Mamoli Royal Louis after 100 hours

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Mamoli Royal Louis after 100 hours

Postby GaryM » Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:53 am

I started the Royal Louis at the beginning of the month. I have 75 hours invested at this point. This is an interesting kit from Mamoli that has some nice features and some not so good. The extra frames that hold the portals where the cannons are placed, is a nice feature. However, this will make planking, sanding and getting a smooth hull a lot harder between them. Their illustrations are not that well done and it takes a lot to decipher what they are trying to tell you. Overall, I have seen a few errors already. For example: they specifically say that you are to plank the main deck between frame 2 and 6. It is OK to end the planks on frame 2 since the front will have a wall at that location but planking will need to go past frame 6 and cover all the main deck. This is never mentioned in the plans. After being so specific in the frames, next they say to plank from 12 to the stern. This is an error and planking needs to stop at frame 20. Beware, this is and advanced model and must be approached with utmost care as there are many way to make some very bad error. This is a scale of 1:90 and I believe that it would have made a nicer model if it was in 1:72. The detail that they try to incorporate would look better and would be less likely to be lost once this is in a case.
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Re: Momoli Royal Louis after 75 hours

Postby popeye » Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:09 pm

well.....I guess this answers my question.......your next conquest! ;-) ;-)

is this the reason for the different hues in the planking? ....very nice, by the way. you must have had to fare the frame before the gun ports were put in. it's a very nice start.......I will follow with great interest :D
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Re: Mamoli Royal Louis after 75 hours

Postby GaryM » Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:51 am

Hello popeye, thanks for looking in.
Since the frames are close together and fit pretty well, plus this being a 1780 vessel (more streamline than earlier vessels), not much was needed to get frames fared and shaped for planking. Knowing how kits are, they usually send just enough wood to make the parts if you plan every piece of wood right. Therefore, I used lighter spare wood that I have in my stockpile for the back part of the deck where there will not be enough light to tell a different color was used. Thus, if I make a mistake or would have ran a little short, I will not have to worry out running out of wood.
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Re: Momoli Royal Louis after 75 hours

Postby Anguirel » Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:24 pm

Hi GaryM,

How many models are you doing at the same time?
I was wandering about the different hues too, at first it looked like it was double planking the deck.
How difficult was to place the portals in the right place?

Looking forward to the next update...
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Re: Mamoli Royal Louis after 75 hours

Postby GaryM » Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:03 am

I am only doing one model at a time. Trying to do more than one, with doing the research, figuring out what the plans and instructions are saying and trying to get it all right is enough. Any more would likely lead to confusion and mistakes. I make enough of those on my own without even trying. :)
The frames have a slot where the portals go, but they are mostly to thin and require a tiny file to open up. Some are tight and a modeler hammer can be used to tap it into place. Almost all of the arm that goes into the frame had minor amounts of flash that could be removed easily before putting into place. Still, with over 80 needed, it took several hours to clean the flash, file the hole or jam it in the portal. It is very soft metal, so you can only hit it lightly not to deform the flange that fits in the slot.
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Re: Momoli Royal Louis after 75 hours

Postby popeye » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:39 am

with the thought you put into your builds Gary......it's no wonder......all that research, you would definitely be like a one armed paper hanger :lol: :lol:
your off to a very good start.......going to be quite a job planking with all those gun ports...very nice!
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Re: Momoli Royal Louis after 75 hours

Postby jct » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:57 am

Hi Gary,
I'll also follow with interest, if this build turns out as well as your Le Soleil Royal you'll have another masterpiece on your hands!
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Re: Mamoli Royal Louis after 75 hours

Postby GaryM » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:37 am

Thank you both. I do not know if they have improved this model since laser cutting became normal. Mine was CNC but the new one says it has laser cut bulkheads and keel. I do not think that this would have made them any better since mine fit pretty tightly and the decks are precise cut and help make the 90 degree angle stay correct.
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Re: Momoli Royal Louis after 75 hours

Postby odenjs » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:22 pm

Hi, man your deck looks fantastic. I wished mine looked as good. My second try is a lot better and I hope when I seal it, it will look better than I think. Excellent job! :greetings-clapyellow:
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Re: Mamoli Royal Louis after 75 hours

Postby GaryM » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:48 pm

Thanks Jerry. Sealing it does bring out the richness of the wood. By the way, this is a hobby that improves with each build. You never stop learning. You don't realize your improving until you look at your last complete model and compare it to your current work.
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