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After doing the maintop, just wanted to smarten up the foretop to make some castings, as I still need several of them for some tests ;-)
Then realised that my standards improved since the top was first done. So when trying to dissemble the top it proved not a useful base any more, so a fresh construction was a must - at least for me.

Perhaps one remembers earlier posts. The top Heller supplies is quite ok, just an old version, that was only used until 1802 (and displayed on all models I know since the 1920ies). An admiral order from 1802 states to fit a top of two halves on big ships, as they are easier to replace. As the Vic was rigged in 1803 and could be considered as a big ship, so I dared fitting one, better saying two halves ;-)

Based on Lees and other sources, there should be sleepers on the top of the top with half the thickness of the crosstrees, reinforcements on the rim and a different scheme for the battens.

So got the Heller top naked, reinscribed the planking and fitted the missing bits and made new and slimmer holes for the irons.


To cut the crosstrees and the sleepers, I used a vice and with a single cut it was done.


And then a small orgy with Evergreen and the new top was done and a bit more crisp than the old version :-)






Anyway, Heller keeps surprises me, as on the "original" top the complicated planking scheme, with up- and downside looking different, was faithfully done :-)


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Finally finished the step. 

Small tip in between: If all sides are stabilised with CA, one can cut 0,25 slices with the resin saw from a wooden 4 mm batten :-)


What that for? For the sheaves in the mast :-)
And that brings us back on the track. Foretop and fore topmast done.





And here compared with the "original"



Especially the wrong angle is corrected :-)



And the new detailing. The cheat in the heel is corrected, sheaves and a decent lock are fitted and the cap is made smaller, as it was the same size as the main cap.




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In-between some necessary private restructuring, moving place, plenty of work in the office, workshop full of moving boxes, to nice weather to stay inside and other reasons I was neglecting my dear little small one. Unfortunately ...


But then came the day, and a job, an important job was to be done and I was able to hold my small one in my arms again ...




... and some serious cleaning was the job of the day. Time to be surprised: "Oh how did I achieve all this? Have to read the building report in MSW to believe."




She needed to be look beautiful, really beautiful. The big mess was still the slots, intended for the insertion of the upper decks. So I had to protect her. 




But all ok, the plastic protected the lower deck from the biggest dirt from the carnage of the upper decks. Then fixed the spriketting.




Then engraved the planking in situ - should have done before - and bent the water ways.





Added sone deck beams and evened up the knees ...





... and splashed some color and it looked much more clean and crisp in the inside.




The only problem with my way of building are the breaking parts on the way, even half the complement of the heads didn´t give a **** and did **** off ...




Then came the moment I was able to do a dry fit of the upper deck 🙂



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At least the deck was not fixed yet as I have to fix some details still.

But in order to be looking smart, neat and tidy, the stern needed some attention. Great o the outside but the inside ...




... still quite worn, so I ground down the old paint and rediscovered the two square holes on the top that I added eons ago to fix the stern quarter davits, but scraped them later as newer research omitted them.




Looking more cute. See the two metal bits on the top?




Then had to fit the stern part. Great to have good tools.




Never thought to use a plain on my plastic tub 🙂




To be able to still look inside later on, I hid two magnets in the side galleries, fitting the two metal bits 🙂




Then came the cover of the tiller head ...




... build the box ...




... removable of course 🙂




And to give a good fit, a frame on the deck was to be build. Quite tricky in that size, so did an external work on some paper, that was removed by being made wet later on.




Searched for the wheel and the binnacle, made in February 2012, made a small base ...




... and also smartened the anchor cable for protection ...






... and the deciples came to praise her!




And then simply he simply took the model with him ...

... I needed to be strong then ...

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Oh it did hurt to see her all alone in the back of the car going to a big trip. What happens if she was bored? Thirstty? Hungry? Or needs a p-brake???




And off it went for the journey, a 1000 km across France to Rochefort. Straight into ships paradise, together with another 150 models and proudly showing the flag ...




... of the german delegation together with the Amerigo from Joachim/Schiffebastler:-)




Later still came Chapman´s barge from Alexander / Foxtrott ...




... and the Sphinx from Alexander / Alex M. ...




... and me I was obsolet as the kids played all by themselves.

So I used the time ...




... to go and see her great-great-great-...-great niece ...




... together with the other german ship parents that did not have to bother for their small ones 🙂

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