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  1. Ahoj Mirku! Sorry but my czech is terrible! So I will answer in english: I have the movie. It is not easy to find, but sometimes amazon has some copies to sell. I think there is also a free copy somewhere on youtube? Although this is a pirate ship thread and we talk about a pirate movie, I do not encourage pirate copies! There is plenty of photographs of the NEPTUNE in the internet and even some nice videos of the replica on youtube, if you wish to do your own model. It would be nice to see others doing it a s well. If you want, pm me an I can send you scans of my "plans" as a starting point for the hull. Nice that you could see the replica in real life! Unfortunately when I was there we did only pass through Genova. Currently the build is on hold until autumn, as I like to enjoy summer mostly outdoors. The current state of my model is that the side of the hull with inner planking is almost finished. However, the lighting I installed seems a bit dark so I'd like to see if I can change the potentiometer settings to make it brighter (not so easy to see during summer here in Finland when the nights are almost as bright as the day ). Please be patient with me. I willl continue with the NEPTUNE soon! All the best and stay save! -Radek
  2. Hi, No może byda poczebowoć pomoc bo jo żych jest ze ślaska... ”yes maybe I need help because I am from silesia...” Thank you for the info!I will look it up! Rgds, Radek
  3. Hi Matt, Which shop from are you buying the polyester threads? Next time I'm in Poland I'll by some for myself. Your ropes look so fantastic, I'm inspired to build a proper rope walk. (I have only some laughable hand-twisted rope-walk, because I don't wanted to spend any money on making one...) Also the whole build looks very professional. Thanks for sharing! Rgds, Radek
  4. Hi and thanks. But to be honest, my lines are not that good. The model I make is too short for this lines. I borrowed them from Gaztañeta from a ship from 1712, which was already the new period of the eighteen century navíos, or ships, as published by Gaztañeta in 1713 and 1720: Medidas arregladas a la construcción de un bajel de guerra de sesenta codos de quilla, in a memorial of Bernardo Tinajero (1713) to the King: De lo que se ha de observar, y regla con que se ha de hacer la fábrica de diez bajeles y dos pataches que S.M. ha resuelto se construyan en el puerto de La Habana. Proporciones de las medidas más esenciales para la fábrica de navíos y fragatas de guerra, que puedan montar desde 80 cañones hasta 100, con la explicación de la construcción de la barenga maestra, plano y perfil particular de un navío de 70 cañones, con los largos, gruesos y anchos de los materiales, escrito de orden del Rey, Madrid, en el año de 1720. This was the end of the treasure galleon era of the Spanish armada, of which the Concepcion was the last galleon build based on the Ordenanzas from 1666 and 1667 (modified from the Ordenanzas from 1608, 1613 and 1617). Please correct me here if I am wrong with my research... I modified these lines a bit according to the photographs of the Neptune and tried to stick to the about 60m total length of the replica. My plans got it a little bit shorter, having a keel length of about 32 meters, instead of the 40m of the replica. But then again, on the other hand... I am not sure, but the keel of the Neptune replica goes all the way to where the stem begins, as it in turn goes in a straight line perpendicular to the water line down, resulting in the 40 meters. Just recently I found a picture of a plan of the replica in a youtube video about the 'making of' the movie (I wish I had found it back in 2012), sorry for the bad quality... (Original plans of the prop for the film - note the very shallow underwater hull! It has a draft of only 2.2 meters according to Wikipedia) (My plans from 2012) ...So because of being too short for these lines, the shape of the ship is not as elongated as it should, but rather round like an egg. The Spanish ships in the 17th century were often build slim (one might think about the race galleons of the 16/17th century), with a length/beam ratio of about 3, give or take. And before the Ordenanza 1608 even close to 4. In comparison, the Neptune has a ratio of 2.6! I found measurements for a galleon build after the Ordenanzas from 1618, close to the dimensions of the Neptune, with a deck length of almost 42 meters, a clean keel length of 30 meters, but a width of only almost 13 meters compared to the 16 meters of the Neptune. This converts to about 1.5cm wider on each side of the model. The calculated tonneladas are also similar, with the original one at 1186 tonneladas compared to the calculated 1312 of the Neptune (based on the formula I found in the research). However, the Spanish were not exactly famous for their mathematical skills and some researchers point that out in their publications, when comparing the capacities of the ships in tonnes and tonneladas. Again, the form of the ships back then was thus more straight compared to my model, which resembles more the form of a smaller vessel, such