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  1. 1/72 HMS Vanguard 1787

    I have finished the Vanguard version of the kit. It's superb. I agree with Peter's thoughts on the shipship's guns. They are quite disappointing, though with a bit of fiddling they can be made presentable. Have a look at Syren's gun kits. They may be the answer, thought the scale may be a problem. All the best Bob (rmc)
  2. Which model? Need help

    Amati's Vanguard is is very high quality, good instructions but is quite demanding. If you have two or three years to spend on it, the time is well worthwhile. After (I think) four years I have almost finished, You may find my build log in wooden ship kits forum if you're interested. Good luck rmc
  3. I am close to finishing Vanguard. I have found the brass etchings may be cleaned first by etching with the finest steel wool, then finally cleaned up with acetone - then use an undercoat before painting. For any blackened parts, after cleaning with steel wool/acetone, use Birchwood Casey Brass Black. Good luck rmc
  4. The brand is 'Woodcraft' made by Kuretake Co Ltd Japan. I used the chisel tip 6mm. It is very easy to use and has all the attributes of the Brush described above - acid free etc. ..... I guess you pay your money and make your choice. I am just about to go away for a few days and haven't the time to include a photo. All the best wiith your vanguard. rmc (Bob)
  5. I am in the finale stages of building the Vanguard. For the deck planking I used a Woodcraft Marker. They are made in Japan, and in this country are available in craft shops. I think they are also available at Modeler's Shipyard near Sydney. They have a website and do mail order. You can have a look at the results by taking a look at my Vanguard log. All the best rmc
  6. I have been unable to print photos since the new website was introduced. When I highlight a photo and then go to the print option it shows a horizontally compressed photo surround by text. Can anyone help? RMC
  7. Sorry for the delay - life intervened. Since an upgrade to my Windows10 my computer seems to be having bad cases o fboth indigestion and amnesia. I can no longer get an image to turn blue among other things. I suspect that the photo software I have (Nikon) doesn't like Windows10 and is taking it out on me. I have now by-passed that by loading the photos into Desktop and then into Nikon. Seems to work.
  8. Made last try. Found a rather indirect way of finally doing it. Will explain tomorrow. Thank you all.
  9. Thanks Dirk. Tried Google Chrome. Once I click on the photo none of the dialogue boxesshown in your post come up - just the photo on the screen. In the old website, beneath the photo the 'save as' was shown. This doesn't happen for any of the browsers I have used. The new website definitely has some improvements, but there are some drawbacks too. It's late here and it's time for bed.
  10. Microsoft Edge. Just tried Firefox. No joy. Didn't think that the print would be sensitive to the browser!
  11. Thanks Eddie. Sorry - no 'save as' on my screen. I suspect it is a problem with Windows 10 which just shows 'print' and then performs the atrocities I described.
  12. Correct Parral Question

    Wood, without doubt. Good luck. Bob (rmc)
  13. I used small brass eyelets with long shafts stuck under the carriages. It worked well. It's in my Vanguard log. You will find it if you search for 'guns' All the best Bob (rmc)
  14. Model Shipways Vanguard ?

    I'm building the Amati Vanguard. Evidently Model Shipways had some sort of arrangement with Amati to market their Vanguard in North America. From what I have seen on this website, the Model Shipways is a good quality kit, but from my observation the Amati kit has far better fittings, but is more expensive. Good luck. Bob (RMC)
  15. Ship rigging book

    Chris: you may not have seen my edit. As a period modeller (Vanguard at the moment) it didn't occur to me that you may be after rigging for a modern ship. Bob (rmc)
  16. Ship rigging book

    I have a copy of Peterson. It's very good for period ships (18th/early 19thC). (I'm not sure what you mean by "modern book"). Highly recommended if that is the period you are after.. Good luck Bob (rmc)
  17. There is a gun shop in Beverly Hills in Sydney that has the Birchwell Casey stuff. It works quite well but make sure you wash it off after you get the required degree of black, otherwise the residual material will rub off - it makes dirty marks where you certainly don't want them. Bob (rmc)
  18. I use Tamiya tape for almost all painting jobs where a clean line is required. The only drawback is that the narrowest Tamiya is 5mm wide. Sometimes you need something narrower. For this you could try Pactra which is also excellent. Bob (RMC)
  19. Spray polyurethane matt gives a superb finish over enamel paints. I use it whenever possible. See my Vanguard log. Good luck rmc
  20. Try Letraset transfers and see what you think. You can see an example in my build log for Vanguard. Best of luck rmc
  21. I will soon be putting on the name of the ship (VANGUARD) on the stern of my model. I am concerned to get the correct spacing of the letters and the correct curvature of the name. Can anyone help please? RMC
  22. Thanks very much to you all. I will experiment now to find which suits best for my application. I have been worried about this as a mistake - even a small one -would be really obvious. I now have something to go on. Kind regards Bob (RMC)
  23. Thank you both for your replies. It has given me an idea that I will play with over the next day or two. I will get back to you. In the meantime, if anyone else has suggestions, I would be grateful. RMC
  24. Steve: take Bindy's advice. Tamiya tape is wonderful stuff. RMC

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