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About maggsl_01

  • Birthday 08/19/1960

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    Hof - Franconia - Germany
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    Modelling, Dogs, motorbikes, photography, travel

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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 st
  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 th
  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 fo
  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
  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
  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 a
  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 whol
  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 str
  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 gun
  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
  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 do
  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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