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2nd May 2008, 08:56
I don't often build models of wooden sailing ships, so this one makes a change for me. Hull planked with self-adhesive paper strips. The rigging will be 100% metal. Masts & spars, brass, copper, steel rod & tube. Rigging (including ratlines) fine copper wire. Started it a couple of weeks ago.
11th May 2008, 17:53
More progress. Only 25 more sails to set & rig. The display case, base & sea are already complete.
12th May 2008, 15:30
I have been running round like a blue-tailed fly, so havn't communicated recently.
I like your models; I am inspired to see your workmanship; and the wonderful scale feeling that comes from your understated painting.
Thanks for the pictures, and thanks for keeping me aspiring!
14th May 2008, 19:32
Thanks for replies, here latest update. Once I have completed the standing rigging, there only remains to be done, the setting & rigging of the 16 square sails.
18th May 2008, 14:22
Latest progress. About to start fitting the sixteen square sails.
22nd May 2008, 17:34
Completed it today, bit weary towards the end with all those sails - bit boring. Time to get back to "smoking funnels," I think!
22nd May 2008, 20:01
Well Bob you may consider it a 'bit boring' but it is definitely another masterpiece. Not to take anything away from the ship itself the 'sea' setting really adds that final touch.
I recently acquired some 1/1250 models of some of the ships I sailed on. they would look great in a base like the ones you produce. I recall an earlier thread where you described the process. I'm going to reread it and give it a try.
Keep them coming - it goves the rest of us motivation.
22nd May 2008, 21:21
It is only in the final stages that I begin to get a bit bored. As I move upwards, the sails get smaller & the upper yards are very fine & easily bent (made of wire), so I have to be very careful. As far as sailing ships go, I really prefer the big steel "windjammers" where the royal yards are almost as long as the lower ones. The sea is painted plasticine, but my wife does the painting of them using Humbrol gloss enamels.
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