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  • Birthday 12/01/2014

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  1. Hi everyone, thanks for all the likes. I haven't disappeared just busy with some big decisions hahaha Yes Messis the two upper gunport lids are painted with the St George cross (the flag of England) the lower port lids which are all red will have carved lion heads similar to that of the vasa once I get round to producing them. The st George cross on the upper lids are depicted in Van der Velde's and eppings sketches of her. The lion heads are a bit of artistic license however are shown on the painting presented to King Charles.
  2. Thanks for all the comments guys I was quite chuffed with how it turned out. I promise I'll finally finish my large Leeuwin was I've got a little further with my SOTS
  3. I added basic running rigging in the form of yard braces and halyards for the gaffs and she was complete together with a half hull model carved again out of jelutong the project was complete. I wouldn't say it's perfect but she came out great I think representing the ship I worked on and was a lot of fun to build also
  4. Once the sails were completed, I made up the flags on printed paper also. Then came the ships boats. These I made up quite simply with thin plastic card to represent the two ships dorys on the waist and the rescue boat hung astern.
  5. The water was painted with a mixture of blues to represent the colour typical off the coast here in Fremantle. To show as much of the fine rigging, she was modeled at anchor so the sails would be furled. For these I used tissue paper soaked in watered down PVA glue.
  6. Standing rigging added, it was time to place the model on her base. For this I used an mdf plaque board from an arts supply store. Forgot to mention this was always going to be a waterline model. For the water I used bathroom sikaflex with the help of a spatula to form the waves.
  7. Deck furniture and housings were made up with various plastic strip pieces and sanded down to shape. Rails on the bow and stern added with plastic melted sprue. The rigging was started with the standing rigging also. For this I used fine wire from insulated electrical wires. These are hair thin and using three strands wound with a hand drill to make up lengths of rope. The standing rigging on the real ship is all steal cable so this model is actually more accurate than my larger build in this respect.
  8. Hull and deck painted and all three masts added. The yellow frieze at the bows stern and yellow stripe along the rubbing strake added.
  9. The entire hull was then coated in tamiya putty and sanded smooth. More plastic half round strip used for the rubbing strake and wood and plastic dowel for the bowsprit and masts.
  10. Using the ships plans I have scaled down, I started by carving out the hull using Jelutong. Once I had the hull carved to shape I used plastruc wood simulated sheet for her decks - the simulated planks at 1mm - scale wise too large however for its purpose I think it was perfect. Again using plastic strip I built up the hulls gunwale and stem.
  11. For 5 years I worked and sailed on the STS Leeuwin II as a permanent ships officer and during this time I began building a 1/56 scale scratch built model. This model is about 90% complete though lost momentum with work load and personal life. The crew I worked with knew and have seen the model I was building so when the then CEO of the Leeuwin foundation announced she was moving on, they all thought what a great leaving gift to have but a model. So with limited amount of time 1month I agreed and thought a small miniature would be ideal as a desktop display and easy enough to build in the time. The STS Leeuwin II is a purpose built barquentine launched in 1986 with sole funding by private West Australians as Western Australians first and only sail training vessel for our youth. Last year marked her 30th anniversary and she is still sailing strong. This model Del is long finished and while my first small scale miniature I was reasonably happy. Needless to say the CEO and crew were overly happy
  12. Thanks guys haha yeah us aussies! Back to the model, been working on the next ships boat. You've already seen the smaller 21 ft (7.2m) launch/yawl now I've made up the 28 ft launch (9m). I'll be building a third boat and much larger than the rest more of the style of a shallop or very large pinnace as from paintings of the time there always appears to be quite a large boat sometimes only the one larger boat which would be closer to 14-16 m or 35-40 ft sloop rigged boat.
  13. Sanding sealer or even a light primer will work also Nigel. Anything that has light colour as a topcoat, I'll usually prime first which helps the colour as in your case, yellow and blue stand out.
  14. Thanks guys. It's reasonably simple to do Nigel just need to plan every step ahead. You can also carve out a solid hull for the former which I've done in the past. This took a bit more time as you have to carve the shape perfectly to get the correct hull shape before planking.
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