as the Portuguese-built pepper-wreck Nossa Senhora dos Mártires, which sunk 1606 near Lissabon. Interestingly it is not really smaller, but remarkably almost of equal dimensions (except it is not that wide)... (Figure taken from the depths of internet depicting a 500 tonne galleon by Manuel Fernandez.) So because of the Neptune being just a prop for a movie, I have to compromise a bit on historical facts. This is also true for the wheel, especially the 2 separate wheels, which did not appear before 1740! ...But it is a part of the replica so I included it. No one knows really when the wheel was invented to replace the staff, and some also debate if it was invented by the British Royal Navy or rather by some 'common dock hands and artisans'. As you correctly mention, the wheel appeared around 1700s and shortly after. However, if it was around in 1700s, it might have been in use already many years before and it just needed some time to become accepted. 1670 might be a bit far off from 1700s, but there's no limit to imagination... So much for now. Rgds, Radek
  5. Hi! Wow! I am speechless. Such a great work on restoring this model! The lower hull looks amazingly well done! And the stain will surely go away smoothly. If not, CA is soluble in acetone (and alcohol to some degree) but I don't know if that would stain the wood even more. Maybe modellers with experience can tell better? I work only with card an paper (and balsa wood now and then), but mainly with rocks...(geologist ). I particularly like the difference in appearance between the lower hull and the upper parts. The underwater hull is nicely smooth compared to the planks above the waterline. But I like the look of it! Give it that authenticity of a very old (40 years was it?) model! Quite antique looking. I am sure the original stained sails would fit nicely! Rgds, Radek
  6. Hi Stephen, Yes, that's what I meant. After you sanded down the hull I can see from some of the photos you posted that it came out really smooth and beautiful! Rgds, Radek
  7. I wonder what is easier, sculpturing it from model clay or carving it out of wood? I plan to use sculpturing model clay for my Neptune build, but am ver afraid to produce "monsters"... Looking forward to seeing your next attempt! And if you could also let us know how you did it? Rgds, Radek
  8. Hi! I was following along silently but now I have to say it: This is an amazing undertaking! Somewhat...masochistic...And I thought scale 1:100 is already enough "pain in the neck". You do a great job here. I am truly amazed! For my Mayflower I also needed 2mm triangle deadeyes, but I went a short cut and bought 3mm round ones and filed them into shape... I also like what you did to the underwater hull. Great work! Can you share more pictures? Rgds, Radek
  9. Hi! Great work on the railing! How wide are the rails on the main deck in real? That is something I can never really figure out? Rgds, Radek
  10. Hi, Very interesting preparation and research. Since it was a dutch-built ship, did you consider to check the beam width to keel ratios of dutch vessels of that time and compare them to the different plans you have? I would be glad to see you building that model from card and paper! Scale 1:100 is surely not easy from wood. I have never really build a ship from wood except my Elbing Cog (balsa wood, if that counts) but I can imagine that the wood starts to splice easily when making parts that small and tiny? Looking forward to seeing your progress! Rgds, Radek
  11. Hi, Thanks for your interest in this build and the likes. The Neptune was apparently a "well researched" replica of a Spanish treasure galleon from that time, but it obviously is just a fictive imagination, although a very beautiful one, of a real ship from that era. Of course the ship was build wide enough for the camera team to operate smoothly on the decks, but I will get to the width of this ship in a later post... Back in 2012, looking at all the photographs I could find on the internet, I decided the ship must be the size of an HMS Prince. Having no plans, water line drawings or buttock lines, I decided to borrow some from the famous Vice-Admiral and shipwright José Antonio de Gaztañeta. I also ordered some books about Spanish galleons and from the maritime museum in Madrid the plans for the "Nuestra Señora de la Concepción y de las Ánimas (1687)", also by Antonio de Gaztañeta. Gaztañeta's buttock lines were a bit younger, but they gave me a good starting point for my own ones, which, after tedious studying of photographs of the Neptune in wikipedia and other sources (mainly comparing ratios of lengths) led me to the following result: So from here I made a "preliminary pizza-box" frame to see if the lines were adding up nicely. Of course they did not and I had to fix the one or another bulkhead. This fixing continued even until the point when I started to cover the bulkheads with the side panels (also made from pizza box). After being satisfied with the pizza-box version I started to make the middle frame from balsa wood and a thick (2mm) layer of card and the bulkheads from a thick (3mm) card from some very old file folders that I found in the storage at my workplace. They wanted to throw them away so I collected as much as I could carry (in my IKEA-bags). The good thing about these old folders is that they are thick, but not laminated card. Ideal for heavy ship modelling! At this point I had to take a break from the build and got shortly back to it in 2018, when I saw the flickering candle light on Instagram. This motivated me to get back to this build but it took me still 2 more years, before I could really continue. So much for now. More on the development of the LEDs in the next post. Rgds, Radek
