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#21 Posted : 29 April 2015 16:10:04

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Looking really good! I can imagine its not always easy to keep all those ribs perfectly straight!!
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#22 Posted : 09 May 2015 21:13:29

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Hi Ian and Impatience,
Thanks for looking in.
Ian - The weights are wheel weights cast into ingots - they work a treat.

Impatience - Fortunately the structure kind of holds itself together - just used squares and those kitchen cupboard angle brackets to support the ribs as the glue dries.

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Garth
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Finished!!! HMS Victory,
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#23 Posted : 19 May 2015 09:09:50

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Good job there Garth. The pieces are coming together nicely.
Rgds, Hans
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#24 Posted : 25 May 2015 20:46:24

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Hi Hans,
Thank you for looking in.
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Garth
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Finished!!! HMS Victory,
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#25 Posted : 27 May 2015 08:22:21

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Hi all,

I don’t like the printed deck that is supplied with the kit.
As done by some members on the forums, I decided to go the coffee stirrer rout. Well, that was my initial idea – finding suitable coffee stirrers was not that easy!!! I contacted companies throughout the country, as far afield as Cape Town.

I was just about to throw in the towel when somebody suggested a company in Industria. I finally have the exact stirrers that I needed, at about 70% less than the guys in the Cape, and to top it all, the company is only 10 minutes from our offices. It defiantly pays to shop around.

My next decision is lighting my Pearl. I thing that the cutaway design showing the interior will lend itself really well to lighting. I’m not sure if I should light the lanterns using surface mounted LES’s or fiber optics.
My other mission is to source some kind of flicker unit that will give the appearance of a candle flickering.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

Kind regards
Garth
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#26 Posted : 27 May 2015 09:26:36

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Good find Garth, have sent you a pm.
Rgds, Hans
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Under the bench: Endeavour x 2,Sovereign of the Seas, Akagi and The Black Pearl!HMS Victory Cross Section
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#27 Posted : 27 May 2015 12:21:29

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Greetings,

Good luck with the stirring sticks.

Light up the ship. The interior becomes SO dark that you cannot see stuff on the lower deck at all. I used 3mm Amber flicker LEDs. They fit great and the diode looks like the flame on the candle. I first folded the part and then made the brass black. The round part of the LED was filed flat. I then coated it with a little Canopy Glue (PVA may work too) and placed it in the lantern cage. The bottom of the lantern was set in place and the whole thing left to dry. The glue filled in the lantern glass areas. The top of the lanter was painted black.

Get extra lanterns. I did and I should have had two or three more on my lower deck.

For candles I placed a flicker LED under the deck and ran a fiber optic through the floor. The tip was left clear but the rest of the fiber was painted black to hide it and white for the candle.

Hope you give it a try.

Christopher
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#28 Posted : 28 May 2015 06:56:40

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Hi Hans & Christopher,

Thanks for looking in.

Hans, hope you were able to get the stirrers.

Thanks Christopher, for your suggestions on the lighting.

Kind regards,

Garth
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Finished!!! HMS Victory,
Current build: Black Pearl.
On hold: Bismarck, Golden Hind, Flying Scotsman, Victory Cross Section, SOTS, Tiger 1.
Wish list: USS Constitution.
Garth
#29 Posted : 09 June 2015 07:57:31

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Hi all,

I think that it is important to tests on some scrap material first, especially with wood stains – it’s very hard to go back if you don’t like the final result.

Concluded the paint/stain tests this weekend. I have always used alcohol based wood dies to stain my timber, but I decided to experiment a little on my Pearl. My modelling time is very limited, so waiting for varnish to dry drives me insane.

