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  1. Thanks. I am sure there are several other pre shaped kit pieces that will be discarded. I think this kit would be even better if Amati changed from dibetou to some other type of wood Jeff
  2. Greetings The bulwarks for the upper deck are supplied precut using 2 mm dibetou wood. if you have been following this log, you already know my opinion on this wood so...not having any 2 mm planks I decided to double plank - the inner layer were planks left over from the hull planking - 1x5 mm. here's a pic of one side with the first layer mostly complete. The second layer was a combo of 1x4 and 1x5 mm walnut left over from other kits. some holes and ringbolts also visible for the cannon rigging. A separate 5mm plank is placed long the bottom of the bulwark (therefore 3 layers here). photo below shows the kit supplied dibetou piece (cut in half). this piece would have required quite a bit of modification to get everything to match up. one can see the coarse grain and the arrow shows how one small area broke off. this was the problem I had with the prow - if you look back at prior posts, one can see that the prow is missing. Even though this is 5 mm dibetou, one misadventure in turning the ship and snap, off it came along the grain. one useful modification for this kit would be to have the stem as a separate piece to be added at a later stage Quarter deck bulwark has the same pre shaped piece. They are now in the trash. Quarter deck was planked the same as described above. In the photo below, the area below the cutouts is double planked (therefore 2 mm thick). The area above this is single layer, 1 mm walnut bulwark planking complete and, the last deck to be placed is the poop deck. This deck comes pre shaped, 2mm thick. This is the only deck at this thickness. I decided to discard this one and use scraps from the other deck pallets. 2 pieces glued together and then cut to the correct shape. this deck is glued in place at the same time as the upper stern board (basically the back of the ship). The upper decorative strip (paper) and 2 1x2 mm walnut strips were placed prior to fastening this piece to the ship. It was at this time I realized the upper part needed to be white like the bulwarks (no mention is made of painting this area in the instructions - the picture does show the slats are white so I guess I need to pay more attention) . Yellow stars should be white in pic below Area in oval should be white in pic below. Not very hard to do but it would have been much easier while still off the ship. And lastly, the stern board in place. The side planking needs to be sanded flush and poop deck planked. Everything coming together quite nicely so far Jeff
  3. Rather than fitting out the forecastle, I decided to move on to the quarterdeck. While planking the deck, the helmsman's canopy was constructed. This comes as 4 parts for the walls and 1x2 walnut for the roof. the upper ends of the side walls need to be beveled to accommodate the roof planks (arrow in pic 1 and 2) Quarterdeck partially planked. Planking was placed to leave a recess for the hatch combing and the helmsman's canopy. Quarter deck now planked. Here are views of the deck with and without the hatch combings and canopy. Too bad all the work that went into the lower decks is now not visible. once the deck is complete the aft 2 bulkheads can be glued in place. The aft most one can be seen in the photos above. The other can be seen below Make sure all the edges line up or there will be problems when the rails get placed (see arrow below) Next up are the bulwarks for the main and quarterdeck. Jeff
  4. Greetings Past few weeks spent finishing the aft 2 bulkheads, placement of the forecastle upper deck and quarterdeck and finishing the forecastle. first was the deck planking. there are 2 of the smaller cannon located on this deck and I found that they sat a bit low , even after accounting for the 1 mm planking. easy solution was to install a 1 mm sub planking. a cutout in the planking was made to accommodate the grating. The fore and aft bulkheads are planked with walnut strip; the kit has a precut piece for the bulwark plank but this was dibetou and I did not like the look so I used walnut for this too. The bulwarks and inner bulkheads now planked. 2 more 1x4 mm small strips need to be placed which will hold the eyebolts for the cannon rigging. the eyebolts were place first then the strips will be glued in place (arrows). I the holes are drilled after the strips are placed, you may risk drilling too deep and piercing the outside of the bulwark. The outer upper decorative strip with the 1x2 mm borders were also placed in order to be sure the inner bulwark planking was even with the outer Forecastle cannon with breeching rope, testing fit... I will finish up this area with the ladder to the lower deck and the fittings (pin rails, cleats and eyebolts then move on to quarter deck Jeff
