HMS Royal Caroline kit ZHL 1/30

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After the top rail I prepared the bottom rail and made a start with the pillars.
Al these parts are cnc carved from boxwood and I shaped, steamed and bend them into shape followed by dye them with black ecoline.
The bottom rail was again scraped to create a boxwood line in the middle before finally beewax and polish them.
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The pillars is the next step. To fit the I removed parts of the lower rail and in the rear of the pillars to create a robust connection between the two.
Dry fitting below
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These will be colored black with ink also, except for the carvings.
Now it is time for the middle rail which is most difficult as it needs to be bended and twisted to create a perfect fit. But that is next time.
As all rails are fitted I will add extra boxwood pillars on the inside to enclosed the rail, this as the kit provided pillars are to thin and fragile.
 

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Now that is going to look very tasty indeed Maarten :cool: Excellent work.Does the kit include any framing that goes behind the vertical carvings?I ask because Panart's offering has the whole lot levitatingROTF

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Hi Nigel, Don, thx for your comments.
No in the kit there is no frame work provided, I will make this myself from boxwood to support the inside of the carvings and the rails.
 

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i've yet to go through your log, but in a nutshell, i'm probably nuts, but the reason i tended to avoid the caroline, was intuitively i felt that the back half of the ship should have been a bit higher...should have had a bit more shear moving up towards the stern compared to the bow section.....that is, when i looked at photos of the two available kits online....didn't feel balanced.....sorry if this sounds like nonsense.....cheers to you.........
 

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I changed it in my model actually, I raised the stern with approximately 1 cm to give is slightly more shear then the standard kit had and it worked fine for me. For these I used the drawings from the Anatomy of the the ship book on royal caroline. It is mentioned in my blog too.
 

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This evening I finally had the change of finishing my 1st putty carving. As the family is watching The Voice I am joining them with my portible carving workshop on my lab in the livingroom.
Below I combined all pictures of working to the end result as they are spread by now over the last 4 or 5 pages of my blog.
1st starting with a piece of boxwood in proper size and draw the outlines. (Sorry Jim, pictures I will turn later when not working from my phone :) )
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Then saw the rough outlines.
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The start with a course rotary milling bit to setup the proper shapes.
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The cutting with surgical blades the reduce the size, you start with a shape larger the the end result as you can only remove material and not add.
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Then the fine diamond bits can be used in combination with surgical blades to bring details into the carving.
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The most difficult is a human face. Because the correct proportions are planted in our brains, one mistake and you notice it. The carving is ok if your phone camera recognizes a face in it and focusses on it. Starting the face and hair.
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As the face is only a few milimeters working on it I only do with the tip of a surgical blade.
Cutting the face contours.
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After lots of fine tuning of the face
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And the final result after a lot of trimming etc etc etc and a layer of beewax.
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And this is how he will finally fit on the bow holding the crown of the queen. Alone? Nooooooo i have to cut another one for the SB side.
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Hope you get an idea and start your own carvings it enriches your kit model and it is easier then you think.
 

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wonderful job maarten!!....yer getting my juices going again.....you have no idea how much your raised stern has resolved something that has bothered me in the back of my mind for many many years......and now, that kit is a consideration if i think i'll live long enough haha....will have to check with the doctor first....:)....
oh....and your photography and documentation is superb...never saw anything like it.........cheers........
 

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That is a very nice piece of carving Maarten.One thing I found very useful when it comes to carving Heads/Faces is reading online articles regarding portrait painting.There is a standard proportional relationship between all the human features which once you grasp does help quite a lot.Your carving's face though does look spot on Thumbsup

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This evening I finally had the change of finishing my 1st putty carving. As the family is watching The Voice I am joining them with my portible carving workshop on my lab in the livingroom.
Below I combined all pictures of working to the end result as they are spread by now over the last 4 or 5 pages of my blog.
1st starting with a piece of boxwood in proper size and draw the outlines. (Sorry Jim, pictures I will turn later when not working from my phone :) )
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Then saw the rough outlines.
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The start with a course rotary milling bit to setup the proper shapes.
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The cutting with surgical blades the reduce the size, you start with a shape larger the the end result as you can only remove material and not add.
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Then the fine diamond bits can be used in combination with surgical blades to bring details into the carving.
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The most difficult is a human face. Because the correct proportions are planted in our brains, one mistake and you notice it. The carving is ok if your phone camera recognizes a face in it and focusses on it. Starting the face and hair.
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As the face is only a few milimeters working on it I only do with the tip of a surgical blade.
Cutting the face contours.
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After lots of fine tuning of the face
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And the final result after a lot of trimming etc etc etc and a layer of beewax.
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And this is how he will finally fit on the bow holding the crown of the queen. Alone? Nooooooo i have to cut another one for the SB side.
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Hope you get an idea and start your own carvings it enriches your kit model and it is easier then you think.
This is absolutely stunning. I gave up carving long time ago. Just can't do it. But what you've done here is unbelievable. Thanks.
 

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Finally the work on the ps side railings are finished. All are colored with ecoline and finished with oil.
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The vertical carvings I resized on the rear side with pear strips to create the proper dimensions.
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The SB side will be much more simple as it will be mainly a mirror image copy paste.
 

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Time for the last figure head carving. This is a larger angel which is helding the crown together with the previous carved putty. The angel is wrapped in a cloth over his lap which is swirling around his body.
As a basis for t he carving I used the kit provided 2D which I doubled with boxwood to make it a full 3D statue.
First the basis the right side is added boxwood to create the angel on the left side of the queen.
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The original kit provided side.
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Setting the outlines
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Shaping his belly and face, a full six pack :).
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Shaping a wing and the cloth.
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The rough shapes are set, fine tuning begins mainly with a very fine surgical blade.
The haircut and ear.
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Finishing the kit side, which is fully reshaped.
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Going to the hairdresser, a decent roman haircut.
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Giving the guy his muscles in his legs, for this I look at classical roman statues as a good example. His left leg will be partly as this fits into the dress of the queen behind which he stands.
His right arm I will add, with this in place I was not able to cut the face. Compared to my hand you get an idea of size.
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The hand, arm and legs and foot are still under construction. Hopefully before years end I will finish it.
Then it will be polished and beewaxed.

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brate Christmas, have a wonderfull Christmas and an even better 2020.
 
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