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    Do you blokes remember the sratch ship Wear Ship Dave started a couple of years ago. His blog is still there, but the photos are all gone. He got to installment 7 but never finished as I recall. Well it has bothered me for a long while now that I never got to see his finished work.

    So I decided to try my own using what I could remember of Dave's method. I took the deck plans and sized them for 1/1200 (sorry guys, but I also made a 1/1000 set just in case)! I cut them out and glued them to 1/16th balsa sheet then cut them out with a xacto knife. Glued the deck pieces together then, after sanding smooth, I cut out the side plans and glued them to the sides. I had a GHQ 50 gun Centurian hull to campare with through the build.
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    Next was the deck furniture. All made with bits of plastic and paper card. The gun port hatches are also paper. Next came paint.
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    Now I had to stop to build the masts, sails and spars.
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    Old credit cards never go to waste in my shipyard!
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    Masts are done, now sails.
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    And they say I'm crazy?

    I love it!

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    Craftsmanship 100%. I love how you do masts

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    Crazy project.

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    Vol you are the master.
    Be safe
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    Vol, I do remember Dave's project and was also disappointed he never finished it. Your work is amazing! Great photos as well.

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    Vol, absolutely wonderful. I have always admired your modeling skills; it is great to see this type of project unfold.
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    I contacted Dave not too long ago. I will do so again, expressing our desire to see him return.

    He and his daughter stopped by our house once to play WoG. He presented us a plane he did as a gift. He's missed.
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    Vol, how do you do it? You have the patience and eye of a diamond cutter.

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    Well thanks everyone. I really didn't expect this response. So next step was the base.
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    Then I mounted the masts And sails.
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    Next was the standard rigging.
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    I had to leave for work at that point. When I get home in a week I'll finish the running rigging. Then I will jump back on the two Davco frigate that are waiting for rigging.

    Diamondback, if you see this I would like to ask if you have the deck plans to go with all of the side elevation plans you have posted in threads? With those I think I can make just about any ship, any size.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7eat51 View Post
    I contacted Dave not too long ago. I will do so again, expressing our desire to see him return.

    He and his daughter stopped by our house once to play WoG. He presented us a plane he did as a gift. He's missed.
    Yes I wish we could see how his Leopard turned out. I enjoyed talking with him here. I really wish all of the photos of the build in his blog weren't gone.

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    Soooooo, I guess you folks weren't interested in the rest of the build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    Yes I wish we could see how his Leopard turned out. I enjoyed talking with him here. I really wish all of the photos of the build in his blog weren't gone.
    I know. I lost a lot of pictures as well.

    Hopefully, we'll be able to bring him back to the site. He has been quite busy with his photo business.

    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    Soooooo, I guess you folks weren't interested in the rest of the build?
    By all means we're interested. The sails and rigging look great. Sue really enjoyed painting the Constitution; she did not enjoy the rigging or building aspects. I have a hard time believing I could do it; my hands just don't seem conducive to such small work.
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    Please don't stop Vol. I'm loving this thread.
    Be safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Volunteer View Post
    Soooooo, I guess you folks weren't interested in the rest of the build?
    But we are!
    We're biting our nails here, waiting for pictures of the finished ship!

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    More photos please

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    Now I'm back from sitting on a Courts Martial, I'm interested too.
    Bligh.

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    Folks, I already got back to Vol by PM, but for anyone else interested every plan I've posted comes from http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collect...eBy=collection --now that you all have my secret weapon, anybody who wants plans can get 'em if they've been scanned and posted.

    One caveat, you need to know the date of the ship you're looking for, since the RN recycled names at an alarming rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondback View Post
    Folks, I already got back to Vol by PM, but for anyone else interested every plan I've posted comes from http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collect...eBy=collection --now that you all have my secret weapon, anybody who wants plans can get 'em if they've been scanned and posted.

    One caveat, you need to know the date of the ship you're looking for, since the RN recycled names at an alarming rate.
    Thanks DB.
    That will be very useful indeed.
    Bligh.

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    Yes, thank you Diamondback. I spent some time last night looking through some of the plans. They only post one sheet at a time so it takes a bit of time to find all the decks and side profile of any one ship. I tried searches for the ship names and always got Zero. So I just resorted to scrolling through all of the pages.

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    I finally got home and finished the rigging. Here are a few pics of the finished ship. The only things on her I did not make are the anchors and the ship's boat. volsminiatures.blogspot.com
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    You have certainly made a very good job of her Vol.
    I find all these constructed models very enticing.
    Bligh.

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    You are a MASTER... very good work, congratulation Vol!

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    Impressive final product.

    Rep gun fired!

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    Thank you gentlemen.
    And big thanks to Diamondback for the link to where he gets his plans from.

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    Hi Vol,
    She is great. You have taken modeling to a new height. I stand in your shadow. Think you for showing her too us.
    Be safe
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    very nice !!

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    An incredible job on a build almost entirely from scratch. You are not just a modeler but an artist.

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    That is excellent modelling, Vol!

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