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The Shipyard ( Dry Dock ): Builds & Questions => Navy - Military - Battleships: => Topic started by: kpnuts on April 07, 2015, 07:13:42 pm

Title: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 07, 2015, 07:13:42 pm

Hi all well since I've nearly finished the Spits and the Lanc I thought it was time to start back on the Corvette and this little beauty that I've just taken delivery of, I must say I thought the 1/6 bikes box were huge but even they pale into insignificance when compared to this beast.
(http://i.imgur.com/fXqNvB2.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/bOp9VV7.jpg)


That said the box could be half this size


(http://i.imgur.com/9OfjTiC.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/uwxZK5Q.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/BiXRMk6.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/mmQHqt3.jpg)


The moulding detail is beautiful


(http://i.imgur.com/gGogWBi.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/kmk0xEx.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/oPlZ8DO.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/86cy8et.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/puWhrCU.jpg)


The instructions however could do with some work, one written page in english everything else is in French.


(http://i.imgur.com/ixzyIjS.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/77IOZFP.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/H4KMnpN.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/MKzla69.jpg)


and why put these on the top where they could get creased like this, if theyed been on the bottom this would not have happened
(http://i.imgur.com/XNIe46R.jpg)


Hopefully I can iron them out.


I have taken a very stupid chance and bought a very (well I think its very expensive) guilding kit just for this. I gulp, am going to try useing real gold leaf wherever the ship has gold. I have never guilded anything in my life so we will see, have I wasted my money, am I going to ruin this kit, stay tunefor the next exciting episode.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 07, 2015, 07:30:06 pm
Ooh cool. I bought four of the 1:400th scale kits for my French Tudor fleet but they were a bit small. I salute you for giving gold leaf a go.

I am sure you have thunked of it before, but pop on Youtube and see how the experts do gilding.

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: warspite on April 07, 2015, 11:24:48 pm
do you think the box is actually bigger than it really needs to be - it seems like it, i take it is going to be static as well, not much space to rc it, unless a deans mini 24ghz system could be fitted, i'd love to do a version of the heller 1:100 victory - now thats got space compared to the standard airfix 1:180 or even the hellers 1:225
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 08, 2015, 08:47:15 am
Heller probably decided to save money by not having another size box stamped/printed with the inherrant set up costs, and just went for an existing box. Several companies design their kits to a scale that fits a minimum number of boxes, Revell is a case in point with ship kits in some interesting scales!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 09, 2015, 08:25:17 pm

Well here is my first attempt at guilding.
(http://i.imgur.com/4f6xZ5Y.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/lLWYip0.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/qEvFgEQ.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/0iWck1q.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/oRo92yR.jpg)
not sure wether to do a wash to highlight the detail or not, dont know if it will kill the shine on the gold, and if I did what colour should i use.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 13, 2015, 06:16:21 pm

Hi all here is a bit of an update. I have a big problem with this kit and dont know how much further I can go with it. there is supposed to be 2 sprues number 17 and 2 number 18 but there is only 1 of each, I have emailed Heller and asked for the missing sprues to be sent but have no idea what their customer service is like I'm hopeing they will send them as the kit is useless without them and I will have to bin it otherwise. so will do what I can and hope they will send the parts sooner rather than later.
(http://i.imgur.com/B4byGNF.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/RwQmWym.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/NvpXglr.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/aFKMCZV.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/dPwY5on.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/rsl5WE4.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/thrfzJj.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/ujY4P7E.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/3pHo67c.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 13, 2015, 09:10:21 pm
I thought they had dissapeared after Airfix went belly up a few years back, so as long as they are producing the kit (Manufacturers re-release kits from time to time) they should have the sprues.

Did you buy the kit new or second hand? If the latter, it may be some time since they ran the moulds. Can you copy the parts by scratch building?
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 13, 2015, 09:24:44 pm
Hi I bought it direct from Heller in France so hopefully should get a reply

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 13, 2015, 09:27:03 pm
That is good, they then are obliged to sort out your lack of sprues.

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 13, 2015, 09:42:11 pm
I hope so as there are loads of parts on those two sprue's and yes maybe I could scratch build a couple of the bits but not all of them. There must be sixty odd bits on those two sprue's.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 15, 2015, 09:22:00 pm
Here is an update these rib bits are very confusing, doesn't help there are no english instructions for this bit.
(http://i.imgur.com/BTrCt7e.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Yj9NIXe.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Yc7NYtp.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/HTxbuEP.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/hzkzT63.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 15, 2015, 09:34:03 pm
Crikey, you have become quite the dab hand at gold leaf work. The intricacy of the build is really starting to show.

Does she come with a crew?
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 16, 2015, 06:57:12 am
Hi no mate, thank god 427 galley slaves at 1/75, that's not counting the rest of the crew, don't fancy painting that lot. Struggling with the instructions 17 written in french and one in English, I would seriously suggest anyone contemplating building this kit learns to read french first, or they may end up bald like me.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: warspite on April 16, 2015, 10:05:06 am
or type the instructions into outlook and translate - pigeon style
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 16, 2015, 06:28:44 pm
will have to look into that one, do you mean outlook as in the email prog.

