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  1. I hated the line I used on the ratlines for my San Fran. Actually hte line on the kit really stunk in general! I've found other kits to be much better. It was also my first kit so it was a real learning curve getting used to it. Thread would be really easy to work with, but might be a smidgen too small. I would at least use button thread if you're gonna go that route cause the gauge is a little higher, but button thread doesn't tie well. Didn't you purchase some after market line? I bet you could find something you would be happy with. COlor was also a big debate for me. Some would say greenis
  2. Test fit the cannons. I'm happy with how they look. My next conundrum is that this kit doesn't make allowances for tackle to secure the cannons to the rail. I'm going back and forth on if I wanna bother or not. At this scale space is kind of tight. I'm going to sleep on it and decide what I think I wanna do about that. I do think they look nice all lined up on deck.
  3. Next was cannon day. I painted all the wheels and the carriages. I went back and forth on painting the barrels black or leaving them brass and decided to leave them. Since this kit was old and I got it second hand I felt they already had a little bit of patina on them and I liked how they looked.
  4. Did the fore and midship rails and painted them. I went back and forth on black or red for them, but I went with black to sort of offset the middle of the ship with all that golden wood. I also drilled out the pinholes on the aft rails and such. Will make the rest of the pin-rails in a little bit.
  5. I did the little bow-piece. This wasn't quite litke the diagram and I may play with it a little more. This is a lazy bit, so I admit that, but I'm still happy with the result.
  6. Got the rudder done. I like this style rudder which is more of a tiller than a ships wheel. It's got some character to it and was a fun little craft. The rudder came out ok, I think it will be better once stained. I found that I wasn't happy with it the first time around so I took it apart and re-did it which left a few small splotchy bits. I think that they will even out once I get it varnished though.
  7. Got a ot to update, so here we go. It's hard to find time to work on a project in between work, life, and especially a tiny one year old. But it's good stress relief when I find an hour or two here and there. It's definitely helping the project to drag out a bit. I'm expecting it to slow down even further when I get to the rigging.... So next, I decided to do a little color on this one. Using the typical Syren paint scheme as a base I did some red inner bullwarks and some black trim for the rails which are now installed. Somewhere in here I also realized I miscounted my gunports and cut a
  8. That's looking amazing! I'm sorry I didn't see your message earlier, but I sent you back some info. IDK what I could possibly do to help you however your work is looking incredible! So much better than mine! (This was my first build) Great work! Have fun living in Ratline land for the next 3 months!
  9. Some folks scratch build one through fabricated plank on frame. What I did (esp since this was my first model) is I used my extra stock to do a layer of the thin hull strips on the outside and then lay some planks over the metal and stain it. I sort of used the metal as the template and just pasted over it. You could certainly scratchbuild one!!! Model Expo sells small lifeboat kits too if you wanna throw more money at the problem.
  10. True. It really does make a big statement. It's also probably the number one feature on models folks ask about.
  11. Dude. You are crushing this. I loved this kit, it was so much fun. Memory lane reviewing your log. LOTS of rigging on this puppy and you're doing such a good job. WAY better than I did man. Keep it up. Also.....have fun on the ratlines and once you hit 1000 tiny knots or so please be sure to share your fleeting thoughts of destruction with the group
  12. This makes me so happy!!!!! This was my first kit and I just loved it. It's such a sharp looking ship! You're doing a spectacular job. I recall the bow grate being one of my least favorite parts. Figuring how to cut a triangle off of a square grid of grate was really tricky. Worst case scenario to cover up I'd suggest a coil of rope or two. That's an easy and believable way to cover up quite a number of small mistakes My log from my build still should be on here and definitely take it slow once you get to the rigging! But you're crushing it so it shouldn't be an issue. Also: Than
  13. Gunports and Stern: Fabricated the sternpiece and got that on there. I really need to figure out what I wanna do for the windows. I'm not a huge fan of the big heavy brass Brittana style pieces that they provide for these. They just don't look right to me.. For the most part the model looks great, but those pieces look like what they are: Hunks of not quite right metal glued onto a wooden ship. I also cut some small pieces to line the gunports before I paint and add the strakes and rails to the top of the Bull. I'm looking forward to that as it will then hide the small warp I have on it.
