ZHL Royal Caroline Kit, scale 1/30

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Fore and aft gratings in place along with the floor boards




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Have attached the rear seats




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Over head view.



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I got this far, started attaching the thwarts and realized that all the cross seats were not going to fit, so I removed that first cross
seat and trimmed some wood off the rear side seats, see next pic.



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I think I got it worked out now, I have to fill in the rear most starboard side oar position and cut a new one between the upper
bow grating and the first seat, its not exactly ideal, but apart from re cutting all the oar positions, its the best solution. The middle seat still has to be trimmed and fitted.




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With a coat of Matt varnish, still have to fit the middle seat.



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Another view.





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An interesting find on the internet, a pic of the Royal Carolines boat, only this one has eight cross seats and four oar positions each side with the oar position exacly opposite each other, maybe from an earlier prototype.
 

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Thank you Zoly and Uwe, yes everything is supplied in the kit, including eye bolts rings and brass etched parts, also the oars, the only things I used extra was the glue and the paint, thanks for looking in guys,

best regards John.
 
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G'day John
It's looking great! I knew, you'll find a way to fix it! No one really knows now how the boat was, so I always say 'If it's looks good, leave it!'. AND IT LOOKS GREAT!
Havagooday
 

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I totally agree. The thing I like about Johns build logs is that if there is a technical part in it, he will share that bit of extra infromation and if you need more information he is quite will to spend the time doing so.

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Started adding some of the iron work,


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These are the etched brass fittings for the middle seat 469.jpg
After bending and painting black I attached them with a small dab of super glue and four brass pins




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So this will be the final lay out of the oar positions, I will fill in X and cut a new position at Z, the spacing seems OK.




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Close up view.



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The present state of the boat, still a bit to do.




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Overall view, slowly getting there.
 

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Nice work, John, as always!
I realised on Greg's kit that the oars had been manufactured with somewhath too thick blades, too thick decorations (on the original they were only painted) and that the handles were not rounded - do you intend to work on them or they will be left just like out of the box?
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Beautifull John, are you also fitting the canopy?

Regs Maarten


Thank you Maatrten for your nice comment, I'm not sure about the canopy, if I have the boat on the ship I will probably leave the canopy off, I am thinking of setting the boat up on the base next to the ship on its own stand, if I do this then I will fit the canopy,

best regards John.
 

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Nice work, John, as always!
I realised on Greg's kit that the oars had been manufactured with somewhath too thick blades, too thick decorations (on the original they were only painted) and that the handles were not rounded - do you intend to work on them or they will be left just like out of the box?
Janos

Thank you Janos for your nice comment also, you guys are too kind,,
most of the milled fittings and decorative carvings have to be cleaned up, trimmed sanded back etc, I cleaned up the carvings of the excess round the outer edges and opened up some the spaces in the carvings, and I was happy with the outcome, Maarten has gone one step further and has rounded the edges to give a more 3D effect, with the oars I will be thinning the blades and rounding the shafts and the handles, not too sure yet about the carvings on the blades, this is another reason why this kit is different, it gives you scope to put your own personal touches and input into the model, I think every photo that I have seen of this kit is different in various ways, it is a fantastic kit and if i could restart it I would approach it in a different way, for instance one of the things I would change would and most kits have this, is the Stem Stern post and the keel, none of them have any taper, I can overcome the Stern post by tapering the Rudder itself, I was thinking of tapering the Stem as well, but seeing it is of plywood and I have come so far I will probably leave it, it would have been best to do it in the begining by by scarfing a Stem and stern post and also a separate keel of Pear Wood, like I did on my Royal William, any way the main thing is as long as you enjoy what you are doing, and with this kit you just cannot help but enjoy it,

best regards John.
 

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John, this kit is really fantastic and you are doing a great job on it!
What the decorations on the oar blades are concerned I would probably decrease their height cautiously so that the pattern remains but sticks out just slightly.
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I see what you mean about the decorations on the blades, they do stand out, I am not very good at carving, and I was thinking that if I could reduce the thickness some what I might be able to retouch the carvings with a small rotary, another option is to make a few moulds of carving on the blades and recast them only thinner, then Gild the castings, thanks for your input, I just wish I could carve like you, but I will give it a try,

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G'day John
One method I was thinking to try, when Janos mentioned it to me on Monday, was to get a heavy duty aluminium foil and using a tooth pick mold arounf the carvings. Then slightly squash the foil and use that to mold a new set. Then paint it gold and stick on the blades.
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I was thinking along the same lines Greg, but I would use Plasticine to make enough copies plus a few extra ones, just in case, and then use car filler bog to make the copies, these could then be sanded down to the right thickness, gilded and maybe have a black or dark wash applied and then glued in position, the other option I was thinking about was to see if I could remove the carved decoration with a micro saw, sand it to thickness, then reglue in position, Ah food for thought.
Its nice to see all the dialogue going on between these three kits, and see the outcome of the three of them, I can see now with what Maarten is doing, and what you are planning that, we are going to have three very individual ships, I look forward to more updates,

best regards John.
 

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I was thinking along the same lines Greg, but I would use Plasticine to make enough copies plus a few extra ones, just in case, and then use car filler bog to make the copies, these could then be sanded down to the right thickness, gilded and maybe have a black or dark wash applied and then glued in position, the other option I was thinking about was to see if I could remove the carved decoration with a micro saw, sand it to thickness, then reglue in position, Ah food for thought.
Its nice to see all the dialogue going on between these three kits, and see the outcome of the three of them, I can see now with what Maarten is doing, and what you are planning that, we are going to have three very individual ships, I look forward to more updates,

best regards John.
I'm cheating! I'll will be using both of yours great models in mine.... like a morph of the two.
Havagooday
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