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  1. Hi Just wondering if anyone has built the french frigate diana. I'm just finishing off my first build the amati adventure and will post finished ship soon ( don't be too mean I'm learning) as i go and thanks for all the help any help would be nice Cheers snowy merry Christmas and happy New year to all
  2. Hi all Wondering if anyone may have a copy of " BUILDING THE SWAN CLASS SLOOP PEGASUS 1777. Volume III by Greg Herbert" at a reasonable price. I am after working on the HMS Pegasus model and want to use the book as a means to get information and ideas. The book is available but at a rather hefty peice so I thought i'd see here first. Many thanks Terry
  3. Two years ago I purchased my second kit from AL. The first kit (HMS Endeavour) was made in Spain and the quality was OK. The second kit (San Juan Nepomuceno) is made in China. The quality is horrendous!! Starting from the packaging right through the whole kit. Warped wood, warped false keel, plywood chipping off and full of holes, chain and nails are not made of brass, bent anchors, keel assembly made in plywood, cannons bores off center, sails not made according to the drawing measurements. More over I discovered that the top and bottom capstans parts were glued off center. As I am on the 22 second months of building I am not sure what else I will encounter. My advice to all modellers is to stay away from the AL Elite Series as it is definitely not elite! I live in Cape Town South Africa and I purchased the kit in Spain. AL replaced some wood but it took 4 to 8 weeks to arrive, the keel assembly was sent twice as first one arrived broken. Sourcing parts for ship modellers in this country is like looking for water in the desert! The local distributor is very good but parts are limited he does not stock wood. The wooden parts of the SJN are supplied in various shades of walnut therefore one needs to keep the same consistency. To repair the plywood I had to use glue mixed with saw dust. The main mast is 10mm thick in dark walnut, I tried everything, steam, boiling water, then placed it in a vise with an aluminum angle and left it for a week, to no avail it would NOT come straight, it just bounced back. Eventually I received the mast from AL after 3 months. In February this year I "abandoned ship" as my loving supervisor and companion Smokey (my cat) passed on and I am still suffering her loss. It is a shame that the quality of AL has deteriorated so much. For a modeller to put so much effort on a mediocre supplied kit is a waste of time and money. Anyway i didn't give up. I am attaching photos and my current progress so far. Regards, Renato
  4. Having trouble with the bulwarks of the Bluenose II. I have a template made by taking a rubbing of the top plank through a sheet of cardstock (thin). by pressing againsi the top plank i got an impression and was able to draw a line over it. Yet after i cut it out it still seems a bit wrong. I managed to fit the template onto a bit of basswood that was expendable. Am I right that this piece should be 10mm wide? I think so. My main problem is that i have the curve right but at the prow the bulwark wants to twist out away from the ship. The deck overhangs the top plank a bit and causes this twist. So is this the way it ought to be? Picture is worth a thousand words and all that.
  5. Hello all! I am trying to build a case for my Phantom and was wondering what glues you all use when making frameless cases? I've read the article on this subject in the Journal and was wondering what were the other options. Thank you!
  6. I was searching for more info regarding the longboat especially how they were painted, and came across this website containing lot of useful info. I thought this book could be very useful for many of us to get in-depth about the artillery. Enjoy, http://www.privateermedia.com/Publishing/book1.htm

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