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That looks beautiful! Nice job!

 

3 minutes ago, JMartti said:

I'd like to paint the bulwark planking red before installing the deck planking, to avoid having to mask it.

I wish I had done this, there was one spot where I didn't get the tape down well and had slight leakage. I cleaned most of the paint off but I can still see if and it bothers me. I may end up putting something down to cover it when I get close to the finish line.

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On 9/2/2020 at 9:48 AM, Blue Ensign said:

My only experience thus far is with my Fifie build.

I only used two coats of wipe-on.

 

This is the effect, the richness of the Pearwood is brought out, there is a very slight natural sheen but it is enhanced here by the artificial light used for the photo.

 

Hope this helps.

 

B.E.

Beautiful, crisp lines on the paint and gorgeous details, B.E.! I guess I could have gone with fewer coats as well, as I don't think they added much in terms of deeper colour or sheen. Is the paint over the poly? Under? Or did you mask off?

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4 minutes ago, VTHokiEE said:

That looks beautiful! Nice job!

 

I wish I had done this, there was one spot where I didn't get the tape down well and had slight leakage. I cleaned most of the paint off but I can still see if and it bothers me. I may end up putting something down to cover it when I get close to the finish line.

I spent some time wondering why it is in that order in the instructions. To me it seems quite logical to paint first and don't worry about messing the false deck and just plank over it. Also the insides of the gunports will be painted red eventually, would there be a reason to not cut them out as well, before painting the bulwarks?

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8 minutes ago, JMartti said:

Beautiful, crisp lines on the paint and gorgeous details, B.E.! I guess I could have gone with fewer coats as well, as I don't think they added much in terms of deeper colour or sheen. Is the paint over the poly? Under? Or did you mask off?

I masked the paintwork off to apply the poly.

 

B.E.

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14 minutes ago, JMartti said:

Also the insides of the gunports will be painted red eventually, would there be a reason to not cut them out as well, before painting the bulwarks?

I’ve gone back to my build log and I can’t readily think of any reason not to. I have seen some people build up a cannon carriage to test it on the deck with a gun port become continuing (I did not do this but it would require the deck to be in).

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Funny how right after my last post, I find these in the mailbox along with Admiralty Paints yellow and red ochre.

Inspired by Blue Ensign's build log, of course.

 

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Now I just need to figure out how to blacken the brass fittings. I'm thinking of using some cold blueing agent, like the ones used by gunsmiths to patch worn finishes.

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1 hour ago, VTHokiEE said:

I have a lot of trouble with the eyelets, I think its because they are copper and not brass. I need to experiment more for them (or watch what you do very closely and hope I can source what you end up with). Did your kit not come with the black resin cannons?

My kit is the original version that is being sold at discount price on Vanguard Models. It comes with the cast white metal cannons as seen in B.E.'s build log. They have a really rough surface texture that's not pretty at all. I'm not sure if I'll replace the swivel guns with the brass ones, but I ordered them just in case.

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Steady progress. I've been super careful with the capping rail patterns, I even applied some tape over them on the sheets to protect them until they were needed, and still managed to break off a piece while detaching them! But I used the undamaged (they're mirror images of each other) one to mark out the gun ports.

I also noticed that the one taped in place, in the picture, had the last pair of laser markings in wrong position. I just penciled them in the right place.

 

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First I was pretty nervous to cut into the hull, but everything worked out great. I drilled out the corners, sawed in to them and cut out with a hobby knife. I also planked the front face of the stern platform, even though it's not mentioned in the isntructions. I think it looks much better than just painted plywood surface. Last I applied two coats of Admiralty Paints red ochre on the bulwarks and insides of the gunports.

 

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I guess I have a few options on what to do next, I'll propably start on the deck planking or maybe start assembling the carriages for the cannons. I'm still trying to figure out how to blacken the cannon barrels and other brass fittings and whether to brush or spray paint the waterline.

 

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