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HMS Vulture 1776 by Dan Vadas - 1:48 scale - 16 gun "Swan" class sloop from TFFM plans - Finished


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Thank you George, E&T and Russell.

 

Still, Member's Choice isn't a bad consolation prize!!!

 

 

Actually, Member's Choice is rated higher than People's Choice as it's voted for by the guys who know what they are looking at. I know what you mean about the late entry number ;) .

 

:cheers:  Danny

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Hi Danny,

 

I guess "pretty chuffed" is Aussie for pretty damned proud and happy. If it's not you should be!!!!!!!! As you know I loved this build, not only did you give me something to aspire to, but the technical aspects of what you've shown and the way in which you showed (taught) so many processes is priceless to me.

 

I can't wait to follow your next build.

 

Best of everything,

John

 

 

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Thank you Brian, John, Janos and David :) .

 

Congratulations to you too Janos on taking out People's Choice. What was the other trophy you got? EDIT - Oh, I see now that I've looked at your post in Royal Caroline :blush:  .

 

Your carving really set the bow of Vulture off.

 

BTW - I had a great time too, more comments and conversations with the public and members alike than any other show I've been to :)

 

The finished binnacle, complete with two compasses, a lantern and it's chimney :

 

Binnacle 009.jpg

 

Well, Vulture has now gone to her final home - I delivered her to the Museum this morning. I forgot to take a pic of the installed Binnacle, so you'll have to take my word for it that it fits :D.

 

:cheers:  Danny

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Hey congrats Danny!  A well deserved honor. -- Since Pud helped as much as he could, are you thinking about bringing him to the museum as well?  :D

Congratulations - a great result for your wonderful project!

Hi Danny,

Congratulations on the accolades!!! Would have taken People's Choice if they had allocated your voting number earlier. You missed the first half of Saturday's votes. Still, Member's Choice isn't a bad consolation prize!!! ;)

Regards,

Russell

 

Ditto from me as well.

The binnacle is the 'icing' mate on a wonderful ship.

Well done!

Greg

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Hi Danny,

 

 

I was just pointed to your absolutely amazing build this weekend…as you say, better late than never.   

 

 

I can’t thank you enough for your effort…the depth of craftsmanship along with the details you share is exactly what new builders like me need to improve our techniques (an inspiration to be sure)   :)  

 

 

And congratulations on the award  :)

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Sorry Richard, I don't remember. I had it written down when I gave the measurements to the guy who made the case but I've thrown out the piece of paper. It'll take me a while to find out - I'll have to visit the museum to measure it, and I don't have any plans to do so in the near future as it's a fair drive from my home.

 

:cheers:  Danny

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Hi Dan,

 

I have been reading your fantastic log and getting a number of great ideas.

I am working on a AL Swift which I started and stopped many years ago.

I am trying to create more realistic anchors and was planning to use some ideas from your build.

I was hoping you could provide more detail for how you created the anchor straps from dyed card stock.

What type of dye and how was it applied? Anything special about the card Stock?

 

Your work is incredible and your log is both inspirational and educational.

 

Thanks and Happy New Year

Chuck

 

PS the question pertains to page 94

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How the Model will be built

 

My intention is to build this model as Fully Framed with the Starboard side open and the Port Side fully planked - both Hull and Decks.

 

Interior details like the Footwaling and Thickstuff (Port side only), Deck Clamps, Mast Steps, Breasthooks, Cabin Bulkheads, Companions (ladders) etc will be added.

 

The Decks will feature all the fittings like the Guns (Port side only), Bitts, Pumps, Capstan, Anchors etc.

 

All Masts and Yards will be fitted, and the ship will be fully Rigged.

 

A Scratchbuilt Cutter will be included.

 

This model will be completely Scratchbuilt, down to the Rigging Line and Blocks. The only "Non-Scratchbuilt" parts in this model will be the Gun Barrels. These will come from

Shipmodels in Russia, cast in Brass by Alex Baranov. Sorry, but I don't have the skills to make them as well as he can :) .

