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  1. Finally this weekend, I got started on the cannons and Gun Port Covers.
  2. I decided to glue the Gun Deck in, even though the instructions say not to. Im assuming it is supposed to make it easier to install the masts, but I don't like the idea of the deck moving around with all the cannons on it. Also, I decided not to do a lot of detail in the Captain's Cabin because you cant see thru the liquid windows I used. I just did a quick white wash on the walls and put in a little color for affect.
  3. The finished product. I am going to dab a bit of orange paint on the LEDs so they are a little dimmer and look closer to lantern flame color. IMG_5286.MOV
  4. I got my lighting installed on the gun deck this weekend. Here you see an LED in the Captain's Cabin and another by the Mizzen Mast: One by the Fore Mast: And one by the Main Mast: These will all be hidden by the Spar Deck. I used Liquid Window Glass (not sure what it is really called) in the galley, so it is sort of opaque and cant be seen thru. Any LEDs that are visible once the Spar Deck is in place will be camouflaged with Barrels, Boxes, and Canvas. All the wiring is hidden under the Gun Deck. You can see in the top left corner of the pic, I have 1 feed going thru the gun deck (in a corner where it will be easy to hide) that will connect to 1 final LED i am going to put somewhere close to the helm. Still haven't figured out how I am gonna make that one actually look like a lantern. I have a Dimmer switch in l;ine, but it turns out the LEDs don't flicker corectly until they have the full 9 volts. I will be removing the dimmer and rewiring the battery directly to the plug.
  5. Lastly, I received these Chain Plate Kits! They look great! I can't stand the thought of putting those big, ugly, molded chainplates that came with the kit on, since that is one of the first things that your eyes are drawn to. This will be a challenge!
  6. I also received a bunch of extra blocks and dead-eyes from syrenshipmodelcompany.com.
  7. Well, i got some packages this weekend and **** JUST GOT REAL! 😲 The first wave of accessories from HISModels.com came in. The first kit is for adding the rigging for the guns: The next kit is the Standing rigging kit: And I also ordered the Cloth Flag Set and Draft Scales: The flags are really nice and printed on both sides. Too bad they are the LAST thing to go on 🤦‍♂️
  8. Lol! That is a little weird! Hi, I’m Bob. Nice to meet you 😝🤣
  9. Of coarse, I HAD to set the Spar Deck in the hull to see what it looks like! As I said before, there is absolutely NO WAY I could have painted the decks even close to realistic so I am very happy with the extra $$ for the wood laminate. If anyone is interested in them, you can find them on EBay. The sellers name is “ScaleDecks”.
  10. Of course I have a little touch up to do on the painted parts, then a few coats of satin clear to tie it all together, but I think they look pretty good!
  11. Here the deck is ready to have the wood applied.
  12. I’ve been busy this afternoon! I really need to learn not to rush things. The next step of my build is to finish the decks so they are ready to install. First I painted the decks a very dark brown. The manufacturer of the wood laminate said that the color under the laminate could affect the shade of the decks, so I went pretty dark. I also figured it would help hide any spots where the wood isn’t cut exactly correct. I then painted the parts that that will show a light “Wood” color. The wood is cut so that, if you shave down the ridge on the gun deck, it will reach all the way to the edge. I wanted to keep the ridge line to help align the cannons, so I trimmed the wood to fit and painted the outside edge of the gun deck black.
  13. Thanks Man! I saw the "spare tire" idea on your build log. Thats a great idea. 👍 I hardly ever use the plastic cement any more. CF Glue (Super Glue) works really well for me, even on the painted parts. The plastic cement works by melting the two pieces of plastic together where CF Glue actually glues the surface of the part, or paint, or whatever. As long as you have a good top coat, you will be alright. 😉
  14. These pics are after only one coat, and it’s still wet, but I really like the way it’s bringing out the color.
  15. I had enough time tonight to get one coat of clear coat on the decks. I pined the whole sheet to a fiberboard so I could handle it while spraying it.

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