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Hubac's Historian

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  1. Thanks EJ! I tried moulding the edge and then “ripping” it off with a straight-edge and matt-knife, but my rip cuts were always uneven, and with raised lips. With wood, and a miniature tablesaw, this method would be much more effective. I have been turning the problem of how to make these QGs over, in my head, for a long time. So far, this approach seems to be working with minimal headaches, fortunately. Just slow. Last night, I thought I was going to cope-in the bottom moulding on the starboard side, tape and prime the four QG sections, and prep stock for the waste
  2. Your scarfed spirketting looks like individually carved plank - Beautifully done!
  3. Gentlemen, thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement. I can not overstate how much I appreciate all of you who have stuck with me, from the early stages of the project, up until now, when it is finally rounding into form. I am, of course, equally happy to see new faces here. A hearty welcome to you all! If I had truly understood just how much effort would be involved in getting this far, then I may not have ever started. Going on this journey has really increased my appreciation for all of the modelers who make every last thing from scratch; to do so, and mainta
  4. The first transitional moulding I needed to master runs just beneath the false windows of the quarter gallery. I was unsure, at first, whether I would be able to successfully recreate the turreted appearance of the moulding, above each pilaster. The difficulty has to do with the fact that moulding scrapers do not get into inside corners very well. Ultimately, I found that I could clean to those inside corners with my 1/8” straight chisel and my #11 EXACTO. The moulding is actually made up from two layers, laminated together. The thin, under-layer has a tin
  5. Every last superlative applies, here, FC. You have really created a masterpiece, and it has been a pleasure to become acquainted with your work. I can’t wait to see what your next project will be!
  6. Joe, you are doing a fantastic job with the Heller kit; it is difficult to build, without modification, as few parts fit together easily. I really appreciate your kind compliments, and would like you to know that my project is the beneficiary of time; I have almost a life-long obsession with this vessel and my patience in building her knows (almost) no bounds. The main thing about any of this hobby, in my opinion, is to take your sweet time - as you have, so far. Keep on going! Don’t be discouraged by the ambiguities and fit problems of this kit. You will get there!
  7. Thanks, EJ! I have found that when I “fight” the styrene sheet by trying to cut through it, I tend to slip. Also, the blade raises a lip around the cut, which is just more work to level. The Dremel makes quick work of a perforated cut line. I’ve done so much of that for this project that I can hear and feel that the Dremel bearing is about shot. It was well-worth the small investment, though, and I won’t mind replacing it.
  8. I know these setbacks must be incredibly frustrating J11, but hang-in there, Dude! You are doing an amazing job! This is always the problem with these old plastic kits. I dread the eventuality, myself, as the pressing of SR I am making is about as old as I am; 47. Keep going, steady as she goes - you will get there, and we will all celebrate!
  9. The stuff does look good, John! Thanks for the reference. The lower-finishing pieces are now ready for prime and paint: I have yet to make the waste pipe rosettes that mount to the aft overhang of these pieces, but I will tackle that shortly. Today was a very productive day spent trimming out the next level up - the functional seats of ease. The first order of business was to clear away the wales and let the forward edge of this section into the wales, as neatly as possible. My goal was not to disrupt any of the paint that will remain visible, a
  10. This is a lovely model you are making, Robert. I remember seeing the English galleon in the hobby store, when I was a kid and being completely captivated by it. I had done an absolutely terrible job of building the Spanish Galleon, and thought that one day I might try the English version with its bonaventure mizzen. Anyway, it's nice to see such good, clean work.
  11. Thank you so much, John, for taking the time to read through the whole log. It is extremely gratifying to me that you have taken such an interest in the project. I will be interested to see what you do with the kit, so please start a log, if you haven’t already, and I will gladly follow along. I’m pretty sure that the St. Philippe monograph has a plate showing the grand chamber of the Royal Louis, along with a schematic of Soleil Royal’s paneled ceiling. These would he highly instructive for your efforts to fit out the interiors. I briefly entertained the idea, mysel
  12. A while ago, I was researching greenmen for a furniture project I was designing when I discovered Mr. Gibbons. He sure did some truly fabulous work! Thank you for sharing these.
  13. Thanks, Druxey! You may be right about the wood. I have no prior experience with lime, either, so I can’t really say. As I have plenty of it, I thought I was going to use it to carve the new figures of Africa and The Americas. While it seems perfectly suited for the QG substrate, I don’t think it is hard enough to hold fine detail. I’ll have to get my hands on some boxwood for the figures.
  14. Thank you, Jonathan! After sealing with plain old brush-able Crazy Glue, I sanded smooth with 320, and then transferred the patterns for the inset panels. When Dan gave me this wood, he told me he thought it might be apple, but that it had been sitting around so long, he had lost track of what it was, or why he had bought it. I was impressed with the stuff because the grain was absolutely clear and even, and the stock had remained perfectly flat and straight for over a decade without any special handling. Although I had never worked apple before this, I hav
  15. Your plank work looks really fantastic, EJ! This has all been time well-spent establishing the foundation for the next phase. BRAVO
  16. Would you mind describing what different glues you used to construct the sails - particularly the bolt ropes (think that’s what they’re called) around the sails?
  17. I am thoroughly convinced that this silkspan method is the way to go. As long as you go to the effort of proper scale and silhouette - which you certainly did! - then, they read so much more naturally, at this scale, than cloth. These sails are really going to accentuate all of the other upgrades and modifications you made, Jonathan.
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