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  1. Seeing one of the Alabama's cannon at the Hunley museum in Charleston, S.C., made me realize that I know next to nothing about how Civil War-era guns were rigged on ships. I've seen large-caliber Dahlgrens and Parrot rifles in fortifications, and figure the pivot/slide arrangement was similar on board ships, but I always figured the 32-pounders and such, like included in the Model Shipways Harriet Lane, were rigged like broadside cannon always had been. Looking at photos from the era, I do see a breech rope, and assume other tackle is there, too. Anyone know for sure?
  2. Stevinne

    Artesania Latina Hermione.

    My instructions didn't call for red fixtures (it was a very old kit). The only things I painted red were the carronade slides. I think it would look nice with a little more color to her.
  3. Working on the stern, filling gaps between the various decks with 1.5x5mm planking.
  4. Stevinne

    Artesania Latina Hermione.

    What I do, if there are gaps, is use a little bit of watered wood glue to flow into the space. then I will sand and make sure the saw dust goes into the space between planks. It really does provide a nice, tight look and can hide a lot of minor flaws.
  5. With the weather warming up, and my son finally completing his Eagle Scout project, I have some time to get back to work. Over the weekend I headed out to my unheated garage work area and completed the first layer of planks. I actually overplanked the forecastle and had to remove one run after looking closely at the drawings. I'm finding the instructions really hard to follow on this build. Also, I'm very stingy with wood. I was reading Fred Hocker's great book on the Vasa, and he talked about how the Dutch craftsmen would be careful not to waste any wood. I make the Dutchmen look generous. Still, I finished the first run of planking with one plank left to spare - and that would have been used if I hadn't saved every scrap and used them when they fit. Not giving me a lot of confidence about finishing this build without a materials run to Model Expo. Next up, planking the stern and the facings on the various cabin walls.
  6. Stevinne

    Artesania Latina Hermione.

    Here's a look at what I mean
  7. Stevinne

    Artesania Latina Hermione.

    I have painted the waterline on a planked ship and painted the whole hull on a solid hull ship. I also have a neighbor who built the Model Expo Constitution and my father-in-law built the Bluenose. In both cases, they painted the hull completely. In all cases mentioned, even the solid hull, you could tell what was underneath the paint was wood. In the case of planked hulls, you can make out the individual planks if you give it a good look.
  8. Stevinne


    I built an AL Reynard and enjoyed it. I liked the photo instructions. Much easier to follow than the Constructo and Mamoli kits I've worked on. Good luck and enjoy!
  9. Stevinne

    LST 452

    They have a 1.350 resin model here for about $170 http://ironshipwrights.com/ships_350.html and here's a plastic one from Revell in 1.144 for about $50 https://www.hobbyzone.com/hobbies/revell/rvls5123.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwmqHPBRBQEiwAOvbR8x0jOdyFtIcl9EKot4YdElHs9ZMUo0-1NkpYs2cdKd1F5nSZMgFMJxoC_1gQAvD_BwE and one from Lindberg for about $15 this appears to be close in appearance to the 452). http://www.activepowersports.com/lindberg-hl213-12-1-245-l-s-t-landing-ship-tank-hl213-12-plastic-military-model/?gclid=CjwKCAjwmqHPBRBQEiwAOvbR82PXZjNWtK1vYylZ38TiRKsr25m05V5WybzLEZukX4_hjxb1RMofQRoCzccQAvD_BwE here's a review https://modelingmadness.com/review/misc/ships/berghlst.htm
  10. Stevinne

    New member

    Richard, welcome aboard. I hope you're enjoying a well-deserved retirement. I think it might be hard to ID your yacht, but if anyone can do it, the folks here can. Can you post a photo?
  11. It has been slow but steady work on the hull over the summer. Usually two or four planks per weekend, but I have finally completed the first layer of the lower hull. If anyone is ever building this kit, please take my advice and install balsa bow fillers between the frames. I'd thought about it, decided I didn't need them, and started regretting it almost immediately. This was my first galleon-type ship, and it is now my opinion that on these craft, bow fillers are a must. Sir Francis Drake, who has been watching my work said "I told you so." I have to say the wood was nice to work with. I need to do some stealers around the stern and then I will plank the deck and install the cabin facings before finishing the first layer of bow planking.
  12. MS kits come with good instructions, so it's probably not as necessary as it would be if you were building another manufacturer's kit, but I always recommend people new to the hobby grab a copy of Frank Mastini's "Ship Modeling Simplified." The MS instructions will teach good technique, but the Mastini book gives a good overview of ship building. Unfortunately, he does not deal with the cat issue.
  13. Welcome Derek. You'll find this is a great place to learn about ship building with a very supportive community always willing to help out. Good luck with the build. For your second build, I'd recommend something that is double planked - which is a lot more forgiving than a single-plank project.
  14. Completed the first layer of planking around the gunport frames and added some additional planks. Also picked up a crewmember, courtesy of my printer. He's a little thin, but that's what happens when you live on naval rations.
  15. Congratulations. A beautiful build. Nicely done.

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