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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #75 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  :-))
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #76 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.
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #77 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.

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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #78 on: June 07, 2015, 06:49:38 pm »


Hi all well I'm back on it and here is todays offering


















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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #79 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!
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #80 on: June 08, 2015, 07:40:50 pm »


Hi all here is tonights episode









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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #81 on: June 08, 2015, 08:28:00 pm »

Gets ever gorgeouser!
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #82 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


















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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #83 on: June 10, 2015, 08:19:13 pm »


well this is on the back burner again




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.
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #84 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!  :-))

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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #85 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.
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #86 on: June 11, 2015, 08:26:02 pm »


Hi all here is as far as i can go its the side arms for her



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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #87 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
















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.
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #88 on: June 13, 2015, 04:10:13 pm »

Please leave the masts and sails in place.  They look the Biz  :-))
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #89 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 :-))

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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #90 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!

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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #91 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!
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #92 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.

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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #93 on: June 24, 2015, 10:37:33 pm »

 <:( <:( <:( and  >>:-( <*< to Heller!

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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #94 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.
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #95 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.
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #96 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.
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #97 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.
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #98 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






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
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Re: Heller 1/75 La Reale De France
« Reply #99 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.
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