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  • Member since
    December 2006
  • From: Jerome, Idaho, U.S.A.
Posted by crackers on Thursday, January 5, 2017 8:23 AM

Nice decore Dave.  Your display models look great. How do you avoid the accumulation of dust and cob webs on your models ? On my completed models without a display case, a broom, or a leaf blower would be required to clear off the dust and webs that seem to be attracted to the rigging. Perhaps, Idaho is more dusty than most places in this country.

Happy modeling   Crackers Crying

Anthony V. Santos

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Marysville, WA
Posted by David_K on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 5:16 PM

Thanks, Bill!

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Current Project:  Imai/ERTL Spanish Galleon #2

Recently Finished: Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 2, 2017 11:40 AM

That is quite impressive.

Equally impressive is the amount of effort you've put into this log. It's been a real gift to the rest of us.

Thank you!

AFA a wheel, I took a glance at eBay and there's dozens of them to choose from.

Happy New Year!

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    December 2012
Posted by rwiederrich on Monday, January 2, 2017 11:33 AM

Good searching Dave....One can't have enough nautical decore.....

Your model is fantastic.

 

Rob

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    March 2012
  • From: Marysville, WA
Posted by David_K on Monday, January 2, 2017 11:29 AM

I like the decor, Rob!  Nice work!  The clock is very cool...

Mike, actually those pics are in reverse sequence....the top two pics are the way it looks now, with less stuff on the wall around the case, and with the chest (brimming with pieces of eight! lol)  under it now....I decided to redecorate after placing the model there, thinking the wall looked too busy around it....now it looks better (less clutter on the wall, and the chest is a nice touch, I think!)....I still want to find a ship's wheel or something nautical to hang on the wall, as the piece de resistance...maybe I'll hit up some antique shops today and see what I can find.

Dave

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Current Project:  Imai/ERTL Spanish Galleon #2

Recently Finished: Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark

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Posted by rwiederrich on Sunday, January 1, 2017 10:13 PM

Fantastic work Dave....congrats.

I too added some decore to my den(mancave).

I received a 10" port hole from a cousin and I put a clock in it and hung it on the wall of the den.... " target="">

 

 

And I put it over the whaling display.

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And I made a plaque of a rib from the clipper Cutty Sark...placed it over my Phenix model.

 

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Great job Dave.

  • Member since
    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, January 1, 2017 9:30 PM

Great looking display case for a beautiful model!

I noticed you moved the chest with the pieces of eight from under the table Big Smile.

 

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

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    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Sunday, January 1, 2017 8:19 PM

Dave,

It looks stunning!  Your work is inspirational!

Bill

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Marysville, WA
Posted by David_K on Sunday, January 1, 2017 7:12 PM

Rob, you're very correct!  I pretty much don't have any more space at home....gotta take a couple of models over to the in-laws, see if they'd like to keep them on a shelf (they already have a couple of my previously-finished kits!)...

Anyway, I got the display case finished, and found a table for it.  Took the case to a local glass shop, and had the panes installed last week.  Happy to say the SR is in place in the Dave Cave....Yayyy!

I didn't document the progress of building the case here on the forum, but I took copious notes during construction, so when (!) I build my next case, I'll know how to improve on it.

I will say that for myself, not being an overly-experienced woodworker, I was able to do a pretty good job of the case with a few standard tools, and with the help of an e-book I bought for like 20 bucks online a few eyars ago.  I even reached out to the author with some questions via email, and he was happy to offer extra advice while I made my way through the process.  Though, I did find his book to be lacking in some specifics, and I found ways to improve on his techniques....that being said, it was a huge help, and I couldn't have made the case without it.

Without further ado, here are a few pics of the Soleil Royal, on display in her final resting place!

Thanks again to everyone for their contribution to this thread!

Dave

 

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Current Project:  Imai/ERTL Spanish Galleon #2

Recently Finished: Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark

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    December 2012
Posted by rwiederrich on Saturday, December 24, 2016 4:11 PM

A lot of *what's next* hinges on do I have the right spot.  Or space?

Rob

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Marysville, WA
Posted by David_K on Saturday, December 24, 2016 8:13 AM

Thanks, you guys!

I'm glad for all the support I've had from the community here, and it feels good to know that my building style is enjoyed...Yes

I have been peering into the back of my closet, trying to see if any kits from the stash are calling out to me....hmmm....what's next?

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Current Project:  Imai/ERTL Spanish Galleon #2

Recently Finished: Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark

Next Up:  ???

 

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:46 PM

I'm another who has been quietly watching. Never having built a sailing vessel, I might know nothing about how to do it, but I do know this is a beautiful finished model.

A sincere tip of the hat from me. YesYesYes

...and thank you for taking the time to share your WIP.

-Greg

  • Member since
    February 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:32 PM

Dave, To say your work is anything less than breathtking is an understatement. You are the best I have seen in a long time & one of my very good friends has won a lot of best of show & first place's at the Tokyo Tamiya shows. You are that good.

  I think one of the best things you said was that you just liked to make a model pretty or something like that. I don't worry myself to death about being correct on everything. It is for fun that i do it.

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Sunday, December 18, 2016 11:40 AM
Dave, and anyone else who might be interested, I found another approach to this kit over on the ModelShipWorld.com website titled, "Soleil Royal by Hubac'sHistorian - Heller - An Extensive Modification and Partial Scratch-Build". The research is fascinating! Check it out. Bill
  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Marysville, WA
Posted by David_K on Saturday, December 10, 2016 12:50 PM

Thanks so much!

