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  1. Hi Mark, Looking very nice! With regard to those yellow painted arches at the bow, over the doors, are they made of wood from the kit or metal or did you make them? They look perfect!! Frank
  2. As stated above, I am modifying the Corel Kit instructions for the decking and will try to follow the "Fleur de Lis" plans. The Corel kit calls for the deck planks to be 4mm wide. I scaled the "Fleur de Lis" plans and it comes out to about 6.35 mm wide or 1/4 inch. So wider deck planks. I first cut out the same Eastern White Pine that I used for the lower decks and ran it thru my thickness sander to 1/4 inch thick. Next I glued some black construction paper to one side. I then cut several strips and ground them into two different thicknesses. One Strip of wood I ground to 1.5 MM thick and cut and chamfered 8 pieces. These 8 pieces are thicker than the rest of the deck planks. They will have a slot cutout in the middle, from which the chainplate and chain will pass through for the shroud rigging for the main mast. The Corel plans also show the slots, but have the planks the same thickness as all the other planks, with no chamfering. The extra thickness of these 8 deck planks is why I made the end beam, that they will butt up against, a little thicker (From the last post) Eight Deck pieces 1.5 MM Thick The rest of the deck planks much thinner The green arrows show the eight raised deck planks that will be slotted for the shroud rigging. In-between them are the thinner deck planks Once I am finished working on the deck planks, there will be a red painted trim strip fastened to the outer edge of the deck pieces. Before I add that trim strip, however, I have to first finish laying in all of the deck pieces, cutout the 8 slots on each side, add some tree nails, sand, stain and finish with a top coat, so the deck will match the coloring of the lower decks. Thanks for stopping by, Frank
  3. Hello Thank you all for visiting and the "likes". Appreciated! After finishing the upper deck supports on the starboard side, I then repeated everything for the port side, with a minor difference. The port side only has 29 upper platforms, whereas the starboard side has 30. This is because there is a row removed to allow for the cooking station. Gluing of the main upper deck support. Attaching the platform and finish painting View of the base of the cooking station. I painted this black for now and will worry about how the cooking area will be finished at a later point Completed upper platforms on both sides. Before I start to plank these platforms, I had to make the upper beam for the decorative face that I made earlier in the build. The planks will butt up against this beam. I had to make the thickness of this beam a little thicker than I wanted to because I will follow the planking plan from the "Fleur de Lis". (I will explain in the next post) The beam sticks out further than the decorative face. (Same distance as the lower beam) Next step is to make up the deck planks. Thanks, Frank
  4. Thank you Michael. This kit is deceptive. On the surface, it doesn't seem that hard of a build, but the ship has many layers on top of layers (from deck up) and I have to be very careful to build in the correct order or layer. For instance, the plans call for building the upper bow platform over the cannon (in which I completed the framing). As I mentioned previously, I spotted blocks that needed to be added (later according to the plans). But how would I have gotten in there if I had planked over the frames I built? Before I plank the finished frames above the carriages, I should install the cannon and the metal caps over the cannon pins. But if I install the cannon now, it will be much more difficult to place the intricate bow planking in front of the cannon because the front of the cannons would overhang, so i'll have to do the bow planking first. etc. etc. I am slowly realizing that I can't just follow the order of the build that the kit instructions tell you to. Having to keep thinking things through. But that's also the FUN part of the build Thanks for visiting, Frank
  5. Hello, In trying to figure out how to construct the upper platforms mid ship, I borrowed some techniques of other fine logs of the Reale. Thank you all! First I cut out and finished the 59 upper supports from the plan pattern. As you can see in this photo, I made these pieces .100 (2 1/2 mm) longer than the pattern shows. Next I cut 2 long pieces of wood that will serve as the base for the upper deck planks. The base pieces are supposed to be .500 (1/2 inch) wide, but I made them only .400 wide (10 mm) I will show why. Now I attached a strip of wood, the same thickness as the board above, but only .100 wide (2 1/2 mm). I did this so the 59 upper platform pieces will have an edge to set in with some glue. I marked and cutout where each platform piece will sit. The total width will end up at .500 wide. Test fitted the pieces. Now I painted the underside of the 59 pieces and the long strip. (Painted the underside just in case 20 years from now, my grandson (Due to be born in 2 weeks) decides to have a look from the underside of the ship lol!) Long strip glued to the model 30 pieces of the upper platforms added to the starboard side. Finished painted. The unpainted area is where the upper deck planking will go. Just noticed a mistake that is easy to correct. The 3 slots on the strip of wood at the green arrows should be where the blue arrows are. The outer edge. I will correct before applying the deck planks. Oh well!! Now to repeat the same on the port side of the model. There will be 1 less support on the port side, so the cooking platform can be installed. Thanks, Frank
  6. Hello Clark, Sorry it has took me a while to get back to you. I have been away. So, looking at the plans for the "Fleur de Lis", you will see that they show the foremast dropping in on the left side of the centerline only. The mast opening is supported by a large horizontal knee (Item 27 in the photo). This makes a lot of sense to me. There must have been a lot of stress on the foremast at this spot, thus requiring a large knee. The Reale de France shows openings on both sides of the centerline, with NO knee. I think I will follow the "Fleur de Lis" plans for this area. As for the foremast angle placement, the "Fleur de Lis" plans show the mast just about perpendicular to the waterline (maybe a half degree forward) If you follow the curve of the main deck towards the bow of the ship, the foremast shows about 4 degrees forward from the deck curve. I will try to follow these plans. (Fleur de Lis). If you look closely at my black painted posts, you will see that the c'bore is made slightly off (foreword of the bottom surface (the deck camber) and is parallel to the vertical edge. This should accommodate the 4 degree pitch the the mast just fine. Thanks, Frank
  7. Hi Clark, I am away this week. When I get home next week I will send you a photo of the foremast layout of the "Fleur de Lis" monograph. It shows the foremast mounted on the left or port side of the centerline. I will do the same. The Fleur de Lis plans shows only 1 hole going thru the upper deck. (The port side) NOT two openings as on the Corel plans. The opening is supported by a large knee built into the upper deck. It will be easier to explain once you see the detailed sheet. I have left room on the upper deck beams to be able to locate the hole where the foremast will go with a slight angle. I will figure the exact placement before I finish planking that upper deck.We'll discuss next week. Thanks, Frank
  8. Thanks Clark, Is this a book on the "Reale de France"? If so, i'll try to find the book. Thanks, Frank
  9. Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments Rick! I'm working on a time consuming area of the model right now and I'll should be posting an update in a couple of weeks. Frank
  10. She (Vasa) keep drawing you back!! Lamp looking excellent so far. I have to pick up some of that "Black wash" Bottle!! Frank
  11. Michael, Thank you and thanks for visiting. Best wishes to you and yours this holiday season!! talk soon, Frank
  12. Thanks Hubac, Even though they are not the same ship, it is very reasonable to believe that a lot more research was done by the author of the "Fleur de Lis" Monograph than was done on the Corel kit. So my build looks like it will have some elements of both plans. I'm also having some fun trying to work with both plans and it is making me use my brain a little bit more in the thought process!! Happy Holidays, Frank
  13. Hi Clark, I do have a scroll saw on my work bench, but I find my "Byrnes Table Saw" works much more accurately for the slots and cutouts and it is my main "go to" tool. Frank

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