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About ken3335

  • Birthday 03/07/1947

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  1. Hi Kevin, That really is a major rebuild your taking on. I think that in many ways it’s more difficult than starting from scratch, I wouldn’t want to so congrats on making a go of it. I think that that you’re doing a very good job of it, the deck planking looks good, much better than your original, the cabins too look like they’re taking shape nicely. It will be interesting to see the difference between our two kits, same make but different eras. Anyway keep up your enthusiasm for this build and good luck with it. ken
  2. `Hi, Thanks again for the likes, it's good to know someone out there is watching. More progress on the hull. I finished the second planking without encountering any difficulties except for the state of the wood which I have already mentioned. My first thoughts were that I would never get rid of the grain and achieve a smooth enough surface for a painted finish but I set about it and the end result was so good that it surprised me, although it took longer than the actual planking. I first gave it a thorough sanding, taking away about half the planks depth. I then spread a thinned water based filler over the entire hull and when dry sanded that right back. I gave it a very light coat of spray primer, this highlight any imperfections and shows where the seams will show fine cracks. I worked in filler again to the imperfect areas, sanded and again sprayed, I did this twice. I was then left with an acceptable surface but after spraying again I had to use a fine acrylic filler intended for hiding the seams on plastic models before getting a perfect surface. A fine sanding and another light spray completed the job. A lot of work but in the end well worth the extra effort. I’ve attached some pictures of each stage so that you can see the progress. Ken
  3. Hi, I’m going to paint the hull as it’s displayed on the box, I know that it should have a red lower part but as it’s only for show at home I prefer the contrast that the white gives. I’m also going to leave the brass plating and ports as well as the rails unpainted and leave them natural Polished brass as a feature. ken
  4. Hi, Continuing, I’ve made a start on the second planking. This planking is done using 1x6mm lime wood strips, in my opinion far from the best wood for a good finish. I unpacked the bundle of strips and found that unlike the first planks they were of quite poor quality, they were very course grain and the edges were roughly cut and looked prone to splintering. To tidy them up a bit I sanded the edges, I held about six at a time in a sort of simple jig and sanded them as a block. Photo. It’s a big hull and there are rather a lot of planks to do so being able to do many at a time helped. I started the planks from the top of the waist deck and continued down. My fears about the edges splintering happened, a lot of very fine ones occurred spoiling what I had hoped would be well butted seams. The very rough grain was even more noticeable seen with many of the planks fitted, I’ve shown a photo of this, it really is bad and as this will be a smooth painted hull I can see a lot of work will need to be done to make it acceptable. At the moment I think that it would have been better left as single planked, just another challenge. Ken
  5. Hi, As you know I was unhappy with the decking and was in the process of having another go at it. I had made the same mistake on my Royal William build so why I didn’t learn from my mistake I don’t know, anyway it’s now completed and I’m delighted with the result, it was well worth the extra effort. I used a mouse type sander and sanded off all the walnut planking, the waist deck proved quite difficult and I only managed a slight reduction here, I also removed the skirting from around the cabins in preparation for the re planking. Like most of you I have a small stash of wood left over from other builds but I didn’t have enough of the same type to complete the decks, I didn’t want to have to buy any so I used what I had. I had enough light coloured wood but it was of different types in different widths and thickness, four in all. I used my small Proxxon table saw and cut them to the same width 3mm. I was quite surprised at how clean it cut lengths of planks, the edges didn’t even need sanding. I didn’t mind the different thickness as once laid I could sand them down to a uniform height. I cut them into 8cm lengths for a four butt pattern. I tried some dyes on test pieces to see if I could get their colour and texture similar, I ended up choosing a light oak. I had no problem laying the planks although it was now awkward working around the cabins with the upper decks in place, I used white PVA to fix them. I sanded them back, rubbed some walnut filler into the seams then rubbed in the oak dye. I find that the filler soaks up the dye like end grain, slightly darker and gives a very slight appearance of corking, enough to take the plainness off. I re fitted the skirting then finished off with a coat of sanding sealer. I am now much happier with the look of the deck, I think it was well worth the effort. Ken
  6. Hi, Thanks to all who gave me the thumbs up on my build, much appreciated. This build is moving on nicely and it’s starting to take shape. I have recently added the upper decks and planked them. Around the upper edge of the hull will be metal plating, it’s very hard brass/copper and will not be forgiving like wood so now was the time to ensure that the top of the hull was perfectly level and as per the plan. I kept it simple because I just couldn’t find the enthusiasm using the supplied wood to spend a lot of time on it, the colour really is awful. I sealed, sanded and varnished it when done. I was hoping that the amount of stuff on the decks would detract from noticing the colour/texture and that I would be able to come to terms with it, but after coming back to it the next day I knew that I would never be happy and in years to come regret it being done like this and just leaving it, so I decided to bit the bullet and re do it, so watch the next episode. Ken
