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Final sprint in view 🙂


Take a sprue, drill a hole and ...




... heat it up and pull 🙂




After some tries I had suitable tubes of 0,7 mmm outside and 0,3 mm inside. Alined them on 0,3 mm wire to be able to cut without smashing them by rolling under a knife.




Drilled some 0,75 mm in the right angle into the ship ...




... and glue the tubes in with a wire still as handling help.




Checked the angle and checked the opening with a needle, then still applied some paint nice name "rotten leather" ;-).



Then fixing the halliards, to unravel the thread did not work as they were too thin ...




... so held the thread tight onto a round edge and usied a sharpened needle in the right angle. Works rather easy ...




... prepared the ringbolt ...




... threaded the bold and lead the free part of the thread through the eye of the needle, pulled ...




... and a second go for the splice, some glue and - DONE !!!




The port lids are waiting already 🙂



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Thank you that is very interesting, Daniel.

Interestingly on


L'AURORE 1766 the hole gunport framing is painted on the hull. (Cannot shift the pic 90°)


On the other hand the cravings aft are astonishing


in detail and caftmanswork.


Something I do not understand - why this detailing was done there and wasn't invested somewhere else?





(All pictures from: G.Decacroix Corvette L'AURORE 1766 - 1775 Ancre/Paris 2000)

Edited by Heinrich der Seefahrer

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Hello Daniel,

creative attack on that problem. Wounderfully made parts!


And to keep things easier: Cutton buds do have plastic rods that stay as a pipeline if you get them lengthened over a flame - so the drilling before is not necessary. (It is an important tip from the Wingnut Wings website due to the rigging.)



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Thank you, this is where I got the basic idea from 🙂 


But using the sprue I can choose the basic color and also can specify the ratio from internal to external diameter, as this one stays the same throughout the procedure.



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Made the missing lids ...




... drilled the holes for the hinge ...




... fixed with the necessary distance ...




... and put in the lanyards.





The half port lids need extra distance as fort the moulding. 




So the hinges are quite far out.




Also put in the lanyards. 




Coming close to the finishing line 🙂





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And one more piece finished 🙂






















The material of the guns is still in discussion. Did the Vici n 1782 still have brass guns - as Bugler and McKay see as a possibility - or did she have already iron ones. As discussed before, I will keep you updated.


So that was no. 2 out of four being ready now. Approx. 1780 and 1920 are done, 1805 and 2018 still to follow.




Cheers, dafi

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On the road again, meeting Viccies, seeing colors that I´ve never seen ...


Adapted the color of the 2018 version a bit. Funny, like the original, it reacts very much upon the light. Looks different every time ...





Fixed the board that protects the hammock cranes from underneath. 🙂






Cheers, XXXDAn

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Finally took the time to continue a bit.


Here are the parts again, that I prepared some time ago 🙂




Still work in progress, have to clean up, apply some paint and the batten on the channel board.





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Do not have too much time to busyness commitments. So even small things deserve a small accolade for personal encouragement.

A new gun port lid ... 




... and got from a comrade a wire 1,5 mm outer diameter and 0,5 mm inner diameter, so the small protection for the lid lanyards can be done more easily.








And the hammock stanchions are fixed too ...






... and a little later were knocked down - of course  :-0


Also the chains suffered a bit, but my experience tells me that that is easily to be done 🙂



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Hello Jan,


no the big one is too late for that, even though I already have a reminiscence for that, get surprised ...


... in some years or so 😉


For the small 2017-slice, I adapted as far as I can judge. Even with all the help from the friends here including the color samples, the color is still quite miraculous to me, as its appearance changes a lot through the light and shades. Have to see it one day with my own eyes to be able to understand it completely.


But not to let you down dear Jan, I will soon take out the wrecking ball and ELIMINATE a part that needs to be replaced, funnily one of the parts that is "original kit" - More soon.



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Thanx Popeye!


And on we go:

Fixed the hammock nettings on a cardboard and paint them white and buffy colors. 




Then first the short side, using paper for the netting not to get stuck on the stanchions and small wooden sticks to press the nettings down properly.




Then the long side. Paper again to facilitate the insertion, then fixing the netting with superglue onto the stanchions. 




To have a better perceptibility I introduced some darker paper and fitted the nettings to correct size with a very pointed scissors.




For the adrenaline not to go down too much, I user a lighter´s flame to get rid of some excess superglue :-0




As all parts survived the procedure, the upper holding rope was fixed and the netting glued onto it 🙂












In the meantime - using some drying time - I also fixed some ringbolts of the 1805 version on the channel boards ...




... and fixed the boards onto my slice.




All the best, dafi

Edited by dafi

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18 hours ago, dafi said:

I guess the visitors will expect the ship to be "modified" so they don't bang their heads?   :D


There's also a good laugh from following one of the links on that page:  https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8432416/snowflakes-offended-by-wench-and-peasant/

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But ok, it is time to really start the Trafalgar slice.


One remembers: Te ship was recommissioned in March 1803. Possibly with the yellow and black lines, no checker yet. If ever or if when this one was applied, I found no contemporary sources. It might well be that the checker was only a post Trafalgar feature.


The ship hastily sailed into the Mediterranean Sea where it stayed over winter. In April 1805 it starte it famous cruise to Sicily, Gibraltar, Caribbean Sea and back, chasing Villeneuve. On the return in August the hull was painted while being still on sea. End of August, It entered a refit in Spithead, start of September plenty of paint was delivered, a week later they were out on sea again. Possibly plenty of paint jobs were still ongoing at this moment.


The stress of the voyage and the very stressful and time squeezed refit make me think, that the lovely lady possibly already looked a tad shaken already before the battle on 21.10.1805. Especially I imagine plenty on competing touches of paint ...


Turners drawings show clearly the build up forecastle with its gun ports. Not to be seen the timber-heads, shown in most contemporary drawings and models. So I adapted those. Not to forget, the drawings show the ship after hasty repairs at Gibraltar, perhaps those were omitted in the reconstruction of this heavily damaged area.


For the positioning of the yellow strakes I go closely with Maik´s wonderful analysis of Turners drawings.




First fitted the chain boards with lines of Apoxy Sculpt, my favorite way of doing things like that.




Then searching for the color split lines with markings on tape ...




... and a first layer of yellow ochre. Not the real final shade yet, only to find the proportions.




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After the 2016-slice was rather in a ship shape Bristol fashion, I would like to go another approach for the 1805 slice.


In the times when there was no RAL, Pantone or DIN color scales, I would suppose that each barrel of paint had a slightly different shade depending upon its provenance, batch or age. Also each barrel from each batch could have been given a different shade depending upon the intermix of the content or the fading stage as of sun and salt or the rust and dirt sitting on the surface. Also given the accounts that the Vic was painted several times being upon high seas, I would rather expect a nice patchwork of 50 thousand shades of yellow ochre. Yes it´s alive!














And did you discover it? Even the new todays "seamon-pink-hello-kitty" can be found, yes down there, in the left bottom corner, just around the rigol 😉


Enjoy, XXXDAn

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Hi Daniel/Dafi/DAn, I stumbled on your amazing blog and wanted to say thank you for posting an entertaining, educational and inspiring blog!


In particular I enjoy seeing the fine scale work and figurines which injects so much life into your model and makes the inner workings of the ship more relatable to land lubbers like me.


Hoping to see more posts to satisfy our dafi fix 😄



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