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  1. This is correct. Similarly to other kits this kit includes 11x17 English drawings and tables along with complete English manual.
  2. This is the same question I was asking, and no, there is no error in translation, it is called brigantine in Russian too.
  3. I think I used 0.6mm thread for the breaching ropes and for rings, I made my own using 1.5mm (I think) drill bit.
  4. I noticed extra blocks in the videos too. But for my model I decided to go just with the breaching ropes only.
  5. 23. Finally I moved to installing the chainplates. First, I installed all deadeyes into the chainplates and carefully positioned them in the channels. I used green painter's tape to mark their angles: Then I spent quite a lot of time adjusting the chainplates on each side to make them symmetrical: When I was finally satisfied with their positions, I drilled the holes and inserted nails: 24. Next I installed the ship's boat on the keelblocks. I used some sailcloth to simulate a furled sail: 25. Then anchors were installed (I haven't lashed them to the knightheads just yet, will do it once bowsprit is rigged). I used heatshrink to simulate bands on the anchor stock:
  6. I'm finally back from my long break and begin to continue working on my model of Polotsk. I'm getting back into it slowly hence there is not too much progress so far. All that is left before rigging and masting can begin is to assemble and install the cannons, install and rig the tiller, the binnacle, the anchors, the boat, the chainplates and some other little things on the deck. 21. Getting cannons assembled was very easy but super boring. There are 12 of them altogether and it was very repetitive. I needed to make and install 48 jump rings into 48 eyebolts. First I built carriages and tied breeching ropes to cascables: Then I seized two eyebolts into the breeching ropes: And using a simple jig tightened and adjusted seizings so they are all of the same length: No other cannon tackles were used on this model, so the cannons finally could be installed on the model. Here, I only glued the eyebolts into the bulwark without attaching the cannons to the deck, I will glue them to the deck once the chainplates are installed. Also, in this picture you can see anchor cable being laid down: 22. Then I rigged the tiller and installed the binnacle and the skylight:
  7. SpyGlass, please take a look at Vikulaev's video. He shows how to assemble these pumps easily. There are english subtitles for this video.
  8. SpyGlass, When you build the pumps, I recommend soldering handle supports (the ones that consist of two folded photoetched brass parts). I have built three sets of these pumps and gluing brass to brass was nightmare. Soldering makes everything easy and the end result is so much better.
  9. For sure, he is a talented presenter and his videos are very educational and inspiring. I'm happy to help him extend his audience
  10. The first 13 Phoenix videos now have English subtitles (actually, first 3 don't have any, because there is no voiceover in them). The rest of them are coming soon.
  11. The second Avos video now also has subtitles. I'm wondering if there are any other Vikulaev's videos that people want subtitles for.
  12. Tender Avos review video now has proper English subtitles without funny nonsense like "I do not hesitate can not be". Eventually more Vikulaev's videos will have subtitles.
  13. 18. I patiently continued chugging along and adding more and more details... The mast bitts, the windass, the smokestack, the channels, the belaying pin racks. I also carved and installed 16 knight heads. Thankfully those came laser cut and minimal carving required to finish them: 19. I really liked working on the head decorations. The kit included a lot of details including two "sailors' thrones"! All parts were laser cut and were pretty easy to install and minimal sanding was required. All decorations were made of photoetched brass: 20. Finally all hull details were complete and I switched to spars. Altogether there were 15 spars including a couple of flagpoles - reasonable amount. Most of the spars came as laser cut parts and required rounding. I used a mini plane to make them octogonal and then sanded them further down. Some spars had pretty complex shapes: Yards were pretty detailed for such scale: Each crosstree consisted of 6 lasercut parts: And this is where I stand right now. All that is left is to assemble 12 cannons, rig and install them and then rig the ship. I will continue posting my progress here as it comes along.
  14. SpyGlass, this technique works for veneer (less than 1mm thick). With thicker planks there is not enough time for heat to get glue boiling before the other side of the plank begins to smoke. Yes, try with scrap first. That is how I learned it. It is a great technique and you'll find it handy!

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