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Hi all I started this wit the intention of guilding it with real gold but, 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.
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Hi Ray thanks for the reply I am going to continue to build what I can on it in the hopes the parts will come I know it could be wasted work but if the parts dont come, maybe I could put it in some sort of dio in dry dock for a refit or something

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Here is an update these rib bits are very confusing, dosnt help ther are no english instructions for this bit.
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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
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then guilding the whole lot
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Now painting it
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also I decide to put a wash over some of the solid gold parts to highlight some of the detail
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That look great! The wash just makes it.

This is a really cool project. Hope the parts you need show up so you can finish it.

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Hi all well I've done all the flure de lys on one side (think I've gone cross eyed doing them)
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Hi all good news they are sending the parts.
here is tonight's bit
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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.
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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.

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Woo hoo the parts have arrived, also I just won Airfix royal sovereign off ebay

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well here is yet another update on this one, yawn.

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Hi all well I've done all the fluer de lys on the other side I recon that must be about 30,000 of them (or at least that's what it seems like).
One thing of would suggest with this kit, for any others intending to build it is either do not glue the angels on the rear of the ship or at least omit the trumpets till the model is finished as I've knocked them off numerous times and have now put them I a bag for safe keeping till I've finished the kit when I will finally glue them on (assuming I remember)

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Hi all here is where I am at on this now, wont get much more done as on hols soon, Yippee
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Hi all well here it is last build post on this before we are on hols
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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

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This is looking splendid. As to the rigging, I really have no idea, as I have no solid information on this type of ship.

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Standing lines are usually tarred, therefore black, running lines would be natural hemp bleached out so white isn't that too far off.

Cool build.

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