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  1. Thank-you to everyone for the words of encouragement, and to everyone that hit the like button! Edwin: WoW, thanks! Augie: See above! Michel: Thanks! Nenad: Extra thank-you! Patrick: Ok, now I'm starting to blush. Grant: Nice to be back! Ed: Would love to do a larger scale model sometime to add even more detail - maybe then the lanterns could be metal or wood. Popeye: The "dress up" parts are some of the most enjoyable parts on the model to make! Wq3296: Please refer to these posts: answer1 and answer2. Now I'm just leaving the title as is out of mischief! Jparsley: Well, far from perfect, but I am pleased with her. Bob: Just wish I had more time to spend in the shipyard. I had forgotten how much I love this hobby until I returned!!!
  2. Finally, a long overdue update! I started out well with photos of each step and then as life got busy the photos fell by the way. The last few pictures are of each completed piece without process pictures. I experimented with a few different materials for the stern lanterns, but finally settled on card. The lanterns could not be solid because of the fiber-optics that I had to feed up through the tiny brass tubing and into the lanterns. This was a very tricky process due to the tight fit and bends. I'll try to add some pictures in the next day or so with the lanterns "lit". Some more items completed. And placed on deck. I also completed the first of three sets of spiral staircases. I also managed to make and place some of the decorative pieces and dolphins. Last, but not least, a shot of the stern so far and profile.
  3. Doris, I can't find words that accurately describe or praise your work, other than to say absolutely stunningly beautiful model! You have certainly outdone yourself on this one and can be very proud of your accomplishments! I look forward to your nest build!
  4. I hate to whine, but I'm tired of winter and ready for summer! Tomorrow is the same old thing: a dash of frostbite with a side of frozen nostrils, accompanied by liberally caked wipers and coated windshields!
  5. When I was young I put a sweater on backwards, and my mother said: "People won't know if you're coming or going"
  6. -40 Celcius this morning! That's minus f-f-f-f-forty Fahrenheit as well!!! I'm ready for summer!!!!
  7. Thanks for the idea Piet, and thank-you Mark, Karl, Sjors and Nenad! Bob: I couldn't resist.
  8. I see that your high level of craftsmanship extends to metalwork as well - not a surprise at all, but wonderful to see!
  9. Thank-you Wayne, Michael and Ed! Michael: Yes, I am a bit of a pack rat. We have a working floor model gramophone, and unless you buy tungsten tipped or fibre needles, then you can only use the needle once or twice at most. The steel tip dulls and rounds, thus making the groove in the record wider if used multiple times. Ed: I would love to be able to say that I spent hours researching and sourcing the best of papers, but I confess to using what I had on hand. Please see the next reply for the answer... Wayne: Close......paper from a HP copier. I'm tempted to buy a Canon copier just so I can use your line!!! Also have to add that I wish it was a canon copier because I'm getting quite weary of making them individually.
  10. Thank-you Piet, Augie and Edwin! Piet: I think the "impossible to tell" is a lovely compliment, but a more accurate description might be: "not too noticeably different at a quick glance" and I'm happy with that. Augie: I think we all do what we have to do and use what we can. I've always re-purposed things as often as possible. Edwin: And those used "scratchy" needles are now cannon trunnions.
  11. Mark: As they say, necessity is the mother of invention - or in my case the mother of scrounging.
  12. I knew I had forgotten something. The trunnions are made from something very unusual. I just happened to have a selection of gramophone needles which are the perfect scale for my cannons.
  13. Thank-you everyone for the well wishes! My eye is healing quite nicely. I've put together a very basic mini tutorial and hope it may be of help to someone. I bought a brass turned cannon, of the correct scale for my ship, to use as a reference model. I had a piece of round plastic dowel on hand, which I carved and sanded until it was the same size as the reference model. Next, I cut paper trapezoids and rolled them around the plastic dowel, and sealed with some white glue. The dowel ensured that all my cannons would be the same. Next up, I marked the location for each ring, by comparing to the reference model and cut very thin strips of paper and glued them in place. This can be tricky since the paper tube is narrow at one end and the strip naturally wants to spiral up the tube. The cascabels/miniature mushrooms , were fashioned from polymer clay, then baked and glued in place. I had tried carving them from a wood dowel, but decided that clay would be a faster option. At this point the "bore" was added. I dipped a toothpick in white glue and applied a thin film around the inside of the end of the cannon. Once dry I repeated once or twice more as needed. This picture is a repeat from my last update, but it gives a good idea of the different stages. Finally, a couple of thin layers of flat black acrylic were added and allowed to dry, followed by dry-brushing with yellow-ochre that was tamed down with a little brown. This last picture shows the finished paper cannon beside the original brass cannon, which I also painted. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
  14. Okay Robbyn and Bob, I'll see what I can do. It will have to wait for a day or two since I need just a little time to recover from eye surgery. If I do it now with one good eye, the tutorial may be a bit "wonky".
  15. wyzwyk: Thank-you! I can't take credit for the idea though - I owe that to a very talented builder on this forum named Doris, who does amazing things with paper and card. Adrieke: Thank-you very, very much!
  16. Your build log leaves us pretty much speechless - so we'll just say thanks for posting it!!!
  17. Edwin: Thank-you! All the best to you as well in 2015! Frank: Thank-you! I'm glad I was able to camouflage the paper. Mark: Good luck with the resin. I'm sure you'll be able to make it work.
  18. Mark/SJSoane: I think my main problem is the small scale at which I am working. It can be done apparently, but it was more trouble than it was worth to me. After a few tries I got a decent rubber mold, but I struggled with the polyester resin sticking to the mold. I tried the dilute vaseline, corn starch, and talc as release agents - none of which worked for me. Apparently there is a release agent for purchase, but I didn't want to commit any more money to this one project. I did get a few cannons that were okay, but I like my paper ones better. The biggest problem was the resin fumes, which left me with huge headaches and sinus problems every time I used it. When I finally made the connection, I stopped using resin and no more symptoms. Popeye: Thank-you! I am happy with the results. Grant: Thank-you! It's great to be back. Hopefully I can find more time to finish these guns soon. Elia: Thank-you! I know what you mean about finding alternative processes, and this one seems to work for me. Patrick: Thank-you as well! Bob: Thank-you on both counts! Sjors: Thank-you! Paper is a LOT cheaper too, than buying more than 100 brass cannons. Mark: Thank-you! The casabels are made from polymer clay.
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