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Amazing how fast your development of new models has gone Chris, and I love the look of the kits you have produced so far, although I've not purchased any as I'm in a bit of an 'off' period in my model building and already have several started that I need to get back to and finish someday.

 

It was touched on briefly recently about the thoughts of doing a more modern 'yacht' of some kind, and when that was mentioned the one that immediately popped into my mind was the beautiful SY Adix, a 3 masted schooner that you can actually charter right now!  Not sure how anyone else feels, but I would have a hard time thinking of a more beautiful vessel.  I would love to build something like this (well, a model of her) someday.

 

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Best wishes to you and your continued success in this crazy business!

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58 minutes ago, GuntherMT said:

 

It was touched on briefly recently about the thoughts of doing a more modern 'yacht' of some kind, and when that was mentioned the one that immediately popped into my mind was the beautiful SY Adix, a 3 masted schooner

I'd be all over a model of that beautiful yacht in a moment's notice! 

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Yachts are very very nice, and again, one day, if if I manage to make a real living from this, I will have the luxury of choosing more subjects that perhaps demand a lot of (very expensive) suites of shiny brass fittings, like the yacht above would demand.

 

Again, right now, I want to concentrate on the subjects I think people will like most, with the majority of new developments being fresh subjects (not released as a kit anywhere before). I have about 5 or 6 years worth of subjects to tackle already in my 'Future Developments' folder, and range from the 1750's to the first decade of the 19th Century. This is the period that interests me more than any other.

 

I am now back at work (Just got home), so developments will slow down again, as I am back to my two jobs instead of spending all of my time on the one (I really want to do...)

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As Jim helps me with completing the Duchess of Kingston model, I started designs on my first medium/large development (a littler larger than a Fly type kit), trying different methods in certain areas to allow more gun deck detail to seen when complete. This hull is over 600mm long and incorporates the gun port frames into the hull structure. But, as I said, this is a very early stage of the design, and this is the first time I have put the parts together, so I can get a feel for what needs to be done, and what I can and cannot get away with...

 

All cut in MDF, only the gun deck in ply. All quarterdeck beams are just placed, not glued..

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Almost 24 inches for the hull.

 

Have to be careful, as the kits are designed for almost anyone to have a go. What I always have to think of is fragile parts, and how will the non expert modellers fare, a thin line between enjoyment of building and utter frustration. But the pics show more or less what I have in mind for my larger kits, will have to see how the stern holds up to some rough treatment, though, as I know some will moan when they break something..

 

I cut these parts this morning, actually, I cut two whole sets with slightly different designs for the forecastle and quarterdeck beams, and the one shown proved to be much easier to construct, so that may be what I shall go with, with those beams being spaced to scale.

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24 minutes ago, glbarlow said:

Fascinating to watch a design get developed.  I agree about the risk point of the stern Frames. They do seem a bit fragile, maybe include a few spares in the kit.

I think I will keep stern frames as is, as I would like the modeller have the option of fitting out that area if they so wished. If they are all solid (but completely fool-proof), then it's a lot of work to try and mod that area. Better to meet half way, allow the modders a fighting chance whilst also allowing the general model maker to sand the area for the stern fascia with minimum risk of breaking anything - so the frames are a lot deeper that they should be, scale-wise.

 

Oh yes, also I shall add coamings and gratings for that lower/berth deck

 

But, I must stop this now and concentrate on the Duchess of Kingston manual, which shouldn't take too long thanks to Jim.

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2 minutes ago, Chuck Seiler said:

I don't believe you named the model.  Will it be a ship-rigged sloop LIKE the FLY, different class?  ...or something else?

It is ship rigged, armed with 20 x 9-pounders, Fly (Swan Class) had 16 x 6 pounders plus swivels, as built.

 

Am sure many have already worked out the name and class.. :)

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Yep, HMS Sphynx, will be my 7th kit, a real step up in size and complexity.

 

Am laser cutting 2nd lot of 'pre-prototype parts now.

 

I thought the 1mm pear for ladder sides, especially double layered, looked a trifle thick. I ordered a batch of 0.6mm pear sheet (more expensive, but prefer things to look more in scale), and designed and just laser cut a pair of ladders for the orlop and mid deck hatch. All ladders will be designed to suit each hatch opening. I copied the ladder profile from the original plans.

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OK, am now fully up to date with the Duchess of Kingston manual, not much left to do on that. So today I cut the second 'pre-prototype' Sphinx parts, which have quite a few little changes from the first. One of which is making sure the bowsprit sits correctly when added. Still only MDF for most parts. Gun deck is split into halves. I did try bending a complete deck into position on the first prototype, but only managed to damage the bulkhead tabs. Nothing is glued at all at this stage, just checking critical alignments. In fact, I shall recommend that nothing is glued until the 2mm lower/birth deck is in place.

 

The upper tabs look vulnerable, but the gun port 'stringers' are added (3mm MDF) once the gun deck is in place, making them a lot stronger as they connect to every single bulkhead. In fact, because the deck is in two halves, they could be added before fitting the deck...

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Don't know finished dimensions, haven't looked at masts and yards yet, as I have only just started. I know the hull is around 605mm without any spars. Am figuring about 770/780mm overall length, as there's no mizzen gaff boom jutting out from the stern (being 1775)

 

No Jim for this one, am on my own, as Jim has the Amati Victory to do, the two timer! :)

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Brilliantly executed Chris! Amazing that her complexity will be reproduced by the nature of the design and not as dependent upon the modelers skill. Absolutely cutting edge, next generation advancement of ship modeling. I am thinking this design concept will revolutionize the possibility for the modeler to produce excellent results and also allow more modelers to undertake more complex ship kits. I wonder how many kits it will take before every other designer/manufacturer will be “outdated” or obsolete? 😀 This has to be the most significant leap forward I have seen in my 25 ish years in the hobby! 
 

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