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  • Birthday 02/15/1869

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  1. Quick update Now, about something that I pointed to earlier that sort of stood out from Sahure's ship imagery after staring at them for an age of man. In the second image below, if you look closely, the multiple 'eyes of wadjet' oculi posts overlap from front to back, very clearly. Its obvious in the first image. I believe them to represent either a parallel-ordered or v-shaped 'forecastle'. In the images of Unas' tripods, we are not looking at one single stem/sternpost but two planks -in a v-shaped construct. The kit and every other representation out there has
  2. Really looking forward to observe how you overcome the challenges I endured trying to get this going. I named it the SS Purgatory after days of fighting with it. AL's big problem with these kits were a lack of scale plans, but as they're bust, no hope of salvation on that front. Best wishes,
  3. Down with pancreatitis, which has meant a short hiatus. But two pics. The first is VERY interesting. Any ideas as to why? And a terrible joke. I make no apologies for it. More when there's something concrete to show, at present a lot of cedar is going on as second planking but sloooow lyyy. How to demarcate between irregular shaped hull planking? Why, my secret weapon... Expensive pencils each costing more than they should. I use light and darker wood tones, ivory and verdegris as base. Black is too harsh at 1:50 sc
  4. Looking forward to seeing them, Phil. You can sneak 'em in here if you'd like. Also, does anyone know whether this model is mass market ... somewhere, or a one-off museum made-to-measure? It's Late Kingdom (unsure), I think Queen Hatshepsut's Punt ships despite the blurb behind it. Thanks! Note the hogging truss essentially the same deal as if 1000 years before although this beautiful ship has a proper keel. The decoration at the stern is a painted lotus flower of cedarwood. As for paint, it is thought medium green painted hulls were widely seen on the Nile and on t
  5. More soviet ww2. This is part of my unbuilt VVS in 72nd scale. Other notable is the ANT 25 record breaker. I doubt if any of them will be built for a while. But you never know. Also, just remembered, an I-153 biplane also by Rareplanes. They're really quite good for vacforms. Nika.
  6. Phil -- your advanced skill level could enable you to crank out these charming boats easily enough. I think Landstrom's amazing work would give you 100% of everything you'd need; it's an outstanding tome, either for painting or for modelling. Do you have a link to your paintings? Ron -- thank you for that. I'm scanning amazons .de, .fr, .co.uk regularly as I can't borrow this copy forever. .Com might be a little steep in postage from our US friends. Some small update. This is the cutout section with roughly how a tripodal mast will operate within. The k
  7. John. Curiously, this is the ship I was reading about when you posted. It's not terribly different structurally to the Byblos ship, i.e. it is keel-less or flat bottomed and was paddled. Being a river vessel there's no intricate mast and related mechanisms but otherwise you yourself could build this using Landstrom's book and some perfectly flat pieces of wood (and tons of string). The original built of cedar (except the plank pegs, of sycamore) could be a good idea! Looks like a really worthwhile addition to extant kits (at £150). Thank you for the link. GrandpaPhil an
  8. Your work is beautifully organic, if that's the right word. The woood flows like it is of liquid. Most excellent.
  9. I really must start using my NetBSD (yea, UNIX is wonderful still) desktop to post to fora. Twice now this stupid tablet being so skittish in physical design erased my long reply because an ant moved 2mm 1 mile away. Android O with split view is a monster pain in the rear and compounds the pain. Allow me to reply using my desktop, later. Thank you, gentlemen.
  10. Nothing to show, until the beginning of next week but was thinking; "What on earth will I do with all that cedar, once Byblos is complete? I seem to have run out of 'ancient' ship kits too". It's true. Dusek's trieres I think is too boxy or square and the deck support stanchions lack the distinctive curvature of Olympias (yea, Olympias needn't be Gospel). Mantua's 'Caesar' and Amati's lolokontor are not worth the money one being a balsa and putty nightmare ...thing and the other a half-hearted copy of the out of scale Heller/Academy/Zvezda plastic .. thing. Nothing
  11. I'm a flag nut but rather new to boats and ships, clearly. The Holy League device triggered something off, like Pavlov's dogs. Wrong century, o my... That's embarrassing. So far more than £500 -but museum pieces can be built from them, so it's not an unreasonable base cost. I really do appreciate the correction, GrandpaPhil. Silly errors like this must be called out when they occur. Nika the Contrite.
  12. La Really? Or (instead) Hull Lotta Love! It doesn't specifically mention it (it's drawn in the oar drilling plan) but (of course) bevel the bulkheads to the flow of the deck so the layers of hull planking adhere as best as they possibly can to maximum surface area. If you skimp this the planking will run too short on either side. Very important obviously. Now the boring bit which you'll note that I have deliberately ignored until now. I loathe planking hulls, it makes making photo-etch belt buckles an example of utter, unabandonedly delerious, eternal
  13. Oho. Good Lord.... Mindless Newb reporting in. Thank you for the correction -it's really appreciated and apologies for the error, OP. How much would both kits cost? Has to be £500 if it's a penny. Nika the Genius.
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