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  1. Scratch Building HMS Leopard Part 5

    Initial Painting and The Cannon Foundry

    Today, I gave the ship some color. I started with three coats of acrylic floor finish to seal the balsa a little. Then a couple coats of black on the hull, a light tan on the decks, and a medium brown on the inside of the rails. I cut some hatch covers/grates from card stock and glued them in place, giving them the medium brown color.

    I still need to add the yellow bands on the hull, maybe tomorrow.

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    Updated 09-17-2013 at 21:17 by Wear Ship Dave

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  2. Scratch Building HMS Leopard Part 4

    Adding the Rail and some Detail

    I had a few minutes to spare this afternoon. I wasn't liking the strip of card stock that I added to the bow of the ship. It was too square... So I put a new blade into the X-Acto knife and went to work. (I wanted a REALLY sharp blade)

    Very important to draw the blade through the paper here, let the edge of the blade "saw" through it on a microscopic level. If you try to just push the blade through the paper, it will tear ...

    Updated 09-16-2013 at 23:34 by Wear Ship Dave

  3. Scratch building HMS Leopard, Part 3

    Hull Construction
    I started by choosing a couple of points that I could precisely locate that also passed through all of the decks I am using for reference.

    The purpose? To align the decks correctly, one above the next.

    Points chosen, I used a basic hat pin to pierce each deck in the correct location. You'll see that I have a lump of modeling clay underneath my deck shape. This supports the card stock shape and makes it much easier to push the pin through ...
  4. Scratch building HMS Leopard, Part 2

    Ok, so we have our ship selected and plans acquired. Now we have to convert the plans into something that we can use.

    First step is to turn the top down half view of the decks into a full view.

    Simple as cloning the layer and then flipping it to get a mirror image and then combining them in PhotoShop...

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    Next, I sized it to fit on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper and printed it out.

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    Updated 09-13-2013 at 16:57 by Wear Ship Dave

  5. My attempt at scratch building HMS Leopard

    12 September, 2013

    Today I pre-ordered the Sails of Glory Starter Pack.

    I'm excited and greatly looking forward to getting my hands on the game and the ship models. I'm a model builder at heart, but I do not own any ship models. While 1:1200 scale ships are available, SoG will be using ships scaled a bit larger at 1:1000... What to do!?

    I wonder how hard it would be to scratch build a ship...

    I began by searching the internet for ...

    Updated 09-12-2013 at 20:49 by Wear Ship Dave