I have found an acrylic wood stain, sealer combination that dries in 15 min – now that’s more like it!!! It has a semi- gloss finish, but that is easily knocked off with some 600 sandpaper. Being acrylic – it’s a water clean-up too!!!
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Garth
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"Measure twice, cut once!!!"
Finished!!! HMS Victory,
Current build: Black Pearl.
On hold: Bismarck, Golden Hind, Flying Scotsman, Victory Cross Section, SOTS, Tiger 1.
Wish list: USS Constitution.
Garth
#30 Posted : 09 June 2015 08:00:53

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My acrylic tests. Settled for a light oak for the decks and ebony for the ribs and outer planking.
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Finished!!! HMS Victory,
Current build: Black Pearl.
On hold: Bismarck, Golden Hind, Flying Scotsman, Victory Cross Section, SOTS, Tiger 1.
Wish list: USS Constitution.
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#31 Posted : 09 June 2015 12:37:32

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Hello Garth, good contrast should go well together.
Rgds, Hans
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Endeavour Cross section,D51
Completed: HMS Victory
Under the bench: Endeavour x 2,Sovereign of the Seas, Akagi and The Black Pearl!HMS Victory Cross Section
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#32 Posted : 10 June 2015 07:55:59

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Hi Hans,
Thanks for looking in.
Kind regards,
Garth
"Measure twice, cut once!!!"
Finished!!! HMS Victory,
Current build: Black Pearl.
On hold: Bismarck, Golden Hind, Flying Scotsman, Victory Cross Section, SOTS, Tiger 1.
Wish list: USS Constitution.
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#33 Posted : 10 June 2015 21:25:45

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BigGrin The deck will look great with that colour, GarthCool
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#34 Posted : 11 June 2015 20:58:33

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Hi Andy,
Thanks for looking in and for your comments on my deck colour. I suppose that most of the colour on the Black Pearl is black, but as the section is very dark, the lighter deck colour should make the interior more visible - hopefully.
Kind regards,
Garth
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Finished!!! HMS Victory,
Current build: Black Pearl.
On hold: Bismarck, Golden Hind, Flying Scotsman, Victory Cross Section, SOTS, Tiger 1.
Wish list: USS Constitution.
Garth
#35 Posted : 22 July 2015 16:35:02

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Hi All,

Spent some time on the Pearl this weekend. I have been at odds as to the make of stain/paint to use, I have done some tests with Acrylic stain, paint and an alchol based timber dye.
I eventually settled on the timber dye. It has a matt finish and the beauty is that it is dry enough to handle in minutes. The down side is that if you take it too far - there's no undoing it and it capillaries like crazy.
Well I stained the ribs and the underside of the starboard deck. I have seen that some have extended the section to reveal the rock ballast. Keen to start laying the deck BigGrin

Kind regards,

Garth
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"Measure twice, cut once!!!"
Finished!!! HMS Victory,
Current build: Black Pearl.
On hold: Bismarck, Golden Hind, Flying Scotsman, Victory Cross Section, SOTS, Tiger 1.
Wish list: USS Constitution.
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#36 Posted : 22 July 2015 20:35:00

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BigGrin nicely done, will you be putting in the ballast too
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#37 Posted : 22 July 2015 20:46:16

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Hi Andy,
Thanks for looking in. Yes I would like to show the ballast, something like Tony (Swordfish Fairey) has done.
Kind regards,
Garth
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Finished!!! HMS Victory,
Current build: Black Pearl.
On hold: Bismarck, Golden Hind, Flying Scotsman, Victory Cross Section, SOTS, Tiger 1.
Wish list: USS Constitution.
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#38 Posted : 22 July 2015 21:17:53

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#39 Posted : 22 July 2015 22:12:23

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Looks like a nice start BigGrin This does build into a rather nice model, look forward to seeing your progress Cool
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#40 Posted : 23 July 2015 07:05:38

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Hi Steve and Dave,
Thanks for looking in and for the kind words.
Regards,
Garth
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Finished!!! HMS Victory,
Current build: Black Pearl.
On hold: Bismarck, Golden Hind, Flying Scotsman, Victory Cross Section, SOTS, Tiger 1.
Wish list: USS Constitution.
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