Ragusian Carrack by jack.aubrey - Marisstella - 1:59 scale

jack.aubrey

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Gentlemen,

From now on the shipyard will be closed for a while.

I believe to resume works next June, when I'll be back from Tuscany.
Here below some new photo in daylight.
Kind regards, Jack.

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Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Tomorrow is Easter and I take the opportunity to submit to all the members of this forum my warmest Easter greetings.


I also take this opportunity to inform you that today I am still "wintering" in Calci (near Pisa) but I decided, obviously together with my wife, that we will return to Cinisello (Milan) on Sunday, May 12.

So, if everything goes according to our plans and no unexpected events arise, I should resume activities on this model in the second half of May.

See you soon, Jack.
 

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Friday, June 7th, 2019 - Shipyard reopened . . .

Last week I managed to finish all the many commitments related to my return to Cinisello and then, finally, last Monday I was able to reopen the Ragusian Carrack shipyard. Because of my "trip" to Tuscany, I left in January this year, this shipyard has been closed for approx. six months and I was looking forward to being able to resume activities around this model.

First I spent Monday by fixing a mistake I made before closing the yard, an error related to a wrong shape of the vertical reinforcements in the poop area. This correction caused a nice amount of very fine walnut powder that gave me a hundred sneezes !! In fact, breathing this powder is like pulling a pinch of tobacco from the nose, a remedy, I don't know for what, used by our grandparents until 60/70 years ago.

Then I started, on Tuesday, to do new things that you can see in the photos below: a first wale, at the moment still incomplete, and five vertical reinforcements integrated with the mainmast channel. Obviously this on both sides of the hull.

Finally, today, I applied two other (still incomplete) wales from midship to the stern. The photos shown here do not contain these last details. It may seem few progresses but I can assure you that my three hours per day were full of work, without breaks or similar loss of time . . .

Cheers, Jack.

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Saturday, June 8th, 2019

The installation of all the wales in the stern area, including the mizzenmast channels, are the result of my work done between Friday and today. These details unlock the installation of the remaining vertical side reinforcements and other details . . . but tomorrow is Sunday and I have other programs to pursuit, and they don't include modeling.

Enjoy the pictures and accept my best regards, Jack.

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Friday, June 14th, 2019

This week I was not very active, however I almost finished the installation of the vertical reinforcements located in the midship/poop/stern area: now only two reinforcements are missing and then I'll move on to other activities.

Basically I have two choices for the near future:

1) continue the installation of the wales and vertical reinforcements from midship-to-bow, in practice an activity similar to the one performed in these days; in this way I would complete these details on the whole ship;

2) make a digression and prepare and install most of the poop/stern decorations and maybe even the railings of the two rear decks; a way to make life less boring.

I have to think about it; anyway, it's a matter of next week. Sincerely, Jack.

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Activities are still focused around the hull of the Carrack.

At the end I decided it was better to continue with the installation of the wales and the vertical reinforcements and this week I focused my efforts on this objective.

The most demanding activity of course was to install the wales: on Monday I installed (obviously on both sides) the upper wale while on Tuesday I installed the two others below.

Today I was able to proceed with the vertical reinforcements, something much simpler but more boring. At the moment on the side highlighted by the photos here attached there are still two of them missing, the ones that support the fore channel.

I plan to finish both sides by the end of this week.

Sincerely, Jack.

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

FINALLY I completed the installation of vertical reinforcements and the channels !!!!!!!

Here below I submit you a series of images on both sides of the hull, some with more detail.

I have now two/three days while planning the next activities, then I'll restart again. Greetings, Jack.

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Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

For more than ten days I have not provided any information on this project. In this message I try to show the results of the work I carried out in these days, work that was quite huge but with the flaw of being scarcely visible.
In practice, a lot of many very small details where the time needed to implement them was generally high, but with a practically insignificant visibility.

Apart from some details at the bow and midship area, which are also shown in the first detailed images, my work focused particularly at stern, where I started to apply the planned decorations.

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Here are highlighted the scuppers for the main deck, on the ship bulwarks. But, to consider them really finished I still have to proceed to drill the bulwark itself.

