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Zulu 'Lady Isabella' by James H - FINISHED - Vanguard Models - 1:64

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3 hours ago, Suzdal said:

As a beginner, I'm just building D'Agostini's' cross section of the Victory, as my first build,  I'm carefully following your build of Lady Isabelle. It is a bit daunting for a beginner !

 

I'm going to try it as soon as its available, with sails, but your build log will be invaluable: the methods of painting, sanding, varnishing (?), futur rigging, ... Please continue, your information will be invaluable as far as I'm concerned.

 

Richard

Hi Richard, I haven't built a ship model for over 10 years (and even then am certainly no expert), and have re-started with one of Chris' other models HMS Speedy. I can say confidently that the kits are really well designed, well put together with good materials, and have a few 'fail safe' features in the design to ensure you get things square, etc. Chris has been very helpful and I think you will probably not go too far wrong with this kit. I certainly intend to buy one even though I would like to take on a scratch build and have limited space to display models in my home. It looks too good to pass on.

 

My philosophy is to enjoy the build and learn from mistakes. Take it slowly and ask questions and I'm sure you will do well.

 

In short, go for it!

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35 minutes ago, NewbyMark said:

Hi Richard, I haven't built a ship model for over 10 years (and even then am certainly no expert), and have re-started with one of Chris' other models HMS Speedy. I can say confidently that the kits are really well designed, well put together with good materials, and have a few 'fail safe' features in the design to ensure you get things square, etc. Chris has been very helpful and I think you will probably not go too far wrong with this kit. I certainly intend to buy one even though I would like to take on a scratch build and have limited space to display models in my home. It looks too good to pass on.

 

My philosophy is to enjoy the build and learn from mistakes. Take it slowly and ask questions and I'm sure you will do well.

 

In short, go for it!

I'll be going for it as soon as it becomes available. My current build of the Victory cross section is a good learning experience, like always read ahead in the instructions and make sure you see where all the dependencies are on to what your doing at any given moment.

 

I can't wait for it to become available. After that I'll tackle with something with more rigging. Rigging doesn't scare me; I'll have to admit that planking makes me a bit anxious.

 

Richard

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20 minutes ago, Suzdal said:

I'll be going for it as soon as it becomes available. My current build of the Victory cross section is a good learning experience, like always read ahead in the instructions and make sure you see where all the dependencies are on to what your doing at any given moment.

 

I can't wait for it to become available. After that I'll tackle with something with more rigging. Rigging doesn't scare me; I'll have to admit that planking makes me a bit anxious.

 

Richard

Rigging, for the most part, is easier than some think. Once all the blocks have been added to the masts and yards, it really is almost as simple as a 'joint the dots' drawing. Once shrouds and ratlines are out of the way, it is 'plain sailing'

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Ok, this is the last update before I start making the masts. The hull is now complete.

 

First up, I fit the roof to the main superstructure. This is a single, laser-engraved piece, and I glue with CA gel because of the slight curve across the grain. This takes about 10 seconds with Gorilla Glue CA gel.

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This isn't too bust a deck, but the details are very nice. Aluminium tube is supplied to make the two stacks. One of these is cut and glued back together at an angle before they are both airbrushed in satin black paint. I don't know what the other little item is, but it was fun to make! 

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Whilst the pear and maple deck look great, it has a real warmth to it when a light coat of matt polyurethane varnish is applied. I do the first layer mostly with a brush, but them an airbrush is used for the final couple of light coats, especially in those areas where things are a little hard to reach, like the areas around the timberheads. I'm also careful not to get any varnish into the foremast step as this is suited to fit the mast quite tightly.

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The bow also has this plate. I could've blackened it for more realism, but for the purpose of this build for the kit box art, I thought I would leave it bright as it's quite attractive. Nails are also cut down somewhat and applied into the holes I marked and drilled.

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The last of the MDF core is now hidden under the superstructure as it's now finally glued into place with CA gel. I have also added the PE eyebolts to the cargo hold lids, plus other roof details such as the mast crutch. Some edges have been left in char simply for the contrast with the rest of the timber.

