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  1. Hey Mark, welcome back. I hope your missus is ok. Currently I'm in hospital on morphine probably for a few days with a Chrohn's disease complication and there is a huge fire slowly burning towards my town and I am a bit pre-occupied with thinking about evacuation plans, I may not even take my HMS Victory model with me.... I have the Wasa still unpacked in the box... so I'll probably take that as priority as is. My Victory build stuff is everywhere and not convenient to pack up quickly. On the plus side I have acquired quite a few plans for some nice ship builds.... Like the Royal Caroline 1749 by Panart... Lancia Armada 1803 by Panart... African Queen by Billings Boats.... HMS Unicorn by Corel.... HMS Endeavour by SM 4 Corel and Artesania Lantana... HMS Bounty by Amati So that is nice. I also acquired a finished hull for the HMS Endeavour in 1:60 scale to complete the opened box Corel SM 4 I have. So I may put that in the 4wd too if I have room.
  2. Fires NSW Updated fire map for today, the winds have pushed the fire this way and tomorrow it's heading West and North West
  3. Thanks EJ I have some black silicon that would probably work... may be a bit glossy, however I can paint over it with the stain. Otherwise maybe a polyurethane black goo may do the trick, it dries more like rubber with a matt finish.
  4. Sanding and Sealing the hull. Q. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with fine gaps between the planks on the hull. I have noticed sanding is great for adding dust into any cracks, however the process of cleaning the timber to prepare it for staining will remove most of this wood dust and reveal cracks once more. The stain I'm using over a few coats will fill small gaps, I'm also thinking of dripping the stain along the plank joins as they are full of dust and then sanding smooth each plank before staining the cleaned up surface of each plank... Does anyone have any suggestions they have found works well ? Using a glue / wood dust slurry has it's own issues as the stain doesn't coat glue and leaves clear glue. So I'd have to somehow stain the wood dust before adding the glue slurry... Also the stain is spirit based and does not mix well with PVA glue, infact PVA does not stick well to stained material.
  5. New Purchase I found a sale on some old ship building plans for the Corel Endeavour 1:60 DM 41 Corel HMS Unicorn 1:75 DM 11 Billings Boats African Queen 1:12 Amati HMS Bounty Also a Corel completed hull of the Endeavour... this goes great with the Corel HMS Endeavour 1:60 DM 4 kit I bought without the Bulkheads I wouldn't mind building the HMS Unicorn and Bounty later if I can source the right raw materials. My friend is keen on the African Queen.
  6. Shipwrights Journal Build Plan Calendar December Complete hull planking underneath the waterline on both sides Stain outer layers on hull Add staircase leading to 3rd deck behind stairs near middle mast and above Ships Galley Consider opening up Upper Gun Deck floorplan to increase floor space (and add more fittings incl. complete long 12 lb'er cannons with carriages) Design and build prototype carriage 64 lb'er Carronade's from wood to accomodate new Brass 20mm Carronade's. Design stern cabin floor plan, dedicate lowest level for electronics setup and maintenance access. Design circuit diagram for ships electronics and input area's for charging micro usb port(s) for battery cells. Test lighting system and install once lanterns crafted New Supplies Bluetooth circuit relay 12v x 4 to activate with smartphone Brass 3mm x 0.5mm OD tubing for crafting lantern's Wood turning knives
  7. December update Here's a look at where I am up to currently... progress has slowed last month and still working on planking the hull and another redo of the Upper Gun Deck and Quarterdeck. Hull progress Filling in another section, once completed with one more filler plank I shall add the Japan Black stain and see how that looks Upper Gun Deck Redo I'm redoing the stairs leading down from the Upper Gun Deck after discovering they were positioned in the wrong position, the stairs should lead down from the top of the pic, not the right as they had been previously. This positioning may be due to the ships galley below... I thought to make the ship as accurate as possible to the real thing required me to make the change. After making the grill above in the Quarterdeck larger around the chimney from the Galley, there will be an opportunity to see below into the Upper Gun deck which enables me to add the ventilation grill from the Galley one more level down, and the chimney pipe.
  8. Taking a break It feels like Summer is here, and today I think it is. People are out and about and friends seem to be coming out of the woodwork. My build has slowed to planking one strip of wood per day. Things are looking good Egyptian Barge doco I saw a documentary on a 3500 BC Egyptian barge that was uncovered next to the Great Pyramid, and a marine archeologist decided to try and rebuild a replica to see if it could transport a 2.5 tonne block of limestone. What was interesting is that the boat was only held together with rope sewing the planks together... also they discovered in order for the barge to be watertight they submerged the barge underwater so the wood fibres would swell and seal up any joins to make the ship watertight. The rope also swelled and tightened making the ship super strong. This smallish barge carried 13 men or up to 19 tonnes of cut pyramid stones down the nile following the currents when the Nile was in flood during it's hayday.... Amazingly it was also disassembled after the flood season and stored in caves underground until the beginning of the next seasonal flood, when it would be joined together again !
  9. Cannon update The 30mm Corel cannon's arrived and I have noticed they are the same cannon's in the Corel Wasa kit. These cannons are perfect dimensions for the 12 lb'er long cannons, and I'm thinking of cutting the barrels down for the Short 12 lb'ers. I like the look of the wider cannon barrels and how they sit on the stock carriages for the Short 12 lb'ers on the Quarterdeck. I think the cannon wheels could be slightly bigger and thicker... will relook at the spec's Mark gave me. The width of the barrel on the Corel 30mm cannon is a bit wider than the stock 12 lb'er cannons and also match nicely with the 4mm x 18mm Billings brass half cannon's to finish the cannon layout for the Upper Gun Deck. Here's some pics
  10. Battery System I've decided to use 18650 Lithium cells 12v with 3500mah for the bluetooth circuit board I purchased. Stay tuned for a electrical build plan for the HMS Victory lanterns and maybe a bluetooth speaker.
  11. New Workshop I have set up a workshop space in the spare room, This means I am getting serious about model ship building Here's a pic of the dry dock, still working on setting up the workshop... ship yard.
  12. Fires NSW The wind has thankfully directed the major bushfire away from my area thus far, however many towns have been evacuated and the strong winds have not always allowed aircraft to operate to fight the advance of the fires. It is thought over 70,000 wild animals have been affected thus far. Smoke sometimes blankets my area like a fog and the ambient temperature has risen dramatically over the last few days for this part of the year. update pic for today.
  13. Cabin update Slowly progressing on the Stern cabins, I plan on adding extra wood layers around the windows and still working on the detailed painting of the flags and such at the top section. Here's an update without the shiny spots.
  14. Gallery Update Here's an update on painting the Stern cabin's, I've been using acrylic paint, and spirit based timber stain Japan Black. I'm not a big fan of acrylic paints however I thought of using a mix of acrylic (water based) and stains (spirit based) as it would be easy to clean up any acrylic over paint with a simple wipe of a wet cloth. The Acrylic paint I'm using does leave more paint residue when layering than using oil base paints would, and the colour is not as vibrant. However using a top coat of satin clear varnish will add a measure of vibrance where used, such as the rear cabins. Enjoy the pic's of the painting process, as a test coat on the hull and also the top layer of the stern cabins. The reflection of light upon the stern cabin picture gives an impression of shiny spots which takes away from the sharpness of parts of the picture. Next time I'll try and take a pic a little further away or in natural light to hopefully remove these 'shiny' spots.

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