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Louie da fly

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  1. Thanks, Druxey. To be honest, I'm pretty amazed myself that I was able to do that back then. I really don't remember how I did it, but it certainly seems to have worked. Here's a photo which gives some idea of the remnants of the railing before I pulled it all to bits for the rebuild:
  2. Yes, it would probably have to be coated in something that looked like pitch. Most ships in contemporary illustrations seem to be black (= pitch). Then there's always the "wear and tear" to be expected on a working ship. I can't remember his name, but one of our members in Turkey has done a couple of Turkish working boats with all the mess and neglect you'd expect in such a vessel - and they looked fantastic. Still perhaps it's better to have it pristine. It's be a real shame to mess it up with a bad weathering job after doing such a wonderful job of building it.
  3. Well, I've done some more planking. It's a long process, and I sorry to say I find it rather tedious. Slowly getting there . . . I've done a few dropped planks here and there to follow the shape of the hull (e.g. there's one from frame 6 aft in the second row down.) I was getting more and more disillusioned with the look of the planking, and worrying that it wouldn't look any good when it was all finished. So I sanded the planks on the starboard side (except for the top two or three runs) to see how it would look. Tu
  4. Beautifully worked out and convincing, Dick. A real working vessel. Are you going to weather it when it's complete?
  5. You and me both. Though I suppose the Great Harry is really one of those. But at 1:200 scale it's pretty small!
  6. John, you might be able to answer a question - is there any difference in the look of silver gulls as they mature? I've noticed in a bunch of them some have different coloured eyes, others have different coloured legs etc. Is this an age thing, or just normal variation?
  7. If you compare it with the illustrations, it seems to me the ships in the pictures were beamier than the model. Granted that the transom on the model is taller than on the Catalan line drawing above, the picture still seems to have a wider stern than both the museum model and that of the Santa Maria, and I think this would follow right through for the full length of the hull. Regarding the details, there are of course any number of individual variations between different carracks, and it's very much a judgment call as to which you follow. I'd be following Iberian ships as exemplars
  8. That's fascinating stuff, Binho. One thing that the link makes clear is that many, if not most weathervanes originally had short metal "streamers" coming out from them - there are still holes showing where they used to be. The "miniatures" show them as they must have been - The other thing is that the ones that had their decoration just engraved rather than "pierced" through the metal plate probably had different decorative motifs on the different sides.
  9. Jonathan, that Museo Naval model has a lot going for it, and a lot of things I like, such as the clinker planking at the sides of the aftercastle. However there are a few points I don't agree with - not major, but I think they ought to be noted. As in this Catalonian picture from 1468 the planking at the break of the forecastle should follow the curve of the forecastle rather than be a flat plane (No. 1) and the hull planking immediately below the forecastle should also be curved (No. 2). And it might just be me, but it seems to me that the model is rather too narrow.
  10. Welcome to MSW, Randy! Having already done some ship modelling in the past you're starting from a better place than some new people. And it's like riding a bike - you never really forget how to do it; you just wobble a bit when you first get back into the saddle. Yes, certainly start a build log. There's a lot of experienced people in the group who you can turn to for advice and help as you embark on this journey. Don't be too concerned if you make mistakes - it's a learning process and your modelling improves every time you do another build. And have fun with it - that
  11. Welcome to MSW, Mike. I remember when I was a kid learning that Grimsby was a fishing port. And learning later that its name was a Viking one - comes from "Grim" one of Odin's nicknames. I second Mark's advice to start a build log. It's a great way to get help and advice and encouragement. The instructions are here: And you can probably use the search bar at the top right of the page to see if anybody else has done a Caldercraft Bounty. (Actually, I just did, out of interest - there's quite a few of them, including at least two finished models. They should be helpful in doin
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