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  1. Right, as promised here is an update of work carried out on this conversion. First up is the work carried out around the bows of the ship. The cheeks were shortened by around 1cm and painted up. I added some scrap bits of photo-etch to the crown of the figurehead to give it a bit more definition and i also shortened the tail. The head rails were painted in three colours, yellow ochre, black and blue, I also trimmed them a bit to make them look less ornate. Here are some photos (the last one is just a test fit of the pieces, still some work to be done), Hope you like. Finally, apropos of nothing, here is my collection of ever expanding naval literature.
  2. Thanks for all the likes, have been kinda busy lately with university stuff (should get my results next week). Hope to get the build up and running again soon though.
  3. Upper gun deck with scratch built Brodie Stove, jeer capstan and main bitts. I have added some deck levels to the quarter galleries at the stern as some of the lights will be covered, some glazed The twelve guns visible through the waist of the ship have been rigged using 0.25mm thread passing through 3mm eyelets. Only the breeching tackle has been represented to simplify matters.
  4. Here are all the lower deck guns in position I have added gunport lifts... ...and 3mm eyelets to each gunport lid. I have also uprated the knees on the poop deck Finally, here is the Brodie Stove, sitting on its bed of tiles inbetween the boatswain and carpenters cabins, made from the unused parts for the original galley. That's about it for now. Thanks to all that have liked my posts
  5. The Royal Navy employed merchant ships to begin with but they were deemed too slow to keep up with the ships of the line and fire-ships eventually developed into quite complex vessels which made converting existing ships harder so the Tisiphone class (to which Comet belongs) was introduced.Of the nine vessels in this class of ship only Comet and Conflagration were actually used in their intended role
  6. The flags of all French and Spanish ships captured at Trafalgar were displayed at the funeral as a reminder and celebration of Nelson's achievements. His funeral car also bore the names of the ships San Josef, L'Orient, Trinidad and Bucentaure
  7. The Quota system offered a choice between jail or a life at sea and the navy also offered to pay a man's debts if he volunteered
  8. I believe they were for rigging lines that were too thick to fit round the normal belaying pins
  9. You could try these guys. They are UK based (Cornwall), not bought any wood from them, just fixtures and fittings, but their service is pretty good http://www.model-dockyard.com/acatalog/Timber.html
  10. Whatever you decide to call your build i will definitely be following along.
  11. Belleisle's Brodie stove was constructed from plasticard using the plans found in The 74 Gun Ship Bellona, by Brian Lavery as a guide (scaled down from 1/96 to 1/150) The roundhouses on the beakhead bulkhead were also made from plastic tubing, covered in styrene strip to achieve the correct diameter. Again the dimensions for these were taken from Lavery's 74 Gun Bellona. The two parts forming the hull are made from tough plastic so they went together without any problems with warpage. Here is the hull assembled and painted, still needs some copper paint though. Tony
  12. Some news out of the NATO conference in Wales. http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140905/DEFREG01/309050019/Cameron-UK-Will-Operate-2-Aircraft-Carriers
  13. Hi Dafi, My thinking is that masts and yards would not have been replaced as the wood for these was always in short supply but that the rigging would have been altered to conform to British specifications, so i will be keeping the masts, tops and yards but giving Belleisle an English rig (or as close to an English rig as my skills allow.) Thanks Brenticus, I have seen Blue Ensign's stunning La Praetorian build and, like you, find it very inspiring. You are making excellent progress with your own builds by the way. I too wish there were more models of 74's out there as they were the mainstays of both the French and English Navies and i think they are an attractive looking class of ship.
  14. Wow! What an enjoyable time i have had reading your modelling masterclass. Half my time was spent staring in awe as the build progressed the rest was spent giggling with delight. You are such an incredibly talented craftswoman Doris. I bow to you. Tony
  15. Hi Steve. In answer to your question regarding the plastic masts and yards, I will be keeping them but as they are quite soft and flexible i have re-inforced the lower masts with wood in the form of cocktail sticks. The foremast and mainmast were quite easy to do as they are made from two hollow sections but the mizzenmast is made from two solid sections so they needed hollowing out before i could insert the cocktail sticks. All three lower masts are a lot less bendy now. Tony

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