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  1. Maybe this is not from period you are interested in, but I found spar dimensions table of Santisima Trinidad of 140 guns. But in my humble opinion, if you found fortunately old Spanish source, great care would be required when using them because they may be recorded in "Pie castellano" or "pie de Burgos" which is shorter than international foot which is familiar todays. "Pie castellano" namely "Castilian foot" is old unit used in Spain until 19th century and 1 Pie castellano equals to approximately 278.6mm. https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie_castellano I think dimension above is described in Pie castellano or pie de Burgos. Actually other page from same book shows clearly length of "Pies de Burgos". Hope these helps,
  2. Hello Jock2000, The object you are asking seems to be "Pom pom gun director". I found Trumpeter kit instruction by chance(https://issuu.com/modeland/docs/03709), and instruction shows the object to be glued corner of "director control tower platform". But I believe there should be single 20mm Oerlikon MG in this position when she adopted atructive camouflage. Above image is from Pontos grade up set. And my 1/700 model of Rodney(https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNVs5uetAQMQkkC2WQZiGWTZbEHBS4RZXcPzqHA1inJubKjROC32A-155Dr_oe0ZQ?key=eHlrY1pHSEwweEUtZHB3azNlU0VHY2p0N3Nodzl3). Unfortunately Trumpeter kit seems to be "chimera" from different time frame of Rodney. For example painting instruction shows her 1942 camouflage pattern, and "most of" AA gun positions seems to be right in her 1942 configuration. OTOH, kit PE parts for radar on both mast peak seems to be Type 279, but they should be Type 281 in 1942. Also Trumpeter kit shows quadruple 0.5"MG on aft corner of bridge structure. They are right for her earlier war years, but this should be replaced pom pom derector with Type 282 radar. Below is instruction from Tom's Modelworks 1/700 PE set and shows these alternation. Of course this is your model, and you have privilege to decide how to build your model. But still I hope my info of above would be help for you. Regards, Mitsuaki
  3. Embossed transparent acrylic board with printed sea surface underside of it.
  4. Thank you for your comment. Please enjoy attached images. Although smaller size, some of other images of the diorama can be seen at our club website. http://ysmc.la.coocan.jp/kenkyuukai/ken1807.html Maybe photographer of our club will post more images after exhibition closed.
  5. Sidewheel steam frigates led by Commodore Matthew C. Perry of U. S. Navy are popularly known as “Kuro-Fune (Black ship)” in Japan. The influence of Perry Expedition to open Japan is so great, we Japanese living in modern world still use the term “Kuro-Fune” when we faced with economical impact from outside of Japan or even when foreign TV personality comes to Japan unexpectedly. Although sidewheel steam warships were destined to become obsolescent soon by screw propeller warships, the visual impact of gigantic paddle wheels may give much more impression than screw ships of which appearance showing little discrepancy from pure sailing ships except funnel. USS Powhatan was fourth and last large paddle steam warship for U. S. Navy, lunched in 1850, commissioned in 1852. Although she missed opportunity to join Perry’s first expedition, she became Perry’s flagship while she was participating his second expedition. Powhatan also has great connection with history of Japan. Shoin Yoshida’s failed attempt of stowing away to the United States, conclusion of Treaty of Amity and Commerce on her deck and embarkation of Japanese Embassy to the United States are examples of these historical events. I built miniature model of Powhatan for the part of diorama of “Perry’s second expedition and Yokohama”. The diorama is planned and built for 40th exhibition of Yokohama Sailingship Modelers Club which will be held coming September. The scale is 1/400, based on plans acquired from Maryland Silver Company and some images of her model exhibited in US Navy Museum I found on the net. Hull is bread and butter built with 1.5mm plastic card. Coincidentally intervals of water lines appeared on sheer drawing reduced to 1/400 scale is almost 1.5mm! Although bottom hull is unnecessary for diorama, I also built bottom hull which can be separated by water line because I regard hull shape with flare naturally connecting to deadrising from keel as important. Planking was simulated with 1mm breadth masking tape, and copper plates were simulated with copper seal. Dummy butts were pressed onto seal, then cut into strips, and finally attached to bottom hull. Sidewheels and some other parts including tracks for chaser gun were laser cut plywood and card. Laser cutting data was prepared with Adobe Illustrator. Spars were made from brass rods of various sizes. Furled sails are thin lens cleaning paper and seams of sail cloths were printed on the paper. At this moment I don’t have spare time to write building log of her, but I gathered my tweets on her building. Although written in Japanese text, accompanied images will help your understanding. https://togetter.com/li/1252883
