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  1. It's been a while since I posted an update as the summer/fall got away from me! I did manage to complete most of the final deck details including the stern lanterns and bulwark hammock netting (definitely the toughest part). Heading on to the masts & rigging next.
  2. I hope everyone is well! With the summer slow down I've been able to find some time to pick up the Victory project. I started work on the various deck components in the "waist". I finished several ladders, the cross beams, pillars and most of the railing. For the cross beams, I had to use the ends of my clamps to hold them up while the glue dried (image below). Here's the partially finished waist section with the brass railing stanchions and support pillars. It's a little difficult to see in the photo below, but in completing the wai
  3. Hi All - I've finally just about finished my side "triplane" project and am starting to get back to the Victory. Hope to finish up the port side over the next couple months. I did manage to build another lifeboat (pic below). My side project became a bit of an epic distraction....here's a pic of the nearly finished plane. Going forward I'll just post Victory pics!
  4. I've been very slowly finishing the port side of the Victory over the last couple months but I've been distracted building a Fokker Dr I triplane (i.e. Red Baron) with the kids. Plan to get back to the Victory once the plane's fuselage is done! Here's a pic about halfway through.
  5. Lots of progress over the last few weeks but not much new stuff (since I'm just repeating the port side). I added all the port side gunport lids, ropes and drip shields, then finished installing the dummy barrels and the remaining deck cannons. As a last gunport project I added the stern ports. I had to install them "closed" as I hadn't anticipated carving the ports when I built up the stern. Rather than carving into the stern after the fact to imbed the frames, I ground the metal off the back of the frames so I could mount them flush and in the closed position (
  6. Glad to help - if you need any photos of the Mantua plans or more specific images of the bulwarks and upper deck, just let me know.
  7. Thanks very much, I appreciate the feedback! I was a little concerned the changes might not look correct, but it's amazing how the little things help to make it look more scale.
  8. While I slowly work through all the port side guns, I decided to mount the deck guns while I still had room to work around all the deck components. As I discovered back in December, I needed to remove all the cannon axles and lower the guns slightly to fit through the cannon ports. That involved cutting 64 wheels off the axles and gluing them on the sides to drop them about 2mm. It's just enough for them to fit in a way that looks correct. The kit tells you to use thread for all the tackle, and there wasn't any breech tackle. I thought it would be more realistic to make breech tack
  9. I started work on the hull decorations this week including the "sea gangway" (stair rungs, side door entrance and hauling sides) and some of the brass side decorations. I'm pretty much done with the starboard side and moving on to the gunport frames/lids on the port side now. It took me a while to paint the lids, then drill all the holes for the ropes. The lids with the kit are not that well cast and need to have all the metal burrs and extra bits trimmed off with a knife or they don't fit the frames very well. Port side ready for the cannons!
  10. You bet! Below are the davit plans from the kit. They called for a few things I changed (the brackets they suggest were tougher to make as a single piece, so I just made simple L brackets for each side of the davit). The davits pole is 4mm X 4mm walnut. I cut them to 5.2cm long and rounded the end at the brackets per the plans to allow them to move up and down easily (the plans said they should be 4cm long but that length would have placed the boat too close to the hull and not allowed extra length to sand the ends). Since the kit didn't come with any lifeboats it didn't provide gu
  11. I found some time this weekend to get back to the Victory and decided to keep working on the starboard side. A while back I bought the optional lifeboats for the kit, so I thought I'd take a shot at building/painting some of them. The davits proved a little harder then I thought. The kit makes you build the mounting brackets out of spare brass sheet metal. It took a bit of thinking to decide how to rig the lines and properly adjust the height of the davits and lifeboat itself (just this small piece of rigging makes me realize how tough it'll be to rig the rest of the ship someday!).
  12. Thanks guys, I really appreciate the comments. It feels good to be making some progress on the starboard side (until I remember I have to do the port as well!), Cheers, Ken
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