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Hi Fank...

its amazing to watch the Wasa grow and become really a masterpiece...

 

I like Corel for the materials they use. make a smooth sureface...

 

good luck and Cheerio

 

:10_1_10: Max

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Thanks Max!

 

Yes, the quality of the wood of the Corel kit is pretty nice. However, Some of the wood I have been using is not from the kit. I.E. The deck is Eastern White Pine and a lot of the hull trim is a darker walnut that I picked up at the lumber yard.. My only real complaint about the kit is that I wish it was more accurate!

 

Oh well!

 

Frank

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Hi everyone,

 

I have installed the catheads and the lower portion of the bow railing.

 

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I still have to make up the knees that sit behind the lower portion of the railing.

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Thanks to Michael, (md1400cs) I was able to obtain stanchions for the bow railing (replacing the dolphins that came with the kit) and I have gold leafed them. They are ready to be installed.

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Frank,

 

Nice update. Very notably impressive is the work you did on those weather deck doors. Removing the "doors" and leaving the gilded frames is a great "out of the box" idea. Excellent. Looks awesome. 

 

Michael

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Frank,

 

Nice update. Very notably impressive is the work you did on those weather deck doors. Removing the "doors" and leaving the gilded frames is a great "out of the box" idea. Excellent. Looks awesome. 

 

Michael

Thanks Michael,

 

Grinding out the doors, leaving the gilded frames, almost gave me a heart attack! I came so close to destroying them with the grinding bit, but I survived! 

 

Frank

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Posting some more pictures!

 

I'm not to happy with the way these came out. I might redo them when I make the bitts.

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Added the knees to the lower bow railing

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Finished Bow railing

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I have finished the tops of the railings and now I will start working on the kevels.

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Continuing on with the build, I have made and installed what I believe are called the Kevels. ??

 

I made them in one piece instead of two.

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Added the angled pieces into the railings

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Referring to Fred Hocker's email to another member, I left off the Kevel on the side behind the main mast and only added 1 kevel to the quarterdeck instead of the two in the plans.

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Added smaller ones to the bow railing for the anchor rigging

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Frank,

 

Very nice update. Your weather deck is looking very sharp indeed. Nice work detailing the kevels, and the rigging pulleys. 

 

Michael

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Frank,

 

Very nice update. Your weather deck is looking very sharp indeed. Nice work detailing the kevels, and the rigging pulleys. 

 

Michael

Thanks Michael,

 

I will now turn my attention to the cannon and carriages. I ordered and received new cannon with decorations from both Amati and "Cast your Anchor". I have to decide which I like better and I will be making new carriages to look a little bit more like the original.

I will keep you posted and talk to you about your thoughts.

 

Thanks,

Frank

 

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I have started working on the cannon and carriages.

I decided not to use the kit carriages and made them from scratch to look a little bit more like the actual carriages. Also, I decided to replace the cannon that came with the kit with the ones from Amati with the decorative tops. (This has been referenced in other Vasa logs). 

 

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I next made new axles out of wood instead of the brass bar and drilled the hole on the side of the carriages for the breeching rope.

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I painted the carriages to match the false carriages that I put in earlier in the build and then I painted the wheels and axles black.

 

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I am using 3mm blocks that I purchased from Warner Woods (Boxwood). I really like his blocks.

Started to pre-rig the blocks, to get them ready for mounting onto the sides of the carriages, with thin black wire.

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View of assembled carriages and wheels.

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My next steps are to

Mount the 3mm blocks to the carriages

Mount 3mm blocks to the bulwarks

Rig the breeching ropes

Fasten the carriages to the deck and finish rigging the blocks

Then I have to decide whether to mount the cannon as is (antique brass look) or paint them black.

We'll see!

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

 

Thanks

 

Frank

 

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Nice work. I believe the cannons were made of bronze so painting them pure black might be a little dark - just my opinion.I darkened mine with a thin black wash .You might try what Nigel suggested - blacken them & rub with a brass wire brush.

 

/Mark

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Nice work. I believe the cannons were made of bronze so painting them pure black might be a little dark - just my opinion.I darkened mine with a thin black wash .You might try what Nigel suggested - blacken them & rub with a brass wire brush.

 

/Mark

Hi Mark,

 

Thanks for the input. I tried blackening one of the cannon chemically with a blackener and it did not take. Could you walk me thru how I would do a "thin black wash" as you state above?

 

Thanks for your help,

 

Frank

 

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Frank,

 

Nice update, Your carriages are excellent and you have really captured the shadows of the originals. Mark's idea seems great. I'll look forward to his step-by-step. I again, really like your lower and upper dummy carriages. Such a great early in the build idea.

