Royal William Euromodel 1:72 by Vince P.

Vpirozzi

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Oh dear! I like your shipyard area. I take it that you like hunting as well as building ship models.
Great pogress on that fine old lady mate.
Yes Peglegreg, My second passion is hunting. I go all over the world. My next trip is this May to Africa.

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Hi Vince, I am really enjoying following your build, I have this kit which I bought second hand for £400. I shall wait until I have seen more of
your build before starting mine this way I can see all of the problems you have come across. one thing bothers me is all those castings ,having
looked at them I think a lot of fettaling will be required. please keep up with your great build.
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Hi Vince, I am really enjoying following your build, I have this kit which I bought second hand for £400. I shall wait until I have seen more of
your build before starting mine this way I can see all of the problems you have come across. one thing bothers me is all those castings ,having
looked at them I think a lot of fettaling will be required. please keep up with your great build.
Regards JANET
Yes Janet you are correct. Many of the castings required quite a bit of adjusting.

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Hi all,
I haven't posted any progress in a while, but more coming soon. Working on finishing the standing rigging of the mainmast. Rattling of the lower shrouds requires hundreds of clove hitches. The repetition drives me crazy and I have to take breaks. o_O

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Don't give up, Vince! Rattling is a pain but it looks good at the end... I am pressuring myself too because I came to this point with Oliver...
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Finally finished the standing rigging for the mainmast. All that is left are the lower corner main course lines which will added as the last step in the model.

I am now working on the stern lanterns and the mizzen lower shrouds and backstays.

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Hi Vince,
I notice there's gunport lids missing. Are you fitting them later ?
Spectacular model.
Hi Brian,
I always leave the lower deck guns and the lids for one of the last things. When I am accessing the hull for rigging, they get in the way and I wind up damaging them. As soon as I finish the mizzen standing rigging, they will be constructed and placed.
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The stern lanterns are constructed and mounted. I used some 0.8mm brass wire for the side brackets. The main supports came with the kit. I painted the lanterns so it looks like candle light in the windows.

Next up is to finish the mizzen shrouds and backstays.

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Finally finished the mizzen rigging and the poop deck flag. I have tied my last clove hitch on this baby. :p Other that the lower corner lines on the fore and main course, the rigging is essentially completed. That was a major project. The amount of rigging thread used, even though I am not wasteful, was at least 4 times what was supplied. It seems most kits short you on the rigging thread.

Next up is to construct and place the open gunport lids and the guns. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. A couple of months and she will be completed.

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G'day Vince, she is a beautiful model, very impressive, you have done a fantastic job with her,

best regards \john.
 

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Working on constructing the gunport doors. Made from scratch of course. There are 4 gun decks and each deck has different sized gunports.
I did not use the door hinges supplied in the kit because they are chunky and only one size is provided. Different sizes are needed for the various sizes of gunports on the 4 decks.

Hull preparation
1. I used small eyebolts and pieces of 1mm brass wire which were blackened, to make the hinges on the hull above each gunport.

2. The rain gutters are placed on those ports that require them. I bought these and blackened them as well.

Door construction
I start out on each deck with measuring the opening of the gunport in the hull.

1. A piece of 2mm thick walnut plywood is cut to size and painted dark red to match the inside of the bulwarks.

2. Planking strips are placed over the plywood to match the outside of the hull and trimmed to the correct size for the ports.

3. Hinge plates are glued to the outside of the doors and cut down eye bolts are placed for the pull open ropes. Smaller ports have 1 and larger ones have 2.

4. Pull closed ropes are attached to an eyebolt on the underside of each door. ( This is a feature that is left out of most models because of either scale size or the fact that they can't be seen easily.)

Door placement
1. The pull open ropes are attached to the hull above each port.

2. The doors are hung in the open position and the pull open ropes are secured to the eyebolts on the doors.

3. Once all of the doors are placed on each deck starting from the top, the false guns and blackened and mounted in each port.

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All of the gunports and guns are finished. I also added the spears to the transom figures.

Next up is to construct and fish the anchors, complete the course rigging lines and touch her up.

She will then be completed! Maybe 2 more weeks at most. I will have 5-1/2 years into her. :p

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