rschissler Posted December 11, 2014 Share #1 Posted December 11, 2014 (edited) A little late with my log, but oh well. I've had this kit for about 10 years, and finally decided to get going on it. I've had a lot of experience building models, since I was a kid, but my best work has been HO model trains. I'd also say I'm an experienced woodworker, with mostly furniture type stuff. The Golden Hind is my second wood ship model built. The first was a Mini-Mamoli of the Pinta, which I extensively modified. I should post a few pictures of it someday. Anyway, after coming this far on it, there are a few things I wish I could have done better. One, I should have spent more time making sure all the frames and decks were square. If you look at the model at an angle it looks OK, but when you try to line things up, it's a little off. The waterline should have been a bit higher. Oh well, most people won't notice. For the deck planks, I used the tanganyka that came with the kit. Unfortunately, after applying some oil based polyurethane it's darker than I'd like. Maybe I should have tried a water based poly instead, or used a different wood like basswood, like most people do. I'll admit though, most of the decks of ship models I've seen, look too light to me. The biggest problem with my deck is that there is little contrast between the deck and the bulwarks. --Randy Mamoli was a little stingy with the wood in this kit. I was short on many of the different sizes, and some of the smaller sizes had quality issues. Although I used wood glue for large pieces, my glue of choice is usually CA. If you get the larger container it's not that expensive, it dries fast, it can be used as a filler, and sands well. Also, if you get a little messy with it, it's OK since it has ambering properties like oil based poly, so they go well together. A wood glue like Titebond can cause a cloudy finish, unless it is removed to bare wood. When I need a slow setting glue, or something I may need to reposition, I'll use Aleene's tacky glue, acrylic caulk, or CA gel. CA is also good for hardening brittle edges, like the decorative mahogany pieces in this kit. What I did to keep from ruining them while cutting them out from the sheet, was first to spray on some clear finish to protect the paint. Then with an x-acto knife, I cut them to about 1/32 to the edge, applied CA to the edges, then sanded the rest of the way to the lines. Then I added a little more CA to the edges, to keep them from splintering. One thing I've wondered with this kit, is it really 1:53 scale? To me, it seems a little smaller, like about 1:64 or so. I say this because of the door heights, steps, dingy, and just the height of the cap rails. The important thing though, is that most of the small pieces seem proportional to the model, so I'm fine whether the scale is right or not. Edited March 12, 2015 by rschissler tasmanian, hexnut, dgbot and 4 others 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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