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  1. i was recommended this one and recd it at a very good price one other book i wishing to obtain is the Pandora (autonomy of a ship) but quite expensive on fleabay and other places
  2. lol refits normally are done a few years after the vessel has been in commission. she will be finished one day,i actually enjoyed the rebuild, as she looks much better, but the HMS Enterprise project has taken over, for now anyway, all my other new projects, as in new kits have been sold so my options are presently for what i have already started
  3. glad to have you along, i will catch up with the build tomorrow,
  4. updated as she is now back on the shelf, but not the shelf of doom, as i have yet another project on the go
  5. good evening everyone, good to be back and with yet another new build yes this is a kit, but the closest i will get to a scratch the kit is available in one big package, or can be ordered in 3 sections, i chose to order part one £250 + plus shipping (7.5 kg) and export duties which added about £150 on top most of the weight for part one comes from the building rig, basically a frame to hold the frames in position there are no written instructions, what is written (occasional sentence i in Chinese) a few diagrams are shown which helps, but on the jig and lot of quess work is involved , this mainly for the building jig anyone interested in following me on this build?
  6. HMS Enterprize was the lead ship of the Enterpize class of 1770. The class was designed by Sir John Williams with a gross dimensions and tons of 120’6” (gun deck), 99’6” (keel), 33’6” (beam), 11’ (depth of hold) and to carry 200,men. Armament was 24 x 9 pound guns on the upper deck, 4 x 3 pound guns on the quarter deck, and 12 swivel guns. She was ordered in January 1771, Keel laid on September 9, 1771 at Deptford, launched August 24, 1774; hulked in 1791. Twenty-seven ships composed this class. A pair of paintings of the ship by Joseph Marshall in 1775 is held by the Science Museum in Kensington and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Enterprise served as a cruiser and convoy escort. Her most notable action occurred on June 7, 1780 whilst at Gibraltar when her crew spotted six Spanish fire ships drifting into the harbour toward the fleet at anchor. A warning salvo was fired to alert the fleet and the Enterprize’s cables cut to allow the ship to drift away from the hulks and opened fire on the hulks in an attempt to sink them. The Spanish fleet lay outside the harbour for any British ships trying to escape so the British seamen boarded the small the fire ships to attach lines to away from the fleet and burn themselves out. On April 27, 1782 near the Leeward Islands she captured the 22-gun American privateer Mohawk which was later taken into Royal Navy service. Mohawk was sold in1783. Enterprize was decommissioned in May 1784 and from 1790 she served as a receiving ship and hulked in 1791. In 1806 she was taken to Deptford and broken up in 1807. Lines, profile and decoration drawings of Surprize as built can be purchased from the Royal Museums Greenwich (National Maritime Museum). The Kit CAF MODELS of Shanghai, China has created a stunning 1/48 scale Admiralty model of HMS Enterprize. Before reviewing the kit a few words about wooden sailing ship kits from Chinese producers is warranted because they are not all created equal. In 2001 China was allowed to formally join the World Trade Organization (WTO) which meant the country had to abide by international trade agreements and practices such as copyright protection. Prior to 2001, China was the largest source of counterfeit goods that focused on covered luxury goods, cosmetics, sportswear, and appliances. As a result of joining the WTO, far fewer counterfeit goods are no longer produced or available in China, but remains a problem because copying has become a way of life and normal practice for many manufacturers. This problem is endemic among many wooden model kit producers in China who readily use copyrighted drawings to produce their kits without acknowledgement or licence, and these kits are readily available on shopping websites. They will continue to do this as long as it is profitable so do not buy these unlicensed and counterfeit kits. A concerted effort by Model Ship World and the Nautical Research Guild to highlight these practices and alert model makers to the counterfeit products is having success and has gone further to lend an open and willing hand to any Chinese producers who wish to abide by the WTO and international agreements. One of these companies is CAF MODELS located in Shanghai, China. CAF MODELS first came to attention for producing unlicenced kits of French vessels from the ANCRE collection of drawings and monographs. With the help of members of the Model Ship World community, proper agreements between ANCRE and CAF MODELS are being negotiated and to CAF MODELS’ credit, has stopped selling any models based on ANCRE material until an agreement is signed. These kits will return once the agreement is finalized and signed. In the meantime, CAF MODELS has a number of original kits for sale such as HMS Enterprize, with several more under development. CAF MODELS kits are designed and manufactured by Mr. CAO Feng, or in English -- Tom Cao. Tom is an engineer by profession and used CAD to design kits from Admiralty drawings and other references. His CAD designs have become very precise and is able to detect and correct draughting errors in commercially available plans and well-known sources. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his lovely family in Shanghai in 2018 where he kindly took me to his home to show me how he designed model kits and his extensive reference library.
