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  1. 1/72 HMS Vanguard 1787

    Oh and the black cartridge paper is extremely useful if you want to make iron hoops or bands. Just cut a small stripe and you could use it in the raw or with an additional coat of metal black. So far it was used to make the iron bands which hold the yaws of a gaff to the boom or mast bandings or a spectacle plate... Wherever iron bands or plates are required you can make them with cartridge paper. Peter
  2. 1/72 HMS Vanguard 1787

    What you say is all true. Being about a year into the build of Belllerophon I would like to share some additional impressions. The big black mark on this kit are those cast carriages for guns and carronades. Very detailed made they fit no known prototype and I can only wonder that so much resources went into so obviously wrong and pretty useless parts. I still hope for a correction by Amati as it was done for the Fly/Pegasus kit although it would be too late for my build anyhow. I didn't particularly like the dummy guns for the lower gun deck and I think with some slight alterations to the kit it would be possible to rise the false deck onto the level of the gun deck, provide some simplified carriages and have full guns on that deck. Another problem is that the stern decorations for Bellerophon are still white metal. Nevertheless I will try to use them and I thrust Amati so far that I hope to find an acceptable solution with them although I will have to bend them even more as I increased the bulge of the stern. Generally you should look at the plans somewhat critically as there are several questionable details. Not only details of the stern could be reworked. Another question is also why the upper gun deck and the deck part in front of the beakhead bulkhead are not on the same level. I left that open and built as instructed by the kit but I think this detail is wrong. I'm sure there will be more questions as the build goes on. However I would like to confirm that this is a great kit offering the possibility to build wonderful models and I never regretted to have bought it - but please change the gun carriages. Have fun! Peter
  3. Hi Peter While building my Pickle one of the alterations I made to the kit was changing the copper plates. I used those from Amati which are designed to put on overlapping as it should be according to different sources. Those from Caldercraft have - in my opinion - much too prominent nail heads giving the hull an rather badly shaved appearance. I think the nail heads had to be rather flat to reduce water resistance. Your Pickle looks fine. Have fun! Peter
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    Hallo Nils Wonderful pictures. I love that dramatic setting, well lighted against the dark background. You are an artist as a photographer and as a model builder. Cheers Peter
  5. This basically good Caldercraft kit was altered in various aspects: - The stern was changed according to RMG's plans of the Adonis-class cutters/schooners. - The proportion of the rigging was changed to follow those of the proposed rigging of the Adonis-class schooners in Karl Heinz Marquarts book ‘The Global Schooner’. The masts were reduced in height and the proportions of the bowsprit altered. - The 19' launch was shortened into a 16' cutter and the boats placed on the centerline between the masts. - A full set of sails was hoisted and the rigging completed accordingly. The sails are made from fine cotton dyed in tea. The seams are drawn with a pencil and the hem glued. - Additional changes were made, such as the bow stretched a bit, a slightly different color scheme used, a new galley flue added, a second anchor added, a self painted flag hoisted etc. The build was a bit of an adventure and a pleasure. I think that Pickle with the alterations now resembles more an Bermuda built schooner of the early 19th century.
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    She really is impressive. But Frank, couldn't you donate that poor skipper a tin or two of paint to freshen her up a bit? :-)
  7. This Victory Models kit is of very good quality. Building this ‘miniature frigate’ was great fun. Some amendments and improvements were made during this build (rudimentary great cabin, furled sails added, better anchors added etc.). More details are available in the build log.
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    Hi Jack Oops – with NSI and every other agency reading those posts perhaps one should avoid such dubious expressions… Hello Jack That’s better. Thank you. I really cannot tell you how many hours it took to finish Granado. The build took some of my spare time during perhaps 3 years with changing intensity. I remember sewing on boltropes – by hand – on a hotel balcony in Yaoundé during a stay there with nothing else to do than waiting for the flight back. Other times I didn’t work on Granado for weeks. Cheers Peter
  9. A few additions to the kit out of the box were made: A boat (resin kit from caldercraft) was added. It was supposed to be stored on the mortar housing and is now being hoisted out. A jib stay with traveller was added as well as the missing mizzen topgallant stay. Furled sails were added. The running rigging to the sails is reduced. Only the main ropes are shown – no bunt lines, leech lines or reef tackles. They would hardly be visible anyway and I was too lazy to provide them all. The flag is hand painted onto the same cotton as was used for the sails. This was the most satisfying kit I built so far. Great value for money, many details and the size of the finished model is still easy to handle.
  10. The Mamoli kit was improved with real copper plates and 2 boats. Several details, such as parts of the rigging, the sails, the rudder and its attachment or the deck planking were reworked. A build log is also available.

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