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Royal Louis 1780 by Ulises Victoria - Mamoli - Scale 1/90 - French Vessel- 126 cannons- Started in April 10 2014

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😓 Glad to hear it was not a bigger disaster; I hope the heart has stopped racing.  I did not hit the like button for obvious reasons.

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Thanks for the continual updates Ulises. Yours is a very inspirational project. Regarding the mishap, when this has happened during one of my projects (more than a few times through the years), and after the shock, then anger, then self-pity, and the emotions have made way for reason, I plan the work ahead to fix the damage, plan the work that I was going to complete before the damage, and then start; it's a healing process. Obviously, working on our projects should bring us joy, so just being able to work on them is part of it. I have no doubt that the ship model will be better than before, and the damage will soon be a distant memory.

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Thanks to all for your words of encouragement.

Repairs are done!!!

I'm actually amazed at the amount of damage (minimal) the ship sustained after that crash against the hard floor.

5 hull cannons broke form their supports and that was easily fixed with 2 ton epoxy.

A crack in the upper rear bulwark. This was filled with putty but never really dissapeared even after painting. An unglued handrail and that was it. What really impressed me was that not a single one of the already placed gunport covers came off. 

Unfortunately, patches show, so this ship is not going to win any contest, not that I plan to take it to a contest anyhow after this event. So this ship's destiny is to serve as one more adornment in my living room, where most of the visitors know nothing of shipbuilding and their comments are most likely like: Oh what a nice ship. ....You built it, really? ....Wow you must have a lot of patience... ok now what do you have to drink? :)

 

So I am already working on the ship where I left. Almost done with starboard side gunport covers. 4 left to do as of this moment. Then 33 on the other side, and I'm done with hull work. RIGGING NEXT!!! :)

 

Sorry no photos yet. To top it off my camera's battery depleted and for the life of me, can't find the battery charger. Understandable after a house moving! :)

Cheers all. Promise photos as soon as new charger arrives.

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15 hours ago, Ulises Victoria said:

Unfortunately, patches show, so this ship is not going to win any contest, not that I plan to take it to a contest anyhow after this event. So this ship's destiny is to serve as one more adornment in my living room, where most of the visitors know nothing of shipbuilding and their comments are most likely like: Oh what a nice ship. ....You built it, really? ....Wow you must have a lot of patience... ok now what do you have to drink?

I think model builders obese over a lot of details that most people just glance over.

The only one we have to please is ourselves, even other model builders.

 

If someone is able to pick out all of your flaws in your work, maybe they have been there to long.

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Update and an example of how Murphy's law works :)

I posted before that I could not post photos because my camera's battery depleted and with the house moving and stuff I couldn't find the charger. Well, the very day I received my charger replacement, I found my old charger... hahaha this is soooo funny! 🤬

 

Ok, after the crash described before, I made some repairs, and started working on my ship again.

As of today Aug. 15-18 I finished placing all the gunport covers. I placed them randomly open, closed or semi-closed to break monotony. Not sure how that worked haha.

 

With this I finish with the hull work and as of today I start with the masting and rigging process. Can't wait to start this area which is the one I enjoy yhe most!!! FINALLY!!!

 

I am posting some photos of the ship's present state and of my workshop which finally starts looking a bit more organized.

Thank you all for watching and as usual, comments are welcome. :)

 

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Hi Ulises

 

You're going to have to circle the areas where the damage was because I can't find them!! Your RL is going to be something special when it's finished!

 

Nick

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Small update and my ropewalk machine

 

Hello all. Here is a small update on my RL build. I will show you also the machine I use for making ropes, its pros and cons.

 

I'll start with the machine:

 

This is a wide view of  the machine. It was made by a friend of mine who owns a metal-mechanic workshop.

I purchased the Byrnes and the Domanoff's. I spent a fortune on those, and to me, they don't make better rope than this one.

Con: It makes a fixed length of rope, so every time you make a rope you need to start all the threading process again.

 

Pro: The winding process starts by itself when the twisting of the threads is strong enough. This makes for a very tight rope.

        Since you use a single piece of thread for the whole process, the tension in all the threads or strands is the same, which makes a very even rope.

