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  1. Ancient Chinese architecture XiXing Pavilion CAF Model Available from CAF Model for $32.00USD plus shipping The kit I love architecture from the Far East, having visited quite a lot of it when both times I've visited Japan. Some of the structures in old Kyoto are stunning, as they are in Osaka and Tokyo. I could lose myself in them for hours on end. Sometimes it's hard to believe some of these are around 1000yrs old. The same applies to China. I've always had a hankering to visit and see the cultural side of things. This little ancient Pavilion kit from XiXing (presumably in the Guangdong Province of China) is just the sort of thing that really appeals to me. I'm not sure of the actual scale, so here's a drawing of the completed model, with dimension: Th kit itself is packaged into a small box measuring 33xm x 17cm x 4cm. Inside, thirteen sheets of very nice quality, laser-cut/engraved ply, are sealed in a shrink wrap cellophane covering, along with a bag containing dowel and wooden balls, and two sheets of instructions. A small label is applied to the box lid to show what the box contains, and a piece of packing foam stops everything from rattling around in transit. Construction starts with the large hexagonal base. You can see the two principle parts for this here and that the wooden pillars will be easy to locate because of the pre-cut holes. That should remove probably the main cause of possible error in the main structure, especially as there are infill walls and benching that need to precisely sit between the pillars. All parts could possibly benefit from a light coat of varnish and a little sanding to protect them from paint soak if you decide to add some colour to your finished Pavilion. Tacked on top of the lower base are the signs, laser etched and cut in very thin veneer. These will wrap around the pillars on the entrance to the pavilion. On top of your pillars will sit the crown of the pavilion, before the roof is fitted. That is the other hexagonal part. This can be seen here, with the corresponding holes for the pillars tops. The hexagonal parts within it are for the 'spire' section, whilst the '3' parts are the infills between the wall sections which skirt the bottom of the pavilion. Between the base sections, you will need to add the side parts, seen here. There is an engraved line on them indicating the bevel needed where the walls meet. The other sheet contains the roof frame parts. The very ornate sheet shown here holds the parts for the wall sections, bench backs and the fancy trellis work that adorns the pavilion, just below the rood section. Most of the infill parts are gone, but there's just a few more I need to tap out lightly. More roof frames are seen on the other sheet. These two sheets contain the pillar bases, semi-hexagonal bench seating, decorative scrollwork, and infill panels around the top of the pillars. Again, another sheet contains some of the parts for that elaborate roof. One sheet here contains the beams which sit atop the four main roof frame sections. These will lie three-deep and need to be flushed to the ends of the frame sections. The other sheet here contains parts that finish off the edges of the tiled roof panels. Now, talking of tiled roof panels, these FOUR sheets hold the strips which, when assembled, create that characteristic roof finish you see own many ancient buildings in the Far East. There is some infill between these sheets which I removed, as you can see here: The last contents here are the dowels for the pillars and also the spire, plus the wooden balls which slide onto the spire in decreasing sizes. Instructions The Pavilion appears to be quite straightforward when it comes to the various stages, although I will use my phone translate app to make sure I don't miss any vital bit of information as I build. The instructions are printed on two sheets of A4 paper, double-sided, and also in colour to help identify the various components. Construction is completed over 18 stages, with all parts clearly numbered. Conclusion In all, this is a very nice, and also quite inexpensive kit from CAF, and it should provide many pleasant hours of construction. The photos of the finished build show the timbers painted in gold, with a grey roof and light grey base. Whilst the model can be left in bare timber, I do think a paint job would be the best option to highlight the details and male it more authentic. Sometimes, we all need a little side project, or perhaps a little something between our current shipyard work, and this little kit will certainly do that whilst sticking with wood and building something which looks beautiful when completed. Quality is excellent and the whole design looks nicely thought out. Finished Model My sincere thanks to Tom at CAF Model for sending this lovely little kit out for review on Model Ship World. To purchase, click the link at the top of the article.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  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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