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James w rogers

La madonna del rosario 1740 (tartana).

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Just started this, it is going to be a gift for someone that has done a lot for an elderly family member, Loved doing the lateen rigged la nina so much that I'm going to do it again. Only problem seems to be, at the moment, is a lack of info on this ship apart from this postage stamp, but that could give me a bit of artistic licence, so might be a good thing as far as detail goes! 😂 La-Madonna-del-Rosario-tartane-1740.jpg.16ff303e9a1888795ab77c1b9f22fb73.jpgDSC_0038.thumb.JPG.b553c22d3680fa15ff8701983784cf48.JPGDSC_0037.thumb.JPG.b25bbbe3c37acff1011ddc6394eec45a.JPG

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Trying to fathom out what to put on deck as I can't find any info or pictures of this ship,  it appears to be a merchantship so it's artistic licence time. Started with a hatch, from a thin piece of walnut ply left over from a ship kit I've been doing. Drilled some 0.5mm holes and just trying to square them out. 

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Getting there ! Slow progress as spent more time trying to trace this ship. It is definitely documented as a merchant ship but can’t find any surviving plans or pictures, so apart from this stamp the rest of the decks fittings are a total guess. Here’s the story so far, needs a bit more shaping and sanding prior to paint, so have started on the masts and yards.DC7A8038-4814-4841-BA51-5AE8D75865E9.thumb.jpeg.d12fac94cae269211e74ebe9342ae2e0.jpeg

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This is is how I bend planks and other wood items, I soak the wood and then strap to the bottle with an elastic band, then fill bottle with boiling water and just leave over night, usually works quite well as long as the grain of the wood allows. If you need a bigger or smaller bend you can just use different diameter bottles!

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Started rigging the shrouds on the masts, these strips will be cut to short lengths and glued inside bulwarks when inside the bottle. Trying to get a suitable green paint to match the picture is proving troublesome, mixed some yellow in 3 times now to lighten it but every time it dries to dark, so I’ve given up, that’s the colour now, take it or leave it!😂

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