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  1. The Sovereign of the Seas has been completed, The Wappen von Hamburg's box has been moved to the shed (AKA the Boatyard) and all tools have been cleaned. I guess it is time to get started. For the past several weeks I have been admiring fifteen large format images of Corel's Wappen von Hamburg that I found on the internet. As inspiration I printed out 3 of the pictures, framed them, and hung them on the wall in the boatyard. (They can be seen in the picture above) The build is perfect and exhibits the kind of workmanship I have always hoped to achieve. Today, I went back to the site and actually read the text. Imagine my surprise when I read that it took the builder thirteen years and eight thousand hours to complete the build. Right from the start I know I won't spend that amount of time, but I will do the best job I can. The link to the site is; http://www.modelships.de/Wappen_von_Hamburg_I_1/Wappen_von_Hamburg_I_1eng.htm Time to take inventory and look over the instructions
  2. I bought this kit many, many years ago as I was always drawn to it, knew my skills at that time were not up to the task. While I built other, simpler kits, this one always drew me back. Then, one day, I saw it advertised on Model Expo at a 'close-out' price I could not refuse. So, a few days later, a rather large, extremely heavy box was left at my door. Upon opening, I realized that my skill was still not up to what it should be, so in the closet it went. Now is time to build this beautiful ship, so hope those that have built one will chime in with some hints and tips, and those that feel this is a 'someday' build will follow along. So here we go. All the wood is very high quality walnut and ply and appears to be more than ample supplies. Many pieces are precut which may or maynot be a good thing. All parts are indicated, though scattered, on the seven plan sheets. My only gripe so far, is the horrid gun carriages-I have already decided that most, if not all the carriages will have to be built. Even after time spent in storage, the only precut frame to be un-warped was the false keel, which was steamed and clamped for several days. At this point, nothing has been glued as I am still pre-fitting the frames and 1st deck level as this will dictate how the rest of the build will go. All the gunports and other openings are well marked on the wood and will be cut out prior to any actual assembly. I will show the parts as I prepare them for use, rather than try to show all the parts at once. Michael
  3. Hi I am a new ship modeler from Lithuania. There is a second model of my ship (the first was Corel Company VASA). In my country are many people (about 2 million), so there are many people who make ship models, there are many company's which sells ship model kits. The most serious company in Lithuania is COREL. So I doing this company ship models. Now I'm doing COREL - WAPPEN VON HANBURG. This is Corel company's most expensive and sophisticated set of ships. I want to say that COREL kits are complex. But I like this company because the quality of the materials is good. I think it will be difficult to make this ship model because the first deck cannons have to be installed before the taller decks can be made and the sides of the ship glued. Swiss. Therefore, ground-floor cannons may be broken.
  4. Greetings Fellow Shipbuilders, I've started up a build log for my Wappen von Hamburg model by Corel. This will be a real challenge and I'm looking forward to communicating with other experienced members on this build. I've started up a blog located at https://wappenvonhamburg.wordpress.com to formally log this build. Since there seems to be very little in the way of build logs for this particular ship, I'm going to try and keep up with this blog and include lots and lots of build photos. My plan is to use this forum for communicating with members on build related questions and to provide basic build updates as I progress. I plan to progress the blog side by side with this forum topic, to provide a more visual build log that will hopefully be helpful to others down the road. This will certainly be a long journey with many twists and turns, but I am really looking forward to it! --Josh
  5. Hi Group, I emptied out my storage unit today and found an old project - WPH - constructed between 2001-2005. I hadn't laid my eyes on her since 2007. On close inspection - she's not bad. I was thinking of giving her away but now Im considering revisiting this build. I've learned a ton since then - especially on my current scratch build of Confederacy. You can see i left planks off the deck to see below into the gun deck - the deck beams are simulated and not accurate - there would be at least 8 visible based on the actual plans. So I can plank this over - which sort of screws up the but joint lines or leave as is. This was my first crack at milling my own wood - I used holly here in place of the kit supplied wood. As far as the hull - thinking id sand off the wipe on poly on the lower hull (not my favorite finish) and either use tung oil or possibly paint the white stuff to the water line. This would hide the planking at the bow - which does not follow the wales (this is a kit - and one where i glued the wales on after planking - which is not correct - but common in kit builds). Inspired by some of the build logs of the Wasa Ive seen here - id love to possibly weather her (i believe ive seen some modelers use Bitumen with varnish to age wood) which could make the kit supplied walnut planking look pretty cool. Id paint her topsides olive/hunter green, the bulwarks continue to be painted in a dark red/wine and all sculptures would be painted in life like colors (similar to the Wasa). Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated - thanks for checking her out! Chris

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