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  2. Chasseur

    Lydia Eva Steam Drifter

    I concur well-done congratulations, Alan!!!
  3. Yesterday
  4. JerseyCity Frankie

    HMS Ramillies, 74

    Paint. I’m using Vallejo acrylics and I’m happy with this product. You will notice I paint then paint again, then I add more physical elements and then paint the same surface again, rather than just paint everything once at the end. In my view the paint should be open and ready whenever you’re at work on the model so you can add paint as you go. Acrylic paints make this easier since there’s no solvents or long drying time. current reasearch on actual paint from HMS Victory has recently given us a more true picture of the “yellow” color of the Nelson Checker: it’s actually pink. It shocked everyone at the time and purist people were freaking out. But actually the color is more akin to Terracotta. So I tried to reflect that in my “yellow” color. But mine still looks mostly yellow. The “black” stripes are dark grey, not black. This way when I paint on the gunports in actual black, the illusion of an open port is achieved. Eight of the gunports, those at the waist, really ARE open, the rest are painted squares. These photos show my use of epoxy on the quarter galleries to fake glass windows. I give the effort a six out of ten. But a lot esier than trying to build the galleries from scratch out of wood plastic or putty. They are gloppy but I’m reasonably happy with them.
  5. Last week
  6. Thank you very much for your congratulations. Jeff, you're right. This is France II. Artur
  7. Way to go Artur! I am very proud of you and your performance. 😎 The one SIB with the red ribbon tied at the middle, is that France II? Jeff
  8. Well done Artur and congratulations! There are some beautiful models there on display.
  9. I present the reports from the World Championships in Romania. I won a silver medal for the Western River model. Artur
  10. JerseyCity Frankie

    HMS Ramillies, 74

    Bulwarks. I laminate a red and a mustard (mustard?) colored pieces of colored paper to represent the inner and outer colors of the bulwarks. Then I cut a rabbit or notch or shelf-whatever- for it to fit snub against the hull. The gap is filled with modeling paste. for the 74, the upper profile of the bulwark is odd, it takes a weird downward slope from the Hances to the Gangways, with fancy curves. And also I had to cut out a bunch of gunports. But, once I got them glued on with Tightbond white glue, I felt happy. Suddenly it looks like a going concern.
  11. Chasseur

    EASIB Convention SIBS

    WOW outstanding craftsmanship thanks for sharing Allan!
  12. Hi All, Some of my photos from the EASIB Convention held in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on the East Coast of England. I apologise for the standard of the phots. It was great to see so many different SIBs, and swap ideas etc. Some real works of art. Note the SIBs in the yard of ale glasses. Alan
  13. JerseyCity Frankie

    HMS Ramillies, 74

    Carved the hull, reasonably happy with it? It’s 4 1/4” or 11cm long.my usual method is to use a wood hull then glue bulwarks on made of colored paper. In fact all the details, all the deck furniture is laminated colored paper. my new wrinkle on this project was to make stairs from paper laminated to form each step. I alternated two similar colors to make each step visually distinct from the next but I’m not sure it was necessary. My plan for the quarter galleries is to use two-part transparent epoxy, in a technique I once used many years ago. I cut deep grooves at the stern to represent the upper and middle decks and painted their interiors black. In the next step I will mix the epoxy, allow it to almost set then apply it in lumps on either side of the stern and deep into the cut grooves. Being almost stiff the globs will stand out from the hull when they harden. Being transparent the epoxy can then have window framing painted over it. Voila: glazed windows.
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  15. James w rogers

    The 'Phoenix' Plymouth.

