Tuffarts Posted November 4, 2014 Share #1 Posted November 4, 2014 This will be my first build log, so I will start at the beginning with some photos of the kit, and discuss some 'kit bashing' I want to do. The kit seems well thought out but has some shortcomings I will amend, and some that are beyond my skills to fix. The Main thing that I cannot fix is that all of the ribs are the same size making the structure a lot easier to build as there are a lot more straight lines then if it had the correct curve of the hull, making for an easier build was mamolis goal here, I think. And the top deck has one of the smaller cannons pointed very close to a shroud, it has been placed there with artistic licence, so as to display a cannon on the top deck. Both these things would need major changes made to the plans, so I will just have to live with these mistakes, and not point them out to people when I show the finished model off. Things that I plan to fix are; The pumps do not carry through the decks below, so I plan to research what the drains would look like and install them. I plan on leaving some deck planking out to see into decks below, and let in light. This will mean that I will have to improve the timbers that hold the decks, there seem to be missing knees that run under the decks, the vertical ones are represented but no horizontal knees, and I believe the constitution had 2 sets of wooden knees as well as iron knees that I want to research and replicate. I also want to improve the gun hatches. And plate the bottom of the model in copper tiles to replace the hideous GREEN pieces of planking suggested by Mamoli I am sure I will find other ways to improve on the kit, and it will be good practice till I can do a WHOLE ship. Looking forward to a good build. I will update when I get this started. Reading Italian instructions???, and researching the changes I want to make till then. bhermann, mattsayers148, CaptainSteve and 4 others 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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