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Hi Druxey,


Darker white will be last. With this stove,  I want brick and mortar but there are  many difficulties. First the colors, could be right by painting as I tried earlier with the bakery oven for the bricks but no mortar. With this stove lines are straight and it should be easier to introduce mortar. Again it would be too soon to paint the mortar because at the end of assembly, sanding will be needed and it would sand a lot of paint. So to retain the color I choose a full color in the wood. The mortar is surely too white, I realize it is also too thick when I look at the pictures, even if I taught the thickness proportion was fine when I cut it. I did it by eye but I should have done calculate some proportions.  The most difficult width to obtain is the top panel with the curve. Ideally I should have done the panel and then do sides and bottom, but I did the contrary and the width does not fit exactly so I had 2 layers of mortar at 2 places. Assembly is not so easy also. horizontal mortar lines are easy but not the vertical lines are difficult because it is difficult to cut to the good lenght and to install. In fact this is exactly for this kind of reasons that I prefer to build at a bigger scale, to have a bigger ease to hold parts and enjoy the construction instead of worrying how to hold the small parts.


I do not know what would be the best method yet but it is surely fun to try few ones.

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Here are the ''targettes"".


    first 3 pictures with different lighting :


Off camera flash


Ambient light


No flash, no details


Without flash, it is difficult and sometimes impossible  to see small parts details.


For these pictures, scale is 1/24, which is big, so imagine  at 1/100 without flash!






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What surprised me, Geatan, is the difference between the images, not as much the colour - for that I expected, but for the red glow - however, the focus on the first seems much better than on the other two, which are with lighting oddly enough ...

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-no attention or correction was given to the color, the red  could be  corrected  before and/or after the picture

-attention was given only to  sharpness  

-the difficulty is this image is to see the 2 black straps on a black plate


Is the focus in the first image? May be.

Would it have been possible to do as well with the 3 images? probably with more time, it was just a fast comparison 


The idea was just to demonstrate:

the importance of lighting which is neglected as much in model building as in photography

and the possibility to see more with a good lighting

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Seeing your reference, Gaetan, have you tried melting the end of the brass rod to form the 'bouton'? I've found that by holding the rod or wire vertically (not with my fingers!) and holding the torch at about 45 degrees, the tip of the metal will melt and form a round ball. You could then flatten it if you want.

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Adding some  little details.

Here are some ideas about the 2 doors aft the second deck to go to the bathrooms.

Door knobs are always installed to the right because most of the peoples are right handed.

The port one open from front to aft.

The starboard one opens from aft to front.


Knowing that  deck is  higher aft than fore; 

It is easy to open the starboard one and there would be some space under when open.

The port one was a bit more complicated because the door opening from fore to aft would want to enter in the deck which is impossible.


The easy way to solve this is to cut the door from the bottom so that the bottom  does not get stopped by the deck.

In addition reinforcement wood angles are installed in each corner.  The height of these pieces  passes just in front of these doors.


May be all of this is false. If We compare with a picture already shown in this forum, there are 2 doors.

On one the door knob is to the right and on the other the door knob is to the left.

But at least we agree on 1 thing the bottom of the door had to be lift  so that the door could be opened.








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Hi Gaetan,


I'm interested in the third hand I saw in one of the above pictures, because I'm not very keen in the usual alligator clamps.

Could you tell me where you acquired them and at what price ?

I live in Europe (Belgium).




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The table on the first photo looks very good, like a fullsize slab table :)


Hi Marc




This tool was acquired from a jewelry tool seller and it is not comparable to the usual alligator clips.

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Merci de vos encouragements


Thank you John, here is a recapitulation from the earlier posts, from a building and photography point of view.


This build began in 2012, 4 years ago, with still at least 1 year to go, so around a 5 years built. The previous one, the 74  was built in half that time; 2 ½ years. The main feature of these builds is the scale 1/24 but I would have more place may be I would go even bigger!


I like this kind of work and I am beginning to think to the next one. The key are the plans details. Today if you ask me what will be the next one? 74 is the answer and for the plans there is also 1 answer Jean Boudriot. He describes easily the parts in a very well structured way. This means that he did the research part and I can concentrate on the building part. Scale  will still be 1/24, wood will again be cherry because I like to work with this  fruit wood and it is easily obtainable and I would say this is the best wood I can use In Quebec. In comparison, the 64  with cherry and the 74 with exotic wood, the price is about 3 times higher. The quantity needed is very  considerable. As a rule of thumb in a very approximate way for a detailed model, I would estimate the volume of wood required at least 2 times the volume of the  model ship.


Photography combine with the scale and a small web cam offers a nice vision of the model. For each model we build, the quality is always better, and the next model is also always better, so it is road which always goes in 1 direction : improvement of the quality of work. This forum provides us  a fantastic tool with the picture size allowed. This is a win-win situation. Peoples can see good size picture and as a builder I can use the magnifying glass effect of the pictures to improve my work quality.  


 Photography is a subject I read every day and I try to get better pictures. If I compare with the first picture of this build, I see improvement. Unfortunately we have the possibility to show big size photos, but if we want to learn to take better pictures to show, we have to do it alone. This forum is not a photography class but photography surely could be consider as  a tool that we can use to improve our work. Model Ship World  Internet Forum is a booster  which can increase the learning curve in the model ship construction because we combine all our knowledge. Also I am sure that photography could also use a small booster to benefit everybody.

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