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About lars_opland

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  1. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thank you, Kris, So far, all I've done is turn one frigate kit into another one & get a few things painted along the way. Still making parts but will soon (soon in a relative sense) turn the corner & start building. Then comes rigging...& the crew.... Cheers, -Lars
  2. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thanks Jeff, Welcome aboard! Cheers, -Lars
  3. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thanks Stuart & All, Still finishing up deck furniture here. Wire belaying pins have been added to the mast bitts (USCGC Eagle has "fife rails" around the masts; not sure when they started calling them that), & I included the kit's beakhead bulkhead here to show where the tan part came from: ...& the parts are painted, except where they'll be glued to the decks: The Captain's day room has been painted out with Testors Radome Tan overhead, Military Brown bulkhead & this rather dark Flat Sky Blue in the privy: The lid for the (fictional) skylight was fabricated from bits of an old CD box, edges to be evened up later with an emery board: Channels are cut from .040" styrene & temporary shrouds rigged to hold them in place (under the deck rails in the Admiralty draft) while places are marked for the chain plate notches, main mast first to see how this would all go... The notches were kept to a jeweler's saw kerf at first, then the parts are re-positioned, discrepancies marked in pencil & offending holes widened only in the direction they need to go... Getting incrementally closer! Cheers, -Lars
  4. Hi Andy, I like this thread; those big Revell sub kits continue to tempt me though they aren't my usual thing, & your work on the rails is awesome. One question about that: Do you plan to add some of the wider areas as molded on the kit rails? IIRC, these can be seen in U-boat photos & appear to be foot & elbow rests for lookouts or some-such. I love what you've done with the flood port details! That's the thing about bigger scales. The "detail threshold" gets smaller as the model gets bigger, so more things need to be added to avoid an unfinished look. Around 1:32 or 1:24, hex bolts need to be hex bolts & screw heads start wanting slots.... Keep up the good work & ALWAYS have fun! Cheers, -Lars
  5. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thanks again, folks, Mike, I don't mind discussing the history or the practical aspects of sailing here at all. Sail trim & points of sail will be relevant to the rigging process here anyway. The most efficient point of sail for most vessels, regardless of rig, is the "broad reach", or sailing directly across the wind. On this point of sail, forward motion translates to increased power long before the relative movement of ship & wind brings the latter too far forward to be caught by the sails. Running straight down wind is often represented as a fast ride by ignorant authors, but a moderate wind becomes less relative wind & less power as soon as the ship begins to move, plus only the total sail area of one mast is actually exposed to the wind, so it is generally the slowest point of sail. Ships will also generally tend to "roll like pigs" when the wind is not steadying the ship by pushing from one side, which also produces far greater wear & tear on sails, cordage & spars...not to mention the incidental mal de mar. Thank you too, Sarge; just rig a snorkel & stick to the shallows...it's not like a tank has never been to sea before.... # ;^)## Cheers, -Lars
  6. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thanks Again, Will, I had heard of that one but never saw a photo before. She looks like "a real fixer-upper"! Cheers, -Lars
  7. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thanks Again, Will, I'm taking notes on these suggestions you guys have been posting. My 74 is stashed in the attic, already completed up to the point of partial standing rigging (as it has been for over 25 years...), but this info is interesting nonetheless. Cheers, -Lars
  8. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thanks Guys! Mike, thank you for all the info on razee frigates. Regarding Pellew & "Indy", any sailing ship, in any line of work, was only as good as her captain & crew. The Captain supplied the mind & resolve; the crew brought all the skill & strength that went into every maneuver & evolution. Without both, the ships were just drifting wrecks looking for a place to happen. On one of these things, anywhere up to 100 guys (or more) all had to know exactly what to do whenever the Officer of the Deck yelled "Ready about!"...or anything else. The big trading barks with their Jarvis brace winches whittled that down to about 20-25 guys but that all came later, & they were sometimes too short-handed to save themselves in a sudden wind shift. Cheers, -Lars
  9. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thank You, Roger, At the very least I'm having a lot of fun with this & possibly inspiring more such projects. There are a great many ships that could be started this way with the Lindberg frigate or any one of the USS Constitution kits out there...& did I hear aright elsewhere that Capt. Pellew's HMS Indefatigable began life as a 74? There's a razee project for a Heller L'Superbe.... Cheers, -Lars
  10. 1:147 HMS Surprise

    Thanks Again, Morty & All, Not much to share just now, but I have made a bit of progress on gun port hinges. First, some relatively stout stretched sprue was cut to uniform length with another notched cutting jig & glued against the top & bottom corners of all the closed ports on starboard side. The following evening, I made another jig, notched in 2 corners for 2 different lengths of hinge straps for the deeper top & shallower bottom door halves, & chopped a bunch of the longer ones from .010" x .020" strip. I'm doing it this way so I don't need to keep 2 sizes of such tiny bits sorted. For this detail I've resorted to the Marquardt drawings, though I'm still finding errors in them.... It just dawned on me a few days ago that there is a main mast bitt & fife rail located ahead of the mast on the gun deck, plainly visible in the draft of the sister ship & faintly visible in the L'Unite draft but nowhere to be found in Marquardt's. That's okay; the hull's not glued together yet. Anyone with the Lavery/Hunt book in hand may be able to find where Marquardt botched the hull lines, too...so scratch builders will definitely want to use the Admiralty draft for that.... Cheers, -Lars
  11. Special Hobby 1/72 Vought Vindicator

    Oh! The first rule of modeling (even more important than "Don't rush things") is: Never throw anything away! Cheers, -Lars
  12. A heads-up: The Italeri B-25 kits have fuselage shape & proportion issues; specifically, the fuselage is much too shallow & the nose pieces (all of them, in both versions) end up looking a bit odd from head-on. Monogram released a series of snap-together kits including a B-25C & a short-wing B-26 which are both quite good (in spite of some shortcuts & the snap features) & both 1:72. To convert that B-25C to a B-25G, I had to scrounge the gun nose out of an otherwise HORRIBLE Matchbox B-25 because, at the time, only the Monogram, Matchbox & Frog B-25's had even close to correct cross-sections there. The Monogram Snap-Tite B-26 remains the only game in town for that mark in any scale & it is actually better than their B-25, with nicely detailed P&W R-2800 engine fronts in the cowlings & a Martin top turret that actually has some interior detail (just grind the gunner's head out from behind the gun sight) & the raised clear stiffeners inside the turret where they belong (minor miracle). Of course, neither of these kits has been in a Monogram catalog for years.... Cheers, -Lars
  13. Thank You, Thorfinn! I'm an old modeler while this is an old model kit I heard about but don't remember ever seeing. Aurora did one of the German raider "Atlantis", IIRC, the molds for which were lost somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean...or so the story goes.... Cheers, -Lars
  14. Shell Welder Coastal Tanker 1/130

    Thank you for the trip down Memory Lane, Bill! I built the Frog kit in the mid-1960's & have a Modelcraft repop waiting in the attic. Yours is nicer than anything I expected to do with mine! Cheers, -Lars
  15. I would love to see this, Thorfinn. Any chance of getting the photos hosted at Flickr or somewhere? Cheers, -Lars