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  1. To add a bit - in 2-nd Pacific Squadron were in fact ships that were coastal monitors indeed - Admiral Ushakov, General-Admiral Apraksin, Navarin - our sailors called them "self-sinkers" ( самотопы ).
  2. To all colleagues from around the globe - stay safe! That virus thing will end one day - that's for sure! Meanwhile working from home due to anti-virus measures doesn't improve the time I can spend on modelling ( how I hoped it would otherwice... ). So today I have only this photo to share: only one side is nearly finished and that's two months ( okay, there were two long holidays we've spent in a village so let that be a month and a half 😉 ) . So maybe by June I would be closer to paintwork.
  3. RGL, you set the bar really high with your works - I never stop to admire them 🙂 Some historical things: armor was low in water 'cause ships were overloaded with coal - they had to travel from Camran' to Vladivostok without a chance to replenish the stores - Port-Arthur was lost and Tsindao was a trap and Germans weren't quite happy to let our fleet in. It wasn't a coastal monitor - without coal overload those ships were quite a sea-going vessels. Service of Tsesarevich ( Grazhdanin) and Slava was definitely adequate. Concerning low quality of these forms - IIRC they are from 90's and their developer was Eastern Express - Zvezda didn't develop Borodino line - only bought those old forms. It's very touching to see a foreign colleague having an interest and building something from our history ( even so painful one). Thank You !
  4. Tree-nailing turns out to be even more repetetive than planking or making of armoured vehicles' running gear and tracks, so a good audio-book or a music concert is essential! Marking of a port-side took me a course of lectures on Franko-Prussian war of 1870 , Joe Bonamassa live from Royal Albert Hall concert and Francois Couperin Les Concerts Royaux 1722 CD 🙂 Now my daughter is watching Guardians of Galaxy and the whole movie length is just a one and a half row of nails )))
  5. Edwardkenway, thanks for your kind words, welcome and make yourself comfortable! Although my building pace is not that fast at all I must admit - the keel has been laid three years ago as of now 😉 So it tends to be quite a long - long building log )))
  6. Meanwhile I've marked port-side for tree-nailing and made a first attempt with pear amidships:
  7. A bit more of a progress: transom planking and fashion pieces some imperfections are "surfacing" on closeups which are not so visible with "unarmed" eye:
  8. That's quite different from what is in my kit. Cannot say for sure is it a "bug" or a "feature" though 🙂 Since all these parts are meant to be painted anyway.
  9. That's why I chose to use pear and boxwood for every purposes other than hull planking - pear holds edges much better. That's something new - in my kit everything is in basswood and there is no plywood at all - seems MS has made changes into complectation of a kit since those days I've purchased it... Concerning depth of field - for wideshots I also use DSLR time-triggering on the pod, with aperture set to minimum and shutter set to long time, ( please pardon me acting a Captain Obvious 😉 )
  10. Hi, Delphic Oracle! Always glad to see someone building Rattlesnake and nice progress ! Concerning bulkheads - it's a good idea to dry fit all of them simultaneously - in my kit their fit was awful and more than that - laser-engraved inscriptions on laser-cut details in some cases didn't correspond with true names of bulkheads on drawings. So I had to change places of some bulkheads and only then it came more or less in order and I could reach some proximity to hull lines. But even then I still had to add some shims/ move vertical slots on bulkheads etc. Getting a MS Rattlesnake's hull to shape is not a quick work and a tricky one as well. So I wish you all the best luck with this project 😉 And by the way - perhaps your camera has WB settings? that could help neutralize "Purple Haze" from plant lamps... Best Regrads Dmitry
  11. Happy New Year, everyone! During these holidays I happen to have an hour or two to whittle some details on Rattlesnake. I've become keenly aware of necessity to widen my electric tools park: having a micro-router a chesstrees like the ones I've made are made within minutes - while working with "bare hands" I've spent an hour and a half )))
  12. Greetings, dear friends! As some of You may know "Work, work and no joy make Jack a dull guy" 😉 A joke of course! From time to time I happen to find an hour or two to add some bits here and there. So a small progress to present moment: sheaves placed, protection from ancor ( don't know how it's called correct), reinforcement in nose area etc. Still a lot of things to do before painting/ varnishing the hull.
  13. Small update: I've prepared all details for sheaves which would be built in bulwarks. It took some time to find proper 2.5mm turned-brass sheaves and some boxwood strips to make sandwich-style cases. I'm not very happy with cases - but after making about 20 - 25 - that's the best result I can achieve working "on a knee" with only Micromot 50 without a coordinate table. What I've learned is that I definitely need to upgrade my electric tool park: Proxxon Micromot 50 is a fine tool and DB 250 is a fine lathe too, but some operations do require micro-miller like MF-70 and a table saw like KS-230 - so I am looking towards these tools or towards combine kit like Unimat 1.
  14. My voice is for Tender Avos' from Master-Korabel since it is engineered the way that allow You to just build it and enjoy perfect fit of parts and good detail level. I am currently helping my son in building their Canoneer Jolle - the smooothest building process I've ever experienced with a kit.

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