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Royal Louis 1780 by EJ_L - Mamoli - Scale 1:90


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  • 2 weeks later...

Another step closer! This picture was actually taken a few days ago over the weekend and now I am actually done on one side and should be complete on the other by the end of the week. 
 

Once the planking is done, it will be off to the wood shop for sanding and minor gap filling followed by finish coats. 

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Looking very good

 

I thought that I had saved a link for that framing device that you have. Are you finding it as useful as you had hoped? or is it kinda "so so" useful?

 

I'm thinking of getting it before I start my next project. Let me know --- Oh what's it called - I can find a source at Google. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael,

 

The device is the "Professional Building Slip" by Hobbyzone. (Yes I had to look it up) :) I purchased mine through Hobbyworld-usa, who are located in New Hampshire but are a dealer for Hobbyzone stuff. My review of it would be overall positive. Honestly, the only real drawbacks are part of what make it good, it is heavy, and large. For someone building these large ships, those two items are excellent for helping to hold her steady when working. With all the clamping pieces fully adjustable and removable, I have been able to work on the ship in a variety of positions. The drawback comes in that it is not quick or easy to move the ship around and so if you are changing positions frequently, as I am at the moment working on the planking, it is easier to remove the ship from the slip. I will resume using her once I have finished the planking and am ready to resume work with the ship right side up. I am probably going to line the inside clamping edges with something soft however to prevent marring the finish. It feel as though it is a great addition to the shipyard and will likely become invaluable when I start attempting fully framed models.

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Thanks EJ,

 

sounds as if it makes a lot of sense once hull planking is done. I'll look into getting one. I think that my next English ship will be rather large - this will

become useful. 

 

PS: just checked three sites - everywhere back-ordered  - prob. will be that way until the planet comes back to a more or less normal way of life.

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Lower hull is finished. The planking has laid down fairly smooth so sanding didn’t take very long. Applied poly finish over the mahogany wood on the lower hull and over the first two bands of wales and yellow wood. Once the rest of the planking is complete, I will extend the finish so that all the surfaces are evenly covered. 
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Also today my latest library addition arrived. I intend to carve my own decorations for this ship as I did the last. 

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Started setting the gun carriages that will not be detailed. These will just support the gun barrels and will be completely blocked from view by the deck above. The guns will be installed through the gun ports later. 
 

I also started to frame and close up the cabins. Once the sides are done, I will move on to closing the stern as well as building the balconies and quarter galleys. This work will also allow me to continue running the hull planking upward on both the forecastle, quarter deck and the poop. 
 

As always, thank you all very much for the comments, likes and following along! 

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Framing of the cabins and quarter galleys continues. The lower cabin framework is in place and I am now setting window frames. The trim work will build up and out from this. Fortunately, the decorations are much simpler than S.R. was however, the scale is smaller at 1:90 compared to 1:77. It may not sound like much but it will add a lot of challenge to make those decorations look good. 
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Another update. Lower QGs are enclosed and I am working on closing the stern on the next deck. I finished planking the sides of this deck as well and will soon be working upward on the quarter deck. Progress is slow but forward. 

I know some of the trim looks weird in these pictures, especially on the QGs. That is due to the lack of the decorative pieces that still need to be carved and fit into place. I installed some trim as kind of a place holder and some that will remain but will be trimmed or embellished as needed. It is definitely a work in progress. 

 

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Not a lot has been done lately as I have been busy on other projects. Now that those are wrapped up, I am back to working the planking ever upward. Hopefully I will be able to top out the stern bulkheads soon followed by the forecastle. Once everything is topped out, I can start working on the decorations. 

 

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