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  1. Greetings! I am currently working on masts and yards. here are a few pics... first one shows the components to the main mast including to mainmast, topmast,flagstaff and main yard main top The masts start as round walnut dowels and have a square top ( and bottom for the topmast). Here's how i do it. The dowel in secured in a vise with some scrap wood to protect the mast from getting marked up by the vise. the top is then sanded flat with a file, but only to 1/2 the thickness that will ultimately need to be removed (i.e., the mainmast is a 10 mm dowel and the square part at the top needs to be 7 mm. 1.5 mm needs to be removed in this first step). The dowel is then rotated 180 degrees and filed flat. I used a level to be sure the side filed first was level in order to be sure the 2 sides were roughly parallel. next, the dowel is turned 90 degrees and position is checked with a carpenters square to ensure that the sides already filed are perpendicular. after third side is filed, rotate 180 degrees and repeat. end result should look like this... It can be a bit tricky to do the top mast because the top and bottom are both square. And as to tapering masts and yards, I stick one end in a drill and sand it down to desired thickness. I found that using a plane will often make gouges along the grain and ruin the dowel. when making a yard that has to be tapered on both ends, i use painters tape to protect the side that has been tapered so as not to leave marks from the drill chuck. Below is the mizzen main and topmast and flagstaff along with some of the blocks to be attached. You may notice the small piece of wood at the bottom of the topmast...this is called the fid. it measures 2x1 mm. 2 small holes of 1 mm each are drilled and the opening is cleaned up with a small file. Below...main mast in place, not yet glued. All of the masts and yards with associated blocks will be made prior to the start of any rigging Jeff
  2. Hi Jonathan Great job on you ship so far! I would not get too hung up on specific locations for the eyebolts as when the ship is complete and rigged they will hardly be noticed. The main thing is not to have different sizes in one area. As such, I recommend using the larger ones on: 1. the hatch coamings (forecastle, main and quarterdeck - 22 total) 2. main and mizzen mast base (8) 3. last 6 go on the deck near the main base (4) and mizzen base (2) this will use up all 36 large bolts and you will have consistent sizes in the same areas. All other eyebolts illustrated on the overhead diagram (page 76-77 on manual) can be the smaller ones (part 227) Hope this helps. Feel free to send me a message should you have any questions going forward. I am currently making masts and yards for the Revenge Jeff (revenge build log by xodar461)
  3. hi Jonathan, I've enjoyed following along with your building log. A few suggestions from a been there, done that perspective...to get a good curve on the 1x2 mm wood strips, soak several strips of the appropriate length in water until they no longer float. then stack them together and clamp to a pot of a diameter that is close to the curve you want and let dry thoroughly. the wood can then be easily worked to the correct curve with minimal stress on the wood. This worked well for me. As for the bow, I snapped mine off early into the build. I did not try to repair until it was time to complete the bow with the support pieces and platform. this will give the repair added strength with the only weak area being the part that just out past the platform (which I almost broke). jeff (revenge build log by xodar461)
  4. Greetings! Gunports (and corresponding ropes to open them) and deadeye channels have been placed. All pretty straightforward. The channels each have 2 pins that go into the hull to help secure them. Next the curved beams on the port and starboard balcony were placed. Instructions call for a pin to be put on the end of the beam that goes against the hull. To me this presented a possible problem with final placement as the hole in the hull would have to be perfect the first time - no second chances given that these beams are glued against the decorative paper. If they are misaligned, removing them may cause damage to the paper that would be impossible to fix. I modified this by drilling a small hole through the top of the beam and out the end. when the beam is properly positioned and glued, this hole acts as a guide to drill a hole in the hull and then a small wood dowel (0.67 mm) is used to anchor the beam. photos below show this. All in place ... And with this the hull is pretty much complete. It will be put aside while I work on the masts and yards. Jeff
  5. Greetings, I am currently constructing the Revenge and I would like to display the ship at anchor in calm seas as she may have been seen of the coast of Spain in the Sea of Cadiz. Modelling water will be a first for me. I have the book "Waterline Dioramas" and the author mentions using textured Plexiglas that would simulate the small swells seen in calm seas. My idea is use a template to to cut the Plexiglas at the waterline - the ship will then sit in the cutout after the Plexiglas is painted. Photo below shows this using a cardboard template (taken from my build log). Here are some options for textured Plexiglas that I've found on the web: I think this may be the easiest way to simulate water and should look pretty good once painted (I hope). Any thoughts or advice? Jeff
