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Hi all i received this infamous kit as a present from my missus (note from the title I will only be correcting those errors my megre skills and even megerer knowledge will allow) that said as I'm building just a generic ship of the line it will end up being exactly right.

I have today ordered some gold leaf for this kit as it worked so well on the La Reale and the Royal Sovriegn, I have some copper leaf and brass leaf, wish I could find some bronze leaf for the canons (does anyone know how I could colour brass leaf to look like bronze).

I know everyone will be saying get good am blocks and tackle also bin the thread and get some proper stuff, but, the missus has said keep the costs down, also I feel why spend more on am stuff than the kit cost, so will be investing in bees wax and apart from the gold leaf all else will be oob (apart from maybe some scratch building.

 
 
the molding is as exquisite as it was on the La Reale.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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looks like some beautiful detail. I keep thinking that I want to build a sailing ship. I have used a product on occasion called "Rub and Buff" metal Paints--they are an "art store" product.They are put on all kinds of materials to mimic metal finishes. they are thick and in a tube like oil paints. You apply them with a brush and then buff them to whatever level of shine that you want. they come in most all metal colors I think. Will try to find a link.

Here is one link but darn it---I don't see a "bronze"! maybe something on the color palate might work? I know--bronze is bronze. Any possibility of using a bronze paint and over-coating it with some type of satin or clear coat or maybe a flat color that will make it look more authentic as a substitute?

http://www.allartsupplies.com/item.php?articleId=3379&gclid=CJ_xp-Pt_MkCFUQdgQodRyIIgw

this is a comment from one of the ads: "Rub 'n Buff is made from imported carnauba waxes, fine metallic powders, and select pigments." I have used them and them weathered and painted over them with varnish.

I bought mine from a craft store here in the US--Michaels Arts and Crafts. I am sure they could help you with some kind of applicable product if you contacted them online? Or referred to an Art store where you live?

This is another product but it is more pricey and needs a powder to go along with it........
http://www.dickblick.com/products/schmincke-oil-bronzes/

yet another and it is much cheaper but not sure of the properties? It is available in a bronze:
http://www.dickblick.com/products/weber-permalba-artists-oil-colors/

this may be the best? it is an acrylic with real bronze powders in it. can be over-coated with varnish. cost about $15US. may be too expensive?
http://www.dickblick.com/products/lascaux-studio-bronze-acrylics/

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Thanks. For the info Ted deffo worth investigating.
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Can anyone workout my first problem(It's a biggie, wont be able to go far with this at the moment )
You would think I would have learnt with heller by now (check everything, then check it again.
 
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Hi all well I cant do much more than this(of course when the gold comes will get more done) I really am peed off though, I know from experience it will be weeks before I get the replacement hull half, stuff like this is really frustrating.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hi all well the gold leaf has arrived for this but will leave any guilding untill\if the other hull side turns up.

 

 

 
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Looks like some real nice detail.
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Hi all well the part is coming, so here is 2 nights of guilding run out of gold leaf now, will have to order some more)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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here's tonight's update 
 
 
 
 
 
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Hi all I've finished one of the rear gallerys so I thought a lot of the detail was hidden so added an oil wash to them

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That gold and blue look stunning together. I can hardly wait to see some of it assembled.
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Respect Kpnuts !! that gold looks amazing and to do the blue
as neatly as you have just makes it look all the more startling !!

The kit looks pretty good to me, the planking on the hulls looks very effective

Anyhow, good work and one to follow for sure ! [smile]

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Hi all here is my first modification

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Looks rather Pirate-ee. lol

Any news on that other hull half yet?
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Looking good Ken, do you apply some sort of adhesive to get that gold leaf to stick?
Truly astonished that Heller are sending 2 of the same hulls, it's not even a small part.
Makes you wonder if it's a honest mistake or someone's having a laugh when boxing.

PS. Great detail on the planking

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