I am having all sorts of problems getting rid of the loose flakey bits that you just cant seem to brush off, so I've decided to try guilding the whole part then painting over the guilding.
I've started by sizing all the parts for guilding
(http://i.imgur.com/y61bUqa.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/j6AbfUy.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/RtSEdKG.jpg)


then guilding the whole lot
(http://i.imgur.com/o4sOBba.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/YKOKtl5.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/u9isDkt.jpg)


Now painting it


(http://i.imgur.com/MKX7PuE.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Mrw5xEw.jpg)


also I decide to put a wash over some of the solid gold parts to highlight some of the detail
(http://i.imgur.com/qEvFgEQ.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/MlbrJjF.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/DEaGQQr.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: essex2visuvesi on April 16, 2015, 07:56:20 pm
Have to say the wash certainly makes a difference, really brings out the high spots and adds some nice shadowing

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 16, 2015, 09:10:17 pm
She will be a wonderful sight on the pond when complete!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 18, 2015, 03:28:55 pm

Hi all here is last nights work.
(http://i.imgur.com/uWEthgV.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/dPe2HSs.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/D8UAgr4.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/5zflCvN.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/gYz6n3r.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/5Vea0jS.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/X2wTLEI.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/xZvrSmE.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/8wxc288.jpg)

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: warspite on April 18, 2015, 04:04:30 pm
Yes the e-mail program - select the text and right click - about 2/3rds the way down is translate - just change the settings French to English.

I don't think he intents to sail her, unless it is in the bath, it looks like a static model, especially with that free board.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 18, 2015, 05:50:42 pm
That is a shame, but it will look splendid on the mantelpiece!

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 19, 2015, 06:15:25 pm

Hi all here is todays efforts
(http://i.imgur.com/uGFMXbA.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/csxqjBF.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/kGe7wlE.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/wyori3u.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/f7XpALS.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/472h0yK.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/0KhrOSX.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/S6isiRE.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/k8x24G4.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/L6SQwIq.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/mpNgElU.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/V8gyUdz.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/htGysOF.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/K0UNxm6.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/OirrFLW.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/UDuHI48.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/J5j1M0m.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 19, 2015, 08:30:03 pm
Gorgeous work! I love that blue you are using, it reminds me of the Humbrol shade.

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 19, 2015, 08:34:25 pm
Glad you like it unfortunately I won't be going much further with this unless the parts come through, I will probably end up putting itvin a dio of dry dock having a refit if the parts don't turn up, which is looking quite likely.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Brian60 on April 19, 2015, 09:12:27 pm
That's a fair sized craft. I love the gilding work especially the wash to bring out the shadows better.  Forget using Outlook for translation. If you are using google chrome as a browser it will do it automatically for you. If not the google homepage has its own translator anyway. All you need to do is copy and paste any words or paragraphs into it and it will translate- it is pretty accurate with it as well.

I'm not too sure it would make a good pond sailer though, the freeboard is much too low due to the oar ports for the slaves.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 20, 2015, 07:48:11 pm

Hi all well I've done all the flure de lys on one side (think I've gone cross eyed doing them)
(http://i.imgur.com/YsKR5nD.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/3BPk0uY.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/P74bfVh.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 21, 2015, 09:15:26 pm
Well, it was worth the eye strain as she is coming along a treat!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 22, 2015, 07:56:18 pm

Hi all good news they are sending the parts.
 here is tonight's bit
(http://i.imgur.com/KY8rVR8.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/FwmzHLw.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/JcVp615.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/IkRv78D.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Sgua2SE.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/8OxhggY.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/d5qxPFD.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/k8CKcgJ.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/FDzYTzQ.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on April 23, 2015, 07:49:45 am
Very nice indeed  :-))  I do like your gilding - well worth the time and money to produce an exceptional model.

I do hope your missing parts arrive soon.  We have a few French members here on Mayhem - I wonder if they could help being a little closer to the source?

Greg
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 23, 2015, 08:43:38 pm

Hi all well I'm afraid this is as far as I can go till the parts come so hopefully they will be here soon.
I cant glue the two boxes on yet as I would not be able to get the other cannons in so this is it for now.
(http://i.imgur.com/YaH22HD.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/weW94eG.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/V3IJN9S.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/iorZzJ6.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/S9Fx4j7.jpg?1)


(http://i.imgur.com/dpLjhL0.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 23, 2015, 11:08:56 pm
She looks brilliant! You know the owner has a few 'bob' when he has the cannon guilt!

I am pleased to hear that the missing sprues are on their way, this is a positive note for Heller.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 27, 2015, 05:00:18 pm
Emailed Heller and have been told the parts were shipped on the 23rd so hopefully not long to wait.  Still won't get much done as off on hols in a fortnight.

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 29, 2015, 07:03:25 am
The parts have arrived, also Woo hoo I just won Airfix royal sovereign off ebay so doubly happy today.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on April 29, 2015, 07:09:53 am
 :-)) :-)) :-))

Looking forward to the next steps.