Photos hopefully will clarify this.

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This hook is free to turn. You start the threading here.

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This is the planetary set of gears and hooks.. You start at the first (above photo) hook, bring the thread to one of these hooks, return to the first hook, back to the second planetary hook and so on. One single thread used.= even tension.

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This is the motor and band assembly. The switch allows for forward or backward turning to make left or right handed rope.

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Here I am starting a 4 x 3 rope. This means that there are 3 lines of thread of 4 strands each. (Am I making any sense? ) (And sorry fuzzy photos)

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What you see here is four threads in each hook, which makes for the 4 x 3 rope.

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Here the rope starts to be made by itself, due to the tension generated by the twisting of the hooks. Since this process starts by itself when the tension is enough, this makes for a very tight rope.

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Here is the result. This rope is actually made by 12 strands of thread. And you can put 4, 6, 8, strands per hook, making rope of very different sizes.

 

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Update on the build. Making of the crownests. Photos are self explanatory, I think :)

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By using a copy from the plans, I placed a small dent on the platfor with an awl, which allowed me to place the thin pieces of wood at the correct distance.

 

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Terrible wood here, by the way.

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Using magnets to press the sides.

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And a rubber band

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It's been said: you can never have too many clamps :)

 

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Small update. I just got a Dremel router table and a mototool stand.

I used the stand to cut the square sections of my main mast, using my Dremel as a router. I had to re-do the whole mast because the first attempt at cutting those squares by hand was a total disaster. In fact I had to turn in my lathe a new dowel to make a whole new mast.

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Also the mast tops are finished.

 

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Lovely work Ulises! I'm very proud of you, as I'm sure so are all the forum members of your most excellent build of the Royal Louis! Your attention to detail is excellent! :)

 

You inspired me so much, I had to order a Royal Louis from eBay this past week, waiting patiently now for her arrival.. :D

 

Sargon

 

 

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I sincerely thank all of you for your nice words and comments. This is encouraging to continue building and trying to make a better job. I really apreciatte it.

@Sargon. I'm surprised you found a Royal Louis kit. I hope you got a good price. Since Mamoli factory burned down these kits are being harder and harder to get. 

Best regards to all.

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On 9/11/2018 at 2:57 PM, Ulises Victoria said:

I used the stand to cut the square sections of my main mast, using my Dremel as a router.

How did you hold it?

I have to do something similar with my Hermione build.

RussR

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Hello RussR

I just held it with my hand. When first cut was done, I turned the dowel 90deg and held a square against it to check for verticality. Truth be told, I have a lot to learn in terms of jig making to properly use motorized hand tools.

Hope this helps.

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Finally done with these crosstrees . Making those curves was very troublesome.

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I decided to cut some temp[lates from the drawings to have a better shape.

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Work in progress

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You can see the before and after ...

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...by using this product.

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Good morning, friends.

Small update now, because my work will have to slow down a bit for some days. I had surgery in both my hands. I developed "trigger finger" in both my right ring and left index fingers. I can do some work but I need to slow down.

Anyway, here is a small update.

Lower part of masts and mast-tops is finished. Still need to apply maybe a stain and finish, but the wood work is done. I will continue with the next sections now, but at a slower pace.

Greetings to all of you. :)

 

Tappering in my lathe.

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I did a much better job at squaring this section now, and did it by hand. I can see my skills improving! :)

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They are supposed to be 7 mm squares ;) (Dang!!! Missed it :) )

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General views of work done

 

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On 9/17/2018 at 2:56 AM, Ulises Victoria said:

I sincerely thank all of you for your nice words and comments. This is encouraging to continue building and trying to make a better job. I really apreciatte it.

@Sargon. I'm surprised you found a Royal Louis kit. I hope you got a good price. Since Mamoli factory burned down these kits are being harder and harder to get. 

Best regards to all.

I got a Great Deal Ullses.... I paid $550 USD for it.... originally the seller had it at $750 buy it now, with a best offer I got it for $200 less...  I feel VERY lucky...  I'll post pics soon of the contents in a seperate new build...

 

Everything looking great BTW!!! :)

 

Sargon

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