Been a bit, just been a little slow with other stuff. Working on railing, bow section provided is a bit short so had to put in a spacer; anchor davits will hide the transition. Time for touch up paint now that the rail is on.
It has been a bit, my double vision has been quite a pain when modeling. But, it has gotten better. I cleaned my bench today to get a clear mind and started work again. Putting on rails on both sides, with my phone camera it looks a bit crappy. When trying to work with my bad vision at first I knocked a few things out (cannons) and was not careful. Once rails are done, touch up pain inboard and start on the pin rails.
Have been looking at all hermione builds and following as many as i can, i am a little ahead of you but am now waiting for a missing part but l have plenty to get on with. yours is looking very good. I am not really happy with my eyes and chainplates but will now have to live with them
Progress on the build, on my eye as well (about 50% improvement every 3 months). Pin rails are on. I was going to make the pins and not use the supplied brass, but at this scale is perhaps the definition of madness. So I just did some prime and painted the supplied brass wire (I like burnt umber for that task).
For the baseboard, I cut to length at an angle. I am ok with the look, a few gaps that will be hidden by deck gear. May do some glue sand to cover the gaps, the FWD part is a but ugly from the curve of the hull.
I am putting in the ladders (the FWD ladder is not in so it looks off) hatch cover. Then, on to cannons. And as always, touch up paint.
Working on carriages. Cleaned up barrels with a bit of scraping, and sanding.
I use Legos (bottom right) to square up the carriages.
My slop sink (best investment for a few bucks). Casey's on the shelf in a jar, two jars of water (one for dunks between, the other for a final), a brush, and cannon on end of tooth pick..ready to go. Tooth pick in the business end (I treat separate) and makes it easy to blacken.
To blacken I put the cannons in alcohol, then dip in water and repeat once and pat dry. Then use the brush (kinda soft cheap brush) to put on the Casey's, then dip water, shake off and repeat three times. Then dunk in clean water and set out to dry.
Carriage factory has been working, a push before vacation next week On the left are finishing touches (sanded down the outboard faces and put a new layer of paint, didn't like the look) before final assembly. Right is repairs, or some I took apart for a redo. The axles are copper, I used 2 part epoxy to join to the bottom and wheels of the carriage. Looking back, I should have just made some wooden dowels--easier to paint and glue. I won't finish up until after vacation. The board I use to hold the toothpicks is from a set of floor samples I had shipped when redoing my floors, never throw any wood away