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  1. 2 little ideas if I may. I use to improve the look of the blocks simply by simulating the sheaves with a black pencil: easy and very effective. Secondly, you may wish to check the rake of the mainmast. It looks like its 3 parts do not run completely parallel. This can be partly rectified by adjusting the tension of the rigging, but on the long term... ?? Btw, the overall look of your ship is terrific! Congratulation!
  2. Anyway, let's hope they 'll be back soon. I also know that their "main" activity is the radio controlled plastic hull ships, a field where they definitely were market leaders. But there again, there isn't much new to be seen.
  3. I'm afraid you are right. I suspect that they brought out a little too many models in a short period of time, some of which, although beautifully made, were rather uninteresting. It's a pity that HMS Surprise did not make it to the shelves, and now I suppose it's too late. A 74 gun ship would still be selling well though. I think there might be some financial issues and that's too bad. They also ran an inquiry if I remember well, to know if their wood should be replaced with some better quality... and this may have induced some doubts about the quality of their current wood. Anyw
  4. Congratulations. This is a very nice build indeed. A President to be looked at with respect!
  5. What a splendid model! Congratulations to Master Corabel for an excellent kit, and to you for the excellent miniature you made out of it.
  6. Thank you for the extra pics. This is an excellent build of a beautiful ship. Thanks for sharing the pics
  7. Scott, let me wish you ...and your models, a successful move, and a safe settling for your marine treasures .
  8. Excellent result!! And I guess you enjoyed this build. Hope the next project will come soon, as this build was a pleasure to follow.
  9. Beautiful job. I dare say that this is the best president around!!!!
  10. Your dad's question is typical and mostly is the friendliest a non-initiated can do! tThe underlying question is rather "how can you spend so much time on such a futile project... but there usually also is some respect in the question. Coming from your own dad, maybe the best answer would be: "dad, you know pretty well where I got the patience from..." Well done, and now: back to work! JP
  11. There is one point to consider about the sails, I think: the "high" rig that you prefer will also be very cumbersome and require a huge glass case. I would personally go for the 2nd type which is also very beautiful in my opinion and need a considerably less high case.
  12. I should add to my former post that I do use partial length planks... to save on wood strips. This has had the advantage that I have never run out of hull planking wood so far. But I have taken care to have the butt joints only where the planks are full width.
  13. Why not upgrading an existing model: I mean the model Shipways Flying Fish, a beautiful ship, and a potentially beautiful model, but rarely finished! (Probably because the kit is not quite up to modern standards)
  14. I agree with this, of course, but why making it extra difficult by cutting the planks, while scoring them would give a safer butt joint and will look exactly the same?
  15. I love this model, and the way you are building it is outstanding. I am sure, once finished, you will have a superb rendering of an excellent kit. By the way, there is a little point I think you definitely could and should improve, and that is the position of the figurehead, which sticks out a little too much. Have a google at other Berlin models. Get on with the fine job. JP

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