Greg
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on April 30, 2015, 08:35:13 pm

Hi all well I'm back on this one again.
(http://i.imgur.com/VBjtjJ2.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/P7X2wrT.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/boCFAKL.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/oinYu3A.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/QBhE8Z6.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/mUyDT4m.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/1rm5SpN.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/FMn0fvU.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/C7g26Ra.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on April 30, 2015, 10:36:59 pm
That gun platform says 'Ceremonial' by the way the large cannon are jammed in like parked cars. That is becoming one beautiful ship. I am so glad you stayed the course and that Heller came through with the missing sprues.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 01, 2015, 08:30:17 pm

hi all here is tonights update
(http://i.imgur.com/TFQxBFM.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/nxZk3bQ.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/RPyVOLT.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/61qTyho.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/HyEfuOk.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on May 03, 2015, 05:10:40 pm
 :-)) :-)) :-))
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on May 03, 2015, 11:24:21 pm
You are doing fine KP,. The depth of the wash on that guilding is superb. She will be a treat when completed.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 05, 2015, 09:40:12 pm

Hi all another update.
(http://i.imgur.com/tR3HSiz.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/HvBs58L.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/UBi7uKe.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 06, 2015, 08:53:34 pm

Hi all here is where I am at on this now, wont get much more done as on hols soon, Yippee
(http://i.imgur.com/NHu20BE.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Ra3Olqj.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/ThJzR4T.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/209cgD1.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Apeijdm.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/z6drVv9.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/9vcoDWN.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/oJ7ogwv.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/0nRfrsy.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on May 07, 2015, 08:34:08 am
She's coming on a treat. The flags really bring the project on. I cannot wait to see the masts and rigging to go up.

Have a good break.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 08, 2015, 08:20:46 pm

Hi all well here it is last build post on this before we are on hols
(http://i.imgur.com/BNKoKQ6.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/iSCdy9B.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/p71XuYv.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/xg9JoTS.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/VSUZTiR.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/N8o2lT9.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/KxtZlLm.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/8dUQbcW.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/e4YsWnG.jpg)


just one question, the rigging thread which\that(dont know the correct word) comes with the kit is off white, is that right, as the only rigging colour I've seen is black ( or at least it looks black) I thought they used tarred rope so that would make it black
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: JimG on May 08, 2015, 09:48:38 pm
Standing rigging would be black but running rigging would be light brown. The tar used is Stockholm tar which is not oil based but is I think based on tree resin.

Jim
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Martin [Admin] on May 08, 2015, 10:06:51 pm
 
Nice!   :o

BTW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYxrbtuyNG0
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on May 08, 2015, 10:20:22 pm
She is looking so good, and so unusual too.  Love this thread   :-))
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 09, 2015, 07:48:31 pm
Love the youtube video
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 19, 2015, 09:01:46 pm

Hi all back on this one too.
(http://i.imgur.com/lrxxmTi.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/tQQr4vO.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/gUF0rx1.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/RQXEBFJ.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/iaW030x.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Hnr71J1.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 20, 2015, 08:23:27 pm

Hi all here is tonights little bit
(http://i.imgur.com/ARpizO5.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/WRJ0pba.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Hj3iYJ7.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on May 20, 2015, 09:27:38 pm
Again, mighty purty. The canopy is very ala mode:O)

crikey, you are a busy modeller, what with the Sovereign and a Heavy bomber as well.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 20, 2015, 09:32:57 pm
The lanc is a commision piece, I'm also doing a vfr 750 f.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on May 22, 2015, 12:11:22 am
Is that to fund your boat building habit!!!!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 22, 2015, 09:02:39 pm
well it does help.

Hi all I feel I'm getting there now (although this is the point at which it may get shelved (really not looking forward to the rigging) ) I'm sure you must all be getting bored of this by now.
(http://i.imgur.com/p7GbBS0.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/hTvXAyb.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/cKMi7o3.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/dPiy8rT.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/lSulWLn.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/BD4YScn.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 24, 2015, 05:09:04 pm
Well I've done a bit on the rigging no pics as you wouldn't even notice what I've done, the instructions are so complex (even though I have English versions (I think that may even make it worse)) I have an idea I've gone as far as I want with this one.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 25, 2015, 07:25:45 pm

Hi all well I know some of you more used to rigging would probably have this much work don in ten mins but this represents several hours and lots of hair pulling and certain words of a not particularily pleasant nature.
(http://i.imgur.com/X40fL7j.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/ZZaUnEG.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/2xtP1fr.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/OIZnj0V.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/L1z36tj.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/fAWl9LX.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on May 26, 2015, 11:44:57 am
It is your model mate so do as much as you want. All I will say is to take it step by step, pace yourself, be proud of the progress you have made as there is nothing there I can see that looks rubbish, so your efforts are paying off.

The Royal Sovereign may be a a little more complex to rig given the number of masts and sails etc. Here though, you will now have some experience in rigging, and a lot of it is repetition of process.

