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  1. 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 decided to find a kit of the original Bluenose.  I am looking at a Windjammer/Billing Boats version.  You have done a wonderful job so far.  Looking forward to more of the build.  You stated there was a percentage of if built or not.  I hear and understand, but with the job you have done so far, would be ashamed not to finish.  Keep up the clean precise work.


  2. 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 outside my scope of how it is done!  So I saw the AL kit f/Bluenose II and it fit the requirements for what I was looking for.  Though not as detailed in construction/method as the Shipways.  I also ordered the book Bluenose II Saga of the Great Fishing Schooners, LB Jensen.  So w/this info, hope to turn the AL kit into a decent replica.  From photos I have looked at of the deck and furniture/fittings, AL did a pretty good job.  Have seen some areas that need attention, but nothing overly complicated.  Look forward to more of your thread.  What paint did you use for the bottom.  I am a fan of Danish Oil and how it brings wood to life.  Really liked the home made cut tool.  Thanks for sharing.


  3. On 11/11/2019 at 1:51 PM, md1400cs said:


    You are always so kind thanks indeed.

    BUT - I can only claim very little with these sails

    Yes: I bought the material, steeped the cloth in black tea, cut the paper patterns from kit provided sails, had an "idea" on how they should look  -- that's about it


    Then went to the same sewing sewing school that I used for the Vasa sails. There I was totally immersed in my teachers step-by-step instructions

    An YES without her complete assistance and that brilliant computer machine - well you know the rest haha 


    Here are the step-by-steps that I used.





    I need some pants hemmed!

    Rick 😎

  4. 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.


  5. On 10/22/2019 at 6:35 PM, petervisser said:

    Yes Kip, the bulwarks were iron plate on the actual ship. Mine are fashioned from wood as it is easier to work with and my metal work needs "work".


    Yeah Ricky, I'm not sure if that is Nannie or not. She has her left arm outstretched and ideally holds something in her left hand representing Maggie's tail.





    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 you might like to know.  The photo gives some great details for the forward/bow sprint area of the vessel if one was so inclined to use.  Of course, this is as she appeared in 1922.  She has a white band w/black covers along her sides.  I read in the book her hull was metal frame with wood covering, the bulwarks were covered in metal plate and of course copper bottomed.  The original color of hull was all black upper works, gold yellow rub rails, all white carve works bow/stern and copper plate bottom.  The deck houses were white w/mahogany trim work.  The door knobs were yellow crystal glass.   The ships boats were painted bright white w/black banding, but later would be solid white, There is a wealth of info in the book. The book has photos of the deck fixtures, ships wheel and other points of interest.  I see a lot of builds that trim work on the deck was done in green, but, there is no mention of nor can one tell from the photos, B&W tends to throw colors off unless one is adept at distinguishing gray hues and what color the gray shade represents.  Nor have I found it mentioned in the colors as the author has brought out.  Just some fun facts to play with.  I did receive my Billing Boats Cutty last week and have ordered the plans from the UK f/General layout and rigging.  I did not order the sail plan, the book has this and I doubt I add the sails anyway, maybe do something different such as displaying w/sails hanging out to dry!  Hope you find something useful from the photo.





  6. 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 of this gloriously well know Composite Built Clipper Ship.  And low and behold, what is one of the photo plates in the book...….you guessed it!  If you are building a Cutty, I strongly suggest you get a copy, you will not be sorry and it is not over priced as every other ship book is these days.





  7. 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!



  8. 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.


  9. 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 being put across that back side by Grand Pa. 😥



  10. 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!



  11. 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.


  12. 17 hours ago, GrandpaPhil said:


      Thank you very much.  I have built a few card models.  I haven’t had much luck with card kits, but I did scratch build the Prince de Neufchatel from card, which came out well.

    I have found that it is easy to work and very useful.  It’s also surprisingly strong.

    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.


  13. 18 hours ago, Daliab said:

    Thanks for the encouraging comments RickyGene.  I too have Bob Hunt's practicum on the Victory but was spooked right off the bat with hacking off the bow and the stern and then modifying the bulkheads.  After I email Bob, he said nobody had ever finished building the Victory like his using the practicum.  If I had more years under my belt building wooden plank on frame ships, then maybe I would have cut away.  So I look at the practicum, look at the books, look at other folks builds and go from there.  In addition I have downloaded hundreds of pictures of other people's build to file away for future ideas and; what did they do when they were at this stage?. I was given one piece of cautionary advice from one of the members... if your going to use the practicum, then stay with the practicum all the way.  I'm presently working on the first layer of planking and find the stern/bow challenging but trudging through it at a slow pace.  Attached is a picture of the stern.... not the prettiest of planking jobs but learning with each plank laid.  I know I'll spend hours applying wood filler and sanding the hull smooth as my penance. I'm not into a dead perfect copy of the actual HMS Victory but at this stage of my model shipbuilding, I would like to have a decent looking model when finished that I can say I learned this, and that, on this model.   Please chime in at anytime with suggestions of things I'm doing right and things I'm doing wrong. Understand and agree on your statement....."Too many want to build that ultimate...….never gets finished because they are burned out!"  I'm not quitting and will plow forward and having fun doing so.  I'm building a wooden model ship, not the space shuttle.  I can do this..... I think.


    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.  


  14. 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.


  15. 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.


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