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  1. After some time of work I managed to finish my galeon. As I said I exchanged some parts. On forecastle I placed scratchbuild two small cannons but after placing them I realised such guns are practicaly invisible. Canonballs are stashed so my Bucaneer is ready to sortie! 😀 I exchanged some circular deadeyes for older model of triangle deadeyes to simulate years of service and various repairs made to the ship. I realised that I very like ships with Black Flag so decided that next kit will be from similar "owners" but from different times and from different part of the world. Chinese Pirate Junk from Amati. It's even in same scale so it could be nice to compare them.
  2. Thank you for appreciation! This kit is I think is based on Golden Hind kit with few different parts beyond them. Their rigging looks the same as with name of parts on frames and sails. Also I think Buccaneer is easier due to lack of guns on lower deck and less complicated ornaments. However it's great model and kit it's very pleasurable. In the meantime I worked with my Buccaneer. Masts and dinghy mounted, balustrade has been exchanged. I decided to mount rear gallery ornaments on ship hull. I painted them all in red and then after paint dried I carefully sanded convex part to reveal "gold" of brass. PE staircases I exchanged into made from cherry wood. As this is pirate ship so she must have a treasure? This time locker is on board of dinghy. Maybe will be launched soon near lone island? Who knows? 😉 I try to photograph interior scratch build by me but little is visible. I decided to mount few ammo stashes on deck. I must fill them with wood and cannon balls on top ( as I didn't want to use so many cannon balls on them )
  3. I've managed to work more on hull and tapered masts. Metal gunports mounted. Upper parts of forecastle and aftcastle were planked in cherry as I very like it's colour, some bottom is planked with sapelli mixed with pear wood although after sanding and varnishing it's hard to see a difference. I've mounted chase guns. On stern I made tree pattern with alternately glued sapelli and pear. Here is a little bit better visible. I know that aftcastle rear has some errors although this will be covered in 90% by other details and ornaments. I've decided to made some changes on prow area as fully planked deck looked a little bit bland for me.
  4. San Juan is finished. Kit was really fun to build even if whole ship was easy and non requiring any gymnastics during assembly. For blackening of anchors I used AK Interactive 159 Metal burnishing liquid which gives nice a little rusty look. Liquid is very easy to use but beware as it's rather "heavy" chemistry.
  5. I bought this ship few months ago as always wanted to have classic galleon. Again after vacational San Juan wanted something not big but impressive. Again I wanted to custimize my ship as it's just generic galleon with Black Flag attached so I decided to made some modifications to give a bit of individuality: - made gunports for chase guns on stern transom, - made visible partial interior of rear superstructure room with 2 guns, gratings and ammo stashes, - made bow pursuit guns, - exchange full gallery balustrade into baluster based balustrade, - change of ornamentations and I have big desire to print resized mini painting printed in color on upper stern transom. Here I probably use widely known art from book of Howard Pyle. Also ornaments printed on laser printer do not convince me in any way. In Spanish Galleons by Angus Konstam I saw few colorful examples which are inspiration. I await for his two books Buccaneers and Pirate Ships. - change of position of few guns in rear superstructure. gunport is temporarly mounted 🙂 gratings placed only for photo
  6. Hello Clare! I saw Le Coureur from three publishers. Wooden kit from Mamoli which as I understand isn't as small as size of real ship could suggests, two card models from Shipyard ( one is laser cut as I remember while other is full paper ) and fully ribed behemoth from China or Taiwan. I would rather choose Mamoli ship and upgrade her on my own. Long ago as kid I made some paper models from local publishers. Nothing spectatular to be sure, mainly due to me. To this time survived only small CSS Virginia ironclad waterline from anonymous publisher and Admiral Ushakov from ProModel but this definitely proved me that paper models aren't for me. Montanes has very nice shapes, really it's beautiful ship which isn't as mainstream as certain very famous British First Rate while still having very interesting history. Meanwhile I worked a little bit with deck dinghy. I decided to use kit supplied and slightly modify her. I added rudder and rubbing strakes from wood. I made 4 oars and fixable mast, yard and bowsprit with some obvious coils of ropes. I'm not exactly happy about paint connection between black and brown but I probably stain this place with some modellers wash. I found on rigging scheme of xebeck/jabeque that lateen sail had more rigging as pulleys to setting sails. It could be a little tricky now but I decided to mount such pulleys and ropes because this sail is just empty. Four ropes and two blocks give a little bit more life. [screenshots from Occre page]