Slendid work:O)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 26, 2015, 09:20:06 pm

Hi all here is where I am now.
(http://i.imgur.com/FcrFV2P.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/fVFsJ6x.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/721xJnh.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Bm05JVT.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/cs0nR4v.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/IbvDD5B.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/U5BRbsd.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on May 26, 2015, 10:47:00 pm
Lovely!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Martin [Admin] on May 27, 2015, 10:40:55 am
 
Great job!  O0

Where are the RC oarsmen?!?
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 29, 2015, 08:55:35 pm
Hi all you may think I've given up on this but I assure you I've not, I've spent all week on the rigging (not enough to bother posting but enough to drive me insane (I don't remember all the Airfix tall ships I built giving me so much trouble), must be the destructions, hopefully some pics tomorrow. I've done some work on the Royal Sovereign and finished the Honda vfr 750 f but, by the time I've done it, it's too late to post
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 30, 2015, 04:22:41 pm

Hi all as promised here are some pics
(http://i.imgur.com/f13DoHL.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/HV2Jfup.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/BKuSGSc.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/W1WMPTp.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/CAK9JeP.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Zr54NaJ.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/AXwUp5A.jpg)


I couldnt find any gold thread to make the fringe round the canopy or the tassles at the end of the flags, so this will have to do
(http://i.imgur.com/wCGd2LP.jpg)
what swmbo dont know cant hurt her Te Hee Hee.
Now I just have to duplicate this on the other side do the rest of the rigging on the main sail then do exactly the same on the front mast and sail.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on May 30, 2015, 09:42:47 pm
Mum's the word, your secret is safe with us! Looking good, I like all the winding on the shrouds.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 31, 2015, 10:25:08 am

Hi all the flags on the main mast and the fore mast all have tassles on them, the instructions tell you to wind the gold thread round a rod or tube tie them then cut at the furthest point for the tie. well this is my best attempt out of ten
(http://i.imgur.com/XjjjWBM.jpg)
so, after hours of slaving at making a specialist tool for the job I came up with this.
(http://i.imgur.com/V14Nq5N.jpg)
yes I know it looks futuristic and exotic, and I know everyone will want one (especially at the special introductory offer of 50.00) I am expecting huge order numbers so please be patient, anyway here's how it works
(http://i.imgur.com/NQYfYxE.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/18UbJYB.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/ZXkBGvW.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/fPA65ZL.jpg)
a vast improvement on this
(http://i.imgur.com/XjjjWBM.jpg)
I think you will agree.
I will be taking orders for my new tool which I will be calling the Prongy (catchy name dont you agree) I can see lots of other useful ideas for it too hair combing, lock picking, raking the grass just to mention a few So get in first to avoid the rush.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on May 31, 2015, 10:36:03 am
Brilliant improvisation.  :-))   What model shops will be stocking them ?
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on May 31, 2015, 07:44:45 pm
Robert Dyas has a stock, and you can get a whole set of 'Prongys' including blunt cuttters and rabbit glue heating scoops!

Cheque is in the post KP :-))
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on May 31, 2015, 08:01:31 pm
Blimey it don't take long for the black market to jump on the band waggon I don't supply Robert dyas, oh well I have another invention in the pipeline, it's a round disc you can put hot or cold food on, so you don't get saw dust mixed up with it, it's made of a hard substance I'm calling hard shiney white stuff.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on May 31, 2015, 09:18:43 pm
Still watching, still enjoying.... and laughing  {-)

Nice job

Greg
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 01, 2015, 09:51:50 pm
Nah, it'll never take off (Except at Greek weddings maybe:O)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 02, 2015, 07:58:56 pm

Hi all yippee one mast and sail done.
(http://i.imgur.com/ePi4BtM.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/ZpB95T0.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/hKlusts.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Kyt3fo8.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/YCoWhaB.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/5xNxZeX.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/4nvkj21.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 02, 2015, 08:19:35 pm
Really really lovely looking ship KP! Nearly there.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 03, 2015, 07:14:42 pm

Hi all I've just realised there are 24 more tassles to make for this kit, its becoming an epic build not sure I'm not sure it will be finished in my lifetime.
(http://i.imgur.com/ov1X1JX.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/usfpYSq.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/6adsfjY.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 03, 2015, 09:41:04 pm
Unless you are 111 years old, I reckon you will get this and many other models completed before even your fingers give out.

You know how to to them, so they won't take so long to 'Tasselate'!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 05, 2015, 07:11:29 pm

I've sat down at the table 3 times tonight and done nothing, is this what it feels like to lose your mojo not felt like this before I love modeling but don't seem to have any interest when I sit down
.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on June 05, 2015, 09:14:06 pm
That happens all the time.  You get a good run of progress, then somehow run out of puff.  No worries.  Leave it be for a while and you'll soon be itching to finish her off.  Nearly there !!!!

Question:  Are there dozens of oars to go in ?  She's obviously a galley.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 05, 2015, 11:06:08 pm
I know the feeling KP. I have a squillion lorries and tanks to put together, several to finish, lots of little Turdor ships to complete but nerry a sign of the Mojo. have a rest and read a book for a few days then it will start to resurface.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 06, 2015, 08:18:54 am
Thanks guys. Yep there are 32 oars to go in.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on June 06, 2015, 08:51:20 am
Looking at the ships details on Wiki, highly interesting, it says 30 pairs of oars with six rowers per oar.
This model is undoubtedly going to be the most potentially vulnerable to damage of all time. Dusting, little fingers, even moving it.  Does look incredible though  :-))
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 06, 2015, 09:42:40 am
The blurb with the kit says 31 pairs of oars with 7 slaves to each oar, the kit comes with 32 pairs of oars so a couple of spares.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 07, 2015, 02:35:14 pm
If you have space, perhaps put it on a base so that the oars are protected from all but the most pernicious enemy attack.

