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About EJ_L

  • Birthday 03/29/1984

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    Wichita, Ks
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    Obviously I enjoy scale model building, ships and my HO scale railroad layout are my main areas right now but I still do the occasional car model for people.
    I also highly enjoy wood working, especially lathe work. I make many things from pens and ornaments to bowls, plates, vases and goblets. Always experimenting and trying new ideas as I see them.
    Outside of these I also enjoy my wife, two dogs and outdoor activities like biking, camping and fishing.

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  1. Well, your not wrong! The picture does make it look a lot worse than it actually is, but it also highlights the areas better than what my eye was catching earlier. I flipped the hull back over and ran a straight edge over the hull and while most of the areas are okay, there are a few that will get more filler. No worries about mentioning it Marc, I take critique well even if I don't always change the error, I file it away for future advise. Its hard to grow and learn if you don't listen to others and their advice! I was far more focused on the bow and stern today that I am not completely surprised that I missed them. Pictures do a great job of highlighting bad spots and another set of eyes is even more helpful. I will take her back out to shop and do some more work. I have the time and its better to make it right now than be stuck with a bad hull later.
  2. Beautiful weather this weekend allowed for some quality time in the wood shop. In addition to some much needed spring cleaning and work on a couple of other unfinished projects, I did get in some time with Royal Louis. Fairing work on the hull. Lots of sanding filling and sanding and now I have the hull smoothed out to where I can begin laying out the planking pattern. Once the pattern is laid on the hull, I can then see how much more wood I will need to order. I plan on using mahogany again for the lower hull. That is what I’ve used on the other two French builds and I think I want to keep them all the same for continuity. With that in mind, the wales will again be in walnut along with much of the trim pieces. For the upper works, I’m thinking about using yellow heart. I’m gonna rip some down and see how it finishes out alongside the other woods. We shall see. For now, here are a few pics. Hope everyone is having a great day and for those celebrating, happy Easter!
  3. I think that the wider spread position in the last picture looks the best both for visual and for stability, which is more important.
  4. I agree that unless you are planning on leaving planking off to reveal the lower decks or installing lighting, it is very difficult to see down through the gratings or in gun ports at that scale. As Marc said, spray them all flat black, and you will be good to go.
  5. Cheeks, trestle-trees and cross-trees in place. I will place the woldings and any blocks that secure to he lower masts next and then work on the tops will start.
  6. Small update. I got the masts cut to length and squared off the heads. Now I am working on the cheeks for the tops. Would have have done more but my dogs have demanded my attention to make up some play time now the the weather is nice after the cold and wet winter.
  7. Great book find, and what a stroke of luck on the picture! Hopefully it will lead you to a clearer image or even the actual painting itself. Nice work on the cannons. Those do look sharp indeed.
  8. Thank you all for he nice words, well wishes and of course the likes and visits. I am feeling better and I think this round is finally ending. I have a follow up with my doctor soon to find out more. I did use the kit supplied materials to build the boats. Not overwhelmingly happy about the end results. The frames were not cut very well and with the wide spacing and extremely thin provided planks, the overall condition leaves more to be desired. Fortunately, I mostly just need them as a placeholder for now. I will not secure the cradles nor the boats till the rigging is further along and nothing else needs to go down to the bits below. With that time available to me, I am going to look into seeing if here is a way to improve the current boats and if not, then I will probably just fabricate new ones. So up next will be he start of mast building. I will start the lower masts up to the tops.
  9. While Royal Louis is waiting for my health to improve so I can begin the sanding/filling and more sanding work to smooth out the hull, I have decided to start construction on the ship’s boats for Soleil Royal. Figured these would be a “simple” enough project to attempt right now.
  10. Looking at pictures of the Vasa and her lids, it appears that the lids were made up of two layers of multiple boards that lay perpendicular to each other. The outer layer was a thicker set of boards while the inner was a thin layer. This thin layer appears to act as connecting plates to hold the outer boards together. The large quantity of nails would be used to prevent and sliding or twisting of the lids due to water, heat, cold etc., to maintain the tight seal required of those lids. Any decorative figures would be an addition to this. How those decorations are attached, I do not know. My guess is that there were probably some sort of nail, peg etc., that was used to secure the carving in place and then caulked and painted over to blend in with the carving itself.
  11. After a nice vacation with the admiral followed by the past few days of being sick, I have managed to get in some more build time and now have the starboard side planked as well. Next, sanding and smoothing of the hull. A lot of work to do in that regard.
  12. Great to see you log on here! She is shaping up very nicely. Will be fun to follow along and see how everything turns out. If you have not found it already, another one of our members, Yancovitch made an RC version of this ship with working canons. He has a video of him sailing her in his log here: His is a much larger scale than the one you are building so some of the details are easier to see.
  13. It looks like you have an invasion fleet forming! They are looking great!

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