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  1. Terrific boat!! Their's was an incredible story of survival and leadership. Says I, who's avatar is is an official HMS Endurance snowglobe. 😎 Now, will you please make the Dudley Docker and Stancomb Wills?? -Josh
  2. Beautiful SIB! Plus the video is very soothing to watch.
  3. Its been about a year since my last post; I've been taking some time off. I had gone full throttle on the SIBs for over a year, and neglected the Ship that launched them all for me. So I eventually decided to complete the restoration on the old Santa Maria. The true provenance of this model isn't fully known: My father, born in 1936, once told me that he built the kit as a boy, but he doesn't rememeber how old he was, or how old the kit was, for that matter. Having survived many moves long before I arrived, I remember the ship presented herself to me only in states of worsening decrepitude. As a boy I remember the tangle of fallen masts and sails, and a big dead moth that resided within that mess for years. She sat like that for decades, with most, but not all, parts junked on the deck. Finally, in preparation for a move in the summer of 2017, we were given an ultimatum: Restore the Ship or let's throw her out! These next shots of her, cleaned up as much as possible, prior to work. The Stern has seen better days. Since this restoration took place over many months - and years in fact- and since part of it took place prior to my membership in MSW, I didn't photograph the restoration in an ongoing manner. In fact, half way through I decided to just show the finished product. Eliminating the need to capture every moment of improvement was much easier for me; and quite franky, since my techniques were largely crude, impulsive, and totally uninformed by any nautical wisdom, I don't think I am depriving anyone of any great techniques. I would be happy to respond to any questions about the hows and whys, and most answers will include: balsa wood, bass wood, cyanoacrylate, acrylic paint, waxed thread, hand drills, and more cyanoacrylate. I started with the hull and all the ribbing - all the easy stuff - just to see how it went. After a few months of hull work. Fortunatley, all masts and spars were present and intact! Many vertical ribs were replaced. Painting the stern windows and gilding. Quarterdeck cleaned and restored as much as possible. Rebuilding the poop deck was what intimidated me the most, and it was unease with this next step that made me take a 2 year break and switch gears towards SIBs in 2018. I wanted to respect the original design: It looked like a wire railing, so I tried to replicated that even though most renditions suggests an all wooden rail. Who knows?!? Shileds on the wire poop deck rail were largely destroyed, so I had to be very creative. At this point in the photos I really skip forward all the way to the sails. Suffice it is to say, I reworked the shrouds and ratlines first. For the sails, I bought some muslin of pleasing color, texture and heft. I extrapolated the design from online pictures. I wish I took more pictures after all the sails were up. They hung there flat and dull. It wasnt literally untill the last 2 days, when I chose to fills the sails with wind, that the model came alive! Dont mind the doll's head, my daughter uses it for braiding practice! Thank you for reading!
  4. Hi, I am restoring an old Santa Maria kit ship, probably form the 1940s or earlier - according to my father. Most all of the new stuff I did from scratch. I'd like to post it: Should it go under the KIT posts or SCRATCH posts? Here are 2 before shots, and 2 shots during rrestoration. Please advise. thanks!!
  5. looks really nice, Peter! I especially like the crisp lines between the black and white. looking forward to seeing how you get it in the bottle! thats always fun!
  6. The rigging line look nice and taught - not so easy to do! Also great life boats!
  7. Wow! Gary, this work is so beautiful. An Incredible mix of distressed wood with crisp instruments. Really inspiring. Thank you!!
  8. Let’s not forget about the Knights Who Say, “Ni!”—Sorry I couldn’t resist. Strong work, Patrick! Happy memorial day weekend, from across the globe.
  9. Thanks Patrick! The tiny magnets are fun to play with. Also the Bondic plastic welding helps a bunch, and less messy than the CA. The “share-ware” mentality of this site is tremendous! That will be my last luxury yacht for a while - I will leave that to you!
  10. Getting ready for the launch: I cleaned the bottle till it sparkled (but still never comes out good enough). I played with a wood base, easier than rods, painted the color of the sea. This would come back to haunt me in the end! The ship folded down easily, as she was designed to do so. Here is a clip of her going into the bottle. Some people find this fascinating. Looks like a moth to me. IMG_0104.MOV After she gets glued to the based, and rigging is glued in place. Silicone sea a la Igorsky. Just, not as dramatic as his. Also I was really hoping for the block base to disappear in the deep blue. Not so!!! (My kids asked me if that is the titanic at the bottom of the bottle ) Anyway, what do they know! I didnt want to fuss with spars, or shrouds or more standing rigging - I wanted to keep this one clean. The cabin rooves were attached with magnets in the bottle, and after the masts were glued - the masts had to fold down for bottle insertion first. I havent stained the stand, or placed the brass plate yet. I will give The Princess Lila to the real Lila after that. Thanks for reading!
  11. After being completely awed by a post by Fried Clams on his Stonington Dragger, I decided to scrape down the acrylic paint on the hull and try some india ink. Being an impatient SIB builder, evrything is a bit rushed. Still some of the original acrylic and latex Im afraid. I mixed brown and black. I like the color and authentic feel, but still too rough and splotchy. Next time ill apply it miixed with alchohol and NOT AFTER i scrape off 5 layers of paint and varnish! The sails came out better than expected. These are what will make the ship Pop. I started with silk for the running rigging, in case i needed to glue the sails on. For the standing rigging i use wireline, which does not take glue so well. In retrospect, i could have used the nylon fireline for everything. Maybe Ill change it later.. With some 1/700 Photo etched railing on the port side. and on the starboard side. And because i cant leave well enough alone I attached some mahogany strips as ribbing. These are 3/64'; i wish i has used my 1/32" strips. Oh well - "NEXT TIME": the most useful expression in SIB building! Next post I expect to have the Launch and finishing touches. Thanks!

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