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About RickyGene

  • Birthday 10/31/1955

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  1. Most excellent craftmanship. You are bringing the beauty of this Grand Lady to life. I was wondering, have you ever gave this a look. www.shapeways.com, they might have something of interest for the galleys. And they do print in 1/72. Not sure if you would want to stray away from the supplied material, but I have used many times and the products are just wonderful. The Gallery Banisters are far and away better that flat PE. I have a old Sergal 1/78 Victory with the infamous brass sheet, photo engraved detail. The stuff is almost impossible to cut and make look half way deceit. Many of these items have been replaced by Shapeways 3d printed parts. Heck, spent as much for them as I did the kit. But what a God send to not have to contend with that awful brass sheet. Look forward to more of your build. Do have a question, what do you think about the now applied color as she now wears! Rick
  2. That has too be one of the best building boards I have came across. Thanks so much for sharing and I am sure many here will give one a go. If someone with the machinery to mass produce made them for sale, would make a killing! I have bought many commercial available boards and all after awhile seem to get out of whack. I have one that I pretty much use, but it has it limitations. Again, thank you. Rick
  3. If one is willing to experiment, using the right weight material. Many small details can be made from card. Complex shapes can be made from laminations. Then seal the card and paint. One is hard pressed to tell it was made from this material. I have built many card models over the years and I have seen some that rival conventional model building materials, ie: wood and or plastic. Looking forward to more of your build. Rick
  4. Well said friend. It has took me along time to realize, not building the Space Shuttle! As for Dave's Practicum, is the ultimate challenge to build as close to as possible the Space Shuttle err.....Victory. I do not find it unbelievable what he said about no other building as he has done. However, one can dissect small details and incorporate into a build if desired. I do agree, if you start making the mods, you need to go the full length and follow his practicum. I will admit, the only one I have followed to completion is for the Swift. As a matter of fact, his practicum is how I wound up with the kit I now have. Here is a log of attempts @ Victory. 1st, Heller plastic version. Built this kit back in the late 70's. 2nd was a small Italian made solid hull version that built into a pretty nice little desk piece, I am sorry I do not remember the mfg. 3rd and notice attempt, Constructo. This never got past frame up. Nothing about this kit worked/fit. I just gave up on it. 4th Corel, a enjoyable build. One must follow the plans and build as best as you can. A nice vessel can be had. Did not copper the bottom, built as a Admiral in natural wood. Then the bug hit to build fully rigged and purchased AL's version. At that time I was also reading/studying Dave's Practicum. I sold the AL kit and purchased the kit I now have. So again I have the itch to build a Vic. But for the time being, I will watch you building yours, and I might add, looks to be off to a good start. Rick
  5. Excited to see a build of the Mantua/Sergal in 1/78th scale. I have the same kit, albeit mine is a tad dated to the one you are building, kit #782. Mine is not laser cut and most of the work entails hand cutting. But I am ole school and this is not anything new to me. I do have Hunt's Practum, think I spelled that right! And he does address your question about the stern/planking. His process has you making a elaborately carved filler that requires one to cut out a portion of the stern. I think following the way Vincenzo Lusci designed, maybe not true too scale is the best way to go w/this kit. But that is for me and I certainly understand one wanting to do it as correctly as possible. In my years of building I have come to a firm conclusion, if one builds and is stressed, then it is not a Hobby. So the days of everything being dead perfect and exact has become days gone bye for me. I have laid in my bed wondering how to do something to a model that did not add one hour more to my life. Build for the fun and enjoy. Too many want to build that ultimate...….never gets finished because they are burned out! Look forward to more of your build. Rick
  6. I have read thru your complete as of today, thread on the most excellent craftmanship, you have put into your model of the Victory. Not sure here, but looks to me as if you might also build card models with use of card/paper incorporated into your build. I was most impressed over the video in this thread that corrects the color palette for the HMS Victory. Years ago, and where the article was slips my ole memory, I read that the guy doing the article said the shades of yellow were not correct for the time/period. He was lamb blasted for the comment from the modeling community! Looks like he is due a apology. Will admit, does take some getting use too in that shade. But some research will show for the time frame as the Victory has been shown with the orange/yellow would not have been correct, because the color did not truly exist in that hue for that time. Where as the color as we see now being applied, did in fact exist! So does give one pause, too bad we can't ask Lord Nelson. But I digress, your build shows what one can do if willing to put in the time and effort. I have never tried wood carving, my ole eyes are too tired now for such as that, but for those who do give it a go, are rewarded with great results. Oh, I liked the Crow, have ate my share of it in life! Just so happens, I have setting in front of me a project that has been calling my name for over a year. Two years ago, I purchased for a song the 1/78, Kit#782, Mantua/Sergal