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My new Christmas present from my missus

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My new Christmas present from my missus
Posted by kpnuts on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:06 PM

Hi all my missus just bought me a certain Heller 1/100 model an infamous representation of a 17th century french ship of the line (or at least that's what the build thread will be called) hopefully avoiding all the controversy also allowing me to only correct the faults my megre abilities can correct, and not worrying about the others as, after all its not a specific ship (in my build log anyway)

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:09 PM
I am not sure if you should thank her or not. My other half has been looking at models for my birthday, and I have told her absolutely no sailing ships.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Dragon 1/35th Tiger I/AMT STAP with Battle Droid

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    March 2014
Posted by ships4ever on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:43 PM

I have found, at least with my wife, that it helps to be specific as to what model I want. My stash is big enough that I can't just say, "I'd like a battleship", as the odds are that it will end up being something I already have or decided long ago that I wasn't interested in that particular ship. So for this Christmas, I am asking for the 1/350 Hikawa Maru hospital ship with the 3 Hasegawa detail sets. It will be nice to get away from gray and guns for a while, and do something in white with red crosses. In the meantime, I am closing out some projects on my workbench so I can devote 100% effort on her when she arrives.

On the bench: 1/350 Trumpeter HMS Dreadnought; 1/350 Academy USS Reuben James FFG-57

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 3:56 PM

You had me up through "Heller 1/100 model an...".

Oh boy, the Victory!!!

I can't imagine taking on any project of such magnitude, whatever it's relative merits, with out anything other than 100% enthusiasm. If thats your feeling, then truly "Godspeed and good winds".

Otherwise my advice, since you've asked, is to trade it for something else.

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Posted by kpnuts on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:33 PM

I will be giving it 100% enthusiasm, oh I know it's so terribly wrong but I still think it's a beautiful ship (even if it didn't exist as Heller portray it) as I said I am just going to build it as a French ship of the lineBig Smile I think David's build of this kit is nothing short of a work of art, and if mine turns out half as well I will be happy (of course as a typical not a specific ship of the line I could build it out of the box and no one could say it was wrong, ok maybe a bit to much gold for a standard ship of the line but hey, I think Hellers portrail of it is beautiful and as you said before your problem with it was they were calling it a specific kit, and you wouldn't mind if they just called it a French 17th century ship of the line, so no problem) I could have bought the Heller victory for the same price and my missus would have paid for it just the same, I told her that the victory was historically a lot more accurate and was a much better kit, which would she pick and she said the other one "its so pretty" job done fate sealed, tbh that is exactly the one I wanted her to pick.

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 5:46 PM

Women...

Yes thats it after all, what makes her happy to give to you.

The Victory, while handsome, is kind of a big war machine looking thing.

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Posted by steve5 on Sunday, November 15, 2015 3:06 AM

Very well said gmorrison .

 

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, November 16, 2015 9:15 AM

I am building one of the big Hellers, the Soleil Royal, and although it is taking me years, I feel so lucky getting that kit before a big jump in the prices of those kits.  If you approach it as a multi-year project it is not so bad.  Just do not try to rush it, or work on it continually.  Work on it for a couple weeks, take a break, build one or two other models, then go back to the big Heller.

I also have one of those big wooden SOL kits from Europe on my in-progress shelves.  I expect the Heller to result in a better looking ship, and with less work in the long run.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by kpnuts on Thursday, November 19, 2015 1:11 PM

Hi all it arrived today, and knowing Heller I managed to get my missus to let me check the sprues  don't want the disappointment of the La Reale build with missing sprues. 
there are in excess of 35 sprues to this kit, it is mahoosive and no mistake. anyway here are some pics










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Posted by ships4ever on Thursday, November 19, 2015 4:29 PM

Ah, very sneaky, the old "I need to check the sprues" trick! I'll have to remember that one!

On the bench: 1/350 Trumpeter HMS Dreadnought; 1/350 Academy USS Reuben James FFG-57

 

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