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Hubac's Historian

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  1. You’re in plenty good shape, Henry. I have some main deck line leads to figure out (if I remember correctly, you already addressed this topic in your build) for the main tacks and sheets, but it will be a longtime before I advance beyond that point. It will be cool to make use of the chesstrees (sp?) that I added to the upper bulwarks. CF, I totally agree with you about restrained use of gold - that is, indeed, my strategy.
  2. What are you worried about Piet? You’re still the front-runner! I’ll give it til’ Sunday, 12 midnight, EST. If no one else responds, then you’re the Man!
  3. Ha! - Rigging is my weak spot. I may ask you to substantiate that. Then again Piet, or should I say Tourville?, you may win by default, if no one else ventures a guess. I will say that the rig looks mostly correct to my, as yet, untrained eyes. The glaring exception is the triple gammoning. This will be the first model that I am trying to rig in a fully authentic way, and will be referencing Popeye2Sea’s log quite a bit for that. One can see, though, just how dramatically improved the model is by cutting her down to the waterline. This builder did not
  4. So, I was just surfing around, as I often do, and I found this diorama gem of the Heller kit: I thought this might be a fun opportunity to play “HOW MANY MODIFICATIONS?!” Whomever can accurately identify the most kit alterations/additions (even if technically wrong), will have their likeness modeled as Tourville, on my model - to the best of my ability, in 1:100. GAME ON!! Side note: personally speaking - this is a fabulous model, and only a very few things jumped out at me as “huh?” I love so many things about this model - pa
  5. Alright, so this settles it for me. Super simple, and this two-color application produces a nice transitional effect. I applied the grey in a dabbing manner for a mottled appearance: Once this enamel wash was dry, I applied a thinned-down coat of the ver-de-gris, blow-dried the surface, and then applied a few successively heavier coats, drying in between. The body gradually becomes a deeper green, towards the tail. As long as I could still see the grey mottling beneath, then the effect would work: I finished painting the rest of the figure, and now t
  6. That is an interesting detail. When you consider it, of course it makes sense for there to be a more substantial mass off timber to absorb the recoil. Even at this late stage, this modification would be possible. I am not certain about how that would affect the height of the barrels through the ports. Fortunately, I am pretty certain that I made one or two extra carriages that I can experiment on. Thank you for bringing that to my attention.
  7. Yes, Mr. Delecroix - those are strips of masking tape for later, when I mount the gun carriages. I have affixed styrene blocking to the undersides of the gun carriages, which will later be blacked out with flat paint: I thought I still had a pic of the blocking, but in any case, the glue block runs down the center of the carriage, between the axles. It was a calculated gamble, on my part, that the blackout paint will sufficiently hide the blocks. Even though structural integrity of the glue joint is not important, here, I prefer to make a more solid connecti
  8. Henry, I was probably using the wrong term, “block,” but this is what I had in mind for the tack fairleads: You can see the styrene shim, at the base, which was necessary in order to get a close scribe to the stem and plinth base. I added the through-bolting of the cutwater, which are actually two pieces - a diamond shaped washer and a tiny domed projection of styrene rod, on top: I have a tight scribe of the trailboard blank to the cutwater and stem. I won’t be able to scribe it to the upper head knee until after the cutwater is fixed in place: On
  9. This isn’t my best paint work, and I haven’t completed the starboard side gold work, but I am looking for some feedback on this approach to the figurehead. Does this seem 17th C. French to you guys, or something else?
