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Thanks guys for your positive clicks, and remarks,

 

I was not too sure about this idea, but Nigel you are right the larger ones will now visually not be as prominent. Ferit your idea has great merit thanks for the thought. I have some smaller brass nails that I will blacken, then look at the 1:1 and the 1/10th and see where it leads. I do fear overdoing this I need to be careful (:-) (:-)

 

PS: My tempting new avatar??

 

Cheers,

 

Michael

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Just looked at your build Michael. Exceptional! Will have to take a few hours and go through a lot slower. Hope I can match your detail.  I do find it awesome to have been on/visited the ship one is building. Makes it so much more fun!

Rob

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Hi everyone,

 

I'm still "hulling around" sort of speak. Looking around for bits of more details to incorporate onto the hull before getting serious with finishing the channels, starting weather deck cannons and then making the masts, which I fully intend to "try and make" piece by piece.

 

So, looking through Landström's, I noticed rudder pendants (ropes) that were used to lift the rudder into place and as a means of preventing it from floating away if its fittings suffered damage (quoted from book) so added those.

 

I also noted a bronze swivel-gun pushing through one of the stern openings. Vasa never carried these, but they were intended and four would have been mounted. So I added one. I am also working on cutting small metal rings (which will painted white) to detail those round holes.

 

Last year, as the ship was standing on its nose, I snapped the tip of the bow, now it is protected, however uncomfortable I am with the boat standing on its nose. Pics are self-explanatory, but a couple of remarks;

 

The rudder ropes "stuck out" from each side of the rudder with big curves, and didn't look realistic. I used a glue that Ferit has recommended for rigging (G-S Hypo Cement) Excellent; it dried on each side of the two ropes allowing for more of a right angle look (Thanks Ferit brilliant product)

 

On the stern starboard side a cannon is missing. Well after THREE falling into the dark hole (with the dowel extensions), I gave up (for now) the ship now has a lot of rattles...and, I'm running out of replacement weapons.

 

There were two cannons already mounted, but I removed them, as they seemed too large for the stern. These (this) replacement were (is) smaller. Hmm Lastly real close ups are very scary they so highlight the weaknesses, glue, errors, should I go on??....

 

Regards,

 

Michael D

 

 

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Just looked at your build Michael. Exceptional! Will have to take a few hours and go through a lot slower. Hope I can match your detail.  I do find it awesome to have been on/visited the ship one is building. Makes it so much more fun!

Rob

Rob,

 

Thanks for the kind words as well as an interest in re-visiting my log-very nice of you. 

 

Cheers,

 

Michael D

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Hi Michael,

It's cheerful to hear that the glue works :) ...

I keenly prefer mounted guns on their places... Following your choice of adding more details is spectacular...

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Upon close inspection of the close ups, your ship still looks amazing! Weaknesses??

 

I did not realize just how big this ship was. The pic of it standing on its nose leaning against the bench is an eye opener. It's as tall as a child!

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OK I want to go to THIS party !!!!

 

I was to one of these parties when the firm I worked for celebrated a jubilee fifteen years ago and rented the museum for the evening. They had a lot of 17th century food on the menu, oodles of different herrings and salted meat. The beer went down easily after that.  :cheers:

 

But my best memory of the ship is as a kid when my school class were actually allowed on board to tread the decks. Definitely not allowed anymore, unless you are a visiting head of state (Obama was the latest last summer). Only wish I had better sense and a better camera as a kid. Just a few bleached-out instamatics remain of that visit of a lifetime in the 1960s...

 

Per

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Upon close inspection of the close ups, your ship still looks amazing! Weaknesses??

 

I did not realize just how big this ship was. The pic of it standing on its nose leaning against the bench is an eye opener. It's as tall as a child!

Buck,

 

Thanks for your very nice comments. Regarding size; a short child. The ship is only 33" (83cm) 1/75th scale. It is actually resting on the edge of a child's table (23") so may appear much taller if your mindset thinks of a normal table hight. 

 

Michael

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Some very nice touches Michael.Do you plan on fitting all four Swivel guns?

 

Kind Regards Nigel

Nigel, I have not decided at this point. I would need to actually purchase four and cut them by 2/3 thirds. Four may be "over-kill" But Ferit's point is well taken that all guns should be mounted. 