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 07, 2015, 06:49:38 pm

Hi all well I'm back on it and here is todays offering
(http://i.imgur.com/9jjaUMm.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/JTBxlGY.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/tLVTc5L.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/8QJQvTe.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/iUSO1Yd.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/2sUiBnn.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/A25u3F6.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 07, 2015, 09:37:50 pm
I bet she was a riot of colour and movement when the wind blew with all those fags. Lovely work nearing completion. A baptism of rigging fire certainly!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 08, 2015, 07:40:50 pm

Hi all here is tonights episode
(http://i.imgur.com/mSJCVlh.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/WtdUFuT.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/1JcVjb6.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/Gznu2sp.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 08, 2015, 08:28:00 pm
Gets ever gorgeouser!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 09, 2015, 07:21:09 pm
Hi all thought I would have a break from the rigging so decided to do the steps, they are supposed to have hand rails but they were so fine one was snapped on the sprue and one broke cutting it off the sprue so will have to make a couple out of copper wire
(http://i.imgur.com/mrD4Nnk.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/W4dvIPv.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/X9FQ51q.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/1e79pGq.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/5uijvOg.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/GqVy71s.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/gc8OJaL.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 10, 2015, 08:19:13 pm

well this is on the back burner again
(http://i.imgur.com/Aml7fHZ.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/d1lazHZ.jpg)
as you can see from the parts list sprue 17 and 18 say 2 sprues sprue 9 and 9a are listed together with a sprue count of 2 I stupidly didnt count the number of oars on the sprues (there are 16 oars on each sprue) so the 2 on the parts list means 2 of each 9a and 9 (why didnt they list those to sprues separately or say 4 on the parts count, so now I have to go through the rigmarole of contacting heller again and waiting for the parts, this really is putting me off ever buying a heller kit again, I mean are all there kits like this, I dont think much of the're quality control if they dont even bother doing a sprue check on the contents of a kit.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on June 10, 2015, 08:28:50 pm
Oh no, not again  :((

I thought you were just about done, and a lovely job you have made of an unusual subject.  I do hope Heller come good very soon.  Send them a link to this log - it might make them appreciate you more!  :-))

Greg
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 10, 2015, 09:09:52 pm
Bloomin heck. There is nothing worse for enthusiasm than a bottleneck caused by the manufacturer. I have never heard of a kit missing so many sprues before especially from an old guard like Heller! Even if they were training packers, the trainer should have picked it up.

I hope your request for the sprues is successful.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 11, 2015, 08:26:02 pm

Hi all here is as far as i can go its the side arms for her
(http://i.imgur.com/6SfReWz.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/DbnydBx.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 13, 2015, 03:22:33 pm

Hi all was looking at this today and noticed the mast was bent.

so I thought how can I fix that and a cunning plan developed.
first break the top of the mast off then drill out a hole in the top of the mast and insert brass rod then reglue the top on
(http://i.imgur.com/7MJX6qk.jpg)



(http://i.imgur.com/NEFLjjP.jpg)



(http://i.imgur.com/X0V7o3J.jpg)



(http://i.imgur.com/rBPBRzu.jpg)



since this pic I decided I dont like the fore mast sail so have removed it was thinking of removing the main sail as well but my missus says no, what do you think would they have had one sail down and not the other or would they both be up or down.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on June 13, 2015, 04:10:13 pm
Please leave the masts and sails in place.  They look the Biz  :-))
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: tonyH on June 13, 2015, 06:29:11 pm
Hi KP,

Agreed with Bob.

If you look at the older boats on the Nile with the large lateen sail, many have 'dubious' timbers, not just the yards.

Great build by the way :-))

Tony
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on June 13, 2015, 06:50:22 pm
I have to say I quite like the sails.  They are pretty good for a plastic kit.  My only reservation is that they seem to be filled by wind from different directions, which makes the whole rig look odd to anyone who knows sails.  And the flag on the mast suggests a different direction again.  Very confusing  :o

Still a great build though, and well worth pride of place in the lounge!

Greg
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 17, 2015, 08:57:48 pm
You have a discerning wife KP. I would leave the sails and be patient while the remaining sprues arrive.

Brilliant stuff!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 24, 2015, 10:20:04 pm
Well I'm not sure what's going to happen with the La Reale I've contacted heller several times but no reply, the 32 oars I do have couldn't go all on one side said some are different so I can't put them all on one side and display it that way. Not sure I can be bothered with displaying it in dry dock being refitted (lot of work involved and I will always know she's not complete) too big to keep hanging round, maybe time to bite the bullet and stick her in the spares drawer. All I know is she's taking up valuable room, not sure the missus will let me scrap her but, I am rapidly losing interest in her.

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on June 24, 2015, 10:37:33 pm
 <:( <:( <:( and  >>:-( <*< to Heller!

