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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. 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. 




  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

  6. Glad to hear your move went well. Always good when that is over with, though unpacking can also feel like a never ending chore.


    I would agree that from what I have seen on the 17th century ships, especially the first rates, the inner lid decorations appear to be carved. One thing to keep in mind when looking at the spacing is that on an actual 1:1 scale, these carvings may only be 1-2 inches thick and therefore not a concern for the space of the gun barrel which was often stored with the barrel secured in the upmost elevation and lashed to the bulkhead to prevent movement. 


    On a model however, we are looking at scales of 1:77, 1:87: 1:90, 1:100 etc., 1-2 inches can be a .5mm or less. Therefore, the carvings are often made oversized in order to have them show any level of detail. Sometimes scale accuracy gets sacrificed for artistic expression. (Treenails are a prime example of this) 

  7. It was not uncommon for many first rates to remain close to port for the majority of their careers. The costs of manning, arming and supplying them was immense and as such they were often used more as a symbolic threat or on more stationary duties such as blockades. Of course many still saw plenty of action, but in the line of battle unlike the smaller rates that were sent out on cruises and could have more frequent one-on-one battles. 

  8. Getting caught up on your build after being away for a while. She sure is looking good! Sorry to hear about your whoops and the frustrations from it. We all get those at some point during a build. Often times more than once. Take a breather and let your mind clear. You have done fantastic work so far and I know you will rebound from this as well. You are nearing the end and will soon have a beautiful model to display proudly! :)

  9. She is looking very nice to me as well!


    I also think that you have installed the wales correctly. In all of the cross section drawings I have seen of planking layouts, the wales are the planks for that area and do not sit upon other planks. I am far from an expert on this and would be greatly interested to know if this ship was possibly built different.

  10. Trying to scale different drawings to be the same accurately can be a challenge. For myself, I have found it easier just to do the math and convert everything myself if I have a good starting point. For instance, I am working on designing a cross section of my La Couronne model. That ship was in 1:100 scale. I want to build the cross section in 1:87 so that it is a little bigger for details and easier to find proper scale figures for. To do that, I have begun to take the model dimension at 1:100 scale, convert those into 1:1 and then scale back down to 1:87. It takes time to do this but I don't have to worry about the the drawings not scaling properly. Also, there are truly only a few dimensions that I really need from the drawings, the rest is mostly reference with sizing and locations being figured from books on standard building practices. 

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