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    Model Aircraft 1/32 Scale, Wooden Ships, Card

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  1. Did this ever get up and running? I am currently trying to input a lot of wooden kits including all box art changes into the Scalemates database and this would been a useful resource. I have spent a 2 weeks or so on Billing Boats - they seem to release each kit about 5 -6 times! Its difficult keeping up with them! I must have entered over 250 kits (well say 70 kits x up to 5 different boxes ) - I still have some work to do as well. More recently have been working on Caldercraft, Occre, Mantua and have just started looking at Amati - I am also looking at Constructo but it is hard to find good references as they don't seem to have a website.
  2. Just a small point if you are using Tamiya acrylics use X20-A thinners and for Tamiya enamels use X-20 thinners I use Tamiya acrylics all the time but use the (Gunze/Mr Hobby) Mr Color Leveling thinners which is great value as they sell in 400ml bottles - the results are superb. I agree if you are using true acrylics such as those produced by Vallejo, MIG etc then as someone stated above you need to use the own brand thinners - them guys certainly know how make money!
  3. Scaledecks used to manufacture decking for this model in 1:96 and 1:192 scales , not sure if this company is still in existence, irrespective I assume they would pop up on Ebay from time to time. https://www.scalemates.com/kits/scaledeckscom-196-001-uss-constitution-deck--944037 https://www.scalemates.com/kits/scaledeckscom-96-001-uss-constitution-old-ironsides-deck--944022 I think the 1/196 version is a typo and should be 1/192
  4. I use a dual action airbrush and its something you get use to - after while your finger sort of automatically knows how far back to the pull the trigger. I also use quick drying paints (Tamiya or Mr Colour) plus I live in the tropics so you can paint the next coat almost immediately, so there no need to be impatient. Also I don't lay anything paint or varnish that hasn't been thinned to at least 50/50. Primers even less. It didn't mention it specifically in the article but maybe you could thin your paint further for any bleed protection activities, I suppose it all comes down to trial and error.
  5. Nice work on such an old mould Citadel Agrax Earthsade is what a lot of figure painters use to wash their models and bring out the detail. This guy is pretty good as he keeps it nice and simple. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+i+paint+things
  6. Jake, I really struggled with understanding the various documents, I find there to be an assumption that you know certain things and steps are skipped over or not visually explained in enough detail. I think this is one of the major issues with wooden ship building and why people don't stick around in the hobby. However, I finally found a great build log, it was for the Model Shipways 18th Century Longboat by BobF. This guy has a great visual way of explaining things, he really doesn't skip a step and comes back with further information if you found any of his steps difficult to understand. I know no ships are the same but for some reason this one really hit home.
  7. I'm a latecomer to this log, there has been wonderful work undertaken to these little planes. I noted your issues with masking, there was an interesting article in the Journal by Kurt Van Dahm (Vol 64, pages 282 to 284) and one thing that was recommended in addition to burnishing was spraying a light coat of the original /base colour along the edges of the masks at 90 degrees to the surface to seal the edges and prevent bleed under the tape. Obviously you need to be careful with coverage so as to not to cause a raised edge. I haven't tried it myself but it seems quite logical.
  8. Yes, just looked them up, they are quite different.
  9. Assuming you mean Butcher Birds ....for those who don't know them here is a video of 4 of them having a singalong .......jump to around 2:50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr46I3568Hk
  10. Chuck, did I perhaps dream it, but didn't you use to have a list on your website whereby we could work out which particular products such as blocks or rope suited each scale?
  11. Apologies if this came over the wrong way I was just trying to classify the model in Scalemates - I will will leave it where it is on the generic sailing ship category
  12. Sorry, to clarify, it is based a on a real ship, but with a fictitious name, do we know which ship it is based on?
  13. I was struggling to locate this ship on https://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=ships_search has anyone more information on it - type of ship etc
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