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  1. Hi B.E. This solution of yours is very clever and looks really good. Presenting the model in a tangible situation with the details such as masts, sails, boats arranged accordingly ads plausibility. I prefer this to a somehow artificially admiralty model. Those are truly great as well, but also exceed my skill level. Might I ask about how many ship models make your house filled up? Bellerophon is my 8th, but one was given away. Cheers Peter
  2. Hi Meriadoc Brandybuck Thank you. Yes, however I think that generally space in Japan is much more limited than here. Despite that, my admiralty would object to fill all available space with ship models. Again, I guess, a known problem. Anyhow Bellerophon will remain in the wharf for at least two more years... Sayonara Hi B.E Thank you for the compliment but frankly one of my fixed lamps broke down and I had to improvise with a handheld one. So the result is just coincidence. And thanks for the suggestion. Your Victory (Heller?) looks grea
  3. Fore mast The fore mast and its yards were made similar to mizzen and main. While working on them I realized that about now it was time to put in those sheets which led through the sheave blocks and are belayed below the gangways. Anyhow I have to think about how to fix the boats on the beams. It seem advisable that they should be easily removable during setup of the rigging and perhaps even on the finished model to facilitate cleaning or repair work in the waist. sheets belayed below gangway the 3 fore yards
  4. Hi Michael After silently admiring your build for a while I have to say how much I like it. Not only your unique realistic style shows but the added details depict again a masterpiece in the making. The arrangement of the (too many?) guns below the fore castle left some doubts but I think EJ_L not only shares them but also shows a good solution. Not every gun port was always filled with a gun and leaving one pair off seems good to me. In post #86 I see some scuppers. Did you drill them through to the outside? Great work! Cheers Peter
  5. Keith, here is a question for the expert: When Sully made his virtuoso landing on the Hudson, did he convert his aircraft into an airboat or an airship? 😉 Peter
  6. Bow and figure head While working on the foremast and yards I frequently came across the figure head and realized that some additional work was required to 'marry' Bellerophon properly with the bow. Sitting on the simple step it looked more like a randomly placed passenger than a quite important part of the ship. I started to gnaw at the bow with various instruments (file, Dremel, knife etc.) to make a snug seat which allowed back and head to be in contact with the bow. I'm sure those figures needed a tight sit as they were exposed to quite some weather. Bellerophon is still provi
  7. Hi Mark She's looking great. The damaged grating at the bow... well, welcome to the club! (I somehow fiddled some 1x1mm strips into the place of the broken parts.) Cheers Peter
  8. Hi Martin It's great to see you back in the wharf. Maybe you could still use those supporting columns with longer screws, reaching well up into the (as I hope) plywood keel. Nice co-worker. He looks quite intelligent but he might perhaps be not too handy with delicate work. Cheers Peter
  9. Now, I'm a bit confused. I believe Spy has a lot of experience with actual sailing more modern craft but... As far as I can see in my various sources, the lower mast was usually held back sufficiently by the shrouds while backstays were used to stabilize topmasts or topgallant masts. Setting up backstays to the lower mast would unnecessary complicate the rigging and the handling of the vessel while adding e.g. an additional pair of shrouds would be a much simpler solution. I'm just a landlubber but Dr PR's diagrams in his excellent link seem to confirm my doubts. S
  10. Hi Mark Wonderful clean work. Regarding Franks question: I did put a simple chimney into the opening of the binnacle but when I just tried to see it below the overhang of the poop It was just barely visible and only because the rigging is not yet in place... Cheers Peter
  11. Hi Tom Fix the finished yard horizontally, soak the footropes with diluted PVAC glue, hang clips in regular distances onto the footrope to create a natural hang and let dry. I could include a picture when building the next yard. Cheers Peter
  12. 32 foot barge Alternating between building one mast and one boat was a good idea. That way I generally look forward to building the next mast or boat and enjoy the change. And building that many boats actually is fun. It's fascinating how one can form all those different small hulls with relative simple means. One of the problems of those boats - the floor set too high - was overcome this time by reworking the bulkheads to set the floor lower and then thinning the floor itself. For floor planks I used again 0.5mm planks cut to a width of 2mm. On the third try the inner
  13. Hi Pete Welcome to MSW. Pickle is a wonderful subject. The prototype is not really well documented, so you have a certain liberty how to finish the model. Bruce's suggestion is a good one. Don't forget to start a build log. That way you will get a lot of help and motivation to carry you on. Have fun! Cheers Peter
  14. Hi Michael Thank you, but it's just the ingenuity of the kit. The yard end cap with its two arms is one etched part. You just bend the arms at 90°. The end ring (which should be broader, but is an usable approximation) is a second part together with its arm. There you bend the arm and stick its end into the hole in the middle of the end plate of the first part - after deepening that hole carefully into the Yard. The two iron bands are strips of cartridge paper glued on. Then paint all black and voilà. The inner ring is similarly constructed, also of two parts.
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