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  • Birthday 01/07/1956

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  1. Hello, I log in for the first time In 6 months (has it really been that long) and find a couple of recent messages, coincidence! I have been very busy with other things (gardening, decorating, …) and it does not look like there will be any let up until the new year, at the earliest. Everything is put away in boxes. Yes, I was really annoyed about the scale of the kit. Before purchasing (by mail order) I thought it might be out by a small amount, but when I realised it was out by so much and effectively they were just lying about the scale I was really annoyed. They cann
  2. Joachim, Thanks for clarifying the size of the eyelets, though the ones along the head still look smaller than 0.6mm. I have to say that I do not think that I have ever seen sails made to such a level of detail and at 1/84 scale. It makes me wonder how you would do furled sails. I think sails are one of the most challenging parts of any ship model. Glenn
  3. Joachim. The detail on these sails is just amazing. Neve seen any sails like them. Are you making the grommets from brass tube? What size? Stunned. Glenn
  4. It has been sometime since I have had any time for hobbies. The sun came out and I was detailed for garden duties. However the weather has turned again and some spare time materialised. Not enough to do some work on the Scottish Maid but enough to set up a cutting mat on the dining room table. The first job was to finish cutting out and making the funnels. One came out slightly large and I had to leave a bit of excess on that conical bit at the bottom to make it stretch round. The main new technique here was rolling the funnels themselves. Using Chris’s tip of slightly damping the insid
  5. This is just a small update, because there has not been too much done since my last update. First, I have finished planking the second side of the hull up to the level of the false deck. I have finished the initial rough sanding but still need to work my way down through finer grades. I have done the tree nailing on about 1/3 of the first side. In the following picture you should be able to see one of the rows contains the ends of some tree nails sticking out. Those forward of that have been done and those aft are just holes. There are about 1060 to do each si
  6. Hi mhkash, You are wrong, after building the L'Etoile Topsail schooners have become a firm favourite. I am now building another one The Scottish Maid. However I have possessed the kit for the Snake, a Sloop of War, for a number of years and will build that afterwards. Your model is coming along very nicely. Glenn
  7. mhkash, You are progressing quickly. It looks more correct now you have the poop deck done. I am looking forward to seeing what you do. I had a look at your link to the model of CLAIRE. It does in fact state that it is a model of the L'Etoile named CLAIRE. My guess would be that the model maker had a specific reason for naming his model CLAIRE, maybe his wife's name or something similar. As for the asking price of £2000, whish I thought I could get £2000 for my model. I do not know what to say. Glenn
  8. hmkash, First, never heard of a boat called CLAIRE similar to the Belle Poule or L'Etoile. What I mean by different versions is relating to things like the equipment on deck. For instance, when launched they carried 2 boats: a 6m 'Doris' and a 4m 'Youyou'. I use the French names here. Now they carry 2 life rafts and an inflatable launch. They also had manual windlass, now they are fitted with an electric system. Though from a distance they look very much the same as they did in 1932, on closer inspection there are many differences, including in the rigging.
  9. Hi mhkash, The plans can be obtained from: http://www.aamm.fr/boutique/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=216 There are plenty of photos to be found on the internet. However be carful because they differ depending on each refit. Have you decided on which version you are building? Glenn
  10. You can use shot, as used in shotguns. It is often called lead shot but I believe that lead is now banned. You do not want the split type. It comes in many sizes and if you do not have a local shop it is available on Amazon. In the UK size 9 is 2mm. Just google lead shot size for more info. Just had another thought and searched for 2mm ball bearings on amazon. Very cheap. Glenn
  11. Christos, thanks for the kind remarks. The planking was straightforward on this model. The width of the planks I used was 3.5mm (about 9 scale inches), which gave 23 strakes each side including the Wale. Measuring round the longest part and adding 1mm to allow for the thickness of the planks going round a 90 degree bend. Going towards the bow the length of planking on the last full bulkhead is 68mm. Thus at this point to maintain 23 strakes the width of each would be reduced to just under 3mm, which is much more than half the width of a plank. Therefore there is no need
  12. First thanks to everyone who has dropped in for a look, reacted to this or added a comment. Its all very encouraging. I have been making steady but slow progress since my last update. I have completed planking the first side up to level with the top of the false deck, which is at the same level as the top of the beams that would have supported the deck on the real ship. I have started drilling holes to represent treenails, which can just be seen in this picture. I have not finished, but I have tried various alternatives to simulate treenails in some of the holes:
  13. First thanks to everyone for looking in and to those who have clicked on the like button. I now move onto the bridge wing supports I made the first one of these and then thought I should document the process while making the second. I think because of this the second did not turn out as well as the first, I was too concerned with taking pictures. It looks damaged in a couple of places but this does not show without the enlargement. As mentioned a few posts ago these parts are marked as if the edges should be scored and folded to make them into angle girders.
  14. Chris, I know what you are saying is true, but they still make me feel I should be able to do a better job. Catching up on progress. There has been some delay as my illuminated magnifier failed and I had to purchase a new one. The old one was the type with a circular fluorescent tube around the lens. The new one has LED’s around the lens and can be powered from a USB output, like a phone external power pack. With the fact that it has a clip that opens to just over 2 inches makes it much more versatile than the old one. I made the skylights. Instead of scoring and bendin
  15. Chris, thanks for the encouragement. When I get there I certainly intend giving angle girders a go. It’s been sometime since I last got around to updating my logs. I have been making steady progress, 2 steps forward, 1 step backwards. I have been steadily working on the bridge assembly. It takes a long time to cut out all the small parts For the port and starboard lights I cut them out slightly longer, about double the length and then rolled them round the thinnest needle I could find. I was not too happy with the way cutting out the windows turn
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