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  1. Thanks, guys. I agree on the gold leaf, Jack. In daylight (from any angle), the carvings glitter and dance.
  2. Verily, ‘t hath been some time since me last posting … but Chuck didst prompt-eth me to do some digging and I didst manage to recover-eth some lithographs. What wit’ me limited carving skills, it took-eth many an attempt afore I were to have a full set of decorations for me barge. Fortunately, Chuck did provide two extra sets of carving blanks … and these were all eventually required to produce a full set. Unfortunately, as I didst mention, pictures of those appear to be lost to the annals of time (and NiCad battery life-spans). Fortunately, however, some later pictures DID survive … (The general viewing public shouldst be aware that the above carving is approximately 1inch by 1 inch, in real life) Next, an friend of mine (and the Barge’s eventual care-taker), helped with the gilding of my carvings, using actual gold-leaf … Whilst I still need to take and post some final shots of me Barge, I were to be most impressed with the eventual outcome, Chuck …
  3. Hi Chuck, My Queen Anne barge was completed some time back. The final scrollwork was completed with gold-leaf, and actually looks quite striking. I did have final pictures, but they were lost in the Great Camera Tragedy of 2019 (the batteries went flat). The barge currently sits at a friend's house (the one known as Snoopy). I will endeavour to take some photographs the next time I visit and will post them here.
  4. My non-existent sailing experience couldn't give you a definitive answer to your question, Nikiforos, but I do know that others who were building the Bounty launch at the same time that I was did mention adding a bowsprit and jib-sail to their kits. I can only imagine that there would have been many different rigs, depending upon design and usage, among other factors. Cathead opened up a discussion on the matter here, which you may find useful.
  5. Thank you for making that clear, Dziadeczek ... I was very confused.
  6. You'll be needing a tiny, tiny vacuum cleaner next, Patrick. (Or a tiny, French maid)
  7. A teeny-tiny model boat inside a teeny-tiny model boat !! What a concept !! So, if Genesis is 1:300, then what's the scale of your gaff-rigged yacht ?? Keep up the great work, Patrick.
  8. Those are words that should be reserved for the really good builders here on MSW ... not myself. You are way too kind, Nikiforos. I thank you.
  9. She looks magnificent, Matthias !! I love the mirrored baseboard - great idea.
  10. Nah. Yours looks too good, CH. I think you would have to drop it a couple of times ... mebbe kick it against the wall some.
  11. I just wish to point out that I have never read this thread, nor have I looked at any of the pictures. Whoever "liked" your posts using my log-in is a dirty rat. I'm going to hide now. Possibly in a mountain cabin. Or possibly somewhere else.
  12. In Theodore Roosevelt's book "The Naval War of 1812" (one of the very few books on naval tactics that I have read to date), he goes into extensive detail on the manoeuvrings of the combatants in many encounters. He even includes a number of sketches to help explain, such as this one:
  13. Happy Birthday from me also, Nenad. (Even though I'm a day late)
  14. Nice work, CDR. I sure wish my excuses were even half as productive as yours !!!
  15. Just a thought, Heinrich, but you could do her with mast stubs ... a la the Admiralty models of yore. (Now I'll just return to quietly following and enjoying the amazing research that you, Hubac and EJ_L are doing.)
  16. Some time back, I produced this effect by scratching random, longitudinal grooves in my planking with an Exacto knife .... ... the grooves were then filled with a standard HB pencil, before I applied a few coats of wood stains, lightly sanding back in between. As I recall, I used Old Baltic, Golden Teak and Oak stains from Feast Watson. If you are at all interested (at the time, I never thought anyone else would be), feel free to check-out my Bounty Launch log in the link below. Start about halfway down pg4 ....
  17. Jeez. Kits have certainly evolved since the Airfix kits that I last built as a kid !!! Looking good, Slog ... real good.
  18. Nice work, JS. The bulwark steps look especially good (as does the rest).
  19. KITCHEN SCOURER The following is from MSW member, Thanasis, where he has used a kitchen scourer to make baggiwrinkles on his ship. This will work in any scale whatsoever. Over to you, Thanasis …. Baggiwrinkes in 5 minutes I think you all know of those green kitchen sponges ... 1. Take an unused one. Usually they are in green colour, but you might find some in the colour you like. 2.  Cut a small piece close to the dimensions you want your baggiwrinkle to be. 3. Gently twist the ends between your fingers and your workbench (or between the palm of one hand and two fingers of the other hand) to trim down the corners, and you are almost ready. 4. If you cannot find the scourers in any other colour than the standard green, then you can use some paint to show the threads on the surface (I used a gray in spray form). Finally, place it on your model, using a needle at the edge of a strand of your standing rigging before you fasten both edges permanently. If you don’t glue it, it will slide up and down the rigging line.

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