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This model is beautiful beyond words! Absolute perfection by a master builder. This is one of the most beautiful models I have ever seen...the best of the best... 

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Doris,

As always there are not enough words in any language that could fully describe the stunning beauty of the art that you create -

Creations that also reflect historical accuracy. A superlative feast for all of our eyes - thank you indeed.

 

Sincerely,

 

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    I have to keep realizing that your model is made with CARD!!!!

    With this pandemic going on right now, I'm sure we would all like to know how you and yours are doing.

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Hello dear friends, 
I am honoured reading your comments and responses to my work. I do appreciate them a lot. Thank you all very much. 

Well, I would like to continue and finish this model in maximum historical accuracy,  but I am not sure if I manage it. The rigging is quite complicated and I was not succesful to find plenty of details in available books. Although I have commercial plan of this ship, there are a lot of mistakes and nonsense, which I cannot apply to my model in any case. I do not want to give up although it would be possible to leave the model without rigging and finish the build even at this stage.

Please, if you have any drawings or documents suitable for English ships from the second half of the 17th century, especially the rigging, please share them here. It can help not only me but also other people interested in realistic design of such ships. I will be very grateful for that.
 

 

Yesterday I added remaining ropes to gunport lids on the upper deck and quarterdeck; the ropes in the middle/open section of the upper deck will be tied later.

 

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It would surprise me, if you did not have these books in your collection, but I will go-ahead and mention them, just in case:

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Anderson is the Godfather of knowledge on this subject.  While his book is a little more primitive, in terms of illustrations, he provides clear insight into the why and wherefore of all the rigging elements, as well as fundamental Continental differences.

 

Lees is a much drier, technical read, but the book is absolutely loaded with beautiful, clear photographs.

 

These books, together, are as reliable a cross-reference on rigging English ships like the Katherine as you could ever hope to find.  No one could ever credibly fault you for following their guidance.  I might say that this is my personal opinion, but it is actually a matter of fact.

 

I wish you the best, however you choose to proceed.

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Hubac's Historian: Hello and thank you for the recommendation. I have these books at home, they are very helpful but in some ways I find it very difficult to understand technical English. Despite a lot of quality drawings it is a pity that some important things are only mentioned or described in text, but there are not illustrative drawings of them, expecially detailed daigrams of a whole rope from its beginning to the end. Therefore it is very difficul for me to understand where and how it should be tied.


Today I have finished rest pieces of decoration. I find inspiration mainly in museum models and Van de Velde drawings.

 

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Stunning and inspirational as usual!

 

Your rigging is beautifully done also. What kind of glue do you use on your ropes and seizings? Thank you.

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Well, certainly I can appreciate the difficulty you describe, as when I’m reading all of these French language texts, and the technical descriptions often don’t translate well to English.

 

Well, I have another book for you that may be a good visual guide for you:

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In particular, this section concerning the Royal James of 1671 is well described and beautifully photographed.  The James is a few years later than the Katherine, but I would think the rig would be largely the same.

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I few years ago, I took a bunch of pictures of this model while on a trip to Washington D.C.  If you P.M. your email address to me, I will send you the pictures that I have.

 

I hope this is helpful.

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Hello dear friends,

and thank you very much for your comments and likes. I am pleased, you enjoyed pics from the progress.

On 3/28/2020 at 7:20 PM, BobG said:

.......Your rigging is beautifully done also. What kind of glue do you use on your ropes and seizings? Thank you.

I use mainly water-based - dispersion glue, in our country known as "Herkules" :

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or Ethyl Cyanoacrylate super glue as well.:

https://www.mpmshop.cz/bolt-medium

 

The ropes are sometimes shaped and "glued" even with a matt clear varnish.

 

On 3/28/2020 at 7:27 PM, amateur said:

Beautifull work!

and every time I keep looking at the flag. That flag looks as if it is really moving in the wind.

 

Jan

I tried to create realistic flag, so I spent quite much time to look for best technology, how to do. Finally I used clear varnish (Tamiya TS-80) and during drying it was shaped exactly as I needed. The flag then remains relatively stiff and does not change its shape.

 

On 3/28/2020 at 7:47 PM, Hubac's Historian said:

......

I few years ago, I took a bunch of pictures of this model while on a trip to Washington D.C.  If you P.M. your email address to me, I will send you the pictures that I have.

 

I hope this is helpful.

 

Thank you for your help and great inspiration. I do appreciate your kind words, they mean a lot for me. 

 

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I know it will be really challenging to complete this model with realistic rigging, but as two friends have written to me, it is important to find a way to proceed with the rigging, and to take the model to completion.
Some years ago I faced a similar challenge when I was building Sovereign of the Seas, and although it was really hard, it was worth the effort. 
Yesterday, I took several pictures of both ships together. I wish I would complete the Royal Katherine as successful as the Sovereign of the Seas model.

 

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So, it is time to study and look for the right solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

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Really, Doris, there's nothing you can't do. If you don't rig R.K. it can only be because rigging may not get your creative juices flowing like creating beautiful sculptures.

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On 1/31/2019 at 7:10 PM, DORIS said:

Final preparation.....😎

 

 

The smaller cannon (demi-culverin drake) is from the upper deck of my Sovereign of the Seas  -  also a scratch-build and made out of card, but in a scale 1/90:39.thumb.jpg.5b8ba0e058e9c70e276ef077cc53fce9.jpg

 

 

 

 

Just because yours is bigger than mine, don't mean that your better.

Sorry - just had to. lol

Alan

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