Greg
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on June 25, 2015, 12:30:25 am
That is really gutting.  After all your lovely work and superb gilding.   >>:-(
So much for both quality control and customer service.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: warspite on June 25, 2015, 10:20:53 am
send them a photo and say they are stopping the completion of a quality project - they may relent once they see the work done.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 25, 2015, 10:38:58 am
Already sent some pics to them mate.

 just emailed heller explaining to the person who dealt with the parts problem last time that I am a member of several forums that this build is posted on, and that it doesn't look good on Heller's part when I can't say when the build will restart.
But I've had a great idea, I love the sleek lines of the hull, what if I put some rockets on the side and turned her into a space galleon.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 25, 2015, 07:46:03 pm
Well, that is one use for it :D I would wait for a while and see what Heller comes up with and if they don't come up with the oars etc, I really would consider getting the modelling sticks (you get a free coffee with each modelling stick purchased :-))   ) out and start wittling some:O)

If you can rig a ship, carving oars should be a doddle.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 26, 2015, 05:50:21 pm

Well I decided to have a go at making the missing parts and after 2 hrs and on my third attempt, this is what I have
(http://i.imgur.com/xTQE156.jpg)



(http://i.imgur.com/T6Oqls0.jpg)

I'm quite pleased with it, its a bit crude but when its installed I dont think it will notice too much.
I know one thing I will never buy another heller kit. its not the kits (the kwak apart) they are great kits I've loved the La Reale, its their complete ignorance I've sent 2 emails just asking would they let me know even if they are going to send the parts, not one single reply to 8 emails, now I call that down right rude. I intend to send one more email informing them that they are not the only kit manufacturer out there and if they treat all their customers the way they have treated me I wont be the only customer they loose.(since they obviously ignore emails it probably wont do any good but it will make me feel better) You don't buy model kit and expect to have to make the parts yourself. Rant over so only 15 more of these babys to make
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on June 26, 2015, 08:52:35 pm
Well done, especially in not giving up.  The oars look good.  At least you can say it was part scratch built.

Seriously though, for 109 Euro's plus shipping I would have expected someone to have at least checked the contents before mailing out.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on June 26, 2015, 09:09:47 pm
Just had a thought . . .   As you have some of the oars you could use a few to make a mould, then resin cast the extra ones you need.  At least that way they will be exact copies.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 26, 2015, 09:12:56 pm
What ever you do, the scratch built one looks very good. Kudos to your efforts mate.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 26, 2015, 09:13:41 pm
Thanks a great idea but I have no idea how to do resin moulding.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 26, 2015, 09:15:44 pm
Thanks must admit not looking forward to the other 15. I really an peed off with Heller
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 27, 2015, 08:58:17 pm
Once you have a process going, they will not take that long. You know what materials you need and their sizes, so you have a pattern and the materials so all shouls go smoothly.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on June 29, 2015, 10:17:06 pm
Hi all well thanks to some help the parts are coming.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on June 29, 2015, 10:32:36 pm
Good for you Ken.

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 11, 2015, 07:27:54 pm

hi all well I'm as happy as a frog on a lilly pad the parts have arrived an idea can finally finish this build, thanks for sticking with it and giving me the enthusiasm to keep going. Hope you will all stay to the bitter end
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on July 11, 2015, 07:55:17 pm
No worries Ken, you are nearly there. I am pleased that Heller stepped up and did the decent thing. A bit of negative publicity often helps.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on July 11, 2015, 10:29:31 pm
After all the drama, at least you have a positive result.  Can't wait to see the finished model.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 12, 2015, 03:07:59 pm

Hi all a small update, everyone was telling me the sails should not be billowing in different directions, contrary to the instructions and the fact that the sails are vac formed and can only but put on that way, I decided to make sure its right I would do the fore mast sail furled.
(http://i.imgur.com/WnQJSDB.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/8W5ioMn.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/JuxzBYw.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/GHcu5qa.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on July 12, 2015, 08:40:55 pm
That is becoming an astounding model Ken.

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on July 13, 2015, 08:23:43 am
Good call on the sails Ken, your furled sail looks very good - is it tissue or cloth?  And the whole model is going to be stunning.  I hope you have a prime site reserved for display - is there going to be a display case? I guess with the oars in place the model spreads over a pretty large area so a case would be a monster!

Greg
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 13, 2015, 03:33:01 pm
No case don't know what I will do with it when done done, probably end up in thecspares drawer depends on missus, she wouldn't let me scrap it when I lost interest in it. Nor would she let me put rockets on it and turn it into a space galleon, funny it's the first model she's really showed an interest in, personally I will just be glad to finish it (although I am altering the oars a bit). As I said once they are built I rapidly loose interest in them.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on July 13, 2015, 07:51:32 pm
It sounds like you will have to be interested in it for a little while after completion to sort out a permanent home:O)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 19, 2015, 09:54:50 am