  14. Outer Hull: Planked the second layer. I love second layer planking so much more because they are nice and thin and bend and cut so easily. A little brittle, I hear a humidor works wonders. SO I ran the second layer of planking on both sides and up the bullwark and sanded the crap out of it. The last 4-6 planks are kind of tricky to really trim right. I'm still getting a hang of that bit. (Any suggestions welcome.) I also had a couple deadspots where the first layer wasn't quit even which gave me some trouble on layer 2, but I made it work. I also snagged some finer sandpaper and gave it anothe
  15. Bullwark and Deck Planking: So on this kit there isn't laser cut bullwark plates. They are built up by hand with the first layer of planking and spanned across the section of mid-ship where I cut off the protruding bulkheads. This part was a little tricky as stuff warped a little it and it was hard to glue the planks to themselves without a great deal of structure to attach them too. A great deal of sanding however got them looking fair. Gunports: I then cut the gunports and lined the inner sides of the bullwarks, aft cabin, and bow piece. I added some extra beams around the gunports as we
  16. Plank Bending Time! I used my Nana's good pasta pot and a very high tech looking Jig to bend my first layer of planking. I must say I am improved somewhat on this step as I didn't break any planks. I planked without major incident however this is where I realize that I oversanded some of the bulkhead curves and I had a few planks that sunk in a little more than planned. So I filled them out with some extra planks and got it sanded to an acceptable evenness.
  17. Aft Cabin Door: I fit the aft cabin door to test the fit and once I set it in there it didn't want to come out! So....I just built up the cabin door. Made sense to do it before I planked anyhow. This kit also calls to cut off to the deck the majority of the bulkheads so I did that as well.
  18. Bulkheads: One of my favorite parts of the whole build! It's just fun to me to see how quickly a project goes from being a bunch of 2 dimensional pieces o something that looks like a ship.I sand pretty well, but I do cheat. I don't use a clamp or a jig to place the bulkheads and the purists will chastise me for that, but I just eyeball it.Its been a little while so I also got a little too excited with the dremel sander and was a bit rough tapering a few bulkheads but once it's planked it will look just fine. As someone on here once told me "wood is very forgiving." I also threw on the lase
  19. I do think that while the build is pretty straightforward the instructions are not. It came with only 3 blueprints (double sided) with some instructions written in the margins. In contrast to the AL kits I've done the instructions are not clear at all. As such, despite the fair price I can't recommend this for a first timer. The AL kits I've done came with great books of instructions, step by step with pictures, and great blueprints to scale. (These are also not to scale.) For a newbie that was tremendously useful. Fortunately, as my third ship when the instructions simply state "now
  20. To start, I read another thread on this forum critiquing this kit. I would say that as my third major project I am finding this it to be pretty standard if not slightly on the easy side in terms of the build itself. It's a little smaller scale than my other projects, but it's a pretty straightforward kit. This kit also didn't come with sails (although you can get them) so it will be less rigging overall. The kit comes with your standard laser cut fare and a variety of fittings. I think that the selection of fittings on this kit is pretty good. Probably better than my San Fran, but not qui
  21. Greetings Friends; It has been over a year since I have posted on this forum. For any who are interested in the travels of fellow captains I share briefly......Following my completion of my USS Constellation Model of which I was quite proud, I was looking forward to my next project. This was delayed by the birth of my first child; a daughter Clara. Apparently it is much easier to sneak away to the Shipyard when the Admiral is sleeping off her third Trimester than it is during the first 4 months of newborn-hood. So suffice to say, sharp objects and bits of wood flying about were not in
  22. I'm curious as to how you faired with that mahogony. You can usually fanagle in any breaks and such. I found after I sanded it down real good and got it laqured you couldn't really even note any of my mistakes.
  23. Thanks, I will do that. I browsed through a lot of great work the other night but there are just so many on here. Which is a great problem to have! This page by Dan V is exactly what I was looking for: http://modelshipworld.com/index.php/topic/230-hms-vulture-by-dan-vadas-1776-148-scale-16-gun-swan-class-sloop-from-tffm-plans/page-3 A couple really good views of how I might simulate the fasteners on those frames. As I amend this post a third time I want to say that as a guy who has only built a few things all from kit this Dan Vadas gentleman is my modeling hero and this HMS Vu
  24. I know I have seen it on one of these logs but could someone advise me as to how the different parts of the frames would have been fastened together on a real ship? Pegs? Treenails? cast iron? or were the frames all one big ol piece of timber?
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