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Posted by Michael D. on Saturday, March 02, 2019 5:52 PM

Thank you gentlemen. I really dreaded this phase, but the starboard outter railing (for lack of proper nautical terms) is installed, pictured here is the seam and looks ok.

This overall shot looks fine, but the rib where the two meet does have a rise to it, cr eating a slight crown and after much sanding, while far from perfect looks ok.

 

 

Started adding the ring bolts to the hatches.

 

Michael D.

 

 

 

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Posted by steve5 on Saturday, March 02, 2019 5:56 PM

very nice michael . the close-up shot's of the wood effect's , are awesome .

 

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  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Sunday, March 03, 2019 3:54 AM

She is certainly coming alive now Michael. Lovely work.....Cheers mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

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Posted by Michael D. on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 10:11 PM

Thanks for the kind comments Steve and Mark, they are much appreciated!. I finished up the port side outer beams, once secured in place I removed a pin to facilitate sanding the joint, spot painted the area, redid the gold leaf, sealed it with flat clear and reinstalled the pin.

Gluing up the narrow deck to the underside of the ribs.

 

Michael D.

 

 

 

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  • From: Asheville, NC
Posted by LIVIT on Thursday, March 07, 2019 8:37 AM

Looking fantastic Michael. I have one of these in my going to build someday stash. 

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Posted by Michael D. on Thursday, March 07, 2019 9:37 AM

Thank you Dale!, this kit and others had been laying around far too long, came down to a coin toss between this and the Cutty Sark.

 

Michael D.

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Posted by Michael D. on Saturday, March 09, 2019 11:43 AM

Started the super structure in the stern area. I slightly modified the decks which really didn'nt require much work, but the side rails are a different story, as the photos illustrate about a good 90min each to ready them for gold leafing.

 

Michael D.

 

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  • From: Asheville, NC
Posted by LIVIT on Sunday, March 10, 2019 4:20 PM

Beautiful ! It always amazed me how gawdy, yet beautiful, some of those of ships were. How the heck did they have the time to keep up with salt corrosion etc. Being a Navy vet and growing up around commercial fishing in FL, I have seen first hand how fast salt can start corroding and this was on treated metal surfaces. What did they use to keep this corrosion under control back then ?

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  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Sunday, March 10, 2019 8:57 PM

Beautiful work especailly the Wood Grain Texture you have achieved.....Cheers Mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

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Posted by Michael D. on Monday, March 11, 2019 10:03 AM

You bring up a good point Dale, maybe the way iron was reduced back then and less corrosive compounds in the air helped? along with repeated painting? . Bronze I'm sure wasn't much of an issue except for tarnishing and probably not neglected enough for corrosion to develop and gold/guilding was far more maintenance free.

Thanks for comments guys and Mark I find 80 grit sand paper leaves about the right texture for wood grain.

 

Michael D.

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  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Monday, March 11, 2019 10:45 PM

As others have mentioned - a beautiful paint job thus far.

And, coming from someone whose patience seems to be waining, your meticulous persistence is to be envyed.

Mike

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  • From: Jerome, Idaho, U.S.A.
Posted by crackers on Monday, March 11, 2019 11:51 PM

LIVIT asks, how did galleys avoid salt corrosion and marine growth on the hull ? Perhaps, like the ancient Greeks, when the galley was not in use, it was stored in special sheds like the modern replica of the Greek galley OLYMPIAS. Shed storage also had the advantage of better maintenance to the craft.

Happy modeling   Crackers   Confused

Anthony V. Santos

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  • From: Asheville, NC
Posted by LIVIT on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 3:32 PM

Wow, how cool ! I did not know about them usng storage sheds, Tks :)  Another reason I have always enjoyed this forum, the wealth of shared knowledge, comradery and willingness to help each other is the best I have ever experienced on any forum. 

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  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Thursday, March 14, 2019 7:32 AM

Some Museums build the Hall around their Display. Here is a rebuilt Galley from Barcelona......Cheers mark

 

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=barcelona+maritime+museum+galley&tbm=isch&source=hp&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj7pffc0YHhAhXW7HMBHRzTD6gQsAR6BAgAEAE

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

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Posted by Michael D. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:00 AM

Here's a link to an interesting article by Vincent de Paul and the Galleys of France.

https://via.library.depaul.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1476&context=vhj

Surprisingly they spent three quarters of the year ashore which would account for minimal corrosion.

 

Michael D.

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  • From: Asheville, NC
Posted by LIVIT on Thursday, March 14, 2019 2:31 PM

Very cool guys, I saved both of those links. Will be great reference sources for my Reale build. All this makes me want to set aside my Consititution again and start on my La Reale. I might get me some gold leaf and work on the hull, when I get burnt out on doing rigging on the Connie.

If you were to build the La Reale again, would you still use the gold leaf or paint ?

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    December, 2006
  • From: Jerome, Idaho, U.S.A.
Posted by crackers on Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:10 PM

If one has deep pockets----gold leaf. If one is poor as a church mouse---gold paint.

Happy modeling   Crackers    Stick out tongue

Anthony V. Santos

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    July, 2006
Posted by Michael D. on Thursday, March 14, 2019 3:13 PM

At this point I'd say yes, but I only have testors model master gold to compare it to, I know there's guilding paint that might be a bit more brighter?. I'll show a side by side of what I have in my next post.

 

Michael D.

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    July, 2006
Posted by Michael D. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:40 AM

The stern canopy structure is starting to take shape, I noticed during dry fitting it looked unfinished underneath so I added some styrene sheet to fill the gap and looks much more finished. The last picture shows the gold leaf next to model masters gold, a striking difference to say the least.

 

Michael D.

 

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Posted by steve5 on Saturday, March 16, 2019 3:35 AM

what blue are you using mate it's amazing , I have never tried gold leaf , how difficult is it ,

 

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Posted by Michael D. on Sunday, March 17, 2019 8:29 AM

Hi Steve,

I used Tamiya XF-8 blue followed by a black wash then dulcoat. The gold leafing isn't too difficult, just more time consuming and does not like to be handled much even after sealing so some touch is required.

A small update regarding the canopy roof structure, instead of gluing it directly to the rails and possibly fouling up the paint work, I decided I will pin it in place with CA glue, still a few more left to do before attaching it.

Michael D.

 

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Posted by Michael D. on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 7:06 PM

The stern area is starting to take shape, I implemented some Tuscan red as it compliments the royal blue a bit better than a bright red.

 

Michael D.

 

  • Member since
    December, 2006
  • From: Jerome, Idaho, U.S.A.
Posted by crackers on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:50 PM

Wow ! Really looks great. Waiting for the final results.

Happy modeling      Crackers    Smile

Anthony V. Santos

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