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  • Birthday 11/13/1963

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    Voelklingen, Germany
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    writing, model building, reenactment

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  1. Thank you all, I´m proud you got this flattering impression, but in fact the guys from the late 18th century were simply better and by far more experienced ! Well, I "choose the lesser of the two weevils"... :-) By the way, in the german translation of this famous dialog, they choose the term "bug/beetle" instead of "weevil". Believe it or not, a "pretty/cute beetle" is in german the equivalent of a nice girl. So Jack Aubrey says: Didn´t you know, in the navy we allways choose the prettier beetle... "Wifes and mistresses, may they never meet!"
  2. A little update concerning the progress in rigging HMS Surprise. It was a surprise for me how time consuming the detailing of each and every sail turned out... ...and there are quite a few very specialized objects to create. In scale 1:48 you see allmost everything.
  3. Thanks everybody !! Once hull and the standing rigg are completed, there are two major challenges left. Sails and flags. There may be some 500 or even more pulleys of different size and shape, but in the end this is a question of diligence. :-) Sails and flags are a question of texture. Most models are shown without sails because sail making is painstaking and often the final output doesn´t look like sails at all... Even the thinnest tissue has the appearance of corrugated cardboard or worse. That rises the obvious question: is fabric tissue the ideal material?
  4. Well done! The bow is very convincing. HMS Agamemnon was a beautiful ship, no wonder Nelson liked her :-))) Hendrik
  5. Now she has got a very attractive "face" :-) Thank you for showing ! Hendrik
  6. A full broadside salut to and from HMS Surprise! Thank you all. Even though the highly praised features of the real ship, read quite different, when you look at the captains logs. She is a nice looking vessel and in her fictional appearance really a fine "seabird"... Hendrik
  7. Well, there she is, in full size and something like a weird memorial of the beautiful sailing frigate she may be, when finally finished. First thing that had to be replaced was the carefully "tail docked" bowsprit I used in the earlier stages of the build. As a working mast it had to be done completely new. It may not be the easyest thing to start with, but it´s quite servicable. In the end you have to invent a convincing "look" for the rigg, something like a "used look" in my case. The lower foremast in comparison to the drawing of the massiv 36gun mainmast. In scale 1:48 at
  8. I like your "heads" :-)))) The drawing of Karl Heinz Marquardt which depicts the fictional Jack Aubrey Surprise, is very helpful indeed. But there is a little sketch of Geoff Hunt (which is also included in the book) that proofs helpful too because it outlines the overall "look" of the ship. Hunt used this sketch and some rough models for his famous paintings.
  9. I´m totally ungifted in knitting, and therefore had to start something else... This is not the first and definitely not the last Surprise. Just do it!!
  10. I think this was the main stay, I don´t intend to do that mad job for smaler cables. Concerning the Admirals, if I would call her lovingly "my dear old Jarvie" she surely would grip the nine tailed cat and start flogging the captain of her heart... This world is unfair!
  11. Thank you all for your comments, as you well know, this is very encouraging in the ups and downs of such a long lasting build. Typical for a scratch build is the absence of a masterplan, at least concerning the little decisions you make, which may result in many weeks of additional work. One of this crazy ideas were the workable gun lids. Most "HMS Surprises" show the traditional one piece gun doors, simple and reliable. My (about) 1810 Surprise had to feature the two-parted version the trio Lavery, Hunt and Marquardt demand. Believe me, I didn`t know what was coming about. A horror trip
  12. Hello Paul, thank you I mentioned it because Patrik O´Brian used poor Captain Pym and his ill fated HMS Sirius when he portrayed that disastrous grand port frigate raid in one of his books ("The Mauritius command") virtually through the eyes of his fictional charakters.
  13. Thank you all, this is lionfish poetry I found some "how -to´s" concerning two important topics "guns" and "boats". Most of the guns for model ships are either purchased or made, using a machine and brass tubes. (please don´t care for the nickel silver tank tracks, Merkava3D ) More important is the use of master patterns for the various types of gun barrels. In this case the 12pounder long gun.... and the 24pounder caronade. This masters are made from simple epoxy putty, intended for car repairs. I choosed a very low temperature bismuth tin alloy to cast the guns (y
  14. Hello Paul, a very interesting project! In a broarder sense it even fits to the fictional context of the Aubey/Maturin tales. Hendrik
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