  7. Thank you for an answer! Yes, model is easy and very pleasant to build. Some time ago I decided that I must build something like such felucca because last model which I made tired me very much with rigging. You have right that it's kit for beginners although at least for me it's shame that she isn't more popular in comparison to the Polaris or some other kits. Here I suppose that lateen rig isn't as popular as schooner or square. I'm not trying to criticize kit as it's good model, only such metal parts didn't appeal to me but you have right, for most beginners it's not a problem. Also I think such tries in scratch build are good introduction to the bigger modifications and such models are nice bases for starting with imagination. BTW. In case of Occre models you can order plate with name of ship directly from them and they made such plate for free. I have such plates for frigate Mercedes ( completed ) and third rate Montanes ( one of my shipmodelling dreams ) Maybe this helps others too 🙂 After reading ( although it's not most proper word ) book Rigging Period Fore-and-Aft Craft by Lennarth Petersson I'm ill about making lugger as this rig looks so different from most known to me. I'm not sure am I experienced 🙂 Still I made some very stupid mistakes and some parts are bigger or lesser problem for me. Overall it's great and nice challenge with trying how to solute some problems.
  8. I recived such book today, from some lecture it will be useful, even if it's reprint of version from 1929. I understand that some of informations could getting old but way of explaining things by author is very nice. Also it's my first book with which I must fought a real battle at post office to get her as there were problems with bureucracy. I couldn't believe that small book will be so taxed by customs. I think you shouldn't visit hobby shops 😁 as some strange phenomenons are happening in such places.😉 which work as Bermuda Triangle for wallet content... Few years ago ( 2014 ) I went to the local hobby shop to buy dreamed and awaited Type 2 Ka-Mi Amphibious tank from Dragon in 1/35. I planned only to buy such model and I managed to get such tank. With "few" absolutely necessary paints, 1/16 figure of Napoleonic cuirassier and some thinners as addition. Not to mention that during return home I took Eurasian Collared Dove ( I know they are considered as parasites in US but in Poland and Europe are normal local birds ) which was injured. Model happily sits in glass-case while Casper has now about 7 years and even if he will never fly again ( due to previous injuries ) he happily long ago became proper ( and loud ) family member.
  9. Actualization. I almost completed hull and rigged masts with sails. I was getting used to square rigging and some of parts were very confusing, like metal toggles ( I think it's english name of this part ) Ropes are coiled, jack is flying although it's not over. On page of one Spanish modeller I found that San Juan transported post from Spain into Cuba so I decided to arm such boat with 4-6 swivel guns. I doubt that such vessel could be unarmed but of course I can be wrong. Now also time for some cargo on board. This was really different from rigging of deadeyes and laynards but when at start I was thinking it's easier, I was wrong. It's so different but I realised obvious fact that I fall in love in fore-and-aft rigged vessels 😉 Occre kit is supplied with many metal parts of questionable quality and I decided to replace them with my parts made from wood. Main problem was with pumps, anchor windlass and some of cleats. Instruction suggested glueing or drilling a hole inside metal parts. I didn't have machinery for such operations so I cut proper pieces of circular rod and made two holes. One all the way trough for hand operated mechanism and second to mount immitations of water mouth. I also cut from paper some very thin stripes. Next I glued rolled strips of paper to immitate parts of pump as same as advised Sapelli part. Last part was mounting a handle and water mouth I think it's much better than supplied metal pumps. Anchor windlass was similar case. I glued together two pieces of thin wood to later cut sides of windlass and from same circular rod I made main part. I glued similar paper strips and using profiled file I made curved shape. Next step was cutting off shape of sides of anchor windlass and many, sanding. Last step was making from metal rod windlass handle and shaping of drum ends at ends of winch reel. I hope I didn't mixed any word as I used words from modern windlass. I certainly add some details to such windlass. You can make laugh but I was really suprised how satisfactionary is scratch building of parts. Another parts were catheads? ( I hope I didn't made mistake ) to which anchor is mounted by ropes. As It can be potential further problems I drilled a small holes and mounted nails with removed head. All parts await for further sanding and shaping. Another case are ship dinghies as they are also casted in metal and I'm thinking about making my own dinghies from wood.
