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  1. Have read thru the complete thread of your build. Have enjoyed and learned a few tricks along the way. I will follow until you complete. Rick
  2. Happy to see additional postings of this thread. To be honest, this is my favorite thread following right now. Look forward to more. Rick
  3. Glad to see someone taking on this Mfg's Bluenose II. I purchased and was not too impressed with what was in the box! Was not happy with nothing but a CD to assemble from! But you are proving I might have been hasty in my assessment of the kit. Now I did make another purchase for the build, a book titled Bluenose II by LB Jenson. If one is building the original or the copy of the Bluenose, you need this book. No it is not a blow by blow of how to build, but a complete book of drawings of every detail you could wish to add and or correct. I regrettably returned the kit for a refund and d
  4. Thanks for the info. I thought you cut the grove w/the homemade too/blade. And thanks f/photo. Saved. Rick
  5. I have always loved the lines of this sleek lady. And your craftmanship w/wood has again shown those lines. I have never built a Bluenose and for some time have looked at different kits of. After seeing what you have done and wanting to give a hull shape like this ago, I pulled the trigger and ordered a AL Bluenose II. I did look at the Model Shipways and decided was too complicated. Then I looked at Billing Boats versions, but one was just too big and the other was one of their 600 series, you build in two halves and then join the two. I have never been too found of this, kind of outsid
  6. You have done a wonderful job on the little Tug. I had this kit years ago when you got the rough hull, some strip wood, blocks and a few castings. I remember RR guys taking this kit and turning them into show stoppers. And as I understand now you get w/PE, brass tube smoke stack and no white metal. Watching you build yours, has me wanting to build another. Oh, my 1st one, I paid $8.00! Like your approach and detail workmanship. Rick
  7. Sorry Peter, I did not see your last post before posting above, ole geezers minds wonder! I am looking for those other books as well. I am enjoying this one very much, does take some getting use to, the seaman's way of talking. Rick
  8. Hello Peter, just a up-date to this post from back in October. I recently purchased/received a book, Log Of The Cutty Sark, by Basil Lubbock. Do not know if you have a copy, but is a wonderful read, outstanding History of the Cutty and the men who sailed her. Many photos, some of which I have never seen. Anyway, on page 289, you find a photo of the Cutty in Surrey Commercial Dock, 1922 and it is the same photo but of the whole ship as the below photo. So yes, it is Nanny aka the Cutty Sark figure head. And that outstretched arm/hand held a horse's tail if I read it right. Just thought yo
  9. Here is a photo of the figure head of the Cutty Sark taken in 1922. I posted this on another thread and was told this is not the Cutty Sark figure head but did look like it. I felt that had I did more research, I would have known in truth what the figure head was. I had been led to believe it was just as I posted and was shared. There then followed a little debate about the Nanny Witch, a Poem and the posted figure was another ships figure head! Well, I purchased a book recently from eBay, The Log Of The Cutty Sark, by Basil Lubbock. A really good read for those interested in the history
  10. Nice clean workmanship. I have always loved those Ole River Boats. I had this kit years ago, not the laser cut version and sold. I have many time wished I had of held onto. I will enjoy yours just the same. Look forward to more of your thread. Rick
  11. Purchased this book to go with the other reference material I am collecting for the build. Looks to be a good read too.
  12. Looking good, you have done a most excellent job. I do however wish to ask some questions. Have you ever seen a all Plywood/Armor Plate built PT Boat. You trying to achieve that glass smooth look is not necessary. Remember, just as you have done, the hull was made of wood frame with Marine Ply covering. 2nd, why the individual plank decking. As best as I can remember, this again was made of Ply sheets/armor. I am not saying it is wrong, but I have never seen a Higgins w/a planked deck!
  13. I have really enjoyed your thread on this beast of the seas. I have a old Combat Models 1/72 Vacu-form of this boat. Over the years I have collected bits and pieces to help bring this massive chunk of white plastic to life. Years ago I had the Revell version in 1/72, wished I had of kept that, much could have been taken from it to improve the Big Vac Attack. Looking forward to more of your build. Rick
  14. Here is a tip and I promise it works. Find or dig out that old belt you no longer wear. Cut a six inch length off it, I square both ends and glue using contact cement the smooth side facing up on a block of wood. Now, while you are cutting and using what flavor blade you prefer, every now and again, reach over and swipe that blade, sharp side across the leather. You will find your blades go a whole lot further before you need to change. Works on scalpel blades as well. Remember straight razors, you kept sharp with a razor strap, and I bet there might be one or two here who remembers one
  15. Really enjoying your skills. I purchased a Billing Boats Cutty yesterday from eBay for a really great price, NIB for a 1/4 of the price. I have always loved the sleek refined looks of a Clipper and no doubt the Cutty is the sexiest of'em all. Your trick for the forward deck was genius and I will remember that little detail. Rick
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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/th
  21. 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
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