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HMS Victory – 750 Hours In

I thought I’d post a few WIP photos of HMS Victory, as I’m now 750 hours into the project. With the hull, deck and its accoutrements now complete, from now on, everything goes up/out from the decks.

The cannonades and 32-pounders have been rigged (historic references), which isn’t on the plans but I thought added a nice detail. Boats, anchors, and similar have been completed but aren’t scheduled for installation until a later stage.

I tried a flat varnish finish but everything looked absolutely dead, so have settled instead on a light satin coat.

The original project schedule was 1000 hours. Not sure if I’ll make that (still a mountain of work to do), but we’ll see!

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21 responses to HMS Victory – 750 Hours In

  1. Hat off! Just rigging the gun tackles…..

  2. Fantastic project!

  3. Really looks beautiful.

  4. Wow! I look forward to the finished ship.

  5. That’s a marvelous piece of modeling art. Congratulations!

  6. You, sir, have the patience of Job (and a talent to boot). And as Ulf said, now all that rigging lies before you. A task I wouldn’t relish….believe me.

  7. Stunning work there Rob, the rigging alone plus all the detail on the stern.

  8. Words fail me.
    Are you doing this as commissioned work for a museum?

  9. Jaw-dropping! You are a much more patient man than I…

  10. Some very nice workmanship Rob

  11. Good stuff rob. Nice looking build.

  12. This is simply amazing !!!!!!!!!!!! I can only imaging how much more detailing will go into making the “Rat Lines” with all of the block and tackles…………….. Plus the masts, rigging and possibly the sails…………

    Are you building it with the sails stored and tied up, or unfurled like she was under way ???

    Stunning………………… simply stunning. I’m in awe……………..

  13. Which museum are you building that for Rob?

  14. Ok…..I hate you…..
    Seriously wonderful work, I am jealous!

  15. Rob this one ranks top of the list when it comes to the level of detail and realism!!! Can’t wait to see the end result. Well done!!!

  16. 750 hours very well spent!

  17. Rob, full sail or whatever, you could stop right now and it would still be a masterpiece. Museum quality work. Thanks for sharing it with us. I’m sticking to plastic airplanes. Trying hard to be average, mind.

  18. That’s tenacity, Rob. Ship modeling requires more patience and skill then any other form of the hobby.

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