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  1. Made some work on the forward most gunport on the lower and middle gun decks. I did the lower gun deck gunport as advised in the manual, but for the middle gun deck gunport a I went for a different approach. I cut two piece of walnut and sanded them at an angle to look like they are agar when fitted to the hull. The lower gunport is not entirely to my satisfaction, it still needs the hinges, etc... but I will still try to finish it better. When I came to the Beakhead Capping Assembly I was not sure how to finish the two beakheads (125) at the sides of this assembly. I found the instructions for this quite confusing and the unclear photo showing them in the manual was also quite different from the actual once. As the headrail (394) to be fitted at a later stage has one end attached to these beakheads and the other end to the stem against the curved rails I thought I better fit the curved rails to the stem at this stage. Prepared the curved rails which go o the stem. Fitted the rails to the stem and also fitted the hair bracket (120) and lower bow cheek (123). They needed quite some sanding to shape them to the bow curve. Planks in between fitted as well. For the side timberheads I decided not to use the once supplied with the kit and from photos I searched on the internet I shaped two new once which in my opinion are more near to the actual once and fitted them at an angle pointing to the front of the stem. Having the timberheads in place I was able to fit the Beakhead Capping Assembly. Plank sheer glued in place, with ends fitted to the beakheads. Beakhead bulkhead timberheads (121 and 122) glued in place. I used white glue to give me time to aligne them and keep them perfectly in position before glue dries. Assembly finished. Robert
  2. Very nice rigging wok Dave. When I come to the rigging on my Victory I will surely be sneaking into your work in more detail. Robert
  3. Congratulations Christos, beautiful work. Reminds me when I was doing my previous build, Bluenose II. Robert
  4. Christos and Paul thank you for your nice comments and thank you for the likes. Christos about the railings, yes there should be a railing around the quarterdeck opening. Stanchions have to be fitted around the opening and the rope handrail which is already fitted to the ladders going down to the upper gun deck, keep going round these stanchions. I will fit them at a later stage as for the moment they will be a bit in the way to finish other work, and keep probably I will keep nocking them down. I don't always follow the sequence on the instructions manual, because if you always follow the instructions exactly step by step, sometimes you will find out that work described at a later stage would have been much easier if you would have done it before or in conjunction with work you are presently doing. I try to think ahead and see if the work doing now will temper with other work I still have to do. At the moment I am doing some work on the canons that go on the quarter deck and also started some work on the bow section although I still have work to do on the quarterdeck. Hopefully I will soon have some images to update. Robert
  5. Thank you Heinz and Wallace. More work on the Quarterdeck. Belfry and forecastle breast beam in place. Quarterdeck Barricade and Main Companionway. Baluster and rail fitted as well. Companionway to Admirals Dining Cabin rigged. The Screen Assembly is only dry fitted for the moment. Robert
  6. Hello Heinz, very nice pictures. It is looking really beautiful. Robert
  7. Hello, another update after a month from my last update. Before gluing the fittings on the inside of the bulwarks I thought it is a better idea to fit some of the brass profiles on the outside as I was sure they were going to need a lot of handling to find their position. The moulding swirls did not look so good so I added some detail to them. I think they look much better like this. I also prepared the place for the channels. I fitted pins on the inside edge of the channels and prepared their respective holes on the hull to be fitted and glued at a later stage. Painted bulwarks and fitted kevels , shot garlands, etc. on the inside of the bulwarks. I also added the mouldings on the inside of the bulwarks. These were not included with the kit but they make a nice detail. I made them from 1mm x 1mm strips. I left the place for the channels unpainted to get a better adhesion when glued. Will finish the paint when channels and rest of the brass profiles are fitted. Waist ladders also fitted in place. Beakhead bulkhead, complete with roundhouses fitted in place and painted. Should have another update pretty soon, with the Forecastle Breast Beam Assembly and the Quarterdeck Barricade Assembly in place. Robert
  8. Preparing fittings to go on the quarter deck. Waist ladders ready with stanchions. Quarter Barricade Assembly also ready to be fitted. Instead of assembling it directly on deck as per instructions, I thought it would be easier to assemble it as a whole piece on workbench and fit it on deck as a complete assembly. The middle rails and the upper rail were bent with the same curvature of the deck before assembled so it will fit perfectly when fitted on deck. Belfry for the forecastle breast beam assembly ready as well. Supports and rails ready to be assembled on deck together with the belfry. Robert
