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Thank's Jason.  So I wasn't far off it seems. I'm going to end up using a pattern close to yours, it looks the best in my opinion.

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The planking continues...  This planking method is taking a lot of time.  It gives great results though.  I'm probably not going to continue much past the water line because it will be coppered, I'll just just plank dirty style after that :D   1342743839_Ship56.thumb.jpg.35f86da1c2cfeab1bb2541095668cf30.jpg602795580_Ship57.thumb.jpg.c9298b043b1a016c539b6434e90d43a2.jpg1760947867_Ship58.thumb.jpg.1fbadab29c8ed7f8d93cde9d4288c7c4.jpg

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Second Planking complete!  I stopped spiling the planks a little past the water line, then it all sped up a lot.  The last picture is with some sanding. Turned out ok.  Going to work on trimming the gunports next before planking the inside. 

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I made a ropewalk!  It works pretty well so far.  Making the gears was the hardest part of the build, everything else was strait forward. 

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Below is Caldercrafts 0.25mm "Rope" and I made a pretty decent rope from just three strands. 

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The black ropes look just as good as the tan one but my camera won't pick up the details :(.  As you can see I wrote down how many strands are in each rope. Figuring out how thick they are is kinda tricky but I think -X12 1mm -X9 .8mm -X6 .6mm -X3 .3mm.  Getting it just right so the ends don't explode is trial and error.  I'm going to be obsessed with rope making until I perfect it.  

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I've been working on rope making quite a lot and think Gutermann thread is the way to go.  Most people seem to be using DMC Cabella cotton thread.  It's mostly being discontinued in the right sizes so that's not really a long term option.  Anyway I've narrowed it down to four colors, two for standing rigging and two for running rigging.  I've been looking at a lot of pictures and just don't know what combination would be most accurate.  Would standing rigging covered in pine Tar really not be black as some suggest?  What color would running rigging actually be in that period? 

 

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Nice looking rope!  I think there has been much debate on the subject of colour depending on a factors such as age.  Pristine new rope with a single application would be lighter, older rope that has got dirty, weathered and recoated would be darker.  Think you can go with your artistic gut and how much of a contrast you would like, if you are using black paint on the hull then my sense would be to use the darker brown for standing rigging, the second darkest shade could look good with an all wood finish.  All personal opinion.

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The inner planking is done. Cutting the sweeps and ports out... It was quite the job to say the least.  The 4x1mm planks were good quality but walnut is just not easy to work with.

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The Red Ochre paint from Caldercraft is really nice to work with even with cheap pain brushes.  My plan to have the planking show through the paint has worked out better than expected!  I also put on the main wale. The 3x1mm planks were just awful wood and were slightly different sizes and colors, thank god they will be painted.

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I didn't quite like the CalderCraft Yelow Ochre so much so I decided to edit the paint a little. I added a little matt white and a bit to much cadmium Yellow. I may have gone to far but I think it's growing on me. In the sunlight it's quite bright, probably not so historically accurate. It's not to late to re-paint so I'm going to sit back and ponder a while. 

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In the sunlight with the right angle it almost looks white!

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She's quite large beside the Sherbourne.   

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Hey SpyGlass, I sanded the edges of the planks round so it would be noticeable.  It's a little more exaggerated than I would have hoped but its something I noticed on the Victory when you stand even 15-20 meters away.  

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Different - I spend all my time trying to make my planks joins invisible  but  it certainly has a decorative effect.

 

I have never seen that before - I presume on a working or naval  vessel it would  not be done - just un-needed expenditure of money and effort.

Cant think of any practical reason - but nice to have an handsome vessel.

 

I built Snake many many years ago - didnt turn out anything like as nice as your build !

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I agree re working with walnut.Definately not the easiest to cut ! My timber for the whales were difficult to find in the box as,like yours,they were different thicknesses and identifying them involved some degree of guesswork.Your planking looking good and definately superior to mine.

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I've been working on the bow decorations for what feels like ages... The plans are kinda not helpful because they aren't consistent from picture to picture. So I'm kinda just sanding and fiddling around until everything seems to fit.1545498633_Ship81.thumb.jpg.7ba6a654401412a69251543fbb6c6796.jpg362092285_Ship82.thumb.jpg.6355c8b0c9a4d2b8bf2a8d6ecbb1f975.jpg

I've got the cheeks on and it turned out way better than I could ever hope. The rest of the head and decorations are going to be a hard few hours. The slots for the Gammoning didn't line up at all so I widened them on part #60 just like the folks from other builds.  I'm still looking at everyone else's builds to see how they fared.  I'll do my best, If it turns out bad I can always scrape it all off and scratch build some new decorations.  

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Jason- Thank's for the words, Your Snake is probably my #1 go to when I'm confused. You did really nice work on her.

 

Yacht1255- how much does a set cost? Do you mean the kit? 

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The Bow decorations are finally done. The long parts #58 and #59 I ended up scratch building because the ply material was just not good and I had broken one.  It was only four pieces but I think making my own parts is kind of fun.  I think I should extend the red ochre out to the Hawse hole Bolster, what would be normal for painting that?958346675_Ship84.thumb.jpg.a9acf56623b57762d98ebccc967fba81.jpg1664343826_Ship85.thumb.jpg.e1f816ac2299a6c7369b8a95fd648150.jpg

 On to deck planking! This must be the 5th time I've gone over the deck pattern:default_wallbash:!?!. The beam positions are not really correct but it lines up with the hatches at least.  My Beam positions range from 23mm-26mm which is not so far off from real ships I think.  I'm doing a four butt shift pattern with 11-12 cm planks.  With a scale converter that adds up to 25ft which is about correct for a ship of this period.  I ended up buying more Tanganyika wood for deck planking because the stuff in the kit was jagged and awful. Turns out the extra I bought is in the same lousy shape.  They are the same color at least.   

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Hi Ben, I also went with red in the hawse holes, mainly because it seemed consistent and brings a nice contrast which can be seen on many contemporary models. In reality, the holes would probably have been lined with lead sheet.  Nice work on the headworks by the way!

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Deck planking is in the works.  I'm currently unemployed so I'll have some time to work on her over the holidays

 

I'm reasonably happy with how it's turning out, Little bit regretful of not adding margin planks.  Next build perhaps I will delve deeper.     

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