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  1. one idea would be to use transparent wood tint, which would allow all the wood detail to be seen. But as the other modellers said, you are at the steering wheel. I'm so glad I signed in to this build log! (this is where I wanted to put a happy emoticon, but did not find them (sad emoticon!))
  2. An exquisite model on its own. I also love your oars: I haven't often seen such realistic tiny items before. Are they made of one single piece? Wonder what beauty comes next!
  3. I don't know the name of that wooden v-shaped blocks they used to put under the gun barrels, but if you decided to add them, you would have the guns pointing horizontally like we use to represent them. But whatever you decide to do, the whole model, and in particular the guns, look fantastic. Congratulations. JP
  4. This build is too beautiful to miss. Congratulations for these tiny items. I'll follow this log, if you don't mind.
  5. Wonderful, really! not only is the build of pristine quality, but somehow, you managed to get beautiful wood tints that enhance the details of your build. I look forward to the next Congratulations. steps.
  6. I'm sure you will come up with a beautiful model. I suppose your problem of detaching the pieces can be helped by cutting half way on both sides of the sheet, or at least the tab will be weakened so that the piece could then be snapped off without breaking. Now as far as glueing broken pieces is concerned, there are now PVA glues, CA gels or epoxy glues that are literally stronger than the original, so any accident could be remedied. The only problem is when you want to dye the wood as apparent glue stains won't take the colouring material, of course. By the way, the model from Master Korabel which had impressed me was not an armed ship: it was the St Gabriel: superb detail. And the other Swedish gun boats are made by Amati (a small, simple model) and by Mantua (a well detailed model that needs quite a bit of rework to make it look like a wooden model rather than an assembled "laser saw" puzzle. Have fun with your build. JP
  7. I am very interested in your build, Chuck. I did not remember well the name of this brand, but I remember to have seen pictures of what looked like an exquisitely detailed model. It was also a gunboat, I think. As far as this model is concerned, it is funny to notice that there are no less than three kits of a such a strange ship: one is a rather colourful model by Amati, if I remember well, the second one looks more detailed. It is by Sergal, I think, and is an effort to oversimplify the build, and looks quite awful I think. This kit looks rather fine as details are numerous. Master Korabel seems to prefer unpainted models, which is ok, but looks a little dull, don't you think so. I look forward to your succesful build. JP
  8. Excellent job and great detail on your model. Just a question: was there a strip of wood to cover the edge of the copper sheating, like there seemed to be on British ships? If yes it would certainly be worth adding it, at your level of accuracy. Happy modelling! JP
  9. If I am still allowed to say something, I am also aware that tooling, and one of the most interesting new items now available has to be the 3D printer, and I understand that their precision is now extraordinary. But what about the finition of the reproduced items? What I have seen so far are some jelly like copies the finishing of which was far from being impressive. Of course, I would not hesitate to use such items rather than those very crude guildings in hard metal that you find in Italian kits (with the exception of Euromodel of Como, where the metal items and the fantastic plans are the best part of their kits). My main concern about the future of ship modelling is that a number of makers (especially the Italians) still have about the same catalog as in the late 1970's. Now that is, I think, not a big problem as long as they keep up with the market. If they want to stay in the business, they really should upgrade their existing kits, by improving or correcting their plans and/or instructions. Modern technologies make this possible for anyone. As an example, Euromodel has received the collaboration of an excellent gentleman (who is on this forum, by the way), who has reworked their instruction manuals in such a way that his files are interesting to read not only if you build the concerned model, but as a general modelling practicum as well. Other addition to kits would be more specific items (anchors, cannons, blocks, etc..), and of course, metal etchings where required! And yes, this would make the kit a little more expensive to market, but it would still be much cheaper than a completely new design, wouldn't it. The big advantage is that it can again be advertised as "new" or "new design". A good example of this is the newly designed Hermione by Artesania Latina. I like to compare the situation to that of plastic kits. Some 20 years ago, it was considered financially almost impossible to produce a large kit like Tamiya's Enterprise. Heller tried with some magnificent products, but they failed to stay on the market. And now, companies like Revell, after a difficult period, is able to come with fantastic offering like their big submarine, or their E-Boot. But... the price of plastic models has drastically increased, and the latest productions are now enormously better in quality and accuracy than, remember, the 50 ct kits in bags from a long time ago. But there is the reason why they keep selling in large numbers Bismarks, Spitfires, Messerschmitts,...: they are still new and better. Of course it is always fantastic to have new models appearing on the market. But there has been a thread on this forum about the models members would like to see on the market, and there was such a huge range of responses, with sometimes the most exotic ships, that manufacturers would be very daring to follow, I'm afraid. Oh, by the way, the Chinese president apparently has proclaimed during his visit to the economic forum in Gstaad, "that his country would as from now, respect the international propriety laws: wait and see! I shall make a copy of this post. In case I get blocked, I can still send it as a pm. Thanks for reading: we have the power and influence to have this hobby evolve as it should.
  10. Thank you Dave
  11. Only for the pics of our favorites removed by admin. I'd like you comments!
  12. From a film I just saw on youtube, it seems that Pen Duick had 2 different topsails: the one that is featured which definitely looks best,but obviously could only be used with very light breezes and was certainly a pain to hoist, the other one has a much moe classic look, but would also be too much from wind force 3-4.
  13. Thanks for your kind comments. The model is now owned by my son who lives in Switzerland. So I cant measure it right now Im in Belgium). But the model is of a fairly manageable size of, I guess some 60cm length and 80cm height.
  14. Good job with the skylight. And unglueing the part did not damage anything. I just posted in the section gallery of finished model from kits, a few pics of the Pen Duick, which I built some 20 years ago. You will see there what can be fairly easily done to improve even more those skylights.