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  • Birthday 01/25/1951

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    Ship paintings

    great stuff, and so many. i used to paint pictures years ago but somehow i never really got the bug, i`ve painted about 25 in the last 45 years and none in the last 15 most i gave away. and i dont know why i just got bored, bit similar to my model building now, seem to have the skills but not the drive, of all my paintings only two were of ships, one i gave to an old friend that used to be in the merchant navy and the other i gave to my younger brother and his wife, i have a photo of this one, it was a picture i saw on a book cover in a second hand book store, so i bought the book for a few pence and painted it, the picture was done on a 30" x 20" board in oils, so here it is
  2. have you tried alclad, expensive but the best metal paints
  3. my victory started in 2007, love it hate it and all the bits in between
  4. in the uk we call them common house spiders or a more scientific name the eratigena atrica i have a funny story about one of these monsters, some 20 years ago i was living with a girlfriend and one of these walked around the bedroom ceiling. it was unusual because it had one leg missing, she asked me to kill it, so i explained it will keep all the bugs and flies down, so not quite sure about it she said ok, anyway every 6 or 7 days we would see it again going around the bedroom and my girlfriend became comfortable with it, because of the missing leg we knew it was the same spider, in the end we were calling it our spider, all was well and my girlfriends fear of spiders had gone, but then one saturday morning at about 10am whilst we were still in bed her 12 year old son shouted up and said MUM I`VE JUST KILLED A MASSIVE SPIDER we both looked at each other and she shouted back to her son YOU HAVN`T HAVE YOU, HOW MANY LEGS DID IT HAVE! i must admit i couldn`t stop laughing, we never saw our 7 legged friend again. this is a true story
  5. when carving at this small scale you`ve got to know when to stop, its all too easy to carry on for perfection and ruin your piece, my last photo shows the finished head that i am happy with, so now i can carry on with a little more confidence
  6. sorry lads but for the british navy it can only be rum
  7. when carving a figure always do the head first, this will always be the focal point of the veiwers, its hard to recover from small mistakes with faces.
  8. small update on the Bounty launch
  9. cheers Jason,, i looked at a lot of Victory models and couldn`t find one in natural wood where the stripes split down the wales as they should, so i took it on, its a bit of a pain and only a few that see it will know the accomplishment... whilst building the Victory i`m building bounty`s launch as a break along the way.... here`s a few photos
  10. finished the wales on the port side and lower gunports linings, shoved in the cannons
  11. the last picture shows one of the orbs surrounding the crown has also chipped off but even with 20 20 eyesight its hard to spot with the naked eye. I would of liked to make the top bands thinner but I think the risk is too great cheers lads and lasses Willlz
  12. whilst I was carving the two grooves in the bands at the top of the crownd I had a bit of a disaster !! Chipped a small lump out of one of the top bands, bit fed up about it but its not that easy to spot with the naked eye so going to have to live with it. I should have grooved the bands before hollowing them out
  13. Next I cut some tamiya masking tape to the desired thickness and stuck it on the top to act as a guide for cutting. Then having the basic shape I just carried on with stanley blades and my dremel to get the the stage shown in the last photo, still work in progress but no need to go mad at this scale
  14. This is how I went about carving the crown, first I shaped it in the lathe, the lathe I use is a metal working lathe, so I dont have a tool steady, so I gently shaped it using stanley blades. i have a lot of experience with this machine but i would not advise anyone to try this method without a tool steady
  15. cut the wales with the jig, stuck em on,

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