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  1. Thanks E.J, I see we are working, and have worked on the same ships. Your Le Soleil Royal, and La Couronne look great as well. Also, what do you know one kit that I also have in waiting is The Royal Louis.
  2. Thank you so much, the coloring, and effect is beautiful, for my next build I will try these dyes. Regards, JW
  3. I am working on my third ship, and never used paint. I have had great success with Saman water based stains. They come in many colors, and can be mixed to get the color you wish. Since it is water based it soaks into the wood without hiding the wood pattern, or creating a coating look. You would have to apply between 3-5 coats though, but it produces a beautiful finish. After it has dried for a few days, you can use an oil based clear to seal the finish so it does not mark. In general all my ships are colored with Saman stains, and Minwax oil stains, where a particular finish is needed.
  4. Thanks I will look into it. Yes I always want to keep the grain structure of the wood. It brings out the beauty of the wood, and the natural texture. Thanks again.
  5. Peter, I managed to obtain different color grades in walnut, and used stain to get the final colors. The blue is a mix of Saman water based stains to get the right shade I wanted. I never use paint on wood. The top coat is oil based from Minwax (Natural). Golden Oak, Ebony was used for the hull sides, and mix of Dark Walnut & Provincial & a touch of Mahogany to get the lower hull shade. Regards, John
  6. Michael most are from the kit, but the transom was cut out for the window pains, and a thin sheet of clear acrylic was used for the window pains. The back detailing required a lot of extra work in cutting out the windows, and forming the transom. What was great about the fittings was that it is solid bronze so one could do a lot of filing, and bending into shape to fit using heat to soften the bronze.
  7. The rigging is underway. This is the first time that I have used the drawn lines on a cardboard to guide the lines. I like the way the rat lines are coming along. It makes it so much easier to get them straight, and with the white background you can focus on the quality of work.
  8. Dear Kevin, Snoepert is correct. The white cardboard that you can get at an art supply store helps you focus on the work. It would be far more difficult to work with the background, and you would not be able to gage the accuracy of the lines. Also, working each line on the ship allows you to adjust the tension of the lines, and makes the build more realistic. I found a wonderful tweezer at Walmart for just $5. It does not damage, or risk scarring the lines.
  9. Dear Kevin, I use tweezers, and the hard white carboard which adds a support to my hands when tying those clover hitch knots. Also doing the ratlines at about eye level helps to balance. Being in a comfortable balance between arm position, and work makes a world of difference, because it will be tedious work. Regards, John
  10. Starting to rig the ship. This will be one tedious job. Next photos I hope to post will be of the spars with folded sails. I think having sails brings more life to the ship, but folded. For the rigging lines that are over 1mm diameter I could only find in beige color so I used SAMAN wood stain to color the rigging black. Saman is a water based stain. I soaked the lines in the stain overnight, and then rinsed it in water. I then repeated this and got a good color out of it.

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