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  1. very very very well done sir!!! It's a hard task to do and you nailed it! respect!!
  2. You can straighten your keelplate with a (steam) iron. Carefully “over” bending the wood in oppositie direction of the curve when the iron has heated the wood. You will see this works perfectly when doing this gentle...
  3. Thanks Christos, the next project has to wait for a little while...America is a big place they say....
  4. **A new home** To all my friends, thank you for all the positive replies and feedback. I'm truly honoured and touched by your warm and loveing words. This weekend the ship was send to her latest location and placed in the living room at my parents place. They love it!!! I made two people very happy. Peter
  5. If you don’t use the prefab ports, it’s easy to create them out of wood but she’s a big ship so a lot of Ports to make sir! She is looking very good!
  6. ***The last chapter - Set sail - Finished*** Goodmorning my friends!! The photoshoot of the completed model....here we go! - The End - When I started with the build of this model, I had a specific goal in mind. I needed to finish this model within 8 months, it must be within budget (150USD) and I must enjoy the creative proces. I did all that so my mission is a succes! During this build I've learned many things and I've enjoyed the building process very much, but I'm truly blessed with all the friends whom I met during this build. In particular I want to thank you guys, for all the nice comments, replies, questions and likes. You made me feel special! I really hope you guys and also girls liked my log and maybe helped you in a way for your own model! Sharing knowledge is what is all about I guess! For my next project, you have to wait a few months. But stay tuned and we will meet again! Untill now, Bon Voyage Christopher Columbus! See ya later! Peter
  7. Thank you for the conplements. I decided not to go with red crosses on the sails, due historical vagueness about the truth of red crosses on the Santa Maria..
  8. **The final Chapter - Aesthetics over Function...** Hello my friends, Today I've finished the build of the Santa Maria. The journey has come to an end so to say and what a ride it has been. For me a big milestone because it's been a while since I've finished a model ship and just in time before the big move starts to our new home! But, it's not the last update of this ship because I have to make a photoshoot by daylight what I will do first thing tomorrow! But first, some work has to be done...so here we go! I've ordered some new rope for the Santa Maria so I can continue with the rigging. Next I turned to the pre-fabricated flags included with the kit. they are made of a synthetic fibre and they are hopeless....won't complement the model at all. I still need to use them in a sort of way. So eventually I came up with an "easy" solution. I used a woodstain for "ageing" the fabric and it worked!! It's time to raise the flag(s) and set sail to the new world! Bon voyage! Next update will be a complete shoot of the model, like I said earlier....stay tuned! regards, Peter

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