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About maggsl_01

  • Birthday 08/19/1960

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    Hof - Franconia - Germany
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  1. Hello my merry friends, a long time passed by... almost four weeks since my last entry. I passed the challenge to fix the wales and to start the second planking in exact curvature according to the wales line. It was tricky to bend the wales especially the stronger ones. But I found a way with a lot of water, a new tool - a bending iron based on a soldering iron with a profile that gives perfect curves - and most of all a huge amount of patience. All in all I think the wales look quite good and the shape is exactly correct to the plans. Indeed it's great if you have a strong hull construction so you can fix the wales with clamps in the right position. I made a pic to show how thick (almost 5 mm) the hull itself is. That gives freally a good basement for further work. In the pictures you will see minor gaps (less than half a millimeter in real - I used a macro lens to take the photos) that will have to be filled up later, and of course the wales have to be mended. But thats just a rainy day job. I stained the wales so the process of mending will not be too critical - just along the surface. Nest step will be to construct all gunports and frames, after this I will start the second planking of the remaining hull. Still it's fun although Iit takes a lot of time - much more as spring starts and later summer will prevent me frm building. As usual I attach some pice to show the progress my interpretation of Friedrich Wilhelm zu Pferde comes along. Cheerio Max
  2. Hello my friends and fellow mates, again a little update. I started with the second planking. First I had to decide if the whales will be fixed upon the first or the second planking. I decided to fix them upon thre first planking. As piratepete says, the whales were historically mounted before the ships were planked. So the alignment of the planks oriented to the whales. It's a little bit difficult to get the right curvature and amount of bending - but it works. I stained the whales black, that gives a great look. The big challenge of the whales still is to come when the wider whales (8mm/2mm) have to be bent. Actually I wanted to frame the gunports before second planking - but this would not work. You cannot fix separated parts of the whales - this would never work. And for the needed curvature of the planks it would also never give a satisfying structure. So I will cut off the planks and whales after the work is done and afterwards I will fix the frames for the gunports. Next I will go on with the whales and the finish the second planking below the whales. Pretty nice work, I estimate some weeks, as I will have to sand the strips for a perfect surface, taper strip for strip, and then glue them and let the glue dry. But as you all know (and I think - love) building a period ship is like some kind of organic grwoing. And this will need its time. As always - some pics show the start of the second planking (with some minor damages at the bow that will be repaired later) Cheerio Max
  3. Hello my friends time for a little update. I was quite busy the past weeks for business stuff as in the company some major changes will have to be done in the next months... new boss, new littles bosses etc So I had not enough time for my hobbies. But now it's going on again. I finished the first planking of the FW completely - inside with some spare wood as you won't see it after the second planking. But I think this additional effort gives some more stability to the whole construction. Sanding, filling, sanding - as usual. The next step will be to make the frames for the gunports and then I will start the second planking. We will see - springtime is here in Germany, weather conditions are good, a garden and the Admiral are waiting... so perhaps the second planking will take some time All is good so far, I do net regret the build for a single second as it is just fun even when there are challenges - as to create the correct shape of the hull. But the plans are so amazing and show every detail - as small as it might be - but you have to study the plan very carefully. If you do it feels like a flashback into the 17th century on a big shipyard. You can almost hear the tools of the craftsmen, you can smell tar and the salty breeze from the ocean... Some pics as usual - Cheerio Max
  4. Hello again time for a little update. Still working on the first planking of the portside. Everything goes good - it's just me who fails So I cut off the gunports according to a false reference point. That means... do it again But thats not a problem just a loss of time- but I goit time enough, so nothing really happened. I try to upload some pice buit I had problems before. Hope it will work now. Cheerio Max PS Upload worked... So you can see the construction lines on the plan and my way to transfer them to the hull. I used pins and yarn. According to the lines I can determine the correct position of the shape.
  5. Thank you Pete... Indeed I am a very enthusiastic photographer too - so I love to take pictures and to show them. This model demands to be accurate for a good result... and to be - as you said - meticulous for a very good result. My goal is a very good result Without your interpretive files it would not be possible to reach this level. Best wishes Max
  6. Thank you so much Simon. I feel that my skill grows with this model, my patience and the ability to avoid mistakes or to recognize difficult challenges before they turn to become a problem. And most of all - the plans urge you to be cautious and keep attention to every step you make - much more as plans of other producers. The lack of detailled instructions force you to think and to do some investigations - internet, Pete's interpretive files, MSW, pictures, historic sources. That's - for me - what makes this special kits so unique. There are many tripping hazards to pass but every hour with this kit is not lost time but time that I win. And I am still at the beginning - not even the first planking is completed Looking forward what will come the next years. Cheerio m.
