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  • Birthday 03/26/1961

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  1. Mark, Really liked the stove. Nice detail supplied by the kit (the brass etchings)! Frank
  2. Thanks for clearing that up! I must admit I was confused by the Holy League Flags. Nikiforos, no need to apologize! All suggestions are very welcome! Thanks, Frank
  3. thank you very much for the information on the flags. It is appreciated. Do you know where I could get more information on this, or did someone reproduce the Jesus on the Cross flags in the photo? Not sure that I have the skill to make something like this!!!! Thanks, Frank
  4. Thank you all (Rick, Nikiforos, Jonathan, Fabio, Phil and everyone) for you condolences and kind words. They mean a lot!! Frank
  5. Thank you Hubac and Mark. It's been a tough summer, but the goal now is to take care of my mom. Make sure she is safe and happy! Dad will be missed. Working on my build has been a nice stress reliever and distraction for me this past summer. Thank you both for your kind words! Frank
  6. Ciao Fabio, Good to hear from you! So, you are saying that the Italians built better ships than the French, correct? LOL!!! Kidding aside, thank you for checking in and for your encouragement! Frank
  7. Thank you Michael! It is a fun build. I wish you were building this model at the same time like the good old days when we were both working on the Vasa! LOL! As you know, my father passed last week, so I will be taking a 3 week break from the build in order to help my mom get settled. The next step in the build is to work on the forward gun decks!! Frank
  8. Martyn, Your model is looking great! Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your wife. Yes, Michael is a great resource and very supportive. He helped me a lot on my Vasa build. Best, Frank
  9. Hello, Continuing work on the benches. First I rounded the edges of all the benches and then did a trial fit of each bench location After the trial fit, I sealed the benches with 2 coats of satin polyurethane. I also made a small jig to make sure each bench was attached at the correct angle. After attaching all the benches, I made a bunch of what are called "pillars" or supports for an upper platform. I made them a little wider than the rectangle that was called for, so that I could cut the same angle on one end as the bench angle. I did this so the pillars could be glued to the side of the benches, making the adhesion stronger. Painted pillars View of angled end of pillars. Tops not painted for better adhesion to upper platform All "Pillars" installed Next, I cut, shaped and painted 69 footboards to be added to the benches The footboards are only 2 MM wide and half of the footboard is to overhang the benches. So only 1 MM of the footboard is to be attached to the bench. In order to accomplish this, I took a spare bench and reduced the width by 1MM. As shown in the next photo, I used this reduced bench as a jig to lay the footboards on the benches the correct 1 MM. Footboards all installed. The footboard are supposed to be installed over the hatches, as shown in the next 2 photos. So, they must have been removable when loading cargo. (I am assuming!!) Footboards all installed As always, thanks for visiting and for the many "Likes" Frank
  10. Very nice Michael, I am sure learning a lot from your last few posts! I will be bookmarking this page for sure! Thanks, Frank
  11. Hi Rick, Thanks for visiting. I have built the Aeropiccola Xebec and it was a lot of fun to do! Yes, I am having fun with this Reale build, more so because it is different from any of my past builds. I am learning as I go! I will be posting my latest updates soon, Thanks again, Frank
  12. Hi Mark, Wow, that was a quick turnaround from your previous build to this one!!!! I look forward to following your progress. Good Luck! Frank
  13. Hello, Thank you for the previous "Likes" !!! I have had to slow down my time spent on the model the last couple of months, due to caring for elderly parents, but I am still enjoying working on this model very much. I have installed and painted the 2 beams that will support the benches for the oarsmen. There are 2 angled supports that will support the main cannon carriage and 4 deck knee supports that are installed around where the main mast will go. Cannon carriage Supports Glued print and cutout Before I install those carriage supports, I installed some more deck planking in a section of the center that will remain open. Decking installed, stained, and sealed Carriage Supports painted and installed each side Support knees around the main mast area installed Early on the build, I installed the tree nails around the knee supports Decided to make the benches out of walnut. Walnut ground to correct thickness and width After I dry fit each bench, I will put a radius on the corners (Round edges), then put a clear sealer on the wood and then install. Thanks for visiting! Frank

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