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Hello! Iam posting this mid build after finding this amazing forum. I want to share my thoughts and progress even if i start mid build, Have not been great with documenting my progress so far but plan on documenting for the pourpose of this thread! Short about me, iam 26years old and am currently working away from my "home" so iam only able to build during my weekends and even so the ship has to fight with my spous and family over the few hours i do have at home each week! Building experience recap from the start to were i am today. I have been building plastic models since i was a child and do dare to call myself somewhat of a "handyman/savant" when it comes to most things fiddly and such and iam extremely tenacious and detail oriented. So i decided to occupy my free time after tearing a tendon to my left thumb with a wooden ship kit. Not just any ship would do! A simple little sail boat paah! No.. i was going big, i wanted sails, cannons and details! Something that would occupy a small table completely... And boy if i could smack myself in hindsight i would. I do not recommend anyone who is not entirely sure about their tenacious spirit and hard head to ever buy that "perfect" ship as the first one. Please do yourself a favour and buy a small one to finess all those techniques you have never tried before. Allthou in my case i managed to pull trough and overcome all those times when it was just to overwhelming. My worst memory is from the tediousness of the second layer of planking... but anyway, i have fallen in love with this kit. And the company. But enough talk for now, time for some pictures! I do apologize in advance since these pictures was not taken with documenting in mind but will have to do for now! Cheers and hope you like my Candelaria so far! Decided to go with the "fake nails" pencil trick this was how the hull looked after the first layer without a heating iron, like you can probably see a heating iron was bought after realizing how hard it was to plank thick planks without it. Yes there was a ton of sanding and filler used to smooth it out for the second layer of planking! decided to paint the "Galjonsfigur" swedish for the decoration in front of ships! I used vallejo's "old gold" paint with actuall metals in it. And some acrylics and washes. Ready the cannons! I do like the look of these directly from the box, been thinking about maybe blackening them with some washes maybe. Not decided yet. the wood has gotten a custom mix of stains. And here comes a long jump after spending enourmous amounts of time comming up with excuses to not sit down and finish the second layer of planking. This was were i had the hardest time getting through and finishing. But its now finished and boy am i proud! last picture for now. I got the brass etched upper stern galley and iam not gonna spend weeks dragging myself through planking 2 individual layers of wood with strakes and fillers to simply slap an etched piece of brass to the back of it and call it a day... so iam scratch building one from wood. If your intrested in how i made the decorations iam happy to pass on the experience, took me the better part of a day to finally find a way that worked for me haha! Wont be able to update untill next weekend untill then, Cheers!
Hi there, I have gotten this Kit for my 16th birthday back in January. If someone would question me why I wished to have a model ship or how I came on the idea of model shipbuilding, I could not answer it. One morning I just woke up with it in my mind. It might have been a model that I have seen once, or some photos on the internet that gave me the Idea. Anyway I chose this kit because it was in a good price range and it was the only one with 2 mortars in the front. Once it had been ordered I searched eagerly on the web for more pictures of the finished ship. (a little late maybe ) Unfortunately there were only a few pictures and I only found two build logs (one in Russian and one in Portuguese). I might have taken another ship if I had known this before ordering it. I was wondering what other ship were available and this is how I stumbled on this site. Only after reading through build logs did I come on the Idea of modifying the kit. I never thought to improve it , but now that I have a log I will try to do modifications . This log may not be worthy of this site, but I hope to get excused because it is the only build log of this ship here. Anyway here are some pics: The first planking I did was terrible, because the instruction weren`t very clear, so I used lots of wood filler Now I just finished the second planking and started to cut out the gun holes (is that what they are called?)