  7. Good evening everyone thank you for the comments dont think i have ever built anything, quite like this, yes the box art is very different to the kit, but for an OOB kit the instructions are good, the material is good, everything fits, and it is certainly a nice looking subject, would be even better if i was a half decent builder the deck fittings have had attention today, the cockpit breakwater, cabin hosing and various bits are in progress on the table, including making your own blocks
  8. good afternoon everyone between sanding priming and filling the AV hull, lets put some colour on the Dorade hawse holes, i have decided to leave in brass, rather than paint them the hull colour yet again the box art shows a difference to the kit contents, the glosst pictures show a overhang of the capping rail , unfortunately even i i did not put a overhang on they would not have fitted, so and infill was put in at the pointy end these photo def show the capping rail overhanging the hull Waterline stripe went on ok, it called for 8mm i could only get 6mm i might put a go faster one on at a later date, i bought them in 10m rolls of ebay, car pin stripes rails fitted went ok the mast, it calls for the mast to be chamfered to fit a 10mm hole in the lower deck, i decided to pin a 10mm dowel to the mast, which worked ok, it was then checked for height, and then adapting to fit the various brass bit, which took a while to get right
  9. Good evening everyone 1st and 2nd planking completed at the stern, and 90% forard i want to get the cabins in first before the front bit is completed the stern now works for me in the respect that the balcony fits and although a lots of sanding/filler in places, i am happy with it at present i am recovering the templates that make up the cabins, in a worst case scenario, i will remake them all still a lot of work required on the bow using the recovered templates where possible
  10. Good morning everyone 1st planking continues, but as i correct things, i keep removing more of the original build, so i might have a few issues getting the new to match whats left when the 2nd planking is complete, yes it would have been easier to strip it all back but hopefully i can rescue all this and get her back to pre-strip down the bow is much better than before and the stern, is now the troublesome area but the shape is right this is the most fun i have had since the last time i had fun, if how ever it does not look right, i will send her to to big model ship scrapyard in the sky, the frame will not take this much treatment again the map pins are keeping the vertical planks in place,
  11. good afternoon everyone once the deck was completed, i wanted to sort the bulkheads under the 1/4 deck. the originals were broken up and used as templates
  12. Good evening everyone well the main decking is done, and had one coat of diluted water based varnish, and is actually better than i thought and 1000% better than that previous effort i did. Next will be to work on the cabins under the decks, to allow the two upper false decks to be fitted/planked, then i can complete 2nd planking 12 years ago prior to sanding port side with supervisor checking on progress
  13. good afternoon everyone 1st planking although not ready to do this area, it needs to be got right this time, so i packed between the supports with Balsa mixed with PVA white glue whick although not perfect at this time is much better my next thing to sort was the backing for the portholes, as the wood tended to splinter and break away last time around, and is not accessible so i have just glued some ply or balsa to give a bit of extra support (might not work) and middle section secured in place, some of the smaller pieces are being salvaged and reused after being cleaned up midships deck planking i have now gone out of sequence, the first planking should continue, but it wraps around all 3 decks. which would limit access to the midships section
  14. to progress this build i need to go backwards, and basically rip her apart, i stopped building her for several reason, one of them was nothing fitted, and not because of a poor kit, another reason was, it was just the wrong kit in the first place, as I really wanted the Victory anyway thats enough of the excuses THE RIP OUT HULL REPAIR two holes needed to be sorted, one from being kicked by me, and another from being in the dustbin (yes that close to going to the great failed kevin build in the sky) the holes were made a bit bigger, reinforcements on the back and patched, they will be sanded down when the hull is sanded back
  15. might be a while, took me 7 years on the Victory lol however this is different,, as i can dedicate as much time to my builds as i see fit, without work commitments any more
  16. welcome to my restarted Amerigo here are a few pictures taken back when first started in 2008
  17. good evening everyone well im being greedy and have two builds on the go, this is the Amerigo Vespucci and Italian sail training ship that i started in 2008 and abandoned in favour of the Caldercraft HMS Victory, this hull was then relegated to shelf of doom, and has been thrown in the dustbin on a few occasions hence the holes in the hull but since finishing the Victory i have wanted to complete a fully rigged sailing vessel, i bought the Cutty Sark to do that, but then convinced myself that i ought to be doing this so if you want a bit of a giggle, offer help, or want to ask questions please do so, in return i will do regular updates so this is what sh looks like n 1925, the Regia Marina ordered two school ships to a design by General Lieutenant Francesco Rotundi of the Italian Navy Engineering Corps, inspired by the style of large late 18th century 74-cannon ships of the line (like the neapolitan ship "Monarca"). The first, the Cristoforo Colombo, was put into service in 1928 and was used by the Italian Navy until 1943. After World War II, this ship was handed over to the USSR as part of the war reparations and was shortly afterwards decommissioned.