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About mitbok

  • Birthday 12/10/1972

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    Ship models and sailing

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  1. This is something I was hoping for ! There is no excuse for producing a duplicate kit that been developed by someone else. Should not even be discussed, it is a blunt thievery and directly impacts original manufacturer financially. But there is a number of kits that are actually developed by Chinese companies from scratch, particularly the admiralty style models, which are unique and not available from anybody else. Lumber Yard timbering sets are not even close, and Ancre with SeaWatch are not producing any kits. My understanding that such kits are created basis plans and monographs, pirated or perhaps even legally purchased, and the only thing that gets them into the pirate list is that royalties are not paid to the authors. I really hope progress can be made in this respect by Chuck and don't see why the Chianese MFG's would not agree to pay for the rights or percentage from each model sold to take care of this seemingly simple issue. I say Chianese, since Russian MFG have no such kits, they develop their plans and kits themselves or pirate the whole thing (I only know one) . There is nothing to negotiate there.
  2. Pentart Liquid Patina is great, unfortunately it is sold out on Ebay. So far don't see any reliable source in the US. As mentioned before Bitumen liquids are not finishing products as oils and dyes (use it as a stain on bare wood and you get an ugly, patchy black rotten wood look). Can't just be applied evenly and let dry. Use it as a wash to weather the finished surface (not just wood) to highlight the details, applying small quantities and letting the liquid flow into crevices. Or apply liberally but wipe off the excess on raised surfaces to give it a look of centuries ald object which accumulated dirt over the years. All together it takes the model into a certain style category of fake antiques and is absolutely not necessary as one can build a model in style of Syren Ship model prototypes. Those grimey museum models where just as clean as Chuck's models when they were initially built. On the picture is my 4 oared Yal in progress. Pear with homemade stain before and after applying Liquid Patina
  3. There are 2 more manufacturers that make kits similar in construction but they are also Russian and so are the ships they are selling. Only foreign vessel that might be coming soon is Italian vine transporter. So in regards of ships origin you are out of luck for now . Otherwise MK has 4 kits of ships plus several kits of smaller craft. Falkonet has 2 kits of steam launches, 2 viking tipe ships, a 1/24 scale yawl and in development are 2 masted cutter "Uvalen" built for russian prince (similar to French pilot cutters), Peter the Great pleasure yacht "Nataliya" and in a long run schooner Meteor (Baltimore schooner type) Eskadra has 2 kits out - famous Mercuriy and schooner "Lastochka" from Crimean war
  4. With great sadness here to inform that Aleksander Dobrenko "woodeater" had passed away. He was only 65. He was one of the greatest enthusiasts of ship modeling in Russia and well known in Europe as well. He had put together modelers guild of St. Petersburg, organized annual ship modeling show and contest "University Cup", was a go to guy in all aspects of the hobby and naval history of Russia. He will be greatly missed.
  5. Yes, it is a very sad news. He was a keystone of shipmodeling in Russia. Hopefully some one picks up on what he was doing for the hobby.
  6. I will be waiting for my sails for a while. Tea usually does a pretty good job coloring the sails. Uniform and not too dark.
  7. Sails are taking shape. Still a long haul from Russia, keeping my fingers crossed as lately Brooklyn USPS is a close competitor to Russian Mail in poor service and delinquency.
  8. I did not realize that Marisstella gave you prestitched sail. By the way, very good Idea with wire on the sail edges. Done this once so far and it worked perfectly, was able to shape the sail how I wanted. I never asked him about what he does for a living, may be I should. Some top notch Russian ship model makers ordered from him and gave good reviews so I decided to bight the bullet as well. He makes the sails almost like real ones, stitching everything with the machine and by hand. Here is his own model with some of the first sails he made : https://fotki.yandex.ru/users/aq5/album/337779/
  9. I think I've seen this one live when doing Active Duty Training for NAVY Reserve at the academy. It is huge! Is the model at the college museum now? (Kings Point has a nice small museum but it is not advertised much)
  10. Hi mikiek, Seems you doing a pretty good job on the sail. If anything, I have a guy who does model sails (making me a set now for sandbagger). He is very good but not cheap.
  11. Mark Gaff will be rigged correctly once I get the sails. For now was just a temp rigging to get the idea of sail dimensions.
  12. Thank you guys! Dwalker This is just an old Glencoe coast guard rescue boat plastic kit in 1/48 scale. Horrible mold. Yes turnbuckles need left and right tap but I only had one type so they are not working the way they suppose to. I used cheap China made tap set and wasnt sure where to get both right and left in this size besides very expensive watch makers tools. All running rigging is temporary, just to stretch out the spars and run the string as an outline of the sail. This was done to get exact measurements for sails to be made. The are being sewn in Russia and somewhat expensive so did not want to take chances with size.

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