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Most of the details are concentrated in the stern, here we see a portion of the gunwale of the top poop deck seen from one side and, in figure 05, from above.

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The next images show part of the stern decorations, obtained with household means painted with coats of primer and gold polyurethane paint.

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The next tasks will still be concentrated on the other poop decorations that are still missing. For these elements the matter becomes more complex and we will talk about it in the next message when I'll finish this task.

Sincerely, Jack Aubrey.
 

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Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

I've terminated the installation of the stern decorations.

The original decorative material supplied in the Marisstella kit consists of raw laser cut pieces on a walnut wood board. These pieces, once separated from their board, must be manually carved. Unfortunately, the wood used (walnut with fairly coarse grain) proved to be absolutely unsuitable to be carved.
So this operation was terminated, in my case, miserably. In my opinion, another type of wood should have been used, such as boxwood or pearwood; perhaps the carving was successful.

Taking into account that this model should represent a generic Ragusian Carrack, therefore not a specific, named ship, I felt free to decide and improvise on these details.

I therefore resorted to my own reserve of metal decorations (accumulated over many years by building other models) and I prepared the decorations that you can see illustrated in the images that follow this script. Personally I am satisfied with the choice of these decorations, quite in synergy with the decorations in vogue of the late 16th-early 17th century.

A cordial goodbye, Jack. Aubrey

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Hallo Jack,
many thanks for all the building logs you are presenting here in our forum.

AND

we wish you all the Best and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY today

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Monday, July 15, 2019

A couple of days ago I applied a coat of oil for wood, to nourish the wood itself and highlight its colors. So I had to wait a couple of days for the oil to be completely absorbed by the wood and leave dry the model surfaces. Now the model can be manipulated again and I am providing the tree nailing of the wales and vertical reinforcements.

Below is a review of model images taken this morning in natural light. Good vision. Jack.

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Saturday 20 July 2019

In these days with the weather becoming warmer and hot, I worked around some preparatory activitoes to paint the quickwork. The varnish, according to the images of the model shown at the beginning of this log, will be black.

In order to apply the black (acrylic) paint it's necessary, however, to mask the border area which must remain wood-colored. A couple of days ago I applied a coat of matt acrylic from the lower wale to the keel, to prepare with a base coat the area to be colored. Before proceeding with the masking and painting I decided to wait a few days to make sure that the initial coat of paint is well dry and perfectly anchored to the wood.

So, as alternative task, I started to prepare the two platforms that are positioned almost at the top of the mainmast and foremast.
The material provided by the kit, this time, proved to be really good. All the pieces are laser pre-cut and are of absolute precision. Their assembly, although to be carried out with the utmost care given the fragility of some pieces, did not create any kind of problems.

The only aspect to be emphasized is that it's practically impossible, given the fragility of many pieces, to remove the burned wood. a side effect of the laser cut. For this reason the two platforms will be colored instead of left in natural wood color: their nature as pre-cut laser pieces would be too obvious and so on.
My only problem (just to speak): the choice of the color.

For today there are no images but they will arrive soon. Salutoni, Jack.
 

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Many, many thanks for your positive comments, Jack.

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Here are the images of the work done on the main top and the fore top. After the mounting, yesterday I proceeded to apply a coat of acrylic paint just to highlight that there is a little finishing work to do . . . I will see.
However it seems to me that everything is going well.
Cheers, Jack.

The main top from different viewpoints . . .
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And the fore top, just few smaller the the other . . .
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Saturday 27 July 2019

Session dedicated to painting, after a idle week due to many extra modeling commitments.
I finished coloring the tops and colored the carrack quickwork with a black paint.
The black colored area does not follow the waterline, as logic would like, but a line almost parallel to the lower wale. This is not an invention of mine but an element envisaged in this way in the project and faithfully reproduced in the photos of the finished model, images presented at the beginning of this log.
For its task I used my well tested technique by using a masking tape with the application, on the protection line, of a coat of matt paint. This before applying the final black color. With this method you generally get a perfect line, and so it was.
Now everything is drying upside down. . . .
Goodbye, Jack.

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Sunday, July 28th, 2019

:):):) Let's put the model in its usual, right asset . . . . :):):)


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