  10. Some progress with San Juan. I made some details of deck with booth. I want to add some furniture inside of booth like desk, wardrobe and chairs. I bet such booth hides also stairs to lower deck. Deck has been planked and I made immitations of nails. I tapered masts for San Juan and I decided to replace metal parts number 136 and 142 with carved in wood with same part from which main mast and mizzen mast were made. I think glueing this metal parts without reinforcing connection with metal rod will be very weak and telling the truth I didn't have such tools to drill in metal. I impregnate O-shape part with CA glue and then I'll paint this part soit should be enough. One thing puzzles me. Why there is grating in stern part of deck? Any cargo bay would be extremely small and unpractical as such bay will be too shallow to store most of goods. Ship toilet? But there is no "outlet" on the other side. Booth isn't mounted on last photos.
  11. Hello, I found this little cutie and decided to build her as escape from big and complicated ships. She looks like isn't popular kit and I wonder why? I realized that I very like look of lateen rigged vessels and she was smaller from Chebec which will be definitely a few months build. Here I will add to the San Juan probably 2 swivel guns as this ship wasn't big and maybe I'll paint her. I have big urge to made single plank with mathematic calculations - this seems as very big challenge and as San Juan has lenght of biggest frame about 70mm it will not require many 5mm width planks to fit. So far I've made skeleton and planked deck. During previous months I made such frigate - Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes.
  12. Hello, your Diana looks awsome and it's very clean builded. I'm building now her cousine Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes in similar manner ( pure wood and no paint ) and your build helped me a lot as they share a lot of parts.
  13. Battleships: Ting Yuen 1/350 Bronco Tsesarevitch 1904 1/350 Trumpeter Orel 1/350 Zvezda Iwami 1/350 Zvezda ( heavy modification ) Danton 1/350 Trumpeter Lord Nelson 1/350 Trumpeter Marat 1/350 Zvezda Musashi 1/350 Tamiya Cruisers: Varyag 1/350 Zvezda Myoko 1/350 Aoshima Destroyers: Yukikaze 1/350 Hasegawa USS England 1/350 Trumpeter Submarines: ORP Bielik 1/350 Mikromir ORP Orzeł, Sęp, Dzik and Sokół 1/400 Mirage Hobby K-3 1/350 Mikromir S-13 1/350 Mikromir Shch-307 1/350 Mikromir HMS Graph 1/350 Revell ( British Type VIIC ) I-19 AFV Club 1/350 I-27 AFV Club 1/350 I-56 AFV Club 1/350 ( slightly modified early I-58 ) I-58 AFV Club 1/350 I-36 AFV club 1/350 ( modification of I-58 with conversion from B3 class into B1 ) I-37 Aoshima 1/350 I-44 Aoshima 1/350 ( modification of standard kit I-19 ) I-47 Aoshima 1/350 I-370 Aoshima 1/350 I-365 Aoshima 1/350 USS Gato 1941 AFV Club 1/350 Gato class 1942 AFV Club 1/350 USS Harder AFV Club 1/350 ( kitbash of various hulls and conning towers ) PNS Ghazi AFV Club 1/350 ( kitbash of various hulls and conning towers ) RoCN Hai Shih AFV Club 1/350 Some of them were gifted to friends or presented in local hobby shop.
  14. Thank you all for answers and explanation! This makes sense. Technological progress in later half of XIX-th century and in XX-th century was very fast and uncomparable to the ealier centuries. Almost everything was changed, material used, systems of armament, range and speed. ect.
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