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It has been About 6 weeks now, that I startet building the Queen Anne Barge, I purchased in 2018 from Chuck Passaro. It is a very special and beautiful model kit he created. The instructions are excellent. For those of us, who are still curious about new techniques and challenges. there can be learned a lot.

I don't start my build log right from the beginning, because I somehow missed taking photos at the early stages. It is probably not too interesting anyway for there are other and better build logs about this model. At the moment I am at the point to deal with varnish and colour, so things get difficult, because one can ruin a model at this stage very easily. For now just some images.

Matthias

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That is looking excellent!!!  Its good to see someone taking such care with their paint work.  Very nice progress.

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Matthias,

I hope I can make mine look half as good as your barge does. I will be starting it this May. Looking forward to following your log.

Pythagoras (Tom)

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Thank you for your comments.

In February we have been at NMM / Greenwich. I must say, I was a bit disappointed, for ther were just a few models on display. I thougt, I would see all the famous models like HMS Amazon and HMS Winchelsea ;), but no, they are obviously all stored away. What a pity.

But anyway I saw Prince Frederics barge, and it is such a Beauty. I like the dull shine of the red painted parts of the interior and the contrast to the gildet ornaments. Here are three photos I took so you see, what I mean.

 

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Yesterday I just sandet everything again with steel wool, I am unhappy with the colour I use, it has a sort of ugly glittering, which is not what I want. I will go and get a more dull colour and try to add the dull shine afterwards maybe with a wax polish or varnish, I have to try different options. I also sandet the little inbord frames and added som gilding paint on one of them, to see how that looks like. For the wooden parts I use spreadable ( I hope that is the right word) shellac, which has a lovely shine.

Matthias

 

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Für deutsche Leser: meine Unterlage ist übrigens nur die Mecklenburgische Kirchenzeitung und keine fromme Kampfschrift.

(Sorry, I just explained for german readers, that my underpacking ist just the regional church magazin and no religious tract)

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I bought some dull/mat acryl-Colour, type cherry and added some drops of black colour to darken it a bit. Then I painted everything twice, so it covers well.

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On the spare piece I tried out from left to right: wax polish (not good, does not really connect with underground and looks dirty), varnish, and shellac, whiped on with a cloth. Wiping on shellac is probably the most elaborate way, but one can control the gloss level very well. So I probably go for that.

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The gildet frames look nice on the red underground. They still need treatment, but I think I will go for gildet ornaments, frames and moldings.

Matthias

 

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One thing you might want to try is a spray fixative.  I will spray the entire model with a light spray of matte fixative or dull coat.  This really evens out the red paint.  You should give it a try on those extra pieces.  I spray from about 18 inches away from the model and it really does wonders for the finish.

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I made a test ob my spare   pieces. To be honest, you can hardly see the difference.  The fixative (on the right side) is a tiny little bit more mat

I like both surfaces.

 

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Summary of Surface:

sanding, primer

sanding, first coat of colour

sanding, second coat of colour

sanding, third coat of Colour

first varnish coat

second varnish coat

That's it now. When working on it, I remembered, that when I made an apprenticeship as a joiner / Carpenter, some 25 years ago, we used to water the wooden surfaces. The wood fibers stood up, and when you sandet them down, you hardly had to do any sanding at all anymore. I don't know, why I forgot about that. - Next time -.

 

At the Moment I am busy doing the moldings. I haven't done that before, so I had to practise a bit. First thing to do was to make a scraper, tiny enough for these small strips. I used an old metal scraper About 2 mm thick and milled the profile into it with a little cutting wheel from the dremel. It worked quite well. The shaping of the strips also worked well. 

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Thanks Chuck,

I have a problem, I don't know, why it occured: The keel ist bending about 3 mm upwards in the middle. During the planking I had it on the frame all the time. I preformed the planks with heat, so they were not very much forced in place. Is there a way to prevent this? Certainly not any more at this stage of building, but I would like to know, what I did wrong. I will post a photo of the problem later.

Matthias

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I have no idea...could be a few things.  My guess is the frames were not securely glued into the keel allowing for some movement.  Or the base was warped from the beginning and and just not noticeable.  There isnt much you can do about it at this point though.  I am sure nobody will notice.  Impossible to tell in the photos.

 

Chuck

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