 

I expect it will take me about 3 to 4 years to complete this model. But I'm in no hurry, so it may take longer.

 

I am sorry, but not from Russia, from Ukraine.

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Hi Dan:

 

I've enjoyed an amazing morning going through your HMS Vulture build log...thank you for taking the time to post this as you made the model...it is an inspiration for others.

 

I have a question...I see you obtained your cannons from "ShipModels" and used 41mm size to represent 6 pounders for this Swan class model.  My question for you is what size of Trunion Capsquares did you order?  Looks like he calls these "Holders of a Pin" and they come in a variety of sizes.  From your build log it sounds like the ones you obtained were 1mm longer than you would have preferred....I'd be interested to know which you ordered and if you'd recommend purchasing the next size down to use with the 41mm cannon.

 

Eagerly await your reply....thanks!

 

Best Regards,

Cliff

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Thanks for the kind words Cliff :).

 

I didn't actually order the Trunion Caps. Shipmodels kindly threw them in for free, and also gave me 13 barrels but only charged for the 8 I ordered :). It looks like they cast them in a mould of 14 (one was missing), so they gave me all of them.

 

I think the next size down may be a bit small, although you could file out the half-hole for the trunion or file down the trunion itself. It's a bit hard to say unless you have both sizes to compare. The larger ones are hardly noticeable as being a bit big on the model.

 

:cheers:  Danny

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Thank you Danny, i appreciate the quick reply...I'll reach out to Shipmodels.  I've learned from other modeling efforts that when international sourcing from cottage industries is involved, a great deal of patience and time is often involved....and if you see something you like, you should be certain to obtain it when readily available.

 

Looking at the Shipmodels site, I am reminded of comments others have said....the ship modelers in eastern Europe are quite good craftsmen!...I wonder if they have the same challenges attracting younger modelers to their ranks?

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6 hours ago, clifforddward said:

I've learned from other modeling efforts that when international sourcing from cottage industries is involved, a great deal of patience and time is often involved.

That's for sure Cliff. It took me a little while to get through to Shipmodels, I don't know if things have improved in the last 5 years or so. The language barrier is another thing to ponder - I had to use Google Translate, which sometimes comes up with weird results :D.

 

:cheers:  Danny

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Hi Cliff,

Just want to pass on my experience with them. I recall the only problem Danny had with the guns was that it took a while to get them. Other than that, what I read was very positive. I contacted Alex for cannon for my Euryalus in advance so that a wait would not matter and also I could start on the carriages when modeller's block happened. I wanted 46, 52, 60 and 65mm cannon and 32 and 45mm carronades. The problems were he could only supply 46 and 65mm and the 52 were without King George insignia. Also there was a minimum order of 100 euros with a 60 euro postage cost. I could wear that but the differences in scale would have been too obvious. (You may recall Danny had problems with 1mm!:D) I will attempt to turn up one of each on my lathe and then cast them in resin. I would be interested in your experience.

Regards,

Russell

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Hi Russell:

 

I re-sent my original email after doing an online translation using "Bing Translator" to Russian.  Heard back from Alex the next day, he indicated he has not done casting for some time and does not remember if he still has the pattern for the cannon I asked for.  It was unclear to me if he still WILL cast them if he can find the pattern...I'll make another posting here on the forum when I hear from him again...he did say he'd write back to me after looking.

 

I suppose worst cast I could make up a pattern after turning the cannon and carving the King George insignia.  Then work with an investment casting person to get them cast up in brass.  Resin would perhaps be easier, but think I'd prefer brass if possible.

 

In 1:48, these cannon could easily be accomplished by lost wax casting and while I lost my prior casting source I believe there are enough cottage industry "hobby" lost wax casters out there that I could get some cannon made up.

 

Best Regards,

Cliff

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