Hi all a little update on the Reale, I thought I would try to improve the way the rowers handles are depicted.
(http://i.imgur.com/pemcH6m.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/tP1IJld.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/elDgpP9.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/3fvvl1s.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/R1r7d3n.jpg)
so, only 29 more to go
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on July 20, 2015, 09:00:31 pm
Nice! The extra work has paid dividends ken. Have you made a drilling jig to halpe speed up your hole drilling?
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 20, 2015, 09:09:23 pm
No I couldn't think of a way, I've drawn on a board a line where each hole should be and glued a stop on it, I put the oar up against the stop then make a mark with my knife where the hole should be then use the tip of the knife to make a centre mark, then drill the hole, not very efficient but I'm not a very talented modeler, that's my excuse, and I'm stocking to it.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on July 20, 2015, 09:11:40 pm
Going by the super detailing you are doing with her, methinks you are beng modest:O)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 20, 2015, 09:18:38 pm
Nope that's the only extra detail I've put on this kit. To be honest I am thinking of jacking it all in, I am running out of room so I put my scratch built mississippi sternwheeler on ebay with other kits, I recon they are all destined for the bin as no interest at all and the auction finishes on Wednesday.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on July 20, 2015, 09:55:36 pm
Please do not allow yourself to become discouraged.  It is a truly lovely model and should be displayed with pride.  As for those auctions, often it takes more than one 'session' to move something, especially if it is unusual.   :}
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 23, 2015, 08:27:53 pm
Hi all well here is an update on this build someone told me the clew? was missing, well apparently this is it (the loose flap of sail from the furled sail)in the first picture.
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[/size]I've added all the cannons now as well.[/color]
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Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on July 24, 2015, 08:20:47 pm
Bloody gorgeous Ken. I wish you well on the auctions and hope the bin does not profit in any way.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 24, 2015, 09:22:22 pm
The auctions my friend were a waste of time and a complete insult the stern wheeler went for 10.50 and the bikes went for 3.70 each I will be binning all the rest.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on July 24, 2015, 09:56:26 pm
I am very sorry to hear that Ken. 10.50! Well, I hope they know what a skilled builder put into it.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 26, 2015, 12:28:07 pm
Hi all the bloke came to collect bikes today, nice chap, was impressed with them, and insisted that I took another tenner for them.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 29, 2015, 08:20:32 pm
Hi all didn't like the oar handle, too irregular, so browsing the net I found these, they are OO gauge steps (1/87) so near enough.
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[/size]But as you can see they are too wide[/color]
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[/size]so with my guage [/color]
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[/size]I whittled them down a bit[/color]
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[/size]cut to length[/color]
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[/size]split[/color]
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[/size]and with a little bit of fettling they will all look the same now[/color]
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Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on July 31, 2015, 08:04:01 pm

Hi all, well I think I'm on the last leg of this build, this is half way there with the oars
(http://i.imgur.com/PKnOIYL.jpg)
just these left to do
(http://i.imgur.com/1UIRiHQ.jpg)
every single oar has this huge seam on it, so, only32 to sort
(http://i.imgur.com/cTkE1jh.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/iniYRla.jpg)
I really feel this is nearing the end now, once I add the oars it will be huge, no idea what I will do with it when done, I had my warspite dio in the local library, but now thats back due to the library re-utilising the areas and no longer having room for it (a polite way of saying no one was interested in it) so now I've got that back too. argh I have no room.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on August 02, 2015, 06:10:08 pm
[/size]Well I am so annoyed I thought I had some oars over and I had finished them but no, stupid idiot there are 32 PAIRS of oars, not 32 oars, now I have to order more of the steps to cut down for the handles, or I display it from one side only.[/color][/size][/font]
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Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on August 02, 2015, 10:07:36 pm
The effort of making the new oar details and cleaning all the mould lines off was worth it. Looking awesome.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on August 03, 2015, 08:37:51 am
Looking better and better!   :-)) :-))
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on August 04, 2015, 07:03:43 pm
[/size]Well I've got to do all 64 oars again, I ordered some more ladders to do the handles with ( ordered more than I needed as I could see them being usefull for other things) luckily I ordered the wrong bits.[/color][/size][/font]

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Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on August 04, 2015, 09:54:37 pm
Kudos to you Ken for making the effort to get it right. It will only add more pazazz to the finished model. I would have the mantlepiece remodelled to show the model off properly :-)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on August 05, 2015, 03:54:21 pm
Hi all well the advantage of taking my boss to have her hair done is it gives  me 5 hrs sitting in the car, so I've bought a bag of oars and glue with me so looking forward to hours of glueing oars.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on August 05, 2015, 09:55:45 pm
How did it go? 5 hours for a hair do? That is a serious head topiary.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on August 05, 2015, 10:05:10 pm
Oh it's not just hair do whilst she's there in Harrods she does a bit of shopping too, done all but four of them, that's removing the old ones and glueing the new ones on so nearly ready for painting.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on August 06, 2015, 08:22:31 pm

Hi all I've been racking my brains trying to think of a way to do the tassels round the canopy, I cant find any which match the cord I've done the flags on the mast with, so,came up with this.
take a piece of double sided tape and stick it to a piece of paper
(http://i.imgur.com/2jVBwaN.jpg)
tack that each end to a lollipop stick
(http://i.imgur.com/NCIkWZJ.jpg)
wind the gold thread round the lollipop stick
(http://i.imgur.com/RhLNrc0.jpg)
Cut along the edge
(http://i.imgur.com/Klxgb8T.jpg)
then glue in place
(http://i.imgur.com/cXkrYht.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/EA0pgcf.jpg)


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Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on August 06, 2015, 10:38:51 pm
Great idea. basically taking the way to make tassels and miniaturising it with added security.

