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  1. Superb paint job. Like you, I love the look of bare wood and usually persuade myself not to paint over it, but when you get a result like you've achieved it's well worth it. You're really bringing this lovely working boat to life. Derek
  2. Another superbly well executed and visually very attractive model. The figures really help to bring the barge to life. I just hope that man has a firm grip on his oar - regicide is still a capital offence! Derek
  3. Thanks, that's good of you to say so, but please bear in mind that I like putting my own stamp on kits. I hope I haven't given the impression that you need lathes and milling machines and so forth to enjoy this hobby. With good suppliers like Vanguard you can produce excellent models straight out of the box without using expensive tools and special techniques and materials. Like many people, I started out following plans and instructions, and only started 'kit bashing' as my interest grew and I gradually built up my toolkit and knowledge. Anyway, in MSW you've found a great source of information and advice on all aspects of the hobby. Have fun - and consider starting your own build log. Derek
  4. Thanks Eamonn! I might not be quite done yet as I'm seriously tempted to copy the display method you used on your splendid Ballahoo build. Showing her on the stocks like that really helps bring her to life.
  5. Thanks Erik. You set a very high standard with your Lady Isabella build so I'm looking forward to your Flirt.
  6. Thanks for the kind words James. There's no such thing as too slow in my book, at least as far as model building is concerned. Take your time and enjoy it!
  7. Thanks Glenn. I've learned from your logs too so it's definitely a two way street. I use an elderly Nikon D90 with a 18 - 105mm lens, which seems to do OK for close-ups. Those lights look identical to the ones I've got. They're OK, especially for close-ups and small objects but if money was no object I'd go for something larger to fully illuminate something the size of a model ship.
  8. Many thanks B.E. I've bookmarked your work since I joined MSW and I've taken the quality of your models and logs as the standard to aspire to, so I particularly appreciate your kind comments. Derek
  9. Thanks John. I'll look out for your build log. Thanks Tim. I couldn't believe how many techniques I had to relearn/re-invent on this build, simply because I hadn't recorded them in the past. As I've said before, the log has been as much for my benefit as anything, but I'm really glad you and other folk have found it helpful too. Thanks Richard. I also need to thank you again for prompting me to get some lights and background material to improve my photography!
  10. I appreciate your kind words Tom. Sharing information is one of the great things about this forum - I've probably learned ten times more from other people than I could ever hope to put back.
  11. Thanks Druxey! Your books were always on my workbench as a constant source of information and inspiration, particularly during the rigging stage. Thanks Chris - I wanted to do your great kit justice.
  12. Thanks Ryland. I'm still tempted by the Medway Longboat whenever I see the beautiful pictures in your log, but I'm afraid it's going to have to wait in line behind Vanguard's Duchess of Kingston and HMS Sphynx.
  13. Thanks for your kind comments Glenn - much appreciated. I've tried to follow your advice on lighting, backgrounds and camera settings so I'm glad you've seen some improvement. I still need better lights, and the cloth background isn't uniform enough - I might try paper.
  14. Thanks Spyglass. I hope your build goes well - and I'm glad I'm only the second slowest builder on the planet!
  15. The Finishing Line I started Speedy on 5 January last year and after 19 months of very enjoyable modelling I've finally completed her, except for final decisions about display. When I first opened the box I was impressed with the quality of the materials, the plans and the instructions - all much superior to other kits I've built (only the manual and plans for the English Pinnace by Model Shipways come close, but they were produced by Chuck Passaro). I enjoyed putting my own stamp on the ship, for example by adding a boxwood deck, but everything I did served to complement a very accurate kit - rather than having to make good the shortfalls so often found in commercial offerings. So, a huge 'thank you' to @chris watton and Vanguard Models. The biggest compliment I can pay Chris is that I've already got his Duchess of Kingston on the shelf and I'll be getting HMS Sphynx as soon as she's released. I must also thank the 56 people who have followed the log and offered their support, encouragement and advice, and I've been particularly glad to read that people have found some of my methods helpful. One person in particular has made the journey even more enjoyable - Glenn (@glbarlow) and I have shared quite a few tips about tools and techniques as we've worked on our separate builds (check out Glenn's Cheerful log), and equally importantly we've enjoyed plenty of light-hearted banter along the way. Even our valets and butlers are on first name terms😁. One of Glenn's less successful efforts has been to help me improve my photography. His knowledge and advice are great; my abilities are not. Here's the results: A short break now, then on with the Duchess! Derek 24 July 2021
  16. Thanks David, glad you've found it helpful. That's how I learn too! This forum really is the best source of help and information I know.
