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  1. The coppering of both sides is now finished and the copper is being polished. I use Proxxon nylon-fleece brushes to clean and brass-wire wheel brushes to polish the copper. The untreated polished copper will accumulate a dark natural patina within a few years. For breaks I'm coppering the lower half of the rudder. This itself was a bit reworked: The front edge was angled 30° to both sides to allow the rudder to turn and the back edge was sanded down to 3mm towards its lowest point. Also the painting of the hull was started with the yellow strakes while I start wondering how I will ever get the puzzle of the quarter galleries together. Copper partly cleaned on port side Rudder being coppered
  2. Hi Bob Very well done! Perhaps you could treenail the end of the planks at the bulkhead because the planks would probably run up to but not under the bulkhead construction. This bulkhead seems to be a permanent one which needs not to be removed to create a continuous gun deck in action: there are no guns aft of it. Cheers Peter
  3. Thanks to all for the compliments. It helps and encourages me to glue hundreds more of those little plates on. (About 3/4 done, only 600 to go!) Still putting them on overlapping is a great help. Only those at the beginning and end of a line need to be trimmed. Martin: Hour? I'm enjoying every second - being rather overjoyed by now. Cheers Peter
  4. Hi Bob Made exactly the same mistake. Finally I replaced the botched planks. In Goodwin's book, on page 56, the bulkhead seems to stand directly on a beam while the planks end in front of it . However on page 54 the bulkhead seems to stand on the planks. On page 53 the model shows a vertical plank running across the bulkhead as lower edge of it and the deck planks ending at that plank. 3 different solutions within 4 pages: I think you have a certain liberty how to finish it. Cheers Peter
  5. Hi Spy The same problem with the walnut bothered me with my Pickle kit (I think JoTiKa definitely should work on the quality of their wood). Finally I found that by lightly bending the strip to either side before soaking it you could usually see a good side and a bad one with a tendency to split. After soaking for 1 hour or so it was almost always possible to attach the strip without mishap. One or two had to come off again despite that but as I used white glue this could easily be handled. Cheers Peter
  6. Hi Spy I'm very sorry to hear about the health problems in your family and I wish you both a speedy and complete recovery. And yes, age can be a bitch - truly, ageing is not for the faint hearted. Perhaps a few pictures in my Pickle build log could help with your anchor problem You could try #279 or #295. If this doesn't help, please tell me. BTW my Pickle got a second identical anchor as well as 2 additional carronades to fulfil minimum requirements and to match several information sources in the clever books and the web. Take care Peter
  7. Hi Michael The cannon looks very good. I think you'r right about the position of the dolphins: They would help handling the barrel and therefore would best be placed above the centre of gravity. If the barrel stays more or less horizontal if you hang it by the dolphins it should be ok - otherwise you could try to move them. But in my opinion another point is more important. As far as I understand the trunnions are part of and cast with the barrel and should give the impression of being of the same metal as the barrel. Wood wouldn't be able to hold the heavy carriage to the fast recoiling barrel when firing the cannon. You are on a fascinating journey with this build - thank you for taking us along. Peter
  8. Hi Rob Your Ethalion looks wonderful and I admire the way you build an unique model with this kit. Having had the pleasure to build those ***** shot lockers for my Bellerophon I would like to share a few thoughts and hope you don't mind. In my kit the supplied cannonballs were much too big and I had to replace them. In the case of your Ethalion the 18 pounder shots should have a diameter of about 5 inch or 2mm in scale - they look larger. Then I think you should try to settle those balls a bit deeper into the locker - now they are in danger of getting loose in just a bit of a sea and shots rolling across a deck could be mistaken as a first sign of an impending mutiny, as Jack Aubrey tells us. My solution was to take 1mm wood strips, drill 1mm holes into it and then drill with a 2mm drill bit nearly through it. Taking the shots out now might be a bit of a fumbling but they will not accidentally drop out. Cheers and keep up the great work Peter
  9. Hi Bob You are making great progress with your Granado. It seems you finally got over your Vanguard withdrawal syndrome. Only scratching just the outline of those lids ,I think, is out of the question in a quality build as yours. However the lid should sit flush in the counter and you will have to cut out the opening in the finished counter. I had the same problem but perhaps half an hour work with a sharp scalpel provided the desired result - although I had to rebuild at least one lid because it was suddenly too small... Cheers Peter
  10. First (port) half of the coppering is done. Me, I'm looking forward to a nice diversified work, like knotting ratlines. The copper will be polished after both sides are done. The amount of copper plates was just sufficient. By careful use of trimmed leftovers I managed to keep enough full plates to cover rudder and keel. the scale figure of the captain shows just how much expensive copper was put on such a ship of the line
  11. Hi B.E. Looking great. And that moulded strip is made ingeniously and looks good too. If there is nothing worse you have to 'live with' you are really living very well. Cheers Peter
  12. Hi Martin You obviously don't believe in taking the easy way. Your Fly will be a unique gem. Would there be a story behind that pile of hypothermic needles which you could tell over that beer? Take care Peter
  13. Hi Dave Thanks. The linked article is a great one about a fact every modeller should be familiar with. Adding 15% white seems be a bit much in scale 1/76 - but for the yellow colour on my Pickle build this could be about what I actualy took while the black there was right out of the can. Generally I would and will add less white to black - a few drops up to perhaps 5% will make a big change already. Cheers Peter
  14. hull details, coppering After installing some hull decoration strips I marked the waterline and put a1x1mm strip on it. It was then painted dull black. To give it a more realistic finish I mixed in some white. (In a book, written by a professional model railroad landscape builder he explains about colour scale. By that he means that if you look at a model in scale 1/100 from a distance of 50cm it should look the same as the prototype from a distance of 50m. And from that distance colours look less bright because of the air absorbing some of the intensity. He says that's the reason that models tend to look like toys if you use original colours. He recommends to always mix in a bit of white or grey and to avoid shiny colours. I think it works.) Below the waterline strip I painted a copper strip to cover eventual irregularities at the edge of the coppering. As on previous builds I broke of single copper plates and glued them on individually and overlapping, starting at the stern and the keel. After putting on the first leaf of copper plates, I had the happy idea to check how many there are. 2400. 2400! I just hope the skin on my fingertips will endure that as I have to peel off dried CA glue (and some skin) after each coppering session. To have some variety I do small projects in between, such as adding outer hull details or more shot garlands - seems I can't stop making them, now I know how. waterline marked and coppering started waterline coppering details additional shot garlands
  15. Hi Martin No deck above - no chimney needed.? And maybe not my carpenters are at fault but they probably get sometime some strange instructions which they follow without questions. That's the navy, I think. Cheers Peter

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