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Thanks Michael. I wasn't sure, before starting, if I wanted to leave it this open or do a little more planking. I'm very pleased now with the look and don't intend to close it up any more.

 

Bob

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It's a joy to watch Bob, I really like the details you added to the deck and leaving most of the planking off to show this detail.

 

Remco

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Another few items completed in the waist. I've made and installed the hatch, the barricade and the two ladders.The hatch has a boxwood coaming and uses the kit laser cut grating. The barricade is made up from boxwood posts and the laser cut cross piece from the kit. Using the kit part simplified things considerably, because it has the square holes for the posts cut in it. I chose to paint this assembly black and pinned and glued it to the deck. The ladders are boxwood. 

 

This completes the work in the waist, with the exception of the waist rails which are very fragile and will be left for a later time. I'm now working on the quarter deck area, doing the limited deck planking and the bulwark planking.

 

Bob

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Bob,

 

It looks great (also I am running out of superlatives to describe your work)! What type or brand of paint did you use for your waist rail?

 

Thank you,

 

Tim

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Thanks so much Tim and Frolick.

 

Tim, I have used the now mostly unavailable Pollyscale acrylics for years. I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to do when my current supply runs out.

 

Bob

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All I can say is "Wow!" You are pretty much confirming my eventual build of this kit. I cannot recall, but is your deck and framing supplied wood or upgraded? The decks look like Holly and not sure of framing wood

 

Ken

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Thanks so much Ken. The deck planking is holly and the framing is boxwood with cherry lodging knees. None of this wood was in the kit.

 

Bob

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Everything looks fantastic Bob, Superbly crisp, clean and accurate.

 

I didn't know you can't get Pollyscale paint anymore. I'm running low on my stocks  :(.

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Thanks Alistair. Testors acquired Floquil and discontinued the solvent based line and most of the Pollyscale. You can still get a very limited number of the acrylics in much smaller jars, but who knows for how long. I'd stock up if you can still get it.

 

Bob

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Hi Bob,

 

 I had a free moment and got caught up on your progress and as to be expected your workmanship is

outstanding. I too really like the way you used minimal planking so the framing and lower deck work can

be seen. You made it flow very nicely and not look chopped up. Well done.   B)

 

Hey Sam, Bob might not want to design kits but he would be great at proofing a kit prior to release! :D 

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Thanks so much Rusty. I'm still debating with myself about how I will do the quarterdeck planking. I favor the minimal, but I've got to make some provision for mounting guns.

 

Bob

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Bob,

 

Sweet work.

 

I know you're scratching (pretty much everything) how we're you going to approach the head rails? Would it be helpful if I sent you a PDF of the images that you could copy/transfer to stock?

 

let me know

 

Sam

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Thanks Sam for both the nice words and the offer. It's funny that you should mention the head rails, because I was just starting to think about how I would do them. I'm sure that it would be helpful to have those images. Thanks again.

 

Bob

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I got into a couple of those days when I just couldn't stop and completed all of the internal bulwark planking for the quarterdeck, including the transom. I also did the deck margin planks and waterways. The bulwark planking and waterways are boxwood and the deck planking is holly. I followed my usual procedure on this build with pencil "caulking" and golden oak filler "treenails".

 

I'm going to do the center strip of deck planking before making a decision on how much more planking to do for gun mounting. I've narrowed it down to three choices: all of the guns on one side and none on the other; all of the guns on one side and a couple on the other side; a couple of guns on each side.

 

Bob

 

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That is some very sweet planking Bob. I bet trimming the edges at the ports was tricky with the sides already painted red.

 

I'd say option 1.

 

Remco

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Thanks so much Remco, Joe and Thomas for the kind words and also to all the "likes". 

 

Remco, I try to avoid the need for trimming or sanding by the painted areas. I make up multi plank units to fit the space between the ports and do all of the trimming and sanding off the ship. It takes a little longer to fit the pieces, but in the end I think it saves time and it definitely saves aggravation.

 

Bob

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That sounds a very sensible approach Bob and clearly it works very well - at least in your hands!

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Thanks Grant. I'm sorry that I've never taken any pictures to show how simple a procedure it is.

 

Bob

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Bob,

 

You mentioned Golden Oak filler for the tree nails. Could I trouble you for the brand? I also presume based on your earlier posts that the bulwarks planking is boxwood, correct?

 

Thank you,

 

Tim

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Thank you Sir. I might try to use the same technique moving forward on some of my builds, if you are not opposed.

 

- Tim 

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