  5. At the bow I filled in the front 4 spaces between the frames with basswood (a variety of sizes as you can see from the pic on my log - page 1). I felt this would be easier than trying to shape one bigger block. I then used a dremel with a sanding drum to rough it out and finished with manual sanding. I think the stern only needs the aft most space filled as the curves here are much more gentle than at the bow. Basswood is fairly soft and very easy to work with. It will also hold small brass nails. I bought a pack of strips, multiple sizes at a hobby store. you can find blocks of basswood on amazon too. Jeff
  6. greetings with the external hull planking now complete, time to return to some internal work. there are 3 cannons left that are below deck. These were rigged with the breeching tackle and then glued to the deck external view of the cannon that were just placed One VERY important step is to place the forward knighthead. this goes into a small slot on the forward lower deck. however, if the knighthead is placed without rigging it beforehand, it will be almost impossible to rig it when the upper deck is in place (you would have to do it through the rather small hatch opening). Review of other Revenge logs show what can happen if this step is not done. so, referring to the rigging plans, the knighthead was rigged off the model with the appropriate ramshead block., then glued in place. when the upper deck is in place, the rigged block can be easily retrieved. Next up will be to complete the aft 2 bulkheads and complete the remaining decks. jeff
  7. Hi. new progress report. Below is a photo of the bow deck, now completed with the addition of the pear strip and a 1x1 mm boxwood strip. With the 2 upper side patterns now in place, it is time to plank them. I decided to use full length strips of the wood supplied with the kit (1x5 tanganyca)as a time saving technique as any butt joints will be covered by the colored paper patterns. Not very impressed with this wood but this area will all be covered so no need to use something more expensive. The side gallery door frame was temporarily placed to help guide the run of the planks. Planking at the bow is complete. Some wood filler added to fill some minor gaps. Stern is almost complete. Instructions call for the planking to stop at the red line on the pic below.. However there are several wood strips 1x2 mm that are placed to separate the printed decorations. If the planking stopped at the red line then the 1x2 strip that goes here would be flush with the 1 mm planking that stops here. Photos in the manual show that this strip is not flush, I decide to continue the planking up to the 1x2 strip already planked aft Starboard side complete. After some sanding, side patterns will be ready to go on. Or I may complete the deck work and 3 cannons that are still to go below deck.
  8. Thanks for the great comments. Re: the "painted" areas, these are actually printed on paper and are simply cut out and glued to the correct area. Only one copy given so no going back once they are glued - get it right the first time. Attempting to paint these areas would be very tedious and I am not sure the result be be as good for most people. To Vulcanbomber, i agree it is satisfying to figure out ways to fix / improve the kit. Some parts of the construction are more like a puzzle that have to be solved before moving onto the next stage. I am always looking ahead in the construction manual to see if I can find a better way to build the ship. The manual is more like a general guideline in building the model for me. BTW i love your cross stich project. very unique Jeff
  9. Thanks for your praise. As slow as I work you may catch up to me! Jeff
  10. Salut! The forward side patterns are now on and I am working on finishing the planking between the wales. Both forward bulkheads had to be finished and placed on the model before the side patterns as they would have been difficult to fit after given the curves of this area (pics 2,3). Note that the aft 2 bulkheads have not been placed. test fitting showed that there will be no problem to fit them after the aft pattern has been placed. My goal is to have the exterior planking done so I can fit the last 3 guns with tackle that are below deck (pic 1, blue arrows). Below, finishing the aft planking between the wales (orange arrow). The door frame (not seen in this photo) was used to allow the proper placement of the planks. Another way to do it would have been to plank up to the opening and glue the frame to the planks. When laying the plank around the bow, I found that there was not a smooth transition from the forward deck planks to the hull plank. The arrow shows that the lower forward pattern edge is visible - not a good look IMO. So I decided to place a strip of swiss pear 1x2 mm around the curve of the bow for a cleaner look. This required some sanding of the finish from the deck which account for the "unfinished" appearance. A final photo of the area will soon follow. Jeff
