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Grandpa Phil,

Thank you very much for the detailed instructions. Appreciated! I will give this a try using the “Imperial Gold” I have.

My goal is to remove the shinyness of the brass. I will post my results soon.

 

Thanks again. This is all new to me!

Frank

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6 hours ago, md1400cs said:

Frank - that came out superbly!!  Glad that our ideas worked out. Your work on this project is Top Notch - Pleasure to follow along

My next project will need areas to be painted - this will be brand new learning for me - Hmmmm Learning continues.

 

Regards  as always

 

Michael

Thanks for the kind words! Very helpful people in this forum.

So, you have your next project picked out? Is it the Viking model?

 

Frank

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Frank,

 

It was to be - still might be - but the rumor is that for Father's Day I will be gifted with a Sergal Sovereign of... - When it again becomes available backordered world-wide until Italy comes back to life along with the rest of the planet.  - Hmmm

I just got the new McKay book and, It will be an incredible reference. Either of the two I plan on "bashing" the best that I can. In the meantime following your work, and almost done with my current build so TBD

Regards

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Starting work on the bow area.

 

I worked on the dry brushing, following the suggestions of grandpa Phil, (thank you!!) and I was able to remove some of the shine from the etchings. It went pretty well, with only a couple of tiny areas of the gold getting on the colored background.

 

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The first etching attached to the front face

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The etchings attached to both sides of the bow stem

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Here is a photo of the completed bow area deck planking (stained, but not sealed yet). After this photo, I will show how I ended up here.

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I cutout the forms from the plans and glued them to strips of the Eastern White Pine (the same wood I have been using for the other decks). I ground the strips to 1 MM thick.

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After cutting and shaping each piece, I had to individually glue thin strips of black paper to simulate the caulking.

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Center piece ready to attach to deck

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I worked from the center towards the edges

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Impressive work -- bow planks, caulking both so well scaled. Your plank edge cuts are so great - I need to learn how to do that. I will use 1mm planks and the black paper idea for my next decks. I'll send you a PM when I get there asking about the paper etc.....

Take Care 

 

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10 hours ago, md1400cs said:

Impressive work -- bow planks, caulking both so well scaled. Your plank edge cuts are so great - I need to learn how to do that. I will use 1mm planks and the black paper idea for my next decks. I'll send you a PM when I get there asking about the paper etc.....

Take Care 

 

Hi Michael,

Thanks for stopping by!

The Corel plan bow patterns were very accurate. So cutting the planks to the patterns had me doing very little tweaking. The hard part was gluing tiny strips of black construction paper to the edges of the different shapes! Glad that section is over!

 

Frank

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Hello,

I continued on with some more work in the bow area.

 

First I installed the long curved trim piece on each side of the bow planking. It was a pain trying to get the curves right from the tip of the bow all the way back to the cannon face. I was able to soak the wood and then heat it up with a curling iron for help on the bends.

 

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On both sides of the bow stem, where I installed the photo etch pieces, I had to add 2 strips of 1mm by 1mm wood to continue forward the trim pieces I had added earlier in the build.

 

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Next was adding the iron bands to the deck and adding the nails. I antiqued the bands and nails, which were supplied in the kit as brass photo etched pieces.

 

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Small railings are added to each side. First the slots were milled then the pieces were soaked and heated to create a slight curve, in order to follow the curve of the deck

 

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Railings attached to the deck

 

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A small 1 mm by 2 mm trim strip added to the back edge

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Followed by 2 knee pieces, cut and painted

 

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Finally, 2 catheads are made, along with the sheaves,  and added to the deck with metal bands.

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Now to move on to other parts of the ship model!

 

Thanks for visiting,

Frank

 

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Frank,

it is a pleasure to see your progress and the effort you are putting into the details. I noticed that you did not install the cannons yet. This because you wanted to finish the front deck first?

Clark

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1 hour ago, Clark said:

Frank,

it is a pleasure to see your progress and the effort you are putting into the details. I noticed that you did not install the cannons yet. This because you wanted to finish the front deck first?

Clark

Hi Clark,

Thanks for stopping by.

Yes, in my opinion, if I installed the canon before the bow planking, I would probably have knocked them off while sanding, staining, and adding the fittings of my latest post. That is why I waited. I am now free to install the cannon, before finishing the upper platform above the canon. I will be installing them soon.

 

Thanks,

Frank

 

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Hello,

Moving on from the bow area for a while, I decided to tackle the placement of the chain plates for the main mast shrouds.

 

First step was to take the brass etched pieces for the plates and bend them to the contour of the lower section of the hull.

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Next, I blackened or antiqued the brass chain plates, the ring on top, the chain, and the toggles.

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The chain plates are nailed to the hull. A larger ring is attached to the top of the formed chain plate and the chain links are attached to this ring. Then the chain passes thru the deck slots made earlier and finally fastened to the toggles.

So, note to myself! Next time I cutout slots for chain links to pass thru, it would be a good idea to make sure the slots are wide enough for the chain links! LOL! I can't believe I never checked. Luckily, the slots were just wide enough.

 

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There are six shroud lines on each side that are rigged to the mainmast. There are 8 slots and toggles. The 4th slot from the left is rigged much longer and goes up to other areas of the mainmast yard. The last slot to the right is the same length as the rest, but is for other rigging lines.

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View of Chain plates under deck. I noticed from this photo that I have some touch up blue and red painting to do. See green arrows.

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View of finished assembly

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Now, I will be moving back to installing the 5 cannon and finishing the upper deck above the cannon.

 

Thanks again for the "Likes" and for stopping by.

Frank

 

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Michael and Mark (Hubac's Historian),

 

Thank you both for visiting and your kind words. Appreciated.

Metal working is not my strong point. Much prefer working with wood! Glad I tackled this section now.

 

Frank

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On 6/27/2020 at 2:53 PM, fmodajr said:

Michael and Mark (Hubac's Historian),

 

Thank you both for visiting and your kind words. Appreciated.

Metal working is not my strong point. Much prefer working with wood! Glad I tackled this section now.

 

Frank

Glad to see your progress.

Clark

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Hello,

I finally made it to the stage in my project where the cannons are to be installed.

 

The first step I did was to darken the canon a little, using a blackening product.

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My friend made me a small jig, in his basement metal working shop. I put the canon pin on the jig and I was able to shape the canon caps using some brass sheet metal. 

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Using the same product, I blackened the pins and brass caps.

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Cannons Installed.

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As I mentioned earlier in the build, I should have installed the canon before the cross beams of the upper deck were installed.

I had a hard time nailing the caps (20 nails total) with the beams in the way.

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View from the stern with the lines coiled.

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The Corel kit calls for 2 openings on the upper deck for the foremast. One to the port side of centerline and one to the starboard side. I decided to have some fun and deviate from this and try to follow some of the design of the "Fleur de Lis" plans, which call for only one opening on the port side.

Installation of the beam to support the mast. 

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The "Fleur de Lis" plan also shows a large knee to support the beam for the foremast.

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Next step is to plank the  upper decks and add the trim moldings around the planking.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Frank

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