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  1. Hi, I'm Phil. I'm about ten months into my build. I've never done a ship of the line before, so this is a learning experience. I chose to build the HMS Victory because I wanted to do a ship of the line. I bought it off of E-Bay on an auction. The kit dates back from 1991. I've had a few difficulties due to the age of the wood and my relative inexperience (compared to most of you guys) in wooden ship modelling. I am very patient. I am very stubborn. I have lots of experience with other types of models to draw from. I have finished the rough work on the hull. Both layers of planking are on. The stern and quarter galleries are built and painted. I have the base color scheme painted on. I am going to be coppering the bottom of the hull. I have 3/16" copper tape, a pounce wheel and Gene Bodnar's article on making copper plates using self adhesive copper tape (thank you very much, Gene, for writing that, as well as the other articles that you have written), that I pulled off of this website. I plan on making very good use of all three . Here's where I'm at right now:
  2. Started on the starboard side!
  3. I am going to use a couple of dark washes and then use dry brushing to highlight and fade the upper surfaces to give the model the appearance of shadows, depth and age. It’s the same technique used for painting war gaming miniatures (which is how I learned to paint).
  4. Port side lower gun deck has gunport lids!
  5. Quick side project. I love the old P-61. It’s one of my favorite planes. I ran across this kit for a price that I couldn’t pass up.
  6. Thank you, I bought it on E-Bay a couple weeks ago.
  7. Putting my new pinvise to good use.
  8. All gunport lids are now painted! Next, I need to clear out all eyebolts and start pinning the lids to the hull.
  9. I finished touching up the black on the 32 gunport lids with the port scuttles. They are mostly ready to install. I just have to ensure that all of the eyebolts are clear of paint.
  10. I think that I’m going to keep the model mostly as it is. The colors will fade some when I weather and age it. I always make warships look well used.
  11. I painted the tops of all gunport lids black. I then basecoated the sides and undersides of the gunport lids red. I touched up the sides of the 32 with port scuttles. I am waiting on the rest to dry so I can touch up the red on them, too. After that I’ll touch up the black.
  12. There’s all 32! Next step: painting! I’m going for the Nelson Checkerboard, from 1805, so the top of the gunport lids will be black and the undersides will be red.
  13. Seven gunport lids with port scuttles! Making progress! Seriously though, I’m learning a lot with this build. I am taking the time to hone my scratch building skills for future projects. I have several books from the Anatomy of the Ship series, including the Granado and the Bellona. I intend to build both ships in 1/48 scale. I also have the plans for the Triton which will be my next project.
  14. I found out that the entire lower bank of gunports (32 to be exact) had port scuttles. I scanned the picture out of Anatomy of the Ship, rescaled it in Word and printed a sheet of them on card-stock
  15. 99 gunport lids with eyebolts!
  16. Thank you John! Much appreciated!

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