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  1. The rudder is an awkward little project. Here are the steps others may find useful. First the rudder was mounted on a piece of strip to keep it in position, and the positions of the gudgeons marked on tape. Once the gudgeons were fitted, the rudder was mounted. Tape was then used as a guide for the straps. While some of this was going on, the side decorations were completed. It's unfortunate that there is no record of the correct colours, and it is certainly highly unlikely that my colours are remotely accurate. However the bronze at least is closer to the colour of the mythical phoenix than white. Anyway, I thought I would use a little more of the bronze paint to prevent it going to waste. This photo shows up every little imperfection. In the flesh, they look quite good.
  2. While watching paint dry, I have finally completed the bow fittings, now including the gun doors. Applying the hinges and then attaching the doors ended up testing my vocabulary. They came out reasonably well but as usual there is some touching-up to do.
  3. Hi Eralex. I had already noted that. I will finish the painting before installing them.
  4. Hi Uralex. As you will see from the following photos I have adopted your method - thank you for the suggestion. Here are the steps. Cutting out the first layer of planking. Fitting black cartridge paper. I'm think about painting the hole instead to provide a very slightly bigger gap between the hull and the window. The decoration dry-fitted and partly painted. The brown is supposed to be walnut and is darker than I would like, but it's acceptable. As an experiment, I have painted the phoenix bronze -just one coat so far. At least it looks a bit like the representations of the phoenix that may be found on the web.
  5. Hi Uralex. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I am now in two minds regarding the treatment of the decorations. Your method is far better than that suggested in the instructions and has turned out well. Making a hole, while I think it may look a little better, is probably a bit risky. Big decisions­čśĽ. I'm still debating what colours to paint the damn things. The bird on the bottom is, I think, supposed to be a phoenix. Painting it white with a red beak and a black eye (shown in the instructions) makes it look a bit like a startled duck, whereas it should look (having Googled 'phoenix') more like an angry duck a l'orange. I think I will settle on a boring brown.
  6. Not much progress over the last couple of weeks. Home renovations have caused the usual chaos. The gun pedestals are now finished. The four in the mid-deck will be installed after the channels are put on. I have begun the decorative quarter badges. To fit them over the wale requires quite a bit of filing. The instructions show some black paper stuck immediately behind the windows to give the impression of depth. This doesn't seem to me to be very satisfactory at all. I'll think about making a hole in the side of the hull to give the appearance of a cabin behind them. Here is the filing that needs to be done. Dry-fitted - and held on by gravity.
  7. The covers for the sweep ports are now done on one side. It's a very awkward little job. I decided to have just one cover open as an illustration - and I see from the photo it needs a little adjustment and the usual touch-up.
  8. Finished the headrails and glad to see the end of them. As usual they need a couple of coast of poly and a bit of touching up, but they have come out acceptably. They are not historically accurate according to the Anatomy but then neither is the kit. A a small tip: I made one of the supports a tiny fraction too short, which made a difference to its positioning. Making another one didn't bear thinking about. I therefore glued a sliver of balsa to its top. The balsa is soft enough to 'give', so that the support could be nuggly fitted into the correct spot. A minor adjustment has been made to the left support in the following photo after the photo was taken. (Again: why the underline?)
  9. The headrail saga is almost finished. The supports for the rail shown in the third photo are in the process of being dry-fitted. They are very fiddly indeed. I notice below that the lower cheeks are slightly out of alignment. I will try to correct it. I guess one good thing is that the later rigging, anchors and so on will cover a lot of the mistakes - I hope. Edit: misalignment now corrected. While waiting for things to dry, I started on the covers for the rowing ports. Here is progress.
  10. The kit is certainly a challenge. The plans are good, the instructions are excellent and the parts list is brilliantly done.. Of the fittings, the brass work too is excellent, however the white metal fittings are generally poor, and the timber strip and ply are a real mixed bag. I found the Amati material generally superior and in some cases - particularly moldings of various parts - greatly superior. The vanguard is a far more expensive model and that is likely to explain at least some of the difference. I guess you get what you pay for.
  11. Thanks Kevin for your encouragement. In many ways have found this project more difficult than the Vanguard.
  12. But for a couple of coats of polyurethane, and some minor touching-up, the catheads are now finished and installed. The head rails have been made, but final adjustments will be needed before installation. Whether all the trouble has been worth it, will only be known when they are finished off and installed. Here is progress. I hope the whole thing will be done over the weekend if all goes well. Both head rails were positioned by eyelets fitted into the deck. They were removed once the glue was dry, and the holes will be touched-up
  13. The various fittings for the forward part of the model are now almost complete. The cathead is now ready to install, but there is still some work to be done on the head rails. The steps are a bit fiddly. The have to be horizontal, so the slope of the wale can't be used as a guide. I used a piece of 1x1mm strip as a spacer from the wale, but making it horizontal as best I could. I then moved up the hull, using apiece of 1.5mm thick strip as a spacer for the remaining steps The anchor lining and fenders are on. The ply parts supplied are again of poor quality and I have made substitutes. There are a couple more photos I wished to include, but the speed is so glacial, I'll make it another time. I will be taking a couple of small grandchildren to the beach for Easter (at this time of year­čśÄ) so that isthe end of immediate progress. Thank you for all the reactions. They are really encouraging. .
  14. The decoration on the stem has now been done, but I see that a bit of touching up is needed, and a couple of coats of polyurethane.. I think it's better than the kit's approach, but I may be biased. The headrail/cathead saga continues. Here is the first of the supports for the cathead. It looks like a dog's breakfast here, but it finally fits quite well. I have just put a coat of paint on it and it looks quite civilized.. Having spent hours on the damn thing, it took about an hour to do the second one. I found the catheads did not fit flush to the deck, so a small adjustment was needed. The one shown on the right also has a small piece of timber added under the extension which protrudes over the rail. It ends flush with the edge of the rail, and in turn its edge fits flush with the support. The same was added to the other cathead after the photo was taken. The addition may just be seen in this photo (dry-fitted: the whole thing has since been tidied up). Why all of this is underlined is a mystery.
  15. Progress is very slow. At least the lower and upper cheeks are finished. This is how they have turned out. I used pieces of 4x4mm strip to space the two cheeks. This is one of the hawse hole bolsters in position. The kit supplied parts were of poor quality ply and consequently I made replacements. The head rails are proving to be a nightmare. I have decided to use a method similar to Joe V's and have spent two or three days making not much progress.

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