this is my first ship with metal castings. Most of the castings are okay, but when you go really close you find a lot of imperfections. I use a hammer and vise to bring the castings in the shape I want. The most difficult pieces have been the vertical decorations of the bow section. These parts needed to be reformed completely as my bow area is looking different than in the model.
also intersting were the gunports in the bulwarks. I opened the vise as much as possible so the edges of the gunport was just touching it. Then I was taking a thin screwdriver (was not able to find something else which was strong and thin enough) and placed it in the middle. Just hammered on it thill I got the radius of the gunport I wanted.
some real construction also happened at my yard.
I continued with the decoration below the galleries and stumbled about a huge problem: The decorations are too big for the gap I had between the wales. After some thought I came to the solution that I mill out the shape of the decorations on the upper wale.
I really like the look of it and it is worth the extra effort.
Also started with 2 hinges, because they will be hard to install after installing of the gallery support.