 

Michael

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Frank,

 

Nice update, Your carriages are excellent and you have really captured the shadows of the originals. Mark's idea seems great. I'll look forward to his step-by-step. I again, really like your lower and upper dummy carriages. Such a great early in the build idea.

 

Michael

 

Thanks Michael,

 

I appreciate the comments!

FYI, I was able to order the Amati false cannon from another company in England. Hopefully they will work and match the weather deck cannon!

 

Frank

 

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Frank,

 

I juat took some semi-gloss black acrylic paint & thinned it about 5 to 1 with acrylic thinner & painted the cannons with it 5 or 6 times.It didn`t darken them all that much but it made the details stand out better.Seemed to give them a sort of antiqued look.Yours may already look similar.You might try experimenting with different ratios of thinner - if using acrylics you can always wash it off before it dries if you don`t like it.

 

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Hi Mark,

 

Thanks for the instructions! I have a few extra cannon on hand, so I will experiment with different ratio's.

 

Thanks again,

 

Frank

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I haven't been able to work on the model much lately. Life just keeps getting in the way!

 

I continued working on my cannon and carriages.

 

First I seized the 3mm blocks in preparation for mounting.

This seizing tool is from "Ship Ahoy Models"

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 Then I attached the breeching rope to the eyelets on one side, passed them through the cannon and attached to another eyelet on the other side.

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The carriages were positioned and pinned to the deck (and glued), and then the breeching rope was fitted to the railing. The cannon barrels in the second picture are not finished or mounted yet. (I still have to decide on the black wash that was talked about earlier)

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Now I rigged the 3mm blocks to the railing and carriage.

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I am now working on making up some line spools to lay next to the rear wheels of the carriages and finishing the rigging of the blocks.

Next step (I am off to a fishing trip down south for 2 weeks so I will pick up in a couple of weeks!) will be to finish the cannon barrels and mount them to the carriages.

 

Thanks,

Frank

 

 

 

 

 

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Moving on to the 10 railing pulleys (5 on each side),

I made them each out of a single piece of walnut.

 

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Now I inserted the sheaves and drilled holes for the mounting nails

 

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The pulleys installed in-between the cannon.

 

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I will now start working on the belaying pin rails for the bulwarks and the ladders!

I am glad to be moving on from the cannon!

 

 

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Frank,

 

Your cannons look great. I also like your rope details. Your vertical pulleys are so well replicated. Nice details. Looking very good.

 

Michael

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Hello ,I can only echo the comments of others ,You are creating a masterpiece,a really nice build,bravo.Edwin

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Hola Frank,

 

you really made a good job with the cannon and carriages, they look very nice.  By the way I use the Patina product that are sold for stained glass to make the bronze cannons look older and it works pretty well.

 

Saludos, Karl

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Nice look to the rope coils.I hung mine on the sides of the carriages to keep them off the deck - just my preference.Makes it easier to clean any dust off the deck surfaces.

 

/Mark

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Frank,

 

Your cannons look great. I also like your rope details. Your vertical pulleys are so well replicated. Nice details. Looking very good.

 

Michael

Hi Michael,

 

Thanks for the kind words. I would have missed the pulleys completely, if I hadn't visited your log!

 

Frank

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Hello ,I can only echo the comments of others ,You are creating a masterpiece,a really nice build,bravo.Edwin

 

Edwin,

It is a pleasure to meet you! Thanks for visiting my log and for you kind comments!

 

Frank

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Hola Frank,

 

you really made a good job with the cannon and carriages, they look very nice.  By the way I use the Patina product that are sold for stained glass to make the bronze cannons look older and it works pretty well.

 

Saludos, Karl

Hi Karl,

 

Thanks for the information about the Patina product. I started diluting my paint about 5 to 1 and it went on too thin so I went with a ratio of 3 to 1 and I think it went on too thick!! Oh well. 

P.S. I stopped by your log today and I loved the work you did on the stern lantern. I will need all the help I can get when I reach that stage of the build. Great job!

 

Frank

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Thanks Frank.  Indeed the BB lantern looks much better than the Corel one, and besides the upper part of the lantern I think the rest can be done with no problem.  If I can help you don´t hesitate to ask.  

 

Saludos, Karl

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Nice look to the rope coils.I hung mine on the sides of the carriages to keep them off the deck - just my preference.Makes it easier to clean any dust off the deck surfaces.

 

/Mark

Hi Mark!

 

Thanks for you input. It is appreciated!

Yes, I agree hanging the coils on the sides would have been better. However, I made the carriages a little bit smaller lengthwise, in order to have them stay some distance from the grating. So with this situation, they would have been hanging off the back wheels, hence I put them on the deck!

 

Frank

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