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Sovereign of the Seas by Matt H - DeAgostini - Scale 1:84

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This is the 12 month subscription model by DeAgostini from Model Space. It arrives in 12 separate packages spread over a year and each arrives with a color magazine with historical information about the ship and instructions. The packaging isn't anything special, just a normal cardboard box with various small bags and plastic packages of parts.

 

At this point in time I have received the first two months. The first picture is the first month's supplies and the second is the second month deeper down in the same box for consolidation. 

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Here is the cover and inside of the first months magazine. You can find these digitally on their website as well.

 

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I have to say I like the instructions and pictures, very well detailed and it might just make it possible for me to be successful with this ship at this stage of my experience. I will be bouncing back and forth between this and my Syren build, which also has great instructions. I just ordered some basswood blocks off Amazon and will get working on cutting them to size for my Syren when they get here. 

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Here I have begun attaching various bow former supports and the first part of the false keel to the forward bulkhead.

 

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Here are the next two bulkheads assembled, but not yet attached. There is a step coming up that the instructions warn about a temporary jig setup to help hold the entire false keel and bulkheads upright and where these two bulkheads go is where that temporary jig sits.

 

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Each month comes with various small projects to break up the monotony of doing nothing but planking or making 100 cannons. Some projects are a longboat or cannons. This month includes the start of a longboat and 2 cannons. Here are the parts of the cannon assembly and the final assembly. Please let me know what you think of the bronze and red coloring. 

 

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Some rope supplied this month.

 

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That's it for now. I am waiting on some paint to dry on the second cannon you see there. I will keep updating as I go along. So far I am very pleased with this kit and this 12 month program. It comes out to $20 more if you buy it monthly plus an additional $10 per month for shipping, so the price difference isn't much. It makes these $1000+ ships more affordable for some, and I don't mind the extra in shipping.

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Matt,

 

Nice start. Will follow along - This one is on my "long List" Always loved this ship. Though, as you prob. know, there is much controversy as to how all of those stern and galleries really looked

- depending on diff decades of service; along with the controversy of the circumstances of how she caught fire in 1697 - ending her long career.

 

Cheers,

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