Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by Aussie048 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:48 pm

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Looking great mate, very nice. Looking forward to seeing you build again.

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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by Brian077 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:26 am

Hello again and thanks for the kind comments about my build.

Been working on the rigging of my model and started with the bowsprit and foremast. I discarded the kit supplied rigging thread and purchased some aftermarket stuff.
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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by Brian077 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:32 am

These are some of the kit supplied sails.

They are really quite well made and I think I will use them on my model. The only thing is the material is too stark white. I have previously dyed sail material by soaking it in tea.
Whats the advice from some of my fellow model ship builders on this topic ?
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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by janos » Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:08 am

Great work!
It is amazing how much good detail is there on these ZHL kits!
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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by neptune » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:03 am

G'day Janos, great to see you, yes these kits are really well detailed with some great looking fittings, and Brian is doing a magnificent job on the Le Requin,

best regards John.

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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by DaveC » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:17 am

Well Brian
It is difficult to say anything about your build of the Le Requin, that hasn't already been said. You are doing beautifully. So having said that, I do believe I will share a sail and canvas tarp (model railroading), coloring idea I have used. Have no pics to prove it, but it works very well. Not giving advice, just sharing.
In the navy, our coffee was very strong and black. Chief petty officers would use it to recolor their kakis when they started to fade. Remembering this later on, I used the same technique for coloring sail material. Very strong, black coffee and hot!
Let them soak for at least an hour, undisturbed. Then take and rinse them in cold water. Make sure you rinse them well. Then set them out flat to dry, or over some forms for shape.
The rinse part is very important. If you don't, everyone will be asking if you had cream and sugar with your sails. :grin: ! The scent of coffee will hang around for some time :grin: :grin:
The sails will have a very nice color of use about them. A bonus, sometimes, is a streaky effect. In the sails, not uniforms!
I am a model railroader also. I use a lot of weathering techniques for realism. In all the years, I have found that I do not like the new look! Just me. But I will also use weathering powders to get certain effects. Streaking, spotting, staining, etc.. I have discovered that with model ship building, for the most part, folks seem to like the new look. Like they just came off the ways. Especially with sailing ships. Not being critical here, just an observation.
I have also found that SOMETIMES, imperfection is perfect...or perhaps perfect lies within imperfection...hmmmm.

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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by zoly99sask » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:35 pm

Thanks Dave for the tips!!

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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by DaveC » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:16 pm

You are quite welcome.
Did I address you with the wrong name? If so, my apologies.

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Post by zoly99sask » Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:24 pm

No Dave ,you did not.

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Re: Le Requin Xebec ZHL plank on frame kit.

Post by Brian077 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:34 pm

Thank you gentlemen for the comments and Dave for the tip on Sail dying.

Been working on the ships spars this morning.
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