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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 greenish (wash of the sea) or brown (faded with time) or black (tared heavily) I guess it depends on your taste.

  2. 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.



  3. 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 couple more.



  4. 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.

  5. 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 :)

  6. 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: Thank you for your service.

  7. 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.


    I've also decided to do a little painting on this one. My last 2 were just all natural and while I love the wood and want to keep it mostly natural I think I'm going to do the inner bullwark and cannon carriages red, yards black, strakes black, and maybe a few other details just to give it some pop. (Thoughts?)


    Well. That's what I did tonight. So I'm caught up. I was nervous to post this log knowing it might be a disaster with my limited depth perception. But I'm far enough in now (about 3 weeks into build) that I figured I could go ahead and catch you guys up. I truly loved being on this community and there were so many supportive people so hopefully I can reconnect a little and someone will enjoy this project with me as I go.


    Goodnight all.



  8. 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 another couple passes and got most of the glue smear off now. Again, my experience has been once I stain and varnish it all evens out. It's amazing what a layer or two of clearcoat does to some wood.




  9. 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 well. (I sanded it a bit further after taking these pictures)


    Deckplanking: Lastly, I laid the deckplanking here. I marked them with a sharpie to make the seams stand out a bit and used a pencil to poke some faux trennels in them. I did something similar on my constellation and once I stained and varnished it I felt like it looked pretty good. 





  10. 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. 




  11. 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 laser cut decks. I forgot that I usually lay down my planks before I glue it down to the frame, but I'll make it work!



  12. 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 plank the double hull" I knew what they were talking about and roughly how to do it! I don't think I would be able to feel so confident on this kit if I didn't have a couple builds under my belt. I still stand by that the San Fran was a great starter ship!


  13. 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 quite as good as my Constellation. However, the chain plates and some of the other hardware are already cast in black which is handy, as on both of my AL kits everything except the anchors was brass.


    The cannon components are also pretty nice although it does come with the standard lump of lead longboat.





  14. 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 the plan for me.


    Then, in mid-summer I suffered a serious accident. I don't care to get into the details but long story short I lost the use of my right eye. It was traumatic for me and there was quite a recovery before I was able to resume my regular routine. I found adjusting to the loss of biopic vision to be quite difficult and still find depth perception to pay tricks on me at close range.


    By the fall I had recovered enough that I began testing my hand at some of the many activities I enjoy so dearly which require the use of my sight. I began painting miniatures again and found it quite difficult, but not impossible to manage a brush on a 28mm figure once again. I practiced a lot and am almost, but perceptively not quite, back to where I was.


    Then a few weeks ago this kit fell into my lap. A friend of a friend found it in a garage sort of thing and to my surprise it was 100% in tact with even the receipt (2002?) in the box. My questions as to if I could still manage model ship building with only one eye is about to be answered. All without spending any money up front on the experiment. So without further ado......my build log for Mamoli's Blue Shadow US Brig.

  15. 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:




    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 Vulture build I just trolled through every page of is the most incredible thing I've ever seen.

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