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San Francisco II by LMDAVE29 - Artesania Latina - Scale 1:90

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Thanks Bob, I'm just about ready to start working on the masts. Also, I've been contemplate doing furled sails on this. I've done no sails before, and full sails, never tried furled. So, I want to research the best furled look and go with it.

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LMDAVE 

I am working on the same ship, your lantern from your kit, looks way better then mine to begin with. What I would like to know is how did you get the red part to look so real???

Joe

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HI Joe
 

One thing i learned from model cars was making turn signals. Using this "Clear red" form Tamiya paint, and paint it over aluminum foil gives it a real red plastic/glass look.Just make a coil of aluminum and paint it with that stuff to replace the red plastic in the kit.

 

This is some examples of the red used  over aluminum foil on some cars I did:

 

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2150/904309/24630821/410928902.jpg

 

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2150/904309/24630821/410928898.jpg

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I started assembling the bowsprit, and when I got to the first couple of rigging blocks I stropped them with steel wire and even though it's effective I did't really like the look on this ship. I decided I'm going to strop all blocks with rope now, it's a little more of a pain with the seizing thread but I do think it looks more natural to this period ship.

 

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Yes, I have since tapered the bowsprit more, the earlier picture when I was playing around with the rigging blocks it wasn't tapered good yet. And the lower masts are not tapered, the topmast is.

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This is my first build which I started a few months back.

Once I got to the planking I was snapping more than I was able to bend and eventually stopped building out of frustration.

Started up again yesterday, but the bends are still driving me nuts.

 

I am going to get some elastic bands and see if your method is any easier, thanks.

 

I have no doubt this thread is going to be a huge help, so thanks for taking the time to create it.

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Thanks, yeah definitely either steam the planks or even dip them in boiling water for about 5-10 seconds before bending them, they dry out fairly quickly. Never any drastic bends on dry pieces.

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OK, well as soon as I finished one full set of shrouds (alternating pairs from port to starboard), my impatience jumped ahead to test rigging a few rungs of the ratlines the proper way. Past ships I cheated with glue for knots. But, did clove hitches this time. Take a little practice getting snug enough with no slack but leaving just the right sag.

 

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I am working on the same build. This is the first ship I have done with sails and ratlines.

For some strange reason that I don't understand I really like doing them.

Seems like it makes the ship the ship.

You have done a great job on your ship, I am sure the rest will be just as good.

Joe

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Thanks. And I agree, really nice natural looking ratlines really makes the ship. I'm thinking about doing furled sails or half raised sails on this one. 

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Its been a while since I gave an update on this. It's been a busy summer, and still tying clove hitches for the ratlines. I wanted to post this update picture to the log that I also posted in the general forum about displaying this ship. Some interesting ideas I got in that thread, and I'm working on for that. But, here's an update of the ratlines. Almost finished the main mast, and one more set to go after that.

 

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