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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. 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.
  2. CA would be my go to, you just have to make sure everything fits perfectly before gluing. However, you could also look into a slow setting epoxy glue as that would give you more work time but will hold very tight once it sets up. Typically, they are two part epoxy that you mix together. Depending upon the ration of the mix determines how fast they set up.
  3. It is in the alignment. If the two drawings are the same scale, keep your keels on the same plane. With the way the stern leans outward, it cannot line up with the center line as you have it. However, if you keep your keel always on the same plane, when you look at the different view points, those images should line up. Think of it as a box. Hold your profile sheet up as though it were the front of a box. The stern image would then be a side. The bottom edges are all in the same location. Done this way, they should line up.
  4. Your build looks very nice! I am honored that I was an inspiration to you. You should start up a build log on her. I know there are many people on here, including myself, who would appreciate being able to follow along with you on the build. La Couronne is one of those great 17th Century ships that does not get as much attention as others of her era.
  5. Planking is moving along fairly well. No, the planking is not the greatest job but as this is the first layer, sanding and filler will take care of the imperfections and the veneer layer will make everything look nice. It will be done correctly. It has been a while since I have planked a round up stern, most of the ship’s I have been building are square stern. Round up takes a lot more planning on the plank widths to make it right. I also layed out the gun ports and drilled the corners so I do not loose the locates during sanding. The planking around the cabins has been left off in order to allow the interior builds to continue easier. These pieces will be installed later. Now I have to repeat the process on the opposite side. Lots of work still to go.
  6. I have not done it myself, but there are a lot of videos on youtube that show how to remove scratches from glass. I would assume that yours would not be very deep given how they were made and so, one of these techniques with the buffing compound should work. -Well, after I posted that, my page refreshed and all of those better responses popped up. Gotta love technology some days... 🙄 By the way, work on the ship prior to the whoops, was looking great!
  7. It is good to be back. I wasn't planning on staying away for as long as I did, but every time I finished something on Soleil Royal, I kept deciding to do one more item. Then I found myself close to finishing the hull work and had to continue till it was done. Now, I can work on R.L. for a while as I am no where near ready to begin rigging.
  8. At long last I’ve returned to this build. Spent some hours routing the wiring for the cabin lights where it needs to travel through the hull. This has allowed me to start the first planking layer. So tonight I cut the rabbet along the keel and have laid the first couple of strakes. Once I get the first layer of planking up that will allow me to cut away the oversized deck and hull supports and finish deck planking and the interior buildouts and also continue. Lots more to come as the ship starts to take shape.
  9. So what you are saying is that you plan to keep things simple.... 😛 I may be far off base but I didn't think that the deck planks narrowed forward and aft. Obviously the hull does as they have to due to the curvature of the ship, but I was of the understanding that the strakes for the deck remained the same width across the entire length. I have seen them terminate differently with some simply stopping where they intersect the waterways and others that notch into a sort of perimeter board that follows the curves of the bow. I do not know the appropriate terminology off the top of my head.
  10. The rigging is coming along very well. Taking your time and planning ahead so you can understand what the various ropes are doing makes it go a lot easier and you seem to be doing that just fine. Very happy that you took up the challenge to rig her properly instead of using the plastic formed shrouds. With all of the effort you have put into the build, I think those would have detracted from it. Well done!
  11. Skids and ladder are installed on both sides. I have also added a couple more decorations on the upper quarter galleries. With those pieces, the ship’s hull is basically complete. The only other major structures left to build are the ship’s boats and cradles which are more of a separate assembly in my opinion. I will likely be pausing on this build for a while to spend some time on the Royal Louis build. When I return, the boats and masts will be the priority.
  12. Starboard side skids and ladder are in place. Now to repeat on the port side.
  13. I'll keep my eye out for whichever you work on. Sounds like you have some good choices.
  14. Carl, I was just thinking the same thing! I don't think I ever would have thought to have run the rope while they were still attached to the sprues either. Sometimes the simplest solution is staring us right in the face. :)

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