Just a brief update. After finishing the deck it is time to shape the gun ports. For this I prepared a template to give them all exactly the same shape. I use the gun cariage to check the vertical position of the port as well as an additional template strip which I use to determine the position of the lower edge of the gun port.
The first gun port trimmed.
The sides I check being perfectly vertical to the waterline. When starting the build I already positioned the ship horizontally on the waterline, not on the keel, this as the stern is deeper in the water then the stem.
Checking the shape.
Two finished, 6 to go.
It is part of the kit but I burnished it. I am thicking if I will oxidize it green but on the other hand it is a Royal yacht and I guess these gun were greatly taken care of. So second option is only to polish the royal crest, dolphins and rear so these parts will shine again.
Today again some little progress.
The gun ports on the PS side are now shaped and these can be covered with veneer on the inside.
But first I drilled the holes for the water spills. The I drill in the waterway through the hull to the top of the first plank above the whale.
As water spill pipe I dont use the kit supplied brass pipe but a silver ferrule normaly used for electric contacts. These are there in plenty sizes and I use the 1,5 mm version. This will oxidize and give the look of a lead pipe.
Secondly these have a nice concave shape fitting in the waterway.
On the outside a carving of a gargoyle will be fitted. First drilling a suitable hole in the carving and dry fitting it.
These carvings I still have to finish, this means sanding them down to proper thickness, polishing, waxing and again polishing.
There are differences in the chapman drawing and the aots drawings. The chinese kit is based mainly on the aots drawings allthough the hull lines are again based on a different drawing. So building the kit comes with some improvising. Many thx for all your comments and additions, allways welcome.