Brill!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on August 07, 2015, 09:07:09 pm

Dun da da da,da its finished
I will post better pics tomorrow but here she is.
I few suggestions for anyone building this, don't glue the trumpets on the angels on the stern till the kit is finished( cant count the number of times I've knocked them off). do not glue the side railings on till the end they were constantly getting in the way making it difficult on numerous occasions, and most annoyingly including the rigging stage, I know you tie some of the rigging off onto it but you could always tie off to the framework some where temporarily.
other than that it is a great kit and all goes together well.

(http://i.imgur.com/wRLk78m.jpg)

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Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Bob K on August 07, 2015, 10:18:45 pm
Congratulations, looks superb. So glad you stuck the whole course.
Question:  Are the oars removable for display?  It all looks incredibly vulnerable to damage in a living room.  Beware the wife's feather duster !
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on August 08, 2015, 09:20:11 am
A friend of mine has a glass case on the floor with a boat in it that they use as a coffee table. You obviously already have a coffee table so that may not be a good idea in your case.

She has come up brilliantly Ken. Your work with gold leaf has turned what could have been a bit clunky and ordinary to the next level of brightness and detail. I love the colours that seem not to be too bright, and so reflecting reality.

I take my hat of to you sir for sticking with it as you worried us a few weeks ago when it sounded like the bin might get it!

Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: Tug-Kenny RIP on August 08, 2015, 10:02:37 am

I also take my hat to you for such persistence.  We followed you all the way.

Well done a super build.    :-))

Cheers

ken  (2)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on August 08, 2015, 11:34:17 am

Hi all here's some better pics.
(http://i.imgur.com/6hpvLsr.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/jvk1Dbt.jpg)


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(http://i.imgur.com/nLwUmJM.jpg)


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Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on August 08, 2015, 07:19:42 pm
I cannot add to my former comments Ken!
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on August 10, 2015, 11:45:29 am
Well done Ken.  A beautiful model, all the more creditable for the effort it took to get it finished.

 :-)) :-))

Greg
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on September 04, 2015, 08:48:33 pm
Hi all just a quick update,my bosses husband said he would buy the Royal Sovereign but that this was too big was talking to him the other day and mentioned the Greenwich maritime museum said they wanted it but did not have the room, but would I resubmit it next year as they are constantly changing their displays. He told me today he will buy it (no mention of price), what would I ask for I can't keep it for a year, don't have the room (incidentally i told my boss I had got the Airfix Wasa off ebay and she wants me to build that for her. Actually as I was typing this he came up they've both gone for 400.00 I am well chuffed, I'm sure I could have got more but hey, two models out of the way and money for more, still have to finish the Sovriegn, and of course, start a finish the Wasa, I love modeling
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: SailorGreg on September 04, 2015, 10:33:00 pm
 :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))

Result!   And well deserved.   O0 O0


Oh, and don't forget to show us Wasa as she grows out of that pile of plastic!
 
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on September 05, 2015, 03:19:56 pm
Brilliant Ken. I echo Greg's comment and look forward to seeing your next build.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on October 11, 2015, 10:18:02 am

Hi all well getting this one back in a sorry state, went down to feed the birds and empty the bins this morning. Rolf tried to take it to his house in frinton yesterday, didn't even get it out of the hall broke lots of oars off the anchor post lots of railings, a lot of the rigging is slack so he's busted something there as well, he thinks I will just go down with a tube of superglue and stick it all back on, not that simple a lot of the guilding was pulled off when the oars and railings came off so that will have to be redone(a real pain as lots of bits were stuck on after the guilding ) I will take some pics when I get it home.
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on October 11, 2015, 03:52:15 pm
Oh bleep :((
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on October 12, 2015, 08:02:03 pm

Ok so I've reguilded the damaged guilding and the actual damage is not as bad as I feared the worst bit being he broke one of the side arms off and I cant find it anywhere os will have to try and scratch one(those canons are tiny, maybe a stretched sprue or a matchstick in the lathe, it's also now missing one of the flags (which I also cant find) nothing I can do about that so will just touch up the paint where it was snapped off .
here is the damage.
(http://i.imgur.com/4WHVjVF.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/n0c9NGh.jpg)
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(http://i.imgur.com/zqKGbPM.jpg)
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Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on October 12, 2015, 08:42:16 pm
I am sure you will have her patched up very soon. Its a bloomin nuisance al the same >>:-(
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: kpnuts on October 18, 2015, 06:03:23 pm

Hi all well shes back to her former self (lets see if he breaks it again, I may have to charge next time)
(http://i.imgur.com/3FnJvZs.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/XOiOC64.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/tK4xYo6.jpg)
Title: Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
Post by: ballastanksian on October 18, 2015, 06:06:36 pm
If the customer broke it then he should have paid for the repairs the first time Ken!

Oh well, I am pleased to see you were able to get her repaired and in as pretty as before.