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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. Beautiful figurehead! That is exactly what I had envisioned as well. She will look majestic at the bow of your ship.
  2. Modifications are looking good. This has been a detail that has always bothered me on previous builds as most 17th century ships had this mast offset yet I don't know of any kits that are designed that way. Modifying for it always became one of those decisions that I chose to forego and always regretted it.
  3. I personally like the use of various colors and shades on the decorations. I think that instead of leaving the horse and rider white, I would use a light brown and skin tone respectively. I think the white is too white and I'm thinking that if the artists did indeed use colors and not just gold leaf, they would have attempted to paint as realistic as possible. Being that the horse, is more seahorse than normal land horse, a blue/grey or orange/yellow tint might also be appropriate.
  4. Well done on those buoys, especially at that scale. They were a detail I chose to forego on mine as I wasn't sure how to make them at the time.
  5. Another update. Lower QGs are enclosed and I am working on closing the stern on the next deck. I finished planking the sides of this deck as well and will soon be working upward on the quarter deck. Progress is slow but forward. I know some of the trim looks weird in these pictures, especially on the QGs. That is due to the lack of the decorative pieces that still need to be carved and fit into place. I installed some trim as kind of a place holder and some that will remain but will be trimmed or embellished as needed. It is definitely a work in progress.
  6. I've not seen them stored on the main channels, usually just the fore. To me this makes the most sense as the main channels would seem much harder to rig the anchors being so far back on the hull and away from the catheads and hawse holes. However, I have seen images of ships being held at anchor through the stern gun ports which tells me that they could and did move the anchors and ropes around the ship as needed and therefore the anchor could reasonably be stored on the main channels.
  7. Good job on rigging those crows feet to the stay. Keeping the tensions in place without pulling the stay too far out of position drove me nuts for days. Still has some deformity to it. Model rope just does not have enough weight to it to properly hold. She is shaping up beautifully! Won't be long now.
  8. Another large build! Looking forward to seeing what you do with this one. I'm sure that having two of these kits will provide you with lots of good options and the enviable, "2nd chance" parts in case of mistakes. Good luck!
  9. Great cabin stern windows have been installed and trimmed. Wrapping the QGs next then details and paint.
  10. Welcome to MSW! I would also say to just start where you are at. If you happen to have pictures of the earlier work you can always post them up front, and if not, we can enjoy it from where you are. It is fairly common for people to stumble across logs well underway so that the beginnings are missed. Also, as you are already finding out, these take time and so I think it is better to go ahead and jump right into the logs and the community rather than waiting for the start of a new build. Best of luck and I look forward to seeing your work!
  11. Framing of the cabins and quarter galleys continues. The lower cabin framework is in place and I am now setting window frames. The trim work will build up and out from this. Fortunately, the decorations are much simpler than S.R. was however, the scale is smaller at 1:90 compared to 1:77. It may not sound like much but it will add a lot of challenge to make those decorations look good.
  12. Started setting the gun carriages that will not be detailed. These will just support the gun barrels and will be completely blocked from view by the deck above. The guns will be installed through the gun ports later. I also started to frame and close up the cabins. Once the sides are done, I will move on to closing the stern as well as building the balconies and quarter galleys. This work will also allow me to continue running the hull planking upward on both the forecastle, quarter deck and the poop. As always, thank you all very much for the comments, likes and following along!
  13. Strain on the hands, fingers, and especially the eyes in my experience. Worth it in the end, but it is a lot of painstaking work. More and more I am becoming tempted to try out carving the decorations for Royal Louis from plastic. I'm curious to find out how the two different mediums compare, wood vs plastic. I would almost think that the plastic may prove more forgiving as it does not have the grain that wood does that can easily throw off a cut. I should really look into buying better wood for carving... The figures are coming along great Marc!
  14. Fantastic! That is a really cool base and adds a unique touch to the display.
  15. Lower hull is finished. The planking has laid down fairly smooth so sanding didn’t take very long. Applied poly finish over the mahogany wood on the lower hull and over the first two bands of wales and yellow wood. Once the rest of the planking is complete, I will extend the finish so that all the surfaces are evenly covered. Also today my latest library addition arrived. I intend to carve my own decorations for this ship as I did the last.

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