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  1. Hello all! Been a few days without internet here, but that translates into more time for modeling! Rick01, Thanks for the link, great pictures of a beautiful model. And probably a great book too. Regarding a traveler, looking at the pictures in that link, that is the way the travelers was rigged. I think I'll follow the Instructions more or less as they are, and rig without a traveler. The weatherforecast came true, with lots of rain and indoor time. 😆 So quite a bit has been done on the model. I've got the caprails painted and mounted.
  2. Hello all! Sorry for the long abscense, but we've had a couple of weeks of absolutely beautiful summer weather! So sailing and playing with fullsize boats has been enjoyed! Now there's a weekend of heavy rain forecast, so great modeling weather on the horizon! Rick01, Thanks for all the tips. they are much appreciated. About the rigging plan, it seems to be much simplified in many places. Single blocks on foresail halyards is one example.. I would think that the bowsprit in a vessel this size would be retractable and the tackles on the bobstay and si
  3. Hello to all. Been away sailing for a while, gotta play a little with the big boats too! Have been back at it for a couple of days and here's a little update. Rick01, I like your beefed up davits, they look great! Definetly something I'll copy when I get there if you don't mind. Your version of the forward pinrail looks great too! Something to think about. I've been thinking about the anchorcable, and maybe it would work to make a horisontal capstan on the bollards/bitts that holds the bowsprit? Might be tight between that and the forward comp
  4. Rick01, That’s something I am afraid might happen. Also getting the correct length on the rubrails to fit between the stem and transom. I think it will be easier to fit all the rubrails and the caprails, and then cut them of and sand to make the transom fit snugly against them all. Gaffrig.
  5. Hello all! Getting settled on my new workbench, the work continues on Le Renard. I have cleaned up the gun ports using a square file, and I have finished painting above and below the waterline. I have used acrylic paint for this. The skylights/deckhouses are getting close to finished also. I have also shaped the rudder and drilled the hole to fit through. I want to finish the rudder, caprail and rubrails before glueing on the transom. This is a different order of things than the instructions call for, but I think it will be easier.
  6. Hello to all. Rick01, thanks for the links, lots of good information there. Great modifications to the catheads's. The illustration you have shows how they should look. Regarding the binnacle, I agree with you regarding the glass, but it could be that the replica has removable lids to hide modern navigation electronics. They probably have a magnetic compass too somewhere though. About the caprails, I did a dryfit, and they barely cover the thickness of the bulwarks, so I think I'll glue on a strip on either side to make it a little wider and to hide the plywood edge. This
  7. That’s good! But I’m afraid I’m a lost cause! 😂
  8. Sooo.. This package arrived today.. I didn't... I mean.. There was a sale.. You know?... 40 % off they said... And shipping one or two is the same cost... 😆 Look's like the "add-to-cartism" struck again! I guess it's time to order that appointment at the doctor now! Gaffrig.
  9. Hello all! Rick01, the carronades look great. I tried making up a tackle but as you say, the supplied blocks are a little to big. It doesn't look very good in the instructions either. 3mm blocks is ordered! The extra cannon, is that something you add just because you want to? or is there some source you found that says it should be there? Tompslattery, in my kit there was two lasercut pieces glued on top of eachother to make up the gun sled. Then a small PE brass bracket to hold the gun barrel. It seems your kit is an older version. The hull i
  10. Hello to all! Rick01, Thanks for the tip. It seems I have done the same as you, and a couple of the carronades need a little adjusting before mounting.. Tompslattery, Thank you! After mounting the inner bulwarks, they stiffened up quite nice, and I'm no longer as nervous for breaking them when handling the model. I have now sanded and filled and sanded and filled to get the hull as smooth and true as possible. So, I gave the hull a coat of primer, to see the places I need to fill and sand some more... Still some to do
  11. The build continues... Next step is the inside of the bulwarks. Another strip of plywood goes on the inside of the first one. I really like the new keel clamper! Before glueing this in place, I need to mark and cut out the gunports. I dryfitted the inner bulwarks with clamps, and marked the gunports with a pencil and cut them out with a scalpel. I made the cuts a little small, to have some material for adjusting after glueing. Then some yellow paint, and they are ready to be mounted.
  12. Well... I guess treatment is needed when ordering styrofoam from Italy! 😂 I might have to take you up on that offer! I know what you mean.. I heard a mayday call from HMS Visa a while back. Noone has seen or heard anything since.. 😂
  13. Wow! That looks great! Yes, it appears that the two benches fore and aft of the main hatch are lifebelt boxes on the replica. there is also what seems to be ventilation «ducts» on either side of the main and fore companionways. I think these can be omitted for the better. Gaffrig.
  14. Finally! The long awaited package from Italy has arrived... Hopefully containing the deck materials for my Bluenose and some other goodies... 😎 Hmmm.. 🤔 After some digging in the styrofoam.. Voila! More than I remembered ordering! I think I got a touch of that contagious "add-to-cartism"! I guess shopoholic and shipoholic is closely related! 😆 Anyway, lots of new toys and projects for the winter. It makes me feel good to have a couple of kits "on the shelf"! I'm a happy modeller
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