  12. Hi everyone! This is my next build after finishing The Mayflower, which you can see in the Gallery here. I started this build already a while ago, back in 2012. Life circumstances caused me to give it a break in an early stage. However, with my life in order (more or less) and no other project going on (I put my Renommee idea on hold for now and next in line is then anyway the Hollandsee Zweedekker). The ship is the replica of a Spanish treasure galleon, ´The Neptune´ for the 1984 movie "Pirates" by Roman Polanski. This built is an excursion into LED lights and model clay sculpturing. Ever since I saw this replica on the internet, I always wanted to build it, mainly due to the rich decoration of the stern. I have never really tried to sculpture such details from the clay, my only experience with it being the deadeyes, catheads and a small shipwright when I made the Mayflower. But you'll never know if you are good at something (or not) if you do not try! So here I go... Another experiment in this built is the LED lights, that flicker like candles. If I am not mistaken, dantist905's Soleil Royale was the first model I've seen with LEDs like that. So here I try to make my own version of it, partly successful so far. Since this is a fictive ship, a prop (theatrical property), it is not historically accurate and gives me a bit of creative space... But the drawback of it is that I have no plans and background on this ship so I have to make it up, including the history of the ship. I created a story around this ship over at papermodelers.com but it develops based on the comments there and what happens during the build. Without previous knowledge I set the construction of my version into 1670 and later I saw a plate from the interior of the replica that has the fictive date of 1672 on it, so I was not that far away with my interpretation of the stem and stern... The only other model of this replica I know of was beautifully made by a Russian modeler named Vitaly Maslov. My version is not an exact 1:1 copy of the replica that is now in the port of Genoa in Italy, but I try to make some research on Spanish galleons of that era and whatever does not fit into the historical facts, becomes part of my fictive story. Also, my version is made again from card and paper mainly. Now I do not know if you guys here would be interested in the fictive story. I could only copy it here from the papermodelers-forum as it kind of develops there. So far I managed to set up all the LEDs in the structure, the main deck, and the underwater hull card-layer. Work is progressing slowly but steady and here are some pictures from the progress so far. Please let me know if you'd be interested in the story "...anno dei 1669...The shipwright Radék de la Sol de la Santa Cruz de Brazíl" and I can update it here. If not, I'll just post here my research results and the progress of the build. So much for now. Rgds, Radek
  13. Hi Jan! Sorry I did not look correctly, you have brails on the mizzen, so no need for the martnet... -Radek
  14. Ab, I was thinking the same...😄 And how about mizzen top-sail bow-lines and 'martnet and brails' on the mizzen? Were they on the Anna Maria? Beautiful model, Jan! Makes me more and more want to do the "Hollandse Tweedekker" I have on my list! 👍 -Radek
  15. Hi there and privjet! Since I have seen your lightning on instagram I wanted to build a model with lights as well. I think it was your model, but it was 2 years ago or more. I am happy to see your build here on modelshipworld!😃 I use four strings of serial LEDs with 11 LEDs on each string. The circuit board to distribute a flickering effect (to imitate candle light) will be in a small box on the stand under the ship. That way I do not need to buy 44 resistors... I use also only 6V battery (2 x 3V). Four LEDs with random flickering serve as the circuit for the flicker-effect and are distributed via a chip to the four serial strings. So I have four random flickering effects, which I distribute through the model. I will explain soon here when I will start to post my progress on the ship. As a ship I chose the fictive Spanish Galleon Neptune from the movie "Pirates" by Roman Polanski. So far I have found only one model of it, that has been made by a Russian Modeler named Vitaly Maslov. I could not find much information about his build, only a few photos. My model, like my previous one, is being made from paper and cardboard...😊 Here's a video of my trial: Neptune-Candles.MOV
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