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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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Hello Dimitris. Long time no see indeed! Glad to see you back.

 

I have not posted any updates because I am working on the first plank (still). This hull is huge. It's taking me very long time. I will wait until the first planking is finished to post photos, because at the present state it doesn't look very pretty :). (I'm about 80% done, though)

 

Thank you for visiting and your like.

 

Best

 

Ulises

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This is an excellent build, and I feel sorry I did not follow all of your efforts so far.  Your decks are wonderfully done, and I suppose you have solved the issues of how to weather, or tint, the decks.  One thing I did in the past is just tone down the deck colours with a grey wash before covering with a few layers of matte varnish.  I had been using just like you, different shades of wood, and that looked fine, but the contrast was too evident, which is never the case on a full size wooden deck.

 

Your idea of using a mosquito mesh glued on an acryl sheet also is what I use for windows.  I use curtain fabric (the type that looks like mosquito mesh, but, I think, is a little bit finer.  This fabric I paint with a mix of aluminium and matte black paint (or gunmetal colour), and I glue the fabic with PVA glue that dries transparent.  Of course, if I don't want the background to be visible, tgthen I paint the backside os the acryl sheet black (NOT sky blue as this does not look good in my opinion.  I would also cut the windows diagonally like you did, but for visible windows, I would take care to cut and glue the window at an exact angle of 45°.  Just an idea... 

 

I also understand that the Mamoli solution of the metal gun ports is far from ideal.  For instance, I noticed that the Friesland model, if built straight from the box, has the guns sticking much too far out of the hull, due presumably to metal gun ports that are not deep enough.  Of course, this may not be the case on the Royal Louis model.  Seeing what the problems of correct alignment are, seeing that the metal items do not have square corners, and finally considering the possible difficulty of sanding the first plank layer nicely flush with the metal ports, I think I would choose the solution of glueing wooden strips between the bulkheads onto which the guns would be attached.  Looks difficult, but I am sure this would be both simpler and faster than with the metal ports.

 

Just another simple idea for the deck planking.  If you should want to add the beloved treenails but find it too intricate, here is an easy alternative.  Mark the places where the treenails should come with a sewing needle (not a pin which would damage the plank ends.  Then give the tiny holes some consistancy with a sharp n°4 pencil.  This should preferably be done before weathering, so that the holes will be filled with you tinting material (or wash).

 

I look forward to seeing your hull planking.  If you are like me, you will find this one of the most rewarding parts of your nuild, and certainly not the most difficult step.

 

Happy modelling, and thanks for sharing the pics.

 

JP

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Dear Sir 

    I'm really enjoying your build of the Royal Louis by Mamoli  and would like to ask did the Royal Louis kit come with a parts check list to see if all the parts are accounted for, reason I'm asking is I was fortunate  enough to buy one off of  

  E-bay for a decent price, also   but one of the parts trays were damage during shipping it's not the sellers fault because I saw both trays in good condition anyway I  wanted to find out if the kit came with a parts list so I can see  if all the parts are there so when I'm ready to build her she won't be missing any parts  :)

                                                 Ronald 

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Ok thanks 

    I will have to believe all the parts are in the kit anyway I'm going to make a parts tray just like the on that got damaged I got the tray cover it survived the trip from Canada along with other tray of parts  :) I forgot to mention the seller gave me some extra planking wood 

  from another kit he had to go with the Royal Louis 

                                                      Ronald 

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Thank you all. I have to say that these metal frames will be sanded down flush at hull level, once all the wood of the first planking is put in place. And those small gaps are of no concern. Pictures will come! :)

I am not a very qualified modeller, and the only time I had to sand a wooden surface with nails in it resulted in a fiasco, because, obviously, the metal was much harder to sand than the wood.  So I would say that in this case, a rotary tool with a small sanding disc will be needed not to sand too much away from the surrounding wood.  But I'm sure anyone but me will be aware of that :huh: .

 

Nice job on a nice model.

 

As for Ronald's concern about missing or damaged parts in his kit, I would suggest that he does not wait too long to check if all the parts are there.  Mamoli being (temporarily?) out of business due to fire damage, re-ordering items may be problematic.  He definitely should check if all the decorative metal pieces are OK, and if all the gun barrels are there.  Most other pieces could I suppose, be bought from other sources.

 

JP

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yes you are so right JP about the parts I will need to check the rest of the parts in the kit but the decorative parts are in perfect condition 

 I will check the guns next and everything else 

                                     Ronald 

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Thanks for your comment, JP. A Dremel with a sanding drum was exactly what I had in mind to level up those metal frames.

The programmed order for this step would be:

1 Put all the wood of the first plank. 2 Build and shape the bulwarks. 3 Sand down the metal frames. 4 Put wood filler where needed and let cure for 24 hrs. 5 Sand down the whole hull. Easier said than done. :) 6 Pictures a-plenty.

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Hi Ulises. I am just about finished with the first planking. I received the kit from another modeler who had laid the keel and started work on the decking. He had also installed the gunports and some of them were a little bit askew. So two of the forward gunports on my model will have closed doors ( due to rough seas :-) ).

I did submit a few photos as a start to a build log, but I'm not much of a photographer and, frankly, the first planking does not look that good, I have some low spots that are going to need filler. I am going to try to make the first planking as good as possible to make the second planking go a little smoother.

 

Bill

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