Haven't checked your attemps yet but I am sure they are not that bad as you tell. You can learn a lot of tricks here if it helps. I started here as a newcomer as well. And if you made it on your own......handmade...be proud of it no matter what. Soon people will only be able to 3D print stuff.
Now on with the sails and masts. Bought some brass parts to bend them like I need them:
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Added to the masts:
Dyeing some fabric (pictured with paper pattern). I searched long for a thin and proper cotton fabric to use. I also did some experiments on aging that sails. They were treated with water plus joiner's glue to make them stiffer.
Going into detail:
First test on the ship:
Masking and "when spraying goes wrong"....
I have found a solution to it now. But it takes a lot of time. i had to remove the brass bars and wash it with acetone. I needed 5-6 hours to fiy this mess....done for now.. :/
I just registered to say hello from germany from all my kids and me. We are watching this all the time and check regular if something new has been posted. My kids and I are so stunned by this!
So.....it's been years now. Life came in the way...second kid....new job....anyway: we moved....and I have the space now. Hoping to finish that barge and building a sarlacc pit. All parts are there....and almost no damages.