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  1. Hi Martin So called heroes are reason for scepticism. Look at this one. Besides enslaving a perfectly innocent flying horse there were quite some rumours about his conduct among the ladies and in later life he was punished for his hubris. Nevertheless I kind of like that rogue - and yes, he definitely has more glamour than an elephant. Meanwhile, the skipper still has some work to do for a not only simple but also precise solution of the decoration problem. Hi BjΓΆrn I bid you a 40% welcome to the ranks of the retired gentlemen! Thanks for the comment My quarter galleries just fit together more or less by themselves - or perhaps I was just lucky. But still the windows and the decoration have to be put in/on. I hope this will work as straightforward as the basic structure. Cheers Peter
  2. Freely quoting Jack Aubrey: There are two ways to do it - the right way (or sensible one) and the navy way . On the other hand the sensible one could explain why the bomb vessel had 2 guns less. You found an elegant and ingenious solution to provide a perfect quarterdeck barricade. Me, I just nailed and glued it on, forcing it into the bend - the navy way. Cheers peter
  3. Under the shower I was thinking about that space problem with Granado's guns and perhaps had an idea: She was used as a bomb vessel with 8 guns and a sloop with 10 guns. Now if you place the 8 guns on ports 1,3,5,9 and 2,4,6,10 and leave of those abeam the aft mortar you could serve them with only guns 3 and 4 being constricted on the forward side. For better working conditions for the guns 1 and 2 you would also have to shift the deck fixes for the fish davit but this should be possible. Serving the guns while leaning over the rail would be very cumbersome and expose you to enemy fire - it should be avoided. What do you think?
  4. Hi Bob For a long time I was silently admiring your clean, precise work on your beautiful Granado. Sometimes I did recheck some details on mine and had to nod in agreement. There is something strange with gun proportions and/or placement. In the book in the AOTS series the same confined space for the guns is depicted. I wonder if a too big calibre is installed or else if they did serve the guns leaning over the rails as especially those pieces abeam the mortars couldn't be run in sufficiently. Another doubtful thing I noticed only when I saw your provisional pump placement is that the outlet of one of them directs its water onto the cabin door. Again it's the same on my boat. But perhaps you find a way not to wet the skippers feet every time you pump... For the bulkhead I did use the decals (I'm lazy) but think the result is acceptable. Keep up the great work Peter
  5. Hi Snowy Snowy? in Darwin?πŸ€” Seriously - I start coppering aft and at the keel and work forward, finishing line for line. The plates are overlapping and the lines brick-like shifted. Gradually the line near the stern gets a bend. Then, after about 6 lines or so, I insert a stealer. The work is tedious but bringing on the plates overlapping - as the prototype was done - leaves room for corrections and basically you only have to trim the plates at the waterline. If you are looking for more detailed information about the construction of the ship I would recommend a copy of: The 74-gun Ship BELLONA by Bryan Lavery from the Anatomy of the ship series. Vanguard is a ship of the Arrogant class which has similar design dimensions as the Bellona class. Cheers Peter
  6. The rigging of the guns continues. I will have to put tackles to the 12 of them, which could be visible from above. On this sides you find a lot of great looking, meticulously made rope coils. However, as I'm a bit afraid of hard work I was looking for a simpler solution. Now, if the guns are run out but not ready to fire but fixed in this position, wouldn't you lash the tackles instead of just coiling the ropes on the deck, leaving the guns free to move? Well, this skipper does. Most probably you would fix the gun with the side tackles, leaving you free to take off the train tackles to stow them out of the way. This skipper doesn't. The train tackles will stay in place but lashed with the free end of the rope. This is easier to do, looks tidy and perhaps isn't completely wrong. the skipper checks a finished gun stern Between placing the guns I worked a bit on the stern for a change. The bulkhead was assembled and put in place. Two nail heads serve as door knobs. Also the two ports on the lower counter got their portlids, the toping lifts still missing. glazing of the windows was done with some leftover cellophane sheet - thinner and easier to work with than the kit's part ports on the lower counter The cast stern decoration for Bellerophon is a problem. It doesn't fit well and I can't bend it to follow the curve of the transom. But Elephant has an identical decoration with the exception of the middle part. This, an elephant, was scratched away. Then I made a casting mold from the white metal original kit part and first tried a plaster casting. This came out nicely but was much too brittle to work with. A second try with dual component glue came out quite well and even stayed a bit flexible - probably I made a little mistake in the mixture. I need a few more tries, but this will be the way to go. Elephant decoration with elephant scratched away original cast part, plaster casting and mold white painted cast of Bellerophon made with dual component glue Bellerophon replacing the Elephant