  11. I would not worry too much if the model does not exactly match the pictures. And I would not move the opening for the ladder. It will just be extra work that is not needed. This area on my model has a 4 mm strip running across the deck aft of the hatch combing. jeff
  12. Time for a new update: The 2 raised upper decks have been planked and installed. This was all pretty straightforward (green stars). I decided to plank the inner bulwark on this deck as I did with the main deck. To support the planks I used MDF from the same pallet as the gunport frames to keep the depth the same green arrows). The planks are 5mm. The cannons will be glued to the deck and rigged with the breeching tackle prior to the installing the quarterdeck. Another modification was to divide the quaterdeck into 2 sections at frame 12 (the one just forward of the whipstaff assembly (red arrow). The work aft of this frame is complete allowing this part of the quarterdeck to be installed at this time. Before placing the cannons, the side patterns will need to be installed so the external planking can be completed. Next photo shows the starboard aft pattern in place. I have also completed the placement aft of the upper wale, leaving a space for the balcony door frame (red arrow). The stern window bulkhead and stern windows are installed before the side patterns. The poop deck side patterns must also placed at this time (blue star). I also had to glue the top the frame 14 (blue arrow) back in place as both sides snapped off during the hull planking. That happened to several frames at the forward deck too. below is work on the aft section of the quarterdeck. this will be eventually covered by the poop deck with a bulkhead at the forward end of the poop side pattern. Both side patterns now in place. I have also placed one 2x1 walnut strip across the upper part of the pattern this acted as a guide to help finalize the position of the black wale below so that there will be the correct amount of space for the colored patterns that will be added later. While doing some rough fitting of the poop deck, I decided to discard beam 14B which goes where the red arrow is on the photo below. This beam has a slight camber and for some reason, the poop deck is twice as thick as the other decks making it fairly difficult to bend in this way. Also, there is part 20A which is not listed in the manual but goes across the forward part of the side panel (blue arrow shoes the notch for this beam). Photos from the instruction manual do not show a notch here. This small camber is not really noticeable so I just replaced the kit beams with 2 from some spare wood (4x5mm). Forward side panels will be installed next Jeff
  13. I don't think that is a "gap" but rather a transverse plank. only the tabs are left unplanked as they slot into the last bulkhead. Many of the decks have this transverse plank up against a bulkhead. Easy to fix you can just lay one of the 5mm planks used for the hull planking across this deck. jeff
  14. Greetings Upper deck work in progress. First pic shows some 1x4 mm wood added to each beam to raise up the cannons relative to the lower edge of the gunports (pic 2). The main deck gratings have also been placed with epoxy rather than CA - lots left to do with this model and I don't want them to get dislodged - thus completing the work on the main deck. When performing these modifications it is important to check that it causes no change to anything else further down the line. for instance two bulkheads sit on this deck and they must align with the top edge of the forward and aft side patterns (which they still do). The instructions call for planking the upper deck almost in full then installing it. Problem here is that there has to be some bending to get the deck in place. This would be difficult fully planked. So a few planks were placed off the ship to get thing started - the aft plank that runs across the deck ship (large black arrow) and the planks that run centrally up to the openings for the bits (small arrows). it is much easier to sand these openings and those for the masts while still off the ship. Once on, the deck is planked almost to the bulkhead frames (which eventually will be removed). Also seen on this deck is the hatch combing which had to remade as the kit's combing was pretty much destroyed when I tried to sand it. This part is made of a wood called dibetou. I am not a fan of this wood as it is VERY brittle along its grain. even cutting out pieces from the pallet may cause the part to split along the grain. Here's a pick of the original part (upper) and the beginnings of the new one. I have a feeling I will be making more scratch parts along the way! The red arrow shows the tiny tab that hold the part to the pallet. grain runs the same way as the arrow is pointing. Below pic shows the final hatch combing Again I digressed a bit from the plans which call for planking the deck and gluing the combing onto the planking. In reality the combing would sit on the beams and planks placed around the combing. This gives a better look I think as well as being more accurate

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