  7. Hi Kevin, Thanks for your kind comment about the hull, I’m sure your the same as myself and find that these comments motivate you. I can understand you stopping your build, it really is a daunting undertaking, hopefully you’re fired up for a second go at it, good luck with that. It looks like we’ll be doing our builds in unison so I’ll be keeping an eye on yours. Ken
  8. Hi, The Next task was to plank the waist deck. The planks supplied were 3x.5mm dark walnut, the wood was ok but I really don’t like the colour. I don’t understand any kit manufacturer thinking that this colour would be ok for decking as it looks so obviously wrong. I was stuck with it as the shops can’t supply an alternative at the moment.. I laid these planks, I didn’t darken the edge as pencil wouldn’t show up against that dark colour, I sealed, sanded and varnished with a satin poly. I then started on the cabins. The instructions would have you put in place the upper decks first but this would make would make the placing and finishing off the deck planking quite difficult. The cabins are made up from ply and were supposed to be covered with the 3x.5 strips. Rather than do this and then try and get a smooth finish for painting I decided to face them with very thin styrene sheet and then trim them to shape, it worked well. The doors and vent covers were also made from styrene, they painted up well, the windows, vents axes and rails were the added. Ken Ken
  9. Hi, I managed to get a good sanding session done and I'm very pleased with the result. No filler was needed at all to get this to what I think is a very good first layer. Ken
  10. Hi, Kevin, our kits are quite different, it doesn't have half of what you're showing, mine is a much older version. I’m making quite good progress on the planking. The first layer has been completed without any issues, it went on quite easily and looks like it will be a good base, in fact I could almost get away with just this one layer, the stern looks a bit of a mess as I built it oversize, the strips butt up tightly and are well fixed to the frame, it all just needs sanding. I’ll wait until I can do this outside, too much dust for inside the house. Ken
  11. Hi Kevin, Thanks for your comment on my AV. I like knowing that there are others out there who struggle as much as I do, it makes me feel normal after looking at some of the expert builds on this site. Ken
  12. Hi, Thank you very much for your reply, and for posting the pictures, it has really given me the motivation I was hoping for. I know that I won’t be able to compare what I build to your magnificent model but it does give me something to aim at. I particularly like the way you present the the brass parts as a feature rather than painting over them, it suits the model. As I’m aiming to achieve a good looking model to display at home and not worrying about accuracy this is now the way I will go. Ken
  13. Hi, I have recently started the Amerigo Vespucci, 1:84 scale from a Panart kit. I quite enjoyed the interaction I got from members on my Royal William log so I’ll again share my build with you. I bought the kit off Ebay for a good price, it is an early version about 20 – 25 years old and differs quite a bit from their current version, I think for the better. Lime for first planking, not balsa, etched sheet brass for the plating not ply, planked deck instead of printed ply and 12 sheets of plans many 1:1, but poor badly translated instructions instead of the step by step guide. Although old everything was in very good condition, straight keel and bulwarks, which were very well laser cut, matching the plans perfectly, the strip wood is very nice, straight cleanly cut and still flexible enough although has hardened quite a bit. There are hundreds of castings and machined brass fittings all nicely bagged, these will need a serious cleaning as they have become badly tarnished. A very comprehensive and well presented kit. I admire many of the builders on this site for their skill, painstaking dedication to detail and accuracy but I’m afraid that’s not me. My build will be as simple as I can make it, mostly straight from the box with just enough detail to make it a nice looking well made model that will not take me years, with the chance of getting fed up and quitting. I wanted to start the build by first preparing the mounting. I want to mount it on brass pedestals on a large mahogany plinth so needed to do the preparation for this prior to planking rather than risk damaging the model at a later stage by turning it upside down. My first problem is that due to the lack of availability of stuff due to the Covid restrictions I can’t get anything, the wood yards are closed and even popular online modelling suppliers have run out of anything I want, glues, sealers wood strip and my columns. I started by joining together the three sections of keel, I reinforced the joins then beefed up the area where the pedestals will be fixed with rods, I drilled them out and hope that they line up later. I dry fitted the bulkheads, they only needed the lightest of sanding before becoming a perfect fit. I made up a keel support out of scrap, not very neat looking but works well enough.. I glued all the bulkheads into place, I added extra support on the outer edge of the front three and stern bulkheads. I usually infill these areas with balsa but the lines of the hull are so friendly that I didn’t think that it would be needed. I spent quite a bit of time fairing the frames making sure that they were as perfect as I could make them. I have now started the first layer with the 6 x 1.5 lime planks provided, so far so good. That’s me starting my journey please feel free to join me. Ken
  14. Hi Mark, As I've said before just superb, something to be proud of. This has to be something of a record, two Royal Williams finished and on show within a week of each other, I doubt that it will happen again. Ken

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