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  1. For years I have been amazed at Caroline's Agamemnon cross-stitch effort. I even went as far as to get a copy of the pattern she created and pestered my wife, who is an avid cross-stitcher, to do it up for me. After that just didn't fly, I decided to give cross-stitch a go myself. Since warships aren't my favorite subject I went looking for something different and came across a kit of what appears to be a Russian ship under full sail. There are some oddities in the mast heights and other details, but I thought I'd give it a go. Before starting this I practiced on one
  2. Those are some great ideas for future builds. I did their Titanic (might have posted it here, or on the old site) and recall the difficulty getting the hull to line up properly with no twists. I also recall that after completing the deck assembly and seeing the instruction on attaching it to the hull, I thought to myself "you've got to be kidding!". I had a second run at it a couple of years later and the second version turned out much better. Bob
  3. A very nice job, Johnny. I love the pluses you added along the way. I have done a bunch of these Metal Earth models over time, mostly famous buildings and spacecraft. I love the detail they are able to build into the designs. You have given me some good ideas for doing curved pieces that I can add to future efforts. Thanks for sharing! Bob
  4. Nice save on the bowsprit, John. It looks very nice installed and painted up! Bob
  5. Very nice model! I like the contrast the veneer makes below the waterline. Thanks for sharing the build. Bob
  6. Looks like you are making some good progress. The sheaves on the main boom look exceptional! Bob
  7. Hi, Eric. My Bluenose still waits patiently for some attention. Several home projects have taken priority over the Winter. Thanks for stopping by, I hope some of this was useful to you! Bob
  8. It is surprising how much the deck detail pops after finishing. I think you are being a bit hard on yourself and that your nibbing job looks very nice. The two sides definitely line up better than mine. Stern hawse pipe? I don't think I have included that detail. Like Per, my kit didn't include a part for it. It may be too late for me. Bob
  9. Yes, Ron, Legos work very well as squaring blocks. When my granddaughter grew out of her Duplos and got into the "adult-sized" bricks, I snagged a bunch of them for the workshop! Bob
  10. John, I used Minwax Wipe-on Poly to seal the deck about 10 years ago. It has maintained the wood color since then. If that is the look you are going for, I can recommend it. Interesting choice on not darkening the edges of the nibbing planks - if I'd been thinking clearly at the time I might have done the same. Bob
  11. Looking good, Per. I lean toward the blackened pins as well. Interesting, in my vintage of the kit, the provided pins were the white metal variety, and I just stuck them in the rail as is. I didn't go back through your entire log to see if the brass pins were supplied or aftermarket, but I did notice a difference in our box art. Mine is old enough to be labeled "Canadian Fishing Schooner" while yours is "Bluenose". Bob
  12. That is a very nice looking hull - time with the airbrush is sure paying off! Bob
  13. Nice job on this assembly. I recall gluing a piece of paper to the underside to help it hold together. As it was all being painted, it is hardly noticeable. Thanks for detailing your experience so well! Bob
  14. For me, I am not seeing the photos in your posts, just a big blank space. This started with this latest group of posts. Bob
  15. The cove looks pretty evident to me in the longer range photo, John. I agree that keeping it nice and crisp during finishing will be challenging. But then I wimped out and just painted a yellow stripe! Bob
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