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Robert Taylor
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"English Man O'war" Queen's Flagship 1:96

September 5, 2020 · in Ships · · 20 ≡

Its been a labour of Love, 3 1/2 months in the making with a complete overhaul to the paintwork and architectural features, not to mention reinforcing the Masts and yards with dowels. I have also overhauled the rigging, ratlines, making and hand sewing sails with the addition of more gunnery, cloth flags and Rudder chain.
I have loved building this kit and watch it develop and change in planning from day to day.

I am still a novice as to Historical accuracy although this kit doesn't relate to one Specific ship from history, which has gave me the space needed to change it through planning and imagination.

Happy Modelling everyone and all the best of health and happiness to you all

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  1. Very nice! I like the hand made sails in particular! Congratulations!

    • Thank you very much Michel, yes it took me 2 weeks to make and sew the sails, I also inserted 5mm modelling wire in the sides only so I can bend them and make the sails billow out.

  2. This is an excellent job, Robert!
    All these details, beautifully rendered!
    Lost of words!
    Congratulations and welcome aboard!

  3. I used to have this kit when I was MUCH younger. My uncle had joined the Marines and dropped it off at my house half built before he left. This is NOT a kit to give to a seven year old! Mine was missing the vac form sails and I did the best I could with it but it became a bathtub toy. (Sunk in heavy seas on numerous occasions. Sorry about the floor Mom.)

    A few years back nostalgia got a hold of me and I wanted to try again. I could only find the Spanish Gallion version. It's missing the third deck and a couple of masts compared to the Man 'O War but fun none the less. It's funny you posted this today because I pulled mine out last night to paint the gold trim!

    I really like the addition of the hand seen sails and hand tied rat lines. The molded ones in the kit are too perfect like they were welded out of re-bar. Did you hand paint all the triangular patterns on the side or mask and airbrush themes? My kit was painted with a brush but i did get out the airbrush fo the yellow/red stripes. As far as historical accuracy for both kits, forget about it. They are fun to build and look cool when done though! (I also envision it being quite large when done.) Fantastic job on yours!

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    • Thanks Josh, Yes I did paint all the triangles most of which I had to engrave on to the plastic before painting as the kit only had 1 or 2 rows with triangles one of which was going backwards. All the painting is done by brush as I don't own an airbrush.

      I am glad it brought back memories for you, and as you say definitely not a kit for a 7 year old or even a 14 year old, you should only attempt this if you have a good few models behind you or years modelling, not for the beginner.

      Yes it's a big kit Josh, builds up to 75cm in length and 65cm high.

      Probably the biggest plastic Galleon along with the Spanish Galleon(sister ship) outwith the big 2 from Heller the Victory and the Le Soleil Royal.

      Your Spanish Galleon is looking brilliant looking forward to seeing the finished kit.

  4. Beautiful work. I love a full-rigged ship. Great result.

  5. 🙂 ... Greetings ... 🙂 :
    Robert ... this is a really nice work. All your dedication to this model just shines thru.
    Very nice work on the from the hand made sails to the rigging ... very pleasing to look at.

  6. Ahoy Matey! You did a great job. I remember as a kid my parents bought me a sailing ship kit. Vacuum formed sails and all. Didn't take me long to figure out I didn't have the skill of patience to complete the kit. I admire those that do, and the finished products you make. I looks ready to set sail for far off lands!

  7. Nice work on this

  8. That’s a museum piece for sure. All the details are great to see.

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