  6. James, It is very coincident because I also went to Shizuoka three weeks ago with my Snowberry! BTW, I gathered my tweets on building records of Snowberry. Although all texts written in Japanese, English captions on images will help to understand how I modified the Revell 1/144 kit. Although auto English translation isn't perfect, it also help your understanding. https://togetter.com/li/1194066 Bob, Congratulation to completion of your Vanguard. I started my Bellerophon about a decade ago, but still requiring to finish hull fittings I will refer your rigging when I start rigging my model
  7. Hello James, Thank you for salvaging my topic from bottom of the thread list! Daily life, work and other projects have been preventing me from proceeding the Bellerophon, but I hope I will soon restart her after finishing 1/400 miniature model of US side wheel steamer Powhatan. This model is being built as part of diorama of Commodore Perry's second expedition to Japan. The diorama will be exhibited at Yokohama Sailingship Modelers Club exhibition which will be held coming September. Regards,
  8. Hello Bob and John, Thank you for your comments Bob, thank you for your warning on mast construction, though It will take some months (or many years ) for me till I go into mast construction. It is very appreciate to avoid possible error from others' experience. Also reading discussion between you and Len, I again realized the importance to read instructions. BTW, I'm preparing for presentation at seminar of Yokohama Sailingship Modelers Club of next month and writing resume now. (http://ysmc-world.la.coocan.jp/event/kenkyuukai.html) Of course I will include introducing our forum to club members in my presentation. I really hope both of forum members and club members enjoying our contents each other. Regards,
  9. Hello ZyXuz, Bob and Len, Thank you for your kind words I really realise this is a great place to share our knowledge and experience each other. I myself study many things from other member as I noted time to time. To Bob, Yes, you are exactly right about interpretation on my coppering procedure. If copper plates have nails represented by "stamp" as can be seen on many kits from other manufactures, it would cause some problem when overlapping them. But copper plates included in Victory Models kits are photo-etched ones and have no protrusion on their surface, so overlapping of plates doesn't cause any problem. I separated all copper plates. Perhaps unseparated plates would fit well only to keel and garboard strake because of fuller hull shape of wooden warships, although I maybe try fitting unseparated rows in the case of clipper ship Hope these helps. Kindest regards,
  10. Hello druxey, Thank you for your kind word Before starting of head construction, it was very anxious matter to finish head successfully. But careful procedure resolved everything. Especially template for cathead bracket was the key to successful result. Regards,
  11. Hello Jason, Guido54, Ray, Aldo and Alan, Thank you for kind words BTW, the model was displayed at exhibition of Yokohama Sailing-Ship Modelers Club of this spring. Bellow is link to gallery page of the exhibition. Please enjoy beautiful works of the club members. Of course my model is also included in the list. http://ysmc-world.la.coocan.jp/exhibition/ex2013/ex2013.html Regards,
  12. Hello Mio, Richard, Daniel, Arthur, Dirk and Juergen, Thank you for your comments Perhaps Arthur remember that I'm now working at workshop for deaf people. We are doing small assemblies like pencils, pencil lead sharpeners or paper clops. I sometimes make jigs for those assemblies and it is great joy to see my jigs help deaf people to assemble products easier and faster. Old people said that “Art brings cheese”. Perhaps modelling skill can be said as one of “Art”. Actually skill cultivated by modelling helps me a lot on the job. Regards,
  13. Hello B.E. Thank you for your kind word Although decorations of late 18c ships is surely simpler than those of previous years, they still show very beautiful appearance beside with gentle curve of basic structure of head, quarter and stern galleries. I really like them. Regards,
  14. Completion of head I managed head construction as depicted above. I’m thinking result is not bad and feeling relieved to finish this difficult section. Photos above are of close-up of bow rails. BTW vertical sections of beakhead balkhead columns (part 418) are replaced by Evergreen channel strip because moulding direction of kit photo etched part is inverted. Photo above is showing entire model. These are all I can upload now. I'm now preparing guns for the model. I really hope members enjoy my building log Regards,
  15. Cathead bracket Cathead bracket is one of most difficult parts to determine its shape. Not only its own graceful and complex 3 dimensional curve it should also fit on bow flare with minimum gap. Photo above is of card template for it. transferring of outline from card template to 0.5 mm maple sheet. Maple sheet is cut following pencil line transferred from template. 2mm walnut piece is sandwiched by maple. Lower section between two maple sheets is also filled with walnut piece. Rail connecting cathead bracket and middle head rail was built from pair of 1 X 1mm strip. It is far easier to bend pair of 1 X 1mm strip than 2 X 1mm strip. Bent them with steam and heat from kettle, then after desirable curves were gained, the pair of strips is glued together. Photo above is showing connection between middle head rail and cathead bracket on its position. It was moulded with metal edge pattern and cut to appropriate length and glued to its position.

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