[citation needed] The second ship was the Amerigo Vespucci, built in 1930 at the (formerly Royal) Naval Shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia (Naples). She was launched on February 22, 1931,[1] and put into service in July of that year. The vessel is a full rigged three-masted steel hull 82.4 m (270 ft) long, with an overall length of 101 m (331 ft) including the bowsprit and a maximum width of 15.5 m (51 ft). She has a draught of about 7 m (23 ft) and a displacement at full load of 4146 tons. Under auxiliary diesel-electric propulsion the Amerigo Vespucci can reach 10 knots (19 km/h) and has a range of 5450 nm at 6.5 knots. The three steel masts are 50, 54 and 43 metres high, and carry sails totalling 2,824 m2 (30,400 sq ft). The Amerigo Vespucci has 26 sails – square sails, staysails, and jibs: all are traditional canvas sails. When under sail in severe sea and wind conditions she can reach 12 knots (22 km/h). The rig, some 30 km of ropes, uses only traditional hemp ropes; only the mooring lines are synthetic, to comply with port regulations. The hull is painted black with two white stripes, harking back to the two gun decks of the ships her design is based on, but she carries only two 6pdr saluting guns in pivot mountings on the deck, forward of the mainmast. The deck planks are of teak wood and must be replaced every three years. Bow and stern are decorated with intricate ornaments; she has a life-size figurehead of Amerigo Vespucci. The stern gallery is accessible only through the Captain's saloon. The standard crew of the Amerigo Vespucci is 16 officers, 70 non-commissioned officers and 190 sailors. In summer, when she embarks the midshipmen of the Naval Academy (Accademia Navale), the crew totals some 450.[citation needed] In 1964 the ship was fitted with two 4-stroke, 8-cylinder FIAT B 308 ESS diesel engines, which replaced the original 2-stroke 6-cylinder FIAT Q 426 engines. These engines generated electric power for one electric propulsion motor that produced up to about 1,471 kW (1,973 hp).[citation needed] After update works, between 2013 and 2016, the ship has been fitted with two 4-stroke, 12-cylinder MTU, 1,32 MW each diesel engine generators and two 4-stroke, 8-cylinder MTU, 760 kW each diesel engine generators,[2] and one NIDEC (Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali) electric engine.[3][4] During the same work, the ship has been fitted with new radar GEM Elettronica AN/SPS-753(V)5, new satellite antenna ORBIT AL-7103. When carrying cadets, the ship is usually steered from the manual stern rudder station, which is operated by four steering wheels with two men each. At other times, the hydraulically assisted steering on the bridge is used. Except for the anchor winch, the winches aboard are not power operated. The bridge is equipped with sophisticated modern electronic navigation instruments. Other than during World War II, the Amerigo Vespucci has been continually active. Most of her training cruises are in European waters, but she has also sailed to North and South America, and navigated the Pacific. In 2002, she undertook a voyage around the world. The Amerigo Vespucci often takes part in sailing parades and Tall Ships' Races, where she is in amicable rivalry with the Gorch Fock. When she is berthed in port, public tours of the vessel are usually offered. On 7 July 2018, Amerigo Vespucci arrived to the port of Almeria.[5] It is the third time it visited Almería:[6] the first one was in 1932,[7] and the second one was in 1989.[8] It left the city on 10 July.[9] Then it will travel to Ponta Delgada, in the Azores Islands, and it will cross the Atlantic Ocean to the Northern Europe.[10][11] Quote Edit Post Actions
  18. look what happens when o build a trawler, someone starts and build of a Oberon class boat, 8 brilliant years i had on Odin as a back aftie
  19. good evening everyone i in a position now to think about putting a primer on the hull, but been to wet and windy this weekend the mast is made up, by off centring different different strip wood to create an oval shape, it going to be tall at 97 cm long, still to be tapered off today i have brought another build back from the dead and will now also progress the Amerigo Vespucci
  20. its also very convenient for just dropping a build in there and restart another
  21. good evening everyone work on the yacht continues, the rudder post fitted, the rudder its self will be secured into position later, it will be fixed in a permanent way the structure has now been secured inside the hull, i now need to secure the deck to the sides, as i did not want to much 2 part epoxy dripping everywhere 26 holes have been put in, mainly for the scuppers and 4 hawse holes using the PE templete the scuppers were a real pain, and still need a lot of work to just get two looking the same
  22. Good morning everyone well thats game of thrones watched, we thouroughly enjoyed it all 8 seasons, so now hope to spend a couple extra hours a day on the build until the next boxset, possibly "Killing Eve"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_Eve made some progress on the cabin top, i am finding it much harder than anticipated to keep everything clean and new looking, and trying to keep it OOB without extra, although i would like to get some white rigging line, and the box art shows brass rings on the sails, im not sure if thats correct, these are not included as part of the kit
  23. Good evening everyone well the decking was completed, without to much fuss, and everything was the same both side, Joggling is a bit of an art, but got better as time went by then i had a fantastic idea remove the king planks sand them back and re-stain , sort the wonky nibbles out and then varnish the planking before the king plank go back on brilliant idea (actually it was a very very bad idea, just spent three hours getting them back in, they bear no resemblance to what i have been test fitting over the last few days, god i make some work for myself lol the stand is temporary for now i want to paint it a different colour to the hull which will be blue
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