  6. Greetings...on to the bow First order of business was to repair the stem. 2 pieces had to be glued back in place (red arrows in pic below). This would be a weak spot if not for the platform supports that sit in the slots on both sides of the break. Once the platform is in place there should be little chance of breakage from the bowsprit gammoning. Once all of the supports are in place the platform is glued to the supports. If the bow was planked / shaped properly, little to no sanding is required to achieve a good fit. Next, a small strip is used to line the edge of the forecastle bulkhead. Plans call for 1x2, I used a 1x3. This can be seen in the photo below. A small amount of this strip outboard was removed to accommodate the walls that will soon be placed The walls at the bow are painted green and lined with African walnut ("dibetou" in the kit). Have I mentioned how much i dislike this wood? It tends to fracture very easily along the grain. In removing the frames from the pallet, I ended up with 4-5 pieces - for each frame. The it was like a jigsaw puzzle to get them in the correct orientation to glue on the wall. See if you can spot the joints on the photo below. The photo etched brass decoration was painted and glued in place The L shaped wood below the walls are the catheads. four holes will need to be drilled into each cathead for the anchor tackle. I suggest this be done now off the model rather then after placement. Also, the catheads are almost impossible to place through the walls after the walls have been placed. Some trimming will need to be done to have them seated properly. They were placed through the hole in the wall and left ungluded. Once the walls are up they can be glued. End result... The top of the bow walls are lined with a strip of pear wood, 1x3 mm. forward belaying pin rack was also placed. This got me thinking about the belaying pins supplied in the kit and just how many belaying pins are found on a ship of this period. As the kit was designed by Chris Watton, I figured that was good enough for me. Problem with the pins as supplied is that they are quite out of scale. The figure below is 1:72 which i figure is close enough for a 1:64 model. Note the size of the pin - almost as big as his head! 8 mm brass pins were ordered from Model Expo, blackened and placed in a new rack with smaller holes. IMO, the brass seems to be much closer in scale than the wood. Of course, this meant removing all the pin racks previously place and making new ones from spare wood. Here is a shot amidship that shows the new pins and racks in place (along with the swivel guns) Next up, gunport and channel placement and stern gallery supports. Also starting to think about how I am going to do the "water" that the ship will eventually sit in. I'd like to get this done before i start with the mast work and rigging as it will be easier to move the model about with the lower profile w/o masts. jeff
  7. Thanks for the kind comments. re: next build log, i have no idea at this time what is up next as I still have a fair amount to do with this ship. I usually don't start thinking about the next project until my current one is almost done. And who knows what may be available at that time - so many interesting projects from Syren, Vanguard and CAF. Who knows, maybe the 1:64 Victory from Amati will be released by then! Jeff
  8. Greetings! After a rather long interlude (trip to New Zealand, work, general malaise / inertia), I am back at work in the shipyard. All of the cannons have now been rigged, some with leftover blocks from Warner Woods (these were quite good) and the rest with blocks from Syren (equally as good). Kit blocks are in the trash. Pin rails and Staghorn cleats have also been placed (some visible in the photos below) Now onto the stern. There are 5 parts to the walls that make up the stern balcony. After painting, the forward wall (also the smallest) was placed first. this required a bit of sanding to get the profile correct against the hull. Next were the 2 sides followed by the stern. a mm or 2 was removed from the side panels to get them flush for the aft wall. Overall not too difficult but it was important to let each piece dry before moving on as there is not a lot of surface contact for the glue. Below are 2 views... Next, paneling, made of 2x1 mm strips, is added to divide each wall and the capping rail is placed. I recommend gluing the walls first then adding the 2x1 mm strips rather than adding these strips to the walls off the model. And finally, photo etched "emblems" are placed on the walls, painted whatever shade of yellow suits your fancy. next up, work on the bow, including repair (way earlier in this build the stem had a close encounter with the wall and snapped off). Jeff
  9. Hi Jonathan. Re: the whipstaff. It has to be able to move freely up and down so you can eventually seat the tiller (at a much later stage) into the opening at the bottom of the whipstaff. You don't want to be caught with a glued staff and have a hard time placing the tiller when the assembly is covered with another deck. A piece of tape will suffice to keep the staff from falling out of the assembly. Jeff (Revenge log under xodar461)
