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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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Well Bill... seems like we are at the same stage and with the same issues. :)

I am about to finish the first planking also, and as you, it doesn't look very pretty to me. I am awaiting to finish with the wood, the filling, the sanding of the metal frames and the general fairing of it to muster the courage to post some photos. :)

Best regards.

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OK. So... although not completely done with the first planking yet, here's an update of my RL build.

I finished with the wood placement of all the first planking on this massive hull. A lot to be done here yet: sand flush the metal frames, sanding and fairing the unevenness of the wood, lots of filler on the oops areas, etc. I also finished building and shaping the bulwarks which was very troublesome because the drawings are not too clear on this area. The bulwarks are formed by 4 layers of wood: The first is the first planking; then some vertical planks are placed on the inside. The second planking on the outside, and yet another last planking on the inside. 

The decks are completely planked also, but not yet finished.

Thanks for visiting :)

 

Ulises

 

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Thank you Bill.

My very next step will be to sand down the metal frames to level with the hull, and sand smooth all the wood in the hull. I plan to sand it all and then paint the whole thing with diluted wood glue to strengthen any weak joint that might have escaped to my eye.

 

This Russian guy has an excellent build log of this kit. It's in Russian, but Chrome allows me to translate it to English. Imperfect, but you can get the idea of what they are talking about.

 

http://gallery.shipmodeling.ru/main.php?g2_itemId=76728 (Thanks to michael101 for the link)

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Thank you for your kind words, Edwin. It's really satisfying when someone says they are learning something from what you do.

 

Glakie: I thank you also for your comment, and you're more than welcome to come and see... but actually, I'm building my ship in the same closet where I started her and where I've been building since we moved to this house in yr 2000! 

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Thank you for your kind words, Edwin. It's really satisfying when someone says they are learning something from what you do.

 

Glakie: I thank you also for your comment, and you're more than welcome to come and see... but actually, I'm building my ship in the same closet where I started her and where I've been building since we moved to this house in yr 2000! 

Thanks Ulises! Oh when I saw the big table and chairs, I thought you might have been doing some work there.  Sorry.  :rolleyes:

 

Cheers

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Hello all.

I can't believe it took me more than five months to finish the first planking of my ship. This hull is HUGE!

I finished placing all the wood on the hull, leveling the metal frames to hull level, sanding and smoothing the hole thing and painting red the metal frames.

I plan to let the second planking just a bit short from the openings to achieve the effect shown in the first photo. Not sure how this will come out.  :o

Also, do you see the photo of an unpainted frame with the upper right corner slightly rounded? Well.... all 66 red frames were like that so that was something else to fix.

The hull is not perfectly even... there a re a few albeit very small bumps here and there, but that will have to do.-

 

Thanks for watching!

 

 

 

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Followed you here from your post in "latest profile pic of your build". Decided I just HAVE to see this :) Hope it's not too late to pull up a chair.

 

I feel your pain, having to square off 66 of those metal gunports. The realization that you have to do something tedious, and do it 66 times over and over again ... is something only a fellow modeller really understands! 

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And time stood still......

5 months....very quick Ulises  :D  :D  :D

You have find a good way to fit in those steal gun ports.

I like it ! ( yes, I also hit that button :)  )

Then the planking....I think you can make it smoother by using filler.

You've got to do a second planking ?( of course you have )

You still need filler for the gaps in the hull.

When you put the second planking on right now, you will see it later ( after you've done the second planking )

So be brave , use filler and sanding it smooth !

Please ????

 

Sjors

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Thank you all for your comments, encouragement and likes. :)

Sjors: Okay okay. I will use some more filler.  ;)

Mark: I started doing the frames job with coarse sand paper on a wood block. Then I found a small file with very sharp and big teeth. Rasp I think it's called, and that made a lot of difference. Finished port side in 1 and a half sessions.

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Well... you guys got me cornered. I guess more filler is the order of this next week building schedule. ;)

 

Jean-Pierre: I think I prefer the "find-and-mark-the-location-and-open-with-a-knife" method for doing the gun ports. Supposedly Mamoli does it that way so the frames are correctly positioned right away, but I found out this is not always the case. I had to manipulate some of them to correct position.

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There's a great product used by auto body repairmen..... called "Bondo"  I find it much superior to any other filler in the world.  Sets up quickly and can be sanded smooth as a baby's butt.

I prefer using Elmer wood filler. A little bit goes along way.  

David B

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Hi

 

Think you have done an excellent job in making the metal frames flush with the planking. Have had a bad experience with these so now plank and then cut out the cannon ports later similar to what Jean-Pierre was suggesting. I love filler as well and as this is double planked no one gets you see it.

 

Waitoa

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So Sjors... no way I can make you happy!!! :rolleyes:

Indeed, for this job I take my ship to my pen turning workshop, which is outside the house and where I can make whatever mess I want ;)

 

I tried all these fillers. The one on the far left, made by Henkel in the USA and readily available at my neighborhood Home Depot is my choice. Spreads easy, dries fast, sand easy and smooth and I can purchase it at the moment I need it.

 

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