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Everything posted by GrandpaPhil

  1. I’ve made 30 gunport lids so far. 😀 Rough assembled anyway.
  2. I’m trying to develop my scratch building skills. That is part of my objective with this model. I am fixing anything that is not historically accurate. I am also replacing a fair number of the fittings in the name of learning. My next build will be the HMS Triton. That will be my first ever scratch build. I am leaning heavily on Wolfram zu Monfeld’s Historic Ship Models.
  3. I got a pair of vernier calipers and an outside micrometer today. They are second hand, but still in good shape. I’m slowly but surely tooling up for my first scratch build.
  4. I am so sorry to hear about the fall. I am happy to hear that you are going to keep going. I lost the Heller La Reale de la France a couple of years ago. It fell in storage smashing the stern decorations and breaking the masts (which were plastic anyways). I ended up declaring it a total loss. It ended up in a dumpster. Bad day.
  5. I started cutting the top pieces of my gunport lids. So far I’m 210 pieces in. I need a total of 288. I’m building them IAW Wolfram Zu Monfeld’s Historic Ship Models. I’m making them out of 1/32” basswood.
  6. I decided to make my own gunport lids because I didn’t particularly care for the metal ones that came in the kit. They don’t look right and in order to make them historically accurate I will have to install two eyebolts. This means drilling two half millimeter holes which doesn’t work well with metal fittings. I am using basswood and I made a jig out of scrap wood.
  7. You could always load the sections up with whatever cargo you wanted to have and leave a side panel or two off, plus 1/72 is a standard scale for miniature figures, so finding a crew wouldn’t be too terribly difficult.
  8. Frank, I built it years ago and unfortunately didn't take any construction pictures. I wish that I had. I only have one picture left of it. Phil

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