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  1. I had the opportunity, back about 5 years ago, to go to the actual museum were the original ship is displayed, but I can not remember if they had the model completed. The real ship was fantastic, is to bad it was not seaworthy.
  2. Well, here is another progress report on the Black Pearl. First I like to thanks Ryland Craze and ccoyle for fixing the title, I am know for being a lousy speller. The ship is moving along I have added some 22 LED flickering lights purchase from Evans Design to it to make it look that there are candles burning at nigth, I also getting most of the furniture installed on the ship. I am planing to use cloth sales, I found this material used for wedding gowns and I am hoping it will make a good sail material. (I went looking for Egyptian cotton but my local Joann Fabrics did not carry it
  3. Well, I have started the building of the Black Pearl, first thing I did was to have son-in-law order the lights from Evan Design , while waiting for the lights I started to weather the ship to look old and battered by time and weather, including adding to the hull something that hopefully looks likes barnacles. Received the lights, however I found out that my-in-law has mistakenly order the flashing lights instead of the flickering ones. Called Evan Design and talked to some nice people who immediately understood the problem and worked with my in exchanging the wrong ones with the proper
  4. Well, my son in law decided to buy the Black Pearl from Zvezda. Since I do not have any 3d printer equipment, most likely I will try to build the boat using most of the parts that comes with the kit. He agreed to purchase what ever lights I need from the Evan Design site, thanks to the moderator, ccoyle and you, Chilliard, for letting me know about this outfit. Well Chilliard I hope you do not get offended if I copy some of your ideas on how to build the boat, obviously, you are more experienced than me and I do need all the help I can get. I will be starting a build log as soon as I get
  5. I am going to make another attempt to upload the photos, here it goes: Well, this time it worked. Hope you like them.
  6. Well, It is finally finished!!! I have completed the build, I had to use 3 different sets of documentation: the original French version, a Japanese. and an English version. I will think twice before buying another Heller model! I am fully aware that the ship is not to the standards of the more experience modelers of this blog, but, this is only my 5th old ship model, and the biggest and more complex one, I started on Aug 8 of 2020, today is February 15th of 2021, so it took me 6 months and some days. I have learn a lot, now I am looking for another challenger. Will see Attached are
  7. Excellent work! My Son-in-law wants me to also build a Black Pearl, and he wants it with lights, would you mind disclosing were you got your lights? I also would appreciated if you could provide any hints as to how to wire them, I have never worked with led lights. Thanks Joe
  8. I have started to add the sails to the ship, I originally stated that I was going to use my own hand made sails, but, after I painting them, they did not look very real and the look and texture of them were off. I had a high level meeting with the Admiral about the subject, and, after a review of my sails and the plastic ones that came with the ship, we decided that the plastic ones looked more real that my own, so I painted them then I did a wash and they came out pretty good, not having anything else to use, we decided that I will use the plastic ones. The color I used for the sails is deck
  9. Ok, I have completed the preliminary rigging of the ship and getting ready to add the sails, as I previously stated, I am planning to use parchment paper for the sails, ( see a example of a sail made with this material on this tread) as to the color for the sails, I am playing with the idea of leaving them unpainted since this paper has a light shade of brown that looks like the color of a real sail. Will check with the Admiral to see if she agreed. Following is a photo ( not a very good one, sorry ) of the ship as it stands today. Until next time Joe
  10. Thank you sir. On the topic of the shrouds and rat lines, be prepare to expend quit of bit of time doing them, they took me over a month because, due to the work been so tedious, I only could work on them for maybe an hour a day. I am a hipper individual, so having to so such a tedious work is very difficult for me. The work on your ship is magnificent, but, I do not think that I would have the patient to do what you are doing. I do not think that I could expend several months or years doing the model the way you are doing it. Wright now, I am hoping to finish this model in 3 or 4 moths,
  11. Thank you sir for your encouragement, coming from some one with your expertise, is very valuable to me. I have finally completed all the shrouds and rat lines, it took me over a month to complete them, although I fully aware that they could have been done better, taking into consideration that is the first time I do this type of work, I think they came out quite decent. Attached are 3 new photos of how the ship looks after completing the shrouds, my next step is to start working on the cross members and their installation. Well, until next time, were I hope to have gotten closer
  12. Thanks for your comments, in regard to my technique for painting the small details, here they are: Nice strong light Reading glasses A very small brush And finally, lots, lots of patience. I did the painting over 3 or 4 days, and took my sweet time, I do not know the number on the brush, but I used the smaller size on my collection and one of good quality. I would only dip the end of it just to get it wet then very careful I painted the surface. It helped that the areas to be painted are raised. I did the gold painting before I started to build the ship, I
  13. Here is an update. I have completed the lower shrouds for the lower parts of the 3 masts and added the rat lines, I also completed adding the ropes to the gun ports, installed the anchor and added all the parts that contain most of the bright gold color. In addition I added a small piece of plastic part to the area behind the figurehead, painted it black and added some hand painted gold figurines. My next step is adding the shrouds lines to the second mast level. Following are some photos to illustrate my progress, If I can say so myself, the ship is coming better that I expected. Today,
  14. Same here, I find it hard to do the seizing, it feels that I need 3 or 4 hands to be able to come out with something that looks somewhat decent. Part of the problem may be that I am no longer a spring chicken, having gone trough 76 of those springs. LOL Joe
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