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  1. Thank you for that! No more mysteries! Haha. I'll edit the title. Did a little research on the Syren, beautifull ship. I believe I will still "convert it" to civillian, as a small merchant brig to avoid the cannon question(hard to finde scale carronades/cannons here in Brazil, and when they show up they are very expensive). But it is greate to know exactly what I'm modelling so I can have reference for everything else!
  2. Hello, right now I'm halfway through a Revell Mayflower 1/83 build, and I was wondering what to do next. I had heard about RC Sailing before, but only competition grade stuff, models desingned to be fast and maneuverable, and a few weeks ago I learned about historical RC sailing, and then found amazing builds here in the forum by yancovitch, GeraldTodd and others. So the bug bit me. I decided to try it out by building a simple model(without worrying about detail or historical precision). As I had some time playing with RC Planes I already had a Radio Controller, some small servos and a battery charger, so I bought online new batteries, and most importantly the Sail Servo, the winch tipe. Upon considering what ship to build I was looking for a 2 mast Schooner or Brig. A few months ago I was studying 3d Modelling and went around the web downloading low resolution plans and hull lines for many ships so I could exercise. Because of that I had around 40 of those hull plans that show up on google images on a folder. This one got my atention: I tryed to find what ship she is online without much sucess, I would guess a British brig from the napoleonic period. Anyway, that didn't stop me, I've decided to model it in rufly 1/50 scale. I'll probably make it civillian by removing the cannons and portholes so I have less detailing to make she look ok! First step was drawing the actual parts as all I have are the general lines! I did it on Sketchup because this way I was able to draw the structure inside for battery, receiver and servos, and all the pieces and bulkheads needed for the hull. The next image shows how I plan to distribute the electronics. Of course, with the real hull I'll need to test whats the optimal positions of all parts for best ballancing. I'm still not shure but I'll probably build the ship with depron, a kind of light stirdy foam we use for planes, because its cheap, and easy to work with, as i'm living in a small apartment I cant actually cut wood here. My plan is to build the structure with reinforced depron, "plank" it with depron, folowed by a layer of wood strips and them some kind of resin or waterproof veneer. Masts and rigging I plan on standard material, I only wonder about whats the best kind of tissue for the sails that I can find here in Brazil! Thank you very much! Let's see if anyone can identify my mistery ship! hahaha
  3. Thanks husky! I did install them! Later I'll post a pic of it, because I'm not a 100% sure I did it right(the quarterdeck is not glued yet)!
  4. Thank you guys! Little Update here I started working on the hull, for now I did mostly the lower section, leaving the aftercastle for later because I still haven't decided on the colors, not shure if I'll follow Revell's scheme. I used the same technic, black base, brown, scraping and then I painted some individual planks. I scraped the details of the gunports to bring up the texture of it, proceeding to paint the hings black. Looks very nice for me! I've experimente with a thin pen to represent nails, but I don't know if I'll used it. Painted the forecastle walls and proceded to glue them to the deck(the deck assemply is not glued to the hulls yet, just dry-fitted) I'm very happy with the looks of the model for now... I'm worried about gluing the hole deck, uppers decks and hull... After some tests I've notice the parts have various gaps and are not very precise, it will demand attention, planning and patience from me. The painting looks so nice I'm afraid to make assembling mistakes and take the magic away hahaha... And again, this technic for the planking feels like magic!
