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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!
  11. Joe, I just found your build log. Wow! You are putting much finer detailing than I have attempted. Could you include a wider shot of your build? I know she is a beauty.
  12. Joe and Jparsley, Thanks for the kind words. I hope to be back in action soon.
  13. Its such a beauty. I enjoy letting the slide show run over and over. I hope you have a nice place to display it, so you and everyone can see it every day.
  14. It looks so real, it gives me claustrophobia.
  15. Janet, Thank you so much for the encouragement. I'm taking the build slowly, trying to do L'Hermione justice. I keep seeing things to modify in the upcoming steps. The placement of the gunports is not clearly shown in the plans. Besides that, I will probably change the cannons. I have some time to decide during my holiday hiatus. I can hardly wait to get back to the build.
  16. Larry, You are right, I've been getting good information from Donal Dressel's book. At first I found the book overwhelming with all the information about planking, but I'm finding more that I can understand each time I open the book. It helped me set up for the planking. Thanks again. I also have found Chuck Passaro's instructions for building the Mayflower helpful, as well as examples on other build logs. Aqueous1025, I'm glad you appreciate one of my dilemmas in building this model. I am also wrestling with the addition of the wales. Thanks for your kind comments. Jparsley, I welcome your participation. I enjoy following your build, too.
  17. Tadeusz, I can't thank you enough for your generosity in sharing these photos. They show wonderful detail and diversity.

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