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One thing (amongst many) that I like about this kit is the superb winch! Two laser-cut discs hold the whelps, and these are flanked with PE discs. The winch box is a PE-plated piece of MDF. The whole lot takes minutes to build. Tamiya paints were used to paint this.

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The rudder is now rigged to the steering box and the wheel added. Here's the finished hull.

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Onto masting and rigging now!

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8 minutes ago, JToma said:

Impressive model. The more I see it the more I want it.

I suspect that you and I are not the only ones.

 

One problem I'm having is to translate all the technical terms in to products I can buy in France/Internet. Such as "matt polyurethane varnish".I did a google search and came up with

 

https://www.ebay.fr/itm/VAL27651-Av-Polyurethane-Vernis-Mat-200ml/202177657484?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20160908110712%26meid%3D63098d2ee2f145c8bb36efc44398039a%26pid%3D100677%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D30%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D324123542252%26itm%3D202177657484%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2386202%26algv%3DSimplAMLv5PairwiseWeb&_trksid=p2386202.c100677.m4598

 

https://www.amazon.fr/VAL27651-Polyurethane-Varnish-Matte-200ml/dp/B00BATAAVO/ref=sr_1_4?__mk_fr_FR=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=mat+polyurethane+varnish&qid=1585945737&sr=8-4

 

I hope that is what James was talking about. Operating in a non english speaking country, things get lost in translation and purchasing.

 

Richard

 

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36 minutes ago, Suzdal said:

I suspect that you and I are not the only ones.

 

One problem I'm having is to translate all the technical terms in to products I can buy in France/Internet. Such as "matt polyurethane varnish".I did a google search and came up with

 

https://www.ebay.fr/itm/VAL27651-Av-Polyurethane-Vernis-Mat-200ml/202177657484?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20160908110712%26meid%3D63098d2ee2f145c8bb36efc44398039a%26pid%3D100677%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D30%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D324123542252%26itm%3D202177657484%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2386202%26algv%3DSimplAMLv5PairwiseWeb&_trksid=p2386202.c100677.m4598

 

https://www.amazon.fr/VAL27651-Polyurethane-Varnish-Matte-200ml/dp/B00BATAAVO/ref=sr_1_4?__mk_fr_FR=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=mat+polyurethane+varnish&qid=1585945737&sr=8-4

 

I hope that is what James was talking about. Operating in a non english speaking country, things get lost in translation and purchasing.

 

Richard

 

This is what I used:

 

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23 minutes ago, yvesvidal said:

Beautiful little model. Again, I wish it was offered in 1/32nd scale.

I love the shape and curves of the hull. So typical.

 

Yves

 

You should give it a try. You'll love it.

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2 hours ago, James H said:

 

One thing (amongst many) that I like about this kit is the superb winch! Two laser-cut discs hold the whelps, and these are flanked with PE discs. The winch box is a PE-plated piece of MDF. The whole lot takes minutes to build. Tamiya paints were used to paint this.

I'm loving this build, James! 

 

Do you need to prime or somehow prepare the brass parts before you paint them? Would acrylic paints work just as well also?

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3 hours ago, Suzdal said:

I suspect that you and I are not the only ones.

 

One problem I'm having is to translate all the technical terms in to products I can buy in France/Internet. Such as "matt polyurethane varnish".I did a google search and came up with

 

https://www.ebay.fr/itm/VAL27651-Av-Polyurethane-Vernis-Mat-200ml/202177657484?_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D20160908110712%26meid%3D63098d2ee2f145c8bb36efc44398039a%26pid%3D100677%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D30%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D324123542252%26itm%3D202177657484%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2386202%26algv%3DSimplAMLv5PairwiseWeb&_trksid=p2386202.c100677.m4598

 

https://www.amazon.fr/VAL27651-Polyurethane-Varnish-Matte-200ml/dp/B00BATAAVO/ref=sr_1_4?__mk_fr_FR=ÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=mat+polyurethane+varnish&qid=1585945737&sr=8-4

 

I hope that is what James was talking about. Operating in a non english speaking country, things get lost in translation and purchasing.

 

Richard

 

seems like it would work. I use Wipe on poly but don't know if that's available where you are.

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6 hours ago, BobG said:

I'm loving this build, James! 

