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  1. Welcome aboard, Paul. Check out the Marine Modellers of Niagara in the 'clubs' section of MSW.
  2. Might I recommend not using steel or iron wire - it may rust. Use either brass or copper wire. To get rid of shine, either lightly sand with fine (400 grit) paper or, better, use a coloring agent such as the Jax range of chemical colorants: https://jaxchemical.com/product-category/colorants/
  3. What exactly are you trying to waterproof? Is this for a floating model hull, or just to prepare for painting a wood surface?
  4. After all those spider band sketches you are still sane, Keith? That must have been quite a job figuring them out. Nice boots, BTW!
  5. Oh, Allan! Look at the sloppy paint over the fore edge of the beakhead bulkhead rail. Definitely repainted, perhaps to hide worn gilding. I say gold is correct, based on the V de V painting and the remaining gilding on the above model. I suspect the other matt blue paint is also a recent fiction.
  6. 'Lion's head' ports have a very stylized rather than realistic head. After all, how many English ship painters had ever seen a real lion? The rails painted in blue rather than black are new to me: what reference did you use? Overall a very lovely model, Allan, especially at the smaller scale.
  7. Coming along? It certainly is! Your castle structures are a triumph of patience over adversity.
  8. Search: 'miniature left hand thread taps and dies' One result: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/204960886/14-tap-die-set-no-07mm-to-2mm-taps-and?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_ca_en_ca_b-craft_supplies_and_tools-other&utm_custom1=_k_CjwKCAjwk6-LBhBZEiwAOUUDpxEIaD5B28Q7qqb-p0gWEGwFt6zgynsLWc3OKAnMrgGdG1AHY9PXShoC6DEQAvD_BwE_k_&utm_content=go_319629165_19444327605_75295112325_aud-310388264614:pla-106551294035_c__204960886enca_367792477&utm_custom2=319629165&gclid=CjwKCAjwk6-LBhBZEiwAOUUDpxEIaD5B28Q7qqb-p0gWEGwFt6zgynsLWc3OKAnMrgGdG1AHY9PXShoC6DEQAvD_BwE Happy hunting!
  9. At this point you realize how amazingly complex wood engineering was back then. Looking good, Kevin!
  10. I somehow missed seeing this thread until now. Please take every post as 'liked', Johann. Your work continues to be exceptional!
  11. You will need to set up the hawse timbers, mark out the lines of the filling pieces and individually fit them between the timbers without pushing them out of alignment. Have fun!
  12. Perhaps a pedantic point, but the Steel you refer to has no 'e' at the end of his surname. I mention this as a Steele with an 'e also wrote a naval architecture in 1917. This can cause confusion between David Steel (1805) and the later J.E. Steele.
  13. Welcome, Peter. Check out the Marine Modellers of Niagara on the 'clubs' section of MSW.
  14. Nice going, JD. I find that by making the planks a little 'full', when a strake is complete I sand the 'free' edge smooth with a flexible sanding stick to create a perfectly even line for the next strake.
  15. Oh, I'm sure you'll do a nice job on the kit 'as is'. But you may feel you want to kit bash a different kit later on.... Just sayin'!
  16. Your comments on the kit scale fitting out make me think you are on your way to either kit-bashing (modifying the model as you build it) or even scratch building!
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