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ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2016 10:53 a.m. PST

Hello, I present my first work in scale 1/700. The experience has been very nice. The model used is from Meridian brand. Sails have been made with green stuff and then I added structural ropes and halyards. The crew is of Eduard brand.

The ship represents the HMS Victory at the instant that breaks the Franco-Spanish line. The wind was not very strong so the sails are not swollen.

I hope you like the boat.

Best regards to all,




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Lt Col Pedant11 May 2016 11:15 a.m. PST

Exquisite work. Just one point: although the sails are hanging, the flags are not.

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2016 11:47 a.m. PST

I appreciate the attention to detail… I have done the flags mid-flight. Sails are not completely hanging, you must also think that it is not the same to move a sail and a flag.

I glad you like she!

Ligniere Sponsoring Member of TMP11 May 2016 11:53 a.m. PST

Absolutely stunning work… as usual
Have you ever attempted to represent a broadside with associated smoke from the gun ports?

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2016 12:04 p.m. PST

It would be a challenge!

JimDuncanUK11 May 2016 12:06 p.m. PST

Lovely model but I can't see any of the signal flags (England Expects and all that) nor a Vice-Admirals flag for the CO.

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2016 12:10 p.m. PST

you are right …. the truth that the ship is not 100% finished, I have to put even sailors in the ratlines and add a couple of flags communication (perhaps the last letter of the message Y)

Mark Barker11 May 2016 1:13 p.m. PST

What absolutely fantastic work !

You might want to change your description that it is "at the instant that Victory breaks the line", though.

By that time her mizzen mast had already been shot away 7 feet above the deck, and I would not want you to get the tin snips out just for the sake of historical accuracy !

Best wishes,

Mark Barker
The Inshore Squadron

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2016 1:21 p.m. PST

It will be that it is easier to change the title to the boat … hahaha

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2016 1:49 p.m. PST

Yes, a stunner! You might change the name to "Victory about to break the line".

Red Jacket Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2016 2:30 p.m. PST

I read today that the actual VICTORY is in very bad shape and in need of serious structural work. The vessel is described as being ready to collapse from its own weight.

Red Jacket Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2016 2:31 p.m. PST

Sorry, I forgot to finish the post, your model is spectacular.

JimDuncanUK11 May 2016 3:53 p.m. PST

@Red Jacket

The same could be said for the whole Royal Navy, and the RAF and also the Army.

KniazSuvorov12 May 2016 5:18 a.m. PST

Great model, Julian! Thanks for sharing. I love all the crew figures you've packed in there.

It's nice to see the Meridian 1/700 range back in production, but holy Bleeped text have they gotten expensive! I think they were about the same price as Langton 1/1200 when Skytrex was selling them…

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2016 6:16 a.m. PST

Meridian is an expensive brand. To play naval games I recommend Langton, GHQ, Sail of Glory… In contrast, to collect historic ships or make small dioramas and not occupy much space I recomend Meridian.

MacrossMartin12 May 2016 8:45 a.m. PST

Yes, I was disappointed by the prices when the Meridian range was re-released. I think I'd rather build her in a larger scale, for less money, but you've done Victory a great justice with this model, Julian! Well done!

By the way, if you're wanting to be accurate with Victory's signal flags at about the moment she broke the allied line, I'm pretty sure she was only flying the signal 'Engage the enemy more closely' (No. 16). The 'England expects' signal had already been run up and hauled down before noon.

Nelson had also ordered the Africa to hurry up just before Victory hit the enemy line, but I'd guess that signal was run down after Africa acknowledged. No. 16 was kept flying from the Main top-gallant until late in the afternoon.

DeRuyter12 May 2016 10:48 a.m. PST

Julian – wow that is one of your best efforts!! Awesome work!

dantheman Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2016 11:38 a.m. PST

I believe the stunsails were set as well, though by the time she broke the line they were partially shot away. The addition is a judgement call.

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2016 3:40 a.m. PST

Thank you for all commpliments! I hope to increase my collection.

Piet Hein15 May 2016 2:51 a.m. PST

Fantastic models!
Do you have any Dutch ships as well?

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2016 2:14 p.m. PST

Sorry but not, it's my first boat I make of scale 1/700 .
I ordered two more ships, the Santisima Trinidad and Redoutable but no Dutch.

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2016 6:02 a.m. PST

Hello, I add some pictures about progress of work in the Santisima Trinidad and Redoutable.

I hope you like them!





Volunteer Fezian08 Jun 2016 8:43 p.m. PST

Looks as if you glue white double strand thread along the Santissima Trinidad's strakes? Nice idea. Beautiful as always Julian!

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2016 1:37 a.m. PST

Although it is a good idea what you say, I painted all by hand.

Terry3709 Jun 2016 7:20 p.m. PST

That is truly the finest work on such a model I've ever seen! Absolutely beautiful!!!


Volunteer Fezian09 Jun 2016 8:41 p.m. PST

Then doubley amazing Julian! You just get better with every ship.

ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2016 6:36 a.m. PST

Thank you Terry and Vol


Mithlond09 Sep 2016 3:42 a.m. PST

Lovely work as usual

The Tyn Man11 Sep 2016 4:01 a.m. PST


ModelJShip Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2016 2:34 a.m. PST

I recover this thread to remember the fallen in the battle of Trafalgar on both sides.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2016 1:52 p.m. PST

Remember the day you posted this. No one else seems to have remembered it on TMP.

I stress I have no naval connection and not even strictly a UK passport, but, over dinner tonight we did toast "The Immortal Memory", with our two 21 year old sons, who had no problem with that!

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