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  1. Wear Ship Dave's Avatar
    I've been briefly distracted by an unrelated (winged) project...

    Stay Tuned! I think (hope) interesting things are coming for my HMS Leopard!
  2. Wear Ship Dave's Avatar
    Thanks for the links and advice on the windows. I really don't like how they look right now, and set the project aside for a few days while I handle a brief press of real life work.

    I've got about five more days of working for a living, then I'll have some more time for hobby stuff until the next bought of real work needs to be done.
  3. Devsdoc's Avatar
    Please Dave,
    Add more to your ship. It will keep Vol quiet and happy. So he will not take it out on me. By the way, GET YOUR FINGER OUT AND WORK
    Be safe
    Rory
  4. Volunteer's Avatar
    Hello Dave. Haven't seen anything for six days. I'm going through bad modeler's withdrawal. Please give me a fix! More Leopard, more Leopard! (he chants while banging right shoe on desk!)
    Regards,
    Vol
  5. Devsdoc's Avatar
    Dave,
    Love the work. I would drill out the windows and add dark blue and/or green in them (reflation of the water on the glass) and dry brush the rest of the stern, adding lines etc after if you wish. Vol is going to hate me! I would look at his blog on masts.
    Be safe and thank you
    Rory
  6. Volunteer's Avatar
    Hi Dave. I'm on an actual computer now instead of my cell phone, so I can paste you a link to my mast building tutorial. I'm not suggesting you should use anything from it, just want to share back and forth. I'm learning a lot from you.
    http://volsminiatures.blogspot.com/2...hip-masts.html

    Regards,
    Vol
  7. Wear Ship Dave's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer
    Did you check out the TMP?
    Only briefly. I've had a busy schedule for the past few days. Hope to dive into it in detail sometime in the next couple of days.
  8. Volunteer's Avatar
    Hi Dave. You build your masts somewhat like I do. It is one task I enjoy, as opposed to making ratlines which I don't. I like the clay idea. I have been using small blocks of wood with holes drilled to hold the masts while I work on them.
    Did you check out the TMP?

    Regards,
    Vol
  9. Wear Ship Dave's Avatar
    Decals on the planes over on the air side of things make a great deal of sense. Especially with the complex camouflages and schemes that were used.

    Full decals might be a bit dicey on something like this. Because the hull is shaped by hand (with sand paper) it isn't truly uniform like a Shapeways model. Anytime you decal complex curves, things can get tricky. Now, if you apply your decals in pieces, you might be able to pull it off.

    The windows are decals here, but at such a small scale as this, detail just vanishes when you make the decal. They look good on the computer screen when I am building them, but viewing 50 times the real size...

    I think the answer for the windows will be creating much less detailed decals and choosing a different color to simulate the panes of glass. Also, perhaps make some of the details much larger than the actual scale. The white jumps out too much, in my opinion.

    I've got 9 hours of shooting football (handegg) action photos tomorrow. Plenty of time to let my brain wander around some possibly better options.
  10. 7eat51's Avatar
    That's all you had time for today? Incredible.

    Folks are using decals quite a bit on the 'Drome to do the entire plane. Do you think side and rear decals that cover the entire sides and rear would work?

    Personally, I think she is looking great.
  11. Wear Ship Dave's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Devsdoc
    Dave,
    I'm late to your blog. Thanks Vol, for telling me about it. This is blowing me away. thanks dave
    Be safe
    Rory
    I'm glad that you're enjoying it! It's a big learning experience for me as well.
  12. Devsdoc's Avatar
    Dave,
    I'm late to your blog. Thanks Vol, for telling me about it. This is blowing me away. thanks dave
    Be safe
    Rory
  13. Wear Ship Dave's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer
    Looking good Dave. I don't see the hole for the main in the quarter deck?
    Unless I have read the plan sheets incorrectly, the main mast is just forward of the quarter deck, on the upper gun deck. I'll take a closer look, it isn't too late to correct, if I made a mistake.

    Thanks for the TMP info. I will check that out!
  14. Volunteer's Avatar
    Looking good Dave. I don't see the hole for the main in the quarter deck?

    Just read yor response on page 5. TMP is The Miniatures Page. In the message boards there is a Napoleonic board. Sub-boards include Napoleonic Naval Discussion and Napoleonic Naval Painting Guide. Several of us post our work there and hold interesting discussions. On the main page menues to the left you will find the links to the message boards and to Workbench articles. I posted an article a year or so ago about constructing 1:1200 scale Napoleonic ships. I think this would be an ideal forum for your Leopard build. You will also find just about everything about all genra of miniatures, gaming, modeling, vendors, manufacturers, etc. Anything you could possibly dream of on this site. Check it out, it's free to join.
    Regards,
    Vol
    Updated 09-19-2013 at 23:53 by Volunteer
  15. Wear Ship Dave's Avatar
    But man those cannons are fiddly! I just finished installing them, spent a lot of time holding my breath while trying to maneuver them into position!

    I'll post a new update later this evening.
  16. 7eat51's Avatar
    The cannons are something else. Very impressive.

    I wouldn't worry too much about traffic right now. There doesn't seem to be but 10 or so folks actively on the site these days. Once the game is in our hands, more will see. It's good that you started a thread pointing to the blog. If you desire, let me know and I will help you convert this to a How To article. I am confident there will be members who would download it and give it a try. Thank you for your offer on sending files.

    I am looking forward to your next entry.
  17. Wear Ship Dave's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer
    I bow to the Master Modeler! She is beautiful. I am really looking forward to this build Dave. Any particular reason for using the blog function for this site rather than thy Chippy Shop board? I started a blog here but had very few looks. Just wondering. You should submit this build as a Workbench article on TMP.
    Regards,
    Vol
    Thanks!

    Well, I ran this as a blog because I wanted to include a lot of "How To" tips, and thought that the blog format would be better for that... Plus, since I planned to include a lot of pictures, I thought that the blog format would mitigate the long thread load times. Imagine opening a thread with 50 images per page of posts. At least this way, the page loads are in smaller pieces and once past a particular entry, you no longer have to load every image every time you want to see the last comment.

    You're right that the blog gets very few views. I suspect that few folks really know that it is even here.

    I think, a little later today, I will start a thread in the Chippy Shop with just a few sample photos and links to the blog pages for folks who want to see more.

    On another note, what is TMP? I've been out of the modeling hobby for quite a number of years until just recently. I'm not certain what TMP is.
  18. Cmmdre's Avatar
    Amazing David. A real fascinating build that looks excellent so far.
  19. Volunteer's Avatar
    I bow to the Master Modeler! She is beautiful. I am really looking forward to this build Dave. Any particular reason for using the blog function for this site rather than thy Chippy Shop board? I started a blog here but had very few looks. Just wondering. You should submit this build as a Workbench article on TMP.
    Regards,
    Vol
  20. Wear Ship Dave's Avatar
    Thanks!

    Honestly, I had my own doubts when I started. Working in this scale is really problematic, but i'm pretty pleased with the results so far. I'm really left with the windows at the stern of the ship as the last big hurdle. (I hope)
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