  10. Greetings Placement of the main mast bitt finished up with most of the deck fittings except the grates. 2 castings go on top of the supports, painted gold rather the brown as the manual suggests Next up in cannon rigging. I used light brown rope of 0.63 mm (Syren) for the breeching rope (0.5 mm would be the correct size at a scale of 1:64 but I thought anything smaller looked too small). The rope in passed though a ring (which is attached to a eyebolt) then seized (using 0.1 mm rope) after a half hitch is placed. The cannons are then glued to the deck and the eyebolt is glued into the bulwark. The gun tackles are next. Blocks are 2.5 mm (left overs from Warner Woods), tackle 0.2 mm rope. Each block would be stropped with a hook but rather that make such a small hook, the bock were stropped with 32 gauge wire which was then blackened. Blocks supplied with the kit will be discarded at they are the typical non realistic square kit blocks. One down, 13 to go Train tackle at the rear of the gun has not been placed as I will be a bit short with the 2.5 mm blocks. I'll get more from syren when I have more stuff to order.. for anyone interested in how the rope coils were made... 6 or 7 turns, then a light coating of glue before lifting off the tape. Jeff
  11. Greetings After to rails I decided to place the hawse hole boards. These are 3 mm MDF and will have to be made to curve from side to side and then a little from top to bottom so it sits flush on the hull. Both parts were soaked in water (did not see much swelling in the MDF) and then clamped around an appropriate sized pot. Once I had the side to side curve six hole were drilled so the piece could be nailed to the hull. The holes were slightly smaller than the nail. The board was then glued and nailed to the hull, using a counter punch to drive the nails a bit below the surface of the MDF. By nailing the board I did not have to worry about how to clamp this piece in place if it was just glued and the board was now flush with the hull in both planes. on the pic below, the starboard hawse board has been nailed; on the port, the nails have been covered with wood filler and sanded. the second pic shows just the port board Photo below shows final result. The hawse holes can now be drilled into the hull to accommodate the anchor cable and painted black Back to some deck fitting - belfry has been constructed and placed and finally - as I plan to display the model at anchor in the bay of cadiz, I will need some crew. Though not much is available in 1:64 (and I am not good at carving), I did find some period figures in 1:72 which I feel will be close enough (5"7" at 1:64 is a 26.5 mm figure and the ones I found are ~25.5 mm). First crew member is manning the whipstaff. Next, a few more deck fitting and then the cannons will be placed. Jeff
  12. Greetings Next item to be completed are the capping rails. not a difficult chore but several of the rails running across the ship need to be curved and sanded to be sure they smoothly join the rails running the length of the ship. When all the rails were place, one area amidships needed attention Arrow on the pic below shows an area where 2 curved wood pieces go to complement the small wales These have quite a curve so they were made by hand. a photocopy of the area was glued to a 2 mm strip of bass wood and then trimmed to size. one glued in place below now both... finally stained. Some of the surrounding wood has to have some stain reapplied as it was removed with the sanding. next, some work on the deck fixtures Jeff
  13. "Breeching ropes were three times the bore length of the cannon, and ranged from 4 to 6 inches diameter, depending upon the size of the gun." In the table above, the size of the breechings is given in inches. This is not the diameter of the rope but rather the circumference. When a reference book gives the size of a rope or cable, the measurement is typically the circumference. For model kit rope and those that can be bought independently (IE Siren), the measurement given is the diameter. Therefore you have to calculate the scale size rope needed using D=C/π and maybe convert from imperial to metric measurements. A 2.6 mm breeching rope would be way out of scale at 1:48. A 5 in breeching rope at 1:48 would correspond to a 0.8 mm diamter rope. Jeff
  14. Greetings With the side decorative paper patterns and wales now complete, attention was turned to the stern, which was lined with 1x3 mm strip and painted black (blue arrow). The curved area below the stern board was lined with the same (red arrow). The windows are framed with photo-etched parts painted yellow. The 4 knees that support the rear platform have also been place. Only a slight amount of sanding was needed to get a good fit. The photo-etched crest that goes on the stern is now prepared. There are 2 parts that when glued together give some semblance of depth. The upper layer is 2 lions holding a circle. Lions are painted gold and circle black. I first spray painted a base coat of grey. The parts were left in the photo-etch frames to aid in handling. The lower layer requires painting the letters black and the center crest blue / red. Paint is applied and when dry, a fine grade sanding stick is used to remove the excess paint on the raised surfaces. Lower part of the lion on the left is painted gold. Finally, the 2 parts are glued together and the frame was cut away; the piece then glued to the stern board. Below is the final appearance. Satin polyurethane was used as the final coat. Next up is the bulwark capping rails and one area amidships involving the capping and wales not mentioned in the instructions. Jeff
  15. Thanks for the kind words. it has been an enjoyable build thus far Jeff

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