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  1. Thanks, gentlemen, for your replies. Your advice for the paint makes sense. In any case, some serious trials for the "blurred" effect will be necessary.
  2. Thanks for the replies, gentlemen. I thought these 3D copies were always made of resin, but now I'm not sure any more. Is it so that copies made out of metal (soft aluminium, for example) or maybe even wood, are possible?
  3. I don't know if the subject has already been treated before. If not, I really think this is worth looking at. To duplicate guns, or gun carriages, or ornamental figures, make extra anchors, or to replace a lost, missing or broken piece. The first "3D copies" I saw were rather rough looking, but I am sure the technique has improved in the meantime. One question though: how small duplicable detail can be rendered? At what cost? I recently was rather surprised to see such a printer on sale in a warehouse (Makro in Belgium) at around 1000,-€, but I have no idea what the actual cost of materials is. My questions: has anyone tried this new technique? Are there any 3D copy shops, and was is the resulting quality?
  4. I'm not sure, but I think that while the Lady Nelson is a little more expensive than the Sherbourne, it had a wooden base included, which I think is worth considering. There is also a nice Anatomy of the Ship book named "The Cutter Alert", which allows fantastic super detailing of either kit. Ther are (were) several build logs of the SQherbourne, some going to the extend of making a clinker built hull which most cutters seem to have featured. There is yet another kit by Euromodel of Como, which has a lovely shape, but I wonder about its authenticity. Happy modelling! JP
  5. I still have in my waiting room a rather nice half built model of a 17th century Dutch whaler, based on Sergal's Baleinera Olandese. One of my first jobs will be to paint the lower hull off white. I know that the waterline will NOT be parallel to the keel (the stem should be a little higher) and I will also try to have the waterline a little curved, that is raising fore and aft. I have been studying some paintings of Dutch merchant ships (especially flutes, as this is the type of ship I'm building, and indeed, the waterline is a little lower amidships. Now I also took the precaution of looking at paintings by different artists, and also noticed that the waterline is always blurred, not sharp like the one I would obtain with masking tape. I've never seen this done on a model, but I would find it another challenge to try to realise this curved, blurred line. Biggest problem for me is that I do not work with a spray, only with brushes, and I suppose I shall have to make quite a few trials before I start on the hull. Another problem is the colour: I am aware of the poor coverage of white (or off white) paints, and would like to try with acrylic "one-layer" wall paint. Has anyone tried this? Any tips from other happy painters? Thanks in advance. JP
  6. Hard to imagine that their top selling item (considering the number of models built over the forums) would be discontinued. I also checked on Artesania's site, and was pleased to notice that they, at last, seem to have decided to depart from their reddish / yellowish wood finish, so typical of Artessania and Occre. For instance their new Hermione looks much more convincing than their prior offering. Good job on their part. Maybe there will come a new San Francisco as well.
  7. The idea of segmenting kits is not new actually, but it causes enormous logistic problems. Biling Boats in the seventies used to split their larger kits into a wood pack and a fittings pack, in order, as they said at the time, to reduce the initial investment. now most of the retailers were faced with boxes of fittings that were never bought; or customers who bought the basis kit long after it was issued could not find any fittings for their kit. After a period of time Biling gave up that system and their decision was applauded by everyone. Another similar system is the so called weekly installment system, and indeed there are some interesting "kits" to be found there. But the system has in my opinion important drawbacks. First is its global cost for the consumer. Then not every builder works at the same tempo (of course), and I suppose the weekly installments tend to pile up in many workshops. Then there is the problem of the modeler who kept the weekly packages to work on it later, and was then unable to exchange defective parts. Last, but maybe not least, the editor splits the building into weekly feasable jobs, resulting as we saw elsewhere in this forum, in a deck split into parts that we are supposed to assemble afterwards, a very tricky job requiring great precision. The plastic kit industry has made, I dare say, quite a fantastic recovery over the last 30 years: models that were once unthinkable, like 1/350 kits or even 1/200 models are now produced quite frequently. But...the production has largely been moved to lower cost countries, the retailers have, alas, mostly disappeared, and selling no longer happens through toy shops, but either through highly specialized retailers. The competition to these retailers is, of course the internet, but this is true for most retailers indeed. But the plastic kit industry has also been backed up by an increasing number of cottage industries, who produce either short run kits, either super detailing kits, and this is somewhere what you suggest. I can easily imagine some detailing kits for the wooden ship modeler/ as an example, let's imagine a kit to transform HMS Victory to her original state. Or replacement for some of those hideous metal guildings that are to be found in some Italian kits (NOT in the Euromodel kits!). And yes, these mouldings may, as far as I am concerned, be made of resin. JP
  8. 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.
  9. Thank you Dave
  10. Only for the pics of our favorites removed by admin. I'd like you comments!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.