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Erik W

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  1. Chuck, Thanks. I seem to be back in modeling mode now, and had packed Cheerful away carefully expecting to pick it back up again. I'm in the middle of a small project now, so I'll see how I feel when I'm finished with that. It would be nice to move forward with the Cheerful build. Erik
  2. Thanks guys. Mike, yeah, weathering is a bit tricky in smaller scales. If you weather heavily it looks OK when viewed in person, but looks overdone in enlarged photos. Erik
  3. Though I haven't made any progress on my Cheerful in a couple of years, I did manage to complete a ship build. This is my Orange Hobby resin 1/350 scale YTL-45 Taiwanese Navy tugboat. The buoy is also from Orange Hobby. I work slowly, so the entire project wound up taking around 6 months. The tugboat is 240 pieces, with around 60 of those being fabricated by me. The buoy is 25 pieces! Erik
  4. Chuck, That's perfect! Since I have an identical 1/48 scale longboat sitting on my shelf, that definitely helps me visual the larger boat's size. Thanks! Erik
  5. Chuck, I haven't been in ship-mode for quite a while now. Real life has taken up too much of my time and mental space this year. I recently returned from a trip to Denmark, where I visited the National Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum. Feeling my ship modeling interest being rekindling, I thought I'd check in here. Wow! I'm quite excited by this longboat kit you're working on. While I'm hoping to channel my renewed interest into picking up where I left off with my Cheerful build, this longboat looks like it will be a phenomenal kit. I'm impressed with how much more realistic this larger scale longboat looks, especially when compared to the 1/48 scale boat. Though I understand the size from the dimensions you've given, I'm having a hard time picturing the actual real world size of this boat. Any chance you can post a photo with something we can all relate to, like a can or bottle of soda/beer, or coin, or lighter, etc. I know that's kind of gimmicky, but 1/24 scale isn't something we're used to seeing everyday. Thanks, and glad to see after my time away that you're still doing what you do best! Erik
  6. I thought you all might appreciate this. Jim Baumann is a noted British small scale ship modeler. Most of his builds are 1/700 scale WWI builds, but lately he's ventured into a sailing ship or two. His work is amazing. This is the 1/350 Winston Churchill. More photos of this phenomenal work here: http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/misc/sail/SirWinstonChurchill-350-jb/index.htm Erik
  7. I also used individual planks. I'm a perfectionist, so planking the hull wound up taking quite a while. I'd do 1 or 2 planks a day after work, and 3 or 4 on the weekends. I started getting sloppy if I tried to do any more than that. Patience is key. As far as the plank ends go. I would mark out on the bulkhead the center point of each plank end and make sure the plank's end was perfectly vertical on the bulkhead (with the curvature of the hull this usually means the end is not square with the plank length). Sand lightly, test fit, repeat. The key for square/tight looking plank ends was that test fitting part. If there's a bit of a gap, sand lightly, test fit, repeat. Again, patience is key. This hobby in general vs. other's I have, has really taught me the value of going slow! Erik
  8. B.E. I've been following your Cheerful build. I've been meaning to compliment you on your progress. My build is in dry dock currently while I wait for the time and mental space before I resume work again. It's been a joy following the progress of the other Cheerful builders though. Yours is coming along nicely! Regarding the color of red you're using. I too decided to use Vallejo Flat Red #957. I knew from past experience that Vallejo paints are high quality and easy to brush paint with minimal streaks. I think you won't regret your choice. To see how the Vallejo flat red looks farther along in the build process, just check out the most recent photos of my build. Keep up the good work! . . . and keep the photos coming. Erik
  9. Mike, Thanks for the additional photos! You did a superb job on her . . . and set the bar high for the rest of us Cheerful builders! The detail shots will be useful as a reference when I get farther into my build. Erik
  10. Hey Rusty, Looking good! One request as you cross the finish line with your Cheerful . . . post lots of photos of the completed ship. Erik
  11. This is exactly what I'm thinking with my Cheerful. I' glad to see that Rusty is on the home stretch. I've been following lurking closely. Keep up the good work Rusty! Erik
  12. Mike, Congratulations! This looks great!! You definitely set the bar high for the rest of us Cheerful builders. Any chance you'll do a photo shoot of the finished build and post more photos? Erik
  13. With the onset of nice weather, I temporarily have put working on my Cheerful build on hold. Lots to do outdoors! One of the last photos I shot of the Cheerful a couple of months ago, for the purpose of being emailed to my non-modeling friends and family, included a pencil in the photo. The reaction was kind of funny to me. Everyone was surprised at how small this 1/48 scale project was. In thinking about it I realize I didn't have any photos like that of the 1/350 scale USN destroyer I built a few years ago. I broke out the camera just now, dug around the junk drawer for a lighter and took these. Thought you folks would get a kick out of them. By the way, the most difficult thing on the 1/350 scale build was the rigging, particularly the signal halyards, which are .002" diameter Japanese fly tying line. First that Cheerful photo. The 1/350 scale USS Nields. . . . and the only in-progress shot from this build showing 2 aftermarket 20mm Oerlikon AA guns. Each one is 7 pieces! If you're interested in more on this Nields build, and why it's personal to me, here's more info: http://www.modelshipgallery.com/gallery/dd/dd-616/350-ew/ew-index.html Erik
  14. I finished planking the hull. Woohoo! Feels kind of weird to not be adding a plank or two after work every day. I also added the stern post, and did a more thorough sanding of the planking on both sides of the lower hull, paying close attention to getting rid of any high and low spots. I still need to do more work where the planking meets the keel and the stem. Also, the black paint on the wale has taken quite a beating. I'll fix that later. I was hesitant to include the bow shot, since the planks on either side don't line up at the stem too well. Figured it was still an interesting angle for a photo though. Erik

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