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About Bobstrake

  • Birthday 12/10/1947

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    La Puente, Southern California, USA
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    Primarily, keeping the Commodora happy.
    Tall Ships
    Hoping to scratch build a model of my son's Robb 35
    Reading Napoleonic seafaring novels and meaty science fiction
    Jazz _ hardbop, bebop, Latin and swing.
    Good ole' rock
    You know, all GOOD music

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  1. Thank you all for the likes. I've finally decided on the placement of the gun deck ports, and have drilled the holes to start the process. I've also cut out the spaces between the holes. Now for some careful filing.
  2. S.Coleman, Thank you so much for the kind words. I'm progressing slowly, but I really like the look of this ship. I made the forecastle cap rails. Metal ones were provided with the kit, but I prefer the wood. I also bent and attached the cap rails above the upper cannon ports. I still need to finish the ends. I'm also getting closer to drilling out the gun deck ports. Their placement is still bothering me.
  3. Nick, Good to hear from you. I am looking at some other cannon possibilities. Since the gun deck had 12 pounders, and the spar deck had 6 pounders, I will want them to be different. I am also considering adding swivel guns. Correction: There were eight 1 pounders on the quarter deck, and two 1/2 pounders on the forecastle. Since I don't have a full gun deck, I will also need to match the cannon plugs to the full cannons. There is a lot to consider. On your model, I see that you noticed that the actual ship has 14 gun ports on the gun deck. The kit calls for 15. I think the kit was based on drawings of the Concorde, which had 15. I'm sweating bullets over the gun deck port locations, wanting to be accurate with the 14. Well, I've started on the upper gun ports, and have started some painting. According to Ancre, the only blue on the L'Hermione was on the crest since the price of blue paint was prohibitively expensive. Black was used instead. I still need to add the cap rail above the gun ports.
  4. She is a joy to behold. Love the details.
  5. Nick, She's looking very beautiful. I love to see our different approaches to the same ship.
  6. Mattss and Jparsley, Thank you for the kind words. I've built up the bulwarks on the forcastle. Next will be the upper gunports.
  7. So much of your fine detailing would be hidden without your lighting. Very nice.
  8. Jean- Pierre, Mark, Jamme, Boyd and Nick, Thanks so much for the encouragement! It's good to be back in the shipyard.
  9. Finally I have finished planking the hull. It still needs more sanding, but now I can start working on the topside.
  10. Very educational, as well as being a fine build. I knew bomb vessels needed reinforcement, but I had no idea how much. Wow!

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