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53 minutes ago, MESSIS said:

Question to whom it may concern:

Is it a white painted hull as the original ship better, or is it nicer to let it as it is, pure wood?

I'd say it is personal taste.  Do you prefer close to historical accuracy, or do you prefer artistic licence that pleases your eyes.

At the end of the day, you are both Captain of your ship, as well as the one who has to look at it (last bit is also the advice I give to my Bonsai students when they have to make a difficult choice and I get asked 'which is better')

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Hi Christos, your build is coming along beautifully! The Royal Caroline kit has alway been one of those builds on my wish list. 

 

As for your paint or no paint question, first off, I have to agree with the comments that it's totally up to you. That said, I will add the comment that whatever you do, some people will always think it would look better the "other way". 

 

When I get around to building this kit, I personally really like the look of the model in the box art, which shows a white bottom. However, the wood showing on that model is very light in color. My one concern is that if the wood is too dark, then to my eye the contrast might be too stark. Of course, were I actually building the model, if the planking looked too fantastic, I might opt for no paint, just because I might hate covering it up.

 

How's that for a not-really-an-answer answer? 😀

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@Landrotten Highlander and @catopower I was in politics a life long.... no I dont think  @catopower deserves such a penalty! Lol lol 

 

Its an answer trying to help me  explore my way of thinking and find a way through . Anyway am settled, am going for nice instead of heistorical accuracy. 

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Hi Christos

 

Your model is coming along very well - I particularly like your planking. I agree with everyone else, that painting the wood white is entirely a matter of personal taste. As you know from our previous correspondence, I painted my hull as I thought it tied in with the overall colour scheme. However there were some parts of the model I chose not to paint. Those were parts I scratch built out of boxwood, such as the tops and much of the deck furniture - I felt that it would be a shame to cover up such a beautiful wood. For me, aesthetic considerations are sometimes more important than historical accuracy!

 

Keep up the good work.

 

Derek

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@DelF thank Dereck for your nice words and ofcourse I appreciate your comments and expiriences over painting.

 

As you see I took the decision not to paint the hull.

 

 

Christos

 

 

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The nice light oak stain looks too orange.... although the stain I used is a great product (used it successfully on Hermione's masting), it seems I over did it this time. So dos and redos, are as always in the agenta....

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So much to correct it. Nr4 is the way its now, 3 and 4 are the new experiments,  of which I believe nr 2 has the more  correct  staining, thats less orange as 3 and ofcourse 4 and it still has a dash of honey as pine wood. 

 

This is important because this shall be the staining of the ship masts later on.

 

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Stem almost there.... . Much iron (bronze) work! I find it challenging because I never worked so much metals by model shipbuilding.

Wasnt very hard though I am very inexperience in this kind of work. But still am looking forward to go back to old nice wood work.... lol

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2 hours ago, Mike Dowling said:

Your brass straps look amazing, I am having a real struggle with them.

I struggled with the brass strips too until I tried annealing them. After heating a strip for a few moments with a gas torch and allowing it to cool, I found I could bend it easily into the the required curves. Just a cheap torch working off lighter gas, nothing fancy.

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