    Back at it after a bit of a break, started some of the smaller Hull details. Also had started making the masts but thought I was going mad as they started to vanish into thin air! Finally discovered the culprit! 😂
  16. Onni

    Lydia Eva Steam Drifter

    Beautiful work Alan and congratulations on winning first place. You have made a real work of art. Top marks!
  17. exwafoo

    Lydia Eva Steam Drifter

    Hi All, I attended the EASIB bi-annual convention last weekend, and had a thoroughly good time chatting with other members, seeing their SIBS and the evening meal for the presentations. It was held in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on the East Coast of England. It also coincided with the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. The quayside had a selection of nautical themed exhibits, historical re-enactment by the local ‘militia’ demonstrating muskets etc, folk singers/groups singing sea shanties, and a few vessels to go aboard and look round, one of which was the Lydia Eva. The large herring fleet had made the town the major herring port in the world in the early part of the 20th century. Built in 1930 and based in Great Yarmouth, Lydia Eva fished along the East Coast and North Sea for nine years. The Royal Air Force brought her in 1939, using her in a variety of roles until she she laid up in 1969. She was acquired by the Trust in 1971/2 and restored as a floating museum in Great Yarmouth. Lydia Eva joined the Maritime Trust's national collection of vessels in London's St. Katherine 's Dock in 1986 but was laid up again in 1990 and eventually returned to East Anglia when the Lydia Eva Charitable Trust Ltd was formed She is listed as part of the National Historic Fleet and there is fair web coverage. Lydia Eva was suggested as the SIB to model for the convention, so I set to. I couldn’t find a set of drawings for Lydia Eva, but I did have a set for Ocean Unity from a copy of Model Shipwright. This was of a similar style, so with a bit of electronic shrink and grow, a reasonable set of lines was obtained. The differences were obtained from photos from various websites. I aimed for a SIB at about 1/250. The Hull Block Hull being formed Cap rail being fitted SIB primed, bulwark interior painted and ribbing being fitted. Wheelhouse being constructed Then I got a new laptop and 'lost' some phots during the data changeover so straight to the finished SIB. And then this at the evening presentations - well pleased. best Alan
  18. Chasseur

    Sexy socks for the well dressed Bon vivant

    Very cool! Go figure 😎
  19. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    Thanks Chasseur.I have a fascination of ships in the transitional stage of sail to steam and I look forward to seeing more of HMS Wivern that is from that era. Made this model of HMS Inflexible in 2013.It's in a very narrow, slightly tinted antique bottle. I chose to do a full hull model to do her justice. Quite happy how she turned out although the rigging could of been tighter.
  20. Chasseur

    HMS Gannet

    Deck furniture looking great. Too bad about the broken spar. I know the amount of work that goes into modeling... hurts when you break someth🤐ing.
  21. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    Had to cut up the forecastle and poop deck to be able to get them through the bottle neck and also try to make them a bit more solid for e.g. railings,rigging and other items.Beginning to look like a jigsaw puzzle.
  22. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    Tried a few different ideas for the rolled up sails and in the end just laid several layers of white glue on the spars and painted them.Simple solution and quick and easy.Looks less top heavy anyway.
  23. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    After spending hours rolling thin linen and tying them with cotton on to the spars to imitate furled sails,decided that it didn't look good and discarded them.Another 20 minutes to unpick them...duh!
  24. exwafoo

    HMS Ramillies, 74

    Frankie, The e-book 'Miniature Sailing Ship Construction - The Norwegian Barque Svaerdstadat' at the website below contains lots of tips on using brass rod for masts, including a jig for aligning the sections. At just under £5, its well worth it. Link Regards Alan
  25. James w rogers

    HMS Ramillies, 74

    This looks great, and love the bottle, can’t wait to see more!😁
  26. Jeff B

    Multiple S.I.B. models of the ship Wavertree

    Always impressed with jersey city Frankie's creations. jeff B
  27. Chasseur

    HMS Ramillies, 74

    Hey Frankie, good to see you back at it. That is definitely western red cedar you have set aside for your hull. I love your tool for smearing the seas. Nice one!
  28. JerseyCity Frankie

    HMS Ramillies, 74

    The hull I’ve carved from some species of wood that smells a LOT like cedar. Maybe it IS cedar? I had a block lying around. Nice tight grain. Smells good. Masts. I’ve grown impatient with wood for masts in SIBs. To get the wood to scale you wind up with some VERY fragile spars. I got sick of snapping them and now use brass rod and piano wire. This necessitates soldering the components and I’m the WORST at soldering. But the metal masts NEVER break and I can drill through them. You’ll notice a second bottle prepped. I’m building two SIBs at once but this build lib focuses only on the 74.
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