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Lindberg Captain Kidd
(a.k.a Wappen Von Hamburg) Plastic

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February 24, 2006

This is my humble bench and picture of the Wappen Von Hamburg all stressed out with all the clamps on it. I just finished gluing the hull together and got it clampped. The tool box was almost a give away at lowes—their last one and it was opened and box was very ragged. They wanted to just get rid of it. Right place right time kinda thing. My wife insisted that I get this tool box. Anyway enough of that—enjoy.
I must add that this work bench no longer exist, but now has been replaced with much more working room and two work benches. However, I will add that I had a lot of fun working in this tiny area of the room. I had no idea that this hobby would grow to what it is now.

My first workbench, it has improved since then 01

My first workbench, it has improved since then 01







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February 26, 2006

Ok, so I am posting this one for laughs. This is part of the Stern assembly, and I tell you that it took me collectively about 5 hours to get to the point that I could glue this thing on to the boat. The fit is horrible. With a lot of grinding, sanding, ect. and as you can see the overkill of clamps, I was determined not to let the ship beat me. I was determined that I was going to get this stern on here. It has alot of gaps that I am now going to have to fill with putty. But, thats ok ! It is part of the enjoyments. (and frustrations). I also broke loose one of the cannons on the lower deck and I had to fish back in there with a pair of tweezers with wet glue all over the place. Anyway—enjoy—and have a good laugh—I posted this picture for humor !!! (if ship building has an ugly side to it—I am sure that this is it Laugh.

A lot of Clamps 01 !!

A lot of Clamps 01 !!







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February 26, 2006

This is not the final—I have some tough up to do, but was exited to at least be able to get some headway on this. This has been crazy trying to get this transom done.

Painting Transom Details 01

Painting Transom Details 01







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March 09, 2006

Had time to do a lot of building—wanted to wait to get some significant building done before posting some new photos. Enjoy ! These are not the best pics I have taken. Just wanted to get something up quick.

Transom Details 01

Transom Details 01


Hull Full View 01

Hull Full View 01


Hull Full View 02

Hull Full View 02


Close up of Stem Decorations 01

Close up of Stem Decorations 01


Over all Hull View 03

Over all Hull View 03







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March 10, 2006

The next thing to tackle is the Rudder, then off to putting the Belaying Pin deck pieces on there (also deciding about the color on that too)






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March 13, 2006

I guess I took the simple route and I just could not figure out how the part should go. It seemed more natural fit to go the route I did. The instructions are not too great. Wait until you get to the upper rails (that has the Belaying Pins). Those do not fit well either and I have done a considerable amount of filing to make it fit right. It is taking me more time to do this one.






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March 13, 2006

I will be posting images soon. The main thing that I want to say here is that this model has been a real challenge to make the model worth any realism. If any aspiring modeler should try something else before attemping this ship. I am glad that I did not start with this one first. I still think that the Jolly Roger was a good first one (for me). Alot of the parts do not fit good on the Captain Kidd (Wappen Von Hamburg).
Now let me say that I have REALLY enjoyed building the WVH, because I guess I do like trying to make the most out of what I have in hand. Maybe I am expecting too much—not sure. One thing right off is that I notice that where the "Part" mates with the sprue, it is thick and hard. You really have to carve the part off the sprue and sometimes it is a guess as to figure out where the part ends and where the sprue starts and vise versa.
I have had a time with trying to get the upper railings (with the belaying pins) to fit correctly. Everyone of the railings had to be filed and sanded down in height before they would fit up against the bulwark and the inside of deck. I was and am determined to get those parts to fit like they are supposed to and I am almost finished with installing the upper railings.
The WVH kit, the deck (I can't remember now) is like 2 or 3 decks and the railings must have that Step as well. In order for the railings to seamlessly follow the stepping of the deck, then one must talent and skill to make the railings fit good. Mine is not perfect, but I have done the best that I can—this work is satisfactory to me.
There is just so much a person can do with a kit like this. Now let me say again, that I have a great fondness of this ship and I would not trade in my efforts on it—because it is the challege of the project that stirs me. It is still enjoyable and I still look forward to sitting down with this vessel of the sea and as I build it. I enjoy the imaginations of what it would have been like as this short poem describes:

"...sail on her, and plunging into the swells of that restless sea,
riding on a mysterious unmanned ship pointed to the horizon,
of which land you can not see.
You come upon a fog and you think you are in a dream,
as i look around on that unmanned ship,
I wander what it was like as a gleam"






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March 27, 2006

Here are the latest pics of the Wappen Von Hamburg´s hull. There are a few small things that I want to do before I press on. I will say that this ship has been something else to get done. I think I said that in another post about the kit being not so well. But, at anyrate, this has really been fun and a challenge. I am sure that the trained eyes here can see my mistakes. I still do not like the front of the ship with that piece that does not fit right. I might take it off and redo it. I am talking about the Gold piece that extends from the Front Bulkhead out to the Figurehead. (sorry - don´t know the tech name)

Thanks everyone for tuning in to this build—I hope that someone out there can benefit from these pics and documentation.

Detailed Deck View 01

Detailed Deck View 01


Detailed Deck View 02

Detailed Deck View 02


Detailed Deck View 03

Detailed Deck View 03


Detailed Deck View 04

Detailed Deck View 04


Detailed Deck View 05

Detailed Deck View 05


Detailed Deck View 06

Detailed Deck View 06


Detailed Deck View 07

Detailed Deck View 07


Detailed Deck View 08

Detailed Deck View 08







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March 28, 2006

Unless Testors puts out more than one Gold paint, I only used a Gold paint from Testors in that tiny bottle that they have. I am not at home, so I do not know what the stock number on that paint is. I will get that later for everybody. Well, what I do is that I shake the bottle of Gold everytime I get ready for it. The Gold "flakes" settle down to the bottom within what seems only hours of not using it. So I keep the bottle shaken up during my painting to make sure that all of the Gold flakes are going to be mixed in right.
Thanks everybody for your kind words. I guess I will get enough (whatever it takes) to tackle that bow dressing. You know, I guess I am a tad bit lazy and don´t want to fool with that part of the ship, but I guess I should cut it off and try to refit it. I will try to get a list of all the paint I used if people are interested.
BTW—on my SONY camera, I set the f stop to f8.0 and I set the exposure to like 1.3 seconds. I only had light available in my room. It was at nighttime, so I only had the light from incadescent in the room and from my Bench. I did not go thru any special method other than this. I did tack up on the wall a white paper background. I just didn´t feel like getting more involved in taking the pictures. I did use a tripod. This is absolutely a must if you are using timed exposure. Also, I used the SELF timer on the camera to make sure that I would not bump the camera while I was taking the picture.





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