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HMS Victory by georgek - Mantua - scale 1:98 first build


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hello to everyone,

I am learning from this forum for a long time by now. Since i begun the building of the Hms Victory i have been looking for help on this forum all the time and everytime i found what i have been looking for. WIthout this forum the buid of this ship will be very difficult (don't forget that i choose this model as a first build). i am posting some photos of my first build. The ship is almost completed. I will continue to upload photos of the ship until the comletion. The kit is Mantua Hms victory but as you will see i have made many additions and i am making the rigging following the Jotika plans and instructions. Now i am making the braces. As you can see i have furled the sails on the yards. I wanna ask for your opinion: should i put a furled sail on the driver boom also?  As i can see the jotika plans does not have the nesseccary blocks for the buntlines and leechlines (if there are any) for this sail.

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Hello George and welcome to the community of HMS Victory builders here at MSW.  Your ship is beautiful and very well done, I can't beieve this is your first build! How long have you been working on her? When model builders decide to put sails on their models they so often overwhelm the detail work of the rigging, but yours are excellent, very tight and neat.  Thanks for sharing your Victory with us.

 

Patrick

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  • 2 months later...

Georgek,

 

Absolutely magnificent, especially for a first build! Your furled sails look just right too, not bulky or distracting, which is just how it should be.

 

You asked about furling the spanker. I believe the practice was rather to furl the sail into the mast, leaving the gaff standing. I have a couple of prints which show the Victory at anchor, and the spanker is furled like this. One is by the late Derek Gardner, to my mind one of the best artists of the ships of Nelson's era. He meticulously researched his paintings, so I can't think he'd be wrong. 

 

The sail was in any case loose-footed, ie it wasn't laced to the boom, so just letting off the sheet would free it. It could then be brailed into the mast, by three or four brails attached to the leech of the sail and running across it, then passing through small blocks situated on the mast in suitable places. There were even small blocks on the gaff to furl the top part. The brails were probably then belayed somewhere at the foot of the mizzen mast. Not being a square sail, the spanker wouldn't have had buntlines or leechlines.

 

I'm not exactly sure of the positioning of the brail blocks or the belaying points, but I am sure you could find this out. 

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  • 2 years later...

great job on your build  just wish you would have posted your build from the beginning so members like my self

    who have  the same kit  could have learned from your build  from the point of opening the box to now

                                                 Ronald

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