  10. Yes, because these head timbers correspond with the headrail supports. Here are a few pictures of my favorite model of L’Ambiteaux. The bow shot illustrates all of these design considerations quite nicely:
  11. Dan, you are definitely correct that the positioning of the headrails has the most influence concerning the placement of the gammoning. I will have to make a decision sooner, rather than later as to whether I will make the headrails from scratch. Yet another issue of the Heller kit is that there is very little clearance for the headrail supports that the kit (and Tanneron’s model, for that matter) has omitted. Making the headrails from scratch might give me a few extra millimeters clearance, while also solving the problem of the forward headrail scroll risin
  12. With the ears of the knees temporarily removed, I can now get a better idea of the relationship between the upper stem knee and the cutwater. The upper stem knee mates nicely with the angle of the kit’s stock sprit mast, and the cutwater requires some scribing to fit up nicely to the stem: If I place an ear back into position, I can see that it won’t take much scribing and filling to blend the whole assembly back together seamlessly: However, before I can make any final adjustments to fit, I really need to see what the trailboard space looks like along it’s e
  13. Interestingly, I have read of a similar grey/green color used for the officers’ quarters of French 17th C. ships, though I would have to do some searching to find specific reference.
  14. While I wait for my deck to cure, I thought it would be a good time to start constructing the head. Now, I knew that I would have to adjust the knees of the head to accommodate the increased width, at the bow, but I naively believed that it would be a simple matter of scribing them to fit. Well, that’s not going to work out so neatly, after all: I think the only way around this is to cut off the knee extension pieces, scribe the loose ends to fit, and the rejoin the cutwater with a styrene filler piece that can be shaped and moulded to match. It seems iffy, but I
  15. No need to go to any trouble, ClipperFan. Your description of the poster sent my mind to riffin’ on those outrageous and spectacular old vans. In any case, your talents are plainly evident to me. I’m glad you are enjoying this project!
  16. ClipperFan, indeed it will be! Your Norse mythology poster sounds like its rightful place would be airbrushed along the side of this sweet honey: An actual 1975 Dodge (MOPAR MADNESS!!) panel van. I love 70’s Dodge, and obviously, I will exploit any opportunity to incorporate it. Seriously, though - the ground color of this particular Dodge seems perfect for the 8-legged horse you describe. Just the idea of it reminds me of Spinal Tap; “These amps go to ELEVEN...” I know it’s a reach, but do you still have the poster?
  17. It is fascinating to me which aspects of this whole discussion of SR - my build log - take off. I am enjoying the debate! Clipper Fan, while I have been pretty emphatic, at times, about various aspects of my interpretation, I have discovered over time that many of my early assumptions were just wrong, and it is people like yourself, who have helped me to see that. Discussion and debate is the primary goal of maintaining this build log, as filling-in the missing details is often vague. Now that you have brought it to my attention, I share your fascination for McKay’s s
  18. As a side note, one of the vexing incongruities of the bow and quarter drawings is that the bellflower garland does not run continuously from stem to stern, all on one level. In the quarter drawing, the Pixies are holding the garland, but it terminates, at the quarter deck level, into the roof of the amortisment. The bow Pixie has a garland in each hand, and the drawing suggests that swags of bellflower garland will run continuously, the whole length of the ship, between the round main deck ports. From the bow Pixie’s forward hand, the garland even runs through the mid
  19. It is very easy to become myopic on a project like this, and so it is refreshing to see something new through another person’s eyes. ClipperFan, your interpretation of the Pixie/Mermaid figures is really interesting to me for a number of reasons. Mermaids challenge one to wonder why they’d be included in the ornamental program, in the first place. My best and honest guess was that they were sort of visual companions to the lonely, conscripted crew, whom would be obligated to spend long periods of time away from the actual women in their lives. In the folklore of the sea, though,
  20. This is an intriguing project, and ai look forward to your progress when you have time for the model.
  21. Just a quick update: In all likelihood, I will cut away the smaller, inside wings because they interfere with my aft octagonal ports. However, until the amortisement is made and I can see the actual relationships of all these parts, I wanted to keep all options open. Tomorrow I will start the heads, but my own head is growing weary and my neck is getting sore, after sitting hunched over these gals all day. I tend to start making mistakes when I push through. A few of those mistakes, I’ll be filling-in with BONDO, this evening, as I prepare the main d
  22. If she does, Dan, I’ll vouch for your character. Wouldn’t it be kind of hilarious, if Daryl Hannah were doing a Google search of her name, and landed on this page? Daryl, if you’re out there reading this - we still love you!
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