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  • Birthday 11/21/1972

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  1. I have started the hull and rear deck area. Dry fits together well. What I REALLY like is the laser etched wooden deck. It is stunningly thin. It took me a while to realise it actually has some backing paper that you peel off and then just stick the thing done. It's pretty fragile and you need to be careful about getting positioning just right, and also don't get your tweezers stuck to the back. But in about 5 mins you have this microscopically detailed Ultra thin deck planking in place. I reckon it's about 0.1 to 0.2mm thick. Result is very pleasing. See below. What you need to remember is this is 1:700 scale. The whole hull is about 25cm or 10" long.
  2. I was not going to do a build log for this kit. But having started it a couple of days ago, I am so impressed by it that I thought I would do a basic log. Plastic parts are made by ICM models (a Ukrainian company). Flyhawk has then added 5 PE frets, lots of additional tiny turned brass details, and some Uschi rigging thread. All for under AUD$100 ($68 US). Below are some detailed photos of the box and what's in it. I took these after having started the model so there are a few parts of the rear deck and hull that I have painted and glued together.
  3. This is a kit put together by Flyhawk, combining a plastic kit from ICM with Flyhawks own PE supplements and wooden deck. Also comes with some Uschi rigging thread, 0.03mm. Cost about AUD100 Hobbylink, Japan.
  4. This is my first go at a plastic kit. I recommend this kit by Flyhawk. It comes with a couple of sheets of PE. This is basically built straight out of the box apart from a few items which I lost on the floor. I used some Uschi rigging thread (0.03mm). I really enjoyed trying something different from my usual wooden builds. Also working at 1:700 with some tiny brass pieces will help my approach to detail going back to wooden kits at much bigger scales.
  5. This is a heavily modified version of AL's Scottish Maid. Built in 1840 in Aberdeen - she was the first ship to use the "Aberdeen" bow, which was later adapted and used on the early British Clippers. Rigging, masts, deck layout, ships boat, steering, wheel, bowsprit are all adapted to match contemporary info about the Scottish Maid, instead of following the AL plans. I have shown the model half-rigged to give it a sense of being a dynamic moving thing, but without obscuring much the deck and rigging.
  6. I am going to call this project finished now. It was always my plan to create a "half-rigged" model with sails only on the foremast. This give the model a sense of being a real, dynamic sailing machine....without obscuring all the details of the deck and rigging. There are a few tiny details to tidy up...but I am already caught up in my next two projects!! So here are a few final photos.
  7. Jon. So pleased you are finishing this ship. She is a beauty. Deserves to be finished Not enoughDowneasters on this site. I have just purchased AOTS Bertha Downs. Plan to build her at some point. This log is an inspiration Tim
  8. Doris, Once again, I am lost for words. Your work is so far beyond what most of us can achieve. In english I would say you are a National Treasure...they should give your work a museum of its own. Tim
  9. Michael. Your model is amazing. I think you should just build a full size boat next time. Like the "Integrity" gaff rigged yacht that Will Stirling made in the UK. It feels like the only difference would be size. Quick question. What does one do with a model that big once it is finished? I speak as a married man. Tim
  10. Excited to see this. One of my dream kits! Bit out of my price range at the moment. Will pull up a seat! Tim
  11. Thanks Jim. I have still a few things to finish. I need to mount the red ensign and a few pennants, and fix a couple of broken chain plates. Then we are all done. My next boat is the Master Korabel Phoenix. I have set up a build log here. But not updated recently. T.
  12. By the way, in the midst of discussion about rope weights, I think we forgot to say your model looks absolutely stunning. Love seeing photos of the whole thing. Your finishes are very very clean. And the limited, consistent palette of colours you have chosen to use, is very pleasing to the eye. It gives your model a classical quality. I really admire your work. Tim
  13. Great build. Impressed by the quality of the kit. Impressed by how you built it. Just splendid! Tim

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