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  1. The building of this ship has been a slow process, I have run into several problems, including mistakes made due to the hard to follow French instructions, another modeler provided me with the Japanese version of the same instructions that, being a lot clearer, allowed me to continue with the build. Then, when I started to do the shrouds, I got very frustrated due to having to work with such small parts, to the point that I almost abandon the project, but, I rested for a couple of days plus did some research in the Internet, that allowed me to find the solutions to my problems. Attached i
  2. Hello there! It has some time since I updated this blog, reason being that I reached a point were, due to the confusing French instructions and rigging schematics, I did not understand what I needed to do next. Luckily, a friend of my that is also into modeling ships, had a set of Japanese instructions for the same ship that are outstanding in how clear the rigging instruction are, together with the French instruction and the English translation I now able to make sense of what and how things are to be done. As can be seen in the attached photo, I am getting ready to start the first phase
  3. Thanks, I found it. I went ahead and look at the rendition of the Royal by Hobac's Historian, He did a magnificent work on the ship, I am afraid that my ship is not going to be as good as his, but, due to my level of expertise, I do not believe that I can duplicate the works that he has done. Maybe, after I have done a few more models and in another 2 years or so, I may be able do something closer to Hobac's Historian work. Joe
  4. Please do! but, also please tell me were is the build log section is located within the blog. Thanks Joe
  5. I have started the build of a Heller Le Solei Royal, my level of expertise in building models is of an advanced beginner (LOL). I know I am unable to turn out some build at the level of some of the very well done ships I have seen in this blog, but I will do my best and build the ship as good as I can. Attached are some photos of the hull, I am still in the process of double checking the hull in an attempt to find and correct any errors, and also to fix any paint details, once I am done with this process I will start installing the masts. I intent to do my own shrouds and rat line (I
  6. I have build the model, it is a nice model to build and most of the parts do fit, you will still have to done some readjustments, but they can be easily done. I would recommend, if you feel to it, is to do the shrouds and rag lines and not use the plastic ones that comes with the ship, they do not align properly and do not look very real, I made that mistake and now is too late to replace them. It is something to consider. Following are some photos:
  7. Something to try, LOL, Thanks I just submitted a photo of my workbench, it is located on the "So Where Do You do yours" tread which has the workbench of many of the folks in this blog. I am attaching the photo here so you do not have to go hunting for the tread. Joe
  8. I am planning to make my own sails for my current build ( Heller Le Solei Royal ) I am thinking of using the paper sail making technique explained in this tread, in regards to making the sail looks like they are being pushed by the wind, I read in another blog were, when the sail was being build, to put in a very thing wire on the edges and cover it up, the wire will make it easy to make the sails because you can bend the wire so they sail look like it is furled. Is is my intend to try the combination of paper making technique and the wire to see how it works out, once I tried it I will m
  9. Hello There! I am a new member and this is my first post, my present workbench is a 2 x 4 board that I attached some legs, an added a peg board. It is not pretty, but does the job. You guys are right when predicting that we start in this hobby with a few tools and they keep growing and growing, I started with a $25 set of basic tools from Amazon, and now have a airbrush, more tweeters, small parts cabinet and other junk. Right now I am sharing a small corner of my TV room but I am negotiating with the Admiral to let me have one of the guess rooms we no longer use. I hope my negotiations w
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