  17. Thanks Tim. I started a log nearly two years ago but ran out of steam when I found I'd copied some of the plans wrong and the three pieces of keel I'd cut wouldn't line up. I had two other builds on the stocks at the time and I shelved Winchelsea. I really would like to get back to her someday. Here's a link to the log, although I'm not sure it'll work if you're not a member of the Winchelsea group? Derek
  18. Thanks guys. It's been a most enjoyable build. I've got Vanguard's Duchess of Kingston and Model Shipways' Longboat on the shelf, and the Winchelsea group build started (sort of). After a short break I'll definitely move on to the Duchess and will probably do one of the other two in parallel as I sometimes enjoy swapping between models as I did with the English Pinnace and Speedy. And I'm itching to get my hands on Sphynx! But definitely a break first🍺.
  19. Rigging the Anchors #2 Rigging large equipment like anchors on a small ship must have been a tricky proposition. They must be stowed securely, but without fouling rigging or guns. I found that very difficult on the model and in the end decided secure storage trumped convenient access to the rigging, especially lanyards and deadeyes that would only be adjusted occasionally. So, the lashings for the aftmost anchor (the stream?) on each side went round a deadeye on the fore channels and through a gun port: I used 0.5mm rope for the lashings. I've been reassured to see anchors rigged like this on contemporary models, including the use of gunports. Moving on to the bowers, I used 0.5mm line for the buoy rope and 0.25 for the lanyard used to suspend the buoy from the shrouds. Looking at the anchor in more detail... ...I've improved the simulated bolts (previously just holes pricked with a pointy tool) by using nylon bristles from a hair brush. These were 0.5mm diameter and perfect for the job. I just drilled holes a couple of mil. deep in place of the pinpricks, pushed the bristle in and cut it off flush with the cuticle cutters. The anchor cable is attached to the ring with a double inside bend (I'm sure there's a technical term but I've forgotten it😬!). The buoy rope on Speedy would have been 120', which is 570mm at scale. It attaches to the anchor with a clove hitch round the crown, with the end seized against the shaft as shown. One seizing is near the crown, the other two close together near the end. In full-size practice a knot imaginatively called an anchor buoy knot would have been raised on the rope between these two seizings as extra security against losing the buoy rope - and hence potentially the anchor. I omitted this tiny detail. 120' of rope makes a large coil, which must be stowed with the buoy and near the anchor. I used a 1/2" drill bit to form coils that would have been 32"/812mm at full size, which felt about right: After painting the coil with matt acrylic varnish and leaving it to dry, I removed it from the bit and 'smooshed' it - Glenn's word (@glbarlow)! - into a more realistic shape. I'm still waiting for the Liquitex product that Tom (@TBlack) recommended but I got impatient and the varnish seems to work OK without discolouring the rope. The last job was to tie some small stuff in a couple or three places round the coil to hold it in shape. As for stowing the buoy and rope, I've always thought it impractical the way most models show the buoy half way up the fore shrouds. I found a picture of a model of a 70 gun ship in the NMM that shows a more sensible and more readily accessible arrangement: However, I tried and failed to replicate this arrangement on Speedy. What might have worked on a larger vessel wasn't possible on Speedy. I suspect this might mirror the difficulties sailors would have faced in Cochrane's time, where the sheer amount of tackle that had to be crammed into a limited space - and operated in all conditions - would inevitably have led to less-than-ideal arrangements like buoys half way up shrouds. Anyway, that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Here's the result: Here, the bower is lashed through a gunport again. The stock end is secured via a line attached to the ring with a bowline, which is then tied off round the cathead: I'm definitely on the home straight now, with just a few odd jobs to do - last swivels to fit, base to build and final tarting up. My next post will be my last main entry, with final photos and a summary of my overall impressions of the model. Derek
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