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  1. I leave the painting of my models to completing plastic or resin kits, and then here is the curve ball as in this case I would strive to make most of it look like wood. I have only painted one wooden model but that was because of the era being predicted this is my least favourite of my models. It really depends on what you want. I do not consider wooden kit building in the same league because most modellers of cars etc would paint it but also strive to make it look like a replica of the real thing. Therefore they would also weather it and use painting techniques such as applying washes, stippling etc. Where as your paintwork is good it looks too clean and does not have depth (just my opinion). For me it still does not look authentic. For this reason I categorise wood model ship building differently to using plastic etc. Wood is more about the build process. Other mediums are more about the authentic painting etc. This is kind of proven when you see someone building a ship such as Gorch Foch out of wood. In this case painted plastic would look far more accurate. I would also disagree that ships were all painted, pre 1800's when paint was very expensive wouldn't they have been ''paid' or varnished. In the case of your model above I would probably paint the same apart from the lower hull which I feel is more authentic varnished. This of course is only an opinion and it is about what each individual wants to get from their hobby. My opinion is that you have to be careful with painting not to make it look like a toy.
  2. Hi, That's what I thought, the threat to trade was primarily the Barbary Pirates.
  3. Yes, been to a village location in Dorset that was abandoned after the Barbery pirates took the community into slavery and this was late 1700's. Nothing there to tell you about it. Wasn't the original reason for the USS Constitution being built to protect her ships from the same fate?
  4. I think the diversity rarely spread further than the seafaring community. There is quite good coverage of this in Nelson's period and particularly at Trafalger. However, you only have to look at the influence behind designs of castles and who was contracted to build them to see that this was nothing new in the Tudor times. Remember that it also had not been long since we had developed Mediterranean practices for building ships , carvel, to allow us to have gun ports.
  5. I wasn't surprised to find that there would be persons from many different backgrounds and nationalities on the ship, after all Matthew Cabot was Italian and we had been trading with Africa and Asia for hundreds of years. Evidence from the Vikings shows this. I hated the program. It could of been excellent but as usual these days it was produced to fuel certain persons agendas with little regard to history. I hate any prejudism and positive is just as poor. The outcome of the whole program was obvious from the start when the program's second sentence was to the effect of that it would be great if the persons on board were black. His last sentence of the program was that he had spent his whole career trying to prove that persons of African origin were living in Britain during Tudor times. Hardly makes him unbiased. The scientific evidence was not much better. I was doing the deck planking on cruiser by this time so may of missed it but most of us have African origin in our DNA it is usually very low but we did all descend from the same people. So when the first tests suggested British they dug deeper. Finding the descendants of Grenville was the same, the excited little dance when one of possible hundreds of people found was a woman. It didn't say much for facial reconstruction techniques either did it. How wrong were they the first time!! Can't say I am surprised with the program but then it wouldn't of been aired if the results were different. I suppose, taking the risk to speak about what I thought of it will make people think I am prejudiced my self but I am not. Just would like History to be researched properly and not be bent to the demand of modern thinking. But I suppose history has always been written that way.
  6. Hi, Great build. I have built many of these small Pyro Kits and you do have to take them for what they are. However, have always been on the look out for this one. Only seen it once and they really did want stupid money for it. I have built: Bon Homme Richard Dutch Staten Jacht Venetian Carrack Roman Merchant Half Moon La Reale But gave up on their larger scale Gouda. If you have enjoyed the Bomb Ketch then keep your eye out for the others.
  7. Heller kits vary a lot between kits. They have the nasty habit of producing a good kit then modifying it for the second. The second tends to be rubbish. Also, the first tends to have a basis in an actual vessel. I have built a few and by far the best was Le Superbe, the worst was the Spanish Gallion. Kits that are from the same mould are: Gallion, Elizabethan, stella Le Phenix ( from Colbert plans) and Sirene Superbe and Glorieux Gladiator and Indomitable Possibly more.
  8. Second planking working down. One full strake and then another drop strake Started working up from garboard and down as well. One strake left on each side and stealers to do.
  9. As second planking completed down to the lower position of the wales I am expecting things to get more difficult from here. It is obvious that too plank the next section down the planks would have to be tapered more than half its width. Consequently drop strakes will be needed at the bow. I decided to drop one in straight away. First strake tapered to 2mm. Next strake down ready to fit. 2mm wide at end and then 2mm where the first strake ended. Take a look at the stem. This design has it flush with the termination of the second planks above the wale position. I can find no evidence for this being correct. Also, it would look a lot better if I added a section of timber here.
  10. Hi, I am currently doing Cruiser which is essentially the same kit. Yours looks to be going together better so far. I have done a few logs which might show some of the problems I have had but you are already catching me up. The worst failing I am finding is that there is not enough bulkheads to properly hold the planking to the right shape. I am doing the second layer now and there is nothing to pin though to other than the first layer. This is just where the planks need pushing up together to prevent the small gaps between. Telling you this as you still have the chance to pack between the bulkheads.
  11. I always find the battle of Flamborough head an interesting story. Serapis, an outdated 44 gun two decked ship which due to its poor design struggled to open its lower deck ports in anything but calm water, and the armed vessel Countess Scarborough 20 placed themselves between the fleet they were protecting and the American / French fleet. Bon Homme Richard 42, Alliance 30, Pallas 30. Serapis and the BHR fought each other two a standstill with the CoS fighting the French vessels. Once the countess surrendered the Alliance joined in the fight against the Serapis and she was forced to surrender. Up to this point it was one of the most heroic single ship actions of all time for both sides. Depending on who writes the story depends on whether the French ships are disregarded, Serapis guns climb to 50, Bon Homme Richards reduce to 20 etc. Also the fact that the English merchant fleet got safely away is nearly always forgotten. John Paul Jones is also an interesting subject. How did he get to France and if it was as captain of USS Ranger why was she not involved? John Paul was a Scotsman, some accounts have him as a sailor on slave ships but found it unhuman. Either way accused of murder of a sailor and fled to America. Again accounts vary from self defence against a mutineer (so why flee) to an act of rage against a sailor whilst he was a Midshipman on an English Royal Navy ship. All this time on and still difficult to get an unbiased account. After the Ranger and Bon Homme Richard his service is unknown to me but eventually he joined Russia as could not get further service in the USA and became an Admiral. He retuned to Paris when no longer able to get service in Russia. His remains did not return to America till 1909. As for the Bon Homme Richard wreck. That coast is strewn with wrecks and due to the strength of tidal currents few survive unless they get covered in silt. Often, as with history, people see what they want to see and change the facts to suit. Perhaps timber analysis or the ships bell could prove either way. I didn't realise that the BHR had caught on fire, actually thought the Serapis did from grenade thrown from the BHR.
  12. One thing of note is that the figurehead is often shown as wearing a red coat but in Bligh's log he is stating as describing it as a pretty women dressed in Green riding habit. I believe this was after he painted it to amuse the Tahitians. It may of just been plain yellow before. I have read so many works on him that I am unsure where I got this from it might of been 'Captain Bligh and Mister Christian' by Richard Hough. I have just read Bligh's biography by Rob Mundle, also a very good book but nothing much about the ship. For what it is worth below is my lowly Airfix kit. not so pretty is she with the Airfix mould!
  13. Hi, Kit shown I built over 20 years ago, it is the Airfix Golden Hind. Used the vacform sails with bolt rope super glued around the edge. Sails painted base colour, followed by a wash of brown which settles in the creases and grain. Apply Second wash of brown paint but buff off raised areas, and where material would be strained, with a tissue just before it dries.
  14. excellent job and all good practice for that second layer.

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