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Scratchbuilding the Alvares Cabral
skipper
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 01:26 PM UTC
Here''s a mix of photo report/description of my first real ship scratchbuilt project.
Enjoy,
Rui (aka Skipper)

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 02:53 PM UTC
Awesome build Rui!

later...Gator
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 08:33 PM UTC
You would expect the expert to produce an expert build and this is exactly what Rui has done, and a wonderful text to go with it.

Also like the cat juxtaposed to underline the scale.

Peter F
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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 09:55 PM UTC
Bravo Zulu, Mr. Matos, you nailed this one, mate........great build, great feature, thanks for sharing the experience!
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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 12:10 AM UTC
Thanks guys
I would recommend one of this scratchbuilding adventures to everyone - just pick your theme, get references and go!
:)
Surely this will not be last one

Cheers,
Skipper
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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 12:28 AM UTC
Skipper,

That is such a great looking ship. Like I had said before, it is hard to believe it is that small. It is so loaded with detail. Beautiful build and again, thanks for sharing!

MartinJQuinn
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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 04:35 AM UTC
Nice build!!
jba
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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 06:24 AM UTC

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- Refrain your motivation on scratchbuilding and attaching parts: remember you have to paint and weather it;



hey come on Rui, you can always use a small muzzled airbrush!


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- Scratchbuilding is Fun!



No it isn't but the result is immensely fulfilling !!

Great build, great article, congratulations Rui!
JB
MikeM
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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 10:11 AM UTC
Great build and a thorough article Rui, top job!

Mike
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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 04:47 AM UTC
Hi Skipper,

Amazing stuff, always facinated how you folks work in such a small scale I can barely manage 1/35. Boat looks excellent, great work.

Al
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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 04:17 PM UTC
Congratulations Rui!

Modelling ships in 700th scale is a difficult prospect at best... you had to go and raise the bar by scratchbuilding yourself a stand out of a ship. Your modelling skills are first class, fabricating, photo-etch and painting... all flawless.

It would be nice to have some historical background on the ship and of its armament/ intended use. Is it still in service?

If I can suggest one minor thing, it would be to add a brass name plate on the base, possibly with the name of the ship next to the Portuguese flag. Most stores that sell award plaques can etch them at custom sizes.

Great work and thanks for sharing it with us,

Frank
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008 - 12:46 AM UTC

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It would be nice to have some historical background on the ship and of its armament/ intended use. Is it still in service?

Frank



Oops!!
I hadn't copied/paste that part of the text - update asap
Thanks for pointing me out this and as for the congratulations, I would have made several things in another way
Thanks (also) Alan


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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008 - 05:51 AM UTC
Hi Guys

The writing is updated - THANK YOU SO MUCH FRANK
Skipper
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008 - 03:27 PM UTC

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Hi Guys

The writing is updated - THANK YOU SO MUCH FRANK
Skipper



Great read Rui. I look forward to your next build.

Frank
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Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008 - 05:24 PM UTC
Hey Skipper,

You and gunny just got me talked into doing a 1/700 build with water base and now you want us to try scratch building......I'll get brain fry for sure......LOL!

P.S. Great build skipper and great article.
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Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2008 - 08:29 AM UTC

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Hey Skipper,

You and gunny just got me talked into doing a 1/700 build with water base and now you want us to try scratch building......I'll get brain fry for sure......LOL!

P.S. Great build skipper and great article.



Hi Frank (wildspear)
I think that you should try it - not now, without stress - when you feel comfortable and confident, you will
It's a different level of scale modeling, and it doesn't mean that you will stop buying/building "branded" plastic/resin models.
It's just pushing to the next level what we usually make, when you have to build "corrected" parts

To Frank Portela
Glad you liked it - again, Thank you for reading it and pointing the missing text part (I haven't noticed it)
Cheers,
Skipper

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Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2008 - 11:46 AM UTC
Rui,

RE: NRP Alvares Cabral, wow! I mean WOW-WOW! It looks like a much larger scale, you have included so much fine detail, so well done, an awesome project. Excellent photo documenting too, really shows the progress form idea to gorgeous miniature ship! Top stuff.
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Posted: Monday, February 04, 2008 - 07:39 PM UTC
Superb job indeed and splendid and detailed article. What follows the Alvares Cabral???
skipper
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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 12:23 AM UTC

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Superb job indeed and splendid and detailed article. What follows the Alvares Cabral???



Ahhh - after our meeting today and the "discovered treasure" God only knows!!!
Thanks Filipe

Thanks also Wink - I guess my next one is going to be more perfect - after all this was my first one
Cheers
Rui (aka Skipper)
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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 04:26 AM UTC
Rui, having just started my first ever 1/700 ship build (HMS Liverpool) I am truly stunned a what you have created here. It really is a fantastic build!

Please accept my apologies for my cheek but may I humbly, humbly make one small observation? I really hate to do this as I am a total newbie even in comparison to this but, the Davit the port boat is hanging from should be forward (towards the hull and lowered in line with the ships side) to launch the boat. At the moment it is in the stowed position and the lines and boat are at an angle to the hull. I really feel bad for mentioning this but I noticed it almost straight away.

This is lovely, cracking build Skipper and one you should be very proud of!
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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 04:36 AM UTC

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Please accept my apologies for my cheek but may I humbly, humbly make one small observation? I really hate to do this as I am a total newbie even in comparison to this but, the Davit the port boat is hanging from should be forward (towards the hull and lowered in line with the ships side) to launch the boat. At the moment it is in the stowed position and the lines and boat are at an angle to the hull. I really feel bad for mentioning this but I noticed it almost straight away.

This is lovely, cracking build Skipper and one you should be very proud of!



Hi Murdo
Don't need to apologize
That was a "repairing" situation because I didn't scratch the boat - and I had the davit already in the proper position. When I went to fix the boat in place (a spare part from the box) it didn't fit - that is why I have made it in that situation. You don't need to feel bad - it's something I am aware and only because of my "clever idea" of using a similar boat
You were paying attention - never be afraid of telling your thoughts! I appreciate it
Cheers mate
Skipper

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Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2008 - 03:44 PM UTC
"first one" - even MORE WOW, because that looks like it took about 25 practices.

If you ever do a larger scale scratch, you'll have folks buying tickets for a ride!

The documentation you did was also excellent, it really was a part of the project, too, becasue we readers get to learn about the model and the subject, and it really adds a lot.

Best,
Wink