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La Couronne by yancovitch - RADIO - Finished


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hello,

i thought i'd share my project here, cause it should be somewhat different then most of the couronne models i've seen built, and may be interesting to some...........

  it will be an occasional entry showing where i'm at at a given time rather than a complete build log, as i really don't know what i'm doing, or how to do it, day to day, since, aside from the basic drawings, much will have to be made up......

  as i live in a small town or village, i don't  have access to many materials, so when i had the opportunity to get some cherry wood locally, i grabbed it, not realizing that the swirly grain after varnishing, would show up so much....but i'm living with it and am continuing the build.....if the grain will bother me too much  below the waterline, i'll paint it white.......

    i found that varnish made the grain to dark and exposed, so i used polyurethane, which was better, although the wood looks dark below the lower wale because i used epoxy resin and 2-1/2 oz cloth finished with urethane.....the resin also darkens the wood......i coated the inside the ship with 6 oz cloth and epoxy resin....weighs about 20 lbs now.....  

     this is where i'm at so far.......the hull is around 6 feet long...total should be under 8 feet and hopefully will be sailable.....using the drawings shown, but will make many modifications...the lines were of low resolution, so i had to do much guesswork....

    made some windows from mesh bag, painted black, and poured on some polyester resin....but the resin disolved the black...so used epoxy resin....but the fibres in the mesh started coming undone and it looked messy...so i got an aluminum mesh screen from an exhaust vent i butchered, painted it black, and used the epoxy resin, and i'm satisfied with the result.....

   made a madonna for the stern out of super sculpey, but may  do more work on it later

so well see what happens next.......

 

 

 

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funny, every time i build a model, it's like the first time, like i'm starting from scratch....i don't seem to have much retention.....what goes in one eye, goes out the other....what goes in one ear goes out the other :D ....i hardly remember building previous models....although i think some of my instincts manage to get through....talk about living in the present :)

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still more decorations to come...ordered some mini crowns from china...ha..good luck.........will tile the domes with round tiles, and paint them a dark metalic bronze.....and the cabin between the towers will not slope right up to the hull, but have a pointed roof before sloping down to the hull....happy how the windows turned out...............still haven't figured out what to do with the bow yet.....sorry, used too slow a speed on camera...

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thought i should throw in a side view .....keeping the upper gun deck open as shown in some etchings i've seen.....and adding sides to the beakhead so i can add some naked women or whatever :)...haven't decided whether or not to add some openings on the cabin between the two towers.....ha...looking forward to figuring out how to make the huge lantern (s) at the stern.....should be fun......

oh.....cut the tip of my thumb on the table saw, so i'm out of commission for a bit...........

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thanks buck, but two people should be able to grab it ..one at each end and place it in the water off the dock...one holds the mast while the other starts loading maybe 10-15lb blocks of lead,which are coated to avoid contamination......will probably add an external keel but i haven't decided yet exactly how or  how much....

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Enormous project, Yancovitch, and that's some superb work you've done so far.

Radio!  Radio?  Does that mean this is going to be a floating, fully-rigged and -sailed, radio-controlled creature?  With working cannons - bangs and smoke and all that?   I don't know where you live, but I'd love to come spend a holiday where you are and watch you when you launch her!

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thanks  nils.....again i'm happy with the windows, but i will give them a spray of satin urethane to reduce the shine when they're done....will look much better.....still haven't decided whether or not to leave the main deck with open gunports as in the photos or hatchem.....hmmmmm.....

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  • 3 weeks later...

ok..........got all the main parts put together but not yet glued.....
the two stern towers are joined with a pointed roof rather than a slanted roof and i changed the beakhead somewhat....as in previous photo, the gun ports on the main deck will not be hatched...the gratings are basically put together too....oh...the domes will be shingled..bronze circular...
now for all the fiddly stuff...which will be much more relaxing.....the brain strain is done with....whew!.......ha....i'm learning to live with the swirly wood.....

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yea....the romance of sail...........that's the only reason i'm building it :)....ha...that's the big challenge in building this...to make it light and strong.....it only weighs 24 lbs at this time with most of the parts included....the masts shouldn't weigh too much...using basswood.....the ballast may come to 70 lbs...just guessing...which will be inserted while in the water...although i may add an external keel too......

   but i may slow down a bit, cause i must finish the rigging on my confederacy ....and as i'm building the couronne in my bedroom, it will give me a break from all the fumes and dust of which most has passed thank god.....i must be very vigilant regarding this from now on, as i'm starting to feel some effects in my chest.....actually it's amazing i lasted this long haha........

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thanks...i'll try to find some........oh...i don't have an airbrush......i have model color 70999 copper, but it's too bright,....the bronze i have is too greenish...

 

You can use it with a brush too, at east that's what I do. if it doesn't cover in one, give it another layer. The airbrush colours of Vallejo are thinned down to use with airbrus. That's the only difference. The rustoleum is a nice alternative though

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thanks carl, but i'll stick with the rustoleum, cause i can order it from home hardware here....for me to order the vallejo, it would cost just as much if not more....

   i don't know about in the usa.....but ordering online from canada, has become so expensive....i wanted to order a $10 bag containing metal crown charms value pack in different sizes from hobby lobby, and they wanted $30 for shipping...sheesh...

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