  9. Wallace , thank you, I myself have taken a lot of ideas from other builders from this forum, it's a great forum and you learn a lot from it. Richard, when I had started the deck beneath, that was something I was asking myself. Do I show the tree nails or not? As you rightly so said, in reality they hardly show and you might as well not show them at all on the model, but I thought the tree nails added a bit more of a pleasant detail. But when I tried a sample with all the tree nails all across the planks, not just at the ends I thought it was an overkill, it was too much. So I decided to do just the ends. I know in reality they should be all across but in my opinion, on my model it was either just at the ends or nothing at all. I decided to do just the ends to have ecstatically a better looking deck. Robert
  10. Thank you Wallace, to be honest I've seen it in other builds. It's a very good idea to avoid as much as possible damaging the hull whilst working on deck, also to avoid sanding dust going in the gunports. Another small update, Contrary to the instruction manual I did not build the gratings straight on the deck and sand them in place, I prepared the them beforehand and fitted them complete. I tried to avoid as much as possible saw dust and shavings going down on the gun deck underneath which is not easy to remove. First one is upside down to show how it is done. All sanded and ready. Also I did not want to fix the Beakhead Bulkhead before I had finished the quarterdeck planking. The front opening gave me more access to blow out any wood dust and shavings falling on the deck underneath. Apart from that I think it is much easier to prepare the round houses with the beakhead in hand then with it fixed in place. Gunport linings painted red and bulwarks painted yellow from the inside. Coamings fixed in place, gratings fitted in place and brace bitts secured in place as well. Deck varnished and ready to take more fittings. Robert
  11. Nice work Mike, very neat and accurate. It's good that you take the time to adjust inconsistencies in the kit that apperantly you find in most of the kits, the end result always pays for the time spent. Happy Holidays you too. Robert
  12. Graham, thank you for your comments, always appreciated and encourage me to do my best. Heinz, welcome back and thank you for your comments. Been through your updates and your work is stunning. Dropped one of the forecastle snatch blocks on the floor and my son's French bulldog was faster then me to pick it up and this is what I managed to retrieve back. Part of it went into his stomach. Worked another one (the dark one)from the 5mm walnut sheet. Lining the gunports. Bulwarks planked inside and outside. Snatch blocks and vertical edges glued to bulwarks. Capping rails glued in place. Complete bulwarks sanded and ready for painting. Deck is still not varnished. Wanted to finish the bulwarks before I finished the deck. The two wires coming out from the mast hole are in preparation for the supply for the lantern on the mast with a big IFF I manage to take the wires up the mast without showing!! Robert
  13. Hello Heinz, thank you for uploading these photos, your build is a masterpiece. The detail and precision of your work is fascinating. I could go through it times and times over to admire it. Congratulations. Robert
  14. A small update, Fitted the quarterdeck. I did not fit the skid beam assembly as per instruction manual, that is first glue in place the back of the quarter deck, then glue the skid beam assembly in place from underneath, then continue gluing the front part of the deck. I realised that if you trim a bit from certain edges of the false deck you can fit the skid beam assembly beforehand and still be able to fit the deck in place. This was something I was dreading to do, the removal of the bulkhead uprights, but it went well until after everything was finished and was working on the deck planking I nocked down one of them. When you remove the uprights, the forecastle gunport pattern (276) is only holding in place by the glued lower edge with no side support. I will glue it back after I finish the decking and be ready to reinforce it with the inside pattern and the planking on both sides. Decking in progress. With the face of bulkhead 18 I have wires going up to supply the lights for the gallery and the screen assembly. To cover these I have glued a piece of plywood on to bring the surface flash with the wires which will be hidden after I plank the surface. The inner bulwark gunport patterns glued in. The deck is sanded but not yet varnished, that was why it looks so white and the chalking is not showing. The quarterdeck screen assembly also ready to be fitted in later on. I have added the handles for the doors. Robert

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