  7. the spectacle plate in detail - a strip of cartridge paper and 2 eyebolts upper deck guns and equipment The next task - and test of my endurance - will be installing the 28 guns on the upper deck. 10 of them will be partly rigged and following RMC's very sensible lead I will install just the train tackles and breech ropes as this will be the only - at least partly - visible parts of the gun rigging. I'm a bit worried about guns breaking loose within the already closed decks (a fear shared by quite some of captain Aubrey's contemporaries) and will put a small nail through the carriage into the deck in addition to gluing them down. Those guns are now provisionally placed and will be attached permanently one by one. The blurred paint dividing lines on the hull are clearly visible. I keep telling myself that the prototype was really hand-painted and done by visual judgement only. Therefore a little lack of perfection could perhaps add authenticity... gun carriages will be hold in place by brute force
  8. Hi Martin All that merlot I would need to soften all those flaws would take a toll on my liver. Perhaps I could just take my glasses off?🍷🍷 Despite my reservations about her perfection, I admit I do like that big girl as well. Hi Mort Certainly. I will add a picture in the build log. I see you are building Caldercraft's Victory but I cannot find the build log.πŸ˜‰ Cheers all peter
  9. After installing gudgeons and pintles the rudder got also a spectacle plate (made from cartridge paper) and eyebolts for emergency steering and securing the rudder. The following painting of the outer hull was even more cumbersome than expected - mainly because I used a much too stiff masking tape for the first side. With a better tape the second one was a bit easier. I used tree paint covers and countless corrections and I still see flaws every time I look at the build. However I keep telling myself that all those imperfections add to the 'handmade' quality of the model. The paints are Admiralty water based paints, with 15% white in the yellow ochre and about 5% white in the dull black. The black looked rather grey on the brush but I like the finished paint. The upper part of the rudder was painted as well and all the lower hinges touched up with copper paint. The inner part of the side galleries and the cabins were 'grey washed'. I used white with just a little bit of black in order to get as close as possible to the impression on the pictures of Victory. After touching up the gun port frames with red and provisionally hanging the rudder it was time for a photo session. seen from a distance, the paint looks ok the captain, inspecting the newly hanged rudder, is dwarfed by the ship
  10. Hi Martin Thanks. Those flushing toilets are an interesting subject. I didn't know they go back a few thousand years and were quite common in better houses in England 200 years ago. And on a man of war I expected chamber pots or buckets for the officers - but no, they went to war in style! Hi Harlequin Your Bellona is an extremely fine build and with your connection to the original myth Bellerophon would be a logical successor (you seem to react very well to challenges...)πŸ˜‰. Cheers Peter
  11. Hi Paul Thanks, this is a great help. A flush toilet for the captain - very ingenious, I had no Idea. However, I think, the water in that rather shallow, open cistern would constantly swap over the edge. Was this possibly used as a collector for a closed cistern below, in the roof of the side gallery? Anyway I will change the design of the side gallery top as sketched below. Cheers Peter
  12. Building the side galleries was so far easier done than expected. I started with the 2 parts with windows - they were adjusted to the already installed end-to-end planking - and glued on. Then the adjacent windowless parts could be fit with only a small reworking necessary. The bottom 5mm mdf-part fit also quite well. However the top part of the side gallery needs a bit of rethinking and reworking. The kit asks to build something like a little pool on top of the gallery and this differs from any plans and pictures I could find. I suspect a misinterpretation of plans by the kit makers. I will install a more conventional, two stepped roof and hope to find room for the decorative parts. Some details of the outer hull were also installed including the bolsters for the anchor flukes which are missing in the plans. first side gallery parts attached first four plywood parts attached The roof is not finished, it needs one more step and the whole construction needs more filler. hull details including steps lower part of bolster
  13. Hi Spy This seems a very interesting kit. However, after looking at the box' contents (via link on post #14) I must say that it's no wonder that a few of the delicate parts are broken. It seems they pack some cats with it and those - being rather delicate themselves - would certainly resent the confinement. I like that cabin with lights, a bit similar to Granado. Daring hasn't one - would there be other British Brigantines which offer their commander that comfort? Cheers Peter
  14. Hi Spy Sad to hear you lost a battle (but not the war) in your struggle with Pickle. On the other hand you got a deal which is more than fair and your new project looks very interesting: A nice prototype and a kit with pre-shaped planks. I look forward to see how it is to work with such a kit. And maybe you will find a bit more information about the prototype - a short search didn't provide much. Good luck, have fun and I look forward to an interesting build log. Peter
  15. Hi Martin This is a very special Fly you are building and will be an unique piece of art. Desultory work? Many of us hobby model builders seem to be a bit overcritical when judging our own work. But I say that you should not judge a finished model by every single little detail (which may sometimes leave a little room for improvement) but by the overall impression - which will be great in the case of your Fly. (Of course I repeatedly say the piece with the overall impression to myself to overcome the frustration with my own botched details.) Cheers Peter

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