The construction of the display case is going well....learning a lot, and getting pretty good results so far...Once it's finished, I'll post some pics of the SR in her final resting place!

Dave

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Current Project:  Imai/ERTL Spanish Galleon #2

Recently Finished: Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark

Next Up:  ???

 

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    March 2014
Posted by kpnuts on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 9:10 AM

Superb, absolutely outstandingly beautiful. 

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    March 2009
  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Monday, November 28, 2016 1:01 AM

My Hat off to you Dave. That is one superb Build You have accomplished.....Cheers Mark 

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

  • Member since
    December 2010
Posted by Phillip1 on Friday, November 25, 2016 9:30 PM

David,

Congratulations on finishing this model!  It is an outstanding piece of model building.  It is all the more impressive that it is such a complicated sailing ship.  You should be very proud of how it turned out.

Thanks

Phillip1

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Marysville, WA
Posted by David_K on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 7:26 PM

Wow, thanks everybody for all the nice words! 

Bill, as far as my next project??  Well, I do have a lot of side projects in the queue, but once I find is the display case, and after the holidays, I'm sure I'll start digging through the stash to choose my next model...I can tell you it will not likely be another major build like the Soleil Royal...I do have a Heller victory and original molds of the revell Constitution and cutty Sark...but those are for a later time in my life lol

I'll most likely pick an easier project, I have both an imai mayflower and Catalan...I may go with one of those?

Dave

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Current Project:  Imai/ERTL Spanish Galleon #2

Recently Finished: Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark

Next Up:  ???

 

  • Member since
    September 2005
  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 5:43 PM

Dave,

I am in awe!  You did a tremendous job on her!  So, besides display cases, what is your next ship project?   ToastToast

Bill

  • Member since
    February 2011
Posted by cerberusjf on Monday, November 21, 2016 2:50 PM

Well done Dave!  She looks really great!  Changing the waterline certainly makes a difference to her.

I've really enjoyed this thread, lots of interesting info & I've learnt a lot and it's been a joy to see your wonderful workmanship on this kit.

Thanks very much for sharing it with us.

John.

  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Monday, November 21, 2016 11:36 AM

Dave,

Standing ovation on this project.  You have been able to balance scale and color in such a way that the model really compliments the skills of an experienced builder.  So do not underesitmate yourself.  What you have done is no easy feat.

Scott

  • Member since
    April 2016
  • From: Russia, St.Peterburg
Posted by kirill4 on Sunday, November 20, 2016 3:06 PM

Dave, my congratulations !!!

 Great job!!!

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    December 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Sunday, November 20, 2016 3:02 PM

Outstanding!

Such gorgeous work.

I'm going to look at this thread many times and try to write down some of the information I know will be helpful to me in any future build of sailing ships I have in my stash. The one thing I know I won't be able to reconstruct - other than practicing the technique over and over with the faint hope I'll get to a stage someday that's acceptable to me, is your otherwordly ability painting plastic to look like wood!

My hat's off to you for your patience and intelligence in completing this kit. You've certainly done it proud.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    April 2007
  • From: Amarillo, TX.
Posted by captfue on Sunday, November 20, 2016 2:51 PM

To say this work is outstanding would be a real understatement. It's great!

Rules are overrated
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    April 2009
Posted by Seafarer on Sunday, November 20, 2016 2:11 PM

Hey David

Congratulations on your newly completed S.R. !!

Your build is 'awesome' in the truest sense of the word !  It's great to see true modelling skills defeat the 'fatal flaws' of a kit.

I have followed your build and found it to be very educational as well as inspiring.....I'm looking foreward to the post-mortum, as well as to your experiences in building a proper case for that beautiful monster "o".

Cheers/Rob Mills

  • Member since
    July 2013
Posted by steve5 on Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:42 PM

congratulations dave , beautiful build , what next ??

 

  • Member since
    June 2003
  • From: Rowland Heights, California
Posted by Duke Maddog on Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:34 PM

I know I haven't been posting, but I have followed this Thread religiously. Magnificent work overall Dave; I am stunned with the outstanding quality of this incredibly majestic ship model. You truly are a talented modeler!

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Marysville, WA
Posted by David_K on Sunday, November 20, 2016 12:25 PM

Well, she's finished.

1 Year, 11 Months ago I opened up this kit and began a long journey.  I've learned a few new things, and had some fun along the way.  It was a major undertaking, much, much longer and more elaborate than any model I've built before.

I want to thank everyone among the forum who offered insight, encouragement, and suggestions these two years.  I've said it many times; If not for the community within this forum, I couldn't have grown and learned so much about building model ships.

Cheers.

 

I wanted to get a few quick pictures, but I may likely take some more detailed shots later to share here, showcasing some of my favorite aspects, and also to discuss certain points about the project which I found particularly interesting and/or frustrating.

For my next project, I have downloaded a book on making a display case out of wood and glass for ship models.  I expect I'll be working on that for a couple months or so.

If there's any interest (and if it seems appropriate for this platform) I'd be happy to share the experience of making a display case on FSM, as well?

Thanks again to everyone for all your help!

Boom!

Dave

 

 

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Current Project:  Imai/ERTL Spanish Galleon #2

Recently Finished: Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark

Next Up:  ???

 

  • Member since
    March 2012
  • From: Marysville, WA
Posted by David_K on Friday, November 11, 2016 8:30 AM

Thanks, Kirill.

Progress is slow right now (too many other projects at the moment!)....but I think the end result will be good!

Dave

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Current Project:  Imai/ERTL Spanish Galleon #2

Recently Finished: Revell 1/96 Cutty Sark

Next Up:  ???

 

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