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  1. I bought this kit a couple months ago when I had more money than sense. Now I have less money and still no sense, and no room to put this 43” monster anywhere if and when I finish it. I am starting a build log for it, since it will be my next project after the Gunboat Philadelphia. Today I will post a brief review of the kit. I ordered this 14lb box slightly below MSRP on eBay. Vasa is a fascinating story, and a beautiful subject. This seemed a very intimidating kit at first, but after reviewing the instructions on CD, it doesn’t entail anything more difficult than I’ve already encountered. Rigging should be interesting however… An overview of the box’s contents. Ten plastic boxes of metal fittings. Twelve or thirteen sheets of laser cut pieces. Two or three bundles of wood. Presewn sails. Big sheet of photoetch. Three Swedish flags. One reason I’m starting this project soon is so I can order replacements from the manufacturer if anything is missing. Closer image of plastic boxes, which make up most of the weight. They contain over 500 metal figurines to represent Vasa’s ornate carvings. I suspect painting them all is going to be a big portion of this project. Close up of other items. I don’t like the photoetch ship’s stairs, I would like to make my own out of wood. I don’t mind the instructions on CD. I’m missing some patterns showing where the gunports are supposed to be cut. That’s gonna be a pain but I think I can make do. Huge bundles of planks and dowels. I sincerely hope this will be enough. The laser cut wooden pieces laid out. Just about every fitting on the ship is laser cut, including the triangular deadeyes from the 17th century. I should have all the sails! One of the topgallant sails goes on the mizzenmast actually… I’m excited to start this kit, and I feel I have enough skills now to do it right.
  2. hello this is my very 1st build log - in fact the model is already finished - for the 2nd I will make a 2nd build log and trying to update as the model is progressing anyway, my very 1st model in this hobby is the La Provençale from Artesania Latina (1/20 scale) I'm from the south of France (Provence) so La Provençale sounds particularly familiar for me 🙂 start : a big study of the manual planking of the hull - I choose this model because planking is different from the others - I found it was a good approach for an initiation moreover there is no paint of the hull (only varnish) : so no additional work that I don't manage for this time next time : I will take something more rigid than Q-tip the hull is finished - I should have removed the inner part of the frame (burned by the laser) at the very 1st step because I didn't do and it was not so easy at this step with varnish (I found a very good varnish) : 1st time with the small fixations for the rudder - I'm really not happy with the result because I badly started - after it was too difficult to adjust - next time I will try to start better from there pictures are smaller on my iPhone - I didn't realize - sorry - I will do better for the next time alignment is OK : the mast has been sanded in order to get the right form (conic) - the top has been sanded also to respect the final shape (sorry for the quality of the pictures) 1st time for me with these so small parts (and holes !!!) but I found a technic for the wire : cyano at the extremity to make the wire straigth, cutting the wire - after it's much easier et voilà (the support is a wooden door handle) : I had a lot of pleasure with this model despite I can see now mistakes and bad methods - for few things I will try differently for the next time I can't wait for the 2nd model...
  3. I posted this in the Member's intro section, but on suggestion there will start this log... I bought the Swift kit a few years ago as a first ever timber ship kit, but put it down after constructing the frame and half-planking the deck, when I realised I wasn't happy with the planking I had started. This last week I picked it up again and decided that no-one else would ever realise that some of the planks didn't quite look perfect! So progress since then has been to finish the deck planking, fit the deck to the frame, and start planking... I ended up clamping the deck down pretty hard to get the curve to the bulkheads, but it looks really good so I'm pretty happy with it. One thing I have noted is that I was not happy with the hull curve generated by bulkhead 6 (it really pinched in and didn't flow well at all) so I have packed it slightly - it can be seen in the last photo as the bulkhead with an extra pin in it near the keel. I've been reading a lot on planking techniques - and reading through @stripehunter's build log - some excellent advice all round. I daresay this will go through stages of modelling energy, but I'll get there eventually
  4. Artesanía Latina Bluenose II. Started May 10th 2020 Finished Sept 6th 2020. This is my third Build with Artesania Latina and really the first one that i have really taken my time with. With a little advice i went ahead and painted the hull of her actual colors but left the rest as the model showed for the wood. I like to stain my deck using minimax and in this case it was Ipswich Pine. I also used different wood for the deck vs the wood that came with the kit. Excellent Build.
  5. This was my first build ever and it’s completed. I started in March of 2020 and finished in June. Lots of free time with it being pandemic times. I did my best to trouble shoot on my own and got some help through YouTube videos. I’ll have lots of questions about rigging on the other two I’m currently building. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
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