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About Alexisgm97

  • Birthday 04/30/1997

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    Almazora, Spain

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  1. Very nice build! I am also building this model and I have the same problem with the plans. Could you please send me the .pdf plans? I would download it from Artesania Latina's webpage but sadly, it has closed down. Thanks! Stay safe.
  2. Hello! I have finished sanding the wood parts in the bow and now it is smooth and ready. I also sanded all the hull ready to plank it this time with sapelly strips. Here you can see it. I also planked the stern Here I started planking the hull with the Sapelly strips. I also put the stern with tape to know where the strips should go. Once I finish I will glue it.
  3. Hello everyone! Some advances have been made and now the first hull planking is complete (well almost)! I still have to sand down the wooden planks that are going to form the bow. But as you can see I made some progress.
  4. Here I started planking the hull. I started from the gun line. Before this, I sanded the decks and also the two blocks at the back. These still need to be sanded to fit at the front. I will do it when I finish all the hull planking. Now I have started planking the hull. Here is the thing with Constructo. Constructo's kits do not come with double planking (which I like because, in my opinion, it is easier although some experts or purists may disagree). So the kits come with 2x5mm Sapelly strips. I have already made other Constructo kit (Carmen) and I planked the hull with these strips. In my opinion, they are really strong to bend even though they were soaked in water and then heated to keep the shape. So this is what I really dislike about Constructo's kits. Some new models (this one too) indeed includes enough 0.6x5mm Sapelly strips to plank the hull again, after planking it with the thicker strips. I really appreciate this but as I said, these thick strips are very difficult to work with (or maybe it is me, maybe I don't have enough patience!). Anyway, with this kit, I decided to buy 2x5mm Tilo strips because these are much easier to bend and another advantage is that you don't have the pressure to make the hull perfect on the first try because then you are going to re plank it with the final Sapelly ones. So this is what I did! I bought some Tilo strips from a local shop (quite cheap) and started planking the hull with them. Here are the pictures. As this ship has a very curved "nose" I also decided to glue wood planks (I will show them) and then sand them to fit into place. And then plank the entire hull with the thin Sapelly strips. I wanted to try this because I saw some kits do this, although these kits included the wood pre-cut. As you can see there are some gaps. I am first gluing the "complete and straight" ones and then I will fill the gaps cutting and sanding the strips to place, which is a more time-consuming work. I really like this planking method because, as you can clearly see, I made some mistakes (some planks are a little bit too bent or curved...) So this way, I can make little mistakes because then I will do a great filling and sanding work to make it almost perfect and then, after this, plank it again perfectly with the easy-to-work thin Sapelly strips. They are included in the kit! They must be used!!! hehehehe. I am really satisfied with the result (not finished though) and I am really happy that I am able to put a lot of hours of work on this beautiful ship.
  5. Hello everyone. In this thread, I am going to attempt to document the building of my latest model La Flore by Constructo. I bought this kit last year although I really hadn't had the time to build it until now, during the lockdown I have plenty of time and I work on it about 5 hours a day! I won't be writing many of the parts' names and forgive me if I make any mistake as English is not my first language and I don't even know some of the parts' names in Spanish! I am open to all the advice you can give me so come on!! I hope you like it!!! First some photos of the contents of the box. I had some issues with the "black" thread because as you can clearly see it is GREEN! I emailed Constructo but they didn't help me. They said sometimes this happens when the black colour is "lighter" than normal. I have been searching to buy a new thread and I think I have found some. As this is going to be used towards the end, at the moment it doesn't really bother me. Apart from this, everything is on the box well packed and in good condition. Constructo has good quality. Here I started with the false keel. Here I put some wood strips to hold the cannons on each side of the ship. I really liked this ship because of the gun line on each side. Then I glued the two lower decks. The prow deck and the waist deck. After this, I sanded the pins and started to plank both decks.
  6. Hi! Thank you very much! It really makes sense! It can be easily seen that you sanded all the corners and the strips look really rounded which also gives them a really good look and thus, it changes the measurements a bit. So now I have the correct ones to make an order This explanation along with the photos makes a really good tutorial to make my own stand just like yours. I really appreciate your fast response and the time you took opening the case and everything! Thanks and take care.
  7. Hello!! This one really amazing build of the Virginia Schooner!!! I am currently building the same model and I would also like to make the same stand as you. I guess that the majority of the strips (those at the corners and crossing the boat) are the ones supplied with the kit, 2x5mm. So I would like to know what the measure of those holding the keel of the boat is please. If I am mistaken or it is easier for you, just tell me a bunch of measures and I am sure I will work out which one is which. Thanks!
  8. Taking a seat to see how it goes! Really good choice. I'm sure the finished model will look astonishing. Greetings from Spain!
  9. Thank you all for this warm welcome! I am very happy to be here. I am going to upload a completed build of the San Francisco's cross-section from Artesania Latina. I hope you like it.
  10. Hello everyone. I want to share my build of the San Francisco Cross-Section kit from Artesania Latina. This kit took me about 6-7 months to build. It is a quite easy kit as the hull is very easy to make but the most difficult part were all the details. It was a fun kit to build with a very good quality of the materials and I am really happy and proud with the result. I hope you like it. Tell me what you think!
  11. Good morning everyone! I am very glad to form part of this forum. My name is Alexis and I am from Almazora, a small town in the Mediterranean coast. I started modeling when I was about 12 years old. I didn't start with ship models but with house models. As time passed, I began to acquire interest in wooden ships. My first build was Artesania Latina's H.M.S Bounty's Jolly Boat, the "ideal" beginner kit. It was a very fun build and, although it has its flaws due to lack of tools and skills, I am very proud I finished it and encouraged me to continue with this amazing hobby. My second build was Constructo's Carmen, a slightly bigger than the first but still a "small" boat. This one was more interesting to build as its deck had lots of details compared to the Jolly Boat's. Two years ago, I bought Artesania Latina's San Francisco Cross-Section for a really good price and managed to finish it in 6 and half months. This model is an important milestone for me as I made it very carefully and with lots of details as the skills, tools and resources were very different from those I had when building the two previous kits. This Christmas I finally got my dream model, Constructo's La Flore (also known as La Flore Ex Vestale). This will be my first "big" model and I am enjoying every step of it. I think I will make a buildlog for all of you to enjoy and for me to learn and listen all the practical advices you want to give me! I feel a bit nervous because there aren't many buildlogs of this ship. But I'm sure that with determination and help everything can be possible. I hope to be around here for a long time and learn a lot. Have a good day, Alexis.

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