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  1. Thank you for your praise and all the "likes", dear friends. I am happy you enjoy the pics and the progress. Paper brings a huge range of options; it is possible to create almost everything using only ordinary modeling tools and it costs next to nothing (except spent work and time of course...). With every other model I can find a new and better application of this material. Of course, I prefer to make ornaments and scupltures from Modurit (this is my favourite modeling clay available in Czech Republic) and there is still opportunity to improve details and realism. Now I have made tiny reliefs for cannons, 8 of them will come for smaller cannons - sakers on the quarterdeck - these cannons will be made later. At the same time, I created other ornaments and placed them on the hull. I use mainly photos of museum models for inspiration.
  2. Thank you for your advice, dear friends, I greatly appreciate your help. Johann: Oh yes, I also have this picture available and it will certainly help me to make halyards. Dave: That's exactly the thing I was looking for. In the books there is a good description, but the pictures are not complete - that confused me a little, but this is a right solution I will make on my model. I am continuing with the demi-culverin cannons for the upper deck. They will be created will all details. We also had to reinforce the shelf supports on which the model will be displayed. It already weighs more than 8 kg.
  3. Thank you very much, guys, that’s a great idea. They really could be lifts for the ship’s boats. I would like to place them on my model as well. I assumed that these ropes should be easily detachable in order to use the capstan. I have just finished other 14 pieces of demi-culverin for upper deck. The last 18 pices (10x demi-culverin for upper deck and 8x saker for quarterdeck will be made with all details).
  4. Thank you all, dear friends, I greatly appreciate your support. Thank you also for the superb inspiration that I am finding in your threads on this forum, I am impressed by the perfect craftsmanship and also the realism. I admire your work a lot and also try to improve my models and want to shift them to a higher level of realism. I would like to ask you for advice - do you have any idea what these two ropes with tackles (hooked on the upper deck) were used for? Do you have any diagrams or drawings with complete running of these ropes? ( I do not know from which point they started on the upper place - from mast or yard??) I would like to make rigging on the Royal Katherine correctly, unfortunatelly plenty of details I was not successful to find anywhere.😥
  5. Hello dear friends, I am really honoured reading your praise and kind words, I do appreciate your comments and likes a lot. Thank you very much for your support. Well, there are always various things or details I would like to improve in my work. Nobody is perfect, but it is a good motivation - trying to do things better.... This card model could by one of the most successful I have ever created, and also the most challenging. Hope I will finish the Royal Katherine this year, but there are plenty of problems to solve - especially some parts of rigging. Hello Jan, You are right - these cannons are different - here are some documents according to which I made cannons for the Royal Katherine; in the aft section on lower deck there are the longest cannons (Culverin) with lower caliber - in this picture are in a red frame: And now I am continuing with other 14 cannons ( demi-culverin) for upper deck: Have a great time and enjoy the pics.
  6. Thank you for your kind words and all the "likes", dear friends. The cannons are finally placed inside the model; all are movable and able to adjust in height. Now the Royal Katherine looks much more like a warship. Have a Happy New Year 2020 and plenty of health, love and joy.
  7. Hello Jan, yes, there is visible only front part of these cannons so I have decided not to make unnecessary details on their aft side. Some of them I even had to shorten because there are reinforcement and stiffeners inside the hull. On the other hand, the cannons on upper decks will be made in great detail, because everything will be well visible.
  8. Thank you dear friends for your comments and "likes". I am pleased you enjoy my work. Now I am finishing the cannons for lower and middle deck. It remains to make 32 smaller cannons for the upper and quarter deck but 18 of them will be fully detailed with rigging. I have given a detailed tutorial to this thread some time ago if you are interested in "how to do". I have to admit that I am totally bored of such monotonous work.... Oh yes, I told to myself in past - "I will never build a three decker again"... Well, and I couldn't resist it again....😃
  9. I am trying to improve making wooden blocks to reach more realistic result. I use only basic tools (knives, raspers, sandpaper) and mainly my hands. Here are several pics of blocks (with red points) I made last time, and you can compare them with others that were made in the begining. I also hung the fore and main lower yards on the masts for imagination, how large the model will be. The main lower yard is about 55cm long.(proportions are partly based on the plans of the HMS Lenox)
  10. Yes, as TOM G wrote, I create and build the model by myself, but Kpt.KL gives me plenty of professional advice for more realistic result. I appreciate his help a lot, he learns me (and also other people) to do things better - not only making nice looking models, but also models corresponding to a real ships. There are several models of the Royal Katherine that people build according to this modeling plan: https://www.amazon.in/Bauplan-Katherine-Modellbau-Modellbauplan-UY-W8EHF3196054/dp/B01IAKRG6W but the result does not correspond to the design and construction of real English ships around 1670. In this plan there's a whole bunch of total nonsense that the planmaker invented. My question is - why to spend thousands of hours building something, what is only nice but not tied to a real ship, when I can do it correctly according to the reality in the same work? Therefore, my model is based on historical evidence, quality literature and archaeological findings. I know that I can't always manage to do it right, but if I can, I try. It's the most demanding project I've ever done.
  11. Thank you dear friends, I am pleased you like my work. Have a beautiful Christmas and a lot of health and happiness.
  12. To Dziadeczek: Yes, I am sure, this is a screen around the seat of ease, you can see under it the outlet (it was not always used there) which drains dirt to the sea - so as not to pollute the hull of the ship. I have these information from one of the greatest experts on ships construction and history. In Czech forum you can find him as Kpt.KL. The crew got inside through the top hole as they climbed down the shroud. During the battle this screen was removed. It is not positioned immediately above a gun port but is shifted a bit to the side. Here are some Van de Velde drawings with various design of that thing: And these smaller barrels could be intended for salted meat etc. as was mentioned above:
  13. Hello dear friends, thank you all very much for your kind words,praise and comments, that is a great honour for me and i do appreciate your support a lot. Yesterday I finished ladders on shrouds, this is always so boring work for me, but this time I have decided to do it in the beginning....
  14. I have also started making own wooden blocks, so far only larger sizes, the smaller ones I will probably use from a CNC machine. And now I am going to make them such way from this wreck pattern: So enjoy the pics from progress and have a great Christmas time. Kind regards, Doris
  15. And also the wooden belaying pins are my own handmade product, but I have also a handy helper to do that....😄

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