Title: Here’s Queen Anne’s revenge
Content: This was my “first” metal model. I had made three bug brooches, which was fun same company…So then I was ready to take on the big guns. Do this model with no fear. If you are afraid, it will never make it out of the box. It’s all pix with very little written instructions. It will help to review ALL the pix before you start. I cut up the into fours to make it easier to manage. Then you cross reference the metal sheet to the corresponding paper reference to cut out the right part. I would also suggest that when you get to the rigging…you might be tempted to cut more than one piece at a time. Don’t. Do it, one piece at a time. The pix can be a little confusing, but look at the end of the rig piece, and follow it down. That’s where it goes. A magnifier is a must, along with really really good bright light. However, you will learn quickly how to hold it because it will blind you. It is metal after all. Beens this was my first, I made a few boo boos…but the bottom line is, if you boo boo, have a plan to fix it. Case in point: I bent one of the masts the wrong way, and when I bent it back the right way, it broke completely at the seam. Without a plan, it’s game over. You can use anything really….a piece of fabric….I had some silk clay on hand. The part needed to be folded was at a 90 degree angle. I made a template to hold that 90 degree angle. I made a scored piece of cardboard and bent it and laid the two pieces in and tilted it so the “point” was facing down. So, either fabric or silk clay (which will dry hard), but you need a binder. I used super glue. It worked really good and the repair was invisible. And because I repaired it at that 90 degree angle, I didn’t have to bend it. 95 steps. To bend the tabs, use a wooden stick. If you slip, it won’t scratch. I will make a suggestion. When you bend the hull and get it into the right shape, I would reinforce the inside with your superglue fabric, in slits. You will understand when you get to that point. It does get dicey when doing the rigging. You have to manipulate it around without bending the parts you have already placed. I will say that one night it was on the table, work in progress and it fell on the floor…and I stepped on it. I sat down and it did my best to get it back into shape. Bottom line. It was fun and I learned a lot. Yes, I would make another one….probably the Flying Dutchman.