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    I will start off this month with my How to on a Victorian Pre Dreadnought.
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    The kit.
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    I start building the Bridge and upper foredeck.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Next job was opening up all the holes for fittings.

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    and trial testing the parts for fit and the easiest order for assembly.

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    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Working on a digital model for a Sails storage case. Bligh, if you'd check your email you'd have already seen these...

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    Starting with a mockup "mini" in Sketchup, based on Victory's dimensions but rather simplified. Also starting to define the socket for the base.

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    At this point the base socket is mostly defined--I need to check if Ocean bows project past the end of the base and adjust accordingly if so.

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    Here we have the main case's base socket fully defined, and have started to build out the case by adding a space for the maneuver deck.

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    We've added a spacer block under the jib, and are starting to rough out the "box" around the masts. Note that the masts will "free float" in this space, the entire ship is held in place by the pin joining it to the base.

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    At this stage we're starting to build out the "sail box" around the masts.

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    Finished render of the preliminary concept. The "windowpane" that goes over the ship isn't rendered, nor the lip that locks the base's starboard side in place (attached to the window) or the outer framing. If I was going to make this a "travel size game" complete kit, I'd do it with one side holding two ships, and the other just a box for the rulebook, rulers and chits.
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    Very interesting seeing how you build up your three D image DB.
    This sort of design work was just coming in when I retired, but it looks as if the design process has been refined a lot since my day. I will follow your design with interest.
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    Each wall section in that render is 1mm thick, with 1mm "air gaps" between the walls and the mini/base.

    I'm toying with the idea of making each of these an "insert module" with an entire line of outer cases so if you had the entire collection racked up for display but wanted to pack down a travel-size game to take with you, you'd just pull two ship cells out of their cases and rack them into one side of a smaller case, slot a box with your rulebook, rulers and damage bags in the other, close and latch and you're ready to go.
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    Now the undercoat.

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    Next the hull got a coat of black and whilst that was drying I did the funnels in Buff.

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    Rob.
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    Starting to come together beautifully, Rob--not sure how accurate she is, but to my untrained eye looks very believable.
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    The deck is a bit too light now dry. It should be about half way between the colour it is and the Funnels.

    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    She's looking great! Which Victorian battleship is she?

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    I am afraid that I am not at liberty to say at the moment Dobbs. All I can tell you is that it will be revealed in time.
    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Now getting all the ancilliary parts painted.
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    Gluing in the Stubs of the masts and the Ventilators.
    Much easier to place before the Funnels go in.

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    Finally for today the Funnels, sea boats, and guns.
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    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    The next job was to silver solder wire together to make the two detatchable topmasts.
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    Here they are painted and ready with the searchlight platforms added.

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    Just the rigging and bunting to add now.
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    Ship completed with detachable upper masts for ease of storage.

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    Here she is at last all masted rigged and ship shape fashion.

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    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    A few shots of the ship in action.


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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    It's a beautiful little ship, Rob. Which Old Glory miniature is it? Is it still available?

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    I honestly can't remember Dobbs.
    I will see if I have the old packaging anywhere.
    It has also been slightly modified by me to fit my own needs.
    The Bridge and aft control position s have been slightly heightened and the masts modified to take the searchlights.
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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Not the most impressive piece of work that I have included here but one which I fancy will appear in several forthcoming AARs.

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    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    The production of the Clacks gets underway.

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    Based and undercoated.


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    Painting underway.

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    Placed on its headland and just waiting to be fixed in place and shaded.

    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Here is a bit of background for the interested.


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    Semaphore towers by Brigade models in 6mm.


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    Your basic signalling code.

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    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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    Here is the tower in real life in Surrey.


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    Rob.
    The Business of the commander-in-chief is first to bring an enemy fleet to battle on the most advantageous terms to himself, (I mean that of laying his ships close on board the enemy, as expeditiously as possible); and secondly to continue them there until the business is decided.

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