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Jeff T

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    Plastic sailing ship models,16th-19th centuries.

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  1. I especially like the more ornate frames around the windows. It give a more “romantic” feel to the ship that is typical of pirate movies and such. It reminds me of the Neptune galleon in Genoa, which was built for Roman Polanski’s pirate movie (not a great movie, but the ship is amazing): https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_(galleon)
  2. In the description of the steps involved in painting the gun carriages, above, I forgot to mention that before I weathered them with the brown enamel stain and then the dry brushed leather enamel, I applied an isolation coat of gloss acrylic medium. This was done so that when I used the brown stain and then brushed over it with enamel paint thinner to subtract the stain in streaks over the surface to make it appear more like weathered wood grain, the enamel coats beneath it hopefully wouldn’t have gotten dissolved. Unfortunately, some of the acrylic isolation coat also dissolved with the thi
  3. I weathered the frames and wheels of the carriages by using Testors Brown Enamel Stain (2179) and some dry-brushing of the Leather enamel over that (on the frames). Here is a representative piece: After the masking tape was removed from the wheels and "touch up" was done, here is how they looked: I have since applied a rust-colored enamel pain to the black "rims" to create a rust effect, but I do not have a photo of that yet. The next step will be the clear matt spray.
  4. The gun carriages still need to be sprayed with a matt varnish, but I can show you some photos of the preparation and painting process. I have seen that some old gun carriages have an iron "rim" or "tread" (not sure if there is a correct name for it) covering the circumference of each of the wooden wheels. I decided that I would like to simulate that with my own carriages. Illustrations by Tony Bryan in Angus Konstam's book on the Spanish galleon seem to show "rims" that were probably iron: They also show that the carriages had two wheels ra
  5. Just an update... I am still working on the gun carriages and the cannons, spending a couple of hours at a time here and there. The gun carriages are almost done. I will post pictures once I have varnished them with the matt varnish. The cannon barrels, however, have been frustrating. As I indicated, two of the cannon halves were lost. It is not possible to get replacements from Revell of Germany right now due to the pandemic. I tried to make the missing halves with plastic sprue, but I also need to make reinforcement rings, and although they looked somewhat like cannons in t
  6. Your “weathering” of the sails is great — it makes the plastic sails look more realistic, which I understand can be a difficult thing to achieve.👍
  7. Shipyard makes laser cut triangle deadeyes using card, but nothing smaller than 2.5 mm. I guess the advantage if you make your own would be that card won’t likely split.
  8. When I look at the photos, the plastic triangular deadeyes in the kit seem to be of an appropriate size for the scale, so perhaps you could measure them in mm and then order order the needed quantity of that size. Note that the deadeyes for the upper masts may be of smaller sizes, so be sure to measure them, too.
  9. I completely understand you. I feel that way, too, when I think of all the things that I still have to do for my own build. I’m sometimes thinking about the rigging for my Revell Spanish Galleon, even though I know that for me, that step may be a long time in the future. Ship model building is very intricate and involved, even if you are building a plastic kit. If you don’t rush and spend the extra time to make it, you will be very proud of the results.
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