  7. Hi my friendss, it's time for a new update. I am sad to tell you that I have nothing to ask, nothing to critizise - everything goes so well. It's just a wonderful build that has its challenges but no problems so far. The planking goes step by step, all fits and with the usual work on a wooden ship you will get a great model. I strengthened the hull with a second layer. Primary I wanted to do this only along the gunports but I decided to stabilize the whole hull. Next step is to plank the portside too and prepare it with the gunports and further features. Then a little bit sanding and very few filling. Then I will mark the hull with the essential lines according to the plans so I will get a well shaped hull at least. It's amazing to watch the progress. Thank you for your attention - and please don't hesitate to watch the pictures. Cheerio Max
  8. Hello my mates and merry friends, another little update. I finished the gunport cutting, "second" first planking an other preparations of the hull to start the second part of the first planking - upwards from the maindeck level. I ordered some additional timber - 1.5/6mm walnut - for the gunport sills. I tried to use 2mm or 1 mm - both dimensions did not make a good solution. 1.5 is perfect. I will not paint the sills or the gunports but I will use the natural color. Second was to prepare the stem post and false keel. Both was good to be done, the stem post got its wholes and a little modification to give the figurehead a proper fitting. You have to cut off some timber to make the lion roar - but all is within a acceptable tolerance. The bowsprit sits perfect on his knee and all further preparations could be done very well. Its a lot of sanding and fine fine tuning. But thats why we all build ships, isn't it? At least I fixed the false keel with four screws and a lot of joiner's glue. I will remove the screws later. I am very pleased with this kit so far. As usual some pics... the figurehead has not been glued yet Cheerio Max
  9. Hello again my friends, time for another update. I finished the first step of the first planking. The hull is planked below the main deck level on both sides, all is plane, filled (not so much necessary) and sanded. I will prepare the battery deck now for the later insertion of the guns. Therefore I made two tools: First an adapter for the correct height of the gunports. The center of the barrels has to be 12 mm above the deck level - according to the plans. So I cut off a part of a strip, marked the middle line and made a hole exact 12 mm above the beginning of the strip. I had marked the center line of the guns before I started planking. This is the lower reference point. Here I fixed the adapters middle line and marked the barrel center point through the hole with a pencil. Then I used a pin to puncture the marking. That's all. Now I drilled a hole through the hull. Now the pattern for the gunports were used. I cut off a piece of plywood with the correct measures (16mm x 18 mm), made a hole in the center and sticked a toothpick through. This toothpick fitted in the hole in the hull - and voila: I could line the gunport along the pattern. Now the gunports will be at the exact height following the curvature of the deck with the correct dimension. I will cut off the 20 gunports of the battery deck, mount the inner second planking for more stability and a good fitting of the gunport sills. As usual some pics are attached. Cheerio Max
  10. Hello my friends, a few pics show the progress. I have finished the first half of the first step - the planking of the starboard side below the maindeck-level. I used a planer and sanding paper and some wooden filler. All in all it was a pleasure to plank the hull. I cannot see any problems so far. It is the fifth hull I plank so I've got some expierence with this job Just look at the pics and you will see what I mean - it's a phantastic build. Next week I ill plank the portside, then I cut off the gunports and will do a second planking along the inner side of the gundeck. Cheerio Max
  11. Hello my friends, it's time again for a little update. Of course I could not let the weekend pass by without some work on the FWZP. Due to the very bad weather - even the dogs did not want to take a long walk - I decided to start first planking of the hull. The provided material - limewood strips - is really excellent. It's very easy to bend the strips after a hot water bath, the timber is sliced very exactly and cut into 1.5/6mm strips. It's very comfort to work with it - I know kits with much more worse material. I started at the gundeck level and will go to the keel and upwards to the lower level of the main deck at a first step. When I have finished this work I will sand and fill up some smaller gaps. After another sanding I will cut out the gun ports of the battery deck. After this a second layer along the inner side of the hull (battery deck) will follow. I do this for a maximum of stability and for a good fitting of the gunport sills. As usually some pics in the attachement Cheerio Max
  12. Hello again I was busy today and prepared the skeleton of FWZP for the first planking. Therefore I first decided to plank the entire battery deck. I had done this before just for the probably visible area below the opening in the main deck as I perhaps will leave one or two gratings opened. But at least I thought I have to plank the rest too. Its not visible and in this matter it would not care if planked or not. But I knew it - and thus I started to create a proper surface. Just a pity that the pattern of planking is not correct... The first planking of the stern is done, also the last fine tuning on the bow, the stringers and the frames. I marked the correct position of the guns so I can cut off the ports later. I will have a break now til monday. Then I will probably start the first planking. Cheerio Max
  13. Hi Pete, thank you - what you say is just the way I understand this kit. And this is just what it makes so exciting. It's not only glueing parts together and some day you have a model like any other modellers have. No - it's brainwork, it's thinking about solutions, it's improving your own skill, getting expierence.. and at least, as you say, create a model, not only assemble parts together. Regards - Max
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