 

Michael D

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I was to one of these parties when the firm I worked for celebrated a jubilee fifteen years ago and rented the museum for the evening. They had a lot of 17th century food on the menu, oodles of different herrings and salted meat. The beer went down easily after that.  :cheers:

 

But my best memory of the ship is as a kid when my school class were actually allowed on board to tread the decks. Definitely not allowed anymore, unless you are a visiting head of state (Obama was the latest last summer). Only wish I had better sense and a better camera as a kid. Just a few bleached-out instamatics remain of that visit of a lifetime in the 1960s...

 

Per

Per,

 

Thanks for sharing that astonishing opportunity. That must have been so so memorable. Great luck!!

 

I do wish that at least, the museum would have some scaffolded walkway. Something similar to this, larger and have it just cross over to the other side. It would also allow great photographs to be taken from a new vantage point. Again cheers for your excellent experience. 

 

PS: Next time Pres. Obama stops by my home for dinner I will ask him how he liked his visit to the Vasa (:-)

 

Michael

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Hi Michael

 

You are doing a fantastic job on your little ship, your little touches sure do show the rest of us what can be done to enhance a model ship log. You are full of surprises, I love that and your end results are great, Enjoy.

 

 

Regards Lawrence

Lawrence,

 

Thanks so much, I really appreciate your thoughts. Though I have gained much of my knowledge by also visiting other builds here at MSW. They are a constant source of reciprocal inspiration as well. Learning from each other is a great catalyst for improving one's skill sets, as well as trying to "raise our personal bars".

 

Michael 

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I see that you have also installed rudder chains.Been wondering what those 2 decorated openings were for.I could never find out for sure whether that was their purpose.Still trying to decide whether to put them on mine. :mellow:

 

/Mark

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Hi Michael,

 

Fantastic job on your ship. The attention to detail is amazing and you are very courageous to put your ship on its nose!!

I don't know if it is too late (I wish I had seen your latest picts sooner, but I have been layed low by a persistent intestinal infection) but 4 or 5 years ago I built a Zebec (modified from an Amati kit) and I used their supplied swivel cannon. See picture

 

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If you find your cannon on the stern too big, I'm sure you can find some Amati ones.

I came across this link

http://www.makemodels.eu/index.php?CATEGORY=20&SUB=2&ALL_SUBS=0&THISPAGE=57&RADIOSORT=4&SUPPLIERSCHOICE=&RNZ=631778

 

Scroll half way down and you will see them.

Anyway, I'm not sure buying these Amati swivel guns will make it any easier to install!!

 

Anyway, very impressive,

 

Frank

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Hi Ferit,

 

 

Hi Michael,

It's cheerful to hear that the glue works  :) ...

I keenly prefer mounted guns on their places... Following your choice of adding more details is spectacular...

 

 

If you have the time, could you tell me a little bit more about this glue?!

 

Thanks,

 

Frank

 

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Hi Michael,

 

Fantastic job on your ship. The attention to detail is amazing and you are very courageous to put your ship on its nose!!

I don't know if it is too late (I wish I had seen your latest picts sooner, but I have been layed low by a persistent intestinal infection) but 4 or 5 years ago I built a Zebec (modified from an Amati kit) and I used their supplied swivel cannon. See picture

 

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If you find your cannon on the stern too big, I'm sure you can find some Amati ones.

I came across this link

http://www.makemodels.eu/index.php?CATEGORY=20&SUB=2&ALL_SUBS=0&THISPAGE=57&RADIOSORT=4&SUPPLIERSCHOICE=&RNZ=631778

 

Scroll half way down and you will see them.

Anyway, I'm not sure buying these Amati swivel guns will make it any easier to install!!

 

Anyway, very impressive,

 

Frank

Frank,

 

Thanks for your kind remarks. Please feel better soon.

 

After Nigel's, Ferit's, and now your thoughts as well, I have decided to install the four swivel guns. I would eventually regret not doing so in any case. But guys, thanks for the push....I ordered 4 of these 15mm falconets.

 

http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/mantua-falconets.html

 

Instead of cutting them and just making "dummies" I have some thoughts on how to AGAIN (:-) do some repair work to allow for their full installations including their U framed carriages. When I get them I will see if that could work.

