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  • Birthday 12/14/1970

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    Model Boat building. History, Travel, photography and good French wine!

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  1. Dear Spyglass I have been one of your silent lurkers for the past year and have got a lot out of following your build. The reason for my post is that along with your build, I have been following your recovery since September and I just wanted to wish you the very best for 2015, warmest wishes, Bettina
  2. Dear Stuart, unfortunately I can only hit the "Like" button once, as i REALLY, REALLY, REALLY Like this!!!
  3. Just a quick follow up for to all you kind folk who took the time in recommending a hand plane. I did buy the Lie Nielson No 100 and it is probably the best tool I have ever bought, worth every penny. Thanks to all
  4. Like most of us following this excellent log, I was always frustrated by the lack of actual images Billings released of the Warrior. One measly promo image by Billings doesn’t really give us the detail we want to see. Anyway browsing through MSW today I saw a thread on the Nurnberg Toy Fair 2014 with a whole lot of (untitled) completed build shots of kits from companies like Corel and Billings and sure enough there are a couple of the Warrior These really do give an idea of scale and size (although we all know we will need big shelves for this kit!). Anyway for those interested I have pasted the link to the index of the photos below. The main Warrior shot is 8 down from right hand corner and then the bow shot is two along from that Best wishes to all, Bettina http://www.modellmarine.de/index.php?option=com_imagebrowser&view=gallery&folder=nuernberg2014-div&Itemid=55
  5. Hi Holty, I got a Dremel too for my Birthday last year (best present ever!!!) Still getting to grips with it though and a looking forward to doing some cutting very soon.....! BTW your grating looks superb Best wishes, Bettina
  6. Dear Alistair, I couldn’t resist in adding my comment on your superb “blue”. After following B.E.’s inspirational Pegasus and then seeing the front cover of the cover of the 2012 Shipwright book, I knew that this was the way I wanted to go (regarding the build and the paint choice) but had doubts on my decisions. After seeing your recent posts however I know I have made the right decision and am experimenting with creating my own blue colour too. I really hope that B.E.'s and your work, inspires more model boat builders to experiment with their colour schemes too rather than follow the suggested colour scheme on most builds. Anyway brilliant stuff, looking forward to more! Best wishes, Bettina
  7. Dear Rodgerdodger, thank you for starting this log. I will be following with interest as I really like the look of this kit and have wondered how the construction would progress. All the best, Bettina
  8. Dear Holty, I actually chose the Pegasus kit as my next build and the quality is tremendous. The difference between the Lady Nelson and Pegasus is vast in terms of wood and detailed parts. Either one will be a good choice but as Pegasus was made and designed just that bit later than Fly and is one of Amatis "new" kits, everything is just that bit better. Best wishes, Bettina
  9. Dear Stuart I too am following your build. After seeing the Warrior last year I have been longing to have a go at building a model of her. However my past experience of Billing Boats have not been good due to the paucity of instructions they include with their kist, so I do wish you all the best in this and will be following the log with great interest. For some of the finer details, I was given at Christmas an excellent book “HMS Warrior - Ironclad: Seaforth Historic Ships Series” which if you don’t already have it, I would strongly recommend. Best wishes, Bettina
  10. Hi Holty, I used .50 thread but not the thread supplied in the kit as I found it too furry and it just looked a bit to "String" like. I prefer Caldercraft rigging thread. Best wishes, Bettina
  11. Dear Holty, Its really looking good. Nice and Sharp. Top tip on the eyelets which I discovered too late in the day. Plan ahead. Look at your plans re rigging etc and see what goes where for later on. Then in many cases don’t permanently fix the eyelets in place. Drill the holes and place the eyelets in situ so you know where they go but make sure they can still be removed. This will make attaching the rigging blocks etc much easier later on. Also re rigging the cannons, do this before you start rigging the boat. Trust me, it is quite hard to do accurate work on deck when you have umpteen rigging lines getting in your way, Best wishes, Bettina

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