  5. Hello everyone, I'm Felipe from Brazil, and I'll be sharing here my work on the Revell 1:83 Mayflower! Around two years ago I've started a topic here on a Pinta Caravel kit I was building, that project stalled because I've moved to college, were I don't have space nor time to work with wooden models, so I decided to sail to the waters o plastic kits. After a lot of research I've decided to buy the Revell Mayflower, great kit, beautiful ship and nice scale. Before starting it I built the 1:200 Academy New Bedford Whaler, just to feel more comfortable with the material, although I've built some plastic models before, they were never ships. I started the kit by paiting the decks, my intention was to use AndyMech's technic, it worked and it is amazing, slow but easy. I ended up with an weatered effect, the decks look old very used, I don't now how accurate that is for the original Mayflower, but I am very satisfied with the result! For those who don't know the procedure I'll quote AndyMech: "Next up was the gun deck painting. I was going for a wood deck look without actually planking the deck. Overall, I remember the steps as: - Deck were spray painted black (seen previously) - I applied a base coat of "wood" color - Using the back of a #11 knife, I scored each plank line - I mixed a little darker and lighter "wood" color paint by adding a few drops of black and white, then individually painted each plank a random color. - Probably had to re-score the plank lines again. - Final step was to apply either a wash or drybrush black onto the deck for some detail and depth. I tried both wash and dry brush and was happier with the dry brush effect." First test: Painted the pieces with a layer of black, using a nylon brush: Proceded to paint the decks with a light brown color, and started to score the lines: This technic needs practice, the amount of black paint needes to be right, too little and while scoring you will end up taking out all paint and leaving plastic to be seen, too much and you loose all detail of wood grain. The brown layer also needs attention, I made it thin because I feared more paint wood hide the wood grain, that left me with a dirtier look, of old used wood in bad condition. If the intention is for a brand new look I believe that many layers of very thin paint would be best! Also the scoring and scratching: I did it in many diferent ways, almost randomly after noticing that trying to be very precise scoring each plank is not very helpfull. Thats all for today, following are some pics of the hull dry-fitted just for fun(and a little friend):
  6. Nice work Homer! I'm thinking about buying this kit for my second build... I'll be pleased in following your log!
  7. I'm loving this build, the ship is amazing, I love how she has characteristics from both late medieval ships, as the caravels, and more younger ships... I particularly like the paint scheme, I'm thinking about painting the caravel I'm building, in a similar way...
  8. This is bueatiful work! Congratulations, I do believe you are in fact coming really close to what this ships looked like, this model is turning to be one of the most well made representations of the period I've ever seen!
  9. Hello everyone, something that always gets me, is that I'd like to know more about ships from the 17th Century other than big galleons. I think that the famous galleons make it hard to research on other classes of ships, so I seek for a more extensive knowledge on the ships for that century, maybe a book or something! Any tips?
  10. Hello! I'm thinking about making an adaptation to the kit, basically, the gat between the poop deck and the main deck is to narrow for a man to fit in properly having only one meter in this scale(as seen below in this picture from the instruction manual), so it would make more sense that the poop deck elevation would serve as a way to give more room inside the poop of the ship! My solution for that would be this wall: I'm not shure yet because this concept would be in conflict with the rudder controller position, I dont have much knowledge under ships of this period, so be free to advise me on that! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Planking: I started working on the planking of the hull using nails, as the manuel suggests. But the planks kept spliting so I went for superglue. I've been molding the planks under heat before application, otherwise its almost impossible to get them right without cracking! I've used cord were the clamps weren't effective, they work just nice! Seeing how the different woods come together! Thanks!
  11. Thanks guys! I'll keep studying the topic! Wow, very nice to know that this model was built by a member of this forum, Blue Ensign, your model its fantastic, congrats!
  12. I'm not shure if this is the right place for this question, but if think it is! Hello everyone! I'm working on a Small Model, and I've been think about making a small scene with it when its done, basically its just the ship sailing in some stormy seas! I've came around with this picture of a stand for a Plastic Model, and I loved the water affect, but I couldn't find any techniques that would lead to this level of realism, do any of you guys know how its made?
  13. Hello everyone! I'm Felipe, from Brazil, and this is my first log here, and also my first wooden model! It is "La Pinta", one of the three ships assigned to Columbus expedition, made by a small brazilian manufacturer that suits our needs for good quality kits, as its really hard to find kits from famous brands here. I've bought it an year ago when I signed up for this forum, but college wouldn't give the spare time needed for this kit, so I've just been able to star working on it this month. The hull structure: Starting to work on the decks: And to close the day, an encouraging dry-fit! Well, its not much for know, but at least I've started working on this beauty!

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