 

Frank an other great looking ship. Your Zebec is Whoa!!

 

Thanks for the link, I had already purchased those other four.

 

Again please get well soon

 

Regards.

 

Michael

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Hello Everyone,

 

Started the deadeyes for the channels.  I really liked Marktiedens idea of using the Amati chains instead of the kit-supplied pieces from his Vasa log. His work looks so good.

 

I purchased those sets as well, but found them difficult to adapt to the Corel 1/75th, and they also seemed too wide. So I decided to work with the kit supplied pieces.

 

Corel's supplied chains are too long and would need to be cut, also the supplied pieces were copper wire soldered together at their lower tips so were not flat metal. Then after inserting the deadeyes they looked terrible IMO; so adapted them as seen bellow.

 

FYI. first pic- Corel supplied, after deadeye inserted, and with wire straightened a bit.

 

Purchased J-B Weld the product indicated that it could be bent and painted, so decided to "flush" the wires after drying Dremel sanded all the chains. They seemed to now look "flat".

 

The black paint held well, and they could be bent as advertised with the J-B Welds; so far so good.

 

They now need to be all measured for their proper individual angles and length cuts, flattened at the bottom (Dremel wheel) so that I can insert a flat head round nail to simulate the rounded lower tip last pic. sorry it is way out of focus, but this is where I am so far.

 

Regards,

 

Michael

 

 

 

 

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Nice adaptation of the Corel parts.I did get the impression that the Amati chainplates might be too fat for your scale.Did you ever consider filling the gaps in your chainplates with solder & filing them flat?I don`t know if solder will even stick to your parts as they appear to be blackened.

 

/Mark

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Nice adaptation of the Corel parts.I did get the impression that the Amati chainplates might be too fat for your scale.Did you ever consider filling the gaps in your chainplates with solder & filing them flat?I don`t know if solder will even stick to your parts as they appear to be blackened.

 

/Mark

Mark,

 

Thanks---No I did not think of soldering because I would make a real mess of things. Zero skills there, and the Admiral would have thrown me overboard because of the smell, smoke, and my loud verbal irritation at not getting it right attempting something totally foreign to me.

 

So I'm still onboard as of today....(:-)

 

Cheers,

 

Michael

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B.E.

 

I have developed more of a need for accuracy since also visiting your current build log, and learning from your attention to correct and appropriate detailing. There are so many sages on MSW. Your comment is much appreciated.

 

Regards,

 

Michael

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Hello Everyone,

 

I became a bit frustrated, so I thought I would share a solution that has certainly been thought of before, but for me, as a "newbie" still reinventing the wheel Hmmmm

 

 I decided to loosely pre-install the ropes into the deadeyes before mounting them to the channels. My first fingered attempt was fated to succumb to an obvious half hour of frustration (first pic). Which was, as it turned out, the catalyst that I needed to head downstairs for some nurturing music as well as something to quench my frustration understandably so - no?.

 

So, having regained a sense of perspective I dropped any further similar attempts at threading the deadeyes by fingers, and thought that some sort of a jig would be helpful.

 

Here are some initial photos in this regard. I hope that this post is not redundant for most of you, but I thought that I would none-the-less share. As we all know Never throw out scrap pieces of wood.

 

A now more peaceful,

 

Michael

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Michael. Nice post. It actually gave me an idea on how to build a jig to make the deadeyes/lanyard rig even. Too late for my Vasa, now though.

Will post a photo of the jig when I make a test.

I'm not sure if you are aware of this, but in your 2 last photos, the deadeyes are wrongly lined up.

The 3 holes have to make a triangle, but the apex (point?) of the upper one has to point upwards, as in this photo.

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Ulises,

 

Yes, I knew sort of, that it was not correct. I have not learned this yet. I need to figure out the proper sequences. Your pic helps. Baby steps (:-) My next challenge coming up.

 

Michael 

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Michael. I just found a book I had stashed somewhere and I had completely forget about it. I just pulled it out of my bookshelf and looking at it is a great book on rigging.

"Rigging Period Ship Models" by Lennarth Peterson. I have no idea if it is still available, but its worth to look for.

 

Hope this helps.

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