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  1. Hi everyone! Brand new to the forums, and to ship building. My build log is going to start with a bit of searching for advice before I proceed. Let me lay out the problem/story for you, and then we'll go from there! My grandfather started this model many years ago after he had retired. Shortly after, they moved, and it has been sitting in his storage at his new place for... 15+ years. On a recent visit, the subject of model making came up (we both make model cars and airplanes), and he asked me if I was interested in this ship. Wooden ship building has been on my list of things to try for a long time. I've even bought and read several books on the subject. Of course, I said sure! Upon getting the model home and reading through the instructions and plans, organizing the components, and trying to figure out where he left off years and years ago, I discovered some potential issues with the model. I did a lot of research, found these forums, found a series of older posts, and a log by John Earl that made the light bulb come on. This is the old kit that has incorrect parts, and that most people have to modify or supplement parts for... Long story short, my grandfather didn't have the internet or access to these logs all those years ago, and forged ahead, and now I need to figure out what the best course of action is so I can proceed with the build. I hope to finish the ship and send progress photos to him since he is no longer able to do the fine detail work. A couple things: - I fully understand that this model is not the most accurate, and that most people single plank it due to painting it. I am not worried about the inaccuracies, and have accepted that it won't be perfect due to the "mistakes" that were already made. I also will be doing the second layer of planks for that experience and to learn, as it's my first ship. - I'd like to figure out the easiest and most straight forward way of getting the bulwarks (namely the bow) to an acceptable state, that won't entirely mess on the model, and proceed. I don't want to cause major damage to the rest of the ship, and am fine with inaccuracies and a bit of... improvisation for the purposes of learning and finishing it while my grandfather can still appreciate it. Thank you all so much. Seems like a great forum, and I'm excited to get this under way. Here are some pictures, and if you need more photos or different angles, I'm happy to do so. This is the state that he gave it to me in. I haven't done or changed anything yet.
  2. Hi Guys I’ve made up my mind to finish off the old clunker at the request of my daughter. Apart from scraping the accumulated detritus of nearly 40 years off I will replace some more in scale blocks etc and re-rig with a varying selection of ropes from chuck to offset the kits two sizes. The head rails need replacing along with various other rails and bobs and bits which shouldn’t take too long as I’m keen to get on with the 42ft Armed Longboat using Gerard Delacroix monogram and plans now that I have rounded up some pear and boxwood. One issue with the Billings Norske Love that has always seemed a bit odd to me is the height of the poop deck port and starboard rails which can be seen by the scale figure in the photos are just below knee height which I would have thought would almost guarantee a quick trip overboard on a dark night? The other item is that Billings either by design or omission don’t show any sort of fittings such as a coach house to get some light into the great room below nor any seating or flag lockers et al on what is a very large expanse of empty deck. I have trolled the net and logs here but there are remarkably few finished models for such a well know kit. All the ones I’ve found are the same apart from one with a gaff rig on the rear mast in place of the Billings Lateen rig, all show the same large expanse of bare deck. At this stage of the build I’m not trying for any historically accuracy but I would like to finish what appears to me to be a vacant lot looking for something to occupy it (realise its missing the knees and large flag staff). Has anyone got any thoughts on whether something should or might be expected to be there for a ship of this vintage and Navy? I assume Billings must have had access to some original plans and I wonder if anyone would any idea where to start looking or can tell me that this is likely the way she was constructed so I can stop wasting my time. Appreciate you looking and any advice you may have. Cheers Pete.
  3. Hi all, I'm new to this having been involved with the sea and a lifetime's love of it, I find myself beached but dreaming. I am looking to buy a wooden ship model, something I have yearned to do for years. I have made plenty of models and even small wooden craft before. I know many will think that I am biting off more than I can chew and running before I can walk but I really want to tackle HMS Victory. There is a family connection, I love the ship and have the time to spend on it. I am patient and meticulous in what I do. I am looking at a Billings kit but have heard that the directions are minimal which makes me hesitant. does anyone have any ideas as to which kit I should look at? Thanks in advance.
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