop deck planking is also finished. I still have to sand everything and give a coat of teak oil. For the deck planking, I have ordered some maple wood. I will start with the quarter deck planking.
  10. The stretchers are in place. I first bend the two long thin timbers using the jig that I have build. Two minutes in hot water and the I fixed them on the jig using rubber bands. After a few hours, they kept their shape. This way of doing things facilitated the final positioning I can now add the thwarts...
  11. Thanks Michael and all the 'Likes' Michael, for the paint, I use Vallejo Model air color and Winsor&Newton Galeria Acrylic. It's a little complicate but as I started with this recipe, I follow it at each step of painting : (From right to left on the picture) Two coats of Vallejo Surface Primer (mix of 70 605 German Red Brown and 70 624 Pure red) ratio 50/50 One coat of Vallero Model Air 71.084 Fire Red mixed with Game ink 72 086 (ratio 50/50) Then three coats of Windsor&Newton Crimson with a little part of Burnt Umber and at the end three or four coats of Vallejo 71.084 Fire Red mixed with 71.003 Red (ratio 50/50) When possible, I apply the Vallejo layers using an airbrush. I think it's the Fire Red that gives the slightly darker color...
  12. The work on the bench seat back is done. I continued the painting work by applying many thin layers of paint. The risers have also been installed and the forward platform added. I will add now the stretchers. I must first place on each side a long thin timber. To find the right position and especially to be able to give these two timbers the good shape, I prepare a jig. After photocopying the plan and establishing the complete floor situation, I determined the position of the timbers at six locations. I hope to be able to preform the two timbers using this jig... It will be for tomorrow, once the glue dries...
  13. The sanding steps are done. I begin with 240 grit, than with 320 grit. Then I applied a fine layer of Liberon teak oil I finished with a last sanding using fine 00 steelwool pad before applying a second coat of teak oil. Not unhappy to have completed this step of the build. And now I can work on the deck... Merry Christmas to everyone !
  14. Thanks to all the 'Likes'. Chuck it's a real pleasure to build this barge and I try to do it as well as I can. Yes, Chuck, I also find it easier to position the seat back with the two coxswain seats in place. In addition, I was able to use a small wooden piece to glue the seats to the correct height and in the same angle as the bench tops. The job paint is in progress...

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