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  1. I think I‘ll try dark grey paper next, see how that looks. My brother also agrees that the cardboard is too wide.
  2. First the idea was to plank the deck. Then I thought, I might just as well do the hatches too. Then I read about the Evergreen Fir outside of the Binding Strakes. Then I thought I‘d try caulking... But really this is also a test prior to planking the upper decks chris
  3. Even if the hatches are barely visible, and I think they will be, I would still want to do better here than just paint the deck in walnut brown. I started working on my Diana early December and I still haven‘t reached the end of the first chapter in the instructions manual yet 🤪
  4. As you can see I have a wider King Plank in the middle a wider plank for the Binding Strakes, which should actually be two. Outside of these is where the fir planking starts, but only on the lower deck. My brother, who is an expert ship modeller mostly leaves his wood natural, but I‘m thinking of airbrushing(!) a fine mist of grain filler as some protection, as I‘m worried the untreated wood would pick up dust too easily especially in moist and humid conditions.
  5. Small update, good evening all, I need your expert opinions here. With the hatch coamings sorted I‘ve been thinking about the lower deck planking. Some modelers have achieved great results with thin cardboard strips between each plank for the tar caulking. This is what I‘ve tried here... ...but I think the results might be a bit too heavy. On the real ship decks the caulking is a lot less conspicuous as you can see here: Quarter Deck HMS Warrior Upper Deck HMS Trincomalee Quarter Deck HMS Trincomalee I might even leave off the caulking all together as the Navy board models don‘t seem to have this feature. Or I might try dark grey paper. what do you think? Oh, yes. I lined the edges of the ply deck at the hatch openings as the ply wood which was almost white was too noticeable. Thanks for stopping by, Chris
  6. Good evening all, a small update. It took three attempts before I was happy with the hatch coamings. On this picture here the deck planks have again been loosely put in place, just for a sneak preview if you will. I cut away some large chunks from four bulkheads as I realized they would be visible from the upper deck hatches. That‘s the official version, but the truth is I wanted more deck area for planking. As I‘ve said before, Tosti writes that the planking outside of the Binding Strakes was done in Evergreen Fir. So cutting away the bulkheads would give me more space here. I didn’t want the deck to look as if it was 3‘ thick so I beveled the edges a bit. the PO had followed the instructions here and simply painted the lower deck in Walnut Stain. The bulkheads and false keel were painted black where the hatches are to make them a bit more inconspicuous when the gratings are added later Thanks for stopping by, Chris, in Germany
  7. The wood for the lower deck arrived and I started testing my skills on some hatch frames. I think they should be a bit flatter. The deck planks are not glued here yet, just put in place for a sneak preview, sort of
  8. So after several hours I had cut out all the parts for the carriages. Not only did the tabs need removing, but there was a load of milling debris stuck to the edges which also took a while to clean up. I was about halfway through this all when I noticed that the cannons (and the carriages of course) were in two different sizes. So I spent an extra few hours sorting everything out again.
  9. I‘ve ordered pearwood strips for the lower deck, which will probably only arrive the week after next. To keep myself busy I started something else. This is going to be a loooong build (well at least it isn‘t a Victory) 😳😆
  10. I have also noticed that part of the bulkheads might be visible through the open hatches. This will have to be fixed. But first I‘ll have to order a decent razor saw. Per instructions the lower deck should just be painted in walnut stain, but I would like to take things to the next level here and plank the deck as far as it is visible and add hatches etc. Tosti writes that the planking outside of the Binding Strakes was done in Evergreen Fir which should add a bit of variety but only on the lower deck. As far as deck planking goes I‘m planning on doing everything in pearwood except the Fir decks which will be in Maple. Hull planking (if I get that far) will be Boxwood, Chris
  11. I‘ve just noticed on my brother‘s PC that the images are very large. This might be against etiquette so give me a day or two and I‘ll see if I can replace them.
  12. So after a break of close to five years, being inspired by Vanguard Models‘ Speedy (yes, I bought one), I decided to dust off the Diana and carry on where I left her. I had always had the intension of filling in the space between the bulkheads with balsa as, a) I didn‘t trust my planking skills and b) to check her hull after modifying the bulkheads the way I did. This was a slow process at first but started to move along once I got the hang of it. I found the best way to shape the infills was by carving... ...and sanding with 40 grit sandpaper on a small plank The bow and stern where also filled in The thick lower deck wasn‘t in place when I did all this so I could turn her upside down and work on her the ‚Hahn‘ way. This was nearly a disaster as it was very difficult to get it to fit right. In the end I also filled in the space between the very last bulkheads. The stern wasn‘t easy but manageable with a bit of planning and forethought. Some glamour shots at the end of the day that‘s all for now. Thanks for looking, Chris
  13. Test post to show that I‘m working on my HMS Diana again, after five years! It‘s scary how time flies. I just want to check how uploading images from my phone works. A detailed update will follow over the weekend.
  14. Yes. there were a few, so I decided to check them first, before the whole thing is glued up. I called the National Maritime Museum to order copies of their historic Diana plans, but they couldn't find them. The lady on the phone thinks they may have gone lost. I'll check again tomorrow or on Monday, see if they have turned up. But I didn't want to wait weeks before they do and my oder arrives here, so I decided to move on with what I've got. I went about it the same way as on the other bulkheads and found that the remaining five are closer to the plans than the others. Here they have been trimmed accordingly and, again, after bevelling, the test fit strips Looks like I may have trimmed off too much at the very bottom of bulkheads 8; 9 and 10. This will be corrected with the balsa infills later. A large box with several planks of 15mm balsa arrived at the office today. Excellent timing! Nothing beats a nice good night photo at the end of your successful building session --Chris
  15. So, the modified rear bulkheads have also been cleaned and bevelled. I have now completely reworked the rear six bulkheads (except #16 and not counting 17) and have carefully bevelled the front four. That leaves five in the middle. I'm thinking of ordering a set of Diana plans from the NMM so that I can check those remaining five as well. It seems wrong after going through so much work on these 11 and not do the same for the rest. So far everything has turned out quite well. --Chris

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