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  1. I apologize fore that I never submitted any photos during the building, but now my Vasa (DiAgostini - ModelSpace) is ready for the rigging. I hope it will be finished before Christmas.
  2. Thankyou! I'll skip the CA-glue. The knots are no problems, but sometimes the line between the knots is slacking and not tight. But that is only inexperience - have to be more careful.
  3. I am sorry. A bit of confusion here because of a language problem. The Swedish Word for "strip" is "list". Thanks for your tips! I will try again.
  4. I am building Di Agostini's Vasa from Model Space. For most of it no problem, but now I am trying to line the cannonports with lists. Absolutely impossible! They all fall into the black void around the ports There is hardly 1-2 mm of the hull where the lists should be glued. Nothing for me, I have to thick fingers, can't press them aginst the hull to get them stuck!. So far I have skipped the lists, unless you have a brilliant solution
  5. I am building Di Agostini's Vasa. For the ratlines they suggest that CA-glue should be used instead of the usual knots. And paint it black to cover the glueblobs. What do you think?
  6. I am building the Di Agostini Vasa and am waiting for pack no 11. This is the second time I've waited several months for my next pack - very frustrating! And I apologize very much for not posting any photos. I will do that as soon as I can! Whatever you do - don't paint the ship in that disgusting brown colour! I stained the hull with an oil-based stain in teak colour. I chose that because I liked the quite yellow colour - reminded me of the model in the Vasa museum. But the hull is not that yellow. I painted it twice and got a brown colour which I really like. I imagened that the oak in the hull must have been heavily tarred to resist the saltwater. I did not manage to line the cannonports with the small lists as suggested. Impossible to glue them, most of them fell into the dark void behind the hull! There is one thing I need some comments on. The suggestion is to use CA-glue for the ratlines. And paint it black to get rid of the glueblobs. I have never seen that Before. What are your suggestions?
  7. I think the colours of the hull and decks you used are very good! What colours of the stains did you use for that? The painted version according to diAgostini is a great dissappointment!
  8. I ask because I find it difficult to get the ratlines perfectly straight. There is often an unrealistic sagging or bending of ratlines. I imagine it would be an advantage not to use a too thin or flexible rigging thread. Perhaps some stiffness would be an advantage?
  9. A general question. Which rigging thread would you recommend for shrouds and ratlines? But perhaps there is no significant difference.
  10. I am building Corel's Amphion and discovered a substantial problem. There are a lot of 3 mm blocks in the rigging. The holes in these block are very small. It is impossible to use the rigging thread included in the kit. I bought 0.15 mm thread, but still to big compared with the holes. I even tried sewing thread (probably cotton) and the diameter seems to be even smaller than 0.15 mm, but still impossible. Women usually have more skill in puting thread in a needle eye, so I asked my wife to try. No success. She even thought the idea of putting sewing thread through these tiny holes was ridiculous and impossible. So what shall I do? Some sort of plastic material would probably be the best, but where can I find the small sizes?
  11. Good Evening, This subject has probably been discussed before, but I ask again anyway. -Is it suitable to paint die casts iron ornaments with acrylic paints for artists? I am planning to build Vasa, which have hundreds of sculpture and it would be nice to mix colours on my palette. -I suppose the colours need thinning (with water?) to avoid getting them too shining. -The metal sculptures need a metal priming Before any paint will stuck. What brand would you recommend and is there any special technique required? -Is a gold colour available among the acrylic paint? Thankyou!
  12. What a model you have built! I am planning to order Royal Caroline and your blog will be an excellent instruction book. Two questions: 1. Is it possible to get pear and boxwood from UK? I fear the postage to Sweden will be much higher from the US. 2. And is pear easy to bend and shape for the second layer of the hull?
  13. Perhaps this has been discussed before, but ornaments in brass made to look like shining gold often shine too much! So, any ideas how to make them just a bit more dull, and perhaps slightly dirty in deaper parts?

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