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Hi Michael

 

Great job on your cannons they sure do look good, along with the carriages. Keep the pictures coming. ENJOY.

 

Regards Lawrence

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Joachim, Capt. Steve, Matti, Mark, Dave, Nigel, Frank, Lawrence, B.E. Thanks for all of your very nice remarks.

 

And a big thanks to all of you who clicked Like This, so nice of you to also let me know of your appreciation. I have been away for a few days and plan on getting back to the shipyard this week. Again thanks.

 

Regards,

 

Michael

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Really nice cannons Michael  :cheers:

 

Karl

Karl,

 

Thank you. Nice of you to visit.

 

I have been, silently, following your Billings Vasa - Nice (:-)

 

Regards,

 

MIchael

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Absolutely stunning Michael!!!!!!!!They are a model in there own right!Excellent work.

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel

 

P.S.you can just put the small parts in a bowl of water and stir to rinse them off ;)

Nigel,

 

I have been meaning to respond. You are much too kind. Your words, from such an artist as yourself, are wonderful. Thanks so much. I've actually finished them. I'll post some pics.

 

Regards,

 

Michael

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Hi Mates,

 

I have come to realize that each of you will most likely build three more ships before I finish this one. (:-)

 

But, here, surprisingly, are the completed cannons. Each of which incorporates fifty-five parts inclusive of the ropes, blocks and the single nail for anchoring the carriage to the deck (drilled a hole at the bottom of one of the four wheels for each carriage). I'm really irritated with my lack of knowledge regarding the axle pin poor locations. Darn, Nigel had the perfect solution, but it was too late...

 

You will note that my first attempt at devising a carriage anchoring method was, in retrospect, silly. Those long nails would not allow the barrels to slip through the deck openings. This did not even occur to me (such a novice) as I was attaching them. I tried shortening the nails, but then I could not locate the tiny pre drilled hole in the deck; uncharted territory for me.

 

So plan "C" should work, a small nail through one of the rear wheels in each carriage. Hmmm. The also really uncharted waters for me will be rigging all of these. (:-). I will use JanV's idea from his build.

 

I promise that I won't post any more canon updates until I have them rigged and mounted! Might be a long while (:-). I so appreciate all of your really super nice comments, so encouraging, thanks for also just looking in.

 

PS: ropes and blocks are from Chuck's at Syren (:-)

 

 

 

Regards,

 

Michael

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Michael, for whatever it is worth (I am a very much a novice at this hobby), I used Plastruct liquid cement to help keep the small rigging blocks and lines at their positions. It is not a very strong cement (except on plastic) and it seems to be holding for now. It dries very quickly, is practically invisible, and a little goes a long way.

 

Dave

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Dave,

 

Thanks for the suggestion, as well for visiting my build. I will check this out.

 

PS: I have been using the product pictured below for invisibly seizing rope knots. I have not tried it for rope coil placements as of yet. I discovered this glue while following Ferit's  (AlphaUrsaeMinoris) amazing Berlin build. 

 

Regards,

Michael

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Hi I am just starting my build a bit of an odd one a billings kit but coral fittings

What paint did you use to paint the gilded items they seem very shiny to let the paint stick.I did think of stripping them but either my paint stripper is old or they can't be taken back to the base metal

Thanks Andy

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Andy,

 

I washed the gilded pieces with dish soap. After drying I used standard flat paint for model kits from Model Masters, Testors, and Floquil. The last brand is primarily used by model railroad builders. Stripping is unnecessary. The only variable is time. I don't know how that will affect the decorative pieces, as I did not use a clear flat sealer.

 

Good luck with your "hybrid"

 

Michael

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Hi Michael

 

Your cannons sure look great,                                                                                                                       ENJOY.

 

Regards   Lawrence                               

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Lawrence,

 

Thanks for your kind words. I'm in the process of disassembling all the carriage axles and following Nigel's brilliant solution to the errors that I noticed after installing all of the wheels.

 

I have an incorrect space between the wheel washer and the axle pins. Nigel suggested that I remove the axles, cut them in two, remove the spacing gap and re-attach each axle in two parts.

 

Looking much better. Note the main pic from left to right before and after.

 

Nigel if you happen to read this A BIG THANKS my friend, as usual very sage advice.

 

Regards,

 

Michael

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Hi Michael,

I salute your progress, your determination... Your carriages look very nice. Very fine details...

 

(The pins of the guns on my Berlin were just like yours. Me, I have cut the pins, drilled a hole there, inserted a belaying pin inside and painted them black.)

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Hi Michael, I salute your progress, your determination... Your carriages look very nice. Very fine details... (The pins of the guns on my Berlin were just like yours. Me, I have cut the pins, drilled a hole there, inserted a belaying pin inside and painted them black.)

Ferit,

 

Thanks for the idea. I went back to your Berlin just to look at the cannons, Gee I ended up reviewing your entire build; doors, sump pump, barrels, furniture, carvings and on and on....Please take it out of "moth balls" and get back to this beauty.

 

Regarding the belaying pins that great idea is really too late. I need to go forward to carriage blocks and ropes, and then building the lower and upper deck cannon doors. (:-) but thanks for visiting, its always nice to know that you are still interested.

 

Regards,

 

Michael

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Hi Michael

 

After admiring your work silently for some time I have to say it once again: Brilliant.

Your example really tempts me to build the Vasa a second time.

 

Cheers

Peter

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Peter,

 

Thanks again for your nice thoughts. Kind of you to follow along much appreciated.

 

So much more information has surfaced regarding this ship, and with the Vasa II book coming out later this year, you will certainly have much new easily available research. She certainly is an interesting build. I assume that this time you wouldl build one other than the Corel?

 

PS: Fred Hocker, the director of the Vasa Museum has mentioned that they are in negotiations with a company interesting in creating a Vasa kit. Who knows how far these ideas go, but......

 

Regards,

 

Michael

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