HMS Victory. This is the pre-laser cut kit. One has to hand cut parts from sheets. Does have the then what was referred to as Photo-Etch for the Stern Galleries and other assorted details. This is a monster of a kit. The box w/material is heavy to say the least. Is packed w/a lumber yard and the fittings are wonderful. The figures/figurehead are lost wax castings in brass. Many say the figurehead as comes with the kit is too out of scale, but I will use it anyway. Years ago, I ordered from the UK a small piece of wood that came from the Victory. It came w/a certificate stating it was removed during her last refit. I plan to use on the model and think it is just way cool to have a piece of the real ship in the model. I also have all the books and material, will add as I see fit, but not get bogged down in the details. I do plan to paint and copper the bottom. Yes, I will go with the new color bands and mast. Looking forward to more of your build. Rick
  7. Where do you people come up with these wonderful building tools. I have to settle for shelving and angle brackets from Home Depot!
  8. Went and read the thread for Gary's thread and keeping up with yours BlackSeraph. I am feeling less daunted by the prospect of maybe starting mine after the current project I am working on. I believe if one follows suit and applies what is to be gleaned from both threads, a fine vessel can be had from this kit. Rick Looking forward to more of your thread BlackSeraph. 😎
  9. Nice. You have done a heck of a job. I have the older version and someday will give it a go. Keep posting. Rick
  10. Yes, I used a water based paint, easy to control and remove from areas that were too thick.
  11. In answer to your question what they are asking for is not the end of the world. But I feel as if my character is being called into question. I purchased from eBay, NOS from a Hobby Distributor in IL. Before those I contacted will help, they want a copy of the sales receipt, a photo copy of the plans showing the parts needed and proof of where I purchased. Yes, I understand the why and sure they have the right. But on the other hand when I contacted Daniel Dusek about a issue, not just once but twice w/in the last three years. No questions asked, what was the issue and he took care of and replaced FOC. Also had a issue w/OcCer, they did the same, what was wrong and the parts sent. I understand their questions, but I also offered to pay for, not just get free. Just goes to show who apricates your business and who, it is just about the money and forget you. So w/o saying their name here in the USA there is a reason I have never purchased from again because of another issue years ago! I have been provided w/another distributor here that has Billing Boats and maybe they can help. If not, I will just march on and scratch build. Thank you for you concern Clare Hess
  12. Outstanding work and your attention to detail is superb. As for paying $150 to $250 f/a plastic kit that retailed for a quarter of that, sadly not today. I would love to build again but if I have to spend that to do so, I will go hog crazy and buy a Bluejacket kit. I have looked at Bluejackets kit many times and would love to have, but $739.00 and one has to purchase the copper plates @$135.00 a set! Looks like I will not be building the Gray Lady anytime soon. So I will set back and enjoy your build. Rick
  13. As I remember, I used some old Model Railroad Stain I had called Weathered Oak. After I used the stain, I sealed w/poly clear and sanded. After that a wash of, dark brown, dark green and then black last, wiping between ea. wash resulted in a hull that looked like it had been buried in peat moss. I did not use all the shields, but rather a couple were placed along the sides. As I stated, I was going for as close as I could to the one in the Museum. I even tried to replicate the iron works that hold the vessel up-rite as pictured. Overall the thing turned out so nice, a fella bought to put in his office for display. I wished I had some photos of, but when my old computer crashed, I lost all the photos I had of builds from the past years. Rick
  14. Nice, I had this kit years ago and does build into a impressive piece. I also noticed you are using Billing Boats Build Slip. I too am using one, what a POS. But it is doing what it was designed to do with some mods I made, to use to build Billing Boats Esmeralda. Your planking looks nice and after one gets beyond that. The rest is a cake walk. I used stain and weathering on mine to replicate the one as shown in the Museum. I do have a question, did you shim on one side or both to use the slip. The wood strips provided were too narrow to use, so I replaced with basswood strips from Hobby Lobby and shimmed one side. The keel is straight as a arrow and held tight. But the slip as designed has one thinking the keel should be dead center! Not. Look forward to more of your build. Rick
  15. Looking forward to your build. I am a fan of Bluejacket and there is one thing I do get hung up on that keeps me from buying certain kits of theirs's. The kits are well made, albeit sometimes the machined hull is not the best. But overall their kits are nice and with close attention to detail, one can turn out a head turner. But back to what I was inferring to was as you said, I purchased, extra. I can see buying the paint kits outside of the kit, not what they sell now, their older paint was just outstanding stuff, not this water paint everyone seems to hawk now! But the copper plates! I feel if the vessel was copper plated and one pays the price these kits cost, I should not have too purchase separately a item that is a part of that ship. Please do not take me wrong, I am well aware I have the option to buy or not, but if a kit is sold as the representation of that vessel, then one should have what is needed to do so when purchased. Hope you enjoy and will watch your thread. Rick

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