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  1. Great discussion guys and loving the extra effort put into the rigging, Bill. You're in good hands with Kirill4 and Patrick guiding you
  2. Superb! My favourite is the 1780 with it's friezes and deck scrubbers. But they're all excellent in any case Happy New Year to you Daniel!
  3. Neat paintwork, you must have buckets of patience and a steady hand Bill! Merry Christmas!
  4. Excellent advice as always, @kirill4. I went ahead and got those 2 books to finish my Xmas shopping although they won't arrive till after haha. I suppose the publishers will be pleased with that and won't be too offended with the pdf link posted earlier? 😉 @bosco72, keep up the good work and remember, build what makes you happy as it's your model... Although I agree with kirill4 that having a crack at learning some new rigging techniques is very rewarding although a further investment in time and effort
  5. Sorry, I meant the spritsail yard which was bent upwards, haha. My Victory rig was pretty basic, no time spent making actual rope so I must have saved a year's worth of effort! Not sure I can get away with the Golden Hind at 1:72 scale though... Just read your amazing spanish galleon build log, kirill4... I will be re-reading it again and again, taking notes. You humble me with your kind comments, but I'm really just a two bit hack at this 😅 Meanwhile at the dockyard... Started test fitting some false decking. Styrene strips cement
  6. Oh my word. Simply an amazing and inspirational log... There is so much detail, research and patient effort put into this labour of love. Thank you so much for sharing! Keep up the awesome work and hoping to see more updates soon.
  7. Thanks Krill, I agree with you. The plastic molded yardarms look good with the detail already molded in but may not hold up well later due to rigging later. I haven't worked with wood much and honestly am a bit worried I'll mess it up, so will be experimenting with bbq skewers or toothpicks and a mini hand plane, watch this space. Funny you mentioned the bowspirit issues, here is a pic of my Victory build for a laugh showing a severe upward bend because there wasn't a counterbalancing stay, whereas the rest of the spars actually turned out ok provided I adjusted the tension in the
  8. Thank you, Kirill. I've had fun with this so far, the parts are nicely molded and easy to work with at this scale, I'm sure you will too when you get to kit bashing the Hind. Why don't you post a log too? Still battling on with a false deck for the lower deck cannons and making sure everything aligns nicely before glueing the parts together, not to mention waiting for paint to dry between coats... Lots of learning for this newbie still
  9. Excellent research! I'd love to get my hands on a copy of this too, it looks like a very interesting book.
  10. It's great the kit doesn't have too much excess flashing...looks like a fun kit to work with and I especially like the window and door details. Good luck with your build, looking forward to more progress pics! Cheers
  11. Oh yes, and I forgot to mention a few coats of thinned paint works better... As for the chevron design, I based my paint scheme on this image from a resource shared by Backer ... a concept sketch by Matthew Baker (Fragments of Ancient English shipwrightry) And a supposedly 16th century unattributed painting of the Armada in action vs English ships. It seems spanish ships had chevron patterns pointing towards the stern, while the English, towards the bow. I also felt the Pelican was probably less elaborately decorated compared to the "Queen's ships" a
  12. Hello Kathy, Tamiya tape and a fine quality paint brush (I use GodHand brushes which keep their shape quite well) Also making incisions using a sharp Xacto blade on the hull to mark out the pattern helps, not sure if it'll work for wood (I'm working on plastic) Cheers,
  13. I thought I was looking at the real thing for a moment! I admittedly don't know much about planes, but is that a BMW engine I see? 😄
  14. Excellent masterclass, Jeff! I can't believe it took me this long to discover your work. So much to learn from your techniques...thank you for sharing. I do wonder if styrene cleats will hold properly to the masts with solvent cement especially when belaying rope to the cleats later? I found that drilling a hole into styrene parts and adding some kind of reinforcing material (copper or brass) would provide extra bite into the area it is being glued onto. Cheers, Ron
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