 

Do you need to prime or somehow prepare the brass parts before you paint them? Would acrylic paints work just as well also?

 

The easiest way for brass would be to blacken it by using Birchwood Casey Brass Black.  Many gunshops carry it as well as getting it online.

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10 hours ago, BobG said:

I'm loving this build, James! 

 

Do you need to prime or somehow prepare the brass parts before you paint them? Would acrylic paints work just as well also?

 

If you mean on the winch, then you don't really need to. I rarely prime metal, but as I was also wanting to seal/prime the MDF discs, I also sprayed the brass parts. 

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10 hours ago, James H said:

I rarely prime metal, but as I was also wanting to seal/prime the MDF discs, I also sprayed the brass parts. 

That's interesting to hear, James. I always though that all metal needed to have a primer on it before top coating it with the final paint. 

 

Are you using the Tamiya Acrylic Paints in your airbrush? Since they have alcohol in them maybe that is why they do well on metal without primer....? I would think that completely water based acrylics, like Vallejo Acrylics, would not adhere as well on metal parts without a primer base but I'm just speculating....?? 

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3 hours ago, BobG said:

That's interesting to hear, James. I always though that all metal needed to have a primer on it before top coating it with the final paint. 

 

Are you using the Tamiya Acrylic Paints in your airbrush? Since they have alcohol in them maybe that is why they do well on metal without primer....? I would think that completely water based acrylics, like Vallejo Acrylics, would not adhere as well on metal parts without a primer base but I'm just speculating....?? 

 

When I worked with plastic models for magazine work, I rarely primed.....whether I used lacquer, acrylic or enamel.

 

My only reason for primer was because I was using MDF for some parts, so I just blanket airbrushed all parts in that assembly. 

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Please forgive me for how I jumped through the rig on this, but I needed to complete quickly, and finished she is!

 

The Zulu is a two-masted vessel, and the forward mast is supplied in square section walnut. This needs to be rounded off a little above deck height and then tapered to the required dimensions. I just use a simple sanding block for this purpose, and good quality 120 grit paper. I also make sure the end dimension is correct by checking against the mast top ring. These aren't glued on until the yards are in place as I just knew I'd struggle getting the parrels over them! Yard lift and Burton stay tackle. All tapered masts and yards etc. are given a couple of coats of polyurethane varnish, lightly sanding between coats.

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I needed to dye the sails so opted for RIT dye. Several photos of such vessels showed different colour sails, so I opted for the closest I could. Dyeing was straightforward, and they were then rinsed until the water ran clear, and left to dry. The various rig lines were added, and the yards also secured to the mainsail and aft sail. 

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No photos of rig for this, but from fitting the sails, it only took a few hours to fully rig. No standing rig at all, so all was done with natural coloured thread. Watch out for this kit being released soon!

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She sure is a beauty! I really like what you did with the dyed sails.

 

Do I spy (sorry for American dimensions) a 1/8” (or maybe 3.175mm) hand drill here?

 

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I have been on the lookout for one to fit some bits I have with those colored rings so I’m hoping it’s the same size collet. If so where did you find it?

 

Thanks!

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2 minutes ago, VTHokiEE said:

She sure is a beauty! I really like what you did with the dyed sails.

 

Do I spy (sorry for American dimensions) a 1/8” (or maybe 3.175mm) hand drill here?

I have been on the lookout for one to fit some bits I have with those colored rings so I’m hoping it’s the same size collet. If so where did you find it?

 

Thanks!

 

That's just a regular pin-vice/vise. I have a couple from different manufacturers and they have interchangeable collet sizes. I've had them years so I can't remember where I got them 🤔

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7 minutes ago, Edwardkenway said:

A lovely fishing lugger James,  Chris and Vanguard hav come up trumps again! 😁👍

Agreed. And if you fancy bringing out a Brixham Trawler kit in 1:64 Chris, to save me the bother of scratch building one, I would be very grateful! 

 

Great job on this build, James. Inspiring.

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29 minutes ago, mugje said:

Lovely boat, and great build log! The thread looks a bit furry tho...maybe something